The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 18, 2002
November 18, 2002
VOL. 32, NO. 12


For the Record:

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Student Wins Inventor Award
for Colon Cancer Test

A research student in the Kimmel Cancer Center is one of six winners of the Collegiate Inventors Competition hosted by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Carlo Giovanni Traverso was chosen for his work on the development of a stool test that can detect the earliest, curable stages of colon cancer. He has been working on creating a noninvasive screening test for colon cancer in the lab of Bert Vogelstein since 1998. Vogelstein, Traverso and colleagues invented Digital Protein Truncation technology to divide extracted DNA from stool samples into separate, smaller portions so that mutated copies stand out. Preliminary studies were published in January 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The winners were announced Nov. 14 at a news conference in New York. Each will receive a $20,000 award and $2,000 worth of computer equipment. Their advisers will be awarded $10,000.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Tom Krimigis, head of the Space Department, has received the 2002 COSPAR Space Science Award from the Committee on Space Research. Krimigis has built instruments and analyzed data for seven of the nine planets and may well complete the set with the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Bob Gayler has been named interim director of Radiology. Gayler came to Johns Hopkins as a resident in Diagnostic Radiology in 1964 and joined the faculty in 1970. In addition to his clinical work, he has served as the department's deputy director, clinical director at the Outpatient Center and interim director at Howard County. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke, Gayler received his M.D. degree at the University of Florida, and has been an active member of numerous professional societies.

Pamela L. Zeitlin, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has been named director of the Eudowood Division of Pediatric Respiratory Sciences. Zeitlin will direct research and teaching programs and patient care for the division, which includes the Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Center, Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center, Gene Therapy Research Center and Pediatric Lung Transplantation Program. A faculty member since 1989, Zeitlin received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale and completed her pediatrics internship, residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She is currently co-director of the hospital's Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Center and associate director of the Pediatric General Clinical Research Center.

Johns Hopkins University Press

The book Camelot at Dawn: Jacqueline and John Kennedy in Georgetown, May 1954 was honored by the National Press Club in Washington at its 25th Annual Book Fair and Author's Night, held Nov. 14. The book, which was selected from among 200 books of national and regional interest, was represented by author Anne Garside, who is director of public information at Peabody.


Leon Fleisher, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Piano, received the title Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory on a recent visit to the People's Republic of China. This title has been awarded only twice before: to Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman.


Shirin Tahir-Kheli, research professor and director of the Foreign Policy Institute's South Asia Institute, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Tahir-Kheli is a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and served as head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva in 2001.

School of Nursing

Sharon Olsen, assistant professor, chaired the 15th Annual International Conference of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics. Titled "Putting Genetics into Practice," the meeting was held in October.

Daniel Sheridan, assistant professor, was awarded the Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer Award in Forensic Nursing by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. It is the highest award the association bestows, it honors an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the field through development of clinical programs, contributions to scientific achievement, changes in legislation or educational activities.

Marilyn Winkelstein, associate professor, is co-editor of the recently published seventh edition of Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, a pediatric text used nationwide.

University Administration

Stephanie Reel, chief information officer and vice provost for information technology, will serve on the inaugural board of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology. A diverse partnership of health care providers, information technology vendors, and health and technology associations, NAHIT is working to develop voluntary standards for health information technology.