The Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 21, 2003
July 21, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 40



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Applied Physics Laboratory

Stephen Basile has been awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy, through Rear Adm. John Padgett III, commander submarine force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was cited for his many accomplishments while serving as Office of Naval Research science adviser to SUBPAC.

Jay Jenkins has been selected to receive the 2003 George Westinghouse Silver Medal, in recognition of his "development of the first solar arrays beyond Mars and for long-term use in a Mercury-orbiting environment, which greatly advanced the use of solar power in aerospace emissions."

Bayview Medical Center

Michael Crocetti, chairman of Pediatrics, and pediatrician Robert Dudas, a clinical associate, have been awarded the 2003 Medical Student Teaching Award from the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics. Crocetti and Dudas were selected for the award by medical students on inpatient and outpatient pediatrics rotations.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

George W. Comstock has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Epidemiology.

Peter Winch, an associate professor in the Department of International Health, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Thomas and Carol McCann Innovative Research Fund for Asthma and Respiratory Disease. Awarded annually to a junior faculty member at the School of Public Health, the fund provides support to investigators with a unique idea who wish to generate preliminary data in order to pursue extramural support. Winch will conduct a cross-sectional survey to estimate the prevalence of acute respiratory infections and concomitant malaria and respiratory infections in the Sikasso region in the southwestern part of Mali. He also will examine the social and behavioral factors affecting actions taken for children sick with respiratory illness.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Recently elected to the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine are Ronda Dean, former vice president of Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals and general manager of its Women's Health Division; Arnold Richman, past president of the National Council for Johns Hopkins Medicine and chairman and president of the Shelter Group LLC, a Baltimore based national real estate development and property management company; and Thomas Snead Jr., president of Richmond-based Anthem Southeast. Brenda Erozan, president of the Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and David Gallitano, vice chairman of the Howard County General Hospital board, are new ex officio members.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Stephen F. Barker has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy.

Charles "C.J." Kupec has been appointed associate director of development for athletics and student life. Formerly a development officer in athletics at the University of Maryland and Illinois State University, he also played professional basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. At his alma mater, the University of Michigan, Kupec was first team All American in basketball and Academic All Big Ten in football.

Jerome B. Schneewind has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy.

Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Isaiah Frank has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of International Economics.

School of Medicine

William R. Bell has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine.

Anna Mae Diehl, professor of medicine, has been appointed to the Moses and Helen Golden Professorship of Medicine.

Francis M. Giardiello, professor of medicine, oncology and pathology, is the inaugural recipient of the John G. Rangos Sr. Professorship in Adult Medicine.

Morton F. Goldberg has been appointed to the Joseph E. Green Professorship in Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases.

Paul Ladenson, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, has been honored with the American College of Endocrinology's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Endocrinology. Ladenson's principal research interests have been thyroid carcinoma, myocardial actions of thyroid hormones and cost-effectiveness of thyroid disease management strategies.

Eduardo Marban, professor of cardiovascular medicine, has been named director of the Division of Cardiology. Founder and director of Johns Hopkins' Institute for Cardiobiology and the Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center, Marban has won prestigious research awards from the American Heart Association and the International Society for Heart Research and last year won the Popular Science Award for his biopacemaker, a pacing device for the heart that employs heart cells from guinea pigs.

Carole L. Marcus has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

John Schaefer, associate director for Health, Safety and Environment, has received the President's Award at the annual meeting of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for his outstanding contributions to health and safety.

Richard Wahl, vice chairman of new technology and business development in the Department of Radiology, has been named the first Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., Professor of Nuclear Medicine. Wahl was named scientist of the year in 2001 by the Academy of Molecular Imaging and is among the first in the world to use PET (positron emission tomography) technology in diagnosing cancer. Associated with Hopkins for 56 years, Henry Wagner is professor emeritus of radiology and professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health.

David Yuh, an assistant professor in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, has been selected to receive a Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award. Developed under the aegis of the AGS/Hartford Foundation, this program was created to encourage young physicians and surgeons to become interested in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline as a career focus through the funding of highly competitive two-year awards in the amount of $200,000. Yuh's mentors associated with this award are William A. Baumgartner and Thomas E. Finucane.

At a recent research retreat, the Department of Medicine announced this year's departmental awards winners. The David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award went to Theodore Bayless, professor of medicine (gastroenterology); David Kass, professor of cardiovascular medicine; Michael Klag, professor of internal medicine; and Susan McDonald, associate professor of clinical immunology. Recipients of the Basic Research Award were cardiovascular clinical fellow Lili Barouch and pulmonary research associate Jian Wang. Clinical Research Awards went to Thomas Erlinger, assistant professor of internal medicine; and infectious diseases fellow Lisa Spacek.

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression has awarded research grants totaling $340,000 to scientists at Johns Hopkins. Raymond DePaulo, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has received a Distinguished Investigator award of $100,000 for a study seeking to identify risk genes for bipolar disorder. Haiming Chen, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Gail Daumit, assistant professor of medicine; and postdoctoral fellows Benjamin Hall and Peter Penzes have each received Young Investigator grants of $60,000 for neuroscience research.

University Administration

Jerome Schnydman, executive assistant to the president and secretary of the board of trustees, has been selected to be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Schnydman played at Hopkins from 1965 to 1967 and later served as an assistant coach with all seven JHU teams that have won NCAA championships. A dominant faceoff specialist for the Blue Jays during his career, he captained the 1967 team to an 11-1 record and the USILA National Championship. He was a three time All-American and won numerous other lacrosse honors. Also tapped for the Lacrosse Hall of Fame was former JHU player and assistant men's lacrosse and football coach Willie Scroggs, now the senior associate director of athletics at the University of North Carolina. The induction of Schnydman and Scroggs will bring the total number of Johns Hopkins representatives in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame to 60. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Nov. 22 at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.

Whiting School of Engineering

A. Lynn Roberts has been promoted to professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.

David Yarowsky has been promoted to professor in Computer Science.