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02/04/2015 - 4:29pm

Many startups involve shiny smartphone apps or new ways to tap into the "sharing economy," such as Airbnb and Uber. And then there are Warby Parker and Harry's, young firms bringing e-commerce
 to timeless items: eyeglasses and razors, respectively. Warby Parker, launched in 2010, designs prescription eyeglasses it sells online for as little as $95. They've moved more than a million pairs to date, and GQ dubbed them "the Netflix of eyewear." Harry's, launched in 2013, sells razors and shaving supplies online. Jeffrey Raider, A&S '03, SAIS '04, co-founded both companies with friends.

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02/03/2015 - 1:01pm

The creator of the popular Humans of New York blog, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, and Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe are among the speakers coming to Johns Hopkins University as part of the 2015 Foreign Affairs Symposium.

All of the events are free and open to the public, though reserved seats are available for $25 and can by purchased in advance through Each event (except the April 7 FAS Unplugged event) will be at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the university's Homewood campus (doors open at 7:30 p.m.). FAS Unplugged will take place at Mudd Hall.

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01/29/2015 - 3:50pm

Sharon Gerecht says that scientists always have different paths they would like to take with their research, but they usually have to stick to the roadmap for which they have funding. Today, she was encouraged to break new ground in stem cell biology when Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman presented her with the inaugural President's Frontier Award in the amount of $250,000.

"Now we have the opportunity to go in new directions, which is great," she says. "I am very happy, and I am humbled."

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01/28/2015 - 3:16pm

Johns Hopkins University today announced two new award programs that together will provide an additional $15 million to advance innovative faculty-led research over the next three years.

The expanded university funding is aimed at promising early-career scholars and at organizers of ambitious research projects proposed by teams that involve more than one Johns Hopkins division or affiliate. These new internal financial awards are urgently needed to make up for declining research funds from traditional government sources, such as the National Institutes of Health, university officials said.

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01/26/2015 - 1:47pm

A milestone night garnered some national attention recently for a pair of Johns Hopkins men's basketball players.

Seniors George Bugarinovic and Jimmy Hammer, who both reached the 1,000-point mark for their careers in the Blue Jays' win against Muhlenberg on Dec. 6, were among the athletes spotlighted in the Jan. 19 installment of Sports Illustrated's long-running "Faces in the Crowd" feature. They became the 15th and 16th players in school history to surpass 1,000 points.

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01/20/2015 - 5:40pm

Vernon Mountcastle, one of Johns Hopkins Medicine's giants of the 20th century, died peacefully at his North Baltimore home on Sunday, with Nancy, his wife of seven decades, and family at his bedside. He was 96.

Mountcastle was universally acknowledged as the "father of neuroscience" and served Johns Hopkins with extraordinary dedication for nearly 65 years.

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Also see this New York Times piece.

01/20/2015 - 2:25pm

Several Johns Hopkins University alumni have been named to Forbes magazine’s "30 Under 30" list.

See links to Forbes below:

Minhaj Chowdhury, A&S '11
Lydia Fayal, A&S '07
Deepa Gandhi, A&S '07
Rebecca Kramer, Engr '07
Daniel Lewis, A&S '07
Peter Li, Engr '11

School of Medicine postdoctoral student Elizabeth Nance is also among the world-changing young scientists. See Hub article.

01/16/2015 - 3:57pm

Outgoing Maryland governor Martin O'Malley will join the Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School as a visiting professor focusing on government, business and urban issues.

O'Malley, who on Jan. 21 concludes two terms as the state's chief executive, will participate in classes on such topics as leadership, infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and ethics. He also will work with other faculty members and students on their studies of management in the government sector.

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01/13/2015 - 2:38pm

Staff from the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums volunteered their time Monday for the annual deep cleaning of the George Peabody Library.

The library, which opened in 1878, features five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies and is often featured on lists of the world's most beautiful libraries. With more than 300,000 volumes, mostly from the 19th century, the library is a working research library and administered by the Sheridan Libraries Department of Special Collections.

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01/08/2015 - 1:50pm

The Johns Hopkins University is launching a yearlong $15 million project to improve San Martin Drive, the scenic tree-lined road that winds around the back of the university's Homewood campus.

Among the enhancements planned for the 0.9-mile thoroughfare is a major sidewalk upgrade to safeguard pedestrians, including many runners who use San Martin for workouts. A road where some sidewalks now suddenly end and others are too narrow will instead be flanked by a continuous, up-to-standards path for those on foot—including a pedestrian-only bridge almost 350 feet long.

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