Category: Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

They were what they ate: Pre-humans ate only forest foods

July 9, 2012

You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and that seems to have been as true 2 million years ago, when pre-human relatives were swinging through the trees and racing across the savannas of South Africa, as it is today. A study published June 27 in the journal Nature reveals that Australopithecus sediba, an […]

Citizen science: Thousands tested their ‘gut’ sense for numbers

July 9, 2012

A first-of-its-kind study using the World Wide Web to collect data from more than 10,000 study subjects ages 11 to 85 found that humans’ inborn “number sense” improves during school years, declines during old age and remains linked throughout the entire lifespan to academic mathematics achievement. The study, led by psychologist Justin Halberda of The Johns […]

JHU’s Bennett and WMAP team awarded Gruber Cosmology Prize

June 25, 2012

The Gruber Foundation announced June 20 that the 2012 Cosmology Prize will be awarded to Johns Hopkins University Professor Charles L. Bennett and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe space mission science team that he led. Bennett and the WMAP team are being recognized by the foundation for their transformative study of an ancient light dating […]

Flexner family’s contributions to medical education are honored

June 25, 2012

Four generations of the Flexner family, starting with Abraham Flexner, who in 1886 earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences, and continuing on to his great-great-nephew Charles Flexner, who graduated from the university’s School of Medicine in 1982, will be honored with the 2012 Heritage Award […]

Krieger School names associate dean for external affairs

June 25, 2012

Debra Lannon, an experienced fundraiser and longtime member of the Johns Hopkins community, has been appointed associate dean for external affairs for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She will lead the school’s development, stewardship and communications efforts. Lannon began her career at Johns Hopkins in 1987 at the School of Professional Studies in […]

NSF funds massive data ‘pipeline’

November 7, 2011

Financed by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant, one of the world’s fastest and most advanced scientific computer networks—one capable of transferring in and out of The Johns Hopkins University per day the amount of data equivalent to 80 million file cabinets filled with text—will be built on the university’s Homewood campus, with support […]

Brains come wired for cooperation, JHU neuroscientist asserts

November 7, 2011

When legal commentator Nancy Grace and her partner danced a lively rumba to Spandau Ballet’s 1980s hit True on Dancing With the Stars, more was going on in her brain than worry about her footwork. Deep in Grace’s cortex, millions of neurons were hard at work doing what they apparently had been built to do: […]

Krieger School launches master of arts degree in public management

November 7, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University has launched a master of arts degree in public management. Based at the university’s Washington DC Center, the part-time graduate program combines rigorous academics and strategic skills to meet the challenges of government and policymaking in the 21st century. The curriculum is designed for working professionals in the government and nonprofit […]

Johns Hopkins Nobelists seek support for James Webb Telescope

October 31, 2011

Two Johns Hopkins Nobelists—Adam Riess and Riccardo Giacconi of the Krieger School’s Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy—participated in a press conference at the Maryland Science Center last week to support funding of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is expected to launch in 2018. The occasion was the unveiling of a permanent […]

Unveiling an ancient Roman curse to celebrate Halloween

October 31, 2011

The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is celebrating Halloween by unveiling a recently conserved 2,000-year-old Roman curse tablet, which spells out an anonymous plea for the grisly demise of a slave named Plotius. It is one of five tablets that have been part of the university’s collection since 1908, when graduate student William Sherwood Fox began […]

Master’s in biotech enterprise and entrepreneurship launches

October 31, 2011

The Johns Hopkins University is now accepting applications for the Master’s in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, or MBEE, a unique graduate degree launching in spring 2012 that is grounded in the life sciences but intended for biotechnology professionals working outside the research setting to commercialize biotechnology products. The degree will be offered by Advanced Academic […]

Baking better bread

October 24, 2011

Any way you slice it, a bread that contains critical nutrients could help combat severe malnutrition in impoverished regions. That’s the goal of Johns Hopkins undergraduates who are using synthetic biology to enhance common yeast so that it yields beta carotene, the orange substance that gives its color to carrots—and, when eaten, turns into vitamin […]

The arts: What is their role?

October 24, 2011

In the battle of right brain vs. left brain, The Johns Hopkins University is asking: Why not use both? The past, present and future of the arts at Johns Hopkins came squarely into focus earlier this month as arts program leaders from other major universities visited the Homewood campus to discuss the merits of blending […]

JHU institute named as CUDA Center of Excellence by NVIDIA

October 10, 2011

Johns Hopkins University has been named a CUDA Center of Excellence by NVIDIA, a California-based visual and parallel computing technology company, honoring the university’s pioneering use of GPU computing and the CUDA programming model across research within multiple science and engineering departments. The Center of Excellence will be headquartered in Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Data […]

Advanced Academic Programs to host two events on careers in the life sciences

October 3, 2011

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Office of Advanced Academic Programs this week is hosting two evening events called Career Opportunities in the Life Sciences and Job Search Strategies. The sessions, to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the Montgomery County Campus and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the Homewood campus, will include […]

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