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02/10/2016 - 4:38pm

A team of five graduate students from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School will compete this Friday in the world's largest venture capital competition for students.

The Venture Capital Investment Competition features teams representing more than 70 business schools from around the world. The Hopkins team placed second in the Mid-Atlantic regional event last month and advanced to compete at Boston University against teams from Cornell, Georgetown, Miami, Notre Dame, and Virginia. The global finals will be held in April at UNC Chapel Hill's Keenan-Flagler Business School.

In the VCIC competition, real start-up companies pitch their business plans to the student teams, who act as investors. Team members conduct interviews, gathering as much information about the start-ups as possible in order to make informed investment decisions. They then negotiate a deal based on their assessments of the business plans and projected success of the companies. Judges observe each step of this process, scoring each team on their intelligence-gathering and investment strategy. A vote by the panel of judges determines the winner, and a round-robin follow-up allows student teams to ask for feedback on their strategies.

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02/10/2016 - 4:33pm

License to Operate, a documentary produced by Johns Hopkins alumnus and trustee Don Kurz (A&S '77), tells the stories of reformed Los Angeles gang members who use their street cred to intervene in gang violence. They counsel families devastated by gun violence, patrol streets, and build—however grudgingly—working alliances with police officers for violence prevention. One former gang member tells the group at a meeting, "I was never a bad person, but when it came to being a banger, I was the best."

Following Thursday's film screening at JHU's Hodson Hall, a panel of experts explored the importance of storytelling and giving voice to communities in crisis.

"People in dysfunctional communities might not hear what you say, but they understand what they see," said panelist Aquil Basheer, a founder of the organization from which the film borrows its name.

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02/03/2016 - 4:27pm

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the author of a bestselling book about life in a women's prison, and the founder of are among those who will speak at Johns Hopkins University during the spring semester as part of the 2016 Foreign Affairs Symposium.

The annual speaker series, founded in 1998, is run by Johns Hopkins students and sponsored by the university's Office of Student Development and Programming. All events are free and open to the public; reserved seats can be purchased in advance through at a later date.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association supports the Foreign Affairs Symposium through the Student Grants Program.

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01/28/2016 - 2:59pm

Johns Hopkins University Director of Athletics Tom Calder announced today that he will step down this summer from the position he has held for more than 20 years.

Calder, who became JHU's athletics director in July 1995 after seven years as associate director, has accepted a position as Director of Alumni Programs in the university's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. In his new role, which he will assume in July, Calder will work to enhance alumni outreach and provide leadership and direction to all alumni relations programs, projects, and initiatives.

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01/27/2016 - 2:47pm

If you can't find entrepreneur and Krieger School alumna Leslie Farnsworth at one of the two Houston-based firms she founded, turn your eyes northeast. Far northeast. To Baltimore, where she leads the Second Decade Society, a leadership development board for alumni 10 to 20 years out.

"Leslie has come to campus and to so many events over the past year, it's been extraordinary," says Lindsay Esposito, assistant director for volunteer leadership in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and manager of the Second Decade Society. "She places Hopkins at the forefront of what she does."

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01/12/2016 - 10:39am

Jarrett Bauer, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School's charter Global MBA program in 2012, has been named to Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" list in the area of health care entrepreneurship](

Bauer, 29, is a co-founder of Health Recovery Solutions, a firm that works with hospitals to help patients with high risk of readmission avoid return visits.

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01/07/2016 - 2:54pm

David W. Andrews, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education since 2010, will be the next president of National University, the second-largest private nonprofit university in California, the school announced today.

National University, a leader in serving adult learners and working professionals, is based in San Diego but has campuses and locations throughout California and in Nevada. It prepares more credentialed teachers than any other California school.

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01/05/2016 - 10:22am

Over the past 55 years, the celebrated artist and respected educator Raoul Middleman estimates that he has produced a staggering 20,000 paintings and drawings: landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, figures and portraits, equestrian images, still lifes, narratives, and more than 1,000 self-portraits. His work is included in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and the National Academy of Design. Meanwhile, he has served continuously on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art since 1961, chairing its painting department from 1975 to 1978.

Middleman took a somewhat circuitous path to his dual careers. After graduating from high school in three years, he entered Johns Hopkins intending to study physics but graduated three years later with a degree in philosophy. Courses in the Romantic poets, Milton, art history, and philosophy lured him away from his previous infatuation with mathematics.

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12/14/2015 - 12:32pm

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels delivered a message of gratitude to the Johns Hopkins community today and also unveiled the university's sixth annual "Thank You" video, which focuses on the relationship between Hopkins and Baltimore.

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12/10/2015 - 1:13pm

Johns Hopkins University alum C. Jimmy Lin, a pioneer in the early detection of cancer, has been named one of ten TED Senior Fellows for 2016.

Lin earned his MHS degree in bioinformatics from JHU's Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011 and his MD/PhD in cancer genomics from the School of Medicine in 2012. He led the computational analysis of the first exome sequencing studies of cancer at Johns Hopkins.

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