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Date: Oct 2017

While the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Opioid Symposium on Monday, October 30 has been planned for a while, it comes at an extremely relevant time as President Trump declared the Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency yesterday. The symposium is being co-sponsored by the Bloomberg School and the Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton will be among the high profile speakers and panelists (follow the link for a full list of participants).

Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will consider critical components needed to reduce the injury and death rates nationwide. Evidence-based recommendations that reflect the most current science will be the focus, and translating that evidence to action will be the goal.

While the event is at seating capacity, there will be a live webcast. I encourage you to join us virtually for this event.

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

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Walking into the Insectory Core Facility

The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute is one of the many research centers affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Part of that Malaria Research Institute is the Insectary Core Facility which has seven environmentally controlled walk-in incubators for mosquito rearing and nine reach-in incubators with custom temperature and humidity adjustment. In addition to allowing Bloomberg School professors, students and staff conduct research on mosquito carrying diseases, researchers can place orders for a population of mosquitos to conduct.

Inside one of the 7 walk-in incubatorsThe Insectary is central to many research projects happening at the School, including two papers that were published in the September 29 issue of Science. Both studies looked at genetic modification to increase resistance to the malaria parasite that can be spread throughout the mosquito population. One team discovered a strain of bacteria that can be spread rapidly through the mosquito population and when the bacteria modified it suppresses the development of the malaria parasite. The second team discovered a genetic modification that allows the mosquito’s immune system to suppress the malaria parasites and can be spread by changing the mosquitoes’ mating preferences. You can read about the research in the press release.

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre and continued violence across the country, Michael Bloomberg announced on Twitter last Wednesday that he would match all donations to Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.


While a public health issue, gun violence policy often does not follow public health protocol, or the true opinions of the public. Research from the shows that restrictions and background checks for gun owners is not a patrician issue, but rather a bipartisan opinion despite the NRA’s claims. With the congressional red tape that prohibits the CDC from conducting research on gun policy, it’s nonprofits like the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action that will finally make a change in national policy. That’s why Bloomberg’s announcement didn’t come as a huge surprise to me. Bloomberg has previous supported gun restrictions and his continued support of the public health approach to gun violence.

If gun policy and research is of interest to you, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research engages in original scholarly research, policy analysis and agenda-setting public discourse.  Last year, I wrote a blog about Center for Gun Policy and Research.

SOPHAS and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health require a transcript from every collegiate institution ever attended. Below are two common examples that often prevent applicants from completing.

Transfer Credits*
If you attended more than one institution to complete a particular degree, you will need a transcript from each institution. Even if the credits were transferred and appear on the second school’s transcript, a transcript from the original credit issuing institution is required.

*The exception to the Transfer Credit example is if the credits are from Study Abroad. SOPHAS has specific instructions for Study Abroad transcripts and credits should be marked as Study Abroad in the Transcript Entry section of the application.

Dual Enrollment
If you took a class in high school and received college credit for it from a local college, you are required to enter the course as taken at that particular college in Colleges Attended and submit an official transcript from that institution.