Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 24, 1996

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Honors, awards and appointments

Arts and Sciences

Pamela Ballinger, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, has been selected one of 34 winners of the 1996 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, announced by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Ballinger will receive a stipend of $14,000 for a year of uninterrupted study, leading to completion of her dissertation, "La Nostra Storia Sconosciuta: Transnational Discourses of Historical Memory and (In)Justice in the Julian March."

Zareen Farukhi, a junior biology major, has been named recipient of the fifth annual Louis E. Goodman, M.D. award, established to encourage cultural interests of premedical students and to foster their sensitivity to ideas and matters beyond the realm of medicine. Farukhi plans to use the award in pursuing her interests in photography, poetry and writing.

Dorothy Ross, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor of History, has been appointed a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 1996-97 academic year. One of 34 fellows selected from more than 800 applicants, Ross will pursue research titled "What are our social responsibilities? Debates about social ethics in the United States, 1865 to present."

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has created the Harold Seidman Distinguished Service Award to recognize alumni and friends of the school who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in their service to Johns Hopkins. Rep. William Clinger Jr., R-Pa., chairman of the House Government Reforms and Oversight Committee, has been selected as the inaugural recipient. A 1951 graduate of the school, Clinger is serving his ninth term in the House.

Howard Young, a senior biology major who will attend the School of Medicine beginning in the fall, has been awarded the Omicron Delta Kappa Province Leader of the Year Award for 1996.

Centers and affiliates

Marion Pines, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, will address the Eighth General Assembly of the World Future Society July 17 in Washington, D.C. The four-and-a-half day event will bring more than 1,500 scientists, researchers, educators, and business and government leaders to focus on topics ranging from science, technology and the environment to education, families and health.

Continuing Studies

The Office of Marketing Communications has received a silver medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education for a series of radio spots promoting the school's master's degrees in business.


Gregory Chirikjian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as the 1996 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal recipient by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award, established in 1938, honors the young engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within 10 years of graduation.

Dean Donald Giddens has been invited to present the Thurston Lecture at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition to be held Nov. 17-22. Established in 1925 in honor of Robert Henry Thurston, the first president of the society, the Thurston Lecture gives an acknowledged leader in pure and applied science an opportunity to present a subject of broad technical interest to society members.

Associate dean for research Douglas Green has been elected vice chair and chair-elect of the Engineering Research Council of the American Society for Engineering Education. Green will spend two years as vice chair before assuming the chairmanship for another two.

Central Administration

Vernon Rice, auto mechanic for the Homewood campus, has been awarded the 1996 Governor's Volunteer Award, in the social services category, for his contributions to the community of St. Anthony's Church in Gardenville. Each day he answers requests for emergency food, money or assistance from people in need, according to the citation, and his efforts have helped hundreds in Baltimore on the brink of crisis.

The university's United Way Effort, coordinated by Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs director Judy Peregoff, has won the Campaign Network Award, the Outreach Award and an honorable mention in the Teamwork category in the Models for Success Contest for the 1995 United Way of Central Maryland campaign.

The university was one of 10 institutions to receive a $2 million endowment from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust to memorialize Mrs. Markey's interest in basic medical research. The endowment, to be known as the Lucille P. Markey Basic Medical Research Funds, will be used to support promising young men and women pursuing careers in biomedical science.


John Burton, professor of medicine and director of geriatric medicine at the Bayview medical campus, has been appointed the first Mason F. Lord Professor in Geriatric Medicine, named in honor of the 1954 School of Medicine graduate recognized today as "the father of geriatric medicine."

Departing dean Michael Johns received a distinguished alumni award from Wayne State University at the school's annual commencement ceremonies in May.

Victor McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics, received the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society in April. The medal is the highest honor in the sciences awarded by the society, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 and has included, since 1901, 226 members who have received the Nobel Prize.

Vernon Mountcastle, professor emeritus of neuroscience, is the only American to be admitted as a foreign member to Britain's prestigious Royal Society this year. The second Hopkins physician ever admitted to the society, Mountcastle joins William Osler, one of the legendary "Four Doctors" who pioneered modern medical education at Hopkins at the turn of the century.

George Udvarhelyi, emeritus professor of neurosurgery, will share the Eisenberg Prize for Excellence in the Humanities given by the Maryland Humanities Council. The award made to Udvarhelyi recognizes his efforts to develop the Office of Cultural Affairs based on a strong belief that the arts and humanities should play a role in the creation of a complete medical practitioner.

Patrick Walsh, professor and director of urology, will share the prestigious $100,000 Charles F. Kettering Prize, sponsored by General Motors Corp. The award, made to Walsh for his innovations in prostate surgery and shared with radiation oncologist Malcolm Bagshaw of Stanford, is considered one of the most significant prizes in the field of cancer research, and honors the most outstanding contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


Martha Hill, associate professor of nursing, has been named president-elect of the American Heart Association. She is the first nurse to hold the position that has previously been held exclusively by physicians. Hill was elected to the three-year position on June 23 at the annual AHA meeting held in Atlanta. According to the structure of the AHA, Hill will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president and one year as immediate past-president.

"I feel privileged to be named president-elect of an organization whose primary goal is to improve the quality of people's lives," said Hill. "I hope the appointment will bring an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of science and patient care." Active in the AHA since 1974, Hill is currently director of Hopkins' Center for Nursing Research and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment with the School of Hygiene and Public Health and is director of the postdoctoral program at the School of Nursing.


Eliot Cohen, professor of strategic studies, has been appointed a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 1996-97 academic year. One of 34 fellows out of more than 800 applicants, Cohen will pursue research titled "Paul H. Nitze: A life and times."

Changing places, new faces

Jacquelyn Campbell, professor in the School of Nursing, has been named director of the PhD Program in Nursing effective July 1.

Victoria Chiang and Joseph de Pasquale have been appointed to the viola faculty of the Peabody Conservatory beginning in September of 1996.

George Dover, one of the nation's premier researchers into sickle cell disease and other blood disorders, has been named director of the Department of Pediatrics and the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine.

Dan Eagle Eye has been appointed director of administrative services in the School of Continuing Studies, Division of Education. He will be responsible for planning and managing budgets, developing and implementing computer support systems, and overseeing admissions and enrollment management.

Kenneth Potocki has been named head of the administrative services department at the Applied Physics Laboratory. The administrative services department is the largest service department at APL, providing services ranging from transportation, custodial care and food service to security and fire protection.

Katherine Shearin has been named assistant director of the Montgomery County New Center for the School of Continuing Studies. She will oversee administrative operations for the New Center, located at 9801 Washingtonian Blvd.

At the May 20 board of trustees meeting the following appointments were made to the faculty:

Jonathan Eaton was appointed professor in the Department of Economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences;

Sigmund Suskind was appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Biology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences;

Willis Gore was appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering.

Paul Fuchs was appointed professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering.

Donald Cornely was appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health.

--Compiled by Mike Field

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