Jason Eisner to give Inaugural Professorial Lecture on March 28

Jason Eisner of the Department of Computer Science will give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28 in Mason Hall Auditorium.

Eisner headshotIn a lecture titled “Probabilistic Models of Natural Language,” Eisner will describe mathematical tools for modeling how the parts of a sentence relate to one another, to the grammar of the language, and to facts in the world. He also will talk about algorithms for learning the parameters of such models and drawing inferences from them. Jason is affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing, the Cognitive Science Department, and the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, and leads JHU’s cross-departmental machine learning group.

The Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture series is named for the fifth dean of the Whiting School of Engineering and started in 1993 to honor newly promoted full professors

New interdisciplinary center at Johns Hopkins aims to reshape medical care

Johns Hopkins University announced on Friday, Feb. 4 the establishment of a new collaborative research effort designed to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency of health care.

The Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, at the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, will bring together engineers, clinicians, and health care providers to focus on three priority areas: data analytics, systems design and analysis, and technology and devices. Clinician-engineering teams will work together to help speed innovation and its impact on society by integrating their research-based advances with practical applications.

Bringing engineers into all aspects of medical practice at Johns Hopkins will “enhance the impact of our already preeminent health sciences enterprises,” JHU President Ronald J. Daniels said. “We are breaking down barriers and coming together as one university, dedicated to advancing wholly new approaches to health care.”

John. C. Malone

John. C. Malone

The center will be established through the support of Whiting School alumnus John C. Malone, who earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Johns Hopkins. Malone has also supported the Whiting School with a gift for the construction of Malone Hall, a cutting-edge academic research facility that opened on JHU’s Homewood campus in 2014, and a series of professorships associated with the new center. They include the Mandell Bellmore Professorship, named for Malone’s PhD adviser at Johns Hopkins. Gregory D. Hager, a professor of computer science, is the inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor and the center’s founding director.

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Gregory Hager to be installed as inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor on Oct. 21

The dedication and installation of Gregory D. Hager, professor, Department of Computer Science, as the inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Mason Hall Auditorium.

Gregory D. Hager

Photo by Will Kirk/Johns Hopkins University

A reception will follow the ceremony.

The Mandell Bellmore endowed professorship was created by alumnus John Malone, PhD ’69 and is named in honor of Malone’s thesis advisor, Mandell Bellmore, PhD ’65. This gift is part of a new commitment that Malone has made to provide endowed professorships to faculty who are improving healthcare using a system-based approach.




CS Staff Updates

IMG_5153We are at once happy and sad to officially announce the retirement of our Academic Program Administrator Cathy Thornton. Her last day was July 31, 2015. Cathy has been an esteemed member of the Hopkins community for 13 years. She will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike. Cathy’s attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in mind, has been invaluable. In addition to her incredible competence and skill, she has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and fun demeanor. Happy retirement Cathy!

CS is exZack Head Shotcited to welcome Zack Burwell and Jessica Finkelstein who joined the CS & JHUISI administrative team in July.

Zack Burwell, Academic Program Administrator, is responsible for the oversight and management of JHU’s growing population of Masters and PhD students in both CS and the JHU Information Security Institute (JHUISI.) He is responsible for enrollment management, informing prospective students, assisting applicants, and supporting current students with administrative and financial information.

Zack comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania where he worked in student services.  He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and he earned his MLA from Penn in 2015, with a concentration in Political and Educational Studies. If you have any questions for Zack, feel free to email him at

As the Sr. Academic Program Coordinator, Jessica Finkelstein is responsible for the Master’s programs for both CS and JHUISI.  She will assist with admissions for both programs and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations for both Master’s programs.

PhotoProxy.cfcJessica was previously an Academic Program Coordinator with the Biology Department in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences here at Johns Hopkins. She earned her B.A. from Dickinson College and received her M.S. from Johns Hopkins School of Education. Jessica is looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questionsabout the Master’s program, please feel free to email her at

Zack and Jessica sit in the Malone 160 suite. Please stop by and say hello when you return to campus.


CS Hires Communications Specialist: Submit Your Story Ideas and Social Media Content Today!

Communicatons Specilalist HeadshotShani Provost joined the departmental staff as the Communications Specialist in May 2015. As the Communication Specialist, she is responsible for all marketing, print and electronic communications and social media for both the Department of Computer Science and the JHU Information Security Institute. Shani will be the liaison to the WSE and central communications office and will assist with event logistics and outreach activities.

Shani has several years of marketing and public relations experience. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, she worked as the Marketing & Enrollment Specialist at the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Johnson C. Smith University and a M.A. in Journalism & Public Affairs from American University.

Shani is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to working with faculty, staff, and alumni. If you have story ideas for the website or social media, please email them to Shani at

Computer Science Seminar Series

The department of Computer Science hosts a number of lectures and seminars throughout the semester, bringing in prominent researchers from universities around the country. These lectures are open to everyone.

We have both a regular Lecture Series and a Distinguished Lecture Series, which are typically held on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 10:45 – 12:00 in Hackerman Hall Rm B17.

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