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October 07, 2005


Geoffrey Summers

Physicist Geoffrey Summers has been named dean of the new College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Summers joined the UMBC faculty in 1988 as chairman of the Department of Physics. His research, concentrating on semiconductors in space, has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Department of Energy, among other agencies.

He has authored or co-authored more than 135 refereed scientific journal articles and more than 70 conference proceedings.


Ralph Semmel

Ralph Semmel, an expert on database systems and artificial intelligence, will head the new Applied Information Sciences Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Semmel, a resident of Columbia, has an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, a master's in computer science from Hopkins and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland.

He has been at APL for 19 years and most recently served as the lab's business area executive for Infocentric Operations.


Leleng To Isaacs and Salman Siddiqi

Leleng To Isaacs, a professor of biology at Goucher College, and Salman Siddiqi, a scientist at Becton, Dickinson and Co., reported to colleagues that they have used extracts from a common Chesapeake Bay sponge to stop or slow the growth of a bacterium that produces tuberculosis.

Isaacs and Siddiqi delivered their findings involving extracts derived from the Microciona prolifera sponge at the 105th General Meeting of the American Society for Micro- biology in Atlanta.


Sally Dawn Bashaar, Linda Custis, Dawn Smith-Walsh

The Greater Baltimore Medical Center has announced the appointment of new clinical nursing managers in three departments.

Sally Dawn Bashaar of Towson was named clinical nurse manager of the post-anesthesia care unit. A nursing veteran of 35 years, she is a specialist in post-anesthesia nursing.

Linda Custis of Pikesville, a 12-year nursing veteran, was named clinical nurse manager of GBMC's medical / psychiatric unit, while Dawn Smith-Walsh of Hunt Valley was named clinical manager of the hospital's newborn nursery. In addition to managing the nursery, she is responsible for GBMC's retail store, Lactation Station.

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