Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 15, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 15, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 12

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.


Applied Physics Laboratory

James E. Loesch, chief engineer of plant facilities, has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Facility Management Association. Loesch is responsible for the technical, code and quality aspects of all new construction and renovation projects at APL, where he has played key roles in the construction of more than 1.4 million square feet of office, research and support space. He earned his master's degree in technical management from the Whiting School of Engineering.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jorge Maciel, a doctoral student in the Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, was named a 2004-2007 recipient of a Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. The program, managed by the American Society for Microbiology and funded by an AstraZeneca research grant, seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority researchers earning doctorates.

'Saving Lives Millions at a Time,' a book published by the school in April, has received the Platinum PR Award for an external publication from PR News. Previously, the book won Gold Awards in the University and College Designers Association's annual design competition in the categories "Book — Complete Unit" and "Illustration — Complete Book."


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Mack Mitchell, chief of Gastroenterology and an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and liver diseases, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


Johns Hopkins Singapore

Ian McNeice, professor of oncology and director of the graft engineering laboratory, has been selected to head the new Division of Biomedical Science, the first academic division of the School of Medicine based outside Baltimore. McNeice's research focuses on stem cell biology and clinical marrow and stem cell transplantation.



Leslie Mancuso, chief executive officer, has been elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

John Bader has been named to the new position of associate dean for academic programs and advising, effective Dec. 1. Bader was most recently interim assistant dean of Advanced Academic Programs. In addition to his role in advising, he will be responsible for summer and intersession programs and will oversee the school's Washington semesters in public service and the humanities, the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program and the Department of Military Science. Before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2001, he served as director of UCLA's Center for American Politics and Public Policy in Washington, D.C. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and studied in India on a Fulbright Scholarship after finishing his undergraduate work at Yale.

Gary Posner, Scowe Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Health Sciences in the Department of Chemistry, has been named one of four U.S. 2004-2005 Novartis Chemistry Lecturers. Posner's selection was "in recognition of outstanding contributions to natural product synthesis and the development of new synthetic methodologies."

Sarah B. Steinberg has been appointed to the position of associate dean of Advanced Academic Programs. Steinberg comes to Arts and Sciences from the Whiting School of Engineering. Executive director of the school's Engineering and Applied Science Programs for Professionals since 2001, she has served also as senior director, marketing director and program director. Before joining Johns Hopkins in 1993, she was a marketing manager and senior engineer at the engineering firm of Froehling and Robertson in Sterling, Va. Steinberg holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Cornell University and a master's degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Francis Fukuyama has been appointed director of the International Development Program, effective July 1, 2005. The IDEV Program is the largest concentration at the school. Fukuyama joined SAIS in 2001 as the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, a position he will continue to hold. He also has served a two-year term as the school's dean of faculty.

Charles Gati, professor in European studies, has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Commander's Cross. He will receive the medal this week in Budapest from the Hungarian foreign minister and the leader of the Hungarian parliament.

Azar Nafisi, a professorial lecturer and director of the Dialogue Project, has received the 2005 Frederic W. Ness Book Award for Reading Lolita in Tehran, a memoir of her life in Iran from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. The annual award recognizes a book that contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. The selection committee, comprised of college and university presidents, chose the book unanimously. Nafisi will receive the $2,000 award Jan. 27 at the organization's annual meeting in San Francisco.


School of Medicine

Jef Boeke, professor of molecular biology and genetics and director of the HighThroughput Biology Center in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, has received the first Ira Herskowitz Award for mid-career scientists from the Genetics Society of America. The award recognizes Boeke's research, particularly of "jumping genes," or transposons, in yeast.

John Freeman, professor of neurology and pediatrics, has received the Child Neurology Society's 31st annual Hower Award, given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to child neurology. He also delivered the keynote address at the society's yearly meeting.

Julie Freischlag, director of the Department of Surgery, has been appointed editor of the American College of Surgeons' Archives of Surgery.

Murray Kalish, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has been re-elected for a second three-year term to the board of trustees of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, representing the Baltimore City Medical Society. Kalish also serves as treasurer of MedChi.

Michael Klag, professor of medicine, epidemiology and health policy and management, and vice dean for clinical investigation, has been chosen a Champion of Public Health by the Tulane University School of Public Health and its Tropical Medicine Epidemiology Department.

Paul Ladenson, director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; the John Eager Howard Professor of Endocrinology; and professor of medicine, pathology, oncology and international health, is the new president of the American Thyroid Association.

Donlin Long, director of Neurosurgery, has been chosen by the board of the Blaustein Pain Program as the first recipient of the Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award. The award will be given annually to someone who has promoted the treatment of pain at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Robert Massof, professor of ophthalmology and director of the Lions Vision and Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received Bressler Prize in Vision Science from the Jewish Guild for the Blind.

Matthew McGirt, a neurosurgery resident, has received the Galbraith Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons for excellence in cerebrovascular research.

Jeffery Palmer, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Koichiro Matsuo, a postdoctoral research fellow, have received an award for the best scientific paper from the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation.

John Ulatowski, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named chairman of the department and anesthesiologist in chief of the hospital. Ulatowski, one of the world's leading investigators into the regulatory mechanisms of cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery, has served as interim chairman since 2003. Previously, he served as co-director of the neuroscience critical care unit and vice chairman for clinical affairs of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, among other key SOM and Hospital positions.


School of Nursing

Miyong Kim and Daniel Sheridan have been elected fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Kim is an associate professor whose research expertise lies in ethnic minority and immigrant health, particularly that of Korean Americans. She is also a fellow of the American Heart Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and serves as co-editor of Health Power, a national minority health news Web site. Sheridan, an assistant professor, leads the school's Clinical Nurse Specialist Forensic Nursing Focus. He is also a forensic clinical nurse specialist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and president elect of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. He was recently honored as a Rush University College of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus.

Kathleen Becker, assistant professor, received the State Award for Excellence for Nurse Practitioners from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Jacquelyn Campbell, associate dean for faculty affairs, received the Family Violence Sexual Assault Institute 2004 National Award for Advocacy in the Field of Family Violence and also the Maryland Network against Domestic Violence 2004 Education Award.

Marion D'Lugoff, assistant professor, received the State Award for Excellence for Nurse Practitioner Advocate from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sara Groves, instructor, was elected to the nominating committee for the Associa-tion of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Joan Kub, assistant professor, was elected to the futures task force for the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators.

Cynda Rushton, associate professor, was named chair of the ethics work group of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and has been appointed to the advisory board for Sanctuary for the Dying in Montgomery County, Md. In addition, she recently received a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine.

Kathleen White, associate professor, has been named to the advisory board of the new Maryland Patient Safety Center.


Gerontology pioneer receives lifetime achievement award

When Pearl German started teaching at the School of Public Health more than 30 years ago, gerontology was not a defined field, and there was no gerontology curriculum at the school. German set her mind to changing all that, and on Nov. 8 the Gerontological Health section of the American Public Health Association — a section that she herself helped create — honored her with a lifetime achievement award for her work.

German, professor emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a nationally recognized expert in gerontology, taught at the schools of Public Health, Health Sciences and Medicine for more than 30 years. During that time, she advised a majority of students interested in gerontology and geriatrics, and she developed a whole curriculum in gerontology.

Combining her expertise in health services research with her knowledge of behavioral sciences, she developed courses in the principles of gerontology and preventive services and in the health behavior of older people, and she created an interdepartmental program in which doctoral students in health services research, epidemiology or mental health could focus on older populations, take courses in gerontology and receive a certificate in gerontology in addition to their doctoral diplomas.

"Gerontology is now a very visible field," German says. "You can't go anywhere now that you don't hear or see people talking about the elderly. The greatest changes have been that old people don't have to go a nursing home to die, that old people have rights and that we should listen to them because they're wise, not old fogies."

German received her doctor of science degree in 1971 from what was then the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. The author or co-author of more than 100 articles, book chapters and monographs, she was the co-principal investigator on the Women's Health and Aging Study (1991-98) and co-investigator on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (1989-94). In addition, she has served on many advisory panels and received numerous awards for her work.
— Kristi Birch


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