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Johns Hopkins Students, Biophysical Society Host Science Poster Night at Baltimore City Hall

Johns Hopkins Students, Biophysical Society Host Science Poster Night at Baltimore City Hall

BALTIMORE, MD – On March 28, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG) and the Biophysical Society (BPS) hosted a science poster night for Baltimore policymakers in the Curran Room in Baltimore City Hall. Graduate students presented their research findings on opioid-related deaths in Maryland, STEM education, pancreatic cancer and other locally impactful topics. Thirteen research projects were presented in total. The night was designed to highlight important research efforts underway in Baltimore and share the importance of science-based policymaking with city officials.

“The event was extremely successful, filled with so much meaningful exchange,” said Sophie Rottenberg, Coordinator, JHSPG. “The presenters brought so much enthusiasm and expertise to the table and city officials really were willing to listen and think critically about research implications for Baltimore city.”

The event coincided with the annual Biophysics Week, a messaging week that calls attention to the field of biophysics. The global event brings together biophysicists to share their research, highlight pressing science policy issues, and connect with other scientists.

“It was a pleasure to partner with the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group to host this important event,” said Jennifer Pesanelli, Executive Officer, BPS. “The Baltimore region is a research hub and was home to our 2019 Annual Meeting, which brought over 5,000 scientists to the city in early March. It is critical that policymakers at all levels of government value the input of the scientific community in policymaking.”

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The Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG) is comprised of members of the Johns Hopkins University research and medical communities. We advocate for evidence-based policies that advance science and safeguard public health. Our participants include graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, healthcare professionals, and faculty.  https://www.jhscipolgroup.org/

 

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9,000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. www.biophysics.org.



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