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August 1, 2021

Science & Technology



COURTESY OF TASGOLA BRUN
PETA protesters, including an owl mascot, lined the entrance to the University’s commencement celebration on Thursday evening.

PETA protests Hopkins owl lab at commencement

Guests at the 2021 Commencement ceremony were greeted by several protesters representing the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday, May 27. The protesters gathered outside Homewood Field at 6:30 p.m. in opposition to research conducted by Professor Shreesh Mysore.







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Cities with PFAS-contaminated water supplies may become entirely reliant on bottled water.

An overview of PFAS and how they impact our environmental health

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people have been exposed to Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The agency reports that human epidemiological studies have found increased cholesterol levels in exposed populations and instances of low infant birth weights, immunodeficiencies, cancer for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and thyroid hormone disruption for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).


COURTESY OF JOTHAM SUEZ
Jotham Suez moved to Baltimore in January to start a new laboratory at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Suez lab explores the human microbiome at Bloomberg

When poet Walt Whitman wrote the famous line “I contain multitudes,” trillions of microbes were probably not what he had in mind. The analogy, however, is fitting for scientists studying the microscopic ecosystem that exists both on human skin and in the gut, referred to as the microbiome. Like fingerprints, every human has a slightly different microbial society taking root inside of them. 







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Researchers found that nurses with seasonal allergies benefited the most from wearing masks.

Masks may ward off seasonal allergies

A new study could provide relief for seasonal allergy sufferers. The paper, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggests that wearing masks may relieve some symptoms of allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.




COURTESY OF BAYLEIGH MURRAY
Researchers identified cell moving mechanisms, including what occurs when two cells are about to collide. 

New techniques help explain how cells interact in 3D environments

Whether it’s a lab technician staring at a petri dish from above or a Hopkins student taking notes from a PowerPoint, biology is often only studied from a two-dimensional perspective. A team of scientists at Hopkins and Virginia Tech has begun to shift this perspective with a recent paper exploring cell motility, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


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Latrobe Hall is home to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Engineer things that move with the MechE major

“The satisfaction of seeing something on paper and in my head become a reality, and especially when it does something — for example if it moves, or makes sounds... even if it’s something small... that is what I find most rewarding about mechanical engineering.”


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Kasamoto reflects on her experiences as a freshman and offers advice for overcoming impostor syndrome. 

Tips for overcoming impostor syndrome

With the second round of midterms in swing, I hope everyone on campus is officially somewhat oriented with the semi-in-person college experience and has made at least made one midnight trip to UniMini for chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks. 


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