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We had an interesting winter here in Baltimore with the record snow fall, but I think I can officially say the spring weather has arrived. April definitely began like a lion, but it left like a lamb with beautiful 70-80 degree weather. Spring also means that the local festivals and events are beginning.

At the beginning of April, despite some cool evenLight Cityings, Baltimore hosted the inaugural Light City, “A festival of light, music and innovation.” Designed along the inner harbor, people gathered to see light displays that incorporated storytelling, motion and sound. The weeklong festival was declared a success and planning is already in motion for the 2017 Light City to be expanded to 10 days. To the right is a picture my co-worker’s husband took.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the Baltimore Book Festival. After all, anything involving books is pretty awesome, but a three day festival in the fall? Baltimore can count on me being there!

Being new to the city, this coming summer I’ll be writing several posts about discovering Baltimore. I hope you join me as I explore the many different festivals and events that make up the community fondly known as Charm City. And since I won’t be able to attend every single event, here is a great listing that allows you to filter the events.

One of my favorite things in the Wolfe Street Building, home to the Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the Wall of Wonder. A show piece at the end of the hall from the main entrance, the Wall of Wonder is a large screen that departments and institutes reserve for a slide show. Usually the content is related to an event, guest speaker or current research that is taking place at the School. Below are some examples.

Zika Symposium Picture

This slide was from the Zika Symposium we hosted in February. You can read more about it in the February 16 blog.


Vaccine Day Photo

Remember when I was hyped for Vaccine Day? Here’s one of the pictures submitted for the photo contest that was shown on the Wall of Wonder.


Career Fair Photo

I took this picture the day of the Career Fair.

Moore Center Photo

One of the facts posted by the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse for their Symposium.

The Wall of Wonder has also been used to live stream big events, like the World Cup and Presidential Inaugurations. When you’re on campus, I encourage you to take a few moments to learn some fun facts via the Wall of Wonder.

Time to do a little spring cleaning, provide policy reminders and a few blog tips...

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Happy Earth Day Eve! With Earth Day in April, it only seems fitting that the Centennial Celebration Featured Department is the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Here are some highlights of the many events the department planned:

Earlier this month they hosted a Water Symposium discussing ways to reuse water. Dr. Joe Jacangelo, Director of Research at MWH Global and adjunct JHU Faculty; Katie Bell, Water Reuse Practice leader at MWH Global and JHU Visiting Scholar; and Kellogg Schwab, JHSPH Environmental Health Science Professor and Director of the JHU Water Institute presented during the 2 hour symposium.

Last week JHSPH hosted the Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods from April 12-14.

Appropriately, The Department of Environmental Health Sciences has chosen Earth Day (tomorrow), for their Centennial Service Day, which will take place at the Community Gardens.

To close out the month, The Center for A Livable Future will host “Public Health in Action: Stories from the Local Food System” on April 28. The event will feature five local food system plays – a food czar, an advocate, a clergy-activist, an environmental journalist and a chicken farmer.

To see all that was arranged, check out the Department of Environmental Health Sciences’ Centennial Celebration Page.

To all of you who have accepted our offer of admission, congratulations! Welcome to the Bloomberg School of Public Health!

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately regarding when you will receive your JHEDID. MPH students should expect to receive their JHED ID about a month prior to orientation. For all other programs, check your e-mail about two months before orientation.

For those of you wanting to complete the Introduction to Online Learning (IOL) Course, you may sign up for a CoursePlus account without a JHED ID. Simply make sure to update your account with the JHED ID once you receive it.

Remember, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.