ASSISTANT PROFESSOR MANUEL HERMOSILLA and LECTURER SUPRIYA MUNSHAW were named among the recipients of the inaugural grant awards from the Rustgi Family Fund in Entrepreneurship, which was established in honor of Motil Lal and Kamla Rustgi, the parents of Drs. Vinod K. Rustgi and Anil K. Rustgi. Dr. Vinod Rustgi received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Carey School.

The purpose of the endowment is to advance the study of entrepreneurship at Carey. The fund will provide annual awards for faculty research, with preference for interdisciplinary projects.

Each of two research teams received awards of $2,500 – Hermosilla and doctoral candidate Yufei Wu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for their proposal “Do Larger Markets Facilitate Entrepreneurial/Incumbent Cooperation?”; and Munshaw and Professor Kieren Marr of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for their proposal “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Medical Research.”

In addition, three projects involving four Carey faculty members were among the nine projects awarded funding in the first round of the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program.

As the original call for proposals described, the awards “are intended to stimulate innovative work in practical ethics by Hopkins faculty members. Practical ethics is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions, and in society.”

VALERIE SUSLOW, PROFESSOR AND VICE DEAN OF FACULTY AND RESEARCH at the Carey Business School, said, “These are significant awards not only in terms of the dollar amount – in the neighborhood of $50,000 – but also for the contribution Carey faculty are bringing to the practical ethics community at Johns Hopkins.”

Awards went to ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ERIK HELZER of Carey and Professor Andrew Talle, chair of the musicology department at the Peabody Institute, for their proposal “Understanding the Ethics and Value of Higher Education: When Is Specialized Training ‘Worth It’?”; ASSISTANT PROFESSOR MARIO MACIS of Carey for “Altruism, Ethics and Markets: A Behavioral and Neuroscientific Experimental Study”; and ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LINDSAY THOMPSON and ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SYLVIA LONG-TOLBERT, both of Carey, for “Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Distress.”