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3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2692
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

February 18, 1998
MEDIA CONTACT: Christine A. Rowett

To: Reporter, Editors
In recognition of Women's History Month, please take note of the following Hopkins researchers who are excelling in a variety of scientific and social endeavors.

Marie Balaban, an assistant professor of psychology, studies how babies use language to learn. She has conducted research showing that infants as young as 9 months begin using language to shape their view of the world. Dr. Balaban may be reached at (410) 516-8182.

Carol Burke is an associate dean in the School of Arts and Sciences here at Hopkins. She is a former instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of "Vision Narratives of Women in Prison" and "The Creative Process." Dr. Burke may be reached at (410) 516-6057.

Eileen Cline, a senior fellow in arts policy at the Institute for Policy Studies, recently coordinated an Arts in Education summit, which included presentations by several noted researchers who provided concrete evidence on the benefits of teaching visual, dramatic and musical instruction. Dr. Cline may be reached at (410) 516-7174.

Joyce Epstein is the co-director of the Center on Schools, Family and Community Partnerships at Hopkins' Center for the Social Organization of Schools. She has done extensive research on middle school students, family involvement, homework and home schooling issues. Dr. Epstein may be reached at (410) 516-0370.

Neuroscientist Michela Gallagher specializes in research on aging, learning, memory and attention. She recently discovered that aging is not marked by the loss of large numbers of brain cells. Instead, she found that older brain cells simply do not function as well as those of younger brains. Dr. Gallagher may be reached at michela@jhu.edu. or at (410) 516-0167.

Suzette Hemberger is an assistant professor in the Political Science department at Hopkins. She has done extensive research on law and society, African- American, women's and other minority issues. Dr. Hemberger may be reached at (410) 516- 4673.

Rochelle Ingram is an associate director of the Hopkins Division of Education. She is a strong proponent of expanded teacher training in this country, having served as assistant state superintendent for Certification and Accreditation in the Maryland State Department of Education. Dr. Ingram may be reached at (410) 516-8273.

Carol Mills is the director of research at the Center for Talented Youth at Hopkins. She has done research involving different methods of testing students, and is an expert on women in math and sciences. Dr. Mills may be reached at (410) 516-0337.

Sandra Newman is a researcher and the interim director of the Hopkins' Institute for Policy Studies. She is also an urban policy expert and has done considerable research on housing for the disadvantaged. Dr. Newman may be reached at (410) 516-4614.

Marion Pines is a senior fellow at the Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. She is also the director of the Maryland's Tomorrow, a nine-year-old dropout prevention program which identifies and encourages at-risk students. Pines may be reached at (410) 516-7169.

Elana Rock is an associate professor in the Division of Education at Hopkins. She has done extensive research on class size and classroom management, topics President Clinton focused on during his recent State of the Union address. Dr. Rock may be reached at (410) 516-8273.

Barbara Wasik is a researcher at the Center for Social Organization of Schools who has spent years reviewing tutoring programs throughout the country. While the intentions of these programs are always good, she says, the effectiveness of them has not been sufficiently studied. Dr. Wasik may be reached at (410) 516-0370.

Rosemary Wyse, a professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, studies galaxies and focuses on the Milky Way. Her work is shedding light on the nature of a small galaxy that is "invading" our galaxy. She plans to use an advanced telescope that will become operational later this year to learn whether other small galaxies are breaking into the Milky Way. Dr. Wyse may be reached at (410) 516-5392.

Lea Ybarra is the director of the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth. She recently arrived at Hopkins after several years as an educator in California. Dr. Ybarra has done extensive research on minority issues and the educational welfare of women and children. Dr. Ybarra may be reached at (410) 516-0337.

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