Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Tyrel McQueen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry whose work focuses on materials with exotic electronic states of matter, was one of 16 young researchers nationwide to be awarded a 2012 David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The fellowship comes with unrestricted funds of $875,000, distributed over five years. Physics and Astronomy's Mark Neyrinck and Miguel Aragón-Calvo, who use the Japanese art of origami as a metaphor for understanding the cosmos, won an award through the John Templeton Foundation-funded New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grant and Essay Competition.

Whiting School of Engineering

The U.S. Air Force has selected a team led by Johns Hopkins engineers to start the Center of Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling. The center, with $3 million in funding from the Air Force, will develop novel computational and experimental methods to support the next generation of military aircraft.

Carey Business School

Associate Professor Lindsay Thompson, A&S '01 (PhD), an expert in issues regarding the role of character and human values in business, society, and corporate culture, was elected to the Maryland Humanities Council's board of directors. Advertising Age magazine ran a feature in October on the new MBA/MA in Design Leadership being offered by the Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. The joint degree aims to teach students to use design thinking to solve business problems.

School of Education

The school has named Teachers Without Borders founder Fred Mednick and founder and CEO George Cigale as visiting fellows.
The Visiting Fellows program is designed to provide a forum where leading researchers and practitioners can evaluate new approaches to reforming educational practice in the United States.

School of Medicine

Lawrence J. Appel and Gregg Semenza became members of the Institute of Medicine in October. Appel directs the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Semenza is a professor of pediatrics who researches the molecular mechanisms of oxygen regulation.

School of Nursing

The school ranked No. 1 among nursing schools for total National Institutes of Health funding for fiscal year 2012. Its nearly $8.6 million in NIH grants supports research into such areas as cardiovascular disease, aging, and violence prevention. Victory Media, a media entity used by military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named the school to its 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, which recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to embrace service members, veterans, and spouses as students.

Peabody Institute

Faculty artist Amit Peled has been given use of Pablo Casals' Matteo Gofriller cello by Casals' widow, Marta Casals Istomin, and the Casals Foundation. He will perform with Casals' cello, along with pianist Alon Goldstein, Peab '95 (GPD), '96 (MM), at the Kennedy Center in March. Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson visited the dance studios of the Peabody Preparatory in November to compare notes with several classes of young students on warming up, working out, and giving your all, whether onstage or on the mound.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

In October, the school announced that more than 175,000 students had enrolled in its Massive Open Online Courses offered through Coursera. The school offers MOOCs on data analysis, nutrition, primary health care, biostatistics, and principles of obesity economics. The Center for Communication Programs was awarded a five-year, $108 million project by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative will help developing countries create their own communications projects to promote healthier behaviors.

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations held the third Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom in September, bringing together senior corporate executives, government officials, and corporate stakeholders worldwide to highlight initiatives aimed to achieve gender parity on corporate boards.

Applied Physics Laboratory

The International Academy of Astronautics awarded its 2012 Laurels for Team Achievement to the team leading NASA's Messenger mission to study the planet Mercury. APL built and operates the Messenger spacecraft, which launched in August 2004 and entered the orbit around Mercury in March 2011.

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