Cheers Once each month, Cheers recognizes achievement of consequence among faculty, staff and students, as well as some promotions and new hires. We welcome contributions submitted in writing accompanied by a telephone number. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity and content. Items not included for reasons of space will be published in the next Cheers. Honors, awards and appointments -------------------- Applied Physics Lab -------------------- Frederick S. Billig, associate supervisor and chief scientist of the Aeronautics Department, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Billig was cited by the academy for his analytical and experimental contributions to supersonic/hypersonic combustion and ramjet engine technologies. Two Atholton High School students under the mentorship of Space Department scientist Rob Decker won the top prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Canada, besting more than 1,000 international student entrants for their study of the irregular distribution of hydrogen atoms around Saturn. Luke Goembel, formerly a graduate student in the Chemistry Department and now a postdoctoral fellow at the Near-Earth Environmental Remote Sensing Group of APL, has been awarded a grant of $69,000 by NASA to investigate thermospheric neutral winds. Television animator Steve Gribben of the Administrative Services Department has won a bronze Telly award for his show, "Continued Excellence Through Continual Improvement" produced for the APL Quality Forum Program held last year. Telly awards showcase and honor outstanding national non-network television productions. Ken Moscati's cover design for the July-September 1994 APL Technical Digest was one of five winners of Achievement Awards in the International Technical Art Competition at the recent 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication. -------------------- Arts and Sciences -------------------- Three Hopkins students were among 40 recipients of Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for 1995. Matthew Hartman, a doctoral candidate in German, and Sarah Jean Hautzinger and Karen-Sue Taussig, both doctoral candidates in anthropology, were selected from among 535 applicants in their final year of writing dissertations on topics of ethical or religious values. A fourth Hopkins student, Elizabeth Hewitt, was selected but declined one of the $12,500 fellowships for 1995. ------------------------ Central Administration ------------------------ Provost Joseph Cooper has been appointed by House minority leader Richard Gephardt to the Committee on the Records of Congress. Co-chaired by the clerk of the House and the historian of the Senate, the committee serves in an advisory capacity to Congress in matters pertaining to official documents and records, and ensures that records are freely available and accessible to the public. In addition to Cooper, who is a nationally recognized scholar of the U.S. Congress, the committee includes the director of the National Archives and several heads of presidential libraries. --------------------- Continuing Studies --------------------- Carolyn DelBello, who graduated this spring with a master of science in business, was the recipient of the Edward J. Stegman CPA Memorial Award, presented to graduates of the master of administrative science or master of science in business program with a 4.0 average. ------------- Engineering ------------- David Harvey, professor of geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, has been named the 1995 recipient of the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize. He will be honored Oct. 7 during a special award ceremony that coincides with the International Geography Festival in Saint-Di‚-des-Vosges, France. ------------- Nursing ------------- Instructors Kathleen Becker and Jean Trotter received the Shriver Center's Service-Learning Faculty Development Grant, designed to promote integration of service-learning within curricula and academic programs and to establish a consortium network of faculty members committed to the development of service learning. Associate professor Ada Davis was elected to membership in the New York Academy of Sciences. Associate professor of nursing Fannie Gaston-Johannson was named the 1995 Soule Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she presented seminars and lectures at the school's Summer Institute. She was also elected to the board of directors of Uniting for Life, Inc., a national organization promoting equality in minority health care issues. Associate dean Dorothy Gordon is serving as co-chair of the Trauma Research Task Force for the National Institutes of Health. Assistant professor Patricia Grimm has been named president-elect of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. Professor Barbara Redman has received a 1995 CGH Medical Inc. Research Grant by the American Nephrology Nurses Association. Associate dean Stella Shiber is president-elect of the Maryland Council of Directors of Diploma, Associate Degree and Baccalaureate Nursing Programs. ------------- Peabody ------------- Two Peabody students were among the 10 national winners of the 43rd annual BMI Student Composer Awards, established to recognize superior creative talent in aspiring composers. Laura Kolker, a student at the Peabody Prep, was recognized for her composition titled "The Armenian Mother." David Smooke, a 1995 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, won for his composition "Rapunzel's Lament," which also received the 1995 William Schuman Prize for the most outstanding score submitted in the competition. The Peabody Symphony and Concert orchestras, under the baton of Hajime Teri Murai, have won an ASCAP Award for the Adventurous Programming of Twentieth-Century Music, recognizing American orchestras whose programs demonstrate a strong commitment to the works of 20th-century composers. Murai is the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities at Peabody. ------------ SAIS ------------ James Ketterer, a doctoral candidate in African Studies, has been awarded a National Security Education Program fellowship to do research in Morocco during the 1995-96 academic year. Changing places, new faces Charles Anderson, Russell Cain, Edward Darlington, James Dougherty, Leigh Ebbert, James Edgerton, Elinor Fong, Ira Franckel, James Gilbart, Myron Gray, John Hardy, Scott Hayek, Arther Jeyes, Bruce Kuehne, Kang Kwon, Bruce Land, Susan Lee, Melville Lyman, Jeffrey Mason, Patrick McEvaddy, George Moe, John Neal, Thomson Pardoe, James Patzer, Larry Paxton, Fernando Pineda, Kenneth Plantz, Helmut Portmann, Roy Proue, Bruce Romenesko, Gerald Romick, Stephen Root, Ralph Semmel, Kim Strohbehn, Roger Sumey, Thomas Thompson, Carlos Valverde, Edward Wetzlar and Hans Widmer have been named Principal Professional Staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory for 1995. Andy Bilello has been named the new assistant director of athletics at the Homewood campus. Bilello will be responsible for all home athletic events and will supervise the Sports Information Office. Andy Blumberg and Jean Grigsby have been named communications managers of the School of Continuing Studies. Blumberg, previously assistant director of public affairs at the School of Public Health, will direct marketing activities for the division of Business and Management as well as the Downtown Center. Grigsby, formerly associate director of public affairs for Washington National Cathedral, will coordinate marketing of the school's liberal arts programs, as well as the Montgomery County and Columbia centers. Christine Brodak has been appointed direct marketing coordinator at the School of Continuing Studies. She is responsible for coordinating direct mail efforts and tracking the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Associate professor of nursing Martha Hill has been granted a joint appointment in the School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine and in the School of Hygiene and Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. William Hufferd has been named director of the Chemical Propulsion Information Agency at the Whiting School of Engineering. Previously, Hufferd was manager of Propulsion Sciences, Research and Engineering Department in the Chemical Systems Division of United Technologies Corp. in San Jose, Calif. Laura Davis, Robert DeMajistre, Leah Everhart, Dale Griffith, Marshall Jose, Susan Kirk, Paul Lafferty, Joseph Lew, Jeffrey Lin, Kelly Lindsay, Cheryl Andrews Manning, Constance McClain, Joseph Mul‚, Sharon Orsini, Therese Quaranta, Patricia Quigley, Robert Sanders, Camille Schumacher, Frank Slujtner, Joseph Staiger, Kha Tran and Susan Watkins have been appointed senior staff at the Applied Physics Laboratory for 1995. Shelley Nason has been named director of the western regional office of The Johns Hopkins University in Santa Monica, Calif. Students of Color, an organization for students in the School of Continuing Studies, elected three students to its board this spring: Koren Waters as president, Trent Dennis as vice president and Gale Stone as treasurer. The group, founded by SCS students in 1994, promotes academic achievement among its members. Waters, an administrative assistant with the university, is working toward a master's degree in business; Dennis, a student in the master of science in information and telecommunication systems program, is an instructional technologist and multimedia developer with Bell Atlantic; Stone, also a student in the MS/ITS program, is a senior auditor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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