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Issue: Fall 2023, Volume 21, Number 1


Collage of Installation signs representing the girls who lived, worked, and trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Colored Orphan Asylum.

Footprints from the Past

With the help of their professors, undergraduates explore new ways of uncovering lost, and at times unsettling, history.

Conceptual illustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite demonstrates how members of the Johns Hopkins community are building democracy through effective dialogue.

Building up Democracy at the SNF Agora Institute

Scholars and students at the SNF Agora Institute are leading efforts to advance civic engagement.

“Ancestry Doll 1” by Baltimore-born artist Joyce J. Scott

Centerpiece: art by Joyce J. Scott

On permanent display in Gilman Hall’s Hutzler Reading Room, “Ancestry Doll 1” by Baltimore-born artist Joyce J. Scott.

paint palette with a variety of complimentary color combinations from yellow and violet

Trusting the Process at the Center for Visual Arts

Center for Visual Arts nears 50 years of evolution.


Johns Hopkins Opens a New Home in Washington, D.C.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center, focused on policy and housing JHU’s new School of Government and Policy, opened this fall in Washington, D.C.

From the Krieger School Dean

Fall 2023 updates from Christopher S. Celenza, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Environmental Justice in Curtis Bay

Students in the Environ­mental Justice Workshop went to class in South Baltimore’s Curtis Bay, to work with residents who are lobbying against transport company CSX.

Missing Piece in Human Genome Decoded

The chromosome associated with male development, which is the last mysterious piece of the human genome, has been fully sequenced by a team including Johns Hopkins University scientists.

Art Historian Daniel Weiss Returns

Art historian Daniel H. Weiss, A&S ’82 (MA), ’92 (PhD), has returned to Johns Hopkins as Homewood Professor of the Humanities.


Digital Comedy Series Takes Dad Jokes Seriously

Adam Rodgers, Faxon Director of Film and Media Studies, on his online comedy series Turf Valley.

Do We Hear Silence?

Psychological and Brain Sciences faculty and students investigate whether silence affects our auditory systems the same way noise does.

The Political Dynamics of Disasters

Sarah Parkinson has dedicated her research to studying the behavior of organizations that are active in conflict and crisis zones.


Yulia Frumer on edible landscaping

Yulia Frumer holds a professorship in East Asian science, but she also is an experienced gardener who uses fruits, herbs, and edible flowers in her landscaping.

Ask the professor: Danielle Evans

We ask Associate Professor Danielle Evans about her writing process and how she drafts her work.

Questioning Reality and Our Place in It

William Egginton discusses his new book “The Rigor of Angels: Borges, Heisenberg, Kant, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality.”

Student Research

Agricultural Development and Food Sovereignty

Iván Ruiz-Hernández speaks about his research into the food systems affecting small farms in southern Mexico. 

Helping Avoid Opioid Relapse

Robbie Kuang discusses her research on whether cannabidiol might help people cope better with opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Pop Culture and Feminism

Arusa Malik discusses her First-Year Fellowship focused on using library artifacts to understand connections between feminism and pop culture over the last 100 years.

Ending Disparity in Birthing

Cleo Bluthenthal hopes her research on high maternal mortality, especially for Black women, may help develop policies to improve preterm birth and maternal deaths.


Syllabus: Children’s Literature and the Self

All about the Comparative Thought and Literature class “Children’s Literature and the Self: From Fairy Tales to Science Fiction”


Seeds of Success

Mahzi Malcolm Martin ’15 is the founder of Planticular, a Manhattan-based company that helps individuals and organizations design and maintain plant-filled indoor and outdoor spaces.

Brewing Up a Little History

Noah Chadwick ’13 is part owner of Mobtown Brewing Company, which opened in 2019 in a southeast Baltimore neighborhood.

Gulfstream Expert

Jenifer Clark ’75 MA is a satellite oceanographer specializing in the patterns of the Gulf Stream.

Bringing Art to New Audiences

Asma Naeem ’91 is the new director of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Notable: Cherié Butts

Cherié Butts ’92 BS, ’97 MS is a medical director in the Therapeutics Development Unit at Biogen, a global biotechnology company that seeks to develop novel therapies for complex diseases.

On Campus

Blue Jays take the lead

What’s happening around the quad this year: focus on Blue Jay athletics and their stellar progress last year.

Collective Creativity

JHU students contribute to murals across Baltimore as part of the art club bARTimore.