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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 9, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 33
KSAS Honors Three Faculty Members

Robert Moffitt and his wife, Emily Agree, an associate professor in the School of Public Health

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences recently honored three professors at an event held at Evergreen House. Robert Moffitt, Department of Economics, and George Rose, Department of Biophysics, were named to Krieger-Eisenhower Professorships, and Riccardo Giacconi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recognized as University Professor.

Robert Moffitt has studied and described trends in labor economics and applied microeconometrics for 30 years. His research has provided insight into U.S. labor force issues, particularly working and welfare mothers and how their work decisions influence their children. He has been a major force in examining the structures and effects of one of the largest social and political movements of the 1990s: welfare reform.

Moffitt is the chief editor of the American Economic Review and past editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and Journal of Human Resources. He has served on more than 15 advisory committees and boards and is an active participant in federal and state policy gatherings on welfare reform and other social policies. He has received numerous awards including the Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lectureship from the University of Wisconsin, the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and title of National Associate from the National Academy of Sciences.

Since arriving at Johns Hopkins in 1995, he has served with distinction as professor in the departments of Economics, Population Dynamics, and Population and Family Health Sciences. In addition, he is a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Policy Studies.

George Rose

George Rose is an expert in biophysics and biophysical chemistry. His lab has made significant contributions in discovering the properties of protein molecules. Using computer modeling and mathematical algorithms, Rose focuses primarily on analyzing and simulating folded and unfolded protein structure. His work has been featured in more than 100 publications, and he serves on the editorial advisory board of Protein Science and as the consulting editor for Proteins, Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics. In 2002, he was a Guggenheim Fellow.

Rose has served Hopkins with distinction, first as professor of biophysics and biochemistry at the School of Medicine and, since 2002, as professor of biophysics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Currently, he is chair of the Jenkins Department of Biophysics with a joint appointment as professor of biophysics and biochemistry in the School of Medicine.

President William R. Brody and Riccardo Giacconi

Riccardo Giacconi has revolutionized the discipline of astrophysics using the X-ray region of the spectrum to discover fundamental properties of black holes, neutron stars, clusters of galaxies and quasars. In 2002, he was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics for this groundbreaking research. His tremendous contributions to astrophysics have been recognized through the array of honors bestowed upon him by the scientific community. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has received the 2003 National Medal of Science, the United States' top scientific recognition; the Wolf Prize in physics; the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society; and the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award. He has been awarded honorary degrees from universities around the world, including the universities of Warsaw, Rome and Uppsala, Sweden.

Giacconi has brought honor and prestige to The Johns Hopkins University, first as director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and after as professor of physics and astronomy and as research professor.


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