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May 27, 2020

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Research cluster helps bridge disparate ideas of indigenous literature studies and conservation

The Office for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creativity Activity (URSCA) launched a new initiative to foster dialogue across and beyond the humanities: the Humanities Research Clusters. Each cluster examines a theme through the lens of specialties as seemingly unrelated as indigenous literature studies and conservation ecology, such as the Postcolonialism Ecocriticism Interdisciplinary Research Cluster.



Organic farming uses more land than conventional

One of the main concerns about conventional agriculture is pesticide use, specifically runoff and residues. Although these are valid concerns with conventional agriculture, they are prominent concerns with organic agriculture too. Just because organic foods are treated with less pesticides does not mean they are pesticide free. 



Hopkins alum discusses the history and future of nuclear waste

Christophor Neuzil, a Hopkins alum and retired research hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, presented on the legacy of nuclear waste on Tuesday as part of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering’s M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series.


URS invites students to learn about neuroaesthetics

The Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience (Nu Rho Psi), the Neuroscience Department and the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR) hosted the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) on Tuesday. The Symposium aims to provide students with internal opportunities to present the research they have been conducting. The symposium provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to submit an abstract and present their research. 


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Jessica Kasamoto encourages students take time to think about their major.

If you’re an engineering major for any of these reasons, don’t be

If there’s anything that I’ve learned during my two-and-almost-a-half years in the Hopkins bubble, it’s that Hopkins is quite literally the place of existential crisis. Maybe not quite literally — if you are a philosophy major you may actually know what the term “existential crisis” entails and may strongly disagree with that statement — but you know what I’m talking about.


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Like the MSH major, da Vinci’s Vitruvian man combines science and art.  

MSH is an interdisciplinary major perfect for pre-meds

Have you wanted to learn about the complex meanings hidden in artworks of the Middle Ages but struggled to balance such interests alongside passions in science coursework? Worry no more, as Hopkins holds one of the nation’s few dedicated majors in Medicine, Science and the Humanities (MSH).


Panelists highlight maternal mortality as an under-researched area

Thousands of women around the world die every year of maternal mortality. Millions more suffer from stigmas and cultural misconceptions around women’s health. In recognition of the importance of the taboo topic of women’s menstruation and health, Wings and Global Medical Brigades came together to host four panelists specializing in research and advocacy for their fall speaker event, Women’s Health: Global Perspectives. 


Courtney Lab studies prefrontal cortex and cognitive control

Imagine walking into a busy restaurant with a friend, sitting down and discussing what you will both be ordering tonight. In the booths next to you, bustling conversations about sports and work are happening, but you do not pay much attention to them. Your attention is on the task at hand, on ordering your meal and chatting with your friend. 


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Students swapped gently used clothes and made reusable tote bags.

SHIP launches market for second-hand clothes

Sustainable Hopkins Innovative Projects (SHIP) marked the launch of Blue Jay Threads, Hopkins first online and pop-up thrift store, with a clothing swap event at the Beach on Friday, Oct. 25. SHIP is a student organization that aims to increase the University’s participation in sustainability initiatives through a variety of programs and events


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Dr. Arash Kheradvar talked about the history of heart valve research.

Seminar highlights the role of heart valve transplants in medicine

Dr. Arash Kheradvar of University of California, Irvine discussed how his interest in heart valves began in his talk “Emerging Trends in Heart Valve Engineering and its Translation to Clinical Medicine” on Oct. 25. Using Leonardo da Vinci’s discoveries, he began further research into heart valves in 2002 at the California Institute of Technology. 


Professor studies decision-making and the brain

Daeyeol Lee, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychological and Brain Sciences, researches neuroeconomics in order to understand the neural mechanisms of decision making. Lee joined Hopkins last year. Primarily, he works at the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. 


Hopkins alum discusses barriers to AI in health care

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in various industries is becoming increasingly widespread. Soon, AI may become more integral to hospitals. Indeed, health care might be the field that the public is most reluctant to see AI applied to. On Oct. 22, Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh addressed the employment of AI in health care in his talk titled “The Future of AI, Health, and Creativity.” He was invited by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Nanobiotechnology (INBT). 


Isik lab uses computer models to understand vision

With the blink of an eye, humans are able to extract more information than advanced computer vision systems. An image is translated from millions of pixels in seconds, and we are able to not only recognize objects and other humans, but also perceive social interactions. 


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Agara Bio hosts event combining biology and art

Agara Bio, a community biology lab and innovation center founded by undergraduates in fall 2018, hosted “Agar Art” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 18. “Agar Art” has participants trace microbes on petri dishes in order to create colorful art after the microbes are placed in an incubator. This marks one of many community-based events that Agara Bio’s organizers have held and aim to hold.


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Basal ganglia research could explain autism

Dr. Bernardo Sabatini, a professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, gave a talk titled “Basal Ganglia Circuitry for Action Selection and Evaluation” on Oct. 17 at the Hopkins Preclinical Teaching Building at the School of Medicine. 


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