Geologist and educator Christine Metzger and physician Milad Pooran will be honored with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Distinguished Alumni Award at CTY’s Grand Ceremony on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus on Sunday, October 27.

CTY established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 to recognize our most highly accomplished alumni and acknowledge them for making a difference in our world. 

“We are proud of the many former CTY students who are busy making the world a better place by using their talents to solve the hardest problems,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “Milad and Christine exemplify the extraordinary reach and impact of our alumni today.”  

About the Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Christine MetzgerChristine Metzger is an assistant professor of critical studies at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and teaches paleobiology at CTY’s Summer Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She worked as an assistant professor at Whittier College, and as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. Christine is a frequent presenter at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting, and she has received several grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on geoscience education, ancient soil, and past climates. She earned her Doctorate in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science in Geology from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Washington and Lee University. As a CTY student, Christine studied science and writing at four Summer Programs and took one distance education course.

Milad PooranMilad Pooran is a critical care surgeon at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia and the Washington Hospital Center. He studied biodefense and the H1N1 pandemic at the United States Department of Health and Human Services and researched HIV as a staff clinician at the National Institutes of Health. Milad earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland. He took Individually Paced Mathematics at CTY’s Summer Program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Milad served as a combat medic and operational surgeon in several military efforts, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently a reserve member of the Maryland Air National Guard.

CTY’s annual Grand Ceremony honors middle school students for their exceptional performance on the college SAT, ACT or similar test as part of the 2012-2013 CTY Talent Search. Of the 17,670 seventh and eighth grade participants in this year’s Talent Search, only 1,075 U.S. and international middle school students scored high enough on their above-grade-level tests to be invited to the ceremony at Johns Hopkins University.
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