Names In The News


October 28, 2005


William C. Erickson

William C. Erickson, a retired professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been awarded the Grote Reber Medal by the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston, Tasmania.

Erickson, who served on the faculty at College Park from 1963 to 1988, was honored for his innovative lifetime contributions to radio astronomy, including novel technology that foreshadowed the latest generation of meter-wavelength radio telescopes.

Currently, Erickson operates his own private radio observatory on Bruny Island in the southernmost Australian state. He is an honorary research associate at the University of Tasmania.

Dr. Alan R. Shuldiner

Dr. Alan R. Shuldiner, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition within the Department of Medicine, has been named the 2005 Founders Week Faculty Research Lecturer of the Year.

Shuldiner, who began his research career in 1993, is best known for his work involving the Amish Research Clinic in Strasburg, Pa., where more than 3,000 members of the Amish community have been studied to uncover the genetic components of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

Dr. Gabor Kelen

Dr. Gabor Kelen, a professor and chair of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was one of 63 physicians and scientists recently elected to the national advisory board.

Kelen, who joined the Hopkins faculty in 1984, was among the first emergency medicine physicians in the country to conduct original research in the specialty, helped establish emergency medicine as a full academic department at Hopkins in 1994 and became the department's first director.

Kelen also published research about the extent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Louis Heindel

Louis Heindel has been appointed director of the University of Maryland School of Nursing's nurse anesthesia program and assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health.

Heindel will oversee the state's only master's specialty program in nurse anesthesia. He previously served as a nurse anesthetist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Fort Meade's Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center.

Dr. Clair A. Francomano

Dr. Clair A. Francomano has been named director of adult genetics at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Harvey Institute for Human Genetics.

Francomano, a Roland Park resident, comes to GBMC from the National Institute on Aging, where she was chief of the Human Genetics and Integrative Medicine Section of the Laboratory of Genetics. Before that she served as chief of the Medical Genetics Branch and clinical director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Francomano's clinical interests center on the diagnosis and management of skeletal dysplasias, and hereditary connective-tissue disorders.


Dr. Christopher Plowe

Dr. Christopher Plowe, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will direct research under a $4.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the safety and effectiveness of a new malaria vaccine in children over the next five years.

The trials, in partnership with the University of Bamako in Mali, West Africa, will test a vaccine developed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.

Robert D. Slocum

Robert D. Slocum, professor of biological sciences at Goucher College, has received a three-year, $340,000 award from the National Science Foundation for research with undergraduates exploring the regulation of pyrimidine metabolism in plants.

Pyrimidines are one of two basic types of building-block molecules that comprise the genetic material of plants and all other organisms.

The work will involve a collaboration with Christopher D. Town at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville.

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