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03/09/2015 - 2:38pm

When Zoe Fraade-Blanar, Engr '02, and Aaron Glazer, A&S '02 (BA/MA), told their friends they'd started a business selling giant, round stuffed animals, they were met with looks of bewilderment—followed by a chorus of, "Can I have one?" Founded in 2007, Squishable offers hundreds of unconventional plush toys, from cinnamon buns to three-headed dogs, in its online store. Fans on social networks help Squishable develop new products; many submit designs online, and the company later brings those ideas to life. The company's founders link much of their success to this open-source platform—dubbed Project Open Squish—that allows users to play a role in generating ideas.

Read the Q&A in the latest issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine.

03/03/2015 - 11:03am

Johns Hopkins University's Milton S. Eisenhower Library hosts a new photography exhibition in its Q-level gallery entitled In Wake: Rising Seas, Vanishing Islands. The photographs, taken by senior Justin Falcone, document the rapidly changing human geography of the southern Pacific Ocean.

The exhibition, which will be on display through mid-March, challenges traditional conceptions of the South Pacific as paradise. Instead, the photos depict the dynamic reality of living by the ocean as sea levels rise as a result of environmental change.

Read more on The Hub.

03/02/2015 - 11:38am
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Photo via the Johns Hopkins Children's Center Facebook page.

The Johns Hopkins University Dance Marathon raised $44,407.05 on Saturday night - a 27% increase from a year ago. Proceeds go to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The Dance Marathon is one of the many student activities the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association supports through our student grants program. Learn more here.

The Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, involving students at over 150 colleges and high schools across the country, who raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital in their community.

Read more and check out photos on The Hub.

02/27/2015 - 10:16am

Please join us for the Women in Business (WIB) Women's History Month “Celebration of Remarkable Women” Campaign starting on March 1. The WIB Affinity is hosting this campaign to celebrate Women’s History Month and to gear up for our upcoming 3rd Annual Remarkable Women Conference on March 27th in Washington, DC.

Each day check out the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association on Facebook and Twitter to learn about a different woman who has made a lasting, often times historical impact in their field, community, or in the lives of others. Every Friday, instead of a fact, we will ask a trivia question about a remarkable woman in Johns Hopkins history. The first person to correctly identify her win a $5 gift card to Starbucks.

Please also check out all the great things WIB is doing and register for the JHU WIB Leadership Conference in March.

02/26/2015 - 5:32pm

Connecting the right people to each other in Silicon Valley is at the core of Kristi Ebong’s mission to harmonize the tech sector with the health care field.

“Health care isn’t just about doctors,” asserts Ebong, who earned an MPH and MBA in 2011 through JHU’s dual degree program. “It requires people across an extraordinary array of disciplines coming together and understanding each other to really impact lives.”

Post Bloomberg School, Ebong migrated west to settle in California, joining a large contingent of alums from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she had studied as an undergraduate. Tapping into a broad network in the Golden State proved vital as she continued her work as an independent consultant.

Now, clients like Stanford Health Care depend on her to evaluate products worth piloting across the health system: an mHealth app, for instance, that could help prevent patient readmissions.

Read more on the School of Public Health website.

02/24/2015 - 10:54am

Game one started out fairly crisp, then deteriorated to a brick fest. The two teams—a collection of men who could be your older brother, uncle, or grandfather—traded a salvo of ugly shots and turnovers.

Layups were missed, rebounds bungled. The cluttered floor spacing would make a coach weep. Somewhere, the ghost of James Naismith likely shook his head and wished he'd never seen a peach basket.

But then came a moment of pure hardwood magic. Chuck, a six-foot-five-ish man in his late 40s and the husband of a Johns Hopkins staff member, threw a gem of a half-court outlet pass to Bill, a 67-year-old history professor and modern China expert, who shoveled a toss to Ralph, a white-haired, goggled astronomer, for an uncontested game-winning layup. That's victory, one university–style.

Now who's got next? Because here, there's always another game.

Read more on The Hub.

02/19/2015 - 3:47pm

 Johns Hopkins Medicine has released four web-based training modules for emergency department personnel who treat patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases.

The learning series, titled "Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines," prepares health care workers to safely and efficiently identify, triage, and briefly manage the care of patients who might have Ebola. It also highlights important planning processes, provider-patient communication techniques, and cross-discipline teamwork principles that can be used to successfully prepare for emerging infectious diseases.

Read more on The Hub.

02/16/2015 - 10:56am

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we asked our Facebook followers to share their Hopkins love stories. We absolutely loved the responses. Check out the post here.

02/13/2015 - 1:28pm

Johns Hopkins University is once again among the nation's leaders in Fulbright scholarship winners, according to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The annual list of "top-producing institutions" was announced Thursday in The Chronicle of Higher Education. With 11 grants in the 2014-15 cycle, Johns Hopkins is among 36 universities to earn the designation.

Read more on The Hub.

02/12/2015 - 2:37pm

Beverly Wendland, a distinguished biologist known for dedication to undergraduate and graduate students, commitment to diversity, and advocacy for innovative teaching and liberal arts education, has been appointed dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Daniels said that Wendland, a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1998, brings to her new post "a combination of vision, skill, collegiality, and purposeful action."

Read more on The Hub.