The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 20, 1999
September 20, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 4


For the Record: Cheers

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

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 number.

Arts and Sciences

William Connolly, professor and chair of the Political Science Department, has won the 1999 Benjamin Evans Lippincott Award of the American Political Science Association. The award is given biennially to recognize a work of exceptional significance by a living political theorist that is still considered significant 15 years after its publication date. The award is for The Terms of Political Discourse, first published in 1974.

Stephen Nichols, the James M. Beall Professor of French and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been named to the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France. He holds the title of Chevalier, the highest of three ranks. The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, and people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Past American recipients include Marilyn Horne, Richard Meier, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.


Lenore Cowen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences with a joint appointment in Computer Science, is one of the 38 scholars, writers, artists, scientists and activists to be appointed a 1999-2000 fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. During her fellowship year, Cowen will continue her research working with the approximate distance clustering method for her project "Approximating High-dimensional Datasets with Applications in Computational Biology."

Bruce Ellingwood, holder of the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in Civil Engineering, was recently elected to the grade of fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. Ellingwood currently serves as president of the Maryland Section of ASCE.

Health System

Bayview Medical Center's board of trustees and Hopkins Hospital president Ronald R. Peterson have appointed a new leadership team for Bayview, effective Sept. 1. Gregory F. Schaffer, a Bayview vice president since 1995, was named president. Elizabeth B. Concordia, vice president of clinical services, was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Schaffer assumes the post held by Peterson since 1984. Concordia takes over the position held by Judy A. Reitz, senior vice president of operations for Hopkins Hospital and vice president for operations integration of the health system.

Donald L. Price, director of the Division of Neuropathology and of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Hopkins Hospital, received a five-year, $500,000 Bristol-Myers Squibb unrestricted neuroscience research grant to support investigation of the mechanisms and therapies of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. Price also is president elect of the Society for Neuroscience.

Pam Shafer was appointed director of medical staff administration. In her new position, she will serve as director of the medical staff registrar's office and the credentials verification office, overseeing the credentialing of physicians at Hopkins Hospital and all JHMI affiliates. Shafer, a clinical nurse and nurse administrator, most recently served as director of performance improvement at the Medical Services Corporation.

Every year, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics residents recognize outstanding contributions in teaching with the Johns Hopkins Ob/Gyn Resident Teaching Award. Usually, this honor goes to faculty members based at JHMI. This year, the residents have given the award to two Medical Services Corporation obstetrician/gynecologists, James J. Russell and Yue-Cheng Yang, both of whom work at Wyman Park Medical Center.

Ronald R. Peterson, president of JHH and JHHS, has been awarded the 1999 Excellence in Mentoring Award for Program Leadership from The National Mentoring Partnership. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Sept. 29 at Lincoln Center in New York City. Peterson will be recognized for his support of the program, which began at Hopkins in 1991. Since 1993, the Hospital Youth Mentoring Network, which is overseen by Hopkins, has expanded to 15 hospitals throughout the country.

Homewood Student Activities

Faith Shearer has been named associate director of athletics. Shearer, who was most recently the assistant director of athletics for internal affairs at Morgan State University, will oversee all compliance issues for Hopkins' two NCAA I sports (men's and women's lacrosse) and 25 NCAA III programs. In addition, she will provide direct supervision for all part-time head coaches and serve as the Department of Athletics' liaison with various departments on campus, including Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Advising. Shearer also will assist in all departmental and budget planning and scheduling of athletic contests, and will represent Hopkins at various conferences and national meetings.


Jan H. Hoh, an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology, has been named a Keith R. Porter fellow by the Keith R. Porter Endowment for Cell Biology, effective Dec. 1 and continuing for three years.

Neurologist Richard T. Johnson received the First Annual Pioneer in NeuroVirology Award from the International Society for NeuroVirology. The award recognizes Johnson, a professor of neurology, neuroscience, and molecular biology and genetics, for his many contributions to the field.

Intel named Lillie Shockney, the Breast Center's director of education and outreach, an Internet Health Hero in recognition of her online support for women battling breast cancer.

John H. Shatzer, director of Medical Education Services and the Clinical Education Center for the School of Medicine, was elected president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education for 2001.

Hopkins Medicine printed products have won honors from both the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the principal advocacy organizations for colleges and medical schools. AAMC gave an Award of Excellence to the Business of Medicine media relations program and to Planning and Marketing for a breast cancer marketing campaign led by Leslie Waldman that judges described as a "wonderful family of pieces." AAMC Awards of Distinction went to Hopkins Medical News, the Medical and Surgical Association's alumni magazine edited by Edith Nichols, and Change, the in-house faculty newsletter edited by Patrick Gilbert. Change also won a CASE silver medal. CASE awarded bronze medals to Hopkins Internist, a Department of Medicine newsletter edited by Gary Logan, and to an Institute of Medical Genetics brochure and JHM's annual report.


Victoria Mock, an associate professor, was named an American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology Nursing by the ACS Mid-Atlantic Division Maryland Council. The award honors an oncology nurse educator for contributions to cancer-related clinical practice, education and research.

Linda C. Pugh, associate professor and director of professional educational programs, received the James A. Shannon Director's Award from the National Institutes of Health, NINR, to create a nurse intervention for low-income, breast-feeding women.


Ty Emerson has won the McCollum Donor Award of the Washington chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters Composition Competition.

Charlotte Paulson won first place in the Wagnerian Division of the Liederkranz Competition. She performed in the Winners Concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Oliver Schnyder, a GPD student of Leon Fleisher, has won first prize in the Pembaur Competition in Bern, Switzerland.

Yu-Ya Wang has won an Artists International Audition, which gives her a New York debut at Weill Recital Hall in January 2000.

Soprano Hyunah Yu, an Artist Diploma student of Stanley Cornett, has won third prize in the Naumburg International Competition in New York.

Inna Faliks and Michael Sheppard, both students of Ann Schein, have won first and second place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition.

In the first Poulenc Plus Competition in New York for singers and pianists, Jennifer O'Loughlin, a student of Ruth Drucker, received the first prize for the best singer, and Michael Sheppard, a student of Ann Schein, shared the Dalton Baldwin Prize for best pianist.


The Safe Schools, Healthy Students proposal written by Phillip Leaf, professor of mental hygiene, for Baltimore City public schools will be funded as part of a $100 million program that involves the U.S. departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services. The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative was announced by President Clinton in his Sept. 11 radio address.


Charles D. Brown Jr. has been appointed executive director of development for divisional programs in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Brown, who was director of external affairs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, will work closely with the deans and directors of nine schools and programs to help supervise their fund-raising programs. Brown formerly served as vice president and partner in the nonprofit practice of A.T. Kearney, an executive search firm; director of development and campaign director of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey; and on the development staff at Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1975.

Pamela Buell has been named executive director of leadership and principal gifts in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Buell, formerly director of leadership and regional gifts at Pennsylvania State University, will lead efforts at the university and hospital to seek gifts of $1 million and larger. She will also work with the Principal Gifts Committee of the university's board of trustees. Buell was previously senior development director of the Indiana University Foundation, assistant director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana, and curator and grants officer at the university's art museum. She graduated from Indiana University in 1975 and earned master's degrees in arts administration and fine arts from Indiana in 1977 and 1981, respectively.


Due to space limitations, Milestones will not appear this week. The names of those employees celebrating August anniversaries with the university will appear in the Sept. 27 edition.