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Saarnio wins prestigious Rome Prize
By Amy Cowles
Robert E. Saarnio, director of historic houses
and curator of university collections at Johns Hopkins, is
one of 30 leading artists and scholars to win a Rome Prize
in the American Academy of Rome's 109th annual
Saarnio will be awarded a fellowship, including a
stipend and room and board, to spend 11 months in Rome
studying stewardship and interpretation techniques used at
the city's historic sites in order to inform best practices
at similar urban historic sites in the United States.
Structures of historic and architectural significance
housing cultural collections pose distinct stewardship
challenges, Saarnio said. They must balance the
environmental needs of the building itself, the collections
and human occupants, such as staff and visitors. Often the
optimal conditions for the furnishings and collections
inside the building are at odds with what's best for the
building itself, or for visitor comfort, Saarnio said.
His project also includes an assessment of Italian
heritage-site professional practice regarding target
periods of significance, as exemplified by the distinction
between a single date or tightly focused period that
determines the furnishings plan and tour content, versus a
multidecade or multiple-generation approach with differing
periods furnished and interpreted.
"North American house museums have been working very
actively in recent years to identify principles and adopt
guidelines that can serve as a basis for such fundamental
interpretive decision making," Saarnio said.
Saarnio will also study how officials are putting more
pressure on historic sites to maximize attendance as a sole
metric of success and thereby boost local economies in an
era of increasing reliance on cultural tourism.
"Issues of legitimate carrying capacity and physical
impact on historic fabric and collections are often
subsumed, as boards and ownership organizations equate raw
growth in visitor numbers with fiscal health, and as
tourism officials celebrate ticket counts in a turnstile
economy," Saarnio said. "I propose to examine Italian
heritage-site practice in these realms, with a particular
focus on management of optimal carrying capacity and
visitor access-loading in historic interiors."
Saarnio, a curator, architectural historian and
specialist in historic preservation, has been director of
historic houses at Johns Hopkins since 2002, responsible
for Evergreen and Homewood, two landmark historic houses
owned by the university and open to the public as museums
and centers for art and history in Baltimore.
He came to Johns Hopkins from Cranbrook Educational
Community in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where he was curator
and collections manager for the community's cultural
properties. Previously, he was curator of architecture at
the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Saarnio is a 1992
graduate of Harvard with a concentration in the history of
architecture. He earned a master's degree in historic
preservation in 1994 from the University of
Saarnio will maintain an affiliation with Johns
Hopkins as a research associate during his fellowship.
The Rome Prize is awarded annually to 15 emerging
artists and 15 scholars through an open competition judged
by leading artists and scholars in different fields.
Established in 1894 and chartered by Congress in 1905, the
American Academy in Rome is a center that sustains
independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Keith P. West Jr., a professor in the
Department of International Health and its Center for Human
Nutrition, was installed May 27 as the inaugural George G.
Graham Professor in Infant and Child Nutrition. During his
tenure at the School of Public Health, Graham and his
colleagues discovered copper deficiency in malnourished
Peruvian children and demonstrated that this trace mineral
is essential to human health. His research on food proteins
and child growth guided the development of commercial
formulas used to feed millions of infants worldwide.
West has worked in international
health for 28 years, concentrating on the epidemiology and
prevention of malnutrition in the developing world. He is
currently directing a large, collaborative research project
on the prevention of maternal and child micronutrient
deficiency in northern Bangladesh. West received his
bachelor's degree from Drexel University and his doctorate
in public health from Johns Hopkins.
Scott L. Zeger, chair of the Department of
Biostatistics and acting director for the Biostatistics
Consulting Center, was installed May 17 as the inaugural
Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Professor in
Biostatistics. The professorship was endowed by Frank
Hurley and his wife and colleague, Catharine Dorrier.
Hurley is chair and chief scientific officer of RRD
International, a health care product development company
that he co-founded in 2002. Dorrier is a senior technical
adviser at the company. The couple believes that the key to
improving international public health is turning data into
information, and information into useful knowledge.
Focusing on the collection and
analysis of data from biomedical studies, Zeger's research
involves using statistical methods in time series and
longitudinal studies. His specialty is drawing inferences
from data collected over time on cohorts of individuals. He
has made major contributions to studies of smoking and
health, mental health and environmental health.
Zeger received his bachelor's
degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in
1974 and his doctorate in statistics from Princeton
University in 1982.
Health Divisions Administration
In this year's Council for Advancement and Support of
Education Circle of Excellence competition,
Change, edited by Patrick Gilbert, senior
associate director of publications in Corporate
Communications, took home the grand gold medal in the
Internal Audience Newsletters category. The grand gold is
the organization's top honor in the category. Hopkins
Medicine, edited by Edith Nichols, director of
publications, won a gold medal for cover design in the
Visual Design in Print category and a bronze in the
Magazine Publishing Improvement category.
Johns Hopkins Bayview
Daniel Buccino, licensed clinical social worker
and an assistant professor in Psychology and Behavioral
Sciences at the School of Medicine, has been appointed to a
three-year term on the Maryland Board of Social Work
Examiners, the group that regulates the practice of social
work in the state. Buccino has been part of Bayview's
community psychiatry program for 15 years.
Martin Makary, assistant professor of general
surgery, and Simon Mears, assistant professor of orthopedic
surgery, have been selected for the Jahnigen Career
Development Scholars Program, which promotes geriatric
training for specialists in various fields. The program
provides two-year development awards, funded by Atlantic
Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Only 10
specialists nationwide are selected each year.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Olga Y. Lubman, a postdoctoral fellow in
biophysics, has received the Dimitri V. d'Arbeloff
Postdoctoral Fellowship, which will support her research
into the basic biochemical mechanisms underlying cancer and
neurogenerative diseases. The award takes its name from the
founder and former chairman of the Millepore Corp., a
multinational bioscience company. Lubman will receive
$30,000 for one year.
Katherine L. McDonough, a rising senior, has
won a prestigious Beinecke Scholarship, which defrays the
cost of a doctoral education in one of the traditional
liberal arts, with an emphasis on the humanities. A Hodson
Scholar majoring in history with minors in music and French
literature, McDonough spent most of the academic year
studying French history at the Universite de Haute Bretagne
in Rennes, France, where she also taught English to high
schoolers at Lycee Emile Zola and conducted independent
research about the life and motivations of Jean-Baptiste
Leclerc, a musician and prominent political figure of the
French Revolution. The Beinecke Scholarship Program was
established in 1971 by the board of directors of the Sperry
and Hutchinson Co. to honor Edwin, Frederick and Walter
Beinecke, three brothers who had led the company. Each
scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering
graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending
Paul Smolensky, professor and former chair of
the Department of Cognitive Science, will receive the
$100,000 David E. Rumelhart Prize and give the Prize
Lecture at the 27th Meeting of the Cognitive Science
Society in Stresa, Italy, July 21 to 23. The prize,
announced in 2004, was created by the Glushko-Samuelson
Foundation to honor David E. Rumelhart, a cognitive
scientist who exploited a wide range of formal methods to
address issues and topics in cognitive science.
Nancy Van Prooyen, a doctoral candidate in the
Biology Department, is one of the first six recipients of a
Gilliam Fellowship honoring the late James H. Gilliam Jr.,
a charter trustee of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who
spent his lifetime fostering diversity and opportunity in
education and science. Created by HHMI, the fellowships
provide up to five years of support for doctoral studies in
the life sciences to disadvantaged students, including
underrepresented minorities, who participated in the
institute's Exceptional Research Opportunities
undergraduate summer research program.
Van Prooyen earned a fellowship in
that program as an undergraduate at Reed College, working
in the lab of Eric Kandel, a Nobel Prize-winning
neurobiologist and HHMI investigator at Columbia
University. At Johns Hopkins, she's working toward a Ph.D.
in cell, molecular and developmental biology, and
biophysics in the laboratory of Michael Edidin.
James Gilliam was chief counsel at
Knickerbocker LLC, a private investment firm. An alumnus of
Morgan State University in Baltimore, he served as
secretary of community affairs and economic development to
Delaware Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV and was executive vice
president and general counsel at Beneficial Finance Corp.
before joining Knickerbocker.
At its annual spring luncheon, the Johns Hopkins
University Women's Network honored Karen Gosnell, Ilene
Busch-Vishniac and Kerry Dunbar for their
outstanding leadership. The three, selected by the
organization's three chapters, received the 2005 Women's
Leadership Awards recognizing their ability to motivate
women in their work and community, develop leadership
skills in others, mentor, increase employee knowledge of
critical issues and strengthen the faculty's and staff's
commitment to the university. Gosnell, a former chair of
the APL chapter, is group supervisor in APL's Business
Services Group. Busch-Vishniac, selected by the Homewood
chapter, is a professor of mechanical engineering and
former dean of the Whiting School of Engineering. Dunbar,
from the JHMI chapter, is an instructor in the Department
of Medicine and assistant chief of service at The Johns
Nitze School of Advanced International
Kathryn Mohrman, executive director of the
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office, received an
honorary degree from Grinnell College on May 23 in
recognition of her leadership and passionate support for
higher education. Mohrman received her undergraduate degree
from Grinnell and served on the college's board of trustees
for 13 years.
Nathaniel Thayer, Yasuhiro Nakasone Professor
and former director of the Asian Studies Program, will be
awarded the Japanese government's Order of Rising Sun, Gold
Rays with the Neck Ribbon at a ceremony July 11 at the
ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. The honor
recognizes Thayer's accomplishments in the promotion of
understanding of Japan and the strengthening of Japanese
studies in the United States.
School of Medicine
Rhoda Alani, associate professor of oncology,
dermatology and molecular biology and genetics, and Lisa
Cooper, associate professor of internal medicine, have
been elected to membership in the American Society of
Clinical Investigation. Alani was recognized for her
research on melanoma; Cooper for contributions to research
on health care disparities and patient-physician
Edward E. Cornwell III, chief of adult trauma,
has won the Greater Baltimore Urban League's Whitney M.
Young Jr. Award. The league aims to improve the
socioeconomic conditions and quality of life for
African-Americans and other minorities in Baltimore.
Christoph Lehmann, assistant professor of
pediatrics and health information sciences, has been
appointed chairman of the Continuing Medical Education
The American Society for Clinical Oncology, the
world's largest professional society for cancer clinicians,
has selected eight Kimmel Cancer Center researchers for its
awards program. Kala Visvanathan, assistant
professor at the schools of Medicine and Public Health, is
one of 13 recipients of ASCO's Young Investigator Career
Development Awards; in her fourth year as a full-time
faculty member at Johns Hopkins, Visvanathan will receive
$170,000 as part of a three-year grant. ASCO Young
Investigator Awards were given to fellows Christine
Hann, Antonio Jimeno, Yvette Kasamon, James Kim, John Lee,
Ido Paz-Priel and David Wang for their
outstanding research proposals; they will receive $35,000
for one year.
School of Nursing
Patricia Abbott, assistant professor in
Graduate Instruction, was recently appointed to the
editorial board of Hispanic Healthcare International, the
official journal of the International Association of
Jackie Campbell, Anna D. Wolf Professor and
associate dean for faculty affairs, is the first nurse to
win the American Society of Criminology's Vollmer Award.
The award recognizes a criminologist whose research
scholarship has contributed to justice or to the treatment
or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.
Martha Hill, dean, was awarded an honorary
degree at the commencement of the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey. Hill was recognized for her
work in eliminating health disparities.
Miyong Kim, associate professor in the Doctoral
Program, has been chosen as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive
Nurse Fellow for the 2005-2008 training period. The program
offers participating nurses experiences and skills to
advance in executive leadership positions.
Robin Newhouse, assistant professor, is guest
editor of the current issue of Excellence in Nursing
Knowledge, a new online nursing journal. Newhouse wrote the
featured article, "Building Capacity for Evidence-Based
Sharon Olsen, assistant professor in Graduate
Instruction, received the 2004 American Journal of Nursing
Book of the Year Award in the category of Nursing Research
for her book titled Instruments for Clinical Healthcare
Cynda Rushton, associate professor in
Undergraduate Instruction, has been appointed to the
Federal Advisory Committee for the National Children's
Study and will serve on its ethics subgroup. The study is
the largest longitudinal study of children and health in
the United States.
Carol Smith, assistant professor in Graduate
Instruction, and her co-workers at the Center for Addiction
and Pregnancy Clinic at Bayview Medical Center have been
awarded the 2005 Child Health Promotion Award from the
Maryland Childhood Immunization Partnership in recognition
of the high quality of health care they provided.
Julie Stanik-Hutt, assistant professor in
Undergraduate Instruction, has been appointed to the
editorial board of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
Betty Jordan, assistant professor; Daphine
Miller-Clarke, senior administrative assistant/supervisor;
and Mary O'Rourke, director of admissions, are recipients
of this year's Dean's Awards. The awards are given annually
to employees who display excellence and innovation, show
outstanding achievement above and beyond their regular job,
and demonstrate favorable impact within or beyond their own
offices. Marie Nolan, associate professor, and Lee Swartz,
project coordinator at the Institute for Johns Hopkins
Nursing, were recognized with honorable mentions.
The Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice
Model and Guidelines has been selected as the recipient of
the 2005 International Research Utilization Award. The
creators of the model, Robin Newhouse, Sandi Dearholt,
Stephanie Poe, Linda Pugh and Kathleen White,
will receive the award at Sigma Theta Tau International's
38th Biennial Convention, to be held November 12 to 16 in
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Edward F. Pajak, interim associate dean and
director of the Graduate Division of Education, received
the Johnnye V. Cox Award from the University of Georgia
College of Education's Educational Administration and
Policy Program. The award recognizes an individual for
significant contributions in supervision and leadership.
Pajak, who taught at UGA for nearly 20 years, has been a
leader in the field, serving as president and
secretary/treasurer for the Council of Professors of
Instructional Supervision. At SPSBE, Pajak is also chair of
the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership.
Tom Hyland, a postal clerk in the Gilman Mail
Center at Homewood, is the author of Bawlmer, Merlyn
— Home of the Hons, a memoir published by Publish
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