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Kudos for Faculty and Students

The last several months have been honored-filled for Krieger School faculty and students. Among the recent faculty highlights:

In its fourth annual “Brilliant 10” list, Popular Science magazine named A. Hope Jahren, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, as one of this year’s honorees, scientists who are getting noticed for “work that is pushing their fields in new directions.”

The magazine highlighted Jahren’s work this way: “She extracts secrets from ancient trees that shed light on global warming” and called her a “master” at prying loose secrets about the Earth’s climatic history by scrutinizing the carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen inside plants.

Among other things, Jahren studies 45-million-year-old fossilized Metasequoias, giant redwood-like trees that once grew 700 miles from the North Pole.

Physics and Astronomy Professor Ethan T. Vishniac has been named editor-in-chief of the Astrophysical Journal, considered the most important and influential international journal in the field of astronomy.

Vishniac, who has served as scientific editor and associate editor of the journal, succeeds Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr., of Cambridge University. “I am deeply honored to be chosen as editor-in-chief,” Vishniac said after his appointment. “Some of the most distinguished American astronomers of the last 100 years are among my predecessors.”

A department colleague of Vishniac’s, Assistant Professor Nina Markovic, has won a 2006 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. The prize includes a five-year, $500,000 grant that will enable Markovic to continue her investigations into the electrical properties of nanometer scale materials.

“Receiving this award from the National Science Foundation is a wonderful start for my group and me,” Markovic says. Markovic came to Hopkins from post-doctoral work at Harvard University. She received a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2004.

Gregory Ball, professor of psychological and brain sciences, was selected as the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Advisor in the mid-Atlantic region by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Members of the Kansas-based NACADA are professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA selected Bell because of his rapport with students and his attention to their needs, according to a spokeswoman.

Eileen McGurty, who oversees the graduate program in environmental science and policy in the Krieger School’s Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Baku State University at Azerbaijan.

McGurty will teach environmental policy and a sus­tainable cities course in Baku’s geography department.

McGurty is one of two AAP faculty members teaching abroad with Fulbright grants during the 2005-2006 academic year. Daniel Guttman, an attorney and faculty lecturer in the government master’s program, is teaching at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

The Maryland chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) named Kit H. Bowen, the E. Emmet Reid Professor of Chemistry, as its 2005 Maryland Chemist of the Year.

The award is considered the most prestigious granted by the Maryland section of the ACS. Bowen was selected “based on his extraordinary professional accomplishments in extending the frontier of modern physical chemistry,” says Gary Posner, the Scowe Professor of Chemistry and chair of the department’s awards committee, which nominated Bowen for the prize.

Students more than held their own on the awards circuit. Twelve Krieger School students and recent alumni are studying abroad this year, thanks to Fulbright Scholar grants. A thirteenth is doing the same with a DAAD scholarship, a similarly prestigious award funded by the German government.

This year’s Fulbright Scholars:

Jeremy Caradonna, a doctoral candidate in history, is in France studying the academic essay competitions of 18th-century France. He’s investigating how academic essays provided a public venue for expression of Enlightenment ideas.

Andrew Devereux, a graduate student in history, has traveled to Spain to write the history of the relations between the Kingdom of Aragon and the Kingdom of Naples from 1469 to 1510.

Rachel Hadler ’04 is in Berlin exploring the relationship between Germans and Russians as it has evolved in the past 50 years. An international studies major while at Hopkins, Hadler plans to pursue a career in medicine after her Fulbright work.

Amy Holmes, a graduate student in sociology, is conducting a sociological analysis of the network of American military bases in Germany to explain how the restructuring process and changing power relations are reflected at the local level.

Emily Kaplan ’05 is using her Fulbright to travel to the Netherlands and participate in Utrecht University’s 11-month master’s degree program in conflict studies and human rights. She is studying violent conflict and cases of human rights abuses and their prevention.

Melissa Lowman ’05 majored in writing seminars and German while at Hopkins, and she’s putting the latter to use with a Fulbright teaching assistantship grant that will enable her to teach English as a second language at a German high school.

Mary Ashburn Miller, a doctoral candidate in history, is in France researching explanations and interpretations of violence during the French Revolution, primarily though an analysis of festivals that commemorated violent acts.

Haley Morrison ’05 has headed to Germany to interview visitors to the country’s Holocaust memorials to develop an account of how monuments function as a form of remembrance. The philosophy major is particularly interested in whether abstract memorials allow for meaningful experiences.

Meaghan Mulholland, a student in the writing program in Advanced Academic Programs, is studying the Sicilian puppet theater, the opera dei pupi, in Italy. Her research will culminate in a novel that will chronicle a Sicilian family’s efforts to preserve its heritage in a changing world.

Ashish Patel ’05 majored in biomedical engineering and anthropology at Hopkins. He’s currently in India, identifying children on that country’s west coast who are carriers of the beta-thalassemia blood disorder and at risk for iron-deficiency anemia.

David Schrag, a graduate student in anthropology, is conducting an ethnographic study of secondary education reform and citizenship in the former East Berlin, interviewing teachers trained in East Germany about changes they have undergone.

Molly Warsh, a doctoral candidate in history, is studying the Portuguese role in the pearl trade of the 16th and 17th centuries. In Lisbon during this academic year, she’s analyzing the trade’s development in the context of the Portuguese empire.

And Jennifer Kingsley, a doctoral candidate in the history of art, is in Germany studying the patronage of Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim through the lens of his famous Gospels of 1015. Her work is funded by a DAAD, which stands for Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst.



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