Category Archives: Science and Engineering

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 … Continue reading

Unconventional Medicine (and the Baltimore Marathon)

The intriguing topic of “unconventional medicine” is the theme of this year’s Conversations in Medicine speaker series. Today’s medical field is incredibly interdisciplinary. Fascinating and non-traditional careers, related to healthcare but not necessarily requiring an MD, are everywhere. For example: … Continue reading

APL Technical Digest – Now 100% Online

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) built a craft for NASA that’s been in space for a decade and passed Pluto last year. And remember the little “pill” that Senator and former astronaut John Glenn swallowed before he went … Continue reading

Clueless about Chemistry? Me, too…

Doing research in Chemistry and have no idea where to begin? Please, come to the library’s Information Desk and ask to speak with the librarian on duty! But, here’s a secret: you can get a head-start by trying the sources on the Chemistry … Continue reading

Stars of Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s always the right season to read science fiction or fantasy. Here are two important writers whose work you might want to explore. Kurt Vonnegut Vonnegut was an American author who made unforgettable contributions to literature (there are more than … Continue reading

#ASAPbio and bioRxiv

Back in 2013, the researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory decided to emulate the physicists using arXiv and create a pre-print repository for biological papers. They called it bioRxiv. Use increased slowly, for several reasons. Biologists didn’t want their work … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

A Modern Doctor with Many Fields

The next speaker in the JHU Conversations in Medicine series is Dr. Cindy Sears. Dr. Sears is a Hopkins Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Yet her earliest PubMed article was “The Effectiveness of a Consultation” (American … Continue reading

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