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
Steve D'Alessio, of the Research and Technology Development Center, has been named Engineer of the Year by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was cited for his work on the Lab's Dual Combustion Ramjet engine being developed for HyFly, a joint hypersonic flight demonstration program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research.
Pat Reilly, of the Air Defense Systems Department, has been honored by the IEEE Standards Board with an excellence award in recognition of his leadership in developing IEEE Standard C95.6-2002, IEEE Standard Safety Levels With Respect to Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, 0-3 kHz.
Homewood Student Affairs
Adrienne Alberts, director of the Career Center, has received an Outstanding Member Award from the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Howard Markel's book Quarantine! East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892 has won the 2003 Arthur Viseltear Award, presented by the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association for the outstanding book on, or other scholarly contribution to, the history of public health in America.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Five faculty members have been appointed to a Krieger-Eisenhower Chair. They are Jonathan Bagger, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; William E. Connolly, professor in the Department of Political Science; Michela Gallagher, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Gabrielle M. Spiegel, professor in the Department of History; and Michael J. Williams, professor in the Department of Philosophy.
Lingxin Hao has been promoted to professor in the Department of Sociology, effective July 1.
Richard Jasnow has been promoted to professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, effective July 1.
John Toscano has been promoted to professor in the Department of Chemistry, effective July 1.
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Daniel S. Hamilton has been appointed the first incumbent of the newly established Richard von Weizsacker Research Professorship.
Piero Gleijeses, a professor of American foreign policy, is the author of Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976, which was recently awarded the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize. This honor is awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations for distinguished scholarship in the history of American foreign relations.
School of Medicine
John L. Cameron has been named the Alfred Blalock Professor of Surgery.
Daniel B. Drachman has been appointed the first recipient of the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Professorship in Neuroimmunology.
Ziya L. Gokaslan has been appointed the first recipient of the Donlin M. Long Professorship in Neurosurgery.
Joseph S. Handler, professor in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed professor emeritus.
Richard T. Johnson, Distinguished Service Professor of Neurology, Microbiology and Neuroscience, has been selected as a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. The designation recognizes Johnson's extraordinary contributions to the National Academy through pro-bono service to programs of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.
Adam Kaplin, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has received a $100,000 grant as part of the Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging. Kaplin will use the funds to study how the immune system affects the brain and how such effects can result in clinical depression and cognitive impairment.
Edward D. Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, received an honorary degree from his undergraduate alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University, at that school's commencement ceremony earlier this month.
Quan Dong Nguyen, assistant professor of ophthalmology, has been named the 2003 Glaxo Smith Kline Scholar by the American Federation for Medical Research. Nguyen, who also holds a Career Development Award from the National Eye Institute, was honored at the organization's annual meeting in March for his research on diabetic macular edema.
Bruce A. Perler has been appointed the inaugural Julius H. Jacobsen II Professor in Vascular Surgery.
Christopher D. Saudek has been appointed as the first McCormick Professor of Medicine.
David S. Zee, professor of neurology, has won the 2003 American Academy of Neurology H. Houston Merritt Award. The award is presented to a neurologist for excellence in clinically relevant research. Zee gave a lecture entitled "Single Case Reports: Windows to Brain Function" at the academy's 55th annual meeting, held in Hawaii in April.
The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression has awarded research grants totaling $340,000 to scientists at Johns Hopkins. J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, received a Distinguished Investigator Award of $100,000 for a study seeking to identify risk genes for bipolar disorder. In addition to this award, four scientists will each receive a Young Investigator grant of $60,000 over a two-year period for research in diverse areas of neuroscience. They are Haiming Chen, assistant professor of psychiatry; Gail Daumit, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Benjamin Hall and Peter Penzes, both postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Neuroscience.
The Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has been showcased as the best department in the United States by the Mexican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The department will be responsible for one-third of the academic program at the Mexican Academy's annual meeting this month.
School of Nursing
Patricia Abbott, an expert in nursing informatics, will join the faculty as assistant professor in July. She comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she was an assistant professor and the director of the graduate program in nursing informatics. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and has been an adjunct assistant professor with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 2001. Her research area is in data mining techniques with a particular emphasis in long-term care.
Jerilyn Allen, associate dean for research, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. The mission of this national organization is to develop and promote nurses as leaders in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Fannie Gaston-Johansson, professor, director of international nursing programs and director of the Center for Health Disparities Research, received the International Trends and Service Award from The Links Inc. for being outstanding in the field of international services.
Linda Gerson, instructor, was appointed to the Continuing Competency Education Committee of the Maryland Board of Nursing.
Jennette S. Logan, a graduate student and also an SOM Department of Pediatrics research nurse, received an honorable mention award from Nursing Spectrum's 2003 Nurse Educator of the Year for the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region.
Linda Rose, an adjunct faculty member for two years, will become a full-time associate professor in July. In addition to the JHU School of Nursing, she has worked at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and, in Canada, at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing, St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth and Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. Her area of expertise is child, adult and family psychiatry.
Jo Walrath will join the faculty as assistant professor in July. She comes to Johns Hopkins from the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., where she was vice president of patient care services for two years. Previously, Walrath was director of emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1981 to 1985 and director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins from 1985 until 1998. Her primary areas of focus are managed care case management and organizational performance improvement. In addition to teaching, she will participate in the clinical studies of the new Johns Hopkins Center on Patient Safety and Quality Care.
Sayeed Choudhury, Hodson Director of the Digital Knowledge Center, has been appointed associate director of the Sheridan Libraries for library digital programs.
Deborah Slingluff has been appointed associate director of the Sheridan Libraries for library services.
Winston Tabb, director of the Sheridan Libraries and dean of university libraries, has won the 2003 Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons College in Boston, from which he received a master's degree in library science in 1972. Before joining Johns Hopkins in September 2002, Tabb was associate librarian of the Library of Congress.
Greg Oler has been named director of general accounting in the Office of the Controller. Oler was once with KPMG, where he worked for nine years on the Johns Hopkins University audit, including a period of time as director. Most recently, he was associated with a venture capital-backed software firm in Rockville. He is a graduate of Loyola College of Maryland.
Whiting School of Engineering
James B. Spicer has been promoted to professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1.
Michael I. Miller has been named the first recipient of the Herschel L. Seder Professorship in Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1.