News Briefs

By ksascomm

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Kudos to Us!

Johns Hopkins University has climbed to 10th in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released in September. That’s up from 12th last year and 16th as recently as 2006. The university also moved up from seventh to third in this year’s U.S. News survey of high school guidance counselors.

In the Elements

About 100 freshmen took part in outdoor pre-orientation excursions that ran the gamut from rock climbing to kayaking to hiking.

Pride Parade

About 150 people representing Johns Hopkins University took part in Baltimore’s 40th annual LGBTQ pride parade in July, in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

It’s All About Books

The Krieger School’s Program in Museums and Society has launched Book Arts Baltimore, a partnership among area universities, museums, and libraries that celebrates artists’ books and book arts through academic courses and activities.

Reading Aloud

A diverse array of writers read from their work this fall as part of the President’s Reading Series: Literature of Social Import. In September, poets Eduardo Corral, Jamaal May, Natalie Diaz, and Tarfia Faizullah gave a joint reading of their respective poetry. Novelists Zadie Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty) and Charles Baxter (The Feast of Love, There’s Something I Want You to Do) visited campus in November.

Started in 2013 and funded by university President Ronald J. Daniels, the series is designed to bring some of the world’s best and most thought-provoking writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to Baltimore for readings of their work.

Meet Hari

Students in the International Studies Program were treated to a breakfast meeting in September with Hari Sreenivasan, senior correspondent of PBS NewsHour.

Home for Big Data

September marked the opening of the Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center, one of the nation’s largest academic high-performance computing centers, located in East Baltimore. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, College Park, can access the new facility on a remote basis. The setup includes more than 19,000 processors and 17 petabytes of storage capacity—that’s 17 million gigabytes.