Mt. Vernon Ghostwalk Tour

Come join the GSA for the Mt. Vernon Ghostwalk!  We will see if we can catch any ghosts still lingering in the world of the living after Halloween.  We will meet on Friday November 3rd in front of the Belvedere at 1 Chase St in Mt. Vernon at 7:15pm.  For now, only SOM grad students can purchase tickets, but we can open it up on Thursday evening.

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Fall 2017 Apple Picking

Hi Everyone,

We are planning an apple picking trip to Rock Hill Orchard & Woodbourne Creamery (, which has pick your own apples, fresh from the farm ice cream, and corn mazes! This will be on Saturday September 30th, and we will be carpooling there.  The plan is for carpools to leave Baltimore around noon in order to arrive at the orchard by 1pm.  Then we will stay for about 3 hours until 4pm and arrive back in Baltimore around 5pm.

Once you have RSVP’d via one of the options below, follow the URL in the confirmation email if you would like to signup for the carpool.  It is important to RSVP regardless of whether you are carpooling or not in order to receive day of weather postponing information or possible but unlikely orchard changes due to apple availability.

As for pricing, Rock Hill Orchard charges by bag not by weight as well as an entry fee to the orchard (multiple entry fees are included depending on the size of the bag purchased as seen below).  We should have enough people that nobody will pay an entry fee even if they aren’t picking apples:

  • Small Bag – $12 , includes up to 2 guests. This bag holds 5 to 6 pounds of apples
  • Medium Bag – $21 , includes up to 4 guests. This bag holds 11 to 12 pounds of apples
  • Large Bag -$34 , includes up to 6 guests. This bag holds 22 to 24 pounds of apples
  • Additional guests – $3 each

Their Fall Combo is $11/person for a small bag and entry to both cornmazes.  For groups 10 people or larger, the Fall Combo price is reduced to $10/person if everything is purchased in one transaction (another important reason to RSVP so we know who is coming)!

Hope to see you there!


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GSA Hike with Hopkins Hikers

The GSA hit the trails this August 5th for a hike in the Catoctin Mountain park​. After a week of thunderstorms, the weather cleared up so we could enjoy the beautiful rolling hills in western Maryland. The hike was lead by Kyla Britson, Kathleen Cunningham, and Michael Ketcha who have started a new student group: Hopkins Hikers. If you were disappointed to miss this hike, never fear! Hopkins Hikers will be leading hikes every month so keep your eyes on the GSA digest to catch future events.

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Monthly Movie Night: Power Rangers

With a blast from the past, this re-envisioning of the Power Rangers’ origins was enjoyed along with pizza and drinks last night in the GSA lounge!

Monthly Movie Night: Space Jam

With a blast from the past, Space Jam arrived in the GSA lounge for students to watch while enjoying pizza this past Tuesday!

Alyssa at the Keystone Symposia Conference on Cancer Immunotherapy

The GSA Travel Award allowed me to travel to Whistler, BC and present my thesis work at an international Keystone Symposia conference on Cancer Immunotherapy. Presenting to a crowd of ~650 researchers was my largest oral presentation of my PhD and was a fantastic learning experience that would not have been possible without the help of GSA. Presenting at the conference resulted in a new collaboration with an industry partner and networking opportunities for possible job offers.
– Alyssa Kosmides

Janaka at the SPIE BiOS Conference

My PhD research focuses on developing state-of-the-art multi-contrast optical imaging systems for neuroscientific and oncology applications. One of my projects was to use in vivo optical imaging to characterize how different parts of the “resting” brain communicate. This technique is also known as resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) mapping and can be a powerful tool for diagnosing brain diseases as well as to track recovery from such diseases. This project was focused on conducting rsFC mapping at the microvascular scale using optical imaging methods. I am extremely grateful for the GSA Travel Award because it enabled me to share the latest results from this project at the annual SPIE BiOS conference – the largest biophotonics conference in the country, and also enabled me to expand my professional network.
– Janaka Senarathna