Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 15, 2007
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 15, 2007 | Vol. 37 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.


Bayview Medical Center

Ali Bydon, assistant professor of neurosurgery, has been appointed clinical director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program. An expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery, he received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and completed his neurosurgical residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a fellowship in complex spinal and reconstructive surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Bydon's interests include degenerative, neoplastic, infectious and traumatic disorders of the spine, with a focus on restoration and reconstruction.

The Department of Psychiatry's Addiction Treatment Services program, directed by psychologist Robert Brooner, has been chosen to receive the Ernest Amory Codman Award in the category of behavioral health care. The Codman Award, given annually by the Joint Commission, is named for the physician called "the father of outcomes measurement" and recognizes achievement in using process and outcomes measures to improve the quality and safety of medical care.


Carey Business School

Richard Kilburg has joined the school as interim chair of the Department of Management and director of the Master of Science in Organization Development and Strategic Human Resources program. Most recently, Kilburg was senior director for the Office of Human Services at Johns Hopkins and an adjunct professor in the Krieger School's Department of Psychology. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Sally O'Brien has been appointed associate dean for development and external affairs. O'Brien was with the Bloomberg School of Public Health for 15 years, most recently as director of development, and played a key role in the school's rebranding and rededication after being named to honor Michael Bloomberg, and in the school's Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, which raised $216 million on a goal of $80 million.


Development and Alumni Relations

Lori Osowski has been named executive director for principal gifts. Osowski joins Johns Hopkins after more than a decade at Duke University Medical Center, where she most recently was vice chair for the Department of Medicine and executive director of development for the Department of Medicine and Heart Center. She previously was a licensed stockbroker for Lehman Brothers and a financial representative at Wachovia Bank. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she holds a master's degree in liberal studies with a certificate in health policy from Duke.


Homewood Student Services

In the recent Above & Beyond the Call Employee Recognition Awards, Alicia Grogan of Human Resources and chair of the awards committee, received a special Homewood Service Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Homewood community. Cheryl Janowsky of the Career Center took first-place honors in the HSA Recognition Award competition; first, second and third runners-up were Kimberly Gray of Housing and Dining Services, C. Anne Pliska of HSA Business Office and Kathryn Schnurr of Campus Ministries. Honorable mention went to Caroline Bennett, Office of the Dean of Student Life; Tregia Cabbagestalk, Student Accounts; Tracy Carter, Career Center; Jameel Freeman, Admissions; Mary Haile, Counseling Center; Carol Mohr, Housing and Dining Services; Ellen Ostendorf, Financial Aid; Gail Rauenzahn, Registrar's Office; Ruth Scally, Student Employment; Heather Strube, Residential Life; and Elaine Depoy, Michael Renwick and Elaine Strong, all of Athletics and Recreation.



Myron Kunka, associate dean for finance and administration, is a recipient of the 2007 Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished Executive, recognizing his more than 30 years of outstanding leadership and service to the U.S. federal government. President Bush's selection of this year's awards recipients--the most prestigious honor given to career civil servants in the U.S. government--was announced Sept. 28 by the Office of Personnel Management. Kunka retired from his financial management career at the Department of Defense prior to joining SAIS in August. Most recently, he was associate director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, where he was responsible for the Business Enterprise.


School of Education

John Castellani, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership, has been appointed by State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick to the Maryland Technological Advisory Council. The purpose of the council--composed of technology leaders from school districts, universities and the Maryland State Department of Education--is to provide oversight and direction to the new 2007 Maryland Plan for Technology in Education. The council will be determining how to best integrate technology into teaching and learning, and will examine ways to address the need to measure achievement of students, teachers and administrator technology standards.

Michael S. Rosenberg, professor in the Department of Special Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellowship for the spring 2008 semester and will be in residence at St.Patrick's College in Dublin, Ireland. He will be teaching doctoral students and plans to expand his special-education policy research cross-culturally, examining such topics as the extent of special- education teacher shortage in Ireland, what policies have been developed to address these shortages and what alternative methods are used to recruit and retain special-education teachers. In addition to co-authoring several textbooks, Rosenberg has written a number of journal articles on alternative paths to special-education teacher certification in the United States. Sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright program is the largest international exchange program in the country offering opportunities for scholars and professionals to undertake international study.


School of Medicine

Kenneth Brady, assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Anesthesiology, has been named Innovator of the Year for 2007 in The Daily Record's annual selection of individuals whose groundbreaking work has improved their industries, businesses or communities. Brady received the award for his work on a monitor that tracks blood-flow changes in the brains of children with serious brain injuries. The monitor, currently in the testing phase, would allow doctors to spot and prevent changes in blood flow that can cause life-threatening strokes and bleeding in the brain. Brady, one of 24 Marylanders on this year's list, received the award at a ceremony on Oct. 10.

Charles Cummings, Distinguished Service Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and vice president of clinical and medical affairs for Johns Hopkins International, has become interim director of the Department of Dermatology. He succeeds interim director Bernard Cohen, who remains in the Division of Pediatric Dermatology. Cummings served as director of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for more than a decade before joining Johns Hopkins International in 2002.

Linda Fried, professor and director of the Center on Aging and Health and of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerentology, has received the David H. Solomon Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions in Geriatrics from UCLA.

Alberto Hinojosa-Quinones, assistant professor of neurosurgery and oncology and also director of the Brain Tumor Surgery program at Bayview, has been named one of Hispanic Business magazine's 100 most influential Hispanic-Americans, in the field of education. The citation reflects Hinojosa- Quinones' positive impact on society.

Tuberculosis experts Jacques Grosset and Richard Chaisson have each been awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Grosset, a professor and scientist based at the Center for Tuberculosis Research, received $1.8 million to improve the early testing of new TB drugs. Chaisson, professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health, and director of the center, received $4.4 million for the Hopkins-based CREATE, which he also directs.


School of Nursing

Patti Abbot, assistant professor in the Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, has been selected to chair the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics conference, to be held in Montreal in June 2012.

Elizabeth Jordan, assistant professor in the Department of Community Public Health, was the spokesperson for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies initiative at a press conference on Oct. 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Miyong Kim, associate professor in the Department of Community Public Health, will be presented with the Alumni Association Recognition Award from the University of Arizona College of Nursing on Jan. 19.

Dan Sheridan, associate professor in the Department of Community Public Health, received a grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to support three Maryland Board of Nursing-approved forensic nurse examiner courses, including one in March at the School of Nursing.

Kathi White, associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, has been appointed interim director of the Maryland Patient Safety Center, which was created by the Maryland Health Care Commission in 2004 to develop and implement strategies to improve the safety of patient care.


University Administration

Homewood Campus Safety and Security Services has been selected to receive a 2007 Governor's Crime Prevention Award in the category of Law Enforcement Agencies. Honorees were chosen by a subcommittee of the Maryland Crime Prevention Institute to recognize outstanding crime prevention efforts throughout the state. In addition, the department was honored last month by the Charles Village Civic Association, which gave its Community Service Award to JHU for its Crime Watch efforts. To date, more than 800 students have secured Baltimore City Crime Watch ID numbers in an effort to be proactive in preventing and deterring crime in the Greater Homewood area.


Whiting School of Engineering

Carey Priebe, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected a member of the International Statistical Institute, one of the oldest international scientific associations functioning in the modern world.

Andrea Prosperetti, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the University of Tokyo's School of Engineering in recognition of his distinguished service to the researchers and education at that school, as well as distinguished achievements in research and education in the field of engineering.

Joseph Stone has joined the school in the newly created position of information technology manager. Formerly the senior informatics manager for a division of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Stone will oversee all aspects of the Dean's Office's IT infrastructure and will supervise the office's support services.


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