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September 19, 2020

Science & Technology



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Students can attend fitness classes at the Rec Center even during finals week.

Finals Health Series: Exercise can boost academic performance

Finals season drives many students to change their daily routines. Sleep schedules are adjusted, time set aside to socialize decreases and exercise routines are minimized or eliminated altogether. In general, these activities are not prioritized by students during this demanding time. However, it has been proven that exercise has benefits for both mental health and academic performance. 


It’s okay not to be productive over intersession

Dear freshmen, First and foremost, let me personally congratulate you for surviving your first semester of classes. You made it to December. Winter is coming. The weather outside is frightful, and while finals aren’t that delightful, just remember that we are exactly 20 days from Christmas. 


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Studies suggest that taking a moment to reflect on broader goals boosts performance.

Finals Health Series: Intermittent study breaks are not a waste of time

Every student has been there at some point. Massive projects and exams are looming on the horizon, and one begins to feel the pressure for every moment of the day to be occupied with reading through the textbook and going through practice problems. It seems as if there is so much work to do, and it feels as if there is no room for downtime.


Research in the Physics Department is vast and varied

Very few of us have left this planet to travel to black holes or neighboring galaxies. However, there are certainly those of us that study such astronomical bodies and the universal laws that apply to them. Much research and teaching regarding such phenomenal aspects of our universe occur in the Department of Physics and Astronomy here at Hopkins.




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

Chemist studies plants’ light-capturing abilities

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

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.




Students share gap year and med school advice

For those who have decided to take a gap year between their undergraduate education and medical school, the question of what to do during that year can be overwhelming. Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), a collegiate honor society and academic fraternity for students of the biological sciences, hosted a Research & Medicine Gap-Year Student Panel earlier this month. Four Hopkins alum, who are currently on their gap years, shared their experiences on the panel. 


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The Aedes aeqypti species transmits a variety of diseases including Zika.

Study shows how mosquitoes sense human scent

Although most people in the United States perceive mosquitoes as no more than an annoyance, mosquitoes are, in fact, the world’s deadliest animal. About seven million people are infected by mosquitoes each year, resulting in over one million deaths. 







Environmental activists consider policy solutions to climate change

On Nov. 9, Support Her Election, Hopkins Democrats and the Center for Social Concern hosted a policy symposium featuring a panel on climate change. Moderator Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, member at large of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, was joined by panelists Rosa Hance, vice chair of the Maryland Sierra Club’s executive committee, and Allison Vogt, deputy state director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). 


Hopkins Dining manages and minimizes food waste

Food waste has maintained visibility as an issue across the U.S., with over 35 million tons generated per year, and up to 40 percent of food being discarded. Indirectly, food waste also results in the wasting of resources used to generate and transport food, not to mention unnecessary costs to families who buy food that will never be eaten. It indicates a lack of efficiency in a country where almost one in nine households is still food insecure.


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