Impact Summer 2021

Toward More Accurate Diagnostic Testing

Molecular imaging procedures—which are noninvasive and painless—are being used to diagnose and manage the treatment of COVID-19, cancer, heart disease, and other serious health conditions.

How Massive Glaciers Melt

New research promises to enable more accurate ice flow predictions, helping scientists better forecast how melting glaciers will contribute to rising sea levels.

3 Questions: Chao Wang

A team led by Johns Hopkins engineer Chao Wang has devised a way to transform trash into something of value: p-xylene, a colorless chemical liquid used in manufacturing.

A Towering Effort to Analyze Imperfection

Wind turbines perched atop slender steel tubular towers have become a common sight as the nation’s renewable energy infrastructure rapidly expands, but imperfections that occur during the manufacturing process can leave them vulnerable to premature failure. A team of engineers is studying the link between the tower manufacturing processes and the structural behavior of these remarkable tubes.

Upstarts: A Better Tool for Treating Solid Tumors

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos and a team of researchers are creating a diagnostic tool and method for predicting breast cancer metastasis by looking instead at the tumor cell phenotype.

Upstarts: COVID-HEART Predictor

A team of Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineers and Johns Hopkins Medicine heart specialists have developed an algorithm that warns doctors several hours before hospitalized COVID-19 patients experience cardiac arrest or blood clots.

Upstarts: Less-Polluting Cargo Ships

A team of Johns Hopkins mechanical engineers has put a new spin on an old idea: Make modern cargo ships more efficient—and less polluting—by adding a new mechanism to a rotor that is increasingly in use as a cleaner propulsion system.

Testing for Bacteria

Johns Hopkins engineers develop a testing method to identify viral infections that could harm bacteria colonies in places like the Chesapeake Bay.