For the Record: Cheers
Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and
awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent
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Sandra Gray Named Executive Director of Alumni
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS
Sandra Gray — an alumna, wife of an
alumnus, mother of a recent graduate and longtime staff
member of Johns Hopkins — has been named executive
director of the Office of Alumni Relations.
Gray has served as senior associate director of Alumni
Relations since 2001. During her nine-year tenure in that
office, she restructured the Regional Chapter Program,
assisted in forming stronger relationships and professional
teamwork among development counterparts, strengthened
alumni giving and international chapter leadership,
enhanced student programs and services, and formed a close
bond with the Alumni Council.
"Her contributions, as well as her management of
long-range and strategic planning, have proven her ability
to lead the Alumni Relations team with vision and passion,"
said Michael Eicher, vice president for development and
alumni relations, when announcing the appointment.
Gray graduated from the Krieger School of Arts and
Sciences in 1976 and since then has held a variety of
positions at Johns Hopkins in the offices of Student
Financial Services and Development and Alumni Relations.
Bayview Medical Center
Jonathan Ellen, associate professor of
pediatrics and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for
Child and Community Research, has been named director of
the Department of Pediatrics. Ellen, whose research focuses
on preventing sexually transmitted infections in
adolescents, is also director of the Adolescent Medicine
Training Program in the School of Medicine and an adviser
to the Baltimore City Health Department.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ruth Faden, the Philip Franklin Wagley
Professor of Biomedical Ethics and director of the Berman
Institute of Bioethics, has been named one of the six
Mothers of Bioethics by the Women's Bioethics Project, a
nonpartisan public policy think tank. The honorees were
nominated in recognition of Mother's Day by their
colleagues in the field.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Gregory F. Ball, professor in Psychological and
Brain Sciences, has been selected as president-elect of the
Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology for a two-year
term. The group sponsors the journal Hormones and Behavior
and is dedicated to studying interrelationships among
hormones, brain and behavior. Ball will serve as president
of the organization from 2009 to 2011.
Silvio Contessi, a graduate student in
Economics, was recognized as best teaching assistant with a
2007 Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.
Johns Hopkins Health System
Gai Cole, senior project administrator,
operations integration, has received a Best Practice Award
from Courtemanche & Associates, a North Carolina-based
health care consulting firm, recognizing his business
continuity plan for JHH in the event of a disaster.
Kim Martin, a communications specialist
formerly with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has
been named director of the Office of Communications and
Public Affairs at the Children's Center. Martin will play
a key role in developing visibility for the Children's
Center as it prepares for the opening of its new pediatric
hospital in early 2011. She and her team also will enhance
communications about the faculty's research and patient
School of Medicine
Kenneth Brady, an assistant professor
specializing in pediatric intensive care, has received the
Hartwell Foundation's award for biomedical research, which
honors cutting-edge work in the field of biomedicine with
high potential for direct clinical benefit to children. The
award from the Memphis-based foundation provides $100,000
in annual funding for three years and recognizes Brady's
work on a monitor that tracks blood flow changes in the
brains of children with serious brain injuries.
Roger Blumenthal, associate professor in
Cardiology and director of the Ciccarone Center for the
Prevention of Heart Disease, has been named one of Men's
Health magazine's top cardiologists for 2007.
Ying-Jun Cao, research and clinical fellow in
Clinical Pharmacology, is the first recipient of the Young
Investigator Award from the American Society for Clinical
Pharmacology and Therapeutics. His research seeks to
improve use of therapeutic armamentarium to prevent the
progression and transmission of HIV.
Edbert Hsu, assistant professor of emergency
medicine, has received a Young Investigator Award from the
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Gabor Kelen, director of the Department of
Emergency Medicine, received the 2007 Leadership Award from
the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine at its annual
meeting, held last week in Chicago.
Seyun Kim, a doctoral candidate in Biological
Chemistry, is one of 12 graduate students from North
America and Asia who have received the 2007 Harold M.
Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The award recognizes
Kim's work on the structural skin protein keratin, which
also earned him this year's Martin and Carol Macht Research
Jennifer Lee, a fellow in Pediatric Critical
Care, is one of nine postgraduate fellows to be in the
inaugural class of Hartwell Foundation Fellowships. The
award provides an annual $50,000 grant for two years to
support Lee's biomedical research.
Donna Magid, associate professor of radiology
and orthopedic surgery, has received the 2007 Joseph E. and
Nancy O. Whitley Award from the Association of University
Radiologists for the best manuscript on a radiology
education subject. David Feigin, professor of radiology,
was her co-author.
Russell Margolis, professor of psychiatry and
neurology, has received a distinguished investigator grant
of $100,000 from the National Alliance for Research on
Schizophrenia and Depression, the world's largest
donor-supported philanthropy for psychiatric research.
Akira Sawa, assistant professor of psychiatry
and neurobiology, has received the $250,000 Staglin Family
Music Festival NARSAD Schizophrenia Research Award from the
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and
Depression. This award is made annually to a leading
researcher in schizophrenia.
Levi Watkins, cardiac surgeon and associate
dean for postdoctoral affairs, has received the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference/W.O.M.E.N. Health Award.
The Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical
Research Center in the School of Medicine has received
an additional $12.6 million from its namesake, the Las
Vegas-based Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, to continue
studies into the causes of sudden cardiac death. Center
director Eduardo Marban says the money will fund research
in three areas most likely to produce new therapies for the
School of Nursing
Kathi White, associate professor and director,
Master's Instruction, and co-authors received the Dean
Janet Allan Distinguished Abstract Award for their
submission to the conference Your Practice Based on
Evidence at the University of Maryland School of
Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University
Libraries, vice provost for the arts and director of
Homewood and Evergreen museums, is this year's recipient of
the American Library Association Joseph W. Lippincott
Award. Founded in 1938, the award is given annually to an
individual for distinguished service to the profession of
librarianship and consists of a 24K gold-framed citation
and $1,000 donated by the award founder's grandson, Joseph
W. Lippincott III. The award recognizes Tabb's "significant
and enduring" contributions to the profession during his
long and distinguished career at the Library of Congress.
Tabb served as associate director there for a decade before
joining Johns Hopkins in 2002.
Whiting School of Engineering
Jim Aumiller has been named associate dean for
finance and administration. In this role, he will oversee
the areas of finance, human resources and information
technology. Aumiller has been with Johns Hopkins for 19
years, most recently as project manager of the HopkinsOne
finance and sponsored research teams. He previously served
as the university's director of cost and research
accounting, director of accounting services, manager of
cost analysis, manager of payroll and manager of research
accounting for sponsored projects. He received his bachelor
of science degree in accounting from the University of
Maryland and is a member and formal faculty member of the
National Council of University Research Administrators. He
also is a member of the Council of Government Regulations
and of the National Association of College and University
Mark Franceschini, a lecturer in the Center for
Leadership Education, is the 2007 recipient of the Robert
B. Pond Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award.
Gloria Olivier, a graduate assistant in
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has received the
George M.L. Sommerman Engineering Graduate Teaching
Lester Su, assistant professor in Mechanical
Engineering, is the recipient of the 2007 Capers and Marion
McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising.
Trac Tran, associate professor in Electrical
and Computer Engineering, received the William H. Huggins
Excellence in Teaching Award for 2007.
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