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Issue: Spring 2019, Volume 16, Number 2



In March, Shriver Hall reopened after an 18-month renovation, transforming from a 1950s-era auditorium into a state-of-the-art performance center.

A Fraying Union

From Brexit to the rise of right- and left-wing populism, the once-harmonious European Union is beset by discord. Our experts weigh in on what the future might hold.

Sites of Discovery

For humanities scholars at the Krieger School, no two research “labs” are alike. In these stories, we give you a window into the world of five researchers whose academic inquiries unfold in a wide variety of spaces.

Remembering Stephen Hawking

A little more than a year after the death of Stephen Hawking, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Alan Yuille describes his one-time PhD mentor as “one of the most heroic people of all time.”


Faculty Awards

The latest recognitions of our stellar faculty.

Sports Briefs: Spring 2019

News headlines in Hopkins sports.

Snapshot: From the Office of Emmy Smith

Take a peek into the office of this assistant professor from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and see fossils that are about 550 million years old.

What are you reading?

Our professors talk about books.

New Bloomberg Professors Named

Filipe Campante, Nilabh Shastri, and Daeyeol Lee have joined Johns Hopkins University as Bloomberg Distinguished Professors.

Seen & Heard: Julia Burdick-Will

Some kids have a harder time getting to a school than others, not for any fault of their own, but because of the way the transportation system is set up, because of the way crime clusters in particular places. Getting kids to school is going to have to be something that we pay more attention […]

Seen & Heard: Adam Riess

This is not the first time the universe has been expanding too fast.

Seen & Heard: Daniel Schlozman

Baltimore’s insular politics, with its interlocked civic and political elite, and without clear divides among parties or factions, creates the conditions for scandals like this one.”

Seen & Heard: Andrew J. Cherlin

The presidential candidates are finally reflecting the diversity of family life in the country. If they seem a bewildering array of families, well, so does the nation.

Seen & Heard: Laurence Ball

Lehman’s failure caused extraordinary panic. Technically, some of the damage can be traced back to its effect on the money market funds because Lehman defaulted its commercial paper. Absent the Lehman failure, the recession would have been less severe and handled correctly, this period would look more like the dot-com bubble bursting or the savings […]

Student Center Coming to Homewood Campus

The long-awaited facility will be a home for all Hopkins students, tailored to their needs and shaped by their input.

News Briefs: Spring 2019

More stories of note from around the Krieger School.

@JHUArtsSciences: Spring 2019

Jillian Hesler, a visual arts minor, created a caption-less cartoon for our Instagram contest, and chemistry graduate student Sophie Melvin submitted the winning entry.

Letters to the Editor

Read excerpts from letters and emails written by alumni in response to the Fall 2018 issue’s cover story, ’68: The year that changed everything.

SNF Agora Institute Announces Inaugural Director

Political scientist Hahrie Han has been named as the inaugural director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

In Memoriam

We remember P.M. Forni, professor of Italian; Riccardo Giacconi, professor and Nobel Laureate; and Jim Margraff, the winningest football coach in JHU history.


Works in Progress

A glimpse at ongoing faculty research.


More Faculty Books

New publications from Krieger School faculty.

Snapshot: From the Office of Emmy Smith

Take a peek into the office of this assistant professor from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and see fossils that are about 550 million years old.

The Power of Cork

David A. Taylor’s new book, Cork Wars, relates how the buoyant bark of a specific oak generated surprising wartime significance and intrigue.

Student Research

Counting for a Cure

Junior Emnet Atlabachew investigates the mechanisms underlying epilepsy in neurological disorders.

Wizard of Vlog

Angelamarie Malkoun, a Writing Seminars and history double major, reads and researches young adult fantasy books as part of her Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Colorful Questions

Senior neuroscience major Brianna Aheimer researches how congenitally blind and sighted individuals learn about color.

Neighborhood Watch

Public health major Bronte Nevins examines patterns of investment and disinvestment in 10 neighborhoods in Baltimore City.


Syllabus: History Meets Social Media Age: #lawsocialjustice

Six sessions of Martha Jones’ History of Law and Social Justice course took the form of Twitter chats.

Major Infatuation: Chemistry

Hear from several students why they chose to major in Chemistry.


Halting Epilepsy in Its Tracks

Alexander Rotenberg ’93, a neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, is working to prevent epilepsy after injury.

Curriculum Vitae: Wes Moore

Wes Moore—author, combat veteran, social entrepreneur.

Border Crossings

William Brumfield’s books on Russian architecture have won him considerable acclaim.

Camera Ready

Rachel Witkin ’14 has been rising through the ranks of NBC’s television news division and is now the associate producer of Hardball.

Alumni to Watch: Spring 2019

A Jeopardy! winner and a next-generation leader. Our alumni are going places.

Alumni Kudos: Spring 2019

A round of applause for what our alumni have accomplished.

Riding a Dream from Hopkins to Hollywood

Emma Needell ’11 has written three scripts slated for production this year, one of which has attracted Disney and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

On Campus

By the Numbers: Spring 2019

Johns Hopkins’ intramural sports range from soccer and basketball to inner tube water polo and wallyball.

Five Questions: Farouk Dey

Farouk Dey is the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design.

How does your garden grow?

The Blue Jay’s Perch, a community garden located at Johns Hopkins Eastern, was designed to teach safe and environmentally sustainable food production methods.