For the Record: Cheers
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awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent
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Justine Roth of Chemistry Named Sloan Research
By Lisa de Nike
Justine Roth of the Department of Chemistry in
the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has received a
Sloan Research Fellowship to continue her study of enzymes
that utilize molecular oxygen during normal cellular
metabolism as well as those that remove oxygen byproducts
from cells, a process that underlies aging and age-related
Administered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the
fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars
with two-year $45,000 grants aimed at helping them
establish their laboratories and advance their research.
Roth was one of 118 young scientists and economists to
receive the awards this year in recognition of their
potential to contribute to academic advancement. Since the
Sloan Foundation began awarding fellowships in 1955, 32
fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.
"Being recognized by the Sloan Foundation is such an
honor," Roth said. "I'm delighted to have this affirmation
that my research program is off to a strong start and that
my group's hard work is being well received."
An assistant professor, Roth came to Johns Hopkins in
2003. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from
the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1994 and her
doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington,
Seattle, in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, she was an NIH
postdoctoral fellow at the University of California,
Berkeley. Since joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Roth
has received a number of other honors, including an NSF
Career Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research
John Toscano, chairman of the Department of Chemistry,
said, "This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for
Justine. It is excellent recognition of how highly regarded
her research program has become in the four years that she
has been at Hopkins," he said. "Our department is also
extremely proud that Justine has now joined several other
of our faculty who have been previously recognized as Sloan
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics,
received the 2007 Gertrude M. Cox Award from RTI
International and the Washington Statistical Society, the
Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Statistical
Association. The award is given annually to recognize an
early- or mid-career practitioner who is making significant
contributions to statistical methodology.
Adnan A. Hyder has been promoted to associate
professor in the Department of International Health. Hyder
is also a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of
Bioethics and a co-director of the Fogarty International
Research Ethics Training Program.
Ming An and Robert Scharpf, doctoral
candidates, are the 2007 recipients of the Helen Abbey
Award for Excellence in Teaching. Scharpf is also the 2007
recipient of the Margaret Merrell Award for Excellence in
Susan Hutfless, a doctoral candidate in the
Department of Epidemiology, and Sheng Luo, a doctoral
candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, have received
the 2007 Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award, which honors
student research at the interface of biostatistics and
Homewood Student Affairs
Eric Beatty, director of the Homewood Arts
Program, performed last month in Theatre Project's
production of Lost & Clown'd. The play is a physical comedy
that explores what happens when three circus members find
themselves in strange surroundings with yet another
Institute for Policy Studies
David Altschuler, principal resident scientist,
participated at the invitation of the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in a White House
Compassion in Action Roundtable. Called "Improving Prisoner
Re-Entry Services Through Faith and Community-Based
Partnerships," it took place at the Eisenhower Executive
Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Sandee Newman, director and professor, has been
appointed to the German Marshall Fund's Comparative
Domestic Policy Project Transatlantic Advisory Board.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
David Bell, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in
the Humanities, will assume the role of dean of faculty on
July 1. A historian of early modern France, Bell joined the
History Department faculty in 1996.
James Roberts, a doctoral candidate in the
History Department, has won a 2007-2008 fellowship from the
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, which is
headquartered at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Roberts will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to work for
a minimum of eight weeks in the collections of the
consortium's members. His work will focus on "New England's
Greater Caribbean 'Adventures': Maritime Merchants, Work
and Slavery to the Early 1800s.
Sylvia Eggleston Wehr has been named associate
dean for resource planning and development. Wehr, who
joined Johns Hopkins in 1985, most recently was associate
dean for external affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public
Health. She will assume her new role no later than July
School of Education
Michael S. Rosenberg, professor of special
education, is this year's recipient of the prestigious
TED/MERRILL Excellence in Teacher Education Award. The
award, given annually by the Teacher Education Division of
the Council for Exceptional Children and the Merrill
Publishing Company, recognizes an individual who has
demonstrated exemplary commitment to teacher education in
special education; preparation of future special education
leaders; research supporting the preparation of teachers,
including delivery of services to children with
disabilities; legislative leadership; and scholarly work.
He will receive the award this week at the CEC convention
in Louisville, Ky.
School of Medicine
Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric
neurosurgery, has been named the 2007 Ford Freedom Award
Scholar by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American
History in Detroit and the Ford Motor Co. He will speak to
1,500 grade-school students about Charles Purvis,
co-founder of Howard University's College of Medicine and
this year's posthumous recipient of the Ford Freedom Award.
In addition, Carson was named by The Daily Record, in the
category of medicine, as one of 50 Influential Marylanders
Tina Cheng, chief of general pediatrics and
adolescent medicine, has been appointed president-elect of
the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association. The 1,500-member
organization fosters the health of children, adolescents
and families through general pediatrics, academics and
Raymond DePaulo Jr., the Henry Phipps Professor
and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, will receive the 2007 Research Award at the May 2
Lifesavers Dinner of the American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention. The annual dinner, attended by more than 600
people from the worlds of politics, science, media,
entertainment and business, will be hosted this year by
Brooke Shields with a special performance by Shawn Colvin.
DePaulo is being recognized for investigations that have
contributed to the understanding of depression and bipolar
disorder as genetic disorders, and having advanced their
identification and treatment.
Richard George, a Reynolds Foundation
postdoctoral cardiology research fellow, has been chosen by
Health Imaging & IT magazine as one of its top 25
innovators of 2007 for his work on CT perfusion imaging.
Judith Karp, director of the adult leukemia
program at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has received the John
J. Kenny Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The
award recognizes Karp's work on behalf of the
organization's research, fund raising and patient services
Jennifer Lee, assistant resident in the
Division of Critical Care and Anesthesiology at the
Children's Center, was named a Hartwell Fellow. She is one
of only nine recipients nationwide of the highly selective
award, which provides $50,000 in funding for two years to
promising postdoctoral trainees pursuing careers in
Lee McCabe, director of the Office of
Behavioral Health Care in the Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences, has received the Co-Founders Award
from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
The award recognizes him for training Baltimore-area
religious leaders in how to respond to the mental health
and spiritual needs of individuals following a disaster.
Richard North, professor of neurosurgery,
anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received the
Founders Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine
for his contributions to the science and practice of spinal
cord stimulation for pain treatment.
Jeffrey Rothstein, neurologist and director of
the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, will receive
the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award at the Johns
Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association's biennial meeting
on June 1. The award recognizes his leadership in promoting
excellence in the School of Medicine.
Molly Sachdev, a third-year cardiology clinical
fellow, has been named one of 107 regional finalists for a
White House fellowship, the nation's premier program for
leadership and public service. She will learn this month if
she has been selected to be among 30 national finalists.
The final selection of approximately 20 winners will be
announced in June.
School of Nursing
Cynda Rushton, associate professor in the
Baccalaureate Program, will be one of the inductees at the
University of Kentucky College of Nursing's inaugural Hall
of Fame Induction on June 1.
Nancy Glass, associate professor in Research,
was the first to receive the Linda Saltzman New
Investigator Award Selection. Glass will receive $1,000
from the Family Violence Prevention Fund's Saltzman
Deborah Dang, director of Nursing Practice
Education and Research at JHH with a joint appointment at
the School of Nursing, has received the New Investigator
Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing
Issues. Her award was based on her abstract "Understanding
Influences on the Association Between Nurse Staffing and
Preventable Patient Complications," which she will present
on June 2 at the IRGNI annual meeting.
Phyllis Sharps has been promoted to full
professor on the practice and education track. In addition,
Sharps received the Research Award from the Institute on
Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the
2007 Conference A Contract for Change: Mobilizing the
African American Community to End Domestic Violence in Long
Lori Edwards, instructor in the Master's
program, was named the top 2007 Daily Record Nurse Health
Care Hero. She was honored for her work in local
communities, particularly through the school's Community
Outreach Program. Under her leadership, the program has
expanded its mission and scope and each year educates,
trains and places more than 150 student nurses as community
volunteers in more than 40 community agencies.
President William R. Brody was named No. 1 on
Baltimore magazine's list of the 50 most powerful people in
the Baltimore area. In addition, The Daily Record named him
as one of the 50 leaders in their fields in the state of
Maryland, in the category of education.
Whiting School of Engineering
Michael Yu, an assistant professor in Materials
Science and Engineering, has received a CAREER Award from
the National Science Foundation for his project titled
"Development of Multifunctional Tissue Scaffolds Comprising
Natural Collagen and Collagen Mimetic Peptides."
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