Three New Academy Professors Named

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The Academy at Johns Hopkins welcomes into their ranks three new faculty members from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. An institute for advanced study, the Academy allows retired professors to pursue research opportunities, conduct and attend academic seminars, and explore other opportunities for continued scholarship. Representing fields ranging from biophysics to business history to ancient Near Eastern studies, these newly retired faculty will join 22 colleagues to bring the number of Academy members to twenty-five.

Richard Cone joined the department of Biophysics in 1969. In 1983 he was also named a professor of Biology. Cone’s research investigates the role of secreted antibodies and the mechanisms by which antibodies in mucus protect against infections. His most recent lab work focuses on developing a probiotic method for helping more women to have healthy vaginal microbiota which could have a major impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Louis Galambos has been a professor of history at Johns Hopkins since 1971. A former editor of The Journal of Economic History, he has written extensively on U.S. business history, on business-government relations, on the economic aspects of modern institutional development in America, and on the rise of the bureaucratic state. He is an editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower (vols. 1-21). In recent years, Galambos’ major interest has been the process of innovation and its links to the growth of large-scale organizations, professional institutions, and new government programs in the twentieth century.

Kyle McCarter, Jr., the William Foxwell Albright Professor Emeritus in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, is a leading expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the origin of the alphabet. His most recent work is on the Tel Zayit inscription. McCarter and his co-editor Ron Tappy were awarded the 2009 Frank Moore Cross Award for the Most Substantial Book on Near Eastern Epigraphy from the American Schools of Oriental Research for their book Literature Culture and Tenth-Century Canaan: The Tel Zayit Abecedary in Context (Eisenbrauns, 2008).