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The Johns Hopkins Capacity Command Center, which was originally launched in 2016, is the first of its kind within the health-care system. The command center’s visual dashboards allow for workers to analyze real-time information, such as occupancies, operating room schedules and emergency department capacitance across the entire hospital. Real-time analytics process data as soon as it comes into the database, helping users make decisions without delay.
The School of Nursing (SON) held an event titled “COVID Vaccine Equity: Reaching Underserved Communities Locally and Globally” on April 7. The discussion was co-moderated by Angie Chang, manager of the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), and CGI Director Nancy Reynolds, also co-director of the Collaborating Centre for Nursing Information and Knowledge Management at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Tamar Rodney, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the pandemic in her lecture “Trauma — The Wounds You Cannot See” on April 6.
According to a study published in Vaccine at the end of March, only half of adults in the U.S. claim they will accept the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Since the herd immunity threshold for COVID-19 requires that around 90% of adults be vaccinated or immunized through infection, public health experts still must convince a large segment of the population of the vaccines’ effectiveness.
If you look at a graphic that maps the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. you will immediately see that the burden of the pandemic differs across state lines. A team of researchers from Hopkins and the Medical University of South Carolina recently investigated these interstate discrepancies and published their findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica comprise more than 90% of Earth’s freshwater ice. When it comes to glaciology, global warming is often touted as the most important issue. But according to some scientists, there is another issue that is just as important: geothermal heat flux (GHF).
Experts at Hopkins and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) recently launched the Opioid Industry Documents Archive. The archive consists of a digital repository of publicly disclosed documents from recent judgments, settlements and ongoing lawsuits regarding the opioid crisis. Within the archive, there are 3,300 documents — about 131,000 pages — contained in six collections.
TikTok isn’t just for dance videos anymore. Hopkins Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Melissa Shepard is using the platform to fight mental health stigma one catchy meme at a time. Since creating her account in early 2020, her account has accrued nearly one million followers.
“The mathematical universe is an elegant and structured universe, and using a few axioms we can build up a rich foundation which can be applicable to many fields,” Director of Undergraduate Studies for Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) Donniell Fishkind said.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium (NCRC) is an organization at the Bloomberg School of Public Health that reviews and assesses recent publications and preprints on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research.
If you had a few million dollars to spare, you could have been the proud owner of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, which recently sold for $2.9 million. You could also buy art by singer and visual artist Grimes, who recently sold pieces for over $6 million. If you’re interested in owning a LeBron James highlight video, the NBA is selling them on their new marketplace at NBA Top Shot — they have recently sold over $230 million of digital collectibles.
In April 2020, Dr. Israel Zyskind spent his Passover in the car. Although driving during the holiday is typically not permitted, lives were at risk. A private-practice pediatrician affiliated with New York University and based out of New York, Zyskind spent the day visiting 10 to 20 COVID-19-positive households in his community, conducting wellness checks to see if individuals needed to be hospitalized. It certainly was a holiday like no other.
“All science is either physics or stamp collecting.”
The Baltimore BioCrew is a team of high school students who are tackling real-life problems in genetics and biology through research, lab work and creativity. Every year, the team competes in the high school division of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
A little over six months after it was launched from Earth, the Perseverance rover landed in the Jezero Crater on Mars in February and began its mission to find evidence of ancient life.
In the field of microbial ecology, a positive virus test isn’t always a bad thing. Of course, the viruses in most ecological studies aren’t the kind infecting humans or making headlines every night. Rather, scientists like Eric Sakowski are interested in the distribution and impact of bacteriophages, or viruses that infect bacteria.
Rachel Fraser, vice president of downstream process development at Impossible Foods, gave a talk titled “There Will Be Blood: Heme as a Flavor Ingredient for Plant-Based Meat” for the Department of Cell Biology on March 4. The talk was hosted by Shigeki Watanabe, associate professor of cell biology at the School of Medicine.
Cochlear Americas awarded freshman Zandy Wong the Anders Tjellström Scholarship based on her academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. This scholarship awards students $2,000 a year to help cover school-related expenses.
Among all the changes to our lifestyle recently, one of the more subtle ones is that many of us are reading the science portion of the news a lot more. PhDs in biology, virology and immunology have amassed thousands of followers on Twitter. Scientists have made headlines over tweets, interviews and press conferences — an ability previously reserved by singers, actors, politicians and other influencers.
Recently, Texas faced its coldest weather in more than 70 years and concurrently experienced state-wide utilities failure. When temperatures in Texas dropped lower than temperatures in Alaska, more than 4.5 million homes and businesses lost their power and at least 70 people lost their lives.