The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 22, 1998
June 22, 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 38


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Dan Tyler has been named head of the Submarine Technology Department. A member of APL's Principal Professional Staff, the laboratory's highest professional classification, he has been involved in submarine work since joining APL in 1970.

Arts and Sciences

Karl L. Alexander, professor of sociology, has been appointed to the John Dewey Chair of Sociology, effective July.

Bert F. Green has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, effective July 1.

Susan R. Wolf, professor in the Department of Philosophy, was appointed to the Duane Peterson Chair in Ethics, effective July 1.


Robert S. Ross has been appointed senior director of support services, a new position. Ross will have administrative responsibility for materials management, housekeeping, facilities, clinical engineering, media services, clinical nutrition and food services. Ross was formerly vice president of operations for the Upper Chesapeake Health System.

Marvin Schuster, director of the Schuster Center for Digestive and Motility Disorders, recently received the Annual Research Scientist Award for Clinical Research from the Functional Brain Gut Research Group. He was honored for outstanding clinical research to advance the understanding of brain-gut interaction as it relates to digestive disorders.


H. Ballentine Carter has been promoted to professor of urology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Oncology.

Richard "Chip" Davis has been named senior director for ambulatory operations and practice management for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In the newly created post, he will coordinate outpatient activity among all institutional branches and develop an enhanced practice management structure for integration into Clinical Practice Association operations.

The Oncology Center's Manel Esteller has received a scholar travel award from the American Association for Cancer Research. The $1,000 award, available only to associate members of the AACR, covers expenses to the annual meeting, allowing young investigators to present their scientific discoveries. Esteller was one of 25 selected for the travel award, an honor established by AFLAC, a Columbus, Ga., company, to reward excellence in cancer research by young scientists in training.

Todd Gartrell has been named director of Environmental Services, responsible for the general cleaning of the hospital, including the removal of medical waste.

John Griffin, professor of neurology and neurosciences, has been named director of the Department of Neurology, neurologist-in-chief and functional unit director of Neurosciences.

Stuart A. Grossman has been promoted to professor of oncology, with secondary appointments in the departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery.

The Medical Education Research Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners has announced that Harold P. Lehmann is the recipient of a $50,000 award to investigate innovative approaches to evaluating students' progress through a computer case simulation. Lehmann is an assistant director of pediatrics, director of medical informatics education and assistant professor of biomedical information sciences. The School of Medicine is one of six medical schools to receive the grant awards.

Paul R. McHugh, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been named University Distinguished Service Professor.

David G. Nichols has been promoted to professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.

Marco Pappagallo, an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, has been elected chairman of the Pain Section of the American Association of Neurology for the years 2000 to 2002. Until then, he will serve as vice chair.

Drew M. Pardoll has been promoted to professor of oncology, with secondary appointments in the departments of Medicine and Pathology.

William L. Park is the new director of the Lions Low Vision Service at Wilmer. Park joins the faculty from William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., where he served as director of the vision rehabilitation center. His special interest is training people with low vision to drive.

Steven Piantadosi has been promoted to professor of oncology.

Andrew P. Schachat was installed as the inaugural Karl H. Hagen Professor in Ophthalmology when the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute dedicated the professorship on June 5 in Turner Auditorium. Schachat is director of the Retinal Vascular Center as well as the Ocular Oncology Center.

James J. Scheulen, administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of medical transportation, has received the Citizen's CPR Award from the Baltimore County Fire Department for his heroic efforts to save a neighbor's life. Scheulen came to the aid of a man who collapsed in a state of cardiac arrest. Without the benefit of personal protective equipment, Scheulen administered CPR until the local fire department arrived.

The following awards were presented at the School of Medicine's 1998 commencement:

The Dean's Special Recognition Award was presented by Dean Edward Miller to commencement speaker Daniel Nathans, University Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and senior investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The award recognizes exceptional service to the institution by a member of the Johns Hopkins family.

Jeremy M. Berg, professor and director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, was voted by students in the preclinical years as the most inspirational and effective teacher. For the second year, Berg took home the W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching. Berg is also a past winner of the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The graduating class recognized the importance of excellent teaching by presenting the House Staff Award, an honor given for excellence in clinical teaching, to Marcella G. del Carmen, a fellow and assistant resident in Gyn/Ob.

The seniors honored Brent G. Petty, associate professor of medicine, with the George J. Stuart Award, which recognizes an outstanding clinical teacher. This is the third consecutive year Petty has won the award.

Mark S. Schlissel, associate professor of medicine and oncology with a joint appointment in molecular biology and genetics, was recognized for excellence in teaching at the graduate level with the Graduate Student Teaching Award.

The medical faculty gave the Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching to William B. Guggino, professor of physiology and pediatrics, and John L. Cameron, Alfred Blalock Professor of Surgery and professor of oncology. The award recognizes faculty members whose teaching is judged to have had a profound effect on students. Guggino won the award for teaching in the basic science years; Cameron, for teaching in the clinical years.


Marion D'Lugoff, assistant professor, has received this year's M. Frances Etchberger Award from the Maryland Public Health Association. The award recognizes outstanding service to mothers and children. D'Lugoff is the clinical instructor at the Lillian Wald Community Health Nursing Center in East Baltimore.

Under the guidance of faculty member Lori Edwards, eight students received this year's Maryland Public Health Association Community Health Nursing Student Project Award for developing a home safety center for East Baltimore residents.

Karen Huss, assistant professor, received the Achievement in Research Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty for her work in asthma/allergy research.

Public Health

Susan Baker, a professor in the departments of Health Policy and Management and Environmental Health Sciences, and a pioneer in the field of injury prevention, received an honorary doctor of science degree on May 17 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baker, who was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center, also holds joint appointments at the School of Medicine. She was cited for being a driving force in establishing injury control as a recognized specialty of public health. In 1979, her work showing the danger of adults holding children in their laps while riding in cars led to the passage of child-restraint laws in many states.

At an awards ceremony in San Diego, the American College of Physicians conferred Mastership on Robert Lawrence, professor, Health Policy and Management, and associate dean, Professional Education and Programs, to recognize his advocacy of "the highest principles of medical practice and human interaction" and his leadership in "the movement to apply academic rigor to the development of preventive health interventions in the United States, culminating in the landmark publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, which is widely used throughout the world."

In an international election, Jonathan Links, associate professor, Environmental Health Sciences, has been elected president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He will hold office as vice president-elect, vice president/president-elect and then as president.

Leiyu Shi has been appointed associate professor, Health Policy and Management.

Henry N. Wagner Jr., professor, Environmental Health Sciences, has received the Cassen Award, the Society of Nuclear Medicine's lifetime achievement award, for his use of radioactive materials in the diagnosis, prevention and monitoring of disease. In 1963, Wagner and his colleagues became the first to track clots in the lung, and went on to use radioactive tracers in the diagnosis of infections, coronary artery disease, kidney diseases and others; many times Wagner himself was the experimental subject. Parallel to his work in medicine, Wagner also became an expert on the public health implications of radiation. In 1983, his lab accomplished the first imaging of neuroreceptors in the brain and, the following year, located the opiate receptors. Its pinpointing of the dopamine receptors inside the brain led to groundbreaking work in addiction and drug design.

Community-Oriented Policing Services, a collaboration between the Baltimore City Eastern District Police, community representatives and mental health providers from the school's East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership, was one of five organizations across the state of Maryland to win a 1998 Governor's Victim Assistance Award. Members of the COPS partnership pool their skills to provide care for Baltimore children traumatized by acts of violence. Corinne E. Meijer is COPS program coordinator with EBMHP.

The Gourman Report on Graduate Programs has ranked the Center for Human Nutrition among the top five graduate nutrition programs in the United States. Published by the Princeton Review, the report has been a standard source of information about graduate programs in the United States and the world for 30 years. This is the first time that the 8-year-old Hopkins Center- -a collaborative project of the School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the School of Medicine--was ranked. Investigators scrutinized all 140 nutrition programs in the country, weighing such criteria as curriculum content, number of research areas available for study and quality of faculty. Benjamin Caballero, professor of international health, is the center's director.