News Briefs

By ksascomm


Slam Dunk
Alex Vassila ’13 became the 14th player in the history of the Johns Hopkins women’s basketball program to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her career on Feb. 13, when she scored a career-best 23 points to lead the Blue Jays to a 54-49 come-from-behind win against Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


The Inner Circle
Sophomore 125-pounder Paul Bewak, who spent a majority of the season ranked number one in the nation, was named the Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year. Bewak, a physics major, was also one of three Johns Hopkins wrestlers named to the All-Centennial First Team, while three other Blue Jays earned honorable mention honors.


Filling the Bucket

What should every Hopkins student do before graduating? The senior class has weighed in, with a “bucket list” they’ve passed down to the Class of 2014. Suggestions include going to every building on campus and introducing yourself to a fellow Hopkins student; taking a course well outside of your major and discipline; stargazing with the Bloomberg telescope; and making a “real connection” with someone in the Baltimore community.

Commencement 2013
Hopkins neuroscientist Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, whose unlikely path took him from migrant worker to renowned brain surgeon and cancer researcher, was the featured speaker at the university-wide Commencement ceremony on May 23.


New Program for Aspiring Teachers
The Krieger School has joined with the School of Education to create a fellowship program to support recent Krieger School graduates who want to make a difference in urban schools. Each year, five full-tuition Baltimore Education Fellows scholarships will be awarded to support students in the full-time Master of Arts in Teaching program. Visit for more.

Class Acts
Teach for America reports 19 of 2013 Johns Hopkins graduates have joined the incoming corps for the 2013–14 school year. Teach for America participants commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and are seen as lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.


Dark Debut at Sundance
Matthew Porterfield, a lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program, debuted his film, I Used to Be Darker, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Porterfield is the writer, director, and producer of the films Hamilton (2006) and Putty Hill (2011).


For Love or Money
An exhibition produced by Jennie Hann and Doug Tye, doctoral students in English, opened at the George Peabody Library in March. The exhibition is drawn from the Wertheim-Frary Collection of Stephen Crane, which covers the writer’s entire career and much of his posthumous legacy.


Cool Cocoa
Jama Cocoa, the truffle business founded by economics major Jamasen Rodriguez ’15 earned the sobriquet “the Starbucks of Chocolate” in Inc.’s Coolest College Start-ups of 2013. Rodriguez sells his truffles wholesale to five restaurants and wine bars around Baltimore and across the country via his website.


Bound for Cambridge
Lay Kodama ’13 is one of 14 students from across the nation who have been selected as Churchill Scholars by the Winston Churchill Foundation, which funds a year of study at Cambridge University. A neuroscience major with a minor in the Writing Seminars, Kodama will conduct research on the mechanisms underlying the formation of neural connections.