JHTV's monthly roundup of good news at Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore ecosystem.
  1. Johns Hopkins University honors late alumna by renaming FastForward U to The Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship
    At Pava LePere’s celebration of life in December, President Ron Daniels announced Johns Hopkins’ commitment to honoring her legacy as a driving force behind FastForward U, the university’s student entrepreneurship programs. “With Pava’s spirit, her passion for innovation, young people, and Baltimore in mind, I am so, so pleased to share that FastForward U will be renamed The Pava Marie LaPere Center for Entrepreneurship, and we will commit $2 million to its programming. There at the Pava Center, and in all we do, we will help the next generation of student entrepreneurs carry forward the values she held dear: collaboration, innovation, and the unwavering belief in people and our beloved community.”
  2. Johns Hopkins leads the nation in research spending for 44th consecutive year
    Johns Hopkins University once again surpassed all U.S. universities in the amount of federal support it received for research and development spending in fiscal year 2022, according to the annual National Science Foundation report on higher education R&D. In its 44th consecutive year in the top spot, Johns Hopkins directed a record-breaking $3.4 billion into an array of projects across the enterprise.
  3. Two Johns Hopkins researchers named to National Academy of Inventors
    Hai-Quan Mao, director of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology and a professor of materials science and engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering, and Victor Velculescu, professor of oncology and co-director of cancer genetics and epigenetics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at the School of Medicine, are among 162 distinguished academic inventors to be named NAI fellows this year.
  4. Johns Hopkins faculty research associate Junyu Chen named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30
    Junyu Chen is a faculty research associate at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, where he applies AI techniques to improve nuclear medicine imaging, particularly for the detection of cancer. Calibrating the dose is a critical component of radiopharmaceutical therapy for cancer. Chen has made significant contributions to this field by using AI to improve this method of dosing.
  5. Johns Hopkins football player Carter Hogg creates device to reduce risk of concussion
    After his brother suffered a career-ending hit during a championship football game, Hogg researched concussions and ways to prevent them, which led to his idea: protective equipment that could be worn under the helmet that would effectively reduce the risk of concussion without interfering with an athlete’s mobility. G8RSkin, a balaclava-type garment meant to be worn under the helmet, was launched in 2023.

*AND one more: Maryland Inno names Protenus and b.well among the top 10 startups to watch in 2024.