Johns Hopkins Gazette | July 21, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 40

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

Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, vice provost for the arts and director of JHU Museums, has been selected by the American Library Association executive board to serve as the ALA representative to the Board of the American Library in Paris from 2008 to 2010. Tabb has also been chosen president-elect of the Digital Library Federation for 2010. The DLF is a consortium of more than 40 libraries and related agencies that are pioneering the use of digital information technologies to extend collections and services.

The Sheridan Libraries' 2007 Dean's Report, edited by Pamela Higgins, special assistant to the Sheridan Dean for external relations, took top honors in the American Library Association's 2008 Best of Show competition. More than 360 entries were submitted from across the United States and Canada in the annual report category for large public, academic and research libraries. The award was presented at the ALA Library Administration and Management Association division's Best of Show Awards Ceremony on June 29 at the ALA annual convention in Anaheim, Calif.


Bayview Medical Center

Joseph Brady, professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Mentorship Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the oldest organization for the scientific study of drug dependence and addictions. Brady, director of the Behavioral Biology Research Center for more than three decades, is being cited for the exceptional influence he has had on advancing the careers of young addiction-research scientists.

Hendree Jones, associate professor of behavioral biology and research director in the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy, will receive the 2008 Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Jones' work is unique in its goal of designing randomized controlled trials to examine addiction therapies and interventions that consider the welfare of the newborn as well as the mother.


Carey Business School

Heather Tillberg-Webb has been appointed an instructional designer in the Office of Learning, where she will assist faculty in further developing their skills as educators. Tillberg-Webb has taught courses in media design, production, print publications and graphic design at Elizabethtown College and in digital media at the Corcoran School of Art & Design. She holds a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Virginia.


Johns Hopkins Health System

Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the 2008 Most Valuable PAC Player Award from the American Hospital Association in recognition of his efforts to help the association's political action committee, the Health Policy Leadership Alliance, reach its fund-raising goal of $31,200. The AHA uses the funds to support national candidates who are committed to issues of importance to hospitals and health care systems, ranging from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to work force and patient safety issues.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Stephen Nichols, chair of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. The award is conferred on eminent foreign researchers at the peak of their academic careers by Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of lifetime achievement, and awardees are invited to carry out research projects of their choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany. Nichols will be hosted by the Free University in Berlin and based at the new Dahlem Humanities Center, with which Johns Hopkins serves as an international partner institution, and by the University of Cologne. He will use the time to finish his book on the enigma and exasperation of laughter.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

David P. Stewart, professorial lecturer, has been elected by the countries of the Organization of American States to the Inter-American Juridical Committee. The committee, headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, advises the OAS on the development and codification of international law norms, and the harmonization of the domestic law of Western Hemisphere countries. Its 11 members are chosen by OAS member states at the annual OAS General Assembly. Stewart is currently assistant legal adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State, where he has had primary responsibility for fields including international human rights, United Nations affairs, investment disputes and private claims.


School of Medicine

Norm Barker, associate professor of pathology and of art as applied to medicine, and director of Pathology Photography and Graphics, has received the 2008 Louis Schmidt Award from the BioCommunications Association. The highest honor bestowed by the 78-year-old group, the award recognizes Barker's outstanding contributions to the progress of communications in the life sciences.

Darshan Dalal, a researcher in the Cardiology Division's Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center and its Leducq Foundation research program at the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute, has received a two-year $300,000 grant from the Paris-based Leducq Foundation to pursue research into sudden cardiac death. Dalal, who will complete his doctorate in the Bloomberg School this summer, is one of only four Leducq Foundation Fellows named this spring.

Todd Dorman, associate dean and director of Continuing Medical Education, has been elected vice president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. A professor in the departments of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, Surgery and Nursing and vice chair for Critical Care, Dorman also is a founding member of a consortium of leaders of CME that includes Johns Hopkins, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke and the University of California, San Francisco.

Jed W. Fahey, faculty research associate in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences and in International Health, has been awarded a Prevent Cancer Foundation Grant titled "Bioavailability of Anticarcinogenic Glucosinolates." This $40,000 grant is for a two-year period beginning July 15.

Ulrike Hamper, professor of radiology, urology and pathology and director of the Division of Ultrasound, has been named a fellow in the American College of Radiology. The 32,000-member organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists is the leading radiological organization. Hamper also is the treasurer of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and recently completed a term on the board of governors for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Dorry Segev, assistant professor of surgery, has received a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The $400,000 award, one of only a few given annually to researchers, will fund a study of the role that frailty plays in clinical decision making for patients over the age of 65 who are undergoing dialysis and considering kidney transplantation.

Dou Alvin Zhang, a fellow in Cardiology, has received the division's 2008 Howard L. Silverman Research Award for his proposal "Therapeutic Exploration of SHP2 in Cardiovascular Diseases." The prize, named for a former cardiology fellow and faculty member who died in 1996, is awarded to a second-year fellow by a panel of faculty judges who assess research proposals for creativity, originality, feasibility and potential impact.


School of Nursing

Nancy Glass, associate professor in Community Public Health, has received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for research into the prevention of violence in the workplace, especially among home care workers. The grant, which will be allocated over the next five years, represents a unique research partnership between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, the Service Employees International Union, WomenStrength and the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, professor in Community Public Health, and Linda Rose, associate professor and director of the Baccalaureate Program, are co-investigators on the grant.

Sharon Olsen, assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, and colleagues have received $185,000 in funding from the Susan G. Komen for the CURE Maryland to develop a new model for coordinated long-term care for breast cancer survivors. The collaborative initiative, "A Survivorship Program for Breast Cancer: A Transition for Patients and Providers," spans the schools of Nursing and Medicine. The model focuses on the patient as a whole person instead of the label of "cancer" and will engage in a broader education of nurses, doctors and patients themselves about the process of survivorship.

Cynda Rushton, associate professor in Health Systems and Outcomes and director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has received more than $50,000 from the Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital to support the creation of a Pediatric Palliative Care Network within Maryland. The JHCC program is taking the lead in establishing an innovative regional program aimed at improving access to and resources for pediatric palliative care. The funding supports the creation of a centralized resource and referral center, education for health care professionals in pediatric palliative care and palliative care for infants across Maryland.


University Administration

Cheryl-Lee Howard, assistant provost for research administration, has been selected to receive the 2008 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration from the National Council of University Research Administrators. The award, which will be presented Nov. 3 at NCURA's 50th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., recognizes her distinguished career, which includes mentoring and training other administrators, conducting training conferences and her involvement in NCURA, as well as her exemplary work at Johns Hopkins.


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