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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 19, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 22
In Brief


'USA Today' program recognizes three Johns Hopkins students

Three Johns Hopkins seniors have been honored by USA Today, which last week announced the newspaper's 2007 All-USA College Academic Team, its recognition program for outstanding undergraduates.

Kartik Trehan, a Whiting School triple major in biomedical engineering, applied math and statistics, and materials science and engineering, was named to the second team.

Two seniors were awarded honorable mentions: Kevin Clark, who is majoring in philosophy in the Krieger School and composition at Peabody; and Sravisht Iyer, a biomedical engineering major in the Whiting School.

This recognition, based on the students' academic excellence and service to their community, brings to 25 the number of Johns Hopkins students who have been honored during the university's 16 years of participation in the USA Today program.


William R. Brody elected to the National Academy of Engineering

President William R. Brody has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The Washington, D.C.-based organization announced recently that Brody was among 64 new members and nine foreign associates, bringing the academy's total U.S. membership to 2,217 and the number of foreign associates to 188.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The formal induction ceremony will take place in September.

Brody has a distinguished background in both medicine and electrical engineering. In electing him to the National Academy of Engineering, the group said it was recognizing Brody for "contributions to digital radiography and for leadership in engineering at the interface between academia and industry."

In 1992, Brody was elected to a related organization, the Institute of Medicine. He is now one of only 28 people to hold memberships in both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

Brody became the 13th president of Johns Hopkins in 1996, having previously served as provost of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota. From 1987 to 1994 at Johns Hopkins, he was the Martin W. Donner Professor and director of the Department of Radiology, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of biomedical engineering and radiologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Brody received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and his MD and PhD, also in electrical engineering, from Stanford University. He has been a co-founder of three medical device companies and served as president and chief executive officer of Resonex from 1984 to 1987.

At Johns Hopkins, Brody joins 11 other faculty members who previously were elected to the National Academy of Engineering.


George Peabody Library hosts event for faculty, grad students

The George Peabody Library will host an open house for faculty and graduate students from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Library staff will provide an overview of the library and its resources, and graduate students and faculty will share their experiences about using the collections in teaching and research.

Speakers, all from the Krieger School, include Eric Nystrom, a doctoral candidate in History of Science and Technology; Elizabeth Rodini, a lecturer in the History of Art Department; Mary Ryan, a professor in the History Department; and Walter Stephens, a professor of Italian studies. Refreshments will be served.

To attend, RSVP by Friday, Feb. 23, to Danielle Culpepper at 410-659-8179 or The Peabody Library is located at 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, next to the Washington Monument. For directions and parking information, go to


Hugo Moser memorial service scheduled for March 7

The Kennedy Krieger Institute will hold a memorial tribute honoring the lifetime achievements of Hugo Moser at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus.

Moser, recognized throughout the world for his research on genetic disorders that affect nervous system function in children, died on Jan. 20. He served as president of the Kennedy Krieger Institute from 1976 to 1988 and at Johns Hopkins held the title University Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics.


History of Art award to honor Phoebe Stanton, Nancy Forgione

During their lives, History of Art faculty members Phoebe Stanton and Nancy Forgione inspired legions of undergraduates, and thanks to a new academic award they will continue to do so.

The recently established Stanton-Forgione award will recognize the "most outstanding" undergraduate in the History of Art Department. The first award, which will feature a cash prize, will be bestowed this May and nominations are currently being accepted.

The award is made possible by contributions to the memorial fund started by Forgione's husband, Johns Hopkins alumnus and Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Hill. The fund will also be used to help pay for History of Art class group travel expenses.

Nancy Forgione, a Johns Hopkins alumna and visiting assistant professor in the History of Art Department, died Dec. 3, 2006. She was 54. Phoebe Stanton, 88, died Sept. 24, 2003.


Women's basketball coach Nancy Funk records 500th win

With the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team's 60-49 win over Ursinus on Feb. 10, head coach Nancy Funk recorded the 500th coaching victory of her career. Funk becomes the eighth coach in the history of Division III basketball to reach 500 wins for her career.


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