• Former Head of Analytics at FEMA Joins Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence

    Carter Hewgley, former head of analytics for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has joined a Johns Hopkins University project to make cities’ data more accessible and help solve urban problems. Hewgley will serve as director of analytics and performance at the university’s new Center for Government Excellence (GovEx).

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  • SOE Professor Awarded 21st Century Cities Initiative Grant

    SOE Professor Karl Alexander was recently awarded a grant from the 21st Century Cities Initiative to launch the Thurgood Marshall Alliance (TMA). The goal of TMA is to help build and sustain a network of Baltimore schools with diverse enrollments in terms of family income, race, and ethnicity.

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  • Home Base

    Under the umbrella of the university’s 21st Century Cities Initiative, researchers have launched a set of projects examining Baltimore in relation to the unrest following Freddie Gray’s death. “We’re trying to reimagine what a research university can do in the face of a crisis like this,” says Kathryn Edin, a sociologist in the Krieger School…

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  • Message from JHU President

    In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody, our city entered a wrenching moment marked by pockets of violence and days of peaceful protest. At the time, I reached out not only to you and other members of our university community, but also to our newest Hopkins family members: the admitted…

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  • Hearing Their Voices: Johns Hopkins Researchers Tune In to What Young Baltimore Residents Have to Say

    Project gives city youth a chance to share their perspectives in wake of Freddie Gray’s death and the resulting protests, unrest

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  • Johns Hopkins Experts Engage in an Interactive Dialogue about Our Cities

    Hopkins experts joined alumni, students, parents, and friends for a chance to engage in an important conversation about the 21st Century Cities Initiative.

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  • New York Open-Data Program Chief Joins Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence

    Andrew Nicklin, former head of groundbreaking open-data programs in New York city and state, has joined a Johns Hopkins University project to make cities’ data more accessible and help solve urban problems. Nicklin will serve as director of open data at the university’s new Center for Government Excellence

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  • Johns Hopkins’ 21st Century Cities Initiative Deploys Researchers in Wake of Baltimore Unrest

    In the thick of Baltimore’s chaos two weeks ago, a group of Johns Hopkins University faculty members started emailing one another. “We looked around and said, ‘Where’s the Hopkins response to this?'” says Stephen Morgan, a professor of sociology and education. From that came a meeting of a “truly cross-campus set of people,” says Morgan, brainstorming…

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  • New Johns Hopkins Center to Promote Data-driven Local Government

    The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins, established with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, aims to assist more than 100 U.S. cities in creating data infrastructures to transform the way their governments operate. The center is part of the university’s 21st Century Cities Initiative, a university signature initiative that brings together city leaders and top researchers to…

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  • Feeding the 21st Century City Event Recap

    For some Baltimoreans, buying fresh fruit and vegetables is as simple as driving a few blocks to a local grocery store. But for city residents living in urban food deserts—underserved communities without easy, local access to fresh food markets–the struggle to find an apple or a banana within even a quarter mile of where they…

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  • Md. Gov. O’Malley Joins Johns Hopkins as Visiting Professor

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has joined Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School as a visiting professor focusing on government, business, and urban issues. The former Baltimore mayor and City Council member also will be a part of Johns Hopkins’ 21st Century Cities Initiative, involving faculty members from disciplines across the university brought together to study and propose approaches to…

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