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Social enterprise

Fashioned for good

After learning about how exploitative and environmentally damaging the fashion industry could be, political science major Shanthi Ramakrishna launched the stitched-goods startup Taara Projects, which now includes seven other female undergraduates and has received funding from the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures' Social Innovation Lab. “Our mission is to provide economic empowerment to artisans in search of a living wage, while upholding a completely environmentally conscious end-to-end supply chain,” she says.

 
 
In other news  
 
 

Hollywood at Homewood

Inside the writers room

Welcome to the Hopkins Writers Room, a 5-year-old Film and Media Studies club preparing budding screenwriters for the collaborative work it takes to create your next binge-watch. "What students are coming away with experientially is really valuable because we're modeling the dynamics of an actual writers room in Hollywood," says Adam Rodgers, director of the Film and Media Studies Program who came to Hopkins after a decades-spanning screenwriting career in Los Angeles.

 
 

Crushing it

A bridge too farfalle

High school students in the Engineering Innovation program at Johns Hopkins use their noodles to build bridge structures out of spaghetti and epoxy to test their engineering know-how

 
 
 

Health equity

Indigenous health researcher joins Bloomberg School

Physician and public health researcher Donald Warne, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, will serve as co-director of the Center for American Indian Health and as the school's Provost Fellow for Indigenous Policy

 
 
 

 
 
 
Hopkins in the News  
 

KCURKansas City 

Are period-tracking apps dangerous in a post-Roe world?

Anton Dahbura, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Security Institute, says users need to weigh the security risks as well as the benefits of using period-tracking apps

 
 
 

The Washington Post

Why celebrity private jet travel is a climate nightmare

"A short jump with a private jet requires lofting into the air a 10- to 20-ton jet and then moving it from point A to point B," says Peter DeCarlo, an associate professor of environmental health and engineering who studies atmospheric air pollution

 
 
 
 
Events  
 

Aug. 6

Black business showcase

The 2nd annual HopkinsLocal event will spotlight 35 growing businesses and entrepreneurs in the Baltimore area. Local shopping, giveaways, and tastings start at noon; register in advance

 
 
 

Aug. 11

Hopkins movie night at Bengies drive-in

Hopkins alumni, family, staff, students, and friends in the Baltimore area can catch a double feature of A League of Their Own and The Goonies at Bengies Drive-In, starting at 8:15 p.m.; click for ticket info