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Current and Former Provost’s Fellows

Current Fellows:

VALERIA CULOTTA (2018 – Present)
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Val received her PhD in 1987 in Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She did her postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute and joined the faculty at BSPH in 1990 in Environmental Health Sciences and then in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Val is an internationally renowned scientist who has longstanding commitments to the training and professional development of post-doctoral fellows. As a Provost’s Fellow, she will work on the policies, responsibilities, and career opportunities for post-doctoral fellows.

Roland Thorpe

ROLAND THORPE (2017 – Present)
Associate Professor
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Roland received his B.S. from Florida A&M University and his M.S. and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. His research focuses on racial and socioeconomic health disparities, particularly among U.S. men. He serves as the director of the Program for Research on Men’s Health at the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. As a Provost’s Fellow, he will design skills training modules for undergraduate research and develop a mentoring program to train graduate students, postdoctoral students, and faculty in the art of mentoring undergraduate students.

Ira Gooding

IRA GOODING (2016 – Present)
Manager of the Open Education Lab
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Teaching and Learning

Ira, who earned a graduate degree in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, has served Johns Hopkins for roughly 10 years in a number of roles, including as Public Health’s open educational resources coordinator and the Massive Open Online Course administrator for the Data Science Lab in the Department of Biostatistics. As a Provost’s Fellow, he will draw on his extensive experience in the field of MOOCs to investigate ways to expand and improve digital education.

Former Fellows:

WENDY POST (2018 – 2019)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Wendy received her medical degree from Columbia College of Surgeons and Physicians, New York. After completing her internship and residency at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Hospital, Wendy received her master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was a research fellow at the Framingham Heart Study. Wendy completed a fellowship in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty. She is the director of cardiovascular research for the division of cardiology and the research director for the cardiovascular fellowship training program. Wendy was a co-chair of the University-wide Biomedical Scientific Workforce Committee. As a Provost’s Fellow she will work on implementation plans for the recommendations of the Committee.

LAINIE RUTKOW (2018 – 2019)
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management

Lainie received her JD from New York University School of Law and her MPH and PhD, in health policy, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As the director of a PhD program and a fellowship program with over 300 alumni, she has long-standing interests in career development and career tracking for PhD students. As a Provost’s Fellow, her work includes mapping ongoing efforts by PhD programs to expose current students to varied career options; developing strategies for PhD programs to further embed career exposure opportunities and conversations into their programs; and identifying options for prospective tracking of our PhD graduates’ careers.

Gabriel Paquette, Professor of History

GABE PAQUETTE (2017 – 2018)
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Department of History

Gabe is a Professor of History in KSAS. His research focuses on European, Latin American, and Global History. Before arriving at Hopkins, he held teaching and research positions at Harvard and Cambridge. As a Provost’s Fellow, Gabe served as the faculty liaison for the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education, managed by the Office of Education. The Commission’s charge is to interpret the mission of an undergraduate education in the 21st century and develop a new model that will serve Hopkins for the next decade or more.​

Aruna Chandran

ARUNA CHANDRAN (2016 – 2017)

Associate Scientist
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Departments of Epidemiology and International Health

Aruna earned both her master’s degree of public health and her medical degree at Johns Hopkins. She is coordinating the technical aspects of projects aiming to improve the public health and preventive medicine infrastructure in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as serving as part of the evaluation team of two large HIV prevention and care demonstration projects being coordinated by the Baltimore City Health Department. As a Provost’s Fellow, Aruna concentrated on the campus community and diversity.

Michael Matunis

MICHAEL J. MATUNIS (2016 – 2017)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

Michael joined the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after earning a PhD from Northwestern University and completing postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University. During his fellowship, Michael focused on expanding services for undergraduate researchers.

Larry Williams

LARRY WILLIAMS (2016 – 2017)
Faculty Member
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Larry, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, teaches chamber music and horn minor, and is chairman of the Preparatory Brass and Winds Department. He also is Director of Adult and Continuing Education at Peabody. An active performer and clinician, Williams is a member of numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S. and is a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician. As a Provost’s Fellow, he concentrated his efforts on the issue of faculty diversity.

Richard Brown

RICHARD BROWN (2016 – 2016)
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics

Richard, who earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland, has been with Hopkins since 2005. His research interests included Hamiltonian dynamical systems, surface mapping class groups, among other subjects. During his time as a fellow, he focused on undergraduate and graduate education.

Jennifer Haythornthwaite

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Research
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jennifer focused on developing mentoring programs across the University. Working with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and guided by the Mentoring Principles developed within the Provost Office, Jennifer worked with Vice Deans for faculty across the university to further define the division-specific mentoring needs and develop appropriate programs.

Andrew Talle

ANDREW TALLE (2013-2016)
Gilman Scholar & Musicology Faculty Member
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Andrew explored the possibility of cross-divisional initiatives based in the humanities, working in consultation with relevant faculty and deans. He gathered data on and assessing similar initiatives at our peer institutions.

Jon Lorsch

JON LORSCH (2012-2013)
Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jon worked to reform the curricula for graduate and medical education, spearheaded the development of the Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education, and launched a program offering summer research experiences to local high school students, many from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Charles Limb

CHARLES LIMB (2011-2015)
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory of Music

Charles collaborated on the Provost’s Project for Innovation: identifying, highlighting and fostering innovation within the university. Charles profiled Johns Hopkins faculty on discovery’s frontline, featuring wide-ranging conversations with innovative thinkers from every division. To this end, the concept of innovation is approached broadly through each of the divisions, and with a diverse group of faculty members whose work demonstrates an extraordinary degree of creativity.

KELLY GEBO (2011-2013)
Professor of Medicine and Director of Undergraduate Public Health Studies
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Kelly worked on the JUMP initiative, a program to improve undergraduate retention rates, and the transition between freshman and sophomore year particularly among students majoring in the sciences.  She also participated in the University initiative to review the undergraduate science curriculum in response to the recent AAMC changes in the MCAT.

Sean Fahey

SEAN FAHEY (2011-2012)
DHS Programs Manager, Applied Information Sciences Department
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Sean improved the ways in which members of the Johns Hopkins community can discover and interact with people, organizations, and activities across the university to enable each of us to make greater impacts in our professional fields. He also worked to design and implement an information system which combines expertise discovery and social networking.

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