Two weeks ago, Daniel Naiman, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Whiting School of Engineering, predicted that the 49ers would win the Super Bowl by three points. Describing himself as a statistician since 1980, Naiman said this was simply a fun exercise he had wanted to investigate for a while.
The official website of the Hopkins Student Government Association (SGA) was hacked last week by an unknown infiltrator, who replaced official content and documents with advertisements for a popular erectile dysfunction medication.
The sounds of screaming students, honking cars and distant gunshots formed Baltimore's one-night anthem as the city celebrated the Ravens' narrow victory Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens finished the game 34-31, clinching the Super Bowl XLVII title.
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This Tuesday, the Student Government Association (SGA) held their first meeting of the semester. At the meeting Glenn Bieler, Hopkins’s vice president for communications and public affairs, talked to SGA members about the Johns Hopkins University Identity Initiative. Student organizations Hopkins Kicks Butts and the Filmmaking Club also presented new initiatives.
Louis Maccini, Economics professor at Hopkins since 1969, reflected positively on his time at Hopkins and also commented on his post-Hopkins plans in an interview with The News-Letter. After his departure from the University, Maccini plans to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The University held its second annual Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences last month. The event evaluated the progress of the Gateway Sciences Initiative (GSI), which aims to improve the way science is taught. Around 400 educators and students attended.
This Friday, Netflix will premiere David Fincher’s new miniseries, entitled House of Cards, which was filmed at Homewood this past summer. The miniseries follows a merciless congressman Frank Underwood, played by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, as he fights his way up the ranks of the Washington political ladder.
The students in Professor Peter Froehlich’s “Intermediate Programming” and “Introduction to Programming for Scientists and Engineers” (a Python language class) classes, boycotted their finals last December. The former initially organized the boycott and the latter followed suit.
Last week, four juniors were selected to chair the 2013 Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) Symposium, the University’s annual autumn lecture series. Aidan O.H.W. Christofferson, Francesca Pinelli, Elias Rosenblatt and Aaron Tessler have been elected to take the reins from previous chairs Chris Alvarez, Corey Rogoff and Eva Smith.
Mayor of New York City and Hopkins alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg has committed $350 million to the University in an effort to stimulate innovation and interdisciplinary work. Bloomberg’s commitment brings his lifetime giving to the University up to $1.118 billion; he has entrenched himself as a generous donor in the 49 years since his graduation.
On Jan. 7, many faculty and students will return to Homewood after their winter breaks to partake in a Hopkins tradition that has been in existence for over forty years: Intersession. This voluntary program lasts for three weeks in January prior to the start of the Spring Semester.
Honoring World AIDS Day, on Saturday, Hopkins’s AIDS Alliance hosted an HIV/AIDS Night of Remembrance last Friday in the Charles Commons Ballroom.
The Facebook page JHU Compliments, which in the last month has accrued over 900 friends, has become a center of online attention among undergraduate students on the Homewood campus.