Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 20, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 20, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 22

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.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

David Celentano, professor and deputy chair of Epidemiology, received an honorary doctor of philosophy in health sciences from Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented the degree at commencement activities on Jan. 25.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Bruce S. Bocher, professor of medicine, director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Cosner Scholar in translational research, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


Johns Hopkins Health System

The Rev. Uwe C. Scharf has been named director of the Pastoral Care Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. For the past five years, he was associate director of the Pastoral Services Department at Duke.

Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, has received the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Professor of Survivorship Award. The award honors and supports research and education that focuses on survivorship and quality-of-life issues for breast cancer survivors. The award includes a gift of $20,000 for the recipient to use in advancing breast cancer survivorship.

JHHS and its president, Ronald R. Peterson, have received the Greater Baltimore Committee's Bridging the Gap Award for the system's efforts to strengthen minority businesses in the area.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

David Rosenstein, a doctoral student in Near Eastern Studies, has been honored by the American School of Oriental Research with one of its most coveted recognitions, the Charles U. Harris Award. The award, presented recently in ceremonies held in Philadelphia, is given annually to the person who has demonstrated unflagging support for the long-range goals of ASOR, an organization of 110 universities, seminaries, museums, foundations and libraries. Its objectives are to initiate, encourage and support research into the cultures of the Near East from the earliest times, and through its many publications and outreach programs to help the public understand these findings.

Macie Hall, senior information technology specialist, Humanities, will assume the presidency of the Visual Resources Association at its 24th annual conference, to be held March 6 to 10 in Baltimore. Ann Woodward, curator of the History of Art Resources Collection, will become treasurer of the organization, which is dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage and commercial environments.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Margel Lindzey Highet is the new director of development. The SAIS alumna returns to the school with 20 years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. She previously served as vice president of development for Oceana, an international ocean conservation group, and Common Cause, a nonpartisan citizens' group advocating accountable government.

Christopher Massi is the new associate director of development. Massi has almost 20 years' experience in education and fundraising. He has headed an independent school in Seattle and was senior director of development and finance for a policy and planning organization in Pennsylvania.

SAIS has been honored with three gold and one bronze Admissions Advertising Awards. Sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report, the program is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. More than 3,500 entries were submitted this year from every state in the country and multiple foreign countries. Gold went to SAISPHERE 2004 (titled "Why Regions Matter") for Best Internal Publication for a Graduate School; the 2005-2006 SAIS Catalog for Best Catalog for a Graduate School; and Discover SAIS for Best Video Viewbook for a Graduate School. The 2005 SAIS Summer Programs marketing materials were recognized with a bronze for Best Direct Mail Campaign for a Graduate School. Julie Hitt, director of Summer and Executive Education, and Courtney Burton, assistant director of admissions, oversaw the Summer Programs marketing materials and SAIS video project, respectively.


School of Medicine

Michael Barone, assistant professor in Pediatrics, his wife, Deirdre; and their daughters, Bridget, Meredith and Emily, were named the 2005-2006 Maryland PTA Family of the Year at the Awards Dinner of the Maryland State Parent Teacher Association. The award honors the family's seven years of dedicated, selfless service to the Rodgers Forge Elementary School community.

Eric B. Bass, associate professor of medicine and senior faculty research fellow in the Urban Health Institute, is editor in chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, published by the Johns Hopkins Press.

Richard E. Chaisson, professor of medicine and infectious diseases, will receive the American Thoracic Society's World Lung Health Award for 2006.

Edward Cornwell, professor in the Department of Surgery and chief of Adult Trauma for JHH, was honored by the Maryland House of Delegates with the Speaker's Medallion. The speaker of the House awards the medallion annually to an individual chosen for his or her exemplary service to the House and the state of Maryland.

Andrea Cox, assistant professor of medicine, has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the Dana Foundation for her project "Mechanisms of Immunologic Unresponsiveness to Hepatitis C Virus Infection."

Jed Fahey, faculty research associate in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences and director of the Brassica Chemoprotection Laboratory, has been named editor in chief of Trees for Life, a new online scientific journal focused on traditional knowledge and scientific studies of beneficial plants. Its URL is

William Guggino, professor of physiology and pediatrics, will receive the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2006 Doris F. Tulcin Cystic Fibrosis Research Award, recognizing him as the country's top cystic fibrosis scientist. Guggino is director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Program, head of the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Program, vice chairman of residency in Pediatrics and director of curriculum for first-year medical students.

Ralph H. Hruban, professor and director of the Division of Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology, has been named the first science director of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research. Hruban, who will remain at Hopkins, will help advance the Long Island-based foundation's research.

Landon King, associate professor of medicine and biological chemistry, has been appointed head of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

David Rini, associate professor of art as applied to medicine, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2006. Rini will spend seven months in Santiago, Chile, to establish South America's first academic program in medical and scientific illustration, at the Universidad de Andres Bello.

Matthias Stuber, associate professor in Radiology, was awarded first place in the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance's competition for Best Basic Abstract competition. The winning abstract, "Signal-Enhanced Visualization of Magnetic Nanoparticle-Labeled Stem Cells Using Inversion Recovery ON-Resonant Water Suppression," summarized the research team's new method for viewing stem cells via magnetic resonance imaging. Stuber's team included Wesley Gilson, Jeff Bulte and Dara Kraitchman, all of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.

Nitish Thakor, professor in Biomedical Engineering, was appointed editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural and Rehabilitation Engineering for a three- to six-year term. He has served on the journal's editorial board for more than 10 years.

Gary Wand, professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of the Endocrine Training Program, has been admitted to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.


School of Nursing

Barbara Biedrzycki, a doctoral candidate, received a $30,000 research scholarship from the American Cancer Society to explore why cancer patients participate in research trials and clinical trials.

Linda Rose, associate professor, has been named director of the Baccalaureate Program. She succeeds Linda Pugh, the first director of the program, who is stepping down from the position.

Dan Sheridan, assistant professor, received a $34,525 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention to coordinate training of nurses to conduct pediatric forensic sexual assault exams. One training will be hosted at the School of Nursing; the other site will be in rural Maryland.

Recently elected to the board of officers for the Maryland Association of Nursing Students were Rachel Walker, president; Adrienne Clark, secretary; Nicole Mitchell, membership/nominations; and Nancy Poznak, newsletter editor.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Christopher T. Helmrath, director of the MBA Capstone program in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, has joined SC&H Group, a financial services firm, as a partner. He brings to his new position more than 20 years of experience in the corporate financial advisory field.

Pete Petersen, interim dean and professor of management in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, has received a Johns Hopkins University Heritage Award, recognizing outstanding service to the institution. Petersen, who joined Hopkins in 1979, served as the division's first director. He is a 24-year member of the Academy of Management and is an award-winning author for his works on management history. His book The Great Baltimore Fire, issued for that event's centenary in 2004, is the Maryland Historical Society's best-selling title. Petersen was also recognized recently by Delta Sigma Pi as a Career Honoree for his longtime support of the Chi and Baltimore Alumni chapters.

Michael Rosenberg, professor of special education in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, has published a new edition of his text for special educators, Student Teacher to Master Teacher. The book, the first edition of which was published in 1998, serves as a practical guide for educating students with special needs. Co-authors are Lawrence and Dorothy O'Shea.

David Winstead, member of the Graduate Division of Business and Management's Edward St. John Department of Real Estate advisory board, has been appointed commissioner of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service. In his new position, Winstead will oversee real estate dealings for the federal government, responsible for a national portfolio of 340 million square feet for more than 100 government agencies.

Greg Conderacci, Don McDaniel and Chris Helmrath, practitioner faculty members in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, were named to Baltimore Smart CEO magazine's "CEO Choice: Top Advisors" list in the magazine's February edition. Winners were selected from nominations offered by the publication's nearly 19,000 subscribers, who are CEOs of companies of all sizes throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Bahareh Ardeshiri, John Lederer, Andrei Ponomarev, David Schwartz and Katie Troutman, students in the Graduate Division of Business and Management's Edward St. John Real Estate Department, each received $1,000 from the Paul Cordish Scholarship Fund to help fund their participation in the European Real Estate Challenge held in January in Berlin, Germany. Hopkins was the only U.S. university invited to participate in this annual competition, which included students from eight European countries. The teams, assembled by competition organizers, were made up of five students, each from a different country, who tackled various real estate responsibilities, including broker and consultant, in delivering a mock presentation to a board of directors for a proposed corporate relocation. Hopkins students were on two of the three final teams, earning silver and bronze awards.


Whiting School of Engineering

Andreas Andreou, professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Gregory Hager, professor in Computer Science, have been elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This highest level of membership is conferred only by invitation of the board of directors upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in IEEE-designated fields, and who has made important individual contributions to one or more of these fields. Andreou was recognized for his significant contributions to energy efficient sensory microsystems and Hager for his significant contributions to vision-based robotics.

Jim Fill, professor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, was named editor in chief of the Journal of Theoretical Probability for a three-year term. A member of the editorial board since 2000, Fill served the last two years as co-editor in chief.

Jacob Khurgin, professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America. A fellow is a member who has served with distinction in the advancement of optics and who has been nominated by a current fellow. Khurgin was recognized for "outstanding original contributions to the physics of nonlinear optical and electro-optical semiconductors, especially the low-dimensional semiconductor structures."

Abby Lattes has been named director of marketing and communications. Since 2004 she had been manager of communications and marketing for the university's historic houses. Prior to that, she was a marketing and public relations consultant for the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Maryland Humanities Council, the Mount Vernon Cultural District and other clients. From 1999 through 2002, she served as director of public relations and marketing for the Maryland Historical Society.

Charles Meneveau, professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. The academy's primary mission is to sponsor, support and stimulate pure and applied scientific research.

Ed Scheinerman, professor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, was named editor of the "Notes" section of American Mathematical Monthly. The Monthly, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America, has more than 45,000 readers and is the world's most widely read mathematical publication. "Notes" includes short articles that contain a mathematical gem or an elegant proof of a theorem. Competition by authors for these pages is fierce; hundreds of submissions vie for a handful of acceptances. Scheinerman has been a member of the publication's editorial board for a decade.

Adam Stubblefield, assistant research professor in Computer Science and JHUISI, has been named one of the top technology innovators under age 35 by MIT Technology Review. The journal recognized Stubblefield's work in finding holes in supposedly secure systems and noted that he is helping keep information systems from being used to encroach on civil liberties. Stubblefield received his doctorate from Hopkins in 2005.

James West, research professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Gold Medal from the Acoustical Society of America. The prestigious award is presented annually to an individual whose contributions to the field of acoustics and to the Acoustical Society have been unusually distinguished and recognizes excellence in acoustics over a lifetime. The award will be presented at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in June.

John Wierman, professor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected president of the Southern Regional Council on Statistics for a two-year term. SRCOS is a consortium of more than 40 universities that promotes statistical research and education in the southern United States. The mission of SRCOS is to promote the improvement of postsecondary education in statistical science, assist in the development of high-quality statistics instruction in elementary and high schools, and promulgate educational activities that improve the quality of statistical practices.


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