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Through six meets this Fall season, the Hopkins women’s cross country team dominated the competition with four number one finishes and a number two national ranking. That success has been driven by the tandem of junior Holly Clarke and freshman Hannah Oneda, two of the top runners in the nation, who have provided the Blue Jays with a formidable punch.
This past Sunday morning, daredevil extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner completed a record-breaking plummet to Earth from 128,100 feet above the ground. To get an idea of how high that is, the camera view from Baumgartner’s helmet showed that the diver could see the Earth’s curvature from his vantage point. Carried in a small pod lifted by a helium balloon, Baumgartner rose to a distance of 24.26 miles. Through the mission, coined “Red Bull Stratos,” Baumgartner hoped to become the first man to break the sound barrier.
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction may have a new treatment on the way after work by Arthur Burnett, a professor of urology at the Hopkins School of Medicine, lifted the cover on how penile erections are maintained after initial arousal.
After a long break for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams, the Hopkins runners got back into it at the Goucher Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational on October 6th.
Two weeks ago, after two consecutive shutouts over St. Mary’s College and Haverford College, Hopkins sophomore keeper Nick Ceronne was named Centennial Conference Defensive player of the week. This award marked the second time he has won the honor in his brief career.
How often do you or your parents look at your GPS with utter frustration as it tells you in that monotone, computer-generated, female voice, to “turn left” when there is no road going left?
As most people know, the basic component that determines how an organism develops is its genome — the complete DNA sequence that can be decoded into proteins, which ultimately make up the organism.
In recent years, the technology of nanoparticles has become a fascinating area of research for scientists. Nanoparticles are defined as anything 100 nanometers or less, and they have incredible potential for medical uses due to their small size and unique properties.
As an upperclassman who recently moved off campus, I have had the unfortunate experience of doing a little cockroach pest control in my apartment kitchen recently.
After racing in the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1977, the Hopkins men’s cross country team looked to build on the success of 2011 as they opened the 2012 campaign at the Baltimore Metro Invitational in Cockeysville, Md.
With wins over then number-five Syracuse and top-ranked Virginia in the past week, the Hopkins men's lacrosse team grabbed the number one spot in both the InsideLacrosse/Nike Media Poll and the Coaches Poll for the 104th time in program history. However, the dynamic University of North Carolina attack, led by freshman standout Jimmy Bitter, was relentless against a Hopkins defense that perhaps was poised for a letdown after two emotional victories the previous week. As a result, Hopkins came out flat against the Tar Heels at the Konica Minolta Big-City Classic, letting the Tar Heels take a quick 4-2 lead through most of the first quarter. While junior goaltender Pierce Bassett made several key stops, the defense could not handle the quickness of UNC's Bitter who had two goals in the first 15 minutes. The freshman routinely forced the Hopkins defense to send multiple defenders his way in an attempt to slow down his drives to the net. His performance was reminiscent of the play of his older brother, Billy Bitter, who had four goals against Hopkins in last season's matchup. Despite the difficult start for Hopkins, two quick goals in the final two minutes of the opening frame allowed the Blue Jays to tie the game up at 4-4. Senior team captain Chris Boland made a triumphant return from a shoulder injury in the season opener, which caused him to miss seven games. The sixth year senior made his mark early, scoring and assisting on his team's third and fourth goals, respectively. In the second quarter, the Blue Jays were unable to capitalize on this momentum. UNC Sophomore R.G. Keenan dominated at the face-off "X," going 18- 25 on the day and allowing the Tar Heels to work multiple possessions against the Blue Jay defense, the large difference in timeof- possession ultimately wearing the defense down. Hopkins was out-shot 22-2 in the second quarter, and the discrepancy showed on the scoreboard. By the time the two teams were heading for the locker room, the Tar Heels had outscored Hopkins 4-0 in the quarter for a 4-8 lead. While the four goal deficit would certainly be a challenge to overcome, head coach Dave Pietramala must have done something to fire his team up during the halftime break. After a dismal second quarter, the Blue Jays took the field in the third looking more like the team that had run past Syracuse and Virginia on the way to an 8-0 record. Goals from sophomore Brandon Benn, junior Lee Coppersmith and sophomore Greg Edmonds brought the Blue Jays within one of UNC at 7-8. With more possession and an outstanding effort from the defense, Hopkins was able to fight their way back against a Tar Heel team looking to clip the wings off the top ranked Blue Jays. file photo The Blue Jays return to action Thursday night at 7 PM against Albany. #3 Men's Lacrosse toppled by Tar Heels Women's tennis rolls to sweep over Bears file photo Sophomore Hailey Hogan was the reigning conference player of the week. The comeback was short-lived though, as UNC would use a 3-5 fourth quarter to down the Blue Jays 9-13 in front of a record setting crowd of 25,934 people at the Metlife Stadium. The loss was the first regular season loss for the Blue Jays dating back to last season, a run of 15 straight games. After the game, in reference to the relentlessness of the Tar Heels Pietramala told InsideLacrosse. com "[t]hey played like a hungry team." If any good news can come of the game, it is that after missing nearly the entire season, Boland was able to not only return, but also play well. As the oldest player on the team, his presence on the field is invaluable for his play and his leadership abilities. Furthermore, the loss offers an opportunity for the team to finally face some adversity in what has been a relatively smooth 2012 season. While no loss can ever be considered a good thing, this may allow the team to find areas for improvement and to gain some necessary experience for the post-season. The Blue Jays will look to return to form tonight against Albany University on Homewood Field.
Standing at six-foot-six, senior right-handed pitcher Alex Eliopoulos has been a towering force all season long for the Hopkins baseball team. Named as a preseason second team All-American by d3baseball. com and a top 10 Division III prospect by PerfectGame. org, the nation's largest baseball recruiting service, Eliopoulos has made good on that billing by starting 2012 with a 4-0 record and a sparkling 1.02 ERA in seven starts. Furthermore, the senior from Arlington, VA leads all Hopkins pitchers with a .217 batting-averageagainst, 47 strikeouts, and 44.1 innings pitched. For his third win of the season, last Tuesday March 28 against Dickinson, Eliopoulos threw a complete game, six-hitter, while striking out a career high 11 in the 3-2 win. Despite throwing 157 pitches in the game, Eliopoulos started against Centennial Conference foe McDaniel College a week later looking to earn his fourth win of the season. When asked about his workload, Eliopoulos said, "I threw a lot of pitches in the Dickinson game, but I was ready to go for McDaniel. The coaching staff did a good job to prepare me for the game, and I felt like I was ready to pitch from the start." Eliopoulos shut the Green Terror down through five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs while walking two and striking out three. He needed just 51 pitches to carve through their lineup. Behind the arm of The Newsletter's Athlete of the Week, Hopkins went on to defeat McDaniel 9-5 in front of the home fans at the JHU B a s e b a l l D i a m o n d . With the win, the Blue Jays i m p r o v e d to 13-8-2 on the season and 4-1 in the Centennial Conference, while d r o p p i n g McDaniel to 1-4 in conference play. With his five scoreless innings this past Tuesday, Eliopoulos extended his scoreless earned runs innings streak to 25, dating back to his Mar. 9th start against Stevenson. Eliopoulos credits his sinker and slider for his strong pitching. "Typically, my favorite count to throw my slider is a 3-2 count which is pretty unconventional, but I love that pitch. I like the challenge of having to throw a strike with that pitch in that count and most hitters aren't expecting it. I trust myself to throw it and let it do what it's supposed to." For his career, Eliopoulos has been a consistent performer for Head coach Bob Babb. While Eliopoulos played minimally as a freshman, he burst onto the stage in his sophomore season with a 10-1 record and a 2.83 ERA. He followed his tremendous sophomore campaign with an equally impressive junior season, leading the team with a 6-3 record while dropping his ERA to 2.38. If the start of 2012 is any indication, Eliopoulos' final season could be his best. However, his success, he says, isn't the result of focusing on any one thing. "I focus on working hard and getting better. That's my approach everyday. I also try to visualize everything that I do," the senior said. What's more, Eliopoulos may be able to continue his baseball career after graduating with a potential opportunity to tryout for Team Greece and play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. If he makes the team, it would be fitting for him to be taking his play to the next level of competition. According to junior shortstop Kyle Neverman, Eliopoulos has "been phenomenal just a man among boys." As the Blue Jays look to defend their conference crown and achieve an unprecedented fifth straight title, the team will rely on Eliopoulos to come up big throughout the season. And with coach Babb's motto of "win one game everyday" in mind, the senior star will certainly be ready when his number is called.
In the May 2012 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Hopkins researchers led by Stephen Juraschek from the School of Medicine found another benefit of vitamin C that gives the little molecule an even better name.
]New research from Hopkins has found that many cases of epilepsy are misdiagnosed due to similar symptoms from an entirely different disease. According to a paper published in the journal Seizure, these patients are instead suffering from what senior investigator Jason Brandt calls psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, or PNES, resulting from emotional trauma because of the inability to handle stress in an appropriate manner. True epileptic seizures result from abnormal electrical discharges occurring in the brain, leading to a variety of symptoms characterized as seizures, which can range from long staring spells to violent and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Regardless of the symptom though, the root in all epileptic seizures comes from a disorder in the brain. However, PNES is caused by an overload of emotional stress which causes an individual to transform mental dysfunction into physical symptoms. Defunct brain signals from epilepsy can be visualized by an instrument called an electroencephalogram (EEC) which monitors the electrical activity in the brain and can give doctors an inside look at what is happening inside an individual's head. This instrument was one of several pieces that led Brandt to believe some diagnoses of epilepsy were faulty. According to a 2005 study on 46 patients, 54 percent of EEC's were misread as showing epileptic brain signals. Another key indicator that patients with PNES did not have epilepsy was the fact that anti-seizure medications often failed to alleviate symptoms. In the Hopkins study, the researchers surveyed 40 patients with PNES, 20 patients with epilepsy, and 40 healthy patients about stressful events in the past five years and the amount of stress these events induced. From their data, researchers concluded that all three groups of subjects reported a similar amount of stressful events in the time frame specified. However, the PNES group reported higher levels of stress compared with their epileptic and healthy counterparts. In further interviews, researchers found the PNES group often failed to cope with their stressful events, leading to increased levels of trauma and subsequent onset of PNES. Being misdiagnosed caries a high cost for individuals, both financially and emotionally. Costs in medication and hospital stays are high, while social costs can be mentally draining as patients work to fight a seemingly unbeatable disease. Furthermore, in a particularly interesting twist to PNES, the use of service dogs trained to anticipate epileptic seizures often induced PNES related seizures due to the high suggestibility of PNES patients. With a higher awareness for the possibility of misdiagnoses, Brandt's work could open doors for differentiating between epileptic seizures and PNES. Furthermore, proper diagnosis could aid physicians in better psychological treatment for PNES patients, giving them the help they need.
Through less than one round of NHL playoff action, senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan has already levied out nine suspensions and two fines for a total of 16 games lost and $15,000 lost in checks.
Aside from a single loss to Gettysburg College late last week, the Hopkins baseball team has continued its torrid season as the Jays went 4-1 in the past week to improve to 21-9-2 on the season and 11-2 in Centennial Conference play.
Recent work done by a group of Hopkins researchers has shed new light on the factors contributing to the development of schizophrenia in individuals.
After a comfortable 12-6 win against Towson was followed by a very tight 8-6 victory against Delaware, the Hopkins men's lacrosse team looked to find more consistency against Siena College this past Saturday at Homewood Field. Hopkins opened with a great first quarter, dominating time of possession against the Saints en route to a 3-1 lead through the first 15 minutes. With team captain and senior Chris Boland out due to injury at the attack position, freshman Wells Stanwick took his place next to sophomores Zack Palmer and Brandon Benn. The freshman fit right in, scoring the opening goal less than a minute into the game to bring the Hopkins student section to their feet. Following the stellar first quarter in which the Blue Jays won all five faceoffs and took a 10-to-4 advantage in ground balls, Hopkins came out for the second quarter looking like a different team. But not in a good way. From the start, play was sloppy on both ends of the field. Perhaps from the cold, the wind or some combination of both, several times the Blue Jays committed uncharacteristic mental errors, such as dropped passes or missed stick checks. Junior defenseman Chris Lightner said the Siena offense, "Has a lot of really skilled players and they were really able to move the ball around and capitalize on their opportunities." Overall, the second quarter statistics were completely different from the first. Siena went threeof- four on face-offs while forcing seven Hopkins turnovers, using those opportunities to cut the Blue Jay lead to 4-3. Despite the poor second quarter, junior goalie Pierce Bassett and junior defenseman Tucker Durkin provided two bright spots for the team. Bassett made several difficult saves off his feet, frustrating Siena shooters and maintaining the Blue Jay lead, while Durkin looked unbeatable, routinely stripping his man and pounding up-field for a clear. After a halftime that seemed like an eternity for fans sitting in the ice-cold bleachers, the two teams were back for more in the third. Hopkins opened the scoring with a play that will be talked about for weeks. During a Siena clear attempt, Hopkins' Palmer picked off an errant Siena pass at midfield. With Siena goalie Tom Morr out of goal during the clear, Palmer fired a one-skip shot from 50 yards away that found the empty net. Not only did the goal elicit a raucous round of the Hopkins fight song from the stands, it had the entire Blue Jay sideline jumping with excitement. From there, the two teams traded goals to give Hopkins a 6-5 lead entering the final frame. While the first three quarters saw a relatively consistent pace of play with no team truly pulling away from the other, the fourth was a different story. Hopkins used the first five minutes of the quarter to separate themselves from Siena off of goals from Palmer and Benn. Junior midfielder Lee Coppersmith's goal with eight minutes to go ended up being the final tally of the game, giving Hopkins the 9-5 win. When asked about the difference between the first three quarters and the last quarter, Lightner said, "We just locked it down in the fourth knowing it was crunch time." The biggest positive coming from the game may have been the team's success at face-offs. The coaching staff turned to junior Mike Poppleton for the job, and his line-mates' hustle was key in allowing Hopkins to win most of the draws. Head coach Dave Pietramala liked the effort he saw from his faceoff group. "Mike Poppleton and [freshman] Drew Kennedy have made strides. Now the key is they continue to make strides." Offensively, the loss of Boland did not seem to be much of an issue, at least on the playing field. While his leadership will most certainly be missed, Stanwick stepped in admirably for the sixth year senior. In fact, the entire unit stepped up in a big way to lead the offense with five of the team's nine goals. Pietramala praised the job of offensive coordinator Bobby Benson. "[Coach Benson was] working four or five guys in there because, when you lose a guy like Chris, it's not one guy that's replacing him." On the defensive end, through three games the Blue Jays have been among the stingiest teams in the nation. Anchored by Bassett, Durkin, Lightner and senior Gavin Crisafulli, the team has allowed only 17 goals all season. Furthermore, by moving former starting close defenseman sophomore Jack Reilly up to long stick midfield, Pietramala has solidified an area some considered a question mark during the preseason. On Friday night, Hopkins heads up to New Jersey to take on the Princeton Tigers. The game will match two of the best defenses in the nation in what will surely be a very tight contest.
In the team's fourth meet in five weeks, the Hopkins women's fencing team showed no signs of slowing down at the Eastern Women's Fencing Conference (EWFC) Individual Championships in Hoboken, N.J. this past weekend. After claiming the team's third consecutive EWFC Team Championship the previous weekend, Hopkins returned to New Jersey for an individuals meet against some of the best fencing Division III had to offer. Unlike last weekend's team meet, this time around each fencer would face everyone in their respective weapon group, including teammates. Each fencer would be ranked as an individual, regardless of school affiliation. Despite the individual nature of the meet, however, senior foilist Jen Hession emphasized that every Blue Jay has each other's back. "Even in individual tournaments where you compete against each other, we still help each other out and pump each other up," Hession said. "It's not hard to feel proud of your teammates when they do well." For the foils, Hession captured fourth place while classmate Colleen Stone finished ninth. "Everyone seemed to hold up in the face of pressure and the pace...You have to consistently perform at your best because each little mistake can really hurt you in the final standings," Hession said. That consistent effort led to Hopkins winning recognition as the best foil team at the meet. In the sabre category, sophomore Katherine Simeon took home the first place finish with a 15-2 overall record, followed by fellow sophomore Kathleen Rand who finished third. With two finishers in the top five, Hopkins also won best sabre team. As a result of her impressive play, Simeon, a native of Basking Ridge, N.J, was named EWFC women's fencer of the year. In addition to her athletic prowess, Simeon also doubles as one of the News and Features editors of The News-Letter. Finally, the epees were led by sophomore Liz Caris who placed fourth while freshman Gianna Puzzo finished seventh. The Blue Jays finished second as a team behind host Stevens Institute of Technology. If tallying six top ten finishes wasn't enough, all of it was done without the team's head coach, Austin Young. That same weekend, Young was in Salt Lake City, UT coaching several members of the Hopkins fencing team competing in the Junior Olympics. In his place, graduate students and former team members Ian McCue and Max Wieder stepped up and coached the team during their successful day. They were also aided by senior captain Lauren Chinn, who sat out the meet due to her nagging hip injury, and senior Marion Trumbull, who had been plagued with severe knee problems. Both upperclassmen opted to travel with the team and offer advice and support for their respective weapons; Chinn aided the epeeists and Trumbull the foilists. The ride continues for the Blue Jays, as they travel to New York for the US Weapon Squad Championships
After a much needed winter break, the men's and women's track and field teams got back to the action earlier this month to kick off their winter seasons. The men opened up the New Year on Jan. 13th at the NYU Gotham Cup in New York, NY where sophomore Andrew Carey came in first in the un- seeded 800 meter run with a time of 1:59:37. Follow- ing their New York meet, Hopkins came back home to the state of Maryland for the Terrapin Invitational on Jan. 21st. Led by fresh- man Ryan Walsh's record breaking high jump of 6' 4.25", besting the former school record of 6' 2", the Blue Jays placed 10th with a team total of 32 points. This past weekend, Hopkins sophomore sen- sation Max Robinson par- ticipated in the Penn State National Invitational, an invite-only race whose field was chosen from the best runners in Division I programs such as Wis- consin and the University of Pennsylvania. In the 17 person, 5000 meter race, Robinson was able to hold his own among some of the top runners in the nation, finishing 10th with a time of 15:18.44. While Robinson was racing in Pennsylvania, the men jumpers made their way to the University of Delaware for the Thomson Invitational. As a team, the men placed 14th with a to- tal of 22 points. The meet was especially memorable for freshman pole vaulter Paul Vozzo who jumped 14' 3.25" in the pole vault, setting the Hopkins fresh- man record and the fourth highest jump in Hopkins history. For the women, the winter season began along- side the men at the NYU Go- tham Cup. Across the board, the Hopkins women moved up in Blue Jay history with record setting runs. Freshman Megan Kelly recorded the 6th fastest time in Hopkins history in the 500 meter dash with a run of 86.51 seconds while Junior Monika Sullivan followed her with a time of 86.84 seconds, good for 7th all-time. In the 1000 meter run sophomore Deidre Caffrey ran a 3:22.21 to put her in 9th all-time in Hopkins history while sophomore Sa- mantha Brandon moved into 10th with a run of 3:27.76. In the following week, the Lady Jays arrived on the campus of the Univer- sity of Maryland for the Terrapin Invitational and came away with a 7th place finish among the 18 com- peting schools. Leading the way was junior shot put- ter Alana Merkow who set the Hopkins record with a throw of 41' 1.5", besting the former record set in 2007 by Amarachi Onyima. On the women's side of the Penn State Invita- tional, freshman Hannah Eckstein, sophomore Holly Clarke, and sophomore Lara Shegoski were select- ed to compete against the best distance runners the nation had to offer. Clarke finished 13th with a time of 17:54.26 while Shegoski finished with a time of 18:52.44. Eckstein had a ca- reer day, finishing 3rd with a time of 17:19.68. Her run shattered the freshman re- cord in the 5000 meter run by 15 seconds while also being good for 3rd best among all Division III run- ners for 2012. This past weekend the Lady Jay jumpers compet- ed in the Thomson Invite at the University of Delaware where the team placed 17th in the 22 team field. Junior Kristin Spera led Hopkins with a season best long jump for her and among all of Division III competitors at the event, leaping 15' 10". Along with Spera, ju- nior Emily Kashka had an impressive showing with a 4th place finish in the pole vault, followed by class- mate Tracey Vill who had a 10th place finish. After two weeks of see- ing the Hopkins Track and Field team split up among various events, the entire team will compete recon- vene to compete in the New Balance Invitational this weekend, February 3-4.