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Tomato study reveals juicy genes, CS’s Mike Schatz, The Hub

June 23, 2020

When Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar said “I got riches buildin’ in my DNA,” he almost certainly wasn’t talking about the humble tomato. But a new study unveiling more than 230,000 DNA differences across 100 tomato varieties, which will allow breeders and scientists to engineer larger, juicier, more profitable plants, proves that this food staple has […]

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Johns Hopkins students develop campaign to combat coronavirus-related racism

May 21, 2020

  The marketing campaign, created for the university’s Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications course, addresses harmful labels students have experienced firsthand   Incidents of hate crimes, assaults, and harassment are increasing, especially against Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which fights antisemitism and discrimination. This uptick, the ADL reports, is […]

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The COVID-19 crisis shows how dangerous misinformation becomes contagious, CS’s Mark Dredze, LA Times

April 29, 2020

In olden times, it was fairly easy to identify the sources of misinformation and cultural ignorance: They were either commercial entities that profited from misleading the public, such as tobacco companies, or conspiracy theorists and other inhabitants of the lunatic fringe. “When it comes to misinformation, I normally tell people not to trust information unless […]

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AI Can Help Hospitals Triage COVID-19 Patients, CS’s Suchi Saria, IEEE Spectrum

April 27, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic brings floods of people to hospital emergency rooms around the world, physicians are struggling to triage patients, trying to determine which ones will need intensive care. Volunteer doctors and nurses with no special pulmonary training must assess the condition of patients’ lungs. In Italy, at the peak of that country’s crisis, doctors faced […]

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Three Computer Scientists receive NSF CAREER Award

April 24, 2020

Congratulations to three Computer Scientists faculty who are recipients of the National Science Foundation’s Early CAREER Award. Ilya Shpitser five-year CAREER award will support his project, “Robust Causal and Statistical Inference in High Dimensional Structured Systems with Hidden Variables,” which aims to significantly advance understanding of all major tasks in causal systems with hidden variables: […]

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CS alum says course exploration at Hopkins contributed to his successful career

April 22, 2020

As an undergraduate embarking on his college career, Alexander Schiffhauer, ‘13 (BA), ‘15 (MSE), came to Johns Hopkins with many academic interests: art, medicine, and technology. It was the opportunity to explore these various interests that led Schiffhauer to attend Hopkins in the first place. “I was undecided on my major for a long time, […]

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