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07/23/2014 - 4:05pm

It's always nice to see a Johns Hopkins program recognized as one of the top 10 in the country. But two such rankings in one week? Well, that's twice as nice.

College Magazine recently placed JHU No. 3 on its list of top 10 colleges for aspiring writers. And Business Insider called Hopkins one of the nation's 10 best universities for robotics.

Read more on The Hub

07/22/2014 - 3:53pm

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association wouldn’t be where it is without you. Your record-level support in 2013-2014 makes a powerful statement: our alumni believe in the Association’s mission. As we move forward into the new fiscal year, your continued support and generosity are essential to your Alumni Association’s future success. Thank you!

Best regards,

Susan deMuth
Executive Director, Office of Alumni Relations
The Johns Hopkins University

07/15/2014 - 8:54am

Without prompt care, a badly wounded soldier can easily bleed to death while being transported to a distant medical station. Two traditional treatments—tourniquets and medicated gauze pads—often cannot stop the blood loss from a deep wound at the neck, shoulder, or groin.

To give these soldiers a fighting chance at survival, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented an injectable foam system designed to stop profuse bleeding from a wound where a limb or the head is connected to the torso. The students' invention is designed to apply pressure and curb blood loss during the critical first hour, during which a wounded soldier is moved to a site that provides more-advanced medical help.

Read more and watch a video on The Hub.

07/07/2014 - 11:36am

Since 1992, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association has annually honored faculty throughout the university who excel in the art of teaching. The nomination and selection methods differ by school, but students must be involved in the process. The award can be given to one or more teachers, or, if a division so desires, in different classifications.

This year, 13 faculty members are being recognized with Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Read more on The Hub.

06/30/2014 - 10:27am

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Left: Dr. James Trone, Sr., A&S '50, stands in uniform outside of his home in Bethesda, Md. in 1974.
Right: Dr. James Trone, Sr, A&S '50 (left) and his son James, A&S '81, pose for a photo during the Old Guard Luncheon at Alumni Weekend 2010.

An essay written by George Trone, son of Dr. James Trone.

The Fourth of July is the nation’s day for celebration of its independence and my family's day to celebrate my father.  The fireworks, picnics, bunting, and flags speak to all of us.  For me, they also speak of my father's birthday.  This year, there is a difference.  Capt. James N. Trone MC, USN will be at rest in Arlington National Cemetery, all decorated with flags.  This Fourth of July those flags wave for all of us but they mean something more for military families of deceased veterans.

For military families, the American flag takes on a special, almost sacred, significance.  The military perspective on the flag builds on the popular conception of national unity but it is tinged with a deeper meaning.  The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, captures some of this meaning in sculpture form.  It depicts five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman heroically raising a flagpole during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.  Two of the Marines, in fact, were later killed on Iwo Jima.  The sculpture, which drew inspiration from an iconic photograph taken at the scene, conveys the powerful sense of determination and self-sacrifice motivating those who enter into harm’s way to protect and serve their country, even if in distant lands far from home.

Beyond the pure symbolism of independence and unity, the flag assumes a sacred significance for those in the military because of this personal aspect of self-sacrifice.  Growing up in a military family, I always held reverence for the flag.  In middle school, I was chosen to perform flag duty, and I learned the detailed protocol about how to properly care for the flag.  At the end of the school day, I would lower and fold it into its familiar triangular shape, avoiding at all costs any contact with the ground.  From a young age I appreciated that the flag was almost something holy.

The sacred aspect of the flag took on new meaning last January at my father’s burial.  A veteran of World War II, he served 32 years in active and reserve duty as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy.  He died last October at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in a full honors interment ceremony.  In sub-freezing temperatures, I watched as a naval honor guard performed a ritual deep in symbolism and respect.  As anyone who has watched such a ceremony in person or on television, the basic elements were expected:  a precision team of pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket; a firing party shot three rifle volleys; a lone bugler played taps; the flag on the casket was folded as I knew from my youth the protocol required; and the flag was presented to my mother by the chaplain who expressed the gratitude of a thankful nation.  He then saluted, the honor guard marched off, and the ceremony concluded.

What was totally unexpected, caught me off-guard, and causes an emotional response in me so many months later, however, was how much the flag became a symbol for my father.  The flag, which had always represented for me a symbol of my country, transformed itself through the ceremony—I am almost tempted to say through an act of consecration—into a symbol of my father.  The pallbearers and chaplain were saluting—but were they saluting the flag or my father, whose rank as Navy captain would require a salute?  “Taps” is normally played at sunset when the flag is lowered.  Now, as my father’s casket lay on the ground ready for burial, Taps was being played.  The song traditionally played for the flag was being played for my father.  And the expert care and precision of the pallbearers who folded the flag reminded me of the care with which a sailor would carry the body of an injured or fallen mate.  As I witnessed the ceremony, the flag become almost a relic of my father’s life of service.

Perhaps this collision of national and personal symbolism was to be expected after all because my father’s birthday, like our country’s, was July 4.  As a family, we had grown accustomed to celebrating his birthday and the country’s birthday together.  The joke was that the fireworks were for his birthday.  In my eyes, at his death, the nation’s symbol has also become a symbol for him and his memory.

So, on this Fourth of July, which would have been my father’s 88th birthday, I will celebrate with my family with the traditional cookout and celebratory fireworks.  I will also proudly fly the flag and remember with a deep gratitude my father and all those whose self-sacrifice is represented by the flag.

06/19/2014 - 4:15pm

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Left photo: Sloan Nietert (right) receives 2014 Johns Hopkins Book Award.
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: Grace Whitbeck (left) receives 2014 Johns Hopkins Book Award.

At the end of May and earlier this month, two Johns Hopkins Book Awards were given to two high school juniors who exhibit the qualities and characteristics of the Johns Hopkins ethic.

On Tuesday, May 27, Gary Weart (Master of Science, Education 1974) presented Sloan Neitert, a junior at Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, with the Johns Hopkins Book Award.  Sloan has expressed an interest in Bioengineering.

On Monday, June 2, Eric Brown (BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1988; MS, Management, 1993, Parent 2007 and 2013) presented the Book Award to Grace Whitbeck, a junior at Wando High School – where both of his own daughters (Erica, Eng ‘07 and Inga, A&S ‘13) attended high school before coming to Hopkins.  Grace has expressed an interest in Psychology.

The Johns Hopkins Book Award is a prestigious award offered yearly to an exceptional junior at each of the participating secondary schools.

The award celebrates the spirit of Johns Hopkins University, whose alumni populate the upper echelons of many disciplines, including literature, the arts, medicine, the sciences, international affairs, the social sciences, and engineering.

The Johns Hopkins Book Award Program is administered on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association by its local chapters.

While the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association considers this award to be an honor, receipt of it should in no way be construed by its recipient as any indication of likelihood of admission to Johns Hopkins University should he or she choose to apply.

Learn more about the Book Award here.

06/11/2014 - 4:55pm

Three world-class scholars, Stephen Morgan, Patricia Janak, and Kathleen Sutcliffe, will join the Johns Hopkins University faculty as Bloomberg Distinguished Professors on July 1.

They are among a total of 50 cross-disciplinary professors who will come to Johns Hopkins over the next five years. These appointments, in addition to those of Peter Agre, Kathryn Edin, and Carol Greider, who were named to these prestigious endowed professorships earlier this year, bring the current number of Bloomberg Distinguished Professors to six.

Read more on The Hub.

06/02/2014 - 4:22pm

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We have tons of photos from Alumni Weekend 2014! Relive the memories here.

05/28/2014 - 9:53am

Reid Wiseman, Eng '06 (MS), will launch to the International Space Station today. Read more on the International Business Times website.

05/22/2014 - 3:50pm

About 1,500 students received their degrees today at the commencement ceremony for all of Johns Hopkins University's divisions and campuses.

The ceremony included remarks from President Ronald J. Daniels and from the featured speaker, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; the conferring of all degrees; and the bestowing of honorary degrees. In addition, all undergraduate students as well as doctoral students in attendance had their names announced as they filed on stage to have their degrees recognized.

Check out the photo gallery on The Hub.