Category: Whiting School of Engineering

Students’ cellphone screening device for anemia wins $250,000 prize

July 23, 2012

  Could a low-cost screening device connected to a cellphone save thousands of women and children from anemia-related deaths and disabilities? That’s the goal of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering undergraduates who say they’ve developed a noninvasive way to identify women with this dangerous blood disorder in developing nations. The device is designed to convert the […]

Paddle vs. propeller: Which competitive swimming stroke is superior?

June 25, 2012

Two swimming strokes—one that pulls through the water like a boat paddle and another that whirls to the side like a propeller—are commonly used by athletes training for the Olympic Games. (U.S. swimming trials begin today in Omaha, Neb.) But elite swimmers and their coaches have long argued over which arm motion is more likely […]

For the Record: Iglesias installed as Edward J. Schaefer Professor in Electrical Engineering

June 25, 2012

Pablo A. Iglesias, director of the Johns Hopkins Cellular Signaling Control Laboratory, has been named the Edward J. Schaefer Professor in Electrical Engineering, in the fifth and final Whiting School of Engineering endowed professorship installation of the academic year. Peter N. Devreotes, professor and director of the Department of Cell Biology at the School of […]

CryoPop takes first in national contest

June 11, 2012

A Johns Hopkins team took first prize in the 2012 BMEidea competition, sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The winning design, CryoPop, is a low-cost medical device that uses dry ice for the treatment of cervical precancerous lesions. Today cervical cancer kills an estimated 250,000 women, with 85 percent of the disease burden […]

Study shows efforts to heal the Chesapeake Bay are working

November 7, 2011

Efforts to reduce the flow of fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay appear to be giving a boost to the bay’s health, a new study that analyzed 60 years of water-quality data has concluded. The study, published in the November issue of Estuaries and Coasts, was conducted by researchers from The […]

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 […]

Engineering for Professionals launches iPhone app

October 10, 2011

Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, part of the Whiting School of Engineering, has created a free iPhone app for students, faculty and staff. The app, which also works on the iPod Touch and iPad, provides an easy way for affiliates to access the academic calendar, obtain timely information on the EP education centers and link […]

Three from Johns Hopkins to receive Presidential Early Career Awards

October 3, 2011

Johns Hopkins faculty members who study robotics, biostatistics and international health are among 94 researchers selected this year to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The awards, announced last week by President Barack Obama, are the U.S. government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent […]

James E. West to be honored in two-day symposium

October 3, 2011

A symposium in honor of James Edward West will be held this weekend on the Homewood campus in celebration of his 80th birthday and his contributions to science and to diversity. West, a world-renowned African-American inventor and engineer, is a research professor of electrical and computer engineering and of mechanical engineering in Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School […]

Protein ‘switches’ could turn cancer cells into tiny chemo factories

October 2, 2011

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a protein “switch” that instructs cancer cells to produce their own anti-cancer medication. In lab tests, the researchers showed that these switches, working from inside the cells, can activate a powerful cell-killing drug when the device detects a marker linked to cancer. The goal, the scientists said, is to deploy […]

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