Congratulations to Dr. Loyal Goff and Dr. Christopher Potter, Primary faculty members in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, who were 2 of 32 selected to receive this year's JHU Catalyst Award!
Original Story from The Hub: https://hub.jhu.edu/2018/06/04/catalyst-award-winners/
Thirty-two promising early-career faculty members hailing from eight divisions of the university will receive 2018 Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards.
Among the wide range of research and creative endeavors that the awards will support are improving pain management for people with sickle-cell disease; decreasing the opioid overdose mortality rate through novel tools for public health practitioners and policymakers; and writing the authorized biography of the late Anthony Hecht, a U.S. poet laureate, WWII veteran, Holocaust witness, and Pulitzer Prize recipient.
Other recipients are investigating treatments and interventions for prostate, breast, and oral cancers. One awardee is exploring how management practice and the motivation of developing-world bureaucrats interact in producing public sector outcomes and ultimately citizens' welfare. Another is developing an economic framework to assess the social value of pharmaceutical innovation.
These experts represent two dozen departments-including Otolaryngology, Economics, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, the Writing Seminars, Musicology, and Radiology.
"In an environment where federal research funding remains elusive, especially for early-career faculty, it is vital that we support the most creative and ambitious ideas of our brightest minds," says Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. "Our investment in these scholars is a commitment not only to them and to our institution but to the future of their fields."
The 2018 honorees-selected on the basis of their accomplishments to date, creativity and originality, and academic impact-will each receive a $75,000 grant to support their work over the next year. They also will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions and events designed to connect these colleagues at similar stages in their careers.
The Catalyst Awards program was launched in early 2015, as was the Discovery Awards program for interdivisional collaborations. Together the two programs represent a $30 million university commitment to faculty-led research by university leadership along with the deans and directors of JHU's divisions.
The Catalyst Awards program is open to any full-time faculty member appointed to a tenure-track position within the past three to 10 years. More than 70 senior faculty members from across the university served on the committee that selected the awardees from a pool of 122 submissions.
This is the fourth year of the program; a combined 105 faculty were recognized during its first three cycles. Recipients are celebrated alongside the winners of the Discovery Awards at an event each fall.
"Earlier this year, we were thrilled when the Catalyst and Discovery awards were extended for an additional three award cycles," says Denis Wirtz, JHU's vice provost for research. "The remarkable and ambitious projects we were able to fund demonstrate the depth of talent across this university. We are greatly looking forward to engaging with this new cohort and celebrating alongside them as they make progress on their individual ventures."