$15M gift from Clark Charitable Foundation will support undergraduate engineering students

The Clark Charitable Foundation is giving the Johns Hopkins University $15 million to provide financial aid and enhanced learning opportunities for undergraduate engineering students.

The largest endowed scholarship gift ever to the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, it creates the Clark Scholars Program and substantially strengthens the university’s ability to attract talented engineering students while providing need-based aid, the university said. The program began this year with 10 Clark Scholars among the Whiting School’s fall semester first-year students.

Clark Scholars will work with faculty mentors, network with professional engineers, and learn from experts in their fields as part of leadership, business, and innovation training during their undergraduate years. They also will contribute to the Baltimore community through service-learning projects.


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New Johns Hopkins academic program to focus on solutions to health risks linked to the environment

Asian boy wearing mouth mask against air pollution (Beijing)Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and Whiting School of Engineering have created a new academic department devoted to tackling environmental issues and their impact on public health. The new Department of Environmental Health and Engineering is thought to be the only program of its kind that is affiliated with a school of public health and a school of engineering.

The new department will build on the strengths of two longstanding, successful departments that will combine to form it: the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Whiting School’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Together, these departments currently include 82 faculty members and 264 students.

The launch comes at a time of heightened awareness about the relationship between environmental factors and human health, from air pollution that is associated with higher asthma and cancer rates to rising global temperatures that may increase the spread of infectious diseases found in warmer regions. Environmental influences—air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change—contribute to more than 100 diseases and conditions, according to the World Health Organization.

“In creating the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, we have combined the depth and breadth of expertise needed to propel discovery and innovation and to educate the next generation of scholars capable of solving critical, complex, multidisciplinary problems at the interface of engineering and public health,” says Ed Schlesinger, Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School.

The new department has received a $1 million gift from two Whiting School alumni, Yu Wu (MS ’89, PhD ’96) and Chaomei Chen (MS ’88). Chen is a member of the Whiting School’s Advisory Board as well as a Johns Hopkins University trustee. The gift will provide seed funding to support collaborative research projects within the new department.

Excerpted from The Hub.

New interdisciplinary center at Johns Hopkins aims to reshape medical care

Johns Hopkins University announced on Friday, Feb. 4 the establishment of a new collaborative research effort designed to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency of health care.

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, at the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, will bring together engineers, clinicians, and health care providers to focus on three priority areas: data analytics, systems design and analysis, and technology and devices. Clinician-engineering teams will work together to help speed innovation and its impact on society by integrating their research-based advances with practical applications.

Bringing engineers into all aspects of medical practice at Johns Hopkins will “enhance the impact of our already preeminent health sciences enterprises,” JHU President Ronald J. Daniels said. “We are breaking down barriers and coming together as one university, dedicated to advancing wholly new approaches to health care.”

John. C. Malone

John. C. Malone

The center will be established through the support of Whiting School alumnus John C. Malone, who earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Johns Hopkins. Malone has also supported the Whiting School with a gift for the construction of Malone Hall, a cutting-edge academic research facility that opened on JHU’s Homewood campus in 2014, and a series of professorships associated with the new center. They include the Mandell Bellmore Professorship, named for Malone’s PhD adviser at Johns Hopkins. Gregory D. Hager, a professor of computer science, is the inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor and the center’s founding director.

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Whiting School to celebrate two milestones on January 22

On Friday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Whiting School of Engineering will hold a reception at the Johns Hopkins Club to celebrate two important milestones:

* Naming Ilya Shpitser as a John C. Malone Assistant Professor
* Announcing the formation of the Whiting School of Engineering’s Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare

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Ilya Shpitser, in the Department of Computer Science, will hold the John C. Malone Assistant Professorship, one of a series of professorships provided by John Malone, MS ’64, PhD ’69 to help recruit and retain faculty with the goal of improving healthcare using a systems-based approach. A data/inference specialist who focuses on inferring cause-effect relationships, Ilya will be a member of the new center. His research includes all areas of causal inference and missing data, particularly using graphical models. Recently, his work has helped distinguish between causation and association in observational medical data. Ilya started at Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor this summer, received his PhD under the supervision of Judea Pearl at UCLA, was a postdoctoral scholar in the program on causal inference at the School of Public Health at Harvard, and was a lecturer in statistics at the University of Southampton.

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, under the leadership of Gregory Hager, the Mandell Bellmore Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is a multidisciplinary research initiative that will foster partnerships among engineers, clinicians, and scientists across Johns Hopkins University to catalyze, develop, and deploy innovations aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare.

John Malone has been remarkably generous in his support of Johns Hopkins, including a gift for the construction and naming of Malone Hall. The building, which opened in 2014, is designed to advance cutting-edge collaborative and translational research and has set a new standard for academic research facilities at Johns Hopkins.

2/3: ICM Distinguished Seminar Series presents “Sex, Drugs and Funky Rhythms”

The Institute for Computational Medicine’s Distinguished Seminar Series will present Colleen Clancy, professor of pharmacology at UC Davis School of Medicine, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Mason Hall Auditorium.

The title of Clancy’s talk is “Sex, Drugs and Funky Rhythms.”

Clancy_Colleen1Refreshments will follow the seminar at 4 p.m.

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