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09/22/2014 - 3:57pm

A former student of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is among 21 exceptionally creative people who were named this week to the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Jacob Lurie, who spent four years as a CTYer at the center's site in Lancaster, Pa., is now a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University. Informally known as "genius grants," the $625,000, no-strings-attached fellowships are intended to allow recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.

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09/10/2014 - 2:25pm

The Johns Hopkins University remains 12th in the newest U.S. News & World Report "best colleges" rankings, maintaining for a second year its highest placement in the past 15 editions of the widely read college guide.

Last September, the university was tied for 12th among national universities. In the list released Tuesday, Johns Hopkins stands alone in that spot.

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08/22/2014 - 4:09pm

Members of the Johns Hopkins University Class of 2018—all 1,418 of them—will begin arriving on campus later Friday. Among them are:

  • A flying trapeze artist
  • The winner of Delaware's Young Playwrights Festival three years running
  • A former contestant on "The Biggest Loser" who's now dedicated to fighting obesity
  • The creator of an app for cancer patients
  • A professional skateboarder who writes a food blog
  • The teacher of a free robotics course for special needs students

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08/13/2014 - 11:38am

The experimental treatment for the Ebola virus—the so-called "secret serum" being used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest who contracted the disease—has its roots at Johns Hopkins, NBC News reported today.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical, which developed the "plantibodies" used in the treatment, is run by two Johns Hopkins graduates who got their start in the lab of Johns Hopkins biophysics Professor Richard Cone.

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08/08/2014 - 3:01pm

Johns Hopkins and four other schools have won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Center for Encrypted Functionalities, through which researchers will devise encryption methods to mask from outside observers the inner workings of computer programs. The technique is called obfuscation.

The five-year project that starts immediately is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Columbia University.

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08/07/2014 - 2:34pm

In preparation for the launch of Johns Hopkins University's new-look website later this year, the Office of Communications is asking the university community for feedback about the new JHU.edu home page.

The page is showcased in a short video, which describes a few of the site's features and also outlines some of the research and decision-making that went into the new design.

After watching the video, be sure to click on the survey link at the bottom of this Hub article. Thanks for your help!

08/06/2014 - 11:38am

The Johns Hopkins competition, first held in 2006, is the final project of a four-week summer engineering course that attracted high school students from across the country. This year, 120 high school students from 11 nations and 18 states took part in the program on JHU's Homewood campus, while an additional 223 students participated at other locations. Of the program's nearly 2,300 participants to date, roughly 31% have been women, 16% African-American, and 16% Latino, and about 80% have gone on to pursue science and math studies.

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08/04/2014 - 4:13pm

Phani Gaddipati, a Johns Hopkins University junior, has won the top prize in a global app-building contest sponsored by Google for developing an app that allows users to create virtual flashcards.

Gaddipati's creation, called Stacks Flashcards, bested hundreds of apps submitted by hundreds of students from 90 countries. Gaddipati, who is majoring in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, won a trip to San Francisco to visit Google headquarters.

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07/30/2014 - 11:37am

Fans of NBC Nightly News with Johns Hopkins ties may recognize a familiar face in new correspondent Hallie Jackson.

Jackson, who earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the Krieger School in 2006, was previously a national correspondent with Hearst Television, based in Washington, D.C., according to TVNewser.

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07/25/2014 - 3:27pm

Spoiler alert: Don't believe everything Morgan Freeman's characters tell you.

Just as his god-like Vitruvius fed sweet, naive Emmet a bogus prophecy in The Lego Movie, The Washington Post points out Freeman's latest character is once again doling out Hollywood falsehoods with authority in the summer thriller Lucy.

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