Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 15, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 15, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 34

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.

Seated: Emily Kumpel, DLC Chair Gwendolyn Boyd, President William R. Brody, Lori Orosco, Tiara Booker and Adriene Breckenridge. Standing, first row: Lester Su, Olivia Mao, Sarah Webster, Edward Ramos, Jose Fernandez, Randi Nicole Smith, Jeffrey Jarosz, Wei Xiao and Tracey Angel. Standing, back row: Michael Trush, Roy Ziegelstein and Ralph Etienne-Cummings. Not pictured: Jovita Diaz and Angela Pelletier.

On May 2, the Johns Hopkins Institutions Diversity Leadership Council honored 18 faculty, staff and students with the Fourth Annual Diversity Award. This year, nine individuals and two groups — Ready, Set, Design! and MInDS (Mentoring to Inspire Diversity in Science) — were recognized. Gwendolyn Boyd, DLC chair, and university President William R. Brody presented the awards in the Evans Room of the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center at Homewood.


Academic Centers and Support Services

Judith Proffit, program coordinator for Homewood House Museum, is the recipient of the first Sybil Bruel Scholarship awarded by the American Friends of the Attingham Summer School. Administered by the British-based Attingham Trust and co-sponsored by its American affiliate, the American Friends of the Attingham Summer School, the school offers museum professionals, architectural historians, conservationists and teachers the opportunity to become acquainted with the fabric and contents of British country houses. During an intensive three-week program, Proffit will visit and study 25 country houses.


Applied Physics Laboratory

Paul Spudis of the Space Department was selected to present the AIAA von Karman Lecture in Astronautics at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' 44th annual Aerospace Sciences meeting in January. His topic was "The Moon: A New Destination for America."


Bayview Medical Center

David B. Hellmann, chairman of the Department of Medicine and vice dean for the campus, has been appointed the Aliki Perroti Professor of the Center for Innovative Medicine. The inaugural professorship was given by Aliki Perroti, a Greek philanthropist who established and funded the Konstantopoulio Hospital in Athens, Greece; the professorship is her first major contribution outside of Greece. A professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, Hellmann specializes in rheumatology, and in 1998, he was the co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center. In 2004, he created the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine, which seeks to improve quality of medical care at Bayview by promoting innovations in patient care and medical research.

Antony Rosen, professor of medicine, cell biology and pathology and director of the Rheumatology Division at the School of Medicine, was installed on May 11 as the Mary Betty Stevens Professor of Medicine. Mary Betty Stevens is known for her legendary accomplishments in rheumatology, clinical research, teaching and patient care, and the endowed chair at Bayview was created in 1989 by her patients, friends and former trainees to honor her many contributions. In addition to directing the rheumatology division, ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report, Rosen is the deputy director for innovation for the Department of Medicine at Bayview. Rosen and his colleagues work on defining the mechanisms of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases, with a particular focus on understanding how these diseases get started and cause damage to the body's tissues.

The Office of Public Affairs received first-place honors for media placement in the Maryland Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development's Alfred Knight Awards competition. The award recognizes media coverage the office obtained for the Phoenix Society's World Burn Congress, held in Baltimore last summer.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Barry Zirkin, professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Andrology, a partnership of scientists and clinicians that promotes scientific interchange and knowledge of the male reproductive system. Zirkin served as ASA president from 2001 to 2002.


Health Divisions Administration

Elaine Freeman has received the GIA Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Freeman, who retired recently as vice president for corporate communications, was recognized for her contributions to the Group on Institutional Advancement throughout her career at Johns Hopkins.

Patrick Gilbert has been named director of editorial services in the Office of Marketing and Communications, effective July 1. Editor of the newsletter Change, he has served as the division's senior associate director. He succeeds Edith Nichols, who will remain editor of Hopkins Medicine magazine.


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Harry Koffenberger will become vice president for Corporate Security this summer. Koffenberger, a 24-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department and senior director of Corporate Security since 1994, succeeds Joseph Coppola, who is retiring.


Peabody Institute

Manuel Barrueco, a guitar faculty member in the Conservatory, has been chosen to receive both the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for 2006 and the Governor's Arts Award at ArtSalute for 2006.

Mark Katz's second book, The Violin: A Research and Information Guide, was recently published by Routledge.

Benjamin Pasternack's recording of piano music by Aaron Copland was named one of the best classical recordings in 2005 by editors.


School of Medicine

Charles Balch, professor of surgery, has received the Society of Surgical Oncology's Heritage Award, one of the group's highest honors. Balch is a former president of the 2,000-member organization and founding editor in chief of its journal, Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Patrick Byrne, assistant professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has received the Humanitarian Award from the Alumni Association of California Lutheran University, his alma mater. The award, presented April 28 during Honors Day Convocation, honors his dedication to global community service. He is the former medical director of Ecuadent, a nonprofit foundation that provides free reconstructive surgery to children in South America, and he has volunteered in Peru, Mexico, Vietnam, China and Ecuador. Most recently, he was named director of the Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama.

Benjamin Carson, professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, will receive the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor. The award recognizes outstanding merit and achievement.

H. Ballentine Carter, professor of urology, has been elected to membership in the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Staci Cummings, a doctoral candidate in pharmacology and molecular sciences, is the first recipient of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation Research Scholar Award. She is studying the role of certain proteins in melanoma development.

Nancy Davidson, professor of oncology and director of the breast cancer program in the Kimmel Cancer Center, will become president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in June.

John Flynn, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed editor in chief of the primary care journal Advanced Studies in Medicine. The peer-reviewed journal, established in 2002 by Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine, focuses on evidence-based clinical reviews that can be directly applied to physicians' practices. Flynn has served on the journal's editorial board since its founding.

Ellen Hess, associate professor of neurology and neurosciences, has received a $70,000 grant from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation to fund her studies on how the debilitating movement disorder originates in the brain.

Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry, will this month receive an honorary degree from Brown University in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of bipolar disease.

John Niparko, professor and director of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, has been elected president of the American Otological Society and editor in chief of Otology & Neurotology.

Parag Parekh, a resident in the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received a 2006 Leadership Award from the American Medical Association Foundation in recognition of his nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.

Paul Sponseller, professor and chief of Pediatric Orthopedics, has received the National Marfan Foundation's Hero With a Heart Award for his quarter-century of treating the array of orthopedic problems suffered by children with Marfan syndrome.

Eden Stotsky, health educator in the Colon Cancer Center, will receive the American Cancer Society's Lane Adams Quality of Life Award this month. The award recognizes consistent excellence in care and counseling to cancer patients and their families.

Patrick C. Walsh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology, has been elected president of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, one of the most distinguished urological societies in the world.


School of Nursing

Claire Bogdanski, associate dean for finance and administration, has been named the 2006 JHMI chapter recipient of the JHU Women's Leadership Award. Bogdanski was recognized for leading the SoN administrative components to new levels while promoting the leadership skills of others.

Joan Kub, associate professor, Undergraduate Instruction, was nominated to participate in a Public Health Nursing Leadership Initiative by the Health Services Research Administration. She will be a member of a work group composed of representatives from schools of public health, schools of nursing and the practice community. The group will meet in Washington, D.C., on May 25.

Steve Klapper of Computer and Network Services, Mfonobong Umana of General Administration and faculty member Ellen M. Ray of Undergraduate Instruction have received Dean's Awards. Sharon Ennis, financial manager, and Ruth Hurd, financial coordinator, received honorable mentions.


Whiting School of Engineering

David H. Gracias, assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded the 2006 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The title of his proposal was "A Research and Education Program in Nano and Microscale Self-Assembly: Integrated Circuits, Chemical Sensors and Remote-Controlled Chemistry." The award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant.

Xue Han, a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering, received the Biophysical Society's 2006 Student Research Achievement Award for work in membrane structure and assembly, and Lai Hock Tay, a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering, received the award for research in biological fluorescence.

Ben Schafer, assistant professor, Civil Engineering, was installed this month as president of the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association.

Joe Katz, professor in Mechanical Engineering, and Jun Chen, who received his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 2005, were recognized with the Outstanding Paper for 2005 honor for "Elimination of Peak-Locking Error in PIV Analysis Using the Correlation Mapping Method," published in the Institute of Physics journal, Measurement Science and Technology. In addition, Katz, with graduate student Francesco Soranna and postdoctoral fellows Yi-Chih Chow and Ogus Uzol, received the 2006 Robert T. Knapp Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fluids Engineering Division for his paper "3D Measurements of the Mean Velocity and Turbulence Structure Within the Near Wake of a Rotor Blade." The award is given to the best paper dealing with analytical, numerical and laboratory research.


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