Alumni, seniors and juniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

May 04, 2010

Distinguished class of 1975 genome researchers, 49 graduating seniors and, for the first time, four juniors were inducted May 2 into McDaniel’s Delta of Maryland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as the chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The Delta Chapter chose to elect a limited number of juniors to the prestigious national honor society – as is standard practice among many other chapters – to establish a continuing Phi Beta Kappa presence on campus. In the past, only graduating seniors were elected, and those within weeks of commencement. The officers decided to induct 1 percent of juniors and 10 percent of seniors this year. In future years, those numbers will change to 1 percent juniors and 9 percent seniors since the previously elected juniors will be seniors.

Alumni inductees Joan Bailey-Wilson and Alexander Wilson are “two gifted and energetic scholars who are at the pinnacle of their careers, involved in cutting-edge research and collaborating to make the world a better place,” said Sara Raley, Delta Chapter vice-president and Sociology professor.

Chapter historian for Phi Beta Kappa Jim Lightner with new alumni inductees Joan Bailey-Wilson and Alexander Wilson

Known as “The Gene Team” and “The Dynamic Duo,” Bailey-Wilson and Wilson enjoy a highly successful partnership on both professional and personal levels. Since 2006, husband and wife have been co-chiefs of the Inherited Disease Research Branch of NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute. They have published many articles, lectured widely, served on many national and international committees related to medical genetics, mentored young scientists, and received numerous awards for their work, including the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award, being named Distinguished Alumni of the Department of Medical Genetics at Indiana University, and receiving Trustee Alumni Awards from McDaniel College in 1998.

After graduation from Western Maryland, now McDaniel College, with degrees in Biology, they went on to earn their doctorates at Indiana University. They married in June 1978, and found post-doctoral positions at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans in 1980, which led ultimately to full professorships in Biometry and Genetics. In 1995 they returned to Maryland to take positions with the Inherited Disease Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In 2000, both were appointed adjunct professors in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.

While Wilson focused on the genetic factors underlying traits such as height, weight, blood pressure, and hypertension, Bailey-Wilson explored genetic causes for diseases such as lung, colon, and breast cancer. Their research tools, however, are high-tech, super-fast computers, complex statistics, and reams of raw data from family profiles, as they hunt for genes that cause diseases.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.  It has chapters at 280 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.

Students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa are:

Keith Ludington Adams, Silver Spring, Md.
Dawn Nichole Aldrich, LeGrange, Ind.
Emily Therese Ardolino, Freeland, Md.
Melissa Rachel Atkinson, Durham, N.C.
Molly Schaeder Barker, Rosemont, Pa.
Katharine Elizabeth Bonaduce, Hellertown, Pa.
Lindsey Marie Browning, Mount Airy, Md.
Tyler Delaney Carr, Berlin, Md.
Sabrina Rashelle Clarke, Mount Airy, Md.
Brittany Nicole Cooper, Frostburg, Md.
Jessica Lea Curtis, Portland, Ore.
Lauren Marie DiNatale, Auburn, N.H.
Jessica Lynn Dunn, Eldersburg, Md.
Sarah Grace Dunne, Damascus, Md.
Wendy Marie Dunstan, York Haven, Pa.
Roxanne Margaret Fleischer, Westminster, Md.
Liana Michelle Fly, Glen Burnie, Md.
Ashley Regina French, Baltimore, Md.
Jasmine Gina Garcia, Arnold, Md.
Sally Elizabeth Grace, Catonsville, Md.
Juliann Dawn Guiffre, Frederick, Md.
Emily Anne Hajjar, Frederick, Md.
Stephen Raymond Hardy, Harvard, Mass.
Nadine Leatherman Heron, Myersville, Md.
Daniel Eugene Jones, Baltimore, Md.
Pamela Joyce Knopp, Jarrettsville, Md.
Ellen Mary Larson, East Berlin, Pa.
Eric Michael Lemmon, Owings Mills, Md.
Courtney Christine Logsdon, Hagerstown, Md.
Jacob Adam Lopes, Nazareth, Pa.
Sarah Marie Martin, San Diego, Cal.
Kristen Marie McGeeney, Queenstown, Md.
Andrea Michelle Mills, Laurel, Md.
Lyndley Janice O’Dell, Gettysburg, Pa.
Lin Sun Oo, Ellicott City, Md.
Courtney Marie Proudlock, Sykesville, Md.
Maegan Aubrey Reinhardt, Union Bridge, Md.
Katherine Lane Ridgway, Sykesville, Md.
Ashleigh Nicole Rizzo, West Friendship, Md.
Alyssa Jane Romasco, Gilbertsville, Pa.
Nicole Marie Rosche’, Spring Hill, Fla.
Ashley Renee Sizemore, Hagerstown, Md.
Ellen Ashley Spielman, Lutherville, Md.
Daniel Douglas Taylor, Kennett Square, Pa.
Lauren Michelle Thomas, Westminster, Md.
Alexander Paul Vazzano, Owings Mills, Md.
Andrew Thomas Velnoskey, Walkersville, Md.
Brittany Leigh Wells, Baltimore, Md.
Kelly Suzanne Wunder, Westminster, Md.

Melissa Ann Bollman, Gaithersburg, Md.
Jacob Samuel Friedman, Laurel, Md.
Darryl Edward McFarland, Sykesville, Md.
Rachel Louise Smith, Frederick, Md.