The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 26, 2001
November 26, 2001
VOL. 31, NO. 12


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.

Wilmer Director Awarded Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Grant

Fight for Sight, a leader in funding research in the battle to preserve and restore sight, on Nov. 11 presented the Fight for Sight/Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Vision Research to Morton F. Goldberg, the William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Goldberg was the inaugural recipient of the award, which carries a prize of $50,000 for research endeavors. It was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Founded in 1946 by Mildred Weisenfeld, Fight for Sight was the first organization that sought funding for research into treating or preventing sight loss. Previously, all charitable programs regarding blindness were geared to helping the blind cope with their affliction. Weisenfeld, who learned she would become blind from retinitis pigmentosa, dedicated her life to advocacy and fund raising on behalf of emerging leaders in the field of vision research to prevent blindness. She died in 1997.

Applied Physics Laboratory

The Smithsonian Institution this month awarded its National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement to the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, a NASA mission managed by APL. The award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of what is seen as the most comprehensive study of an asteroid to date. NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to orbit a small body and subsequently land on its surface when it touched down on asteroid Eros on Feb. 12, 2001.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brian Egleston, a doctoral student in biostatistics, is the recipient of this year's GlaxoSmithKline Scholar Award, which is intended to encourage interest in biostatistics and honors previous research by an incoming student.

Lori Leonard and Constance A. Nathanson are among 30 top researchers from 19 countries who have been chosen to participate in the first Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, a new U.S. State Department initiative. Leonard is an assistant professor in the Department of International Health; Nathanson, a professor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The program will provide a forum for international, interdisciplinary collaborations among the world's outstanding scholars, who will meet annually for three years to address topics of global significance. For 2001-2002, the research focus is "Challenges of Health in a Borderless World."

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

John W. Baldwin, a professor in the History Department, has been awarded a Legion d'Honneur by the French government. This is the highest honor the country awards to foreigners.

Robert Moffitt, a professor in the Economics Department, has been selected as a recipient of an NIH Method to Extend Research in Time Award. The MERIT provides assurance of support of a research grant for five years, with the opportunity of a two-to-five-year extension.

Johns Hopkins Health System

Richard Bennett, executive medical director for long-term care and director of the fellowship training program at Bayview, was installed as the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology. The endowed chair has been awarded to Bennett in recognition of his valuable contributions to the field of geriatrics.

The Asthma and Allergy Center at Bayview has received one of the eight Asthma and Allergic Diseases Research Center grants awarded in this cycle by the NIH. Bruce S. Bochner, professor of medicine, is the principal investigator of the coordinated work, which will involve seven of the center's faculty. The total funding for "Tissue-specific Mechanisms of Allergic Inflammation" amounts to about $3.7 million over four years.

Kelly Finney has been named director of development for Bayview Medical Center. He will be responsible for the leadership and direction of the development program at Bayview and will serve as the primary fund-raising liaison to the rest of Johns Hopkins. Finney comes to Bayview from Loyola High School in Towson, where he was the executive director of institutional advancement.

Charles T. Leng, clinical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Susan J. Zieman, assistant professor of medicine in the Cardiology Division, both at Bayview, were awarded E. Cowles Andrus scholarships in a ceremony at the Asthma and Allergy Center. The award was established in honor of E. Cowles Andrus, a pioneering Hopkins cardiologist and the first director of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine.

Nurses, the Discovery Health Channel series filmed last year at Hopkins, has won a 2001 Media Award from the American Academy of Nursing Media Awards Committee.

School of Medicine

Susan Bressler, professor of ophthalmology, has been chosen as a 2001 Women to Watch honoree by Jewish Woman magazine in its fourth annual nationwide search for the 10 most dynamic and accomplished Jewish women in the United States. Bressler will be profiled in the fall 2001 issue of the magazine.

Bernice Cohen has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Epidemiology, effective Jan. 1, 2002.

Jonathan I. Epstein, professor of pathology, urology and oncology, has been named the first Rose-Lee and Keith Reinhard Professor of Urologic Pathology. Epstein's main research specialty is prognostic markers of prostate cancer.

Harry Goldberg has been appointed assistant dean for academic computing and first director of the newly formed Office of Academic Computing. The office will combine resources and personnel from the Dean's Office and the Welch Library to further the school's mission of excellence in education through the use of technology. Dongming Zhang, director of advanced technology and information systems in the Welch Library, has been named as the technical director of OAC.

Janet Hardy, professor emerita of pediatrics, was honored last month by House of Delegates member Mark Shriver during a presentation of findings of a Hopkins-initiated "Pathways to Adulthood Study" for her seminal role in investigating possible links between maternal and fetal infection during pregnancy and mental illness in the adult child. In 1957, working with hundreds of East Baltimore mothers and babies, Hardy and her NIH colleagues showed that maternal and fetal infection with rubella virus and other infectious agents is associated with a broad spectrum of developmental deficits in infants and children.

Peter Hauer, senior administrative laboratory manager in the Department of Neurology, won the 2001 Health Professions Alumni Appreciation Award from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. Hauer has guided many summer and full-time lab technicians from his alma mater to careers in the medical field.

Mike Hemann, a doctoral candidate in human genetics, is among 15 graduate students selected to receive the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, established by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Jay Brooks Jackson has been appointed the Baxley Professor of Pathology.

Elizabeth M. Jaffee has been appointed to the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Professorship in Oncology.

Matt Loscalzo, director of patient and family services and co-director of the cancer pain service at the Oncology Center, was honored with the City of Hope Cancer Center's Sarnat Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his work in the field of palliative care and pain management.

The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has named three new directors: Hamid Rabb, physician director of the kidney/pancreas transplant program; Ernesto Molmenti, surgical director of the kidney/pancreas transplant program; and Luis Arrazola, surgical director of the living related liver transplant program. Rabb comes to Hopkins from the University of Minnesota, where he was associate professor of medicine and director of the kidney research lab. Molmenti was formerly a transplant surgeon for Baylor University Medical Center and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Arrazola joins Hopkins from New York Presbyterian Hospital, part of Columbia/Cornell University, where he was assistant attending surgeon.

Harry A. Quigley, director of the Glaucoma Service and of the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, was selected by the International Glaucoma Review for its annual editorial award for outstanding contributions to the literature on glaucoma.

Solomon H. Snyder, University Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, has received a Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The award, which consists of a medal and $10,000, is in recognition of the impact that his research in molecular neuroscience has had on the improved understanding and treatment of many psychiatric disorders. Snyder was also awarded this year's Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, which carries a cash award of $50,000.

Andrea A. Zachary, associate professor and co-director of the JHU Immunogenetics Laboratory, has received the Ohio State University Alumni Professional Achievement Award.

School of Nursing

The World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization have designated the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Information Systems in Nursing Care. Martha N. Hill, interim dean of the School of Nursing, and Karen Haller, Hopkins Hospital vice president for nursing, will serve as co-directors of the center. Kathleen H. Sabatier, institute director, will manage the activities of the center.