SOM honors student
It is said that you shouldn't forget where you came from,
and it is clear at Johns Hopkins that faculty remember the
days they slaved away as graduate students and postdocs.
For the 26th consecutive year, the School of Medicine
celebrates the scientific contributions of graduate and
medical students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows with
its annual Young Investigators' Day.
A long-standing tradition of Young
Investigators' Day is a series of awards that recognize
some of the best work to come out of Johns Hopkins. Of 95
applicants, 19 have been selected to receive awards this
year, which carry prestige and cash prizes. Representative
of their compatriots, awardees will present their work at
the celebration, which begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April
10, in Mountcastle Auditorium in the Preclinical Teaching
Building in East Baltimore.
Teaching tools in the digital
For Paul Nelson, frustration, not so much necessity, was
the mother of invention. Like all bachelor of music
candidates at Peabody, Nelson is required to take four
semesters of French, German or Italian. The prospect of
studying a foreign language, however, made Nelson wince, as
he recalled the uphill battle he faced during his high
school days. He thought there had to be a better and
easier way to learn.
So, he went to his drawing board.
Nelson, who in a recent prior life was a
computer programmer, set out to develop a testing program
to help him learn Italian, specifically one that could
drill him on vocabulary. His labor produced a tool that, in
terms of his ability to retain words, yielded instant
dividends. Not wanting to keep a good thing to himself, he
put the program on his Web page for others at Peabody to
use. The result was Beatle-esque: The hits (albeit of the
Web variety) just kept on coming.
What counts as scientific
Johns Hopkins' Center for History and Philosophy of Science
will sponsor a first-of-its-kind seminar this week on the
nature of scientific evidence. The interdisciplinary
seminar, which will be held on the Homewood campus Friday
through Sunday, April 11 to 13, has free registration and,
in addition to featuring some current Johns Hopkins faculty
members and scholars from other universities, will bring
back a number of doctoral degree recipients in philosophy
of science who have gone on to become prominent in their
Philosophers, as well as scientists,
have disagreed and debated for centuries on what counts as
scientific evidence, developing a number of different
theories, said Peter Achinstein, professor of philosophy
in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
And they're off!
The journey from high school to Homewood began for the
class of 2007 as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
staff carted its admissions responses to the campus post
office on March 31.
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