A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Branko Milanović

Branko Milanović is a lead economist in the World Bank's research department,where he has been working on the topics of income inequality and globalization. Previously, he was a World Bank country economist for Poland and a research fellow at the Institute of Economic Sciences in Belgrade. Since 1996, Milanovic has also served as a visiting professor teaching the economics of transition at the Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from Belgrade University.

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Dragan M. Svrakic

Specialty Areas

  • Psychiatry

Medical Education

  • Medical Degree: School of Medicine University Of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1978
  • Residency: Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1984
  • Ph.D.: School of Medicine University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1985
  • Sub-specialty : Psychotherapy, Institute for Mental Health, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1986
  • Residency: Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri , 1998
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Ivan Aksentijevich

Ivan Aksentijevich earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1986. He moved to the United States with his wife Ivona in 1989. Between 1989 and 1996, he completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He went on and did a residency in Internal Medicine at St Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and followed this with fellowships in both Hematology and Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD. He is a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee with the Virginia Cancer Specialists, in Alexandria, VA.  He holds the Chair of the Cancer Committee at Alexandria Hospital and is a primary investigator on several clinical trials. His main clinical interrests are in the field of hematologic malignancies.

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Gordana Vunjak-Novaković

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is a Serbian American engineer and currently a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University. She is the director of Columbia's Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Vunjak-Novakovic is a highly cited researcher, having published 235 engineering papers, two books, 45 book chapters, and 34 patents. She had also given over 150 lectures across the world. Vunjak-Novakovic is an advisor to the federal government on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, serving as chair of NIH's tissue engineering section. Vunjak-Novakovic's areas of research include tissue engineering, bioreactors, biophysical regulation, tissue development, and stem cell research.

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Borko D. Jovanovic

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Biostatistics)

Description of Interests

I am a consulting biostatistician, with focus on experimental design and analysis of data in clinical trials, basic science and in epidemiology. Some of my other interests included model selection, prediction models, gene arrays and history of mathematics.

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Tomislav Z. Longinović

Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature and Visual Culture
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1452 Van Hise
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-4311
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Born and raised in Belgrade, Longinovic holds degrees in creative writing, psychology and has his Ph.D in comparative literature.

His books include Borderline Culture (1993), Vampires Like Us (2005), the co-edited and co-translated volume, with Daniel Weissbort: Red Knight: Serbian Women Songs (1992), and the edited volume: David Albahari, Words are Something Else (1996). He is also the author of several works of fiction, both in Serbian (Sama Amerika, 1995) and English (Moment of Silence, 1990).

His most recent book, Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary, was published by Duke University Press in 2011. His research interests include South Slavic literatures and cultures; the Serbian language; literary theory; Central and East European literary history; comparative Slavic studies, translation studies, and cultural studies.

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Janko Nikolich-Zugich

Janko Nikolich-Zugich received his MD from Belgrade University Medical School in 1984, subsequently receiving an MSc and a PhD in Immunology from the same University. Dr. Nikolich-Zugich worked from 1987 to 1990 as a Research Associate at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in the laboratory of Dr. Michael J. Bevan, FRS, NAS, HHMI. In 1990, he joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York as the Head of both the Flow Cytometry Core Facility and the Laboratory of T Cell Development. He served as an Assistant Professor (1990-1996) and an Associate Professor (1996-2001) at both the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and the Division of Molecular Medicine in Cornell University School of Medicine.

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People Directory

Tihomir Novakov

Tihomir Novakov, Ph.D, known also as Tica Novakov (born March 16, 1929) is an American physicist. As a scientist, Novakov is known for his black carbon, air quality, and climate change research.

After graduating from the University of Belgrade with a PhD in Nuclear Physics, he taught at the University of Belgrade and worked at the Vinca Nuclear Institute. Novakov immigrated to the United States in 1963 and began working as a research scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He later founded an Aerosol Research Group, which traveled the world conducting ground breaking research on climate change. Dr. Novakov is a distinguished member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Publishing

Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0