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03/01/2016 - 2:59pm

Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle fingers individually and independently of one another using a mind-controlled artificial "arm" to control the movement.

The proof-of-concept feat, described recently in the Journal of Neural Engineering, represents a potential advance in technologies to restore refined hand function to those who have lost arms to injury or disease, the researchers say. According to the Amputee Coalition, more 100,000 people living in the U.S. have amputated hands or arms.

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02/29/2016 - 10:34am

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels on Friday, February 26, shared a detailed and comprehensive report on the university's ongoing and forthcoming efforts to address race, diversity, and equity across the institution, a significant step in what Daniels described as an "important conversation."

In a message to faculty, staff, and students, Daniels encouraged members of the university community to review the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion and provide feedback, either online, via email, or at public meetings. A final version reflecting broad input and endorsed by university trustees and deans is expected to be published in the fall.

Read more on the Provost's website.

02/25/2016 - 2:34pm

Mariale Hardiman, vice dean for academic affairs and a professor of clinical education at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, has been named interim dean of the school.

She will assume the post April 1, when the current dean, David W. Andrews, takes over as the next president of National University, the second-largest private nonprofit university in California.

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02/23/2016 - 4:42pm

Rexford Ahima has been named the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes at Johns Hopkins in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. He will serve as director of the School of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and as leader of the Diabetes Initiative.

He joins Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a professor of medicine, director of the Obesity Unit at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and director of the Penn Diabetes Research Center's Mouse Phenotyping, Physiology and Metabolism Core.

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02/16/2016 - 4:53pm

Robert C. Lieberman, who has served as Johns Hopkins University's provost since 2013, has decided to step down from his role as the university's chief academic officer at the end of the academic year, returning full-time to the faculty to pursue his acclaimed research and scholarship on issues of race and inequality.

Lieberman will be appointed as the Krieger-Eisenhower Chair in JHU's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and will work in close collaboration with the university's 21st Century Cities Initiative on issues of inequality and race in the United States and around the world.

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02/16/2016 - 12:18pm

George Kennedy, head coach of the Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams since 1985, announced today that he will retire at the end of the season. Kennedy, 60, will step down in June after 31 years at the helm of the highly successful programs.

Kennedy—the program's third coach in the past 48 years—won 24 conference titles with the Blue Jays and was named NCAA Division III coach of the year seven times. He has coached 29 national champions and more than 1,400 All-Americans. Under his leadership, Hopkins has been one of the most dominant programs in the nation, earning 46 top 10 and 19 top five team finishes at the annual NCAA championship meet.

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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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