Karl Alexander and Bruce Marsh Inducted Into The Academy

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Two faculty members from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences have been named professors of The Academy at Johns Hopkins. Karl Alexander, professor in the Department of Sociology and Bruce Marsh, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, have been accepted into the Academy, effective July 1, 2014.

The Academy at Johns Hopkins is an institute for advanced study, where retired professors can pursue research opportunities, conduct and attend academic seminars, and explore other opportunities for continued scholarship.

With the addition of professors Alexander and Marsh, the Academy now has 11 members.

Karl Alexander joined the Hopkins faculty in 1972. A sociologist who studies the effects of children’s socioeconomic backgrounds on their school and future success, he is perhaps best known for the Beginning School Study, which since 1982 has been monitoring the personal and academic development of a large, representative sample of youngsters who began first grade that year in 20 Baltimore City Public Schools. This research, collected over 25 years and in collaboration with the late Hopkins sociologist, Doris Entwisle, was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2014 as The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. Alexander received his BA from Temple University and his MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bruce Marsh came to Hopkins in 1974. His research interests include igneous petrology, geophysics, and magma dynamics. He has done research fieldwork in Iceland, the Aleutian Islands, and the dry valleys of Antarctica where the Marsh Cirque in the Olympus Range of Antarctica was named in honor of his research. Marsh earned his from BS Michigan State University, an MS at the University of Arizona, and a PhD from UC Berkeley.