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.
Bayview Medical Center
David E. Kern, associate professor of internal medicine, is the recipient of the 2003 Society of General Internal Medicine's Career Achievement in Medical Education Award. The honor recognizes medical educators whose lifetime contributions have had a profound impact on the field of medical education.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Three of this year's 10 recipients of Woodrow Wilson/Johnson & Johnson Women's Health Dissertation Grants for doctoral candidates are students at Johns Hopkins. Funded by Johnson & Johnson and given annually since 1996, the grants support the last year of dissertation work; the onetime, $5,000 awards may be used for research-related travel, data work and supplies. The recipients are Kyle Bernstein and Meghan McSorley in epidemiology and Jennifer Manganello in health policy and management.
Centers and Affiliates
Leslie Mancuso, chief executive officer of JHPIEGO, has received a 2002 Maryland International Business Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute and Bank of America. The award was presented to three individuals who have "led their company to new global heights." In 2002 Mancuso oversaw an initiative of a comprehensive strategy with the U.S. government, UNICEF and other international agencies, to help rebuild Afghanistan's midwifery practice to improve access to safe childbirth services. In addition, JHPIEGO was part of a consortium of Johns Hopkins affiliates selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop model training and service delivery plans for the Global AIDS Program.
Gina Calia-Lotz has been named to the new position of usability and outreach librarian for Project MUSE, an online collection of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and arts. She most recently was a reference librarian for Loyola College/Notre Dame Library.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Sidney Mintz, professor emeritus of anthropology, is the speaker for this week's W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series at Harvard. He will give three talks--on Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico--as part of the topic Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Scenes and Variations.
Linda Fried, professor of internal medicine and director of the Center on Aging and Health; Barbara Hoffman, director of international programs and special programs for the Center for Talented Youth; and Judy Reitz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, have been named to The Daily Record's list of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2003. Having received the honor three times, Hoffman now joins the publication's Circle of Excellence.
Paul R. McHugh, Henry Phipps Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, and Alan Shapiro, W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, have been appointed as Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholars for 2003-2004. Traveling to universities and colleges that have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, the scholars meet informally with undergraduates, participate in lectures and seminars, and give one major address open to the entire academic community.
Cynthia Steele, assistant professor of neuropsychiatry in the School of Medicine; Carmalyn Dorsey, clinical instructor at the School of Nursing; and Marion D'Lugoff, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, were honored as Nurse Heroes at The Daily Record's 2003 Health Care Heroes Awards ceremony in March.
Thomas Lectka, a professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, and David Bradt, an associate at the School of Public Health's Center for International Emergency, Disaster and Refugee Studies, have been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Lectka's area of study is catalyctic asymmetric flourination reactions; Bradt's, the ethnographic rescue of the Badui tribe of Java.
Judah Adashi, composition/theory faculty member at the Preparatory, has won the Cantate Chamber Singers' fourth biannual young composers' contest. Recent performances of his work include Elegiac Madrigals for unaccompanied mixed voices in Bethesda, Md., Meditation for solo guitar at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and Suite: Eight Haiku by Richard Wright for marimba and violin in the Trinity Concert Series in New York. In addition, Grace was selected by David Zinman, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, to receive the festival's 2003 Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition. Adashi also recently won the Boston-based Auros Group for New Music's 2002-2003 Composition Competition.
Wayne Cameron, trumpet faculty member of the Conservatory and the Preparatory, has invented a device that attaches to a trumpet mouthpiece to help the trumpet play more centered and also give it a darker tone. Cameron has a patent pending classification on his invention. The name of the device is Magnum 6 Tone and Response Enhancer.
Angela Taylor, Preparatory computer music faculty member, has been chosen by Be-Cool.org, a nonprofit association of music software developers, distributors and users that lobbies against software piracy, as the poster girl for its current ad campaign.
School of Medicine
William Baumgartner, professor of cardiac surgery, has received the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Socrates Teaching Award, presented at this year's meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Baumgartner completed his year as president of the society and gave the keynote address at the meeting.
Nicholas Gaiano, assistant investigator in the Institute for Cell Engineering and an assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience, has been named a Kimmel Scholar by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. The award confers $200,000 over two years to pursue his research project, "The regulation of neural stem cell proliferation by Notch and FGF signaling." Gaiano's lab examines the development of the mammalian brain, concentrating on the generation of cell diversity in the telencephalon, the embryonic structure that gives rise to the cerebral cortex, the hippocampus, the amygdala and basal ganglia.
Jennifer A. Hackett, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has been selected to receive the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She is one of 17 winners selected based on the quality, originality and significance of their work.
John H. Miller, a pediatric radiologist and researcher in the field of pediatric nuclear imaging, has been named director of Pediatric Imaging in the Division of Radiology. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Miller was at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and a professor of radiology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Guo-Li Ming, assistant investigator in the Institute for Cell Engineering and assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience, has been awarded the Charles E. Culpeper Scholarship in Medical Science. Established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the scholarships provide an award of $324,000 over three years to support the work of a physician-scientist with outstanding potential who is committed to a career in academic medicine. Ming studies molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying nerve growth and regeneration, axon and dendrite guidance and neuronal migration during development and in the adult nervous system.
Bruce Perler, professor of surgery, has been named the first recipient of the Julius H. Jacobson II, M.D. Professorship in Vascular Surgery. Jacobson, a 1952 School of Medicine graduate, was the first surgeon to bring a microscope into the operating room for surgery other than for the eye and ear. Jacobson's "diploscope" was the first microscope that allowed the surgeon and first assistant to view the operative field at the same time.
James Potash, assistant professor of psychiatry, has received the American Psychopathological Association's Robins-Guze Award. The award is given to one young investigator each year in memory of two former heads of the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine. Potash was chosen for his research on the genetic basis of a form of bipolar disorder that includes delusions and hallucinations.
Donald Small, associate professor of pediatric oncology, has been awarded a Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The $750,000 award supports established, independent physician-scientists who are dedicated to the two-way transfer between laboratory research and patient treatment and who mentor physician-scientist trainees. Small is one of six recipients across the U.S. and Canada.
John Ulatowski, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named interim director of the Department of Anesthesiology. Roger Johns, who has stepped down as director to concentrate on his research, will remain on the faculty as professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.
Michael A. Williams, assistant professor of neurology and co-chair of The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Ethics Committee, has been named chairman of the Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology. The committee fosters ethical behavior, promotes compliance with relevant laws and encourages appreciation of the humanities in neurological practice.
School of Nursing
Maryann Fralic, professor and director of corporate and foundation relations, was honored by the Nursing Executive Center of the Advisory Board Co. as part of its Women's History Month celebration.
Martha Hill, dean of the school, was selected by Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, for one of its most prestigious awards. The Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award, named in honor of a former STTI executive officer, is given every other year to an active member who has demonstrated achievement in nursing spanning a lifetime career, has contributed to nursing in a manner that has long-term significance and is nationally and/or internationally recognized.
Cassandra Jones was promoted to assistant director of admissions and student services.
Cynthia Rushton, assistant professor and co-chair of The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Ethics Committee, has been appointed to the State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life. The council, created in December, advises the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Aging, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the General Assembly on changes in laws related to end-of-life care. It also monitors trends in care for those with fatal illnesses.
Phyllis Sharps, associate professor, was appointed to the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee of the NIH's National Library of Medicine.
School of Professional Studies
Mervyn Warner has been named assistant director of admissions and advising for the Graduate Division of Business and Management, where he will provide recruitment, admissions and advising services for MBA and IT students in downtown Baltimore. He previously was senior academic program coordinator for the Leadership Development Program within SPSBE. Warner holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Johns Hopkins.
Whiting School of Engineering
Harry Charles of the Applied Physics Laboratory has been appointed as program chair of Applied Physics in the Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science.