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This article is part of our series Opposing Viewpoints, where students with diverse perspectives answer pertinent questions in conversation with each other. You can find the opposing piece for this article here.
As the year wraps up, I think most of us would agree that 2020 was a year of many things: quarantine, masks, social injustice, wildfires, political polarity, cynicism, sadness. It is also the year that you can probably name more than two sitting governors because the media actually cares about them now.
While movies like Jurassic World and Gattaca make the idea of editing genes seem wild and dangerous, some researchers at Hopkins have put these movie-induced fears to rest with applications for genetic engineering (which are far less likely to create dinosaurs that even Chris Pratt can’t tame). One of these scientists is Reza Kalhor, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past seven months, you’re probably aware of the drill for this *shudder* “new normal”: wear-a-mask-social-distance-cover-your-dang-nose-with-that-mask-don’t-go-hugging-grandma-either.
Through the Health Education and Training (HEAT) Corps, Hopkins students and medical professionals are helping to educate K-12 students around the world about COVID-19.
The Prodensity app was designed through a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Technology Innovation Center (TIC); Geraldine Seydoux, the vice dean for basic research at the School of Medicine; and George Economas, the executive director of security for Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Approximately two long, long months ago, I wrote a piece about looking for summer research and internships. A month ago, I wrote a piece about dealing with rejection from summer internships and making the best of a non-ideal summer.
Kirsten Hall, a PhD candidate studying Astrophysics, was recently named to the 2020 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows. The program, which works in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, seeks to recognize future leaders among doctoral candidates across all scientific disciplines.
My fellow Quaren-teens,
Seeing that we are halfway through the semester, another round of midterms has just passed, we have just “returned” from spring break, spring is sprung-ing and a certain virus that shall remain unnamed has quite literally scattered us Blue Jays across every corner of the world, I’d say that now would be a good time to stop and do some reflecting, as we like to do here at STEM Major Survival Guide.
A month ago, I wrote this column on advice for applying to summer opportunities — namely research and internships. I told you guys to do your research on opportunities, figure out what you want and apply. Apply apply apply apply.
I’ve decided that for this edition of STEM major survival guide, we’ll be doing some myth debunking on a topic that is quite near and dear to my heart: BME-ing.
Seeing as it is February and we have now been back from winter break for approximately two weeks, I think that it is safe to say that Christmas is officially over. Hard as it is, we all need to turn off Netflix, remove ourselves from our beds, pull our acts together and actually be productive for the first time in two months
With the second round of midterms coming into full swing, I think it’s productive that we stop and do some reflecting on our academic lives. No negative energy here — I know this is Hopkins and this may be difficult for us — but no staunch criticisms, no trash talking our snakey classmates, no self-loathing, no jokes (jokes?) about dropping out of school and joining the circus becoming a traveling ukulele player — just personal reflection.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned during my two-and-almost-a-half years in the Hopkins bubble, it’s that Hopkins is quite literally the place of existential crisis. Maybe not quite literally — if you are a philosophy major you may actually know what the term “existential crisis” entails and may strongly disagree with that statement — but you know what I’m talking about.
One of the newest student groups on the Hopkins campus, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a club meant to promote student interest in space and provide networking opportunities, project experience and career exploration in any discipline of the field.
While wildfires in Brazil have been a relatively common occurrence in recent years, 2019 has seen an unprecedented increase in devastation, especially in the Amazon rainforest.