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.
Academic and Cultural Centers
Elaine Amir, director of the Montgomery County Center, was elected chairperson of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center Association. This coalition of 15 life sciences organizations focuses on the development and promotion of businesses located in Rockville, Md., near the university's Montgomery County Campus.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Winnie Trimper of the Air Defense Systems Department has been selected to participate in the 2002 Olympics as a torchbearer. One of 39 people who will carry the Olympic flame in Maryland, she will carry the torch on Dec. 22, 2001, as it passes through Baltimore.
The NEAR Shoemaker Spacecraft Mission Operations team has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Operations and Support Award for 2001. Bob Nelson of the Space Department accepted the award on behalf of the team at the AIAA Space Technology Conference and Exposition held in August in Albuquerque, N.M.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Denys T. Lau and Margie Rauch, doctoral students in the Department of Health Policy and Management, won awards at the October annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Lau received the 2001 Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Student Research Award from the organization's Gerontological Health Section for his paper, "Potentially Inappropriate Medication Prescriptions Among Geriatric Nursing Home Residents: Preliminary Findings on Its Scope and Associated Resident and Facility Factors." Rauch was awarded honorable mention for her paper "Inappropriate Prescription Medication Use Among Community-Dwelling Persons Age 65 and Older in the United States: Prevalence and Risk Factors."
Kenrad Nelson, a professor of epidemiology, and two graduate students, Carolyn Masters Williams and Neil Graham, all of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology group, won a special award from the British Medical Association when the book they edited, Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice, was commended in this year's BMA Medical Book Competition. The volume also was lauded in the Sept. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
James Yager, senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of environmental health sciences, has been appointed by Christine Todd Whitman, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to the agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology's subcommittee on endocrine disruptor methods validation.
Scott Zeger, chair of the Department of Biostatistics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Zeger was cited for his outstanding contributions to statistical methodology, for the analysis of longitudinal data and for outstanding leadership in the statistical community through research, teaching and professional activities.
Johns Hopkins Health System
Kelly Finney has been appointed director of development for Bayview Medical Center. Most recently, he was executive director of institutional advancement at Loyola Blakefield High School of Maryland. Prior to that, he was with MedStar Health and with the Calvert School in Baltimore. Finney graduated from Marietta College in Ohio in 1987.
Karen Haller, Hopkins Hospital vice president for nursing, has been honored with the Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses' Caring Award for her contributions to nursing and nursing research as editor of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. As the editor from 1991 to 2001, Haller expanded the focus and content of the journal, bringing it worldwide recognition as one of the leading journals for obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal nursing.
David P. McQuaid has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bayview Medical Center, effective Nov. 1. McQuaid is currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of Howard County General Hospital.
Michael Sutters, an assistant professor of medicine at Bayview Medical Center, has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant from Satellite Research for his work in polycystic kidney disease research.
For the sixth straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation. Hopkins also was selected as the favored hospital by consumers for Washington, D.C. This is the second year Hopkins has been the favored hospital in both areas. The awards are based on a survey of 150,000 households across the country, representing about 400,000 health care consumers.
In its July 2001 "Webwatch" column, Popular Science magazine awarded an Editor's Choice to the Antibiotic Guide, also known as ABX Guide, which is now on permanent exhibit at the Executive Briefing Center on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. ABX Guide is the first in a planned series of easily navigated, regularly updated digital medical specialty handbooks from Hopkins experts intended to aid clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. The guide is accessible on the Web and can be downloaded to hand-held devices, such as the Microsoft PocketPC and Palm computers. It was created by Walter Atha, director of the ABX Guide, and Sharon McAvinue, director of Hopkins' POC-IT, and edited by John G. Bartlett.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Chester W. Schmidt Jr., chairman of Psychiatry at Bayview Medical Center, has been named interim director of the Department of Psychiatry for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Paul McHugh, who has served as the Henry Phipps Professor and director of Psychiatry for more than 25 years, officially stepped down in June. Since graduating from college and medical school here, Schmidt has served in numerous capacities at Hopkins, including medical director of Bayview Physicians and of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, and associate dean of the School of Medicine.
Susan Sutton has been named director of principal gifts at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She comes to Hopkins from Pennsylvania State University, where she was director of development for New York in the Office of Regional and Leadership Gifts. She previously worked with medical organizations in Washington, D.C., and Denver. Sutton graduated in 1982 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Frances Ferguson, who recently was named chair of the Department of English, has been appointed the Mary Elizabeth Garrett Professor in Arts and Sciences.
Salman Muzammil, a postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department, has received a $98,982 fellowship from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) for his research on amino acid polymorphisms and HIV-1 protease inhibition.
School of Medicine
Diane Becker, professor of internal medicine, has been elected president of the Southeast Lipid Association. Becker earned her R.N. at the Hopkins School of Nursing and has been a member of the medical school faculty since 1984. She is currently director of the School of Medicine's Center for Health Promotion.
Richard G. Bennett has been promoted to professor of medicine and appointed the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerentology.
Jeremy M. Berg, director of the Department of Biophysics, has assumed the four-year chairmanship of the professorial promotions committee. Other faculty joining the committee this year are Henry Brem, chairman of neurosurgery; George Dover, chairman of pediatrics; Ralph H. Hruban, professor of pathology, and Edward P. Shapiro, professor of medicine.
Duke E. Cameron has been promoted to professor of surgery, with a secondary appointment in pediatrics.
Michael Caterina, assistant professor of biological chemistry has been recognized by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for outstanding achievement in basic science research. Caterina received a Freedman Award honorable mention for a project based on a NARSAD Young Investigator grant he received in 1996, which has led to new discoveries about the basic biology of pain.
Valina L. Dawson has been promoted to professor of neurology, with a secondary appointment in neuroscience.
Bonnie Guralnick has been named compensation/HR manager for the School of Medicine Human Resources office. She came to the School of Medicine as a compensation analyst in 1984 and was promoted to senior compensation analyst in 1985.
Ulrike M. Hamper has been promoted to professor of radiology, with a secondary appointment in urology.
Andrew P. Harris, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and chief of obstetric anesthesiology at Hopkins Hospital, has received the Laughlin Award for Distinguished Public Officer from the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the state medical society, for leadership and vision on behalf of the citizens of Maryland. A member of the Maryland General Senate representing Baltimore County's ninth legislative district, Harris also holds the rank of commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
David Huso, assistant professor of comparative medicine, has received a five-year Midcareer Investigator Award in Mouse Pathobiology Research from the National Institutes of Health. This new award protects time for funded researchers to devote more effort to research as well as mentor beginning investigators.
Brooks Jackson has been named Baxley Professor and director of the Department of Pathology. Jackson has served as interim director of the department since 2000 and has been a professor of pathology and deputy director of Pathology for Clinical Affairs at Hopkins since 1996. He is a world leader in HIV diagnostics, treatment and prevention research, and an active teacher and clinician in his board-certified subspecialty, transfusion medicine. Jackson has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, and currently serves as principal investigator of grants totaling more than $26 million.
Thomas J.K. Toung has been promoted to professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine.
Elizabeth M. Wagner has been promoted to professor of medicine.
Robert G. Weiss has been promoted to professor of medicine.
School of Nursing
Susan Appling, an assistant professor, has been appointed a site visitor for the American Nurses Credentialing Center--Commission on Accreditation for Continuing Education.
Victoria Mock, director of oncology nursing research, has received a $1 million award from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her study will investigate the effects of exercise in various cancer populations. Co-investigators are Sharon Krumm, director of oncology nursing administration; Nancy E. Davidson, professor of oncology; and Ted DeWeese, assistant professor of radiation oncology.
Linda Pugh, an associate professor, received an honorable mention in the 2001 MedSurg Nursing Writer's Award Contest for an article called "The Quality of Life and Cost Outcomes in Elderly Persons With Heart Failure: A Pilot Study."
Kathleen Sabatier, director of the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, was elected to the board of directors of the American Heart Association--MidAtlantic Affiliate.
Theresa Yeo, an assistant professor, was appointed to the Maryland Board of Nursing Joint Committee on Nurse Practitioners.
Eden Blum, a human resources program coordinator in the Office of Faculty, Staff and Retiree Programs, was honored by the American Cancer Society with a Youth Education Award for her work as a counselor at Camp Sunrise, which serves young children with cancer. The award recognizes volunteers "who communicate to our youth the importance of living a healthy lifestyle."
Whiting School of Engineering
Jerry L. Prince has been named the William B. Kouwenhoven Professor of Electrical Engineering.