Krieger School of
Arts and Sciences
Lawrence Principe, senior lecturer
Department of Chemistry
In last spring's Oraculum, the now defunct Homewood
undergraduate survey course guide, editors wrote that "the most
influential factor in your [Organic Chemistry class] experience
will be your professor." Since his arrival in 1989 in the
Department of Chemistry, senior lecturer Larry Principe
(pronounced Prince-i-pay) has stepped up to the blackboard and
made that experience a positive one for his undergraduates.
"Larry has a charisma in teaching that I have rarely seen," noted
professor and department chair David Draper.
In a letter sent to Principe during the summer of 1990, a
freshman in his class wrote, "You are the first chem teacher I
have had who actually makes the material interesting and fun to
learn ... I am now considering going into academia instead of
being premed. It is so important to have good professors who want
their students to learn and enjoy." Student evaluations have also
praised him. "He always encouraged questions and never made them
seem trivial," wrote one.
Principe brings to the classroom a concise pedagogic
philosophy. "It's my job to organize huge amounts of information
into a few fundamental principles rather than memorize lots of
material," he says. "The only way to get to new material is to
capture their imagination and creativity with these few key ideas
and then supply the push, and they go a lot further."
Daniel Weiss, assistant professor
History of Art
In his letter nominating Daniel Weiss, department chairman
Herbert Kessler commended him for demonstrating "that teaching
and scholarship are not mutually exclusive choices but ultimately
the same activity." Among his many glowing evaluations, one
student wrote, "He really takes an active role in the academic
progression and pursuits of his students. His door is always open
after class for questions or further discussion."
Division of Liberal Arts
"Inspiring knowledge" is how one student describes the
teaching of Margaret Tocci, in the Division of Liberal Arts. An
education consultant for The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington
and Richmond College in London, she has developed and taught a
variety of drama courses for the division's Master of Drama
Studies and Master of Liberal Arts programs since 1992.
"She combines academic rigor with compassion for the
complicated lives of adult students," said MLA director Nancy
Last semester, a student wrote, "Obviously she possesses the
magic touch of what makes teaching one of the noblest and most
inspiring of professions."
Peter F. Luongo
Division of Education
Since 1989, Luongo has taught in the Counseling and Human
Services Department. Students call him one of their most
memorable teachers, supportive of both their academic and job
Division of Business and Management
Rodriguez has been praised by students taking her strategic
planning and human resources classes for her ability to relate
the real world to her course material. She has consistently
received outstanding student evaluations in every course she has
taught for the division. Besides her classroom skills, students
also comment on her availability and willingness to help outside
Whiting School of
William H. Huggins Award
J. Hugh Ellis, professor and chair
Department of Geography and Environmental
Hugh Ellis asks his students to tackle tough environmental
problems rooted in the real world.
Undergraduates in his Civil Engineering Systems Design class
have had to figure out how to run a reservoir that can store
plenty of drinking water but also leaves enough room to contain
storm runoff. They've had to decide how to maximize a timber
harvest without destroying critical wildlife habitat. They've had
to find the best locations for ambulance stations and power
plants, providing efficient service with the least neighborhood
Ellis says Hopkins students generally rise to the demands of
his class. "People have to do a lot of work. They are pushed very
hard," he said. "But given appropriate levels of support and
guidance, they deliver at a very high level. These people respond
very impressively to serious challenges.
"There is a lot of one-on-one contact required," he
said.[So] the students make a great amount of progress over the
course of the semester."
Ellis, who became department chairman last July, grew up in
Canada and completed his undergraduate and graduate work in civil
engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. After
receiving his doctorate in 1984, he joined the faculty at
Robert B. Pond Sr. Award
Lenore J. Cowen, assistant professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences
"At this level, you don't want to just hear about math, you
want to do it," Cowen says. "I really liked the students in my
discrete math course last fall, and I guess it was mutual."
Part-time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science
Students have praised Ghahramani, who joined the part-time
faculty in 1983, for his personable classroom demeanor and his
excellent instruction skills.
Robert B. Pond Jr., lecturer
Materials Science and Engineering
In their evaluations, students have described Pond as
"pretty cool," "incredible" and "the best professor I ever
Teaching Assistant Award
Ruohua Zheng, doctoral student
Zheng was singled out for her effective manner of
communicating with students. A graduate of Shanghai Jiao Tong
University, Zheng served as a teaching assistant last fall in the
course Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineering.
School of Hygiene
and Public Health
Golden Apple Award
Moyses Szklo, professor
Department of Epidemiology
Moyses Szklo (pronounced Sklo) is a Hopkins product, of
sorts. After completing medical school and internal medicine
residency in his native Rio de Janeiro, Szklo earned both his
master's and doctorate at the Hopkins School of Public Health,
and then joined the faculty in 1974. Since then, he has
participated actively in teaching and research in the school's
Department of Epidemiology, serving as principal instructor for
the Epidemiologic Methods course.
He also has been the academic adviser to numerous doctoral
and master's students who successfully completed their
epidemiology training. Outside the classroom, Szklo directs the
Chronic Disease Program in the Department of Epidemiology, edits
the American Journal of Epidemiology and conducts research in a
wide range of public health areas, presently focusing on risk
factors for clinical and subclinical atherosclerosis.
The Golden Apple Award is presented to one faculty member
teaching a class of more than 30 students and one teaching fewer
than 30 students who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Each recipient receives a $1,000 prize from the Alumni
Association and a statuette from the Student Assembly, and their
names are engraved on a plaque in the student lounge.
Golden Apple Award
Gilbert Burnham, assistant professor
Department of International Health
With the experience of 15 years' work in rural Africa,
Burnham teaches courses in refugee health, primary health care
and quality assurance management methods. Since joining the
faculty in 1991, Burnham has continued his research studies in
Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
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