Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 18, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 18, 2008 | Vol. 37 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.


Academic and Cultural Centers

Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean of university libraries and director of the Sheridan Libraries' digital programs, has been named to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Also partnering on the project are the Library of Congress, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the United Kingdom, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the National Archives and Records. The 15-member panel includes library directors and specialists, scholars and technologists in the United States and the United Kingdom. It will convene quarterly discussions involving international experts from the academic, public and private sectors and, in late 2009, will issue a report offering recommendations for digital preservation. In addition, Choudhury has been appointed lecturer in the Whiting School of Engineering's Computer Science Department. He will lecture on digital preservation in a new undergraduate course being held this spring.


Applied Physics Laboratory

Victor McCrary, business area executive for science technology, has received the 2008 Innovation in Technology Award from the National Society of Black Engineers–Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Alumni Extension. It was presented in January at the organization's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner and Gala.

Michael Misumi has been named chief information officer and head of the Information Technology Service Department. Misumi comes to APL from the RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., where he was deputy CIO. Misumi, who has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA, has 21 years of experience in developing information technology strategy, security operations, project portfolio management, network operations, data center operations, desktop administration and personnel management. The 210-person Information Technology Service Department develops and maintains software for APL business applications; its experts also serve on the front lines of cyber-protection, securing APL networks from hackers and other outside threats.


Centers and Affiliates

Harshad Sanghvi, vice president and medical director of JHPIEGO, received an honorary fellowship from the Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, part of the Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India, at the college's convocation held Feb. 4 in New Delhi. The award recognizes his exceptional contribution to women's health and to the societies. Sanghvi provides leadership and oversight for JHPIEGO's technical-assistance programs in more than 50 countries leading the development of innovative clinical approaches for low-resource settings, and provides strategic guidance to health ministries around the world. He is also a senior associate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.



Students Kenneth N. Anye and Thomas Henneberg have been selected by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation to participate in its International Achievement Summit to be held in June in Hawaii. The event was created to bring together current world leaders with outstanding young leaders of the future.


School of Medicine

Edward Ahn has joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. An assistant professor of neurosurgery, Ahn graduated from Harvard and received his medical degree with honors from New York University. He completed an internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery as the Shillito Staff Associate at the Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. Ahn's laboratory research focuses on neuroprotection after traumatic brain injury and pediatric spinal cord injury.

Douglas Brooks has been appointed director of finance for the Department of Medicine, where he had been assistant administrator for finances since 2006. Brooks had worked for the Department of Surgery during the 1990s, left to become a teacher and school administrator in Budapest, Hungary, and in 2004 returned to Johns Hopkins in the Department of Medicine.

J.P. Dunn, associate professor of ophthalmology, director of the Division of Ocular Immunology and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute's residency program, has received the 2007 Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

John A. Flynn has been promoted to professor in the Department of Medicine. He currently serves as the clinical director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. The D. William Schlott, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, Flynn also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as a faculty associate in the School of Nursing. Flynn has been at Johns Hopkins since 1986, when he began his internship and residency.

Murray Kalish, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been elected chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Caucus of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Maureeen Lefton-Greif, associate professor of pediatrics, has been elected a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in recognition of her achievements and contributions to the profession.

Christoph Lehmann, associate professor of pediatrics, health sciences informatics and dermatology, and director of clinical information technology for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has been appointed to the Records Work Group of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator.

Victor Velculescu, associate professor of oncology, has received the Judson Daland Prize from the American Philosophical Society for his outstanding work in patient-oriented research. The prize is accompanied by a $20,000 award.

Philip Wong, professor of pathology and neuroscience, has received a MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease, an award bestowed for more than 20 years on the most accomplished researchers in the field.

Zeng-Jin Yang, a research fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has received the first American Heart Association-Philips Resuscitation Fellowship Award, which will be given annually. The award, which provides a $100,000 grant over a two-year period, will enable him to pursue research to improve the understanding of the potential mechanisms of brain-cell damage in newborns that often occurs because of oxygen deficiency.


University Administration

Arthur McCombs has been named senior director of human resources for Homewood, a post he will assume Feb. 25. McCombs most recently served as vice president for human resources at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. He previously held leadership positions in a host of academic, health care and investigative settings, including Baltimore City Community College, the University of Maryland Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, Yale New Haven Health System and the Institute for Genomic Research. He also has been a senior human resources consultant at Martin Luther King/Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, and was the principal and owner of a human resources consulting firm, AMC Consulting. A graduate of the College of Wooster, McCombs received his master's degree in higher education administration from Columbia University. He succeeds Patricia Day, senior director of employee and labor relations, who had held the post on an interim basis.

Stephanie Reel, vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, was honored by UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and the university's Alumni Association at UMBC's Alumni of the Year Awards Ceremony, held Feb. 6 in Annapolis. One of six alumni honored, Reel was recognized in the Engineering and Information Technology category.


Whiting School of Engineering

Joelle Frechette, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. The CAREER award is given in recognition of young scientists' commitment to research and education. Frechette's CAREER program in materials design and surface engineering will support her research to harness interfacial phenomena and achieve external, reversible and local control of wetting and adhesion properties between surfaces. Her award also supports the development of workshops created in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind for visually impaired students.


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