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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 23, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 38
For the Record: Nursing, SAIS Honor Top Teachers

Unlike other academic divisions that announced their Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Awards in advance of Commencement ( The Gazette, May 19), the School of Nursing and SAIS kept the names of their recipients under wraps until their diploma ceremonies. The awards, which honor faculty members who, according to their students, stand out in their roles as both teacher and mentor, went to Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner and Sharon Olsen in Nursing and Fabrizio Jacobellis at SAIS.

Ibby Tanner

Ibby Tanner, assistant professor in the Department of Community Public Health, was recognized for teaching at the baccalaureate level.

According to students who nominated her, Tanner is a "great inspiration" and a "wonderful teacher, mentor and advocate." With a "learner-focused" teaching style, dedication to education and enthusiasm for the material she teaches, Tanner is well-respected by students in the classroom. As the faculty mentor for the school's Geriatric Interest Group, she shares her skill and passion with her students and takes time "to advocate for patients as a skilled geriatrician and RN." Said one nominator: "Dr. Ibby Tanner is the kind of professor that I hoped to find" at Johns Hopkins.

Sharon Olsen

Sharon Olsen, assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was recognized for teaching at the graduate level.

Described as "the ultimate mentor," Olsen is known throughout the school for encouraging professional development among the graduate students. Nominating students said that Olsen encourages them to "discover problems and think about how they can change things for the better" and "to be advocates for themselves, their specialty area and their patients." An "exceptional role model for all clinical nurse specialists," Olsen is said to "exemplify what it means to be a nurse leader."

Fabrizio Jacobellis

Fabrizio Jacobellis, adjunct professor of international economics at the SAIS Bologna Center, was voted the Teaching Award recipient by a landslide. One student remarked, "With his appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of SAIS, Professor Jacobellis weaves seemingly esoteric financial and economic concepts into a tight web of interrelationships."

Prior to teaching at SAIS Bologna, Jacobellis lectured in economics and was a teaching fellow at the University of Oxford Balliol College; he also worked as a researcher at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. He is adjunct professor in corporate finance and macroeconomics at ENI Corporate University in Milan.

A SAIS grad, this year he will complete his doctorate in economics at the University of Oxford. He also holds a master's in economics from Bocconi University and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Bari, both in Italy.

Jacobellis is author of Resource Allocation in a Two Sector Dependent Economy Ramsey Growth Model with Adjustment Costs and Adjustment to Technology Shocks in an Asymmetric Two Sector DSGE Model, along with numerous op-eds in the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.

At the Bologna Center Jacobellis has taught Corporate Finance, Statistics Review Module, Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research and Microeconomics Math Review. His areas of expertise include macroeconomic theory, international financial markets, econometrics and the euro.

According to this year's Bologna Center graduates, Jacobellis is simply an outstanding teacher. In the words of one student, he is "an inspiring, humble professor that makes statistics (one of the driest academic subjects) accessible to students from all backgrounds."

A student in Corporate Finance remarked, "Fabrizio Jacobellis is a phenomenal professor. He communicated economic concepts clearly and was sure that every student had a firm grasp of the material. We came here to learn — Jacobellis provided the service. He went the extra mile to ensure that students were comfortable with the subject, and then broadened the scope to integrate elements of other classes, bringing added value to his course. He is truly a gem; I am certain that I will hear of his accomplishments — both as a professor and as an economist — throughout my life."
— Kelly Brooks-Staub, School of Nursing, and Odette Boya Resta, SAIS


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