Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 15, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 15, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 26

For the Record: Cheers

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.


Duff Gillespie Joins Gates Institute as Senior Scholar

Duff Gillespie, a distinguished leader in population and reproductive health issues, has joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He will serve as a senior scholar with the Gates Institute and as a public health professor with the school's Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.

Gillespie was the senior deputy assistant administrator of the Global Health Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development until he retired from government service in December 2002. While there, he played a leading role overseeing a global program in population, health and nutrition with a total budget of $1.7 billion, working in 56 countries. Gillespie spent the past year as a visiting scholar with the Packard Foundation in California. He has been a member of numerous U.S. delegations to global conferences and received the USAID Administrator's Distinguished Career Service Award in 2003, a Lifetime Recognition Award from the Global Health Council in 2003 and the Presidential Rank Award in 2001 for his accomplishments in program management and quality public service. He received his doctorate in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Gillespie joins the Gates Institute to continue efforts he began at the Packard Foundation to increase the priority of and commitment to reproductive health, child survival, HIV/AIDS, maternal health and nutrition through evidence-based discourse among globally engaged policy-makers. He recently developed an initiative with the World Health Organization, USAID and the Packard, Hewlett and Gates foundations to incorporate family planning into Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child Transmission programs, authoring or co-authoring papers and making numerous presentations on the topic.


Homewood Student Affairs

Dave Pietramala, men's lacrosse coach, has been inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame. The Long Island native was a three-time First Team All-American at Johns Hopkins, where he guided the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA Championship. He earned the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation's outstanding defensive player in 1988 and 1989 and was the recipient of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the nation's most outstanding player in 1989. He is the only person in the history of the game to have been honored as both National Player of theYear and National Coach of the Year.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Mack C. Mitchell has been named director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Digestive Disorders in the Department of Medicine. Mitchell received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins and did his residency training here. Most recently, he was chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

John Cook and Jill Paulson have been appointed directors of major gifts. Both previously served as senior associate directors. Paulson joined the school in 1992 as director of the Second Decade Society; Cook came to Hopkins in 1984 as director of the Annual Fund.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Patricia Lloyd has joined SAIS in Washington as associate director of development for European projects. Lloyd worked in development for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for 16 years.

Donald Oberdorfer, journalist-in-residence, has received the 2004 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which is given jointly by the Walter H. Shorenstein Forum for Asia-Pacific Studies at Stanford's Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. The award honors Oberdorfer for both his distinguished body of work and for the way his work has helped American readers understand the complexities of Asia from Japan to Vietnam. Oberdorfer was the diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post for 17 years. His most recent book is a biography of Sen. Mike Mansfield.


School of Medicine

Jose Avalos, a doctoral candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate program, has received a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. The award, which recognize outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences, was established in 2000 by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to honor Harold M. Weintraub, a renowned biologist who died in 1995.

Terry Barrett, associate professor of dermatology and pathology and director of the Division of Dermatopathology, has been selected as a director of the American Board of Dermatology.

William Baumgartner, professor of surgery and cardiac surgeon in charge at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and JHH were listed in Good Housekeeping's February feature "44 Top Cardiac Centers for Women."

Duke Cameron, the James T. Dresher Sr. Professor of Cardiac Surgery, has been made an honorary member of the Japanese Association of Thoracic Surgeons. He was the guest lecturer at the organization's annual meeting in February.

Dina Klicos, formerly associate director of development for the Brady Urological Institute, has been promoted to senior associate director of development for the Wilmer Eye Institute. Klicos joined the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine in July 2001.

Peter Maloney has been appointed interim director of the Department of Physiology. A researcher who studies the biochemical and molecular mechanisms used by membrane transport systems, Maloney is also associate dean of graduate studies.

Matthew McGirt, an intern and fellow in the Department of Surgery, has been awarded the Clinical Science Research Award by the Southern Society of Neurological Surgeons for his paper "Cerebrospinal fluid shunting for pseudotumor cerebri: Predictors of treatment response and analysis of long-term outcomes."

Neil R. Powe, professor of medicine, epidemiology and health policy and management and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, is the 2004 recipient of the Garabed Eknoyan Award to be presented May 1 at the National Kidney Foundation 2004 Clinical Meetings in Chicago. The award recognizes an individual who has promoted the vision of the NKF in making lives better for people with chronic kidney disease through special contributions to the foundation. Also, Powe recently received the Mary Betty Stevens Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the American College of Physicians Maryland Chapter.

David Sidransky, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, has won an American Association for Cancer Research Scientific Award for 2004. Sidransky, a cancer biomarker expert, has received the organization's Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for research that has led the way to developing screening tests that detect genetic biomarkers for cancer in bodily fluids.

Stephen Yang, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, has been voted Most Outstanding Alumnus by the Medical College of Virginia.


School of Nursing

Marion Ball, part-time faculty, co-edited with Rosemary Nelson a new book titled Consumer Informatics: Applications and Strategies in Cyber Health Care.

Mark Rosenberg has joined the school as a business consultant to the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing.

Lynn Schultz-Writsel has been named director of communications. She will oversee major internal and external communications efforts of the school and the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law), where she was vice president for communications. Previously, she spent 19 years at the American Psychiatric Association, where she was deputy director of public affairs and director of special communications projects.


School of Public Health

Rita R. Colwell, who was until last month director of the National Science Foundation, is joining the adjunct faculty. Colwell is a microbiologist and expert on cholera and other infectious diseases. She also will chair Canon U.S. Life Sciences, a newly created Washington, D.C.-based subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., whose goal is to identify and develop life-science solutions with potential applications in diagnostics and medical instrumentation, and will serve as Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Colwell plans to continue research work and develop an international center for infectious disease, water and health.


University Administration

Steven Muller, president emeritus, has received St. Mary's College of Maryland's highest honor. In January, he was inducted into the Order of the Ark and Dove, which was established in 1972 to honor those who have given distinguished service to the college. Muller joined the state college's board in 1990 and served as its chairman from 1994 to 2003. He is credited with leading the college from local status to national prominence during his tenure with the board. St. Mary's, which is Maryland's public honors college, is currently ranked the No. 2 public liberal arts college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Muller played a central role in gaining charter status for the college with the Maryland Legislature in 1992 and also was instrumental in SMCM's being named as the state's honors college in 1996.


Whiting School of Engineering

Oma M. Knio, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected to receive a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award after having been nominated for this award by the German scientists Egon Krause, Technical University Aachen, and Rupert Klein, Free University Berlin. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in science. In addition, the awardee is invited to carry out research projects of his own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Debra Lannon has been named director of development. She came to Johns Hopkins in 1987.

Janet Schumann, who joined Hopkins in 1996, has been named director of major gifts.


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