Winter 2013

On the Move Features

By cultivating cancer cells in a 3D environment, Denis Wirtz and colleagues are finding new clues to metastasis—and better strategies for preventing cancer’s deadly spread.

Digital Defense Features

Using an array of sophisticated new analytical tools, Whiting School engineers are pushing to build better blast walls, buildings, and body armor.

Wall of Discovery Features

A new, high-tech video display in the Brody Learning Commons could change the way students learn, teachers teach, and researchers work.

Message from the Dean From The Dean

Dear Whiting School Community, Just as the magazine was going to press, we learned that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an engineering graduate from JHU’s class of 1964, has committed $350 million to Johns Hopkins to support research and teaching that crosses disciplinary boundaries and to provide our undergraduates with need-based financial aid. This is…

Paper Chase Big Ideas

A team of Johns Hopkins undergraduates have created a novel design to turn rice into paper for young students in Ethiopia.

Partnering to Improve World Health Big Ideas

Michael J. Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reflects on a historic ollaboration between engineering and public health.

Pining for Answers Big Ideas

Deciphering the loblolly pine’s genome is no walk in the park; it’s seven times as long as the human genome.

UpStarts Big Ideas

Disruptive ideas, findings, and products.

To Dig or Not to Dig Big Ideas

Archaeologists turn to high-tech tools to give them a picture of where the world’s historical and cultural treasures are buried.

An Olympic Debut for Scoring System Big Ideas

Invented by Hopkins Engineering alum Jin Song ’79, a new high-tech sensor-based scoring system for Taekwondo proves to be a game-changer.

Music to Our Ears—But How? Big Ideas

How do you tell the difference between the sweet notes of a piano and the vibrant swell of a violin? Assistant Professor Mounya Elhilali may have the answer.

Whipping Up Wind Power Big Ideas

Johns Hopkins engineers are devising better ways to design and manage large-scale intermittent wind power.

Lab Notes Big Ideas

Research briefs.

The Buzz Big Ideas

Engineering terms in the news.

It’s Not Rocket Science Currents

Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) team up for a colorful lab safety project.

Tracking Submarines Currents

The world’s deadliest weapons are also the stealthiest. The United States, Russia, China, Britain, and France all have fleets of submarines that carry nuclear missiles. The most advanced of these subs are nearly undetectable and can stay submerged for months. A U.S. Trident nuclear submarine carries 24 missiles, each fitted with several independently targeted warheads….

A Community Affair Currents

Michael Falk, associate professor of materials science and engineering, aims to engage students early in STEM through an innovative pilot program.

Consumed by Cars Currents

Mud in his face, but no disgrace: “It’s my varsity team, it’s my fraternity, it’s my social network,” says Andrew Kelly ’13, team captain for Hopkins Baja.

White House Fellow Gains National Perspective Currents

A neurosurgeon-in-training who developed a novel brain cancer drug just a year after graduating from the Whiting School has joined the 2012–13 Class of White House Fellows.

The Right Stuff Currents

As an intern at the Applied Physics Laboratory, junior Terrence Casey spent a year creating computer simulations, software, and code for NASA’s Van Allen Probes project.

The Fast Lane to Proteins Currents

A sophisticated computer program makes predicting protein structure more efficient and cost effective—an important step in combating diseases such as HIV, malaria, and cancer.

From the Archives: Back to the Future Currents

An educational television series produced by Johns Hopkins between 1948 and 1960 featured world-renowned scientists and scientific firsts.

A Stimulating Approach to Parkinson’s Currents

Sridevi V. Sarma has received the highest U.S. honor bestowed upon early-stage researchers for her work using electrical engineering and computer science tools to develop treatments for debilitating brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.