Tanjala S. Purnell was named an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She holds a joint appointment in the department of epidemiology.
Dr. Purnell is a summa cum laude graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she majored in computer science. She holds a master of public health degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Ben O. Lukongo was appointed assistant professor of agricultural economics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a lecturer in economics in the College of Business at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Lukongo is a graduate of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a master’s degree in developmental economics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Mississippi State University.