The Buzz

Summer 2012

Big-Screen Research: Large-scale video walls in high-tech learning commons that encourage students and researchers to work collaboratively on the interactive display monitors.

CupDiabesity: The continuum of metabolic disturbances from mild blood sugar and insulin imbalances to pre-diabetes to full-blown diabetes. Public health officials have warned that “diabesity” is a disease of epic proportions.

Stellar Homicide: The destruction of a star by a supermassive black hole. A Johns Hopkins team of astronomers, led by Suvi Gezari, used several ground- and space-based telescopes to identify for the first time one of these black holes- which weighs millions to billions of times more than the sun-in the act of “killing” a star.