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November 28, 2020

Science & Technology



How math can help to create winning brackets

One in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 92 followed by 18 zeros) — those are the odds of one generating a perfect bracket for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Division-I Basketball Tournament, or what is more commonly known as “March Madness.” On Feb. 6, the Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Applied Math (HUSAM) invited Professor Tim Chartier from Davidson College to give a talk on how ranking methods and algorithms could better your chances of making a winning bracket.


Professor recognized for work on photochemistry

David Yarkony, D. Mead Johnson professor of Chemistry and chair of the department, received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in theoretical chemistry for 2020 last month, and will be honored in San Francisco this year. 




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A majority of the air pollution in India is due to the congested traffic. 

The Taj Mahal’s beauty is blurred by pollution

Over winter break, I went to India. I mainly stayed in Mumbai for around three weeks. My family and I wanted to visit the Taj Mahal, but the concerns regarding the dangerous pollution there deterred our plans. However, the pollution problem is still bad in Mumbai. The air is hazy from sunrise to sunset, and the evening sun is darkened by smog.


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The next frontier to be conquered in health care is chronic diseases.

Technology can create personalized health care

Algorithms are steadily finding their way into health care. The influence of personal technologies and the implementation of computing systems to support a patient-oriented approach to their health was the topic of Maia Jacobs’ talk on Feb. 4 titled “One Size Doesn’t Fit Anyone: Tailoring Digital Tools for Personal Health Journeys.” 


Sift through noise with Archeological Studies

Popularized by the adventurous Indiana Jones, archaeology is a field that contributes critical information to the discovery of lost histories of the past. Discovery is often a word that connotes the future. Yet, in terms of archaeology, it applies to unraveling the mysteries of previous societies and prehistoric trends. 



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Cabral’s research suggests that workers’ compensation increases medical spending.

Workers’ compensation affects medical spending

When an employee suffers an on-the-job injury, their employer gives them full coverage for medical expenditures associated with that injury. To what extent, Marika Cabral wondered, does that coverage influence behaviors like medical spending, program costs and welfare? 


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Hausker espoused the production of bioenergy and carbon capture methods in his presentation.

Seminar outlines zero-net carbon emission plan

On Jan. 28, the Department of Health and Engineering at Hopkins hosted Karl Hausker, who is a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute’s Climate Program. His talk, titled “Getting to Net-Zero: Climate Challenges and Solutions,” was part of the M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series. 






Finals Health Series: Feed your brain micronutrients and a rainbow of vegetables

Whether you’re munching on hot Cheetos or downing a Monster at 1 a.m., it is easy to neglect your diet during finals season. Often we get so caught up in our workload that we skip meals, and when we finally have the time to eat, we reach for comfort foods and skip the salad. Yet as finals approach, students should be mindful of eating balanced meals. 



Europe is leading the fight against climate change while the U.S. falls behind

These past couple of months have been eventful in terms of climate change. While it is always possible to take more action, any progress is a step in the right direction. A month ago, Italy became the first country to require education on climate change. The education will first be taught through civics courses but will expand to be included in all subjects.


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Seven to nine hours a night is recommended, but even a ‘caffeine nap’ can help.

Finals Health Series: Sleep clears waste in the brain and recharges cells

It’s 2 a.m. and you’re starting to do that thing where you fall asleep in 10 second intervals before waking up and rereading the same paragraph of your textbook, then falling asleep again somewhere in the middle of it. Your task list sits next to you, a laundry list of assignments and reminders that haven’t been checked off yet. Five more minutes, you think, I just need to finish this chapter. 


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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. 


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