Johns Hopkins Gazette: December 16, 1996 Form

For The Record:

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awards and

Arts and Sciences

Sidney Mintz, William L. Straus Jr. Professor of Anthropology, presented the 1996 American Anthropological Association distinguished lecture at the 95th annual meeting in San Francisco. His lecture was titled "Sows' Ears and Silver Linings: A Backward Look at Anthropological Theory."

Chung W. Kim, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Sciences.

Arthur F. Davidsen, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Kimberly A. Weaver, an associate research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The awards, issued to 60 scientists nationwide, will be presented during a White House ceremony on Dec. 16.

Postdoctoral fellow Marco Spaans, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has won the C.J. Kok Prize at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands, and he gave a public lecture on his work in Leiden on Oct. 16.

Richard C. Henry, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a Keeley Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford, England. He will be a fellow from Oct. 1, 1996 to Sept. 30, 1997.

Central Administration

Cheryl-Lee Howard, assistant dean for research administration at Homewood, has assumed the office of treasurer of the National Council of University Research Administrators, a nonprofit association serving 3,000 research administrators worldwide.

Continuing Studies

Peggy King-Sears, associate professor in the Department of Special Education within the Division of Education, has been elected to a three-year term as a member-at-large in the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Pointers Run Elementary School was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the state's Department of Education. Master's degree students in the Division of Education spend a year teaching at the school as part of an ongoing professional development program run in conjunction with the university.


Gregory Chirikjian, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a young engineering graduate in mechanical engineering within 10 years following receipt of the baccalaureate degree.

Homewood Student Affairs

Junior swimmer Rocio Lopez was named one of the University Athletic Association's Athletes of the Week for her part in Blue Jay wins against Franklin & Marshall College and Catholic University.

Albertha Mellerson, assistant director of Student Financial Services at Homewood, has been selected by the DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as the 1996 recipient of the Marilyn Brown Professional Excellence Award, the association's highest honor.

Senior fencer Suzanne Wallace was named one of the University Athletic Association's Athletes of the Week for going 15-1 in foil competition.


Jeffrey Balser, assistant professor of critical care medicine, has received the Louis and Arnold M. Katz Young Investigator Award for Basic Science for his work describing a new paradigm for anti-arrhythmic drug action. Given for original research, the Katz prize is the most prestigious young investigator award in the cardiovascular field.

Wilma Bias, professor of medicine with joint appointments in surgery, epidemiology, and immunology and infectious diseases, has received the 1996 Morton Grove-Rasmussen Memorial Award from the American Association of Blood Banks. The award recognizes her numerous contributions to the fields of immunology, histocompatibility and genetics.

Benjamin Carson Sr., director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, associate professor of neurosurgery, oncology and plastic surgery, and assistant professor of pediatrics, has been named the 1996 Distinguished Maryland March of Dimes Health Professional.

Barbara de Lateur, Lawrence Cardinal Sheehan Chair in Physical Medicine and professor and director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.

J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., director of the Affective Disorders Clinic and a professor of psychiatry, has been awarded the Selo Prize by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for his work in replicating and extending the findings linking bipolar illness to chromosome 18.

Robert Jeffs, professor of pediatric urology, has received the St. Paul's Medal from the British Urological Association.

Daniel Pauly, a fellow in cardiology, has won a second-place award and a $500 prize at this year's Astra-Merck Cardiovascular Young Investigator's Symposium for his presentation on gene therapy strategies to treat heart failure.

Marvin Schuster, professor of medicine with a joint appointment in psychiatry, and director of the Division of Digestive Diseases, has been elected president of the American College of Gastroenterology.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' Maryland chapter has named Henry Seidel, professor of pediatrics with a joint appointment in Health Policy and Management, "Pediatrician of the Year" in recognition of his 50 years of service to the specialties of pediatrics.


The Evergreen Community Association, and its Parks Committee chaired by biophysics and biology professor Michael Beer, has received the Margaret Rosch Jones Grant Award from the Maryland Environmental Trust for the restoration and maintenance of Stoney Run, and associated educational efforts conducted at upstream sites.

Jeff Givens, a network administrator in the School of Continuing Studies' Information Technology Department at the Columbia Center, has been elected president of the Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association.

Isabel Jones, a staff member at the Eisenhower Library's Government Publications/Maps/Law Library, was honored by the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs for 31 years of volunteer work in Maryland.

Public Health

Peter Beilenson, commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department and adjunct professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, received the American Public Health Association's first Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work at the association's 124th annual meeting. The prize recognizes a local health officer of a county, city or other unit of local government who has been found to be responsible for outstanding creative and innovative health work intended to protect, advance or recover the health of the general or special populations.

George Brenneman, research associate in International Health and associate director of The Center for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health, has been selected to receive the 1996 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award.

Harvey Brenner, professor of health policy and management, has been chosen to receive the 1996 American Public Health Association Award for Excellence.

The School of Public Health's New Building has received a design award from the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Special Note

Dennis O'Shea has been promoted to executive director of communications and public affairs in university administration.

In his new position, O'Shea will report to President William R. Brody and be responsible for public relations programs in the university's central administration, including media relations, periodicals and publications. He will also be responsible for public service and outreach programs such as radio station WJHU-FM, Theatre Hopkins and the university's historic house museums, Evergreen and Homewood.

O'Shea will continue to work closely with Vice President and Secretary Ross Jones, who previously headed the Division of Communications and Public Affairs. Jones will focus his attention on his other roles as assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees.

O'Shea has been at Johns Hopkins since 1990, previously as director of news and information and director of communications and public affairs.

Changing places,
new faces

Chi Van Dang, associate professor of medicine and director of Hematology, has been named deputy director of basic research in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine.

Adrian Dobs, associate professor of medicine, has been named deputy director of clinical research in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine.

Linda Fried, associate professor of medicine with a joint appointment in epidemiology, has been named deputy director of health services research in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine.

Gerald Loughlin, professor of pediatrics, has been named vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

Julia McMillan, deputy director of the Department of Pediatrics and residency program director, has been named the department's vice chair for medical education.

Kenneth Wilczek has been named executive director of the School of Medicine's Clinical Practice Association, the physician group practice representing all the clinical departments and full-time faculty physicians of the school. Wilczek will reshape and expand an organization that began as a billing operation to respond more effectively to a rapidly changing health care environment. In addition to serving as CPA's chief administrative officer, Wilczek will serve as vice president for physician services and assistant dean for clinical practice within the school.

--Compiled by Mike Field

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