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12/19/2014 - 1:11pm

We've done big musical productions, a massive choreographed dance number, and a simple e-card, but we've never done anything quite like this.

This year's installment of the president's annual "Thank You" video features nearly 400 people (plus one Blue Jay) filmed at more than 80 distinct locations representing 10 divisions—all jam-packed into a one-minute, 20-second message of overwhelming gratitude.

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12/15/2014 - 2:11pm

For health-care workers taking care of Ebola patients in West Africa, one of the biggest logistical problems has been the “moon suits” they must wear to protect against being infected by the deadly virus. The suits are hot. Taking them off is a meticulous, multistep process that can leave no room for error.

Now, a protective suit designed by a team from Johns Hopkins has been chosen as one of the winners in a global competition for solutions to increase the protection and comfort of front-line workers battling Ebola. The competition was launched in early October by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the lead agency coordinating the U.S. government Ebola response.

Read more in The Washington Post.

12/15/2014 - 1:19pm

A record number of high school students applied early decision to the Johns Hopkins University this fall, identifying it as their top choice and committing to attend if admitted.

The 1,865 applicants represent a 17 percent increase from last year's early decision pool, which had already seen a 10 percent increase from the prior year. This group of applicants also represents the most academically competitive early decision applicant pool in Johns Hopkins' history, with 91 percent in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes.

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12/09/2014 - 2:55pm

The Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team is ranked No. 5 nationally in the 2015 preseason rankings published by Inside Lacrosse in its Face-Off Yearbook.

The Blue Jays, who went 11-5 last season and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual national champion Duke, return three of their top four scorers from last season (Wells Stanwick, Ryan Brown, and Holden Cattoni), senior defenseman Michael Pelligrino—a second-team All-American in 2014—and goalkeeper Eric Schneider, who started all 16 games in net for Hopkins a year ago. JHU also welcomes the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, according to Inside Lacrosse, led by the publication's top-ranked incoming freshman, Shack Stanwick (younger brother of Wells Stanwick).

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12/05/2014 - 2:17pm

The 10th annual Lighting of the Quads kicked off the holiday season on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus last night, as hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and friends gathered on Keyser Quad for music, merriment, and the big moment when President Ronald J. Daniels flipped the switch to light up the quad.

The Johns Hopkins Pep Band performed, as did three student a cappella groups—The Sirens, AllNighters, and Ketzev. Attendees enjoyed hot apple cider, hot chocolate, donuts, and cookies from Insomnia Cookies. The event concluded with a bang—a spectacular fireworks display that lasted nearly 10 minutes.

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12/03/2014 - 2:25pm

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School hosted a daylong hackathon for Baltimore City Public Schools students on Nov. 22, an intensive computer programming experience sponsored by IBM.

The event was organized in cooperation with Carey Business School students and Carey Net Impact, the school's service and community leadership organization. More than 40 students from Western High School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute came together to develop software applications using IBM's Bluemix platform.

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11/19/2014 - 4:03pm

A Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering student team has placed second in the undergraduate division of the Collegiate Inventors Competition for its AccuSpine probe, marking the third consecutive year that a Johns Hopkins team has been awarded a top prize in this challenge.

The winners were announced Monday during an awards ceremony at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., after finalists presented their prototypes in a daylong exposition held by contest organizers Invent Now and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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11/14/2014 - 2:49pm

Johns Hopkins University today released its men's lacrosse schedule for the 2015 season, the program's first as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The Blue Jays open the season with four games in a 15-day stretch—the season-opener against UMBC at Homewood Field on Feb. 7, followed by road games at Towson, Villanova, and North Carolina.
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11/10/2014 - 10:08am

Adam Riess, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University and a Nobel laureate, has been named a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the discovery of the acceleration of the universe.

Riess received the award, the most lucrative academic prize in the world, at a ceremony in California on Sunday. He shares the honor with Saul Perlmutter, and astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley; and Brian P. Schmidt, of the Australian National University. The three scientists' years of research found that the universe is expanding quickly rather than slowing down as had been assumed for years.

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10/31/2014 - 2:29pm

Johns Hopkins University is the 11th best university in the world, according to the first ever Best Global University rankings published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The rankings use different criteria than those used for the annual "best colleges" list, on which Johns Hopkins ranked 12th last month.

The new rankings include 500 universities in 49 countries. Sixteen of the top 20 universities are in the U.S., including Harvard, which tops the rankings.

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