Is there anything better than a beautiful Sunday morning, a nice cold glass of orange juice, your dog, and no commitments? Unfortunately that is just a fantasy right now for me -- instead I am "enjoying" a busy Sunday, a glass of cold water to counteract the sweltering heat, and lots of work. But at least I have the nice distraction of updating my blog with my dog (Sozë) snoring behind me.
Yesterday (July 29) was our second Summer Open House and outside of some faulty microphones the event was a spectacular success. As expected the turnout was quite large. We packed Shriver Hall and most likely surpassed the 1100+ visitors that we had for the first program earlier this month. For those in attendance, I hope you had a great visit, appreciated the cold water we provided at the end, and at least to some degree enjoyed the humor of myself and my colleagues during the Admissions panel. (And remember as I mentioned in my last update, if you didn't attend a Summer Open Houses you should consider coming for one of our Fall events.)
So, over the past few months I have been collecting post-it notes and scraps of paper with various blog topic ideas. None of the ideas actually ever seemed interesting enough to justify a full entry alone. But see the pile is getting quite large, so I thought I would just combine all these little notes into one full entry. Here we go, post-it note by post-it note:
(1) Often prospective students ask for examples of Hopkins undergraduates engaged in research. Just this summer I learned of a few amazing projects and I thought I would share:
- Four Mechanical Engineering students invented a lightweight, portable Braille writing device that requires no electronic components. For the full story and pictures, click here and/or here.
- Woodrow Wilson fellows pursue independent inquiries in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Some recent examples: here and here.
- The 11-member winning team at the last BME Design Day competition presented a less invasive prototype that may improve heart surgeries. To learn more about this provisional patent project, click here and/or here.
- Team of Hopkins researchers unearth a 3,400 year old Egyptian queen. Read their blog entry or the official story.
- Sophomore Physics student wins a Provost Undergraduate Research Award to assist in developing wireless monitoring system to work with ecosystem research. More here.
- First we had five students selected as Fulbright Scholars (here), and now we have two more (here).
- And oh yeah, the streak continues!!! For the 26th straight year, Johns Hopkins University leads all U.S. academic institutions in research funding. Read about how far ahead we are, here.
(2) For Class of 2010 members stilling enjoying reading the Insider, I recommend checking out the most recent blog entries from the Hopkins Interactive students. Each student has posted an "advice" blog, providing you all with things to consider before arriving in Baltimore in about a month. Links: Laura, Esther, Julia, Michelle B., Stefanie, Michelle T., Rachel, and Phil.
(3) "We are much more than medicine!" I always say it, and I have even more proof now:
- New director of Africana studies; click here.
- Twin spacecraft built by JHU's Applied Physics Lab prepares for launch. Read more about the STEREO mission here.
- Mattin Art Center turns five years old. Article and slide show.
- New Head of the Peabody Institute; click here.
- New Museums and Society interdisciplinary program; click here.
(4) How cool is this? Our Dean of Student Life, Susan Boswell, along with the Student Life Advisory Committee has created a Faculty Associates Program which seeks to connect undergraduates and faculty in even more ways. Faculty have been invited to join an new program that will connect them to the student by using the residential communities. More to follow about this program, but my personal opinion is that this is a great idea. Read more here.
(5) To Do: Buy vacuum, change phone service provider, fix TiVo in bedroom -- oops sorry. That post-it note is in the wrong pile.
(6) Looking for an interesting book to read about College Admissions? I suggest College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy edited by Lloyd Thacker. I am currently half-way through, and I know when I finish it I will be writing about it here. Just thought I'd pass the recommendation along now, before I share my thoughts in the future.
(7) What do you all think about this -- A "Rainbow" Approach to Admissions? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Would you be more or less likely to complete such an application?
(8) Here are three other articles I stumbled across a while back and thought I would share: 10 Mistakes Freshmen Make & Top Ten List of Things I Wish I Had Known About College Admissions & 10 Antidotes to College-Application Anxiety.
(10) Ok last note -- hey cool, a perfect list of 10 (well except for #5, but we won't worry about that). Actually this is more of an announcement / teaser. For those who enjoy Hopkins Interactive and our blogs and message boards, please note that we are actively working on H.I. version 2.0. We hope to launch in September with a lot more content, new features, and many more interactive tools. Until the re-launch there will be few updates, outside of new entries to this blog. But when we do re-launch I think you all will be quite excited.
Last thought: I think this entry has broken the record for most links. I'm glad that cyberspace is chock full of so much information. Cheers!