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Max Pollock was pleasantly surprised when he noticed increased demand for reclaimed wood during the pandemic. He is the director of Brick + Board, an enterprise which processes wood salvaged from deconstructed vacant homes. This reclaimed wood is pricier than new lumber, so when states imposed lockdowns, Pollock expected his consumer base to dry up.
Guests at the 2021 Commencement ceremony were greeted by several protesters representing the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday, May 27. The protesters gathered outside Homewood Field at 6:30 p.m. in opposition to research conducted by Shreesh Mysore, an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.
Earlier today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) addressed a letter to the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), alleging that Shreesh Mysore broke the law by performing experiments on barn owls without an active permit. Mysore is an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.
India is going through one of the worst second waves of the pandemic after the initial decline in case count since its September 2020 peak. According to a tracker from The New York Times, India currently has over 20 million cases of COVID-19. This is likely an underestimate due to a shortage of COVID-19 tests in the country.
During a conference call with Hopkins physicians and researchers early in the pandemic, the School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research Antony Rosen asked Brian Garibaldi if there was an association between a COVID-19 patient’s elevated D-dimer levels and their likelihood of being intubated.
Scientists from the School of Public Health’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology discovered a kinase of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α) that may play a critical role in translation regulation for neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.
Black church leaders have partnered with the School of Medicine to bring COVID-19 vaccines to their neighborhoods. The initiative was launched on March 27 to equitably supply vaccines to vulnerable and underserved communities.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people have been exposed to Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The agency reports that human epidemiological studies have found increased cholesterol levels in exposed populations and instances of low infant birth weights, immunodeficiencies, cancer for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and thyroid hormone disruption for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on April 8, deeming the barn owl experiments conducted by Shreesh Mysore unconstitutional. Mysore is an assistant professor affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.
When poet Walt Whitman wrote the famous line “I contain multitudes,” trillions of microbes were probably not what he had in mind. The analogy, however, is fitting for scientists studying the microscopic ecosystem that exists both on human skin and in the gut, referred to as the microbiome. Like fingerprints, every human has a slightly different microbial society taking root inside of them.
Approximately 1.6 billion children worldwide have had their education impacted by COVID-19. Due to a lack of necessary equipment or resources to guide students and families through the remote learning process, millions of students around the world still remain cut off from education.
“I don’t know if this is true — I can only speculate — but making your advisor run into a wall repeatedly is probably a nice little trick to pull as a student at Hopkins.”
The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosted a lecture about responses to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world on April 20.
Amid the pandemic, a variety of groups have been identified as being at a higher risk of developing serious symptoms if infected with the virus. At-risk groups include seniors and people with lung problems, heart disease or weakened immune systems. For this reason, as vaccine doses for COVID-19 became available, these groups were prioritized.
A new study could provide relief for seasonal allergy sufferers. The paper, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggests that wearing masks may relieve some symptoms of allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.
A 2020 survey published by the Hopkins Graduate Student Association (GSA) found that more than 25% of graduate students at the School of Medicine experience a disability, such as a mental health disorder or chronic illness.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to create millions of jobs, address the climate crisis and foster racial equity in response to the pandemic.
Whether it’s a lab technician staring at a Petri dish from above or a Hopkins student taking notes from a PowerPoint, biology is often only studied from a two-dimensional perspective. A team of scientists at Hopkins and Virginia Tech has begun to shift this perspective with a recent paper exploring cell motility, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
“The satisfaction of seeing something on paper and in my head become a reality, and especially when it does something — for example if it moves, or makes sounds... even if it’s something small... that is what I find most rewarding about mechanical engineering.”