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04/21/2015 - 11:43am

Chia-Ling Chien, a condensed matter physicist at Johns Hopkins University, has received the prestigious 2015 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal from the Commission on Magnetism within the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

"I am delighted to receive the award, which should be shared with my students and post-docs over the years," Chien said.

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04/20/2015 - 2:06pm

The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins, established with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to assist more than 100 U.S. cities in creating data infrastructures to transform the way their governments operate. The center is part of the university's 21st Century Cities Initiative, a university signature initiative that brings together city leaders and top researchers to confront the pressing needs of revitalizing cities throughout the country and abroad.

"Our focus is on resilient cities both here and around the world. We want to study 21st-century possibilities and challenges, and to adopt 21st-century solutions," says Kathryn Edin, a sociologist in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who has been named director of the 21CC initiative. Edin has guided the organizational, financial, and investigatory growth of 21CC, formerly named the Johns Hopkins Institute for the American City, since joining the faculty last year as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor.

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04/16/2015 - 9:55am

Nearly two years deep into his research, Professor Stuart "Bill" Leslie has uncovered a number of "what if?" moments along the lifespan of Johns Hopkins University.
Leslie, a longtime professor in the Krieger School's History of Science and Technology Department, has been digging through archives since summer 2013, after he was commissioned to write the definitive history of Johns Hopkins University. His book, projected for completion in 2018, will cover all divisions of the university, from its founding in 1876 to its present administration. In 2013, the Office of the President also launched Hopkins Retrospective, a project—with Leslie's book as its centerpiece—exploring new ways to share the university's history within the school community and in Greater Baltimore.

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04/14/2015 - 11:33am

Anthropologist Niloofar Haeri and Lawrence M. Principe, a historian of science and a chemist, both of Johns Hopkins University, were among 175 prominent scholars to win 2015 fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The Guggenheim foundation selected Haeri and Principe from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000 scholars, artists, and scientists.

Both professors work in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

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04/13/2015 - 9:01am

Levi Watkins Jr., a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights who implanted the first automatic heart defibrillator in a patient and was instrumental in recruiting minority students to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. He was 70.

Watkins came to Johns Hopkins in 1970 as a general surgery intern and retired in 2013 after serving as an exemplary surgeon and inspirational leader for 43 years.

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04/08/2015 - 3:08pm

Visitors to Johns Hopkins University's website will see something different beginning later this month.

A new and improved JHU.edu, the first redesign for the university website since 2009, is expected to debut by the end of April.

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04/08/2015 - 9:12am

David Andrews has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, effective July 1, 2015. In a message to the community today, President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman said Andrews' vision, leadership, and commitment to improving the wider community are important assets to the school.

"Over the last five years, the School of Education has made truly remarkable progress in achieving its critical aspirations, and David has been a key component of that growth," the president and provost said in in their message.

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03/31/2015 - 9:57am

Four renowned, cross-disciplinary scholars—Arturo Casadevall, Christopher Chute, Steven Salzberg, and Alexander Szalay—are joining the ranks of Bloomberg Distinguished Professors at Johns Hopkins University.

Each will be affiliated with two or more JHU schools and divisions, conduct multidisciplinary research that furthers the university's signature initiatives, and teach students across the university. With the addition of these four, Hopkins is now home to a total of 10 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, a number that is expected to swell to 50 within the next four years.

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03/31/2015 - 9:53am

Ed Catmull, a co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, a computer scientist responsible for groundbreaking blockbusters like Toy Story, and a winner of five Academy Awards, will speak at Johns Hopkins University's commencement exercises on May 21.

Catmull, now president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the ceremony, where about 7,000 Johns Hopkins undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students will also be awarded their degrees.


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03/24/2015 - 11:05am

Louise Erdrich, A&S ’79, MA Writing Sems, author of the novels “Love Medicine” and “The Round House,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction this year.

The prize, which will be awarded during the National Book Festival on Sept. 5, is given to writers with “unique, enduring voices” whose work addresses the American experience. Past winners include John Grisham, Toni Morrison and E.L. Doctorow.

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