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09/30/2015 - 10:40am

Russell H. Taylor, a Johns Hopkins professor who is widely hailed as the father of medical robotics, has been selected to receive the 2015 Honda Prize. The selection was announced Monday by the Honda Foundation, which initiated this honor in 1980 as Japan's first international science and technology award.

The Honda Foundation, based in Tokyo, was established by Honda Motor founder Soichiro Honda and his younger brother, Benjiro Honda. The foundation is currently headed by Hirito Ishida.

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09/30/2015 - 10:14am

Johns Hopkins serves as a major economic engine for Baltimore, with construction and renovation projects across the city, hundreds of new employees each year, and the purchase of millions of dollars of goods and services. Now the university and health system are building on that strength with a holistic approach to promoting more economic growth and employment opportunities in the city.

HopkinsLocal is a commitment to increase design and construction contracts with local minority- and women-owned businesses, expand the number of new hires that come from city neighborhoods where employment opportunities are needed, and build relationships with more city-based vendors. The initiative will also enhance Johns Hopkins' ongoing efforts to support diversity in its workforce and among its business partners.

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09/23/2015 - 11:24am

Nine graduates of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will be part of the choir Wednesday at Mass led by Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis will celebrate 4:15 p.m. Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the University Mall at The Catholic University of America. The Shrine choir, composed of 30 singers, includes nine Peabody alums: sopranos Molly Young and Sara McKimmie; altos Janna Critz, Sonya Knussen, and Kate Jackman; tenor Andrew Spady; and baritones Jeffrey Gates, Brian Mummert, and Andrew Sauvageau.

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09/21/2015 - 12:48pm

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09/15/2015 - 11:47am

The Johns Hopkins University's new personal protective suit for frontline health care workers in Ebola outbreaks was honored Monday as one of 10 finalists in the Social Good category of Fast Company's 2015 Innovation by Design Awards.

The suit, intended for use in future Ebola outbreaks like the 2014 epidemic that killed thousands in West Africa, has elements to keep the wearer more comfortable than existing suits, reduce the risk of coming in contact with the virus and protect against other infectious diseases.

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09/14/2015 - 8:51am

A new statement that articulates Johns Hopkins University's philosophy and principles on academic freedom has been adopted by the university's board of trustees, JHU President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman announced today in an email to the university community.

The statement was developed over many months by the 14-member Task Force on Academic Freedom, a select group of faculty members and students. That group—led by Joel Grossman, a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science, a member of the Academy at Johns Hopkins, and an expert in American politics and constitutional law—reviewed background materials on the topic of academic freedom; gathered feedback from faculty, staff, students, and alumni from every corner of the university; and met to deliberate the appropriate bounds of these principles.

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09/10/2015 - 10:55am

A new professorship in water and public health and one focused on genetic medicine have been established at Johns Hopkins University with a combination of private donations and state funding through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative.

The two professorships, announced today, are among the first six positions at Maryland universities supported by $14.9 million in funding from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. The E-Nnovation initiative is intended to spur private donations to universities for basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields by matching private donations of at least $500,000.

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09/09/2015 - 9:26am

Johns Hopkins University has climbed to 10th in the newest U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges Rankings," released today. That's up from 12th last year and 16th as recently as 2006.

The university also moved up from seventh to third in this year's U.S. News survey of high school guidance counselors.

The university has worked comprehensively over the past decade to enhance and strengthen the undergraduate experience. It has expanded research opportunities, built and renovated state-of-the-art academic buildings, and introduced new co-curricular offerings to help develop every student not only as a scholar but also as a contributing member of society.

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09/08/2015 - 9:11am

In a message to the Johns Hopkins community today, university President Ronald J. Daniels outlined recent initiatives the university and health system are undertaking to "help bend the trajectory of our city."

As he welcomed students, faculty and staff to the start of a new academic year, Daniels recounted connections that Johns Hopkins has made with Baltimore residents through the Summer Jobs Program, school uniform drive, and ex-offenders hiring program. He also highlighted a new public school partnership, research projects, workforce training, and the upcoming launch of the HopkinsLocal economic inclusion initiative.

"As you all know, Johns Hopkins' commitment to our city and our neighbors is not new," Daniels said in his message. "It is part of who we are, inherent in our work from clinics to classrooms. And in the wake of the unrest in Baltimore last spring—a moment that laid bare harsh and multi-generational inequalities—our work is ever more important."

The full text of the email message can be found on The Hub.