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November 27, 2020

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All four panelists agreed that a large federal budget is required to incentivize the public to vaccinate.

Panelists discuss how to optimize vaccination rates

The COVID-19 Symposium, held by Hopkins Business of Health Initiative (HBHI), featured a segment titled “Financial incentives and disincentives for achieving optimal COVID-19 vaccination rates” on Friday. A panel of experts in the fields of behavioral sciences, public health and economics discussed barriers and strategies to maximize COVID-19 vaccination rates. The discussion was moderated by Mario Macis, professor of Economics at the Hopkins Carey Business School.


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Many medical schools have adapted to challenges caused by the pandemic. 

Applying to medical school during COVID-19

When Valerie Gomez, a senior Molecular and Cellular Biology major, planned to apply to medical school in the fall of 2019, she felt anxious about how she would manage the interview process. Typically, attending so many interviews would force her to miss class days and spend a large amount of money on travel.  




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Reza Kalhor is one of 20 recipients of the Packard Fellowship in 2020.

Research spotlight: Using genetic engineering to understand life's earliest stages

While movies like Jurassic World and Gattaca make the idea of editing genes seem wild and dangerous, some researchers at Hopkins have put these movie-induced fears to rest with applications for genetic engineering (which are far less likely to create dinosaurs that even Chris Pratt can’t tame). One of these scientists is Reza Kalhor, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.



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Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability has been making progress toward environmentally-friendly policies.

The story of Baltimore plastic continues to be written

The Story of Plastic is a 2019 documentary by Deia Schlosberg that provides a sweeping look into the human-made crisis of plastic waste and its effect on the planet and its population. The film illustrates an environmental catastrophe: rivers and oceans filled with plastic waste, skies filled with poisonous emissions from plastic production and fields of garbage.  


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There are several barriers to effective telehealth. 

Despite increase in use, telemedicine has shortcomings

A new study by researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that despite a spike in telemedicine adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic, significantly fewer Americans have received primary care consultations or undergone cholesterol and blood pressure assessments — two critical parameters of cardiac health. 


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The STEMulate the Vote series encourages scientists to get involved in politics. 

Hopkins Science Policy Group holds Science and Democracy seminar to "STEMulate" voting

It is no secret that the presidential election of 2020 is one of the tensest, most polarized elections in recent years and certainly one for the history books. With two drastically different candidates in such a high-stakes election, the results will have lasting implications and deep consequences on issues regarding public policy, climate change, the economy, COVID-19 and the zeitgeist of the early 21st century.




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The COVIDSMS team pose with phones displaying messages from the texting service.

CovidSMS seeks to address the digital divide

A group of Hopkins seniors have teamed up with students across the country to create CovidSMS, a short message service (SMS) platform aimed at eliminating disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception in March, CovidSMS has received over $10,000 in grants and is currently a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Challenge. 


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Topics at the Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium ranged from heliophysics to astrobiology. 

Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium highlights missions new and old

 The Space@Hopkins Virtual Symposium held on Oct. 22 explored the successes and future goals of space research across divisions of the University. The event featured talks over Zoom with Jason Kalirai, a mission area executive for civil space of the Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL); Captain Reid Wiseman, an astronaut and Hopkins alum; and Hopkins researchers who received 2019 Seed Grant Awards.  




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Tanvi Narvekar examines the different plans the presidential candidates have to deal with climate change.

Where do the presidential candidates stand on climate change?

With the election coming up quick, I thought I would give a quick overview of the plans and the positions that each of the candidates take on climate change. Although there are so many important issues that must be considered, as a part of this column, I will look at the positions on climate change. A year ago, I wrote about how the government’s role in regulation for prevention of climate change is important.


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