Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 19, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 19, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 15

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.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Linda Fried, professor of medicine and epidemiology and director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, has received the 2005 Irving Wright Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research. AFAR's highest honor recognizes Fried's contributions to basic and clinical research.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Kit H. Bowen, E. Emmet Reid Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named 2005 Maryland Chemist of the Year by the American Chemical Society's Maryland Section. Bowen's research interests are centered on clusters and nanoparticles, with particular emphasis on condensed phase phenomena that lack atomic or molecular counterparts. The organization held a reception in Bowen's honor on Dec. 7 in Towson.

Sylvain J. Perdigon, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, has received a fellowship from the Palestinian American Research Council for his study focusing on the transformation in family structures and the vulnerability of kinship relationships in the context of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Ethan T. Vishniac, professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named editor in chief of the Astrophysical Journal. Vishniac has served as a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal since 1997 and has been an associate editor since 2004.


School of Medicine

Kofi Boahene, a new assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has received an award from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for scoring the highest in the nation on exams administered by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Patrick Byrne, director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been named director of the division's fellowship program. The fellowship was recently accorded accreditation by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Michael Choti, associate professor in the Department of Surgery, is the first recipient of the Jacob C. Handelsman, M.D., Professorship in Abdominal Surgery.

Lisa Earnest, a fellow in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, has been elected to the residents' and fellows' section of the board of governors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Paul Flint, professor of otolaryngology, is the first recipient of the Charles W. Cummings, M.D., Professorship in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

William Guggino, professor of physiology and pediatrics, has been selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to receive the 2006 Doris F. Tulcin Award. The award, administered at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is given to the nation's outstanding cystic fibrosis scientist. Guggino was selected for his international scientific leadership in the cellular physiology of cystic fibrosis and in therapeutic interventions. There will be a reception banquet at UAB on Jan. 31 and an award ceremony and symposium Feb. 1.

Wendy Sanders, director of the Professional Development Office, has been appointed assistant dean for graduate and medical education. The new position, which reports to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs, reflects the demand for professional development for students, fellows and young faculty.

Linda Smeyne has been appointed director of development for the Children's Center. She was formerly director of development for the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of fellow to Hal Dietz, professor of pediatrics, for identifying the genetic basis of Marfan's syndrome, and to George Rose, professor of pathology, for contributions to the field of protein conformation and folding.

At the American Heart Association's annual scientific session, Heart Institute research associate Fadi Akar won the young investigator award in basic cardiovascular sciences. Postdoc Darshan Dalal was a finalist for a young clinical investigator award. Postdoc Jiangyang Zhang won the young investigator award in cardiovascular radiology. Postdocs Jun Dong and Wesley Gilson were finalists.

Rajini Rao, professor of physiology in the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of the Biophysical Society. The Biophysical Society, founded in 1956, was established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics.


School of Nursing

Faculty member Maryann Fralic was elected to the position of president-elect of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the board of directors' annual meeting. She has been a director of the organization, which provides resources to support nursing research and to advance the mission of the NINR.

Dean Martha Hill received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenborg at the school's Faculty Senate meeting on Nov. 29. The presentation, made on behalf of the Swedish university by faculty member Fannie Gaston-Johansson, included the degree, a ring and a black top hat in recognition of Hill's outstanding contributions to science and the discipline of nursing.

Jane Shivnan has been named acting director of the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and director of its new Office of Global Nursing. Formerly the Kimmel Cancer Center's assistant director of nursing, Shivnan will retain a joint appointment in Oncology Nursing at JHH, supporting the JH Singapore International Medical Center.

Faculty members Robin Newhouse, Sandra Dearholt, Stephanie Poe, Linda Pugh and Kathleen White were awarded the Research Utilization Award for the "Johns Hopkins University Evidence-Based Practice Model and Guidelines" at Sigma Theta Tau International's 38th Biennial Convention Tribute Awards Luncheon, held Nov. 14 in Indianapolis.


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