Plowe named Hughes medical investigator
Dr. Christopher V. Plowe, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of the malaria section at its Center for Vaccine Development, has been named a 2007 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator.
The Hughes investigators conduct research at their home institutions but become employees of the medical institute, which also pays project expenses.
Selected in a nationwide competition, Plowe is one of 15 new appointees, all involved in patient-oriented research.
The appointment, which is renewable after a scientific review, is for five years.
Plowe joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1995 to create a new molecular and field-based malaria research program at the Center for Vaccine Development, which pioneered testing of live malaria vaccines in the early 1970s.
A Fulton resident, Plowe travels frequently to Mali and Malawi, African nations affected by malaria.
School boards group elects Gordon
Patricia Gordon, a member of the Howard County Board of Education, has been chosen president-elect of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education for 2007-2008.
Officers and members of the board of directors are elected by the membership to serve one-year terms.
Gordon was elected to the Howard County Board of Education in 2000 for a six-year term, and re-elected in 2006 to serve a four-year term.
An elementary school teacher and reading specialist in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., for six years, Gordon moved to Howard County 13 years ago.