Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 16, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 16, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 7

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.


Applied Physics Laboratory

Timothy J. Collins has been named Precision Engagement Business Area executive. Precision Engagement refers to the process of integrating weapons, radars and sensors, targeting and tracking systems, and navigation and guidance capabilities so that the military can precisely detect, track and destroy a target. Collins had been acting executive since April. Prior to joining APL in 2005, Collins served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of operational and staff positions in the United States, Europe and Asia, commanding in peace, armistice and war at the flight, squadron, group and wing levels.


Bayview Medical Center

Donald Jasinski, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Chemical Dependency, has been selected to serve on the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board Advisory Panel of Experts. The INCB monitors implementation of the UN's international drug control conventions.


Health Divisions Administration

Nancy K. Roderer, director of the Welch Medical Library and an associate professor and director of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics, has been elected as the next president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Roderer teaches in the areas of library and information science and health sciences informatics, and she is currently co-director of a National Library of Medicine-funded postdoctoral training program in informatics. Her recent research efforts address issues related to providing human support to users interacting with digital libraries. She will assume office in November at the ASIST annual meeting in Austin, Texas.


Homewood Student Services

Thomas McDermott of Student Financial Services took first-place honors in the 2006 HSA Above & Beyond the Call Employee Recognition Award competition. Honorable mention recognition went to Tracey Angel of Housing and Conference Services, Toni Decker of Conference Services and C. Anne Pliska of the Business Office.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Samer Hattar, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology with a joint appointment in the SoM's Department of Neuroscience, has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The $625,000 fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation will be paid over five years.


School of Medicine

Deborah Armstrong, associate professor of oncology, gynecology and obstetrics at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been awarded the first annual Health Breakthrough Award by the Ladies' Home Journal. The award recognizes leading medical professionals who make life-saving discoveries in research, diagnostics and treatment. Armstrong was recognized for her seven-year research on the effectiveness of reintroducing a 50-year-old method for delivering chemotherapy through a catheter directly into the abdomens of ovarian cancer patients. The technique, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, can increase the survival rate by 16 months or more in women with advanced ovarian cancer.

Philip Cole, the E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and director of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, was chosen as the Top Innovator in The Daily Record 2006 Innovator of the Year awards program. The honor, voted upon by a panel of business and community leaders, honors Cole's leading a research team that developed a new way to study proteins in live cells, in particular a protein known as tyrosine kinase that is implicated in causing cancer.

David Nichols, vice dean for education and a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Career Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Critical Care. Nichols will be given the award at the AAP's national conference this month.

Richard Rubin, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, has been elected president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. Rubin is the author of the Johns Hopkins Guide to Diabetes and many other works on the disease that afflicts more than 20 million children and adults.


School of Nursing

Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor, has been named the 2006 Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher by the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research in recognition of her work on intimate partner violence.

Robin Newhouse, an assistant professor at the school and a nurse researcher at JHH, has received a Mentored Scientist Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The award supports her work in building health services research skills and conducting a study to evaluate the effects of legislative and market influences on rural nursing structure and patient outcomes. Newhouse has received three years of funding through her appointment at the School of Nursing.

David A. Thompson, an assistant professor, has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Research Quality to look at National Quality Forum nursing measures on incidence of blood stream infections.

Nancy Glass, an associate professor, raised funds to support women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), the country where she served in the Peace Corps, by running 30.16 miles on Sept. 16 in Portland, Ore. The Run for Congo Women raises funds to help women in that country who have survived war and violence rebuild their lives through financial and emotional support, job training, education, access to capital and assistance for small business development.

Dan Sheridan has been promoted to associate professor on the Practice Education Track.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Jay Liebowitz, professor of information technology in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, has just had his latest book, What They Didn't Tell You About Knowledge Management, published by the Scarecrow Press.

A team from the Graduate Division of Business and Management was one of six finalists in the National Black MBA Case Competition held in September in Atlanta. The Hopkins students — captain Angelita Crawford, Gerald Davis and Veronica Young — competed with 28 universities from around the world, many with full-time MBA programs. Espana James served as alternate; Tabitha Atkins and Tanya Palacio were understudies.


University Administration

Patricia Day, senior director of employee and labor relations in the Office of Human Relations, received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. This award is given to a CUPA-HR member who has given outstanding service to the association through constituent activities, including service in governance or leadership roles or through professional development contributions in support of the association.


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