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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 18, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 30
For the Record: Six professors receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Six professors at Johns Hopkins are among the 186 artists, scholars and scientists who have been named 2005 Guggenheim Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Chosen from more than 3,000 applicants from the United States and Canada, they were appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

M. Gregg Bloche, an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will pursue research for his book-length project, "Hippocrates' Myth: Medicine in the Public Sphere." Bloche, who is also a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, will address the tension between medicine's caring and therapeutic role and its increasingly prominent public functions. These include health care resource allocation, assessment of personal responsibility in criminal justice and other contexts, and protection of public health and national security.

Andrew J. Cherlin is the Griswold Professor of Public Policy and Sociology in the Krieger School. He studies the sociology of families and public policy and is lead investigator of Welfare, Children and Families: A Three-City Study. Cherlin's Guggenheim fellowship project is titled "Marriage and Family in Early 21st-Century America." He'll be writing a book about how and why American families are different from those in other developed countries.

Eckart Forster is a professor of philosophy in the Krieger School with joint appointments in the school's German Department and Humanities Center. He also holds an honorary professorship in philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. A member of the Kant Kommission of the Berlin-Brandenburgian Academy of Science and the Schelling and Jacobi Kommissionen of the Bavarian Academy of Science, Forster has published widely on Kant and German idealism. He will use his fellowship to complete a book on the transition from Kant to Hegel.

Piero Gleijeses, a professor of American foreign policy at SAIS, will use his fellowship to focus on Cuban and U.S. policy toward Southern Africa in the Carter and Reagan years. His most recent book, Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-76, published in 2002, won the 2003 Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Guohua Li is a professor of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine and a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health. The focus of his research is on injury epidemiology. He is the principal investigator for two NIH-funded epidemiological studies of alcohol, trauma, aging and safety. Li will use his fellowship to cultivate a paradigm of safe aging by furthering the scientific understanding of injury risk facing the elderly population.

Christopher Sogge is chairman of the Department of Mathematics in the Krieger School. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his research into wave equations on Riemannian manifolds. Sogge is interested in how waves form and develop in a bounded or curved region. He investigates how the geometry of various shapes and forms allows or does not allow waves to focus and become very large.

The Guggenheim Fellowship stands out because it recognizes scholars of various ages and interests. The foundation considers applications in 79 different fields from the natural sciences to the creative arts, including physical and biological scientists, social scientists, scholars in the humanities, writers, painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and choreographers. A total of $7.112 million was awarded this year, with the average award being $38,236.


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