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
Milestones, which accompanies Cheers in the third
issue published each month, could not be compiled this week
because of a technical problem. They will appear in the
Sept. 27 Gazette.
Johns Hopkins Bayview
John Meyer, associate professor of psychiatry
and consulting psychiatrist for the Bayview Community
Psychiatry program, has been elected president of the
American Psychoanalytic Association.
Lisa Shirk, residency program coordinator for
the Medical Center's house staff program in internal
medicine, has been honored as the inaugural recipient of
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Award for
Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Administration.
Chester Smith, chair of Psychiatry, has been
elected to a two-year term as chairman of the medical board
of Bayview Medical Center. He replaces John R. Burton,
former director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and
Gerontology, who has served as the board chairman since
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Diane Griffin, chair of the W. Harry Feinstone
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, has
been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Melissa Huang, a senior majoring in
neuroscience, has received an Undergraduate Research
Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology. The
fellowships, aimed at highly competitive students who wish
to pursue graduate careers in microbiology, give recipients
the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at
their institution with an ASM mentor and present their
research results at the 2005 ASM general meeting in
Atlanta. Each fellow receives a $4,000 stipend, a one-year
ASM student membership and reimbursement for travel
expenses to the meeting. Huang's mentor is Beverly
Wendland, an associate professor in Biology.
Sara Finley and Rebecca Morley, graduate
students in Cognitive Science, have been selected by the
U.S. Department of Education as Jacob K. Javits Fellows for
the 2004-2005 academic year. The fellowships are awarded
for one year and, based upon availability of funds and the
recipients' continued academic progress, may be renewed for
the lesser of three years or the time required to complete
the recipients' programs of study.
Nitze School of Advanced International
Francis Fukuyama, the Bernard L. Schwartz
Professor of International Political Economy, recently
published State-Building: Governance and World Order in
the 21st Century (Cornell University Press).
School of Medicine
Steve Baylin, professor of oncology, has
received an award from the National Cancer Institute for
the most outstanding research in all Specialized Programs
of Research Excellence for his pioneering research on DNA
methylation in tumors.
Joseph V. Brady, professor of behavioral
biology, has been appointed associate team leader for the
Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team of the
National Space Biomedical Research Institute. He will help
manage scientists working on projects identifying how
stress and isolation affect crew health, safety and
productivity during long-duration missions. Objectives
include developing methods to detect and alleviate
individual and group risk in space flight and identifying
ways to enhance performance, crew motivation and quality of
Gregory Clark, a clinical fellow in the
Department of Endocrinology, is one of two recipients of
the Diabetes Trust Foundation's Clinical Scholars in
Diabetes Fellowship. The fellowship was established to
provide education and specialized training in the diagnosis
and care of endocrine disorders.
Ted Dawson, professor of neurology and
neuroscience and co-director of the Program in
Neuroregeneration and Repair at the Institute for Cell
Engineering, has received one of 10 research grants from
the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The
10 grants total approximately $2.1 million.
Charley C. Della Santina, assistant professor
of otolaryngology, has received the 2004 Young Scientist
Award from the Barany Society. Della Santina was honored
for his research underlying the development of an
implantable electronic inner ear prosthesis for restoring
Theodore DeWeese, professor in the Department
of Oncology-Radiological Sciences, is one of only five U.S.
scientists to be appointed to the Scientific Council of the
Radiation Effects Research Foundation. He was nominated by
the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and elected to the
council by the RERF board of directors. As a committee
member, he will oversee studies on the clinical, molecular,
epidemiologic and pathologic aspects of atomic bomb
survivors and other effects of radiation exposure.
Carol Greider, director of Molecular Biology
and Genetics, has been elected to fellowship in the
American Academy of Microbiology.
Jeffrey B. Palmer, professor of physical
medicine and rehabilitation, has been appointed chair of
the department. His latest research focuses on the effects
of gravity and chewing at swallow onset and interactions
between respiration and feeding on solid food.
Harry Quigley, the A. Edward Maumenee Professor
of Ophthalmology, presented the 87th Doyne Memorial Lecture
at the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress. The lecture is
named for Robert Doyne, one of the prominent
ophthalmologists in England during the late 19th
Richard Reilly, assistant professor in
Oncology, has been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant by
the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. One of five
recipients from the foundation's Young Investigators Awards
Program, Reilly will use the funds to develop vaccine
strategies to treat breast cancer. He will focus on the
development of a novel vaccine using the body's own immune
system to fight breast cancer cells that have spread to
other parts of the body.
Artin A. Shoukas, professor of biomedical
engineering and physiology, has been appointed to his
second term as associate team leader for the Cardiovascular
Alterations Team of the National Space Biomedical Research
Institute. He will help manage scientists investigating how
space flight affects the heart and circulatory system. A
test devised by this team is already cleared by the FDA for
use in identifying persons at risk of sudden death from
heart rhythm disturbances.
Victor Velculescu, assistant professor in
Oncology, has been chosen as a 2004 Pew Biomedical Scholar
by the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is one of 15 recipients.
The $240,000 award gives him additional support for
genetics cancer research over the next four years.
Velculescu's research has helped categorize the molecular
difference between healthy and cancerous cells. His
development of the computerized method know as SAGE (for
serial analysis of gene expression) allows scientists for
the first time to look at all the active genes inside a
cell simultaneously and to rapidly analyze their pattern,
including those genes involved in the disease process.
Patrick C. Walsh, David Hall McConnell
Professor and Director of the Brady Urological Institute,
has been named an honorary member of the Royal College of
Surgeons in England.
Levi Watkins, professor of surgery; Richard
P. Kidwell, managing attorney of claims and litigation
and director of risk management for the Johns Hopkins
Health System Corp.; and Andrew Harris, associate
professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine and
Maryland State senator for District 7, have been appointed
to a new task force established by Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr.
to address Maryland's growing medical malpractice problem.
Kidwell also received a distinguished service award from
the Maryland Hospital Association for his work in Annapolis
during the 2004 General Assembly educating legislators
about the need for tort reform.
Honored at the Department of Anesthesiology and
Critical Care Medicine's residents' farewell dinner in June
were Gregg Motonaga, resident of the year;
Jeffrey Richman, teacher of the year; Julie
Williamson, CA1 resident of the year; Kathryn
DelPizzo, CA2 resident of the year; Laurel
Moore, CA1 teacher of the year; and Edward
Norris, CA2/CA3 teacher of the year.
Whiting School of Engineering
James Kinsey, a graduate student in Mechanical
Engineering, was recently awarded a competitive one-year
Link Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship in Ocean
Engineering and Instrumentation. The award consists of a
grant of $25,000.
Gerald M. Masson, professor in the Department
of Computer Science, was recently selected by the Maryland
Association for Higher Education for the 2004 Outstanding
Educator Award in the administrator category. The award
recognizes Masson's role in originating the concept, then
designing and developing and now directing the Johns
Hopkins University Information Security Institute together
with the Master of Science in Security Informatics
Avi Rubin has been promoted to full professor
in the Department of Computer Science.
Three KSAS Faculty Honored with Named
Three faculty members in the Krieger School of Arts
and Sciences have been awarded named professorships in
recognition of their distinguished scholarship and devotion
to the university's academic life.
Astronomer and Nobel Prize winner Riccardo
Giacconi was named a University Professor. Economist
Robert A. Moffitt and biophysicist George D.
Rose were named to Krieger-Eisenhower
University Professorships are honorary titles awarded
by the president to recognize exceptional achievements made
by select members of the senior faculty from across Johns
Hopkins. Krieger-Eisenhower Professorships recognize
outstanding members of the Arts and Sciences faculty and
honor prominent Baltimorean Zanvyl Krieger's close
friendship with Milton Eisenhower, the university's ninth
president. The professorships were established in 1992, at
the time of Krieger's $50 million commitment to the School
of Arts and Sciences.
"Named professorships are a university's way of
recognizing the ideal academic, who engages in meaningful
research of the highest quality while enriching the
intellectual lives of students and colleagues, both inside
the university and out," said Daniel Weiss, the James B.
Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Giacconi, a member of the Department of Physics and
Astronomy and president of Associated Universities in
Washington, D.C., is known as the father of X-ray
astronomy. His pioneering work is credited with opening a
new window on the universe, an accomplishment that earned
him the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics. Between 1981 and 1992,
Giacconi served as founding director of the Space Telescope
Science Institute, and between 1993 and 1999, he was
director of the European Southern Observatory. He received
his doctorate from the University of Milan in 1954.
Moffitt, a member of the Department of Economics, is
best known for his research on the economic consequences of
welfare and other anti-poverty programs on work effort,
marriage and childbearing. He has published important work
on the economics of labor, population and demography and
has formulated and tested economic models of marriage,
cohabitation, female headship and fertility. This spring,
he was appointed editor in chief of American Economic
Review, and he recently chaired a National Academy of
Sciences panel of experts on welfare reform to review
current research on the topic. Moffitt is a fellow of the
Econometric Society and a national associate of the
National Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Rice
University in 1970 and received his doctorate from Brown in
Rose, a member of the Thomas C. Jenkins Department of
Biophysics, has transformed human understanding of how
proteins fold and has led the way in determining the
essential role that conformational entropy plays in
determining the structure and function of all proteins.
Rose is credited with the fundamental insight that proteins
fold hierarchically. He graduated from Bard College in 1963
and received his doctorate from Oregon State University in
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