For the Record: Cheers
Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and
awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent
appointments and promotions. Contributions must be
submitted in writing and be accompanied by a phone
School of Medicine Appointments
William B. Guggino, who has spent most of his
professional career at Johns Hopkins, has been named the
director of Physiology.
Guggino has served since 1996 as vice chairman of
research in the Department of Pediatrics and since 1989 as
director of the Cystic Fibrosis Development Program. His
own work on CF was recognized last year, when he won the
prestigious Doris F. Tulcin Cystic Fibrosis Research Award,
an honor that marked not only his research achievements but
also his role in the training of a significant number of
research and clinician scientists, dedicated to unraveling
CF's mysteries and bringing new treatments to patients
In 1992, Guggino, along with Peter Agre, authored a
seminal paper, published in Science, which detailed the
discovery of the very first water channel protein. That
line of research, 11 years later, won Agre the Nobel Prize
For 24 years Guggino has been the course director in
organ systems physiology and histology and has served as
the director of the curriculum for first-year medical
A graduate of Brooklyn College, Guggino received his
master's degree from Long Island University and doctorate
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both
in comparative physiology.
David L. Thomas, a world-renowned expert on
hepatitis C and a faculty member since 1993, will be the
new head of the Division of Infectious Diseases, beginning
July 1. He succeeds John Bartlett, who led the department
for 26 years and will remain active on the faculty.
The author of more than 100 articles and many book
chapters on various aspects of hepatitis, Thomas also has
investigated how co-infections with hepatic C viruses and
HIV progress in intravenous drug users with weakened immune
In his new role, Thomas will lead the division's 55
faculty and 177 staff who treat more than 5,100 patients a
year and run the nation's third-largest AIDS clinic. He
also will oversee an annual research budget of more than
$40 million, one of the largest at Hopkins, with major
research initiatives under way in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,
avian flu and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
in addition to hepatitis C.
Thomas begins his new job after a year living in
Uganda, where he and other infectious disease experts from
across North America have been helping Ugandan health
professionals set up an institute for combating the effects
of AIDS and other infectious diseases. The institute
provides free medical and social services for
HIV-1-infected Ugandans and training for physicians and
nurses from across sub-Saharan Africa.
Thomas earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry
and his medical degree from West Virginia University. He
completed his medical training and residency at Wake Forest
University before coming to Johns Hopkins as a research
fellow in infectious diseases. He went on to earn his
master's in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public
Health and joined the faculty of both schools, Medicine in
1993 and Public Health in 1994. For his commitment to
translating medical research into advances in the care of
people living with both hepatitis C and HIV, the American
Society of Clinical Investigation named him in 2001 to its
honor list of physician-scientists.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Helen Worth has been named group supervisor of
the Office of Communications and Public Affairs in Central
Bayview Medical Center
David Hellmann, director of the Department of
Medicine and vice dean for the Bayview campus, has been
appointed the Aliki Perroti Professor of the Center for
Antony Rosen, professor of medicine, cell
biology and pathology and director of the Rheumatology
Division, has been named the Mary Betty Stevens Professor
Chester Schmidt Jr., head of the Department of
Psychiatry, has been re-elected to a two-year term as chair
of the Johns Hopkins Bayview medical board.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Yun Lu, a PhD candidate in biostatistics, has
received a travel award to the 2006 Joint Statistical
Meetings from the American Statistical Association's
Statistics in Epidemiology Section.
Marjorie Opuni-Akuamoa, a doctoral candidate in
Population and Family Health Sciences, is a winner of a
2006 Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive
Health and Economic Development. The awards are given
annually by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and
the Population Reference Bureau. Opuni-Akuamoa's
dissertation topic is "Young Adult Mortality and the
Well-Being of Older Persons: Evidence from Kwa-Zulu-Natal."
Johns Hopkins Health System
Umbreen Idrees, clinical pharmacy specialist
for the Department of Emergency Medicine, will serve as
vice chair of the American Society of Health System
Pharmacists' Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care.
Joanne Pollak, JHM vice president and general
counsel, has received the Distinguished Graduate Award from
the University of Maryland School of Law.
The Skills Enhancement Program has been
recognized by the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board with
a 2006 Baltimore Encore Award for workplace literacy.
Skills Enhancement, directed by Barbara Edwards, workforce
development specialist, is an on-site training program that
includes GED prep. Deborah Knight-Kerr, director of Human
Resources community and education projects, accepted the
Anne Hyre, senior midwifery adviser in Jakarta,
Indonesia, has been honored by the American College of
Nurse-Midwives with its 2006 Kitty Ernst Award. Hyre, an
alumna of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, received the
award last month during ACNM's 51st Annual Meeting in Salt
Lake City. Hyre's tireless efforts to re-establish and
strengthen midwifery services and education since the
December 2004 South Asian tsunami were among the highlights
of her work cited during the ceremony. The Kitty Ernst
Award honors a nurse-midwife who has been certified for
less than 10 years and has demonstrated innovative,
creative endeavors in clinical practice, education,
administration or research relating to midwifery and
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Karl L. Alexander, the John Dewey Professor of
Sociology, presented his National Science Foundation-funded
research, "The Beginning School Study: Life Course Patterns
of Urban Youth through the 3rd Decade," on June 7 at the
12th Annual Exhibition and Reception sponsored by the
Coalition for National Science Funding. Alexander's poster
was one of 34 research exhibits--ranging from
nanotechnology to racial bias--at the popular summer
reception in the Rayburn House Office Building at which
members of Congress and their staff see some of the fruits
of NSF basic research.
Bruce Barnett, a professor in Physics and
Astronomy, is the recipient of the 2006 George E. Owen
Teaching Award, which is awarded by the Homewood Student
Council for outstanding teaching and devotion to
John T. Irwin, the Decker Professor in the
Humanities in the Writing Seminars and the English
Department, won the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award from the
Texas Institute of Letters for his book of poetry As Long
As It's Big, published under his pen name, John Bricuth, by
Johns Hopkins University Press.
Don Selby, a doctoral candidate in the
Anthropology Department, has been selected as a Charlotte
W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. The fellowship, a
highly competitive national award, provides $18,500 for 12
months of work on a dissertation in the humanities or
social sciences that addresses questions of religious or
ethical value. Selby's topic is "The Politics and Morality
of Human Rights in Thailand."
Recipients of the 2006 Teaching Assistant Award are
Yifei Chin, Mathematics; Simon Sheppard,
Political Science; and Hyun Youk, Physics and
Astronomy. The award recognizes the care and concern that
recipients take with their subject and their students.
Rebecca Henry has been named the inaugural
holder of the Scott Bendann Faculty Chair in Classical
Music. The dedication took place during the Peabody
Preparatory Awards Ceremony on June 4. The endowed chair
was established in 1996 by the estate of Dorothy Scott
Pauline Bendann. Henry joined the faculty of the Peabody
Preparatory as chair of the Preparatory String Department
in 1987. Since her initial appointment, she has served as a
faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory, where she
teaches pedagogy courses in music education.
School of Medicine
Marilyn Albert, professor and chief of the
Division of Cognitive Neuroscience and co-director of the
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, has received the 2006
Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award. Presented
by the Alzheimer's Association, the honor recognizes
Albert's contributions to Alzheimer's research.
H. Ballentine Carter, professor of urology, has
been elected to membership in the American Association of
Richard Chaisson, professor of medicine,
epidemiology and international health, has received the
2006 World Lung Health Award for scientific achievement
from the American Thoracic Society. Chaisson, an
internationally renowned authority on tuberculosis,
received the award at a ceremony held May 21 at the
organization's annual meeting in San Diego. Founding
director of Hopkins' Center for Tuberculosis Research,
Chaisson leads the largest TB-related research effort in
the United States, with more than $100 million in research
grants and supported by 50 scientists.
Donald Coffey, professor of pharmacology,
molecular science and pathology, has been appointed to the
National Cancer Institute's advisory board. He also has
received an award from the Joy McCann Foundation for
Ronald Cohn, a resident in the combined
pediatrics and genetics program and chief resident at the
McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine at Johns
Hopkins, has been awarded the first Harvard-Partners Center
for Genetics and Genomics Award in medical genetics. The
award honors an outstanding, emerging medical geneticist,
recognizing a physician or scientist who is completing or
has completed training in the area of medical genetics or a
combined training program in medical genetics. Cohn, whose
research focuses on muscle regeneration in various muscle
diseases, received a $20,000 cash prize at a dinner held in
his honor on June 21 in Boston and presented at grand
rounds at Harvard Medical School earlier that day. The
first Hopkins resident to train in a combined pediatric and
genetics program, Cohn will join the faculty of Pediatrics,
Neurology and the McKusick-Nathans Institute later this
Nancy E. Davidson, who holds the Breast Cancer
Research Chair in Oncology and is director of the breast
cancer program at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been
elected president of the American Society of Clinical
Oncology for a one-year term beginning in June 2007. She
took office as president-elect during ASCO's annual
meeting, held June 2 in Atlanta.
Ted Dawson and Valina Dawson, professors
in the Department of Neurology in the Institute for Cell
Engineering, were nominated to the Faculty of 1000 Biology
in the section of neurobiology of disease and regeneration.
Faculty of 1000 Biology is an online literature service
that evaluates and highlights the most noteworthy research
papers, based on reviews by a select faculty of over 1,600
of the world's leading scientists, published in the
biological sciences. Faculty members selected to take part
in this voluntary program are well respected by their peers
and perceived as being fair-minded and experts in their
respective research fields. In addition, Ted Dawson was
named chairman of the scientific advisory board of the
Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation. As
chair of the SAB, Dawson will be responsible for directing
the research program and funding of the foundation.
John F. Dicello has been appointed professor
emeritus in the Department of Radiation Oncology and
Molecular Radiation Sciences. It is believed to be the
first such appointment in Radiation Oncology as both a
division and department. Dicello's research has focused on
determining radiation's effect on promoting cancer growth
and developing new methods of using radiation to treat
cancer while minimizing its effects on healthy tissues. As
part of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute,
Dicello also studies the effects of space radiation on
Julia Haller, an ophthalmologist specializing
in vitreoretinal disease, has been awarded the inaugural
Robert Welch Professorship at the Wilmer Institute.
Ellen Hess, associate professor of neurology
and neurosciences, has received a $70,000 grant from the
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to fund her studies on
how dystonia, a debilitating movement disorder, originates
in the brain.
Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry,
has received an honorary doctor of medical science degree
from Brown University. An authority on bipolar disease,
Jamison was cited for having "gone far to demystify mental
Hongjun Song, an assistant professor of
neurology at the Institute for Cell Engineering and its
Program for Neuroregeneration and Repair, known as
NeuroICE, has been awarded the McKnight Scholar Award by
the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. Song will
receive $75,000 in research funding each year for the next
three years. Song studies the ways and means used by stem
cells to self-renew; in particular, how adult nerve stem
cells become nerves.
Eden Stotsky, a health educator at the Colon
Cancer Center, has been selected as one of the nation's
outstanding cancer care providers, awarded with the
American Cancer Society's Lane Adams Quality of Life
Patrick Walsh, University Distinguished Service
Professor of Urology, has been elected president of the
American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.
At the School of Medicine's Convocation on May 25,
awards for teaching went to Michael Choi, associate
professor of renal medicine, and Robert Siliciano,
professor of medicine (W. Barry Wood Jr. Award); Ryan
Tedford, house staff, medicine (House Staff Award);
Jonathan Pevsner, associate professor of
neuroscience (Graduate Teaching Award); and Roy
Ziegelstein, associate professor of cardiology (George
J. Stuart Award). The Professors' Award for Excellence in
Teaching went to Eric Howell, assistant professor
and chief of the Collaborative Inpatient Medical Service;
Howard Moses, associate professor of neurology;
Brent Petty, associate professor of medicine; and Mark
Teaford, professor of functional anatomy and evolution.
As reported earlier, John Flynn, the D. William
Schlott, M.D. Professor of Medicine, received the Alumni
Association Excellence in Teaching Award.
Three members of NeuroICE have received awards from
the American Heart Association. Zhikai Chi, an
MD/PhD candidate in neuroscience, has received a
pre-doctoral award, and research fellows Shaoyo Ge
and Shaida Andrabi received postdoctoral awards.
Andrabi also won the Best Oral Presentation Award by a
Student or Postdoctoral Fellow for a presentation titled
"The Role of Poly-(ADP-ribose) Polymer in Neuronal Cell
Death" at the 2006 East Coast PARP conference held May
18-20 in Quebec City, Canada.
School of Nursing
Phyllis Sharps, associate professor and
director of the master's program, was honored in May by her
alma mater, the University of Delaware, as one of four
alumni inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame.
Winners of the 2006 SOURCE Community Service Awards
were Kitty Poon in the individual student category
and Programa Salud in the student group category.
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Jay Liebowitz, professor, Department of
Information Technology in the Graduate Division of Business
and Management, has had his book, Strategic
Intelligence--Business Intelligence, Competitive
Intelligence, and Knowledge Management, published by
Auerbach Publications. The book features case studies that
apply strategic intelligence in major organizations while
recognizing synergies among component pieces of strategic
intelligence, and how decision makers can best use this
internal and external information to make better business
Johns Hopkins Magazine, produced by the
Office of Communications and Public Affairs, received four
medals in the annual CASE awards competition: silver in the
best articles category for "Separate Fates" by Gary Logan
(February 2005), silver in staff writing, bronze in the
college and university general interest magazine category
and bronze in periodical special issues for the Seven
Deadly Sins issue (September 2005). Contributing staff
members were Sue De Pasquale, Catherine Pierre, Dale
Keiger, Maria Blackburn and Shaul Tsemach.
Whiting School of Engineering
Joel Bader, an assistant professor in
Biomedical Engineering, has received the National Science
Foundation's Early Career Development award, known as
CAREER, which recognizes young scientists' commitment to
both research and education. His research in "Mapping
Biological Networks" will involve the prediction of
specific interactions between protein transcription factors
and DNA regulatory elements purely from genome sequence and
inferred protein structure. This project will have broader
impact through the dissemination of algorithms and data
sets generated by the research plan, including public
databases of protein-DNA and protein-protein interactions.
Pam Carey, senior academic adviser, has
received the Whiting School Staff Service Award.
Kevin Dungey, a lecturer in the Center for
Leadership Education, is the recipient of the Professional
Communication Program Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
Ralph Etienne-Cummings, an associate professor
in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected
as a Fulbright Scholar grantee by the J. William Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board. In fall 2006, he will take a
sabbatical to study "Curriculum in Electronic Systems
Design and Research on Biomorphic Ultrasonic Imaging and
Mapping Systems" at the University of Cape Town in South
Africa. There, Etienne-Cummings will offer a course on
integrated circuits design while supervising design
projects that integrate sensors and actuators to realize
intelligent behaving systems; contribute to the development
of UCT's Brain and Behavior Institute by participating in
defining the direction of the institute and by assisting in
identifying and recruiting qualified faculty members; and
conduct research in biologically inspired ultrasonic signal
processing, specifically developing algorithms and
neuromorphic chips to perform imaging and mapping for
ultrasonic image-guided medical robotics.
Gabor Fichtinger, associate research professor
in the departments of Computer Science, Mechanical
Engineering and Radiology, has received the Capers and
Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and
Advising, which honors those teachers, researchers and
administrators who have consistently supported the personal
and professional development of their students. Fichtinger
is also research thrust leader and director of engineering
for the Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated
Surgical Systems and Technologies.
Donniell Fishkind, a senior lecturer in Applied
Mathematics and Statistics, is the 2006 recipient of the
Robert B. Pond Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award, which is
given for commitment to and excellence in instruction in
the school, success in instilling the desire to learn and
dedication to undergraduate students.
Dan Horn, assistant dean for academic programs,
has received the University Member of the Year Award from
the National Consortium for Minorities in Engineering and
Science, known as GEM. The award is given annually to the
representative of a university member in good standing "who
sets a new standard of excellence in developing, growing
and institutionalizing his/her institution's partnership
with the consortium."
Take Nakama, of Applied Mathematics and
Statistics, has received the 2006 George M.L. Sommerman
Engineering Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, which
recognizes outstanding performance.
Jack Powell, a lecturer in the Center for
Leadership Education, is the recipient of this year's W.P.
Carey Program in Entrepreneurship and Management Faculty
Teaching Excellence Award.
Lester Su, an assistant professor in Mechanical
Engineering, is the recipient of the 2006 William H.
Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award, given in recognition
of outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels and also a demonstrated dedication to
James Spall, Christian Utara and David Zaret
have received the school's Engineering and Applied Science
Programs for Professionals Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Spall is a member of the principal professional staff at
APL and program chair of the EPP Applied and Computational
Mathematics program. Utara, chief engineer of NAVAIR St.
Inigoes, has been an instructor in EPP for seven years.
Zaret is a member of the senior professional staff at APL,
working in information security.
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