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07/23/2015 - 2:39pm

Disney's 'Aladdin' is coming back, and one Johns Hopkins alumnus is going to have a big hand in it.

Check out this article in The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming prequel and Mark Swift's involvement with the film.

07/22/2015 - 2:19pm

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Dear Johns Hopkins alumni and friends,

We are incredibly grateful by the overwhelming generosity and support you’ve shown to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). Your record level support demonstrates your commitment to your Alumni Association and its mission to “inform, involve, and invest in its alumni” and for that, we thank you.

As we move forward into the new fiscal year, your continued support and generosity are essential to your Alumni Association’s future success. If you’d like to help jump start the new year, please visit, or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 410-516-0363.

With sincere gratitude,

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

07/16/2015 - 10:24am

New close-up images of a region near Pluto's equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body (Mount Everest, by comparison, measures about 29,000 feet).

The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago—mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar system—and may still be in the process of building, says Jeff Moore of the New Horizons Geology, Geophysics, and Imaging team. That suggests the close-up region, which covers less than one percent of Pluto's surface, may still be geologically active today.

Read more on The Hub.

07/09/2015 - 10:15am

The solutions to the world's biggest challenges do not lie in any one discipline—they lie in the connections among big thinkers and bridge-builders. The four individuals appointed this week as Bloomberg Distinguished Professors represent this new generation of cross-specialty collaborators who pull insights from across the spectrum of human knowledge.

The Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships are the centerpiece of the university's focus on strengthening its "capacity for faculty-led interdisciplinary collaboration" as outlined in President Ronald J. Daniels' Ten by Twenty vision plan. A total of 50 endowed professorships, to be appointed over five years, are supported by a gift to the university by Johns Hopkins alumnus and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Read more on The Hub.

07/08/2015 - 11:35am

Almost 10 years ago, the New Horizons spacecraft launched on its way to Pluto. A few days from now, it finally arrives and gets to work on a week of intense science as it sails past the most distant known planetary body in the solar system. How long has the trip been? When New Horizons launched, the iPhone didn't exist, Barack Obama was a largely unknown U.S. senator, and Pluto had not yet been designated a dwarf planet. Watch this animation to get a feel for how far New Horizons has voyaged. Talk about a long commute.

Click here to view this article on The Hub.

07/07/2015 - 10:20am

In response to the film industry's growing need for seasoned screenwriters, forward-looking film executives, and skilled sound engineers, Johns Hopkins has launched a Master of Arts in Film and Media program, which will focus on the business of film, writing for film and television, and sound production. All courses will be held in the new film studio and recording center in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

The program will be offered by Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, a division of the university's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

"Achieving a career in today's entertainment and media industry takes a special talent, as well as an insider's understanding of the business practices needed to succeed," says Roberto Busó-García, the program's director. "Film and Media students will gain the creative expertise, a compelling portfolio, and the professional network to accomplish just that. In designing your film and television career in our program, the sky's the limit."

Read more on The Hub.

06/30/2015 - 1:44pm

To ensure commencement is enjoyable and memorable for all participants, Johns Hopkins University leaders are moving the annual celebration from Homewood Field to a climate-controlled venue that still allows graduates to invite as many guests as they would like.

Starting with the 2016 ceremony on May 18 at 4 p.m., the universitywide commencement will be held at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena, President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman announced in a message to the university community today. Several divisional ceremonies will be held at the arena in 2016 as well.

Read more on The Hub.

06/24/2015 - 2:19pm

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06/24/2015 - 10:56am

Johns Hopkins is expanding its commitment to Baltimore on a number of fronts as the city faces "a time in need of new thinking and of urgent action," Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels said Monday night at a gathering of community, political, and faith leaders in West Baltimore.

Daniels discussed efforts to support city schools, including new partnerships with Barclay Elementary/Middle School and Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School, and the previously announced hiring of up to 300 Baltimore youth as part of the institution-wide summer jobs program. He pointed to Johns Hopkins' current ex-offender hiring program and work that is under way to develop more job training resources. He also previewed the roll-out of an expanded program to increase local hiring, purchasing, and contracting.

Read more on The Hub.

06/18/2015 - 12:13pm

With the help of some Johns Hopkins University math students, minor league baseball is catching up with the majors in using computers to produce its game schedules.

The students and their professors used complicated mathematical formulas to coax computers into churning out workable schedules for several minor leagues—a marked improvement over the tedious and more time-consuming method of developing schedules by hand. On Friday, the New York-Penn League will open its 76-game short season with a schedule produced not by hand but by students in a JHU computer programming class under two faculty members' direction.

Read more on The Hub.