Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 21, 1997


Once each month, Cheers recognizes achievement of consequence among faculty, staff and students, as well as some promotions and new hires.

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Honors, awards
and appointments

Centers and affiliates

James Neal, Sheridan Director of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, has been named the 1997 Association of College and Research Libraries Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award is given annually to recognize an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development.

Homewood Student Affairs

Barbara Fisher, a secretary at the Residential Life Office, has been honored by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Central Maryland as the CVC Volunteer of the Year. Fisher's volunteer activities include the Remington Community Association, where she serves as president; she works with the Greater Homewood Renaissance on vacant housing issues, is organizing a Remington Merchants' Association and works with the new comprehensive planning task force for Remington. She has also worked with the Greater Homewood Community Corporation's adult literacy program, various CVC projects, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the House of Ruth, the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Cycle Across Maryland.

The Swimming and Diving Team finished the 1997 season as one of the most academically accomplished teams in Blue Jay history. The 14 departing seniors graduated May 22 with an average 3.672 GPA for the spring semester, and half of the team went on to medical schools, including Emory, Harvard, Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania.


Joseph Carrese, assistant professor of medicine and core faculty member of the university's Bioethics Institute, has received a four-year, $240,000 Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The career development award is given annually to 12 to 15 junior faculty at U.S. medical schools who show promise as leaders in the generalist disciplines.

Benjamin Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and associate professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics, has been elected to the 19-member Board of Yale Corporation, the university's governing body.

Harry Dietz III, associate professor of pediatric genetics, and Daniel Leahy, assistant professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, have received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to pursue their research for at least five years. Dietz will continue his investigations of the molecular cause of inherited forms of heart disease. Leahy will continue analyzing the structure of molecules to see how cells work.

Justin Hanes, a neurosurgery research fellow, has been awarded a two-year, $50,000 research fellowship from the American Brain Tumor Association.

Public Health

A conference room at the Center for Communication Programs and an award funded jointly by the center and the United Nations Family Planning Association have been dedicated to the memory of Florence Tinoenda Chikara, a Zimbabwean health and family planning worker who trained at the center. The award will sponsor a Zimbabwean each year for three years to attend the center's Advances in Family Health Communication workshop in Baltimore.

--Compiled by Mike Field

The Initiative:
Hopkins sets new

Alumni and friends gave the Johns Hopkins Institutions $164.6 million in the just-ended fiscal year. This marks the first time in the institutions' history that cash received topped $150 million.

Private giving to Johns Hopkins--both the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System--surpassed by nearly 31 percent the previous record of $125.9 million set in fiscal year 1996. The figure includes new gifts as well as payments on previous years' pledges.

"The generosity of our alumni and friends, as well as the tremendous support we have received from foundations and corporations, is extremely gratifying," said Robert R. Lindgren, vice president for development and alumni relations.

Campaign commitments grow

In fiscal year 1997, commitments--new gifts and pledges--to the Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign totaled $159.4 million. In all, the campaign has raised $756.4 million in gifts and pledges, 84 percent of its $900 million goal.

Annual giving increases

For fiscal year 1997, alumni participation in the Annual Fund increased from 15.9 percent in the previous fiscal year to 18.2 percent, with some 15,500 alumni donors. Overall, 37,800 individuals--including friends, parents and patients--have contributed to the Annual Fund.

Trustees issue challenge

For fiscal year 1998, giving to the Annual Fund will be doubly rewarding. The university board of trustees recently announced that this year it will match dollar-for-dollar the first $1 million in new and increased gifts of up to $10,000 each. This Trustee Challenge will double the value of all gifts from alumni who have never made a gift or who have given in the past but did not do so in fiscal year 1997. In addition, the trustees will match the increased portions of gifts from current alumni donors who raise their contributions from last fiscal year.

For further information on giving to the Johns Hopkins Institutions, call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 410-516-8631.

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