Catching up with Bloomberg School faculty

News about Joe Jacangelo, Anthony Leung, Maria Merritt, and Josh Sharfstein

Joe Jacangelo, an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and co-founder of the JHU/Stantec Alliance, has been chosen as president-elect of the American Water Works Association. He will begin his term in June at the conclusion of AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition, and his term as president begins in June 2022.

Anthony Leung, an associate professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is one of three recipients of this year's President's Frontier Finalist Awards. Recipients are selected annually through a universitywide competition for research demonstrating significant scholarly achievement and showing exceptional promise for important future work. Leung will receive $80,000 toward his proposed research, which will bring together artificial intelligence and biophysics: the first to analyze and predict RNA structure and function, the second to dissect SRD mechanism in order to understand how RNA folds into structures and triggers degradation.

Maria Merritt, an associate professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health and in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, is one of 14 new Hastings Center Fellows. The group's 200 elected individuals of outstanding accomplishment are recognized for work that has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology.

Josh Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, has been chosen to serve on the selection committee for the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, an innovation competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The project aims to identify and accelerate the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the 15 grand prize winners will receive $1 million to implement its ideas.

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