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Feb
5
Fri
Celebrate two WSE milestones on Feb 5
Feb 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Hopkins Club, the Whiting School of Engineering will celebrate two 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

RSVP by February 2.

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 C. 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 Greg 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. The Whiting School is grateful for Dr. Malone’s continued support of professorships and the naming of this new center in the Whiting School of Engineering.

Apr
18
Mon
2016 Ilene Busch-Vishniac Lecture presents Beverly L. Waters ’92 of PepsiCo, Inc.
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct
9
Mon
National Nanotechnology Day 2017
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
National Nanotechnology Day 2017 @ Shaffer Hall Lobby

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology invites you to celebrate National Nanotechnology Day. Bring your friends and colleagues and join us in celebrating the nanometer scale with food and beverages, a raffle prize, a selfie station, and practice your building skills with Nanoblocks.

Nov
14
Tue
2017 Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2017 Charles and Mary O'Melia Lecture in Environmental Science @ Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

Dianne Newman, the Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology at Caltech, will deliver the 2017 Charles and Mary O’Melia Lecture in Environmental Science.

How to Survive when Resources are Scarce: Colorful Bacterial Strategies

While much is known about the adolescent phase of bacterial growth, very little is understood about what sustains bacteria once they reach middle/old age. Interestingly, it is at this later stage that many bacteria begin to produce colorful, redox-active pigments—compounds that hitherto have been classified as “secondary” metabolites, or “antibiotics.” A sizable fraction of bacteria in the environment are metabolically quiescent—viable, but not actively growing. This is true whether they are attached to electrodes in marine sediments, plant roots, or surfaces in the human body. Newman will discuss how her research suggests that the production of pigmented antibiotics may actually be essential for sustaining life at this late phase of microbial development—a discovery with potentially wide-ranging applications, from providing new strategies to boost the efficiency of microbial fuel cells to identifying new therapeutic targets in the context of infection.
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