Faculty nominations sought for Johns Hopkins' President's Frontier Award

Johns Hopkins faculty members have been invited to submit nominations for the next round of the President's Frontier Award, which supports university researchers who show exceptional promise in their area of study.

President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert C. Lieberman announced the creation of the award in October 2014. It was created with a $1.25 million gift from two alumni—trustee Louis J. Forster, who received degrees from Arts and Sciences in 1982 and SAIS in 1983, and Kathleen M. Pike, who received a diploma from SAIS Bologna in 1981 and holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Arts and Sciences, received in 1982 and 1983—to provide funds to faculty members who demonstrate significant scholarly achievement and show promise for important future work. One winner each year will receive $250,000 for a research sabbatical, lab support, hiring of assistants, travel, publication of findings, or other purposes that advance their academic pursuits.

Nominations must come from faculty members, and self-nominations will be accepted. Materials must be submitted by Oct. 21 through the online nomination system on the provost's website, which also offers details on what should be included in a letter of nomination and what additional materials are needed.

A selection committee composed of distinguished Johns Hopkins faculty will review the nominations and select a group of finalists to recommend to the president and provost. The next recipient will be announced in January.

The inaugural President's Frontier Award was presented in January 2015 to Sharon Gerecht, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering. Her work with stem cells has led to discoveries in the growth of blood vessels and the treatment of cancer. As a Frontier Award recipient, she will give a lecture on her recent work on Dec. 1.

In a letter to faculty members, Lieberman said, "The past year has seen exciting new funding opportunities for faculty researchers across Johns Hopkins' divisions." Noting that the university celebrated the recipients of 60 Catalyst and Discovery Awards earlier this month, he said, "Now I am delighted to continue the momentum."

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