Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 30, 1995

Alumni Association Honors 13 Teachers

     For the fourth year, the Alumni Association has supported
the Excellence in Teaching Awards as a way to recognize publicly
the critical importance of teaching at Hopkins. The Alumni
Council designates $2,000 for each university division. Students,
faculty and administrators select one or two faculty members--
including teaching assistants and junior faculty--to receive the
award. The following are the 1995 Excellence in Teaching Award

Arts and Sciences

     Gregory Ball, an associate professor of psychology,
specializes in behavioral neuroendocrinology, which deals with
how the brain responds to hormones and how the experience of
different environmental stimuli leads to changes in hormonal

Continuing Studies

     Burney Hollis, who teaches in the master of liberal arts
program, is recognized for his interdisciplinary methods of
teaching, his eloquence and wit with which he discusses ideas and
the high standards to which he holds students. 

     John Haas brings a sense of humor to his real estate courses
along with "a seemingly endless knowledge of subject matter," one
student says. 

     James McGowan, of the Division of Education, has helped the
division develop partnerships with public school systems to merge
theory and practice in a school setting.


     Kaliat T. Ramesh, associate professor in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, says he tries to be friendly and
approachable and has a policy of not defining office hours
"because I believe that students should be able to see me at any

     Eric Brill, assistant professor in the Department of
Computer Science, also guides a number of independent study
students, and urges all undergraduates to take advantage of that
option. "Nothing prepares students more for the real world than
independent study and undergraduate research," he says. "It's a
vital part of the educational experience."

Hygiene & Public Health

     Susan Baker, professor of health policy and management, is
founding director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy
and is known for her work in analyzing commuter plane crashes. 

     James Tonascia, professor of biostatistics, designs,
conducts and analyzes large multicenter clinical trials through
the Center for Clinical Trials.


     Francis M. Giardiello, a specialist in gastroenterology, is
an associate professor of medicine and an assistant professor of


     Researcher Marie Nolan teaches advanced specialty nursing,
which prepares master's level nurses in issues such as stress and
coping, family theory, grief, fatigue and other challenges they
may face in advanced practice roles. 

     Jean Trotter (see the following) was the School of Nursing's
other award winner.

     When Jean Trotter sees one of her students "really connect"
with a patient, she knows they are learning.
     "The students are my motivation," she says. "It's rewarding
to see the light begin to come on when they have connected with
someone and when they have realized the impact of the community
on the client."
     "I am just amazed and thrilled to have received this award,"
says Trotter, an instructor in the School of Nursing. "There is
so much talent and excellence on the faculty. I am honored to
have been given the award."
     As a community health nurse, Trotter has students working
with vulnerable populations at places such as Rutland
Transitional Housing Program, A Family Place, the American Indian
Center, the Baltimore City Health Department, public schools and
individual homes.
     "I want students to learn that community nursing is about
empowering the community," she says. "It's about helping people
help themselves.
     "I've done hospital work, but always come back to community


     Ray Sprenkle is a man of many and broad interests, with an
insatiable curiosity and keen perceptiveness. He is described
time and again as imaginative, stimulating, knowledgeable and
"dedicated to opening our minds and enlarging our musical
spectrum ... a real treasure."


     Lyman Miller, associate professor at SAIS, directs the
school's Chinese Studies program. He has written numerous books
on Chinese history, politics and foreign policy.

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