Life on Mars?

 Is there life on Mars?  The debate continues.  In 1976, NASA launched three experiments to investigate the possibility of life on Mars as part of the Viking Mission. An exhibit on C-Level in the Eisenhower Library, Detecting Life on the Red Planet, tells the story of the experiment that was developed by Whiting School alumnus and Trustee Emeritus […]


Open Access Success Story: 20,000 Free Articles in Particle Physics

Back in 2008 researchers and librarians at CERN wanted to be sure that the high energy and particle physics journals they utilize would be freely available to any reader in the world, not just readers at institutions with subscriptions. CERN worked with the journal publishers and libraries across the globe to make that possible. JH […]


Happy Pi Day! 3.14

As you start your Spring Break festivities, please include a moment of acknowledgment for pi. Irrational? Maybe, but I’ll take any excuse to have a piece of pie. To see how others celebrate and calculate pi, follow these links: Overview from The Chronicle of Higher Education Longest calculation of pi Squidoo Celebrates Pi Day One […]


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 […]


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 […]


Snowflakes keep falling on my head…

While I know those are not quite the lyrics for that song, I can’t help but want to twist the words around slightly this time of year, particularly when the sky is gray and hats, gloves, and wooly socks are necessary. Even with the rigor of the semester ending, it is hard not to be […]