January at Hopkins

While the Homewood Campus may feel a bit quiet and cold in the month of January, there are plenty of exciting things going on!  While the snow piled up, Hopkins students were busily engaged in Intersession courses, including trips abroad, while our student-athletes were hard at work bringing in wins and awards.  The Whiting School, after receiving its largest gift ever, has plans for a new research building and our program in Egypt has a new way to follow along with their archaeological work.


The Intersession Program at Johns Hopkins has been in existence for over forty years.  A diverse selection of topical, engaging and non-typical courses are offered, often on a pass/fail grading scale.  Best of all, tuition is free for degree-seeking undergraduates who registered full-time for the Fall semester!  Classes ranged from “Animals and Politics in Africa” to “The Neurobiology of Food Intake and Overeating” to Ballroom Dancing to Wine Appreciation (for those 21+!). 

Intersession 2011 also marked the fourth year of “B’More: A Common Freshman Experience,” offering a set of courses to introduce freshmen to Baltimore and help them establish a relationship that will transcend beyond the program and their time at Hopkins.  The program immerses students in the city and shows the ways in which the civic and cultural resources of the city can enhance a Hopkins education.  Some course options include “Spare Change/Make Change: Examining Homelessness in Baltimore,” “Environmental Health in Baltimore,” “The Water Taxi Diaries: Travel Writing,” and “E.A. Poe and H.L. Mencken.”  For more information about the B’More program, see this Gazette article: http://gazette.jhu.edu/2011/02/07/a-spirited-adventure/ 


 Johns Hopkins Egyptologist Betsy Bryan and her team of students, artists, conservators and photographers returned to their investigation of Mut Temple in January, focusing their attention to the area south of the temple’s Sacred Lake.  The team chronicled their experiences online at “Hopkins in Egypt Today” to educate visitors by showing the elements of archaeological work in progress.  The photos and detailed captions emphasize not only discoveries, but the teamwork among Bryan, her colleagues, students, and their “gufti,” the local crew members who are trained in archaeology.


Malone Hall is set to be the newest building on the Homewood Campus, thanks to a $30 million dollar gift from Liberty Media Corp. chairman and Johns Hopkins alumnus John C. Malone.  Malone Hall will be located on the Decker Quadrangle, between Mason Hall and Hackerman Hall.  The new building will allow researchers to collaborate with colleagues from other Johns Hopkins divisions to learn to tailor therapies for individual patients and devise systems-based approaches to some of society’s biggest problems.  The 56,000-square-foot research building is funded by this gift, the largest ever to the Whiting School.  To learn more: http://eng.jhu.edu/wse/at-the-school/building-excitement


Hopkins’ winter sports teams are brining all sorts of excitement to campus – women’s basketball (16-4) has just come off of a seven-game winning streak, while men’s fencing took on three top-ten teams at the Penn State Invitational.  Meanwhile, the water polo team placed three players on the Association of College Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America teams.  Men’s basketball junior Tim McCarty has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District II First Team and women’s basketball senior Siobhan Callanan has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Third Team.  Go Blue Jays!


 The geology work of a Johns Hopkins postdoctoral student (and her twin sister) while they were graduate students at Temple University has helped define a new species of dinosaur discovered in Utah.  The new species was named Geminiraptor suarezarum, for Marina Suarez and her sister Celina.  The six- to seven-foot long raptor-like dinosaur with large eyes and dexterous claws lived about 125 million years ago.