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My relationship with God and physics

December 4, 2019

Sometimes the things I say sound like the babbling of a romantic idealist. My motivations for physics are too far removed from reality, my reasons for loving the subject too “soft,” and so I don’t know if I have ever really fit into the straight-back ...


Students march alongside Douglass Homes residents

November 21, 2019

On Saturday, residents of Douglass Homes, a public housing complex near Hopkins Hospital, protested the University’s alleged interest in purchasing the complex and the potential introduction of the Johns Hopkins Police Department (JHPD) into the community. 

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Attendees protested potential JHPD presence in Douglass Homes.

Letter to the Editor

November 21, 2019

The recent article in The News-Letter (“What obstacles do Hopkins international students face?”) highlighted the difficulties faced by international undergraduate students. We wish to bring additional attention to the burdens faced by international graduate students. 


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J Street U brought four members of Breaking the Silence to campus.

Israeli Defense Force vets reflect on their service

November 21, 2019

The Hopkins chapter of J Street U — a pro-peace organization on college campuses advocating for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict — hosted a panel discussion titled “Our Soldiers Break the Silence” on Wednesday. The panel was comprised of four American Jewish veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF): Becca Strober, Maya Eshel, Jacob Portman and Benzi Sanders. 


Hopkins must take a stand against its nuclear weapons production

November 21, 2019

After years of protests from students, the University continues to invest in fossil fuel companies. It has an exclusivity contract with PepsiCo, a company that uses suppliers who violate child labor laws, going against ethical and sustainable business practices. Most recently, the University was slow to end contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the government agency that is responsible for separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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College Democrats bring city politician to campus

November 21, 2019

Zeke Cohen, a Hopkins alum and councilman for Baltimore City’s First District, visited Hopkins this Tuesday to speak with the College Democrats at Hopkins about his upcoming re-election campaign and the policies he is currently working toward.


MSE welcomes Togolese activist to Homewood

November 21, 2019

The Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium hosted democratic activist Farida Nabourema on Wednesday to discuss her work creating systemic political change in Togo. The event, part of MSE’s “Butterfly Effect” series, was co-sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Symposium and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute. 

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Nabourema recounted her efforts fighting for democracy in the West African nation of Togo.

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The Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is located far from the Homewood Campus, in Laurel, Md.

How is Hopkins involved in nuclear arms research?

November 21, 2019

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) released a report earlier this month titled “Schools of Mass Destruction: American Universities in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex.” The report identifies Hopkins as one of the universities involved in the development and maintenance of nuclear weapons in the U.S. 


Refuel Our Future holds first Fossil Free Friday

November 21, 2019

Refuel Our Future (Refuel) held the first Fossil Fuel Friday demonstration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the steps of Gilman Hall last Friday. The group said that it will continue holding such demonstrations weekly until the University divests itself from the fossil fuel industry. 

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Refuel Our Future plans to demonstrate every Friday to support divestment.

Symposium on the Amazon hosts NASA scientist

November 21, 2019

The International Studies Program and the Portuguese Language Program hosted Douglas Morton, the Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center at the Third Annual Symposium on Brazil this Tuesday. 

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Professor Ayzner aims to mimic light-harvesting organelles found in plants.

Chemist studies plants’ light-capturing abilities

November 21, 2019

The chemistry of how plants absorb light on a sunny day is more complicated than you may have realized.  Those chemical mechanisms were the topic of Alexander Ayzner’s talk titled “Scrambled Eggs and Ladders: Understanding Formation and Exciton Transport of Aqueous inter-Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Complexes,” for the Ephraim and Wilma Shaw Rosemen Colloquium Series at Hopkins. 


Science journalist shares reporting experiences

November 21, 2019

Effectively communicating important and complex information to the public is not an easy task. However, students and visiting guests were able to learn firsthand from award-winning science journalist Erik Vance how they can use the craft of writing to disseminate scientific information all over the world.