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Issue: Spring 2014, Volume 11, Number 2


In a CLASS By Itself

Astrophysics team is building a new telescope to study origins of the universe

Doing Good

From challenged neighborhoods in Baltimore to the steamy banks of Uganda’s Lake Victoria, the Krieger School’s public health students are working to improve lives.

Crocodile Rock

This Egyptian limestone relief of a crocodile resides in the Krieger School’s Archaeological Museum.

Game On!

JHU’s student athletes balance rigorous academics with demanding sports… and they love it.


Archaeological Refugee

Glenn Schwartz, the Whiting Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, talks about how civil unrest can affect fieldwork.

Sheridan Libraries Acquire John Barth Collection

The John Barth Collection documents the creative output and career of Professor Emeritus John Barth, the American fiction writer, essayist, and teacher.

Bloomberg Professors to Address World Problems

The first Bloomberg Distinguished Professors have arrived in the School of Arts and Sciences with a mandate to foster collaboration across Johns Hopkins’ many divisions.

Newman Named Provost at UMass Amherst

Katherine Newman, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“A Silicon Valley of the Arts”

Unveiling plans to transform the Parkway Theatre into a vibrant headquarters for advanced film studies, filmmaking, film screening, and creative entrepreneurship.

Tapping into Big Data

The secrets of hundreds of millions of galaxies and stars are stored in a humming, whirring computer-filled room on the first floor of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Renowned Electronic Musician Joins Krieger School Faculty

Thomas Dolby, known in some circles for his hit song “She Blinded Me With Science,” has been named the Krieger School’s first Homewood Professor of the Arts.

Exploring the Depths of Mathematics and Philosophy

Caleb Baechtold ’16 came to Johns Hopkins thinking he knew exactly what he wanted to do. It took just one class for that to change.


Field of Dreams—and Stats

Rany Jazayerli’s ’95 analytical approach has added a whole new dimension to the world of professional baseball.

Finding the Silence

An award-winning veteran journalist and public radio reporter, Joanne Silberner ’77 has tackled the toughest stories.

Making Medieval Art Come Alive

C. Griffith Mann ’02 (PhD), is the Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Prescription for Community Health

Aletha Maybank ’96, an assistant health commissioner in New York City, is a pediatrician by training but mostly works as a preventive/public health physician.


Learning from History

Political science professor Steven Teles teaches a class called Policy Errors, Mistakes and Disasters: Learning from Failure.

After Apartheid

Katherine Newman’s new book is a penetrating and poignant exploration of race, prosperity, class, identity, and the shifting soil of hope, 20 years after the first free election.


Chris Hynes '14: A Question of Morality

Chris Hynes, a double major in mathematics and philosophy, explores competing views of morality.

Kelsey Champagne '15: History Detective

Kelsey Champagne’s work meticulously creates a micro-history of a little known historical figure, Solomon Aldred.

Olivia Schieber '14: Soldiers of South Korea

Olivia Schieber had the opportunity to hear firsthand from Korean nationals about their military experience—information that is typically only found in Korean.

Katherine Robinson '14: Refugee Assimilation

Katherine Robinson has been observing and interviewing members of Baltimore’s Nepali-Bhutanese refugee community to help promote smoother integration for future populations.

Paul Sungbae Park '15: Listening to the Deaf

Anthropology major Paul Park wanted to better understand members of the deaf community and how they communicate.

Shanna Murray '14: Mapping Language

Shanna Murray’s research lies at the intersection of her two majors: cognitive science and Romance languages.

Jordan Hoffman '14: The Secret Lives of Proteins

Jordan Hoffman’s project focuses on protein folding and protein energetics.