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Date: June 21, 2002 (02-34)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
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Neuroscientist/Womenís Advocate Joins Montgomery College Trustees
Jong-on Hahm is a Former Georgetown University Researcher

         Jong-on Hahm, Ph.D., Director of the National Research Council Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE), has been named to the Montgomery College Board of Trustees.  Dr. Hahm will assume the seat currently held by Michael W. Gildea, who has served on the Board since 1990 and whose term expires July 1.

            Fatema Malik, an honors scholar at the Collegeís Takoma Park campus, also will join the Board of Trustees July 1 as the next student member.

            Under Dr. Hahmís direction, the CWSE coordinated, for the first time in the 136-year history of the National Academy of Sciences, a symposium on women in science during the NAS annual meeting.  Current projects include publishing the NAS Guide to Recruiting and Advancing Women Scientists and Engineers in Academia.  The National Research Council is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

            Prior to her position at the NRC, Dr. Hahm held an appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery at Georgetown University, where her research focused on the development of viral vectors for gene therapy of neurological disorders.

            Dr. Hahm has served on the National Board of the Association for Women in Science and is a founding member and immediate past president of the Bethesda chapter.  She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Brain Research Organization, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

            Dr. Hahm, a resident of Potomac, earned her Ph.D in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She also holds an M.A. in psychology from the American University and a B.Sc. in psychology from McGill University.

            The new student member of the Board of Trustees, Fatema Malik, who lives in Silver Spring, has compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA in information systems and received an academic honors award for Asian students in February.  When she completes her studies at MC, Malik says she plans to transfer to the University of Maryland to continue her preparation for a career in programming and systems analysis. 

Meanwhile, the Montgomery College Trustees recently elected Dr. Owen D. Nichols to a second one-year term as chair.  The Board also re-elected Gene Counihan as first vice chair and Dr. Sylvia W. Crowder as second vice chair. 

Members of the Board of Trustees, who are appointed by the Governor of Maryland, exercise general oversight for the College and are empowered to establish policies for implementing the Collegeís mission.

            The Boardís responsibilities include setting the salaries and tenure requirements for the president, faculty, and other employees of the College, as well as establishing entrance requirements, course offerings and tuition rates.  All members serve six-year terms, except the student member, who serves a one-year term.

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