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A Wonder in My Soul focuses on life in Baltimore

December 5, 2018

Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul, which is showing at Baltimore Center Stage from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23, is the story of the strength of two black women and their unbreakable friendship. The friendship has survived six decades of hardships and is ...

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“A Wonder in My Soul” touches upon the reality of gentrification and its effect on communities.

Educating the public on drug use and overdoses

December 6, 2018

The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC), a public health organization, held a workshop on opioid overdoses and Naloxone on Friday. The event took place in the SPARC Women’s Center in Baltimore and was lead by speaker Harriet Smith, the executive director of the BHRC.


Lab Spotlight: Professor Tal Linzen

December 6, 2018

Yes, the machines might take over one day – but that’s (probably) still a long way away. In reality, human intelligence may be the key to developing artificial intelligence (AI). 

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Tal Linzen, an assistant professor in the Cognitive Science Department, studies cognitive processes involved in AI.

Bernoulli, Jurin and the math behind smallpox

December 6, 2018

In December of 1694, Mary II of England fell ill. Physicians who attended the stricken queen, half of the pair known as William and Mary, argued over a diagnosis, but before long it became clear that she had contracted a severe form of smallpox. She died three days after Christmas, and the news was carried across London by tolling bells.


Climate change caused ancient mammal extinction

December 5, 2018

While it has been a long-standing belief that pre-modern hominins, the ancestors of modern-day humans, contributed to the extinctions of large mammals in ancient Africa, researchers at the University of Utah have recently uncovered evidence that this may not be the case. Instead, these researchers believe that changes to atmospheric conditions, mainly the decrease of carbon dioxide as a result of increasing grassland, led to the extinction of these mammals.

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Researchers believe changes in climate led to the extinction of mammals.

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Insomnia is a process that can be triggered by exposure to artificial light.

Artificial light can disrupt innate circadian rhythm

December 5, 2018

According to the American Sleep Association, approximately 50 to 70 million American adults experience some form of sleep disorder. The term insomnia is used to describe the inability to fall, and stay, asleep. About 30 percent of American adults report issues with insomnia, of which 10 percent report having been diagnosed with chronic insomnia. These numbers are gradually on the rise.


Former SNL writer discusses his comedy career

December 5, 2018

Former Saturday Night Live (SNL) writer Zack Bornstein gave a talk about comedy writing for television in Hodson Hall on Friday, Nov. 30. The prolific writer, actor, director and stand-up comedian shared his industry experience, knowledge and advice as part of the University’s Film and Media Studies program’s ongoing 2018-19 Visiting Artists Series. 

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Comedian Zack Bornstein gave students tips on getting a career in comedy.

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George Ciccariello-Maher, a radical political theorist, spoke on campus.

MSE Symposium invites radical political theorist

November 29, 2018

George Ciccariello-Maher, a political activist and writer, discussed white supremacy and the American political system in his talk “Discourse in the Trump Age” on Wednesday as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium speaker series. Some consider Ciccariello-Maher to be controversial for his radical views, including a tweet from 2016 which read, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide,” which Ciccariello-Maher has stated was satire.


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Wes Moore discussed the need for people to care about social injustices that may not specifically affect them.

Wes Moore talks Baltimore and social justice

November 29, 2018

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates and CEO of Robin Hood, the largest anti-poverty nonprofit in New York, discussed the human consequences of bad policies on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Parkway Theatre. Moore graduated from Hopkins in 2001, after which he earned his master’s at Oxford University.


Beyond the stereotypes: dispelling myths about mental illness

November 29, 2018

Myth: People with mental illnesses tend to be violent Those being effectively treated for psychotic illnesses are no more likely to be violent. Still, a 2006 survey found that 60 percent of people thought that those with schizophrenia were likely to act violently. Emma McGinty, deputy director for the Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in an email to The News-Letter that this belief is not true.


Perspectives on mental health around the world

November 29, 2018

The University’s undergraduate population boasts students from 62 different countries, with 11 percent of the current freshman class being international students. With this cultural diversity comes a mix of perspectives, cultures and experiences, especially in regard to mental health. In response to increased globalization over the last century, many countries have seen stigma against and support networks for the mentally ill change. Regardless, most cultures still have perspectives about mental illness that greatly reflect their regions’ traditions.


Experts discuss domestic violence prevention in Baltimore

November 29, 2018

Hopkins United Against Inequities in Disease hosted a panel focusing on domestic violence in Baltimore. Speakers included School of Public Health Professor Shannon Frattaroli, University of Maryland Professor of Law Leigh Goodmark and TurnAround representative Samantha Black. 


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November 29, 2018

I wrote a piece. I was forced to throw it away, to delete it from my hard drive, to delete it from my mind.

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It’s not all in your head: the brain and gut connection

November 29, 2018

For as long as I can remember, my stomach has always hurt. Sometimes, I would feel like I was being stabbed with a dull knife, over and over. Other times, my body would break out in a cold sweat from waves of nausea. Even when I wasn’t in pain, my stomach would make noises, prompting people to ask what was wrong. I usually just said that I was hungry, even if I wasn’t. 


What we miss by classifying autism as a mental illness

November 29, 2018

Writing about mental health is a touchy subject for me. That’s not because I am dealing with anxiety, or depression or another form of mental illness myself. I am extremely fortunate in that I don’t, to my knowledge, have a mental health issue or disability.

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Growing up and learning to live with my evolving OCD

November 29, 2018

When most TV shows or movies portray a character with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), that character can usually be found washing their hands for 15 minutes straight or flipping a light switch on and off five times before leaving a room. And to most of the world, that’s what OCD is. 


How the Calm app has helped me balance my life at Hopkins

November 28, 2018

Every day at 7 a.m. my phone lights up with a “mindfulness reminder” from the Calm app. The daily message, which serves as a reminder to complete a meditation, is usually a cliché — for example, “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Despite the triviality of the notification, it reminds me to log onto the Calm app and complete one of its many guided meditations.

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