Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
The Krieger School has launched The Academy at Johns Hopkins, an institute of advanced study where retired professors can pursue research and attend and conduct seminars. The school will also spearhead the university's new Johns Hopkins-China STEM effort, a Chinese language and research program for English-speaking scholars who have a strong foundation in Mandarin Chinese and who work in engineering and health sciences.
Bloomberg School of Public Health and Whiting School of Engineering
Discover magazine recognized the work of two Johns Hopkins researchers in its "Top 100 Stories of 2011." George Dimopoulos, an associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, came in at No. 13 for his research into a bacterium in the guts of certain mosquitos that stops the development of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria. Marc Ostermeier, a professor in the Whiting School's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, made it at No. 38 for his cancer research. Ostermeier created a molecular switch that triggers chemotherapy drugs to work only within cancer cells.
Carey Business School
Last fall, the Carey Business School announced that it will join forces with the Maryland Institute College of Art to launch the MBA/MA in Design Leadership, creating the first program in the country where students can work toward graduate degrees from both a major college of art and design and a business school within a major research university. Brandon Jenkins, a student in the Carey Business School's Edward St. John Real Estate Program, was on the winning team (Team London) in January's International Real Estate Challenge 2012 in Berlin; eight other Carey students also participated in the competition.
Internationally acclaimed guitarist and Peabody faculty artist Manuel Barrueco, Peab '75, was one of 50 artists to receive a $50,000 United States Artist Awards for Artistic Excellence fellowship in December. Peabody Preparatory faculty member Angela Taylor's BrainFood Cookbook was named the No. 1 most effective nondrug intervention for autistic children at the Defeat Autism Now conference. Taylor, Peab '93, '94, '97 (MM), has a 5-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was 2.
School of Education
President Obama named David Thomas, a faculty member in the School of Education's Public Safety Leadership program, a Champion of Change for his work to end domestic violence. Thomas was one of 15 people so named across the country, part of Obama's Winning the Future initiative.
School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital
As part of first lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces initiative, the School of Medicine is working with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to train physicians to meet the needs of veterans and their families, particularly those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. In April, Johns Hopkins Hospital will open its much-anticipated $1.1 billion, 1.6 million-square-foot patient care building. The new facility features two 12-story patient towers, 560 private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and new adult and pediatric emergency departments.
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The School of Advanced International Studies' Center for Transatlantic Relations was recognized by the University of Pennsylvania as the No. 6 top university-affiliated think tank in the world and the No. 45 think tank in the United States in its 2011 "Global Go To Think Tanks Report."
Applied Physics Laboratory
The Applied Physics Laboratory was awarded a bronze Bicycle Friendly Business Award by the League of American Bicyclists in December, and it was named a Best Place to Work by Baltimore magazine in January.
School of Nursing
Last fall, the School of Nursing's Center of Excellence for Cardiac Health launched its SON Fit program to encourage faculty, staff, and students to get in shape. The school had earlier conducted a survey in which 78 percent of respondents said their workloads "definitely" affect their stress level, and 60 percent reported gaining weight during the previous year. The program includes yoga, Zumba, a "Biggest Loser" competition, and a stair-climbing club.