The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 7, 1999
September 7, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 2


Academic Divisions Welcome New Faculty

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Among the new faces on university campuses this academic year are these faculty members, who have come to Baltimore from institutes of higher learning all over the United States, England and Italy. Those joining the School of Professional Studies will appear next week.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Walter Stephens, a scholar of French and Italian literature and culture who received doctorates from Cornell University and Scuola Normale Superiore de Pisa in Italy, has come from Dartmouth College to the Department of Romance Languages as a full professor. Next year, the University of Chicago Press will publish Stephens' new book, Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex and Belief.

Amanda Anderson and Irene Tucker have joined the Department of English. Anderson, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, identifies her interests as Victorian literature and culture, critical theory and feminist studies. She is the author of Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Cornell University Press, 1993). Anderson, who is a full professor, received her doctorate from Cornell.

Tucker, an assistant professor whose book A Probable State: The Novel, the Contract and the Jews is in progress with the University of Chicago Press, has come from Duke University. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Fiction writer Alice McDermott, whose novel Charming Billy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998) received last year's National Book Award for fiction, has been named writer-in-residence. McDermott, who was formerly a visiting professor, will critique and guide the work of students in The Writing Seminars. She received a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire.

The Department of Economics has appointed German-born macroeconomist Thomas A. Lubik an assistant professor. Lubik, who has studied in Germany, Britain and the United States, has come to Hopkins from Yale, where he completed a doctoral dissertation on current account and exchange-rate determination.

Augmenting the multidisciplinary, multidivisional efforts of Hopkins scientists striving to understand how the mind works and acquires knowledge, Rebecca Gomez has just come from New Mexico State University, where she received her doctorate, to join the Department of Psychology as assistant professor. The National Institutes of Health, with a three-year grant from its National Research Service Award, is currently supporting Gomez's research on language acquisition.

The Department of Sociology has just welcomed assistant professor James Ron, whose work focuses on current events in Eastern Europe and the Near East. As a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, Ron recently completed a doctoral dissertation titled 'Ghetto and Frontier: Repertoires of State Violence in Palestine and Bosnia.'

A. Hope Jahren, formerly of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has joined the corps of scientists in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences working to understand the planet's climatic systems. Jahren's current research focuses on living and fossil plants and how they relate chemically to the earth's climate environment. An assistant professor, she earned her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley.

Arriving in January as part of the EPS climate group will be assistant professor Thomas William Nicholas Haine. Haine, who will be coming from Oxford University, describes his research as seeking "a fundamental understanding of the physics of the global ocean and its role in maintaining Earth's climate ... through analysis of transient tracer data ... [and study of] the fluid dynamics and thermodynamics of the upper ocean and the role of mesoscale eddies in shaping the planetary-scale circulation." He received his doctorate from the University of Southampton (U.K.).

Italian-born and -trained Donatella Danielli is one of two new appointments to the Department of Mathematics. Danielli, who has published articles in Italian and French as well as English, defines her particular interests as partial differential equations, applied mathematics and harmonic analysis. An assistant professor, she received her doctorate from the University of Bologna.

Also new to Mathematics is assistant professor Levente Korpas, who recently completed graduate work at the University of Michigan. His research concentrates on geometric analysis, boundary value problems for Dirac operators, Fourier integral operators, semiclassical analysis and geometric quantization.

John March-Russell has just come from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy as assistant professor. A theoretical particle physicist who earned his doctorate at Harvard, March-Russell also has contributed significantly to research in condensed matter physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

Steven V.W. Beckwith has joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a full professor. Beckwith came last year from the Max-Planck-Institut for Astronomie in Heidelberg to take up the directorship of the Space Telescope Institute. He received his doctorate from Cal Tech.

Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Carmen Garcia-Fernandez, a native of Lima, Peru, and a specialist in sociolinguistics, has joined the faculty as the director of language studies and coordinator of the Spanish program. Garcia-Fernandez came to SAIS from the University of Virginia, where she was an associate professor and director of basic language instruction for the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Garcia-Fernandez earned a doctorate in linguistics from Georgetown in 1985, following a master's degree in education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a bachelor's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the Instituto Pedagogico Nacional de Mujeres in Lima.

Dorothee Heisenberg, an assistant professor in the European Studies program, comes to SAIS from Yale, where she was a professorial lecturer in the Political Science Department. Her areas of expertise include European political economy, the European Union and comparative politics. At Yale, she received a master's degree in international relations in 1987 and a doctorate in political science in 1996. Her dissertation on the role of Germany's Bundesbank in European monetary politics was published earlier this year.

Marco Campos has joined the Language Studies Program as a Spanish instructor. He most recently served as a Spanish instructor at the World Bank and is completing his doctorate in linguistics at Georgetown.

Robert Chase, who has been an assistant professor in Bologna for the past two years, will be spending this year teaching economics in Washington. In addition to international economics, his areas of expertise are development and labor issues and the economics of emerging markets.

School of Medicine

More than 81 men and women have joined the faculty of the School of Medicine, among them eight assistant professors, 49 instructors, 18 assistants, three research associates and three visiting scientists.

School of Nursing

Kathleen White will teach in the new Nursing Care and Health Systems Specialist graduate program and also will serve as the director of faculty practice. As director, she will oversee clinical practice of faculty at sites throughout the state under the school's Faculty Practice Plan. White was formerly director for case management for Helix Health at Baltimore's Harbor Hospital Center, where she was responsible for the implementation and operational direction of the hospital's case management program. White also was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She received a doctoral degree from the School of Policy Sciences at the University of Maryland. White's area of expertise is nursing policy, administrative issues and case management.

School of Public Health

Colin C. McCulloch has been appointed assistant professor, Biostatistics. McCulloch comes from Duke University, where he earned his doctorate and worked as a statistical image analysis research assistant at the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences.

Michael Joseph Matunis is a new assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry. Formerly an American Cancer Society-Amgen Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rockefeller Unversity, Matunis is an expert in binding proteins.

Steffanie Strathdee has been named associate professor in Biochemistry. With a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Toronto, Strathdee joins the school after serving as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She has done extensive work on the efficacy of needle exchange programs and on the factors that affect HIV transmission.

Sekhar P.M. Reddy will be an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Formerly an assistant research biochemist in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, Reddy received his doctorate from the University of Poona in India. He will study the molecular mechanisms regulating airway epithelial cells.

Pamela J. Lein has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Lein earned her doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before coming to Hopkins, she was an assistant professor of biology at Canisius College in Buffalo, where she developed and managed an independent research program investigating the role of matrix and trophic molecules in the regulation of neuronal morphogenesis as targets of environmental toxins.

Elizabeth A. Platz has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Platz was formerly a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health. Much of her work has been directed at colon and prostate cancer. She earned her MPH from Yale and her ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Richard Miech will be a new assistant professor in the Department of Mental Hygiene. A sociologist, Miech earned both his master's and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He formerly worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Miech studies life course theory with its emphasis on locating people in historical context and considering issues of event timing and linked lives across the life span.

Constantine Frangakis has been named to the position of assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics. He comes to the school from Harvard, where he earned his terminal degree in statistics and was a teaching fellow. His dissertation dealt with recent advances in the practice and analysis of comparative randomized studies.

Francesca Dominici joins the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Dominici earned her doctorate at the University of Padua, Italy, and has been a visiting assistant professor at the school since 1997. She has worked on air pollution mortality studies and used a Bayesian hierarchical model to pool relative mortality rates across cities while accounting for known differences in their populations and air pollution chemistry.

Anna P. Durbin is a new assistant professor in the Division of Disease Control, Department of International Health. Formerly she was a clinical fellow in the Respiratory Virus Section of the NIAID at the National Institutes of Health. Durbin received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Michigan. She will work in the Center for Immunization Research on phase I and II vaccine trials, particularly in her areas of interest, which are live attenuated respiratory and dengue virus vaccines.

Karl W. Broman, formerly an associate research scientist with the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation, is now an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Broman earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise are chemistry, biology and genetics and theoretical, computational and applied statistics.

Maria Segui-Gomez holds the Leon Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Control and is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Segui-Gomez earned her medical degree from the University of Barcelona in Spain and previously worked as a research associate at the Harvard Injury Control Center. She has done research on motor vehicle injuries, health services and quality of life-based measures in injury prevention.

Douglas Norris has been named assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. His doctorate is from Colorado State University, where he worked on the molecular phylogenetics of Lyme disease vectors, ixodid ticks and Borrelia burgdorferi. Before coming to Hopkins, Norris was a postdoctoral research fellow in the WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Whiting School of Engineering

The Civil Engineering Department is the new home base for Takeru Igusa, who comes as a full professor from Northwestern University. Igusa received a doctorate in 1983 from the University of California at Berkeley and brings research interests in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, structural acoustics, and materials characterization.

The Department of Computer Science welcomes two new faculty. Giuseppe Ateniese is an assistant professor with interests in security and cryptography, including network security, visual cryptography and electronic commerce. He received his doctorate this year from the University of Genoa in Italy. Gregory Hager is a full professor who was previously at Yale University. He was awarded a doctorate in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania and has expertise in vision-based robotics, visual tracking and other real-time, vision-based systems.

Shiyi Chen had joined the Mechanical Engineering Department. A full professor, Chen was previously deputy director for the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His interests include statistical theory and computation of fluid turbulence. Chen received a doctorate in 1987 from Beijing University.