Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 16, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 16, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 26

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 Centers and Affiliates

Marsha Schachtel, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, was elected to the board of the Greater Homewood Community Corp., which strengthens neighborhoods in north central Baltimore by improving education, supporting youth development and advancing economic development and community revitalization.


Bayview Medical Center

Eric Howell, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Collaborative Inpatient Medicine Service, will receive the Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also has been elected to CIMS' board of directors.

Gwenn Smith, visiting professor, has been appointed director of Neuroimaging for the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry. She is president-elect of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology and has published research papers in numerous journals.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Pierre Coulombe has been appointed professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Homewood Student Affairs

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions' viewbook has received the gold award in Higher Education Marketing Report's 24th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards. Created under the direction of Maggie Kennedy, of Admissions, the publication was designed by the university's Marketing and Creative Services office (formerly Design and Publications) and written by Diane Bockrath, formerly of Admissions, with principal photography by Will Kirk, of Homewood Imaging and Photographic Services. The data-driven design for this viewbook was conceived in 2004 and is updated annually, making it a cost-effective tool for recruitment. This is the second time out of three it has received the gold award.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Giovanni Arrighi has been appointed the George Armstrong Kelly Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Jerrold Cooper has been appointed the W.W. Spence Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages.

Dorothy Ross has been appointed the Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emerita of History.



Rene Vidal, assistant professor in the Whiting School's Department of Biomedical Engineering, and David Foster, assistant professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Neuroscience, are among 118 early career scientists, mathematicians and economists who have been selected as 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. According to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which makes the awards, the recipients are "conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience." Grants of $50,000 for a two-year period are administered by each fellow's institution. Once chosen, the recipients are free to pursue whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them, and they are permitted to employ fellowship funds in a variety of ways to further their research aims.


Peabody Institute

Hans Goldstein, a junior, won first prize in the school's Yale Gordon Competition for Orchestral Bowed Strings and will play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next season. Second prize went to DaVin Lee and third prize to Yunjin Ro, both master of music candidates. All three winners are cello students of Amit Peled.

Faculty artist Ah Young Hong sang the title role in the baroque opera The Coronation of Poppea. In his review of the production, by Baltimore's Opera Vivente, Sun music critic Tim Smith wrote, "Ah Hong had quite a triumph as the subtly conniving Poppea. The soprano's tonal gleam filled the hall beautifully, and her phrasing was always richly detailed."

Roger Zare, a master of music candidate in composition, received the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize. His Green Flash, a nine-minute work for orchestra, was selected by a jury of conductors from more than 220 submissions. ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. (To view a performance of Green Flash, go to

Of the 24 finalists in the 2009 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, four are Peabody students. Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee are doctor of musical arts candidates studying with Boris Slutsky, Eric Zuber is an artist diploma candidate studying with Slutsky, and Young-Ah Tak is a doctor of musical arts candidate studying with Leon Fleisher. Entrants performed remotely on Yamaha pianos equipped with Disklavier Pro recording technology. The finalists will compete in Minneapolis/St. Paul between June 29 and July 10, with the performances streamed live on the Internet.



SAIS received three awards this year in Annual Admissions Advertising Awards competition sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report: gold for the 2008-2009 Explore SAIS catalog, as Best Catalog for a Graduate School; silver for the 2008 SAIS Summer Programs Marketing Materials, Best Direct Mail Advertising Campaign for a Graduate School; and a merit award for 2008 Alumni College Marketing Materials, Special Publication for a Graduate School. SAIS staff who produced the materials were Tara Campbell, acting director of Admissions, Felisa Neuringer Klubes, director of Communications and Marketing, and Julie Micek, director of Academic Affairs.


School of Education

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, will receive the Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award at the American Counseling Association's annual conference this week in Charlotte, N.C. Nominees for the award are professional counselors who have an exemplary record of challenging multiple oppressions within the profession and in their communities. The award's namesake was a member of the counseling profession and a founder of Counselors for Social Justice.


School of Medicine

Michael Carducci has been appointed to the newly established AEGON Professorship in Prostate Cancer Research in the Department of Oncology.

Barbara de Lateur, Distinguished Service Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has received the Distinguished Member Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists. This award is reserved for individuals who are of international status and recognized as major contributors to the field by virtue of teaching, research and scholarly publications.

Kahled Abd-El Moniem, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Magnetic Resonance in the Department of Radiology, received the Best Basic Science Award for a young investigator at the January annual meeting of the International Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Stephanie Morville, academic program supervisor, has been named one of only three inaugural recipients nationwide of national certification as a training administrator of graduate medical education, with additional qualifications in emergency medicine, from the National Board of Certification of Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education.

Alexander Popel, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Systems Biology Laboratory, has been chosen to receive the 2009 Eugene M. Landis Research Award from the Microcirculatory Society. The Landis award recognizes an outstanding investigator in microcirculation.

Michael Rothman has been named administrator of the Division of Cardiology. He previously headed quality improvement efforts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Lillie Shockney, University Distinguished Service Assistant Professor of Breast Cancer and administrative director of the Breast Center, has received the 2009 Survivor Advocacy Award from the Oncology Nursing Society.

Victor Velculescu, associate professor of oncology, has become co-director of the Cancer Biology Program headed by Stephen Baylin, professor of oncology. The program comprises an interactive series of laboratory groups, all devoted to studies of the molecular and cellular events underlying the initiation and progression of human cancer.


School of Nursing

Cheryl Dennison, associate professor in the Department of Health Systems and Outcomes, has been awarded a research project grant of $451,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to evaluate a nurse-led heart failure care transition intervention for African-Americans. Dennison and her colleagues will test an innovative, patient-centered, interdisciplinary model for heart failure care.

Gayle Page, professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care and director of the Center for Nursing Research and Sponsored Projects, has been awarded a research project grant of $275,000 from the National Institute of Nursing Research to study the effects of persistent mechanical hypersensitivity, which is an increased sensitivity to mechanical pressure that lasts for days.

Nancy E. Glass, associate professor in the Department of Community Public Health and associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, is a recipient of the Urban Health Institute's Faculty Community Grant for Evaluation of an Interactive Safety Decision Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The School of Nursing received a bronze award from the Admissions Marketing Report in the Magazine Advertising/Single category for its forensic nursing advertisement.


Sheridan Libraries / JHU Museums

Earle Havens, curator of rare books at the Sheridan Libraries, has been appointed an affiliate of the Krieger School's Singleton Center in Pre-Modern European Studies, an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the histories, literatures and cultures of the medieval and early modern periods. He will collaborate with faculty to develop master classes and other related programs that focus on the Sheridan Libraries' significant holdings of medieval and Renaissance rare books and manuscripts.


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