Johns Hopkins Gazette | July 25, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 25, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 40

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.


Academic Centers and Support Services

Joshua Else has been appointed assistant dean for development at the Sheridan Libraries. Else comes to Johns Hopkins from American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was director of major gifts. Previously, he was general manager of a publishing firm in Hawaii. From 1996 to 2000, he worked at Wake Forest University, where he was director of annual support for the university and director of development at the law school. A 1993 graduate of Wake Forest, Else earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in 2002.

Marsha Schachtel, senior fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, was honored as an early and faithful advocate by the Maryland Industrial Partnership at the program's 20th anniversary celebration. The MIP program accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by providing matching funds for collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty.


Applied Physics Laboratory

At ceremonies held at the Lab in June, Richard Constantine, Edward Lee and William Zinger received the Navy's highest civilian honor, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. As stated in their citations, the "significant accomplishments" made by their teams are "essential to the Navy's and the Joint Forces' war-fighting capabilities" and are a testament to their "management, operational and technical prowess, and ability to inspire Laboratory teams to strive for excellence in fulfilling their roles as part of a trusted Navy and DoD [Department of Defense] resource."


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gilbert M. Bunham has been promoted to professor in the Department of International Health.

Gregory Kirk, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is the 2005 recipient of the Thomas and Carol McCann Innovative Research Fund for Asthma and Respiratory Disease. Given annually to a junior faculty member, the McCann award provides support to investigators with a unique idea who wish to generate preliminary data in order to pursue extramural support. Kirk and his team of researchers will perform an assessment of respiratory symptoms and airway obstruction on a large cohort of HIV+ and HIV- drug users. Based on this characterization, they will be able to explore the associations of obstructive disease in relation to HIV infection, immunosuppression, smoking, inhaled drugs and other covariates.


Health Divisions Administration

Elaine Freeman, vice president for corporate communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award honors Freeman's distinguished career and demonstrated expertise in public relations.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Chris Durso, associate professor of geriatric medicine, has received a $2.1 million grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The Maryland Regional Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Training grant aims to increase the number of clinician-educator physicians, psychiatrists and dentists who will lead aging education or research in academic medical centers.


Johns Hopkins Health System

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Women's Board has elected five new officers for 2005-2007: Alice Reid, president; Debbie Kurz, first vice president; Anne Miller, second vice president; Carolyn Meredith, recording secretary; and Beth Gaines, assistant recording secretary. This year the Women's Board is contributing $789,000 toward scholarships, basic science research, patient care and the Children's Center's new building.


Johns Hopkins Medicine

Ellen Keats Stifler has been named director of development for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. In her 15 years at Johns Hopkins, Stifler has served as the director of development for the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and, most recently, as director of principal gifts, divisional programs, for the university. Her work at JHM will focus on creative strategies in development for the Cancer Center, with a multidisciplinary and multidepartmental major gift emphasis, and on the Department of Oncology's academic and clinical missions.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

David A. Bell has been appointed to the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in the Humanities in the Department of History.

Jane Dailey, associate professor in the Department of History, has been conferred tenure.

Adam G. Riess has been appointed a full professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Alice McDermott, writer in residence and holder of the Richard A. Macksey Chair in the Humanities, has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Writing Seminars.

Science Rules (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), edited by Peter Achinstein, has been selected for inclusion in the Scientific American Book Club. Achinstein is a professor of philosophy.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Francisco E. Gonzalez has been appointed the first holder of the newly established Riordan Roett Professorship in Latin American Studies.

William M. Wise has been appointed associate director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute. Wise brings to SAIS nearly 40 years of government, business and academic experience with a focus on national security affairs. Most recently, he was president of the Sorrento Group, an international consulting firm, and adjunct professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Wise served as deputy national security adviser to the vice president from 1992 to 1997. Prior to his White House service, he was chief of policy at the U.S. Pacific Command and served as deputy director for policy planning, East Asia and Pacific Region, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 1967 to 1983 he held various positions in the U.S. intelligence community. He served more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel. Wise received his bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College and a master's degree in American studies from the University of Hawaii.


School of Medicine

Peter Burger, professor of pathology, oncology and neurosurgery, has received the Pioneer Award for Pediatric Neuro-Pathology from the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. Burger is currently exploring the genetic components of brain tumors.

David Chang, research associate in the Department of Surgery, has won the Maryland Stars of Life: Maryland EMS-Geriatrics Award from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Each year, MIEMSS recognizes individuals and programs for their efforts in assisting in emergency responses. Chang accepted the award from Gov. Ehrlich at a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.

Peter J. Donovan has been promoted to professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Charles W. Flexner has been promoted to professor in the Department of Medicine.

Paul W. Flint, professor in the Department of Otolaryntology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been appointed the first holder of the Charles W. Cummings, M.D. Professorship.

Carolyn Ford has been appointed administrator for the Department of Dermatology.

Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite has been promoted to professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Jo Jennings has been named administrator of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Hendree Jones, associate professor of psychiatry, has won the American Psychological Association's 2005 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of applied psychology. Jones is a leading expert in the examination of pharmacotherapies to treat drug dependence during pregnancy and the impact of prenatal exposure to such medications.

Redonda Miller, assistant professor of medicine, has been named treasurer-elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine, a national organization of academic internists. Her three-year term began in June.

Arnall Patz, professor emeritus of ophthalmology, has been named the recipient of the 2005 Lester S. Levy Humanitarian Award, which is given biannually by the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to the person who best exemplifies the highest Jewish ideals.

Paul Sponseller, the Lee H. Riley Jr., M.D., Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, has received the Arthur Heune Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Sponseller was honored for his career contributions in research.

Paul Talalay, the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology, has been awarded the 2005 Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. The award, which includes a medal and $50,000 honorarium, is a leading honor for scientists studying micronutrients, diet and other natural approaches to disease prevention or therapy. Talalay studies dietary phytochemicals that help protect against cancer.

Alan J. Tapper has been appointed assistant professor emeritus part time in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Kathleen Ann Turano has been promoted to professor in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Jerry A. Winkelstein has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics.

Harvey A. Ziessman has been promoted to professor in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.

At convocation on May 26, teaching awards were presented to nine outstanding educators: Stewart Hendry, professor of neuroscience (Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award); Michael Choi, associate professor of renal medicine, and David Weishampel, professor of functional anatomy and evolution (W. Barry Wood Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching); Kathryn DelPizzo, anesthesiology house staff (House Staff Teaching Award); Rachel Green, associate professor of molecular biology and genetics (Graduate Student Teaching Award); Thomas Koenig, associate dean for student affairs and assistant professor of psychiatry (George J. Stuart Award); and Robert Chow, assistant professor of medicine, Pamela Lipsett, professor of surgery, and Carolyn Machamer, professor of cell biology (Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching).


School of Nursing

Sharon Olsen, assistant professor, received the 2004 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the category of Nursing Research for her book Instruments for Clinical Healthcare Research.

Hyunjeong Park, a doctoral student, was awarded a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, which was established to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Emily Anne Ramshur, of the accelerated class of 2006, has been selected to receive the John R. and Ruth Ward Gurtler Scholarship, established in memory of alumna Ruth Ward Gurtler '29 to ensure that qualified, caring applicants to the school are able to carry on the proud tradition of Hopkins Nursing. Ramshur came to nursing through her volunteer work, spending two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later working on the south side of Chicago to find adoptive families for African-American infants.

Daniel Sheridan, assistant professor, has been certified by the Maryland Board of Nursing as a forensic nurse examiner--adolescent/adult and will be conducting sexual assault exams at the Mercy Medical Center SAFE Program.


University Administration

Richard Kilburg, senior director of human services in the Department of Human Resources, has received the 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology. The award is presented annually by the American Psychological Association to a member who has demonstrated extraordinary ability to integrate psychological theories and concepts into practical applications that are used by leaders and managers to create effective, healthy and humane organizations. Kilburg received his doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was the founding president of the Society of Psychologists in Management and is a fellow of APA Division 13. He has published three books with APA; his fourth, Executive Wisdom: Coaching and the Emergence of Virtuous Leaders, is scheduled for publication in 2006.


Whiting School of Engineering

Lori Graham-Brady has been conferred tenure as associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. In addition, Graham-Brady recently received a Junior Research Prize from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability at its ninth International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, held in June in Rome, Italy.

Justin Hanes, associate professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was named associate editor for the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is also now a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

Markus Hilpert, assistant professor in Geography and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the 2004 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review for Vadose Zone Journal. The VZJ reports on fundamental and applied research from disciplinary and multidisciplinary investigations, including assessment and policy analyses, of the mostly unsaturated zone between the soil surface and the groundwater table.

Alexander Kaplan, professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the 2005 Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America. The award, which will be presented to Kaplan this fall, recognizes his "seminal contributions to nonlinear interface and optical bistability effects, hysteretic resonances of a single electron, and physics of sub-femtosecond pulses."

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos has been conferred tenure as associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Charles O'Melia, chair of Geography and Environmental Engineering, will receive an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University this week in recognition of his "significant contributions to the theories of coagulation, flocculation and filtration, leading to improved water treatment practices throughout the world." The degree will be presented to O'Melia at the 2005 Conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, being held at Clarkson.

Daniel Naiman, chair of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, was invited to the University of Canterbury in New Zealand this summer as a Visiting Erskine Fellow. The university has an effort under way to establish a bioinformatics program, and in connection with that effort, Naiman is teaching a short course about the applications of statistics in genetics and microbiology, as well as collaborating with faculty and graduate students.

Andrea Prosperetti, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the 2005 Fluids Engineering Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This award is in recognition of "outstanding contributions, over a period of years, to the engineering profession and especially to the field of fluids engineering through research, practice and/or teaching."

Lester Su, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering program, a three-day event that brings together outstanding engineers ages 30 to 45 from industry, academia and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.


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