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Cryptography Roundtable Discussion
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Recent news reports stated that the National Security Agency has pursued new methods that have allowed the agency to monitor telephone and online communication, encrypted information that was thought to be virtually immune to eavesdropping. What steps can and should computer scientists take in response to this privacy threat? How will the recent revelations affect the future of cryptography—the field of encoding and decoding electronic communication and transmissions for the purposes of privacy, reliability and efficiency?

To address these questions, the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will host an hour-long roundtable discussion, moderated by Anton Dahbura, interim executive director of the Information Security Institute, and Avi Rubin, the institute’s technical director. Other participants will include Johns Hopkins cyber-security experts Matthew Green, Stephen Checkoway and Giuseppe Ateniese.

The event will be streamed live at, and also will be posted online following the event.


NOTE: Seating at this public event will be limited. Members of the media who plan to cover the discussion are asked to RSVP to Phil Sneiderman,

INBT annual science and engineering film fest
Jul 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

It’s movie time! Students from INBT’s summer class Science Communication for Scientists and Engineers: Video News Releases will present their final projects and be available to answer questions. Film topics this year include drug delivery, lab-on-a-chip technology, and how cells become cancerous. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the students’ work up on the big screen. This event is open to the entire Johns Hopkins community.

Annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics @ 210 Hodson Hall

Join the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the 22nd annual James F. Bell Memorial Lecture in Continuum Mechanics. Frans Spaepen, the John C. and Helen F. Franklin Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, will present “Mechanical Properties of Colloidal Crystals.” The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in 210 Hodson Hall on Thursday, October 27. A reception will follow in the second floor lobby area of Hodson Hall.


Colloidal particles in suspension can form liquid, crystalline and glassy phases similar to those formed by atoms. Since the particles are “fat” (~1µm) and “slow” (~0.1s), they can be individually tracked in space and time by confocal microscopy. Dense colloidal systems therefore serve as “analog computers” to study the mechanics of crystals and glasses. Colloidal crystals and glasses have small (~ mPa) but non-zero elastic constants of largely entropic origin, which can be measured in a number of ways, for example from thermal fluctuations or variations in lattice constant. The non-zero stiffness of these phases creates elastic stress fields that can interact. This will be illustrated by observations of the nucleation and propagation of misfit dislocations during the epitaxial growth of colloidal single crystals. Nucleation and propagation of dislocations upon plastic deformation, such indentation, as well as their interaction with grain boundaries can be observed directly. By measuring the local strain fields in glasses, the Eshelby-like shear transformations that govern plastic deformation in these structures can be identified, and their dynamics can be observed directly.


About the Speaker

Frans Spaepen is the John C. and Helen F. Franklin Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the K.U. Leuven in 1971, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1975. He joined the faculty of the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard in 1977 as Assistant Professor, was appointed Associate Professor in 1981, and Full Professor in 1983. From 1990 till 1998 he was Director of the Harvard Materials Research Laboratory/Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. From 2002 to 2013 he was the Director of the Rowland Institute at Harvard. In 2008-9 he was Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in 2009-10 Interim Director of Center for Nanoscale Systems. His research interests span a wide range of experimental and theoretical topics in materials science, such as amorphous metals and semiconductors (viscosity, diffusion, mechanical properties), the structure and thermodynamics of interfaces (crystal/melt, amorphous/crystalline semiconductors, grain boundaries), mechanical properties of thin films, the perfection of silicon crystals for metrological applications, and colloidal systems as models for the study of dynamics and defects in crystals and glasses.

DOM Research Retreat: Re-engineering Medical Discovery
Mar 16 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
DOM Research Retreat: Re-engineering Medical Discovery @ Turner Auditorium/Concourse, Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

The Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins includes more than 3,600 basic and clinical science researchers at the faculty level; 1,200 graduate and medical students; and 1,400 fellows. The 2018 Department of Medicine Research Retreat is a joint retreat with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

This full-day event will include awards for the best posters, the Levine and Brancati Mentoring Awards, and basic and clinical research presentations by senior Johns Hopkins faculty. Art projects from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine will be spotlighted in the retreat exhibition area.

Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, will deliver this year’s keynote lecture. Langer is the author of more than 1,400 articles and the most cited engineer in history (h-index 239). Worldwide, he has in excess of 1,260 issued and pending patents that have been licensed or sublicensed to more than 300 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical device companies.

Click here to register!

Please contact with questions regarding poster submissions and requirements, the mentoring awards, or retreat registration. 

2019 DOM/WSE Research Retreat – Thinking Big: Systems Biology to Precisions Medicine
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The 2019 Department of Medicine Research Retreat is a joint retreat with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Click here to download the save-the-date flyer for this year’s retreat.

Important: There’s still time to register and secure a lunch ticket for the DOM/WSE Research Retreat. Register by 5 p.m. on February 27 to be eligible for a lunch ticket. On-site registrations will not be eligible for lunch tickets.

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