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Issue: Spring 2023, Volume 20, Number 2


Justice for All?

Political scientist and sociologist Vesla Weaver is spending her career listening to and researching the voices of a sizable group of people whose experience of democracy, citizenship, and government is completely different from that of those not living under police surveillance.

Homewood Field


Looking out over the JHU lacrosse field.

Members of The Natural History of the Homewood Campus course sift through soil near Olin Hall in search of organisms like worms and isopods.

Sparking the Imagination in First-Year Seminars

From the journey of the earthworm to signs of racial inequity, First-Year Seminars cover a range of topics that inspire new college students.

Illustration by Traci Daberko showing profiles and figures representing mentorship

The Building Blocks of Mentorship

In higher education circles, mentors play a critical role in influencing the academic, career, and life paths of their mentees. Mentors say they also learn valuable lessons.


Defending Baltimore Against Climate Change

The Baltimore Social-Environmental Collaborative will work to advance under­standing of local environmental conditions at the neighborhood level.

Religion and Colonization in Mexico

The Experiential Research Lab “Holy Conquest: Religion and Colonization in 16th-Century Mexico” travelled to Mexico during intersession to get in-person experience with the art.

Decoding Digital Humanities

The Center for Digital Humanities help scholars combine the powers of the human brain with the powers of compu­tation.

Krieger Faculty Awards Spring 2023

Spring 2023 faculty awards include election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NSF CAREER grants, and The Podcast Academy’s “Best Host.”

Students Trace Overlooked History in Sacred Places

Students in the community course “Researching the Africana Archive: Black Cemetery Stories” contribute to the historical record while learning about the history of Black Baltimore.

Books to Read in Spring 2023

Our Krieger School faculty tell us about the books they are enjoying in Spring 2023.

Seeing Ancient Color

The class “Ancient Color: The Technologies and Meanings of Color in Antiquity” helps students look at what art may have looked like when it was made hundreds of years ago.

Protecting the Coral Reefs of Cuba

Adjunct Professor David Guggenheim uses the coral reefs of Cuba as an example of how we can protect and save reefs around the world.

A Game Theory Strategy to Fight Political Gridlock

Associate Professor Ying Chen uses game theory to investigate effective long-term political actions, especially around the environment and sustainability.

Uncovering the Myths of Leonardo 

Art history professor Stephen J. Campbell wants us to focus on the Leonardo da Vinci we know, not the way we imagine him.

Riding the Gravitational Waves

Berti was recently awarded the 2023 American Physical Society’s Richard A. Isaacson Award in Gravitational-Wave Science for his work on black holes and gravitational waves.

Student Digest

Community from Film 

Film and media studies student Cierra Gladden created her thriller short, “Sundown,” and made new steps in finding community and supporting diverse voices in film.

Why JHU Students Love Earth and Planetary Sciences

JHU Earth and Planetary Sciences students tell us why they love their major.

Five Questions with Rachelle Hernandez, Student Affairs

Rachelle Hernandez, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, discusses how she aims to help students have a better and easier four years at JHU.

Reining in Gun Violence

Public Health Studies major Kobi Khong works with the Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions on red flag laws, police shootings, and road rage incidents.

Right the Wrongs of Mass Incarceration

International studies and economics major Ava Levine’s work on the focus of women after incarceration and with the Maryland Justice Project is leading her to a new path.

Minimizing Wildfire Damage

Neuroscience major Nandita Balaji is also the COO of InfernoGuard, a startup wildfire assessment tool that aims to help landowners lower their risk of fire and damage.


For the Glory of Sport

Andrew Chen ’93 has been an orthopedic surgeon to olympians and more, and works to improve ski safety.

Improving America’s Archives

Allison Marsh ’08 PhD uses historical objects to teach the public about the history of science and technology, and get them more excited about archives and civic engagement.

U.S. Navy Commander Finds His Place in History

Ryan Mewett ’22 PhD completed his PhD focusing on modern naval warfare and is now a faculty member at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Krieger School Alumni News Spring 2023

Notable alumni news from spring 2023, including career achievement awards, and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Then and Now: Pep Band

The JHU Pep Band in 1921 and 2021.

Kweisi Mfume at JHU

Highlighting Krieger School alumnus and congressperson Kweisi Mfume’s accomplishments.