Author Archives: Sue Vazakas

About Sue Vazakas

Science/Engineering Librarian and devoted reader.

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 … Continue reading

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” … Continue reading

Magical Moments for Teachers

The art of teaching keeps changing. At Hopkins, as at many other schools, our students work in labs, have flipped classrooms, use clickers and other “active learning” methods, attend lectures, and have a wide variety of assignments and projects that … Continue reading

The Board Is Back!

There is a Suggestion Board on Eisenhower Library’s M Level, across from the elevators. This board used to be a treasure house of good questions/suggestions from you, and witty replies from a department head who tended the board as if … Continue reading

Problem Sets and Solutions

You have homework due in calculus or orgo, but you’re having trouble following the steps about how to solve certain kinds of problems. The library has books full of worked problems and their solutions in many areas of science and … Continue reading

Sick of Studying, Need a Movie?

If I NEVER see another midterm again, it will be TOO SOON. I’m tired of Netflix and I’m IN the library — what movies do *they* have? Lots – over 11,000. On the advanced search screen, don’t do anything except … Continue reading

Chocolate — At What Price?

Chocolate. Just typing the word makes me happy (and hungry). We want to eat chocolate. We’re supposed to eat it. But the world’s cocoa supply is in danger. One reason is that every year about a third of the cocoa … Continue reading

All of the July’s*

It’s July. How many “July” things do the JHU libraries have in their catalog? Let’s find out. On the library home page, you can search for things. But we kindly allow you to choose to put in a few words … Continue reading

The Road That Shriver Built, and a Surprise

Have you ever been reading or researching something and found a fact that relates to you personally? This happened to me just last week! Down on A Level, a book title caught my eye: The Decisive Blow Is Struck turned … Continue reading

JHU Alumni — Mythbusters Just for You!

You’ve graduated: congratulations! How does your new status affect how you can use the library? Here is information that will help you. You can enter the library IF you show the guard some form of photo┬áID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, … Continue reading