Bob Barbera has now joined the department full time, and he is teaching introductory macro starting this fall. With his new affiliation of the Johns Hopkins Center for Financial Economics (CFE), he has been quoted in the New York Times and appeared on CNBC in recent weeks, and is contributing to the Survey of Professional Forecasters. More details are on the CFE website [http://cfe.econ.jhu.edu/]
The website also contains occasional commentaries by other Hopkins faculty members. The CFE has also been successful in raising funds that allow the department to continue to have 12 Bloomberg terminals, which Hopkins now uses as a teaching tool in a classroom setting.