Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 27, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 27, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 12

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.


Bayview Medical Center

Steven Kravet, assistant professor of medicine, has been named chief medical officer for patient safety and quality.

Constantine "Kostas" Lyketsos, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been appointed chief of the Department of Psychiatry. Lyketsos, formerly co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at JHH, holds a joint appointment in mental health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is academic director for the School of Medicine-affiliated Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville, Md. As chief, he succeeds Chester Schmidt, who will remain on the faculty.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Susan P. Baker, a professor in Health Policy and Management, received the inaugural Champions Award from the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research in recognition of her successful promotion of the field of injury and violence prevention. She received the honor at the awards banquet of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association, held Nov. 7 in Boston. An epidemiologist specializing in injury prevention, Baker was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Richard Morrow, a professor in the Department of International Health, has received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association. Morrow was recognized for his contributions to the study of tropical diseases, epidemiological methods, quality-assurance management and the measurement of the burden of disease on populations.

Barry R. Zirkin, head of the Division of Reproductive Biology in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has received a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Institutes of Health. The awards are initiated by the National Institute on Aging and the National Advisory Council on Aging and provide long-term support to outstanding, experienced investigators. The award recognizes Zirkin's work on reproduction and his longtime contributions to the study of aging of the male reproductive tract.


Johns Hopkins Hospital

Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, has received the 2006 Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity Award from the American Society for Plastic Surgeons. Shockney, a breast cancer survivor, has two new books, Navigating Breast Cancer and Stealing Second Base.


Johns Hopkins Medicine

JHM, with 34 team captains, raised more than $33,000 during America's Walk for Diabetes, held Oct. 7 by the American Diabetes Association. Paul Thompson, of the JHU Maintenance Department, raised $6,900, and Carlisa Jones of the Wilmer Eye Institute, who organized the JHM ADA Walk, headed the team raising the most money, $3,051.


School of Medicine

Hal Dietz, professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the American Society of Human Genetics' Curt Stern Award in recognition of his scientific achievements in genetics research involving Marfan syndrome. The $2,500 award honors the late Curt Stern, a pioneering human geneticist.

Todd Dorman, associate professor of anesthesiology, surgery and medicine; associate dean and director of continuing medical education; and vice chair for critical care services in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, is president-elect of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists.

Joel Gallant, associate professor of medicine and assistant director of the AIDS Service, has received the Emerging Leader in HIV Clinical Education Award from the HIV Medicine Association. Gallant was recognized for his research, co-authorship of Medical Management of HIV Infection and numerous Web-based additions to patient and clinical education.

Elizabeth Jaffee, professor of oncology and pathology and co-director of the Cancer Immunology Program and the Immunology and Hematopoiesis Division, has received the National Cancer Institute's 2006 Outstanding SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) Investigator award. She was honored for her work in pancreatic and breast cancer drug development.

Beth Murinson, assistant professor of neurology, has received a total of $210,000 in grants from the Mayday Fund and the Milbank Foundation for Rehabilitation to develop an educational program for medical students studying the treatment of pain.

Arnall Patz, director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been elected to the American Printing House for the Blind's Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field. He will be inducted along with the late Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher and companion. Patz also will receive the organization's Wings of Freedom Award.

Koji Tamada, assistant professor of dermatology, has received a young investigators grant from the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Tamada is working on maximizing the potency of a potential cancer vaccine.

Philip Cole, Mingzhao Xing and Pamela Zeitlin have been named Innovators of the Year by The Daily Record. The Baltimore newspaper selected Cole, professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, as the top overall winner, for research on how signaling pathways in cells function. Xing, an assistant professor in endocrinology, was cited for uncovering a mutation in a gene associated with tumor growth in papillary thyroid cancer and developing a novel molecular diagnostic method. Zeitlin, professor of pediatrics, was honored for identifying a protein that eliminates the mutant cystic fibrosis gene.


School of Nursing

Kathleen Becker, assistant professor, Graduate Instruction, has been appointed as a content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Nurse Practitioner Examination and selected to be a member of the review panel for the Journal of Nursing Education.

Maryann Fralic, professor, Graduate Instruction, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duquesne University School of Nursing, where she received her undergraduate degree.

Martha Hill, dean, and Ibby Tanner, assistant professor, Graduate Instruction, received the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing/American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2006 Award for Baccalaureate Education in Geriatric Nursing at the AACN's Fall Semi-annual Meeting, held in Washington, D.C.

Joan Kub, associate professor, Undergraduate Instruction, received the Mentor of the Year Award from the Maryland Nurses Association at its awards luncheon on Oct. 20.

Rosemary Mortimer, instructor, Undergraduate Instruction, is president-elect of the Maryland Nurses Association.

Marie Nolan, associate professor and director of the Doctoral Program, was one of the 12 selected for the 2007 Maryland Nurses Association Face of Nursing Calendar.

Cynda Rushton, associate professor, Undergraduate Instruction, is one of 24 nationally and internationally recognized nurse scholars who will participate in April in Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and a Vision, a program sponsored by Creighton's Center for Health Policy and Ethics in Omaha, Neb.

Dan Sheridan, assistant professor, Graduate Instruction, received a grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to coordinate in 2007 two Maryland Board of Nursing-approved trainings to begin to prepare registered nurses to become sexual assault forensic examiners.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Eric Green, assistant professor in the Education Division and internship coordinator in Counseling and Human Services, received the Public Education and Promotion Award at the annual meeting of the Association for Play Therapy, held Oct. 14 in Toronto. The award acknowledges the degree to which Green educated the general public about the value of play therapy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His team of licensed mental health professionals and registered play therapists created makeshift playrooms in Red Cross centers housing children and families in southern Louisiana. During numerous media interviews, Green explained how play, when developmentally appropriate, can be effectively used to communicate with and counsel clients, especially children.


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