News Briefs

By ksascomm

Movin’ Up

laxMen’s lacrosse will have a slightly different competitive edge come the 2014-15 season when Hopkins will begin play as an affiliate member of the Big Ten’s new lacrosse conference. “This decision may represent the single greatest change in Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse in more than a century,” said JHU president Ron Daniels, when the move was announced in May 2013. “I am grateful for the thoughtful process that has led us to this historic place, and I am confident in the success of our shared endeavor in the years to come.”

Harnessing Big Data

bigdataIt’s no secret that in 2012, President Barack Obama won re-election due in large part to his campaign’s ability to reach out to individual voters. What’s not so well-known is the team (with Caroline Grey ’06 as co-founder) that spent two years tapping mountains of data to understand large patterns in public opinion, driving strategic decisions across the campaign. Now known as Civis Analytics, the company helps clients use their data to guide strategy. Was Grey perhaps a mathematics major during her time at the Krieger School? Nope. Humanities.

A Fresh Start

footballWhen Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff welcomed the 2013 Blue Jays to preseason camp on August 18, among those reporting were 27 freshmen. The highly touted newbies hail from 14 different states and will look to make an immediate impact on a team that has won four straight Centennial Conference Championships and counts a 46-12 record to its credit since the start of the 2008 season.

Soccer Sense

mohamed-hamoudaBefore he begins medical school, Mohamed Hamouda ’13 is taking a year off to start a soccer program at an orphanage in Jordan. He received this year’s Florence “Meg” Walsh Leadership Award, enabling him to start the peer-led sports effort at the SOS Children’s Village. He hopes it will serve as a model for SOS villages in other North African countries. The award is given annually by the Krieger School’s Second Decade Society.

A Smart Run

JHU Women's Cross CountryThe Johns Hopkins women’s cross country teamthat won its first national championship in fall 2012was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2012 cross country season. The Blue Jays earned a cumulative GPA of 3.32 through the 2012 fall semester.

By the Numbers—Class of 2017

Freshmen in the Krieger School: 885
Percent female: 56
Percent male: 43
Minority students: 203
Baltimore Scholars: 7
Top five home states: Maryland, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Top three home countries outside the U.S.: Republic of Korea, China, Canada

War in Black and White

Reactive Image book coverLast spring, an unusual collaboration in the Krieger School’s Master of Liberal Arts program received an emotional audience response during a presentation of the program’s final projects.

Major Jeffery “Lance” Westbrook, who had completed two tours of duty in Iraq, wrote a series of short stories about combat life and its aftermath. As a visual narration of those stories, classmate Amy Hodges created a book of black-and-white photographs aimed at recreating images of war using Baltimore as a stand-in for Baghdad.

“It’s really two separate stories being told—same people, same subject matter—but [Amy’s photographs] make my stories a whole new experience,” says Westbrook.

Galway Girl

galway girlThis past August, political science major Rachel Schnalzer ’15 left the East Coast to study abroad for four months at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We asked Rachel to blog about her travels and studies for the Krieger School website. Turns out she’s a good writer and a good photographer. She took this shot as she and her friends were walking up the hill to Dun Aengus on the cliffs of Inishmore. Read more about her studies and adventures abroad at