August at Hopkins

Johns Hopkins lecturer Matthew Porterfield wins Sondheim Artscape Prize

Matthew Porterfield, an instructor in the Johns Hopkins Film and Media Studies program, recently won Baltimore’s $25,000

Matthew Porterfield in front of his exhibit

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize for dozens of photos he snapped on his cell phone over the past year or two. The enlarged photos were on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art this summer along with other Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists. The exhibit included enlarged prints of 72 cell phone photos are arranged in a massive rectangular grid. The images, some enhanced with photo-editing software, include quirky shots of friends, pets, loved ones, landscapes and everyday objects such as a soup bowl. Some prints depict exotic locations in other countries where Porterfield, 33, had been invited to screen his movies. It also contained a video screen, flashing a minute-long loop of his cell phone photos. The images speed by at 24 frames per second, a pace so furious that an onlooker’s eyes are fooled into thinking that some of the images are blended together like double exposures. Porterfield is a full-time instructor for the Film and Media Studies program, where he teaches classes on film production, screenwriting, and film theory. He is also currently working on his film I Used to Be Darker, which began shooting last month. You can read more in the Gazette article here.


Public Briefing-Crew Members STS 134 Space Shuttle Endeavour

Members of STS-134 (Credit: NASA)

Members of the last crew to fly aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, the second-to-last flight in NASA’s space shuttle program, discussed their 16-day June mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, Aug. 4, on the Homewood campus. Participating astronauts include Mark Kelly, who commanded Endeavour’s STS-134 mission; pilot Greg H. Johnson; mission specialist Mike Fincke; and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori. STS-134 was the second shuttle mission of 2011 and the last flight for Endeavour. Its mission was to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2—a particle physics detector that searches for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays—to the space station. Members of the crew of NASA’s second-to-the-last space shuttle mission spoke about their experiences at the International Space Station to an audience of more than 300 last week when they came to the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy for an evening hosted by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium. This clip provided by NASA (begins around 6:30) provides a glimpse of what transpired:
You can also read more in the Gazette article here.

Summer in the City

This summer, 25 undergraduates participated in the new Johns Hopkins Community Impact Internships program, run by the university’s Center for Social Concern. The program paired the 25 students with 25 Baltimore nonprofit, community-based organizations or city social service agencies to conduct meaningful, hands-on work. More than 200 applied for the program. The 25 selected were then matched to the projects based on background and personality. The students worked eight 30-hour weeks at such places as the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Community Risk Reduction Services, the Parks and People Foundation, My Sister’s Place and the Office of the Public Defender’s Juvenile Court Division.

Read more in the Gazette article here.

Class of 2015 Move-in

President Daniels and upperclassmen Orientation Assistants

The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2015 moved in throughout August 24th and 25th to begin Freshman Orientation, aided by the student-run Orientation Staff, Peer and Family Ambassadors, Orientation Assistants, and the Offices of Housing and Residential Life. Cars, trucks and vans, all stuffed with cargo, lined up in caravan fashion on Wednesday and Thursday as the freshmen moved into Johns Hopkins residence halls. It was a tale of two days: one sunny, one decidedly damp. Just days before Hurricane Irene was expected to knock on the mid-Atlantic’s door, heavy rains hit the area on Thursday, causing move-in volunteers to don clear blue ponchos and wield large sheets of plastic to protect the precious cargo from the elements. The big move-in kicked off a whirlwind four-day period for the 1,245 new students, who begin classes today. After settling in, they took part in a string of orientation events, including campus tours, a movie night (Madagascar, of course), an ice cream social, open houses, and the frenzied and interactive Playfair. Read more about the move-in in the Gazette here and view more photos here.