The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 15, 1999
Mar. 15, 1999
VOL. 28, NO. 26


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Academic and Cultural Centers

The Eisenhower Library has been selected to receive the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, the most prestigious award conferred by the American Library Association. The award, which will be presented in June at the ALA annual conference in New Orleans, acknowledges the library's success at keeping users informed and satisfied during its 18-month renovation.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Tony Jackson, of the Strategic Systems Department, represented APL in Annapolis when Gov. Parris Glendening proclaimed Feb. 21-27 National Engineers Week in Maryland. Jackson is a member of IEEE and the National Society of Black Engineers and is on the board of GEM, the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering Inc., an organization started by the laboratory in 1976. Jackson obtained several credits working at APL while earning his master's degree in electrical engineering through the GEM program.

Vince Pisacane is now assistant director for biomedical programs in order to focus more exclusively on the work of the Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Medicine and associated collaboration with other divisions of Johns Hopkins. Ken Potocki, who has been assisting Pisacane, will assume the title and full responsibilities of assistant director for research and exploratory development.

Director Gary Smith is among 10 new board members recently appointed to the Howard County Community Health Foundation. The $55 million foundation, which was created in July when Johns Hopkins Medicine merged with Howard County General Hospital, serves to promote and enhance wellness throughout the county.

Alan Zimm, of the Joint Warfare Analysis Department, has won the Arleigh Burke Award, the top prize in the annual U.S. Naval Institute essay contest. "Human Centric Warfare," Zimm's winning paper, examines the increasing stress being placed by huge amounts of data on war-fighting personnel and how this may deteriorate the quality of command decisions.

APL's television production team in the Technical Services Department has won the Blue Ribbon Round Award in the educational/science and math category of the spring 1999 International CINDY Competition for ACE--Exploring Origins of the Solar System. A winner earlier of the Eastern Canada and Northeast U.S. Regional CINDY Gold Award in the same category, the video provides educational outreach for the Advanced Composition Explorer mission. The video was written, produced and co-directed by Rich Goldberg. John O'Brien co-directed and managed the project. Steve Gribben created the animation sequences, which have been recognized with separate awards. Gerry Bennett videotaped the production and coordinated the search for stock footage. Lee Hobson edited the show. Segments of the ACE video will appear in the PBS program Live From The Sun, to be shown on Maryland Public Television 1-2 p.m., March 16 and April 13.

Arts and Sciences

Lenny Brand was awarded the Jablonski Award for contributions to research in fluorescence at the recent Biophysical Society meeting.

Daniel H. Weiss has been promoted to full professor in the Department of History of Art.

Health System

Daniel M. Ashby has been named director of pharmacy for Hopkins Hospital. Ashby, who serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, comes to Hopkins from Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, Tenn. E. Robert Feroli, who served as acting pharmacy director for two years, will assume the position of associate director and concentrate on continued development of clinical pharmacy programs.

Richard M. Krieg has been named president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of trustees of the Howard County Community Health Foundation. Krieg most recently was the director of the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, a university policy center in Chicago, and was previously commissioner of health of Chicago under Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Occupational therapists Karen Manley and Amy Shimberg, of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, have successfully completed the certification exam for hand therapy credentialing. They are the first certified hand therapists to work at Hopkins Hospital.

Tim Peglow is the new vice president for campus support services at Bayview. Peglow was previously at LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Ind., where he was senior vice president for engineering and corporate services.

Joe Rammacca, formerly employee relations specialist in human resources at Hopkins Hospital, has been named director of human resources for Johns Hopkins HealthCare/EHP.

Judy A. Reitz has been named one of the top 100 women in Maryland by The Daily Record. Reitz is senior vice president of operations for the Hopkins Hospital, vice president of operations integration for the health system and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bayview.

Michele A. Shermak, an assistant professor of plastic surgery in the School of Medicine, has joined the plastic surgery division at Bayview Medical Center. Shermak earned her medical degree at Hopkins and was the first resident to complete the combined program in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed fellowship training at the Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Nashville.

Michele Shermak has joined the Plastic Surgery Division at Bayview Medical Center.

Michael D. Wright, a regional director of operations for Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corp., has been elected president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. In addition to promoting the advancement and professional development of black health care administrators, NAHSE's primary mission is to improve access to health care for minority and underserved populations.


James F. Casella, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed to the Rainey Chair in Pediatric Hematology.

Daniel W. Chan has been promoted to professor of pathology, with secondary appointments in Oncology, Radiology and Urology.

Bart Chernow, vice dean for research and technology and corporate relations, has been awarded a mastership in the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. He will be inducted at the organization's 80th annual meeting in April.

Katie Coyle has been named senior associate director of development for the School of Medicine at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She was previously assistant director of development for Georgetown College at Georgetown University. She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1989 and in 1993 earned a master's in higher education administration-institutional advancement from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Charles Cummings, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Congress of the Japan Laryngological Association this month in Hiroshima.

Frank J. Frassica has been promoted to professor of orthopedic surgery, with a secondary appointment in Oncology.

Morton F. Goldberg has received the Patz Medal from the Macula Society. The medal, which honors former Wilmer chief Arnall Patz and is awarded annually, recognizes Goldberg for his achievements in macular diseases and retinal vascular diseases.

Jeffrey W. Kirsch has been promoted to professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Dennis McClellan has been appointed director of development for the Department of Medicine at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He was previously director of development for medical center academic programs at Georgetown University. He graduated in 1980 from Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Frederick J. Montz has been promoted to professor of gynecology and obstetrics, with a secondary appointment in Oncology.

Murray B. Sachs, Massey Professor and director of Biomedical Engineering and professor of neuroscience and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, received the 1999 Association for Research in Otolaryngology Award of Merit. The award recognizes his groundbreaking research on the "encoding" of sounds in the inner ear and the brain, work that has important implications in understanding not only how we hear but also how the brain processes sensory information.

Murray Sachs received an award from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

The 1999 Young Investigators Day Awards will go to students Diana Finzi, Ph.D. candidate, and Parag Patil, M.D., Ph.D. candidate (Michael A. Shanoff awards); Samie Jaffrey, M.D., Ph.D. candidate (Hans Prochaska Award); Kevin O'Donovan, Ph.D. candidate (Mette Strand Award); Lisa Kreppel, Ph.D. candidate (Alicia Showalter Reynolds Award); Steve Laken, Ph.D. candidate, and Carlos Aizenman, Ph.D. candidate (David I. Macht Awards); Krishnan Ramanathan, Ph.D. candidate (Martin and Carol Macht Award); and Chia-Che Chang, Ph.D. candidate, Hauling Dong, Ph.D. candidate, Eric Wilkens, M.D. candidate, and Alan Meeker, Ph.D. candidate (Paul Ehrlich Research Awards).

Young investigator awards also will go to postdoctoral fellows Fred Bunz, M.D., Ph.D. (A. McGehee Harvey Award); Pushkal Garg, M.D. (Helen B. Taussig Award); Michael Shamblott, Ph.D. (Alfred Blalock Award); Lisa Wood, Ph.D. (W. Barry Wood Jr. Award); and Patrick Swanson, Ph.D., and Franck Polleux, Ph.D. (Albert L. Lehninger Award).

The 1999 Young Investigators Day Awards will be presented in Mountcastle Auditorium, April 8 at 4 p.m. ]


Jackie Baldick has been named head of development for the Bioethics Institute. From 1984 to 1995, she served as director of development for the School of Nursing. Baldick graduated from Cornell University in 1964.

Jacquelyn Campbell, Anna D. Wolf Professor at the School of Nursing, and Colene Y. Daniel, the health system's vice president for corporate and community services, have been awarded Urban Health Initiative fellowships by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Established in 1995, the Urban Health Initiative seeks to improve the health and safety of children in five metropolitan areas including Baltimore. Campbell and Daniel are among 23 community leaders selected for its 1999- 2000 inaugural class of fellows.

Victor McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics in the School of Medicine, and Mark Steiner, host of the eponymous talk show on WJHU, were honored for their positive impact on the community at the recent Celebration of Hope dinner of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Proceeds from the dinner, which also recognized tennis pro Pam Shriver and George J. Collins, skipper of Chessie Racing and past president and CEO of T. Rowe Price, will fund the establishment of an HDSA Center of Excellence for Family Services and Research at the university and hospital. The second of its kind in the country, the center will provide medical care, counseling, referrals and education for Huntington's disease patients and their families, in addition to conducting research. A component of the center will be the Victor A. McKusick Fellowship, which will fund a clinical fellow to help provide services to families in the center.

Public Health

Kwamena E. Baidoo has been promoted to associate professor, Environmental Health Sciences.

Stan Becker has been promoted to profesor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.

Laura E. Caulfield has been promoted to associate professor, International Health.

Josef Coresh has been promoted to associate professor, Epidemiology.

Rosa Marie Crum has been promoted to associate professor, Epidemiology.

Margaret E. Ensminger has been promoted to professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Carl A. Latkin has been appointed associate professor, Health Policy and Management.

Michael J. Matunis has been appointed assistant professor, Biochemistry.

Colin C. McCulloch has been appointed assistant professor, Biostatistics.

Sekhar P.M. Reddy has been appointed assistant professor, Environmental Health Sciences.

Anne W. Riley has been promoted to associate professor, Health Policy and Management.

Steffanie A. Strathdee has been appointed associate professor, Epidemiology.

Clarke G. Tankersley has been appointed assistant professor, Environmental Health Sciences.

Thomas W. Valente has been promoted to associate professor, Population and Family Health Sciences.

Mei-Cheng Wang has been promoted to professor of biostatistics.

University Administration

B.J. Davisson, previously a planned giving adviser, has been promoted to director of gift planning in the Office of Planned Giving. He graduated from Frostburg State University in Maryland in 1981 and received a master's degree in education from Ohio State University in 1983.

David Mainella has been named associate director for gift societies in the Annual Giving Office. His responsibilities include the President's Club and the Johns Hopkins Associates, the leadership annual giving societies. Mainella comes to Hopkins from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he was associate director of the Bradley Fund. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1990 and a master's in 1996 from Bradley University.

Judy Peregoff, director of the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, received the Clementine Peterson Award from the United Way at its November celebration event. She was cited for "performing exceptional volunteer services on behalf of United Way, demonstrating exemplary leadership in community service and contributing personal energies in a way that is unique and significant to the United Way of Central Maryland."

Kathryn Amey Shelton has been named a planned giving adviser in the Office of Planned Giving. She was previously director of planned giving at Tressler Lutheran Services in Baltimore. Shelton graduated from Smith College in 1965 and earned a master of education from Duquesne University in 1970 and a master of administrative science from the School of Continuing Studies in 1988.