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After 26 years of work, the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was unveiled on July 11, unveiling a slice of the distant universe to the public. The following day brought three additional images, alongside an atmospheric spectrum of the exoplanet WASP-96 b, heralding Webb’s stellar arrival.
There seems to be a stereotype going around that us STEM kids don’t know how to read. That we’re too engrossed with our mathematical proofs and cell cultures to be found between two pages of a book at Bird in Hand. From my interactions with several STEM majors, I would like to call cap on this idea.
A research team led by Dr. Cheng-Ying Ho, associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the Hopkins School of Medicine, recently published a postmortem study on the effect of SARS-CoV-2 infection on olfactory tissue degeneration in the Journal of American Medical Association.
Hopkins juniors Christopher Anchan, Sai Chandan Reddy and Sarah Syed were all awarded the 2022 Goldwater Scholarship on March 25. The scholarship is a partnership between the National Defense Education Programs and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions (CGVS) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health was recently formed as a merger between the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy (CGVPP) and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV). The CGVPP is known for its focus on research, while the EFSGV focuses on public health and advocacy. The CGVS’s leaders include Daniel Webster, Joshua Horwitz and Cassandra Crifasi.
Originally, I was hoping to write this piece about student experiences with the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). However, my plans pivoted when I got in touch with Belle Hartshorn, a senior Molecular and Cellular Biology major applying to medical school this summer. Hartshorn has never taken the MCAT, and she doesn’t plan to.
Astronomers are fascinated with the early universe, peering outwards in space and backward in time to the very beginnings of the cosmos. Technological advancements help further their research, including the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is specifically designed to see the earliest galaxies.
Amazon and Hopkins are collaborating to create JHU + Amazon Initiative for Interactive AI (AI2AI), a joint research initiative focused on gaining deeper insights into artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing.
The Bisciotti Foundation Translational Fund, which provides funding to Hopkins-affiliated medical groups, was recently awarded to three research teams. Each of these research teams has developed a product intended to solve some problem within the medical field. Ideally, the projects will help increase the accessibility of medical care. According to the Bisciotti Fund’s website, the Bisciotti Fund will aid the teams for up to nine months as they work to commercialize their creations.
A new sensor developed by researchers at Hopkins can detect communicable diseases like COVID-19, H1N1 and the Zika virus in saliva more accurately than traditional rapid tests at about the same speed.
Researchers from Hopkins have contributed to a group that has analyzed the first complete sequence of a human genome, led by Rajiv McCoy, Michael Schatz and Winston Timp. Their work is part of the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) consortium of over 100 researchers globally.
As the pandemic enters its third year, 23% of the U.S. population remains unvaccinated, many haven’t received a booster, and vaccine misinformation continues to spread. To address these issues, researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) developed the Vaccine Information Resource Assistant (VIRA): a chatbot designed to give personal, confidential answers to over 150 questions.
PARADISE, a two-person auditory experience designed to explore the complexities of intimate partner relationships, premiered at South by Southwest on March 13, 2022. Co-directed by Gabo Arora, senior lecturer at the School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs and executive produced by Nancy Glass, professor in the School of Public Health and independence chair in nursing education at the School of Nursing, the piece allows couples to facilitate a communication between one another around sensitive subjects such as sex and abuse.
An immunotherapy study co-authored in The New England Journal of Medicine by a Hopkins physician offers promising results for those suffering from late-stage melanoma.
The Hopkins, Esperanza and Loyola (HEAL) Refugee Health and Asylum Clinic opened its services to Baltimore last November. Created through a collaboration between Hopkins, the Esperanza Center and Loyola University Maryland, it is the first asylum clinic of its type in Baltimore.
David Bennett Sr., who received the world’s first genetically modified cardiac xenotransplantation (a pig heart transplant, in this case) at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, passed away on March 8.
Hopkins Medicine announced a $4 million donation of medical supplies to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine earlier last month following the military invasion by Russia.
It feels like Trisha Parayil will be in school forever. Even during her two gap years between graduating from Hopkins and applying to medical school, Parayil opted to teach high school science in Bridgeport, Conn. through Teach for America. Outside of lab experiments and grading quizzes, Parayil is also working on getting a masters from the School of Education.
Researchers, students and faculty attended the most recent installment of the Hopkins Department of Chemistry Colloquium Seminar Series last week. Working at the interface of biology and chemistry, Shu-ou Shan, Altair professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, gave a seminar detailing the methods cells use to create “order from chaos.”
As part of the School of Public Health’s Spotlight Series, alum Lori Grover gave a virtual talk on March 16 that covered the broad intersections between optometry and public health. She expounded on the value of optometry toward aiding the overall health of individuals and communities alike.