EHE’s Ciaran Harman to be featured on Sept. 22 Science Channel special on massive hurricanes

Ciaran HarmanCiaran Harman, the Russell Croft Faculty Scholar and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, will be featured on the Science Channel special “Super Hurricanes: Inside Monster Storms.” The special premieres Friday, September 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and will take an in-depth look at the reasons why hurricanes are continuing to get bigger and stronger.

“These two back-to-back hurricanes are not just a wake-up call to residents of coastal areas, but to scientists working to understand the origins and patterns of devastating weather events,” said Caroline Perez, vice president of production for the Science Channel, in a press release. “As Harvey and Irma have proven, these storms can be as unpredictable as they are deadly, and the more we can learn about their origins and lifespans, the better we can prepare for the next potentially catastrophic event.”

Harman directs the Landscape Hydrology Lab and has a joint appointment in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Harman’s research sits at the interface between engineering and earth science, and aims to understand how the structure of landscapes controls the movement of water and contaminant from rain to streams, and how that structure evolves over time. Harman received his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2011. He received the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Early Career Award in 2016 and the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2017.

Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World announces $250K in available grant funding

CBID students participate in field work

Students from the Whiting School of Engineering’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design participate in interactive field work in Uganda (Image: Polly Ma)

Johns Hopkins is launching a wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary effort to tackle health equity challenges across the globe, with grants of up to $25,000 up for grabs starting this summer.

The Alliance for a Healthier World aims to engage experts and students from every corner of Johns Hopkins—in not only research but other partnerships both formal and informal. This week’s launch includes a call for proposals for new collaborative projects that aid disadvantaged populations.

The vision is to build up a network for events, mentorships, and shared resources, ultimately fanning out beyond Johns Hopkins to increase fundraising and partnerships with governments, foundations, and corporations.

The alliance’s efforts will focus on four key global health themes:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Healthy environments
  • Gender equity and justice
  • Transformative technologies and institutions

The pilot project planning grants—now open for submissions through July 15, with additional cycles opening in October—adhere to those principles. The alliance is looking for teams of faculty members and students at Hopkins who can research and propose solutions related to the four key themes, in any geographic area.

The teams must cross at least two disciplines, a requirement that encourages non-traditional collaborations. Application materials offer a few concepts for inspiration—solutions related to domestic violence, food and water contamination, or the depletion of forests and wetlands.

Adapted from The Hub.

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