Cosplay, Games, Fire — It’s JohnCon 2018

Tournaments, a cosplay photo shoot, laser tag, comedy, games — yes, it’s JohnCon 2018 (April 6-8)! JohnCon is the annual convention of JHU’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (HopSFA). It’s held from Friday evening to Sunday evening (5:00PM to 5:00PM), with NO stops. (Here are some photos from last year.)  On the schedule (watch for […]


Osler Medical Symposium

Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m., Gilman Hall 50 — The Role of Economics, Equity, and Entrepreneurship in Health and Medicine with Paul Rothman, CEO and Dean of Hopkins Medicine Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m., Gilman Hall 50 —  Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Research of Health and Medicine with Arturo Casadevall, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor In 1999, […]


Artificial Languages, Universal Languages

An undergrad recently asked me about Lojban. Those in computer science and related fields have probably heard of Lojban (a constructed language, formerly known as Loglan). And most of us have heard of Esperanto (a “universal” language), and other “constructed” languages such as R’lyehian and, of course, Klingon. Are there a lot of artificial languages? […]


EVENT: Doing Medicine in Space, October 26th

CONVERSATIONS IN MEDICINE EVENT: Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 Time: 5:30-6:30 Social Hour; 6:30 talk by Dr. Feinberg Place: Mason Hall RSVP required! Dr. Andrew Feinberg leads the Johns Hopkins Center for Epigenetics, and in December 2015 was appointed a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor.He can also tell you how to do genetic research in space, because […]


Pretty Sure You Didn’t Know This About Hopkins

You’re probably familiar with a lot of the JHU offices and centers; maybe you have visited the Office of Multicultural Affairs, checked equipment out of the Digital Media Center, or joined some of the more than 300 student organizations and clubs. JHU has lots and lots of offices and centers and institutes and initiatives, such […]


Science Fiction and Fantasy in Fall Classes

Hello again from your Sci Fi Librarian, with some tips about expressing your love of sci fi  and/or fantasy — reading *or* writing —  in classes being offered this Fall. (Read the full class description to see any restrictions.) In Visual Reality (Art, AS.371.149), students are encouraged to create representations of “alternative realities, those realities […]


Stories from Turkey

Once there was a white elephant, an Indian boy who was his friend, an architect, several sultans, and a mystery. My introduction to Turkish fiction was the beautifully written The Architect’s Apprentice (2015). The author, Elif Shafak (sometimes spelled “Safak”), has written eight books; the best known is probably The Bastard of Istanbul. In an […]


Scientists, Communicating, Doing Science

How does science get done? In many ways — experimenting, theorizing, testing, observing. But good science also comes from lots and lots of talking. At conferences, in journals, in hallways, at seminars, with patients, in classrooms and labs, over coffee, through e-mail and shared citation lists and phone calls. The “community of scientists” can be […]


Patents — Amaze Your Friends!

Patents are historical, technical, artistic, ground-breaking, legally binding, creative, and revealing. Patents are incredibly cool, and extremely useful. What’s a patent? A patent is the right to keep other people from making or selling YOUR invention (unless you give them a license to do so). Specifically, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office defines a patent […]