Drawing and Believing: Blindfolds and Blind Faith

by Alicia Puglionesi, PhD Recipient (History of Medicine) and former fellow, Special Collections Research Center In Drawing and Believing, part 1, we met George Albert Smith, a British psychic medium, and the drawings that he supposedly produced using his telepathic powers. Those drawings would lead to a long argument between William James and Simon Newcomb on […]


Google NGram Viewer — “Culturomics”?

The NGram Viewer from Google made a splash when it was introduced in December of 2010. It is essentially a data-mining application that enables queries against Google’s massive digitized books corpus.  Researchers behind the Google Books project wrote about the Viewer in the ambitiously titled Science article “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized […]


A Wealth of Health on April 5

An embarrassment of riches in the form of remarkable speakers is yours for the taking on Tuesday, April 5. This year’s keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Public Health Student Forum will be the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. Vice Admiral Murthy has been on the job for a little over a year. […]


Learn from Modern Doctors

What is it like to be the Health Commissioner of a complex city like Baltimore (whose health department happens to have been the first in the United States)? Dr. Leana Wen, who has served in that role for just over a year, wrote journal articles and gave interviews about the role of public health during […]


Teaching (and Learning) with Data

Developing statistical and quantitative literacy allows us to understand the numbers thrown at us on a daily basis, whether they are from the New York Times, the Census Bureau, or a research article. In elementary and secondary school, students develop necessary skills to understand mathematical principles, but in college they learn more about how social […]


Represent JHU on the Global Stage

Back in October we asked you to take the 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication survey. We still need graduate students and faculty to take this graphical survey; we’ll use the data to help us improve our library services and resources. You have until February 10, 2016, to take this quick survey about the tools you […]


How do you research? We need to know!

What tools do you use to get your research done? Google Drive, MS Word, or Open Office? RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley? Google Scholar or Scopus? Your librarians want to know what tools you use so that we can optimize library services and resources to better serve your needs. Please take the 101 Innovations in Scholarly […]


Why Can’t Some People Donate Blood? Is That Fair?

Are the guidelines used to screen potential blood donors discriminatory? This question will be the subject of the talk given at this year’s Undergraduate Conference in Public Health, the theme of which is “Giving Life to Public Health.” The keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard Benjamin, Chief Medical Director of the American Red Cross, whose talk […]


Affordable Care Act – Hear the Practitioners

The major topic in health care policy for the last several years has been the Affordable Care Act. This month’s Conversations in Medicine Symposium is entitled Can We Afford the Affordable Care Act? Come and talk with the distinguished panel of practitioners who will discuss this question and what this law really means for future physicians […]


On the Subject of Cities

What is a city? The common characteristic of all cities is being “a reasonably large and permanent concentration of people within a limited territory,” according to the Social Science Encyclopedia. The U. S. Census Bureau can even give you a number: a city is either urban — “any incorporated place with [at least] 2,500 people […]