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Discussions in Research: Our visual system and AI

October 20, 2019

Just a few years ago, a Tesla autopilot car caused a fatal crash because it mistook a truck as an empty, clear sky. To us, this was a mistake even a toddler would not make. It was certainly a shock for the public to learn that the cutting edge technology ...

COURTESY OF RUDIGER von der HEYDT
A professor emeritus of Neuroscience, von der Heydt studied the object perception and recognition. 

Professor Erik Jones gives talk on Brexit

October 17, 2019

Professor Erik Jones, the director of European and Eurasian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, held a presentation titled “Brexit and the Disintegration of Europe” on Friday in Shriver Hall’s Clipper Room. The lecture touched on the complicated politics currently occurring in Great Britain.

COURTESY OF JULIA CHOE
Professor Erik Jones described how Brexit will likely contribute to a damaged British economy.

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Hopkins has released this year’s statistics on sexual misconduct. How have they changed since last year?

October 17, 2019

When the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) issued its first annual report on sexual misconduct at Hopkins last year, we were upset but not surprised by the findings. The report indicated that there was a lack of awareness among students around OIE’s services, a doubling in sexual misconduct reports from 2016 to 2017 and a majority of cases taking eight months or longer to investigate. 


THE PUBLIC EDITOR: Donuts, ad space and alumni: on sustaining print journalism

October 17, 2019

So last week’s editorial was titled “Does print journalism have a future?” Pretty dramatic. I bet the irony was especially tactile if you read that in the print issue. More likely, though, you were reading online. Maybe you were browsing our website or our Facebook page, and you raised your eyebrows and thought, this feels relevant to what I’m doing right at this very moment.

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John Herrington was the first Native American person to go to space.

Recognizing the impact of indigenous scientists

October 19, 2019

At its best, science is an institution filled with wonder, optimism and the promise of exciting new discoveries. However, the history of science is incomplete without acknowledging the voices of scientists that are silenced by systematic biases. In celebration of Indegenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 14, here are just a few notable scientists and inventors of Native American heritage. 


Find out where the Democratic candidates stand on climate change

October 17, 2019

You probably guessed that I would talk about climate change as an issue in the 2020 election, since it is a crisis currently getting a lot of attention. Multiple sources have highlighted the fact that Democratic voters now rank climate change as a top priority in their political decisions. Candidates have responded to this, emphasizing their own concern and arguing over the best way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and fight climate change. 

 
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All the candidates agree that the US should achieve zero-net emissions.

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Ada Lovelace found poetry in computer algorithms

October 17, 2019

Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer. She, working alongside Charles Babbage, made the critical leap from math to machine — calculation to algorithm. This jump was only possible because of the complex intersections in her past that merged art and logic together. 


Hong Kong Symposium puts faculty in dialogue

October 17, 2019

A panel of University faculty members spoke about the Hong Kong protests in Arellano Theater on Wednesday. Speakers included: Anne Applebaum, a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute; Giovanna Dore, a lecturer in the East Asian Studies department; Ho-Fung Hung, a Sociology professor; and Andrew Mertha, the director of China Studies at the Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. The panel was sponsored by the International Studies Leadership Council and the Hopkins chapter of Global China Connection.

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Hopkins faculty explained the nuances of the Hong Kong protests.

SGA discusses animal testing and gun safety forum

October 17, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed a bill intended to invite national leaders to campus for a gun safety forum at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. Members also considered a resolution calling for the University to count and reduce the number of animals used in experiments in Hopkins funded facilities.


Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson recounts his childhood upbringing and path to success.

Kenan Thompson speaks at Hopkins

October 20, 2019

Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member and comedian Kenan Thompson spoke as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium speaker series on Tuesday. Thompson is the second speaker in this fall’s lineup, which has an overarching theme of bringing in speakers who have had a butterfly effect in their communities. 


How I have changed as a person in the last year

October 17, 2019

The transition between sophomore and junior year has been far more daunting than the previous year’s experience; moving off campus, realizing CVS isn’t at my doorstep when I run out of toothpaste, having to pack lunch because running home in the middle of the day would take a minimum of 30 minutes and always having a mini umbrella in my purse are just a few of the things I’ve had to adjust to. Below, I’ve outlined 10 things that, in the past year, have really helped me grow as a person:


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Qian often felt as if he was between two worlds in his time abroad.

Living as a foreigner of Chinese descent in China

October 17, 2019

It was over a year ago when I visited the city of Wuxi during my study-abroad program. I was with my roommate, a student at Donghua University, the university in Shanghai that hosted the program. And we were with three of my fellow study-abroad students plus their roommates, who were also local Donghua students.


What a trip abroad to Oktoberfest taught me

October 17, 2019

While many of you were probably downing Natty Bohs at a darty this past weekend, I was in the presence of slightly more tolerable beer at Germany’s Oktoberfest. Somewhat misleadingly, Oktoberfest actually kicks off in September and runs for a few weeks into the next month. What began as a wedding celebration 200 years ago has evolved into a check-box on the travel list of every student studying abroad.

COURTESY OF MANAVI MONGIA
A lack of planning taught Mongia about the value of improvisation.

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Stoudt discussed the implications of his research study on policing in NY.

Professor discusses policing research in New York

October 17, 2019

Brett Stoudt, an associate psychology professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, gave a talk on Friday about using public science to study policing in the Bronx, N.Y. as part of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute’s “Engaged Humanities” Speaker Series. 


JHU Amnesty International spotlights gun violence

October 17, 2019

Daniel Webster, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, spoke on Tuesday about American gun violence at the Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence. The vigil was organized by JHU Amnesty International and held in the Bloomberg Center.

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Webster discussed his views on common-sense policies on gun violence.

Why I won’t be marching in the strikes for climate change

October 17, 2019

Since last March, Climate Strikes have been taking place about every other month. In every state, students skip school for the day, make posters and take to the trains to meet in the heart of the city. Their motive is clear and their voices are loud. They’re powerful, and I do believe that they will make a change.

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