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.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Bob Farquhar, of the Space Department, has been awarded the Institute of Navigation's Tycho Brahe award for lifetime achievements in halo orbits, lunar gravity-assist trajectories and missions to comets and asteroids. This is the institute's newest award, made in recognition of outstanding contributions to space navigation, guidance and control.
Tom Krimigis, Space Department head, is co-recipient of the COSPAR Space Science Award, which will be presented by the Committee on Space Research this fall at the World Space Congress in Houston. He shares the honor with Chris Russell, of UCLA.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Donald A. Henderson, University Distinguished Service Professor, received the Dean's Special Recognition Award at the School of Medicine's convocation on May 23. The award recognizes exceptional service to the institution by a member of the Johns Hopkins family. Henderson is former dean of the School of Public Health, founding director of the school's Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies and the first director of the nation's Office of Public Health Preparedness and head of planning for the public health response to bioterrorism at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Amit S. Yahav-Brown, a doctoral candidate in English literature, has received a 2002 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The award, administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, supports original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Yahav-Brown's proposed dissertation title is "Narrative Justice: Studies in British Novels and Liberal Citizenship."
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
David Calleo, the Dean Acheson Professor and director of the European Studies Program, has been appointed University Professor. He is the only SAIS professor to hold the title. A member of the faculty since 1968, Calleo has published 11 books and numerous articles in the fields of European studies, international political economy and American foreign policy. His most recent book is Rethinking Europe's Future (Princeton University Press).
School of Medicine
Nia Banks, a student in this year's graduating class, was named National Medical Fellowship's 2002 James H. Robinson Scholar. NMF is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved communities by increasing the number of minority physicians, educators, researchers and policy-makers in the United States. The award includes a $500 prize.
Richard Clatterbuck, assistant chief of service and an instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery, is this year's recipient of the Galbraith Award for his paper "Controlled Release of the Nitric Oxide Donor DETA-NO Prevents Cerebral Vasospasm Following Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage." The Galbraith Award is the highest honor given for vascular neurosurgery by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Clatterbuck will present his paper at the 52nd annual meeting of the Congress in September. Rafael Tamargo, associate professor of neurosurgery, worked with Clatterbuck on the research and paper.
Rhett Cummings, a clinical fellow in pulmonary medicine, has received a fellowship award from GlaxoSmithKline for his project "The Role of the Bioactive Lipid, Lysophosphatidic Acid, in Airway Neutrophilic Inflammation." The fellowship carries $35,000 in research funding.
James E.K. Hildreth, a professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, received the Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award at the school's convocation on May 23. The honor recognizes outstanding contributions to the visual communication of medical science.
Richard D. Semba, an associate professor of ophthalmology, is the 2002 recipient of the John M. Kinney-Nestle Pediatric Nutrition Award in recognition of his work on vitamin A and carotenoids. Semba and his research group have been studying vitamin A deficiency and nutritional blindness among children in developing countries for 14 years. He will receive the international award in September in a ceremony at the 24th Congress of the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in Glasgow, Scotland.
Robert F. Siliciano, a professor of medicine and molecular biology and genetics, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He is one of 12 physician-scientists recently selected by HHMI for their achievements in patient-oriented research. Siliciano will remain at Hopkins and receive an annual research budget of up to $1 million from HHMI, plus funding for laboratory space. Siliciano's research seeks to prevent or treat HIV infection through the development of new vaccines and drug therapies.
William G. Speed III, an associate professor emeritus of medicine, has been selected as regent of the American Headache Society, the highest distinction it bestows on its members. The award recognizes Speed's contributions to the understanding and treatment of headaches, including his discovery of the efficacy of transpulmonary-delivered ergotamine in the management of migraine, and his work demonstrating that chronic post-traumatic headache is secondary to organic brain injury and not a psychogenic disorder.
Among the faculty recognized at convocation on May 23 were Michael J. Choi, assistant professor of nephrology, and Ralph H. Hruban, professor of pathology and oncology, who received the W. Barry Wood Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching. The two were voted the most inspirational and effective teachers by students in the preclinical years. Brent Petty, associate professor of clinical pharmacology, was honored by senior students with the George J. Stuart Award, which recognizes an outstanding clinical teacher in the School of Medicine. Patrick R. Sosnay, a Department of Medicine fellow, took home the House Staff Award, given annually for excellence in clinical teaching by a member of the house staff. Jon R. Lorsch, an assistant professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, was recognized for excellence in teaching at the graduate level with the Graduate Student Teaching Award.
The medical faculty gave the Professor's Award for Excellence in Teaching to Artin A. Shoukas, a professor of biomedical engineering, for teaching in the basic science years; to David S. Zee, a professor of neurology, neuroscience, otolaryngology and ophthalmology, for teaching in the clinical years; and to David A. Kass, a professor of medicine and biomedical engineering, for teaching in the basic and clinical sciences.
School of Nursing
Jacqueline Campbell, an associate dean, received the research award from the Institute of Domestic Violence in the African American Community in recognition of her efforts concerning the impact of domestic violence on various populations.
Rosemary Mortimer, a clinical instructor, was the recipient of the Child Advocate Award from Leadership Howard County, an organization aimed at empowering individuals to strengthen and transform the community. A member of Leadership Howard County for 19 years, Mortimer was chosen for her tireless efforts to improve the lives and well-being of the county's young people.
Deborah Wells has been appointed associate dean for development and alumni relations, effective July 1. Wells is currently a senior director of development and associate campaign director for the university; she supervises the fund-raising efforts of the Bioethics Institute, the Center for Talented Youth, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Johns Hopkins University Press. For the past several months, she also has served as acting associate dean of development for the School of Nursing.
Alice Brainerd has been named director of student information services for Hopkins Information Technology Services. She was formerly interim director. Brainerd will oversee implementation of technologies to support students and faculty, with a focus on the Exeter Student Information System and other Web-based services for students.
Whiting School of Engineering
Carey Priebe, a professor in the Mathematical Sciences Department, has been elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Rory Thomas, a 2002 graduate in mechanical engineering, was the recipient of the GE Fund Graduate Fellowship. The award pays for a year of graduate studies plus a $15,000 stipend for a minority who anticipates a career in academia. In the fall, Thomas will begin his master's and doctoral studies in robotics at Carnegie Mellon.