Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 12, 1994


    Cheers recognizes achievement of consequence among
    faculty, staff and students. A separate section
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Honors, Awards and Appointments

Applied Physics Lab

Kim Fowler, senior engineer in the Fleet Systems Department,
and Richard North, associate professor of neurosurgery at the
School of Medicine, have been honored by Design News for
their Neurological Stimulation System used to treat chronic
    The Human Resources Department was selected by the
Society for Human Resources Management as one of seven
outstanding case studies of how a major company has
re-engineered its Human Resources activities.
    Twenty-nine members of the lab were appointed to the
principal professional staff on June 30. Appointment to PPS
is recognition of the highest professional stature and
individual achievement at APL, and is reserved for the most
outstanding leaders in their technical or administrative
fields. Named to the PPS were Valerie Barnes, Alan Brandt,
Daniel Brown, Thomas Criss, Robert Farquhar, Daniel Fenner,
Andrew Good, Timothy Herder, Sandi Holowej, Richard
Huebschman, Edwin Keath, Lee Kennedy, Sze-Ping Kuo, Paul
Lakomy, Kathleen Lane, Gregory Miller, John Moore, Kenneth
O'Haver, Daniel Ondercin, David Porter, Jack Roberts, David
Sibeck, George Simon, Jane Spicer, Joseph Suter, John
Sweeney, Arthur Turriff, Vincent Vigliotti and John Whitely.
    The following individuals were reclassified to senior
staff in recognition of sustained accomplishments in their 
professional fields of work: Rodney Duley, Michael House,
Mary Howser, Kirsten O'Neill, Dawn Schepleng and David Stark.

Arts and Sciences

Adam F. Falk, assistant professor in the Department of
Physics & Astronomy, has  been awarded a National Science
Foundation 1994 Young Investigator Award and a 1994
Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award.
These awards  will support his research in Heavy Quark
Effective Field Theory. 
    Richard E. McCarty, chairman of the Department of
Biology, was awarded the Charles F. Kettering Award for
Excellence in Photosynthesis by the American Society of Plant
Physiologists at their annual meeting. His selection was
based on the impact his studies have had on advances made in
photosynthetic bioenergetics over the past three decades.
    George Wilson, a graduate student in philosophy, is one
of 31 fellows named to study at the National Humanities
Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Wilson will
investigate some problems of film interpretation in the case
of Nicholas Ray.


Some $400,000 in grants intended to provide seed money to
researchers in the early stages of their work have been
awarded recently for 11 engineering projects.
    The Applied Physics Lab/Whiting School of Engineering
Collaborative Research & Development Initiative, now in its
second year, has selected five projects for funding. Those
projects, and their researchers, are "Multi-Objective
Filtering and Control of Time-Varying Systems," Pablo A.
Iglesias (Electrical & Computer Engineering) and Thomas J.
Urban (APL); "Development of a Low-Cost Damping Meter for
Structural Systems Applications," Nicholas P. Jones (Civil
Engineering), J. Hugh Ellis (Geography & Environmental
Engineering), C. Roger Westgate (ECE) and Wolfger Schneider
(APL); "Investigation of the Hemodynamic Mechanisms for
Anastomotic Bypass Graft Failure," Steven A. Jones
(Biomedical Engineering) and Robin Raul (APL); "Optimization
of Thermal Stressing Techniques for Optical Shearographic
Imaging," James B. Spicer (Materials Science and Engineering)
and Jane W.M. Spicer (APL); and "Control of Plankton
Distributions by Small-Scale Physical Processes," Peter
Wilcock (DOGEE), Haydee Salmun (DOGEE) and Alan Brandt (APL).
    The Young Faculty Research Initiative, in its initial
year, has selected four projects in the School of Engineering
for funding. Those projects, and their researchers, are
"Geometric Modeling for Three-Dimensional Medical Imaging,"
Jerry Prince (ECE) and Lawrence B. Wolff (Computer Science);
"Development of Selective and Biocompatible Biosensor
Membranes," Timothy A. Barbari (Chemical Engineering) and
Norman F. Sheppard Jr. (BME); "Advanced Microstructural
Characterization of Nanostructured Materials," Robert C.
Cammarata (MSE) and Kevin J. Hemker (Mechanical Engineering);
and "Classification and Search Algorithms for Computational
Biology," Steve Salzberg (CS) and Kenneth Fasman (BME).
    The Materials Science Initiative, a multidisciplinary
effort to promote materials research that is in its initial
year, has selected two projects in the School of Engineering
for funding. Those projects, and their researchers, are
"Decontamination of Treated Wood," Dennis C. Nagle (MSE) and
A. Lynn Roberts (DOGEE); and "Novel Pressure Sensors Based on
High Mobility Field Effect Transistors," Jacob B. Khurgin
(ECE) and James W. Wagner (MSE).

Hospital and Health System

The medical staff has been cited in a resolution approved by
the City Council of Baltimore in recognition of its
dedication and commitment to East Baltimore's Madison Square
Elementary School. The medical staff uses a portion of the
dues paid by its members to support a number of community
efforts in Baltimore, including providing financial
assistance to the Madison school's second-language program in
    The historic parlor in the Billings Administration
Building has been named the Baldwin Parlor in honor of H.
Furlong Baldwin, chairman of the board and chief executive
officer of the Mercantile Bankshares Corp. A member of the
board of trustees of the hospital for 14 years, Baldwin was
chairman of the board of the hospital and health system from
1989 to 1994.
    Timothy R. Townsend, associate professor of pediatrics
and epidemiology and acting vice president for medical
affairs, has been elected chairman of the Professional
Practices Committee of the Maryland Hospital Association. 


William E. Brownell, professor in the departments of
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Neuroscience, will
receive the first Kresge/Mirmelstein Award for Hearing
Science in recognition of his discovery of outer hair cell
motility. The endowed prize of $5,000 commemorates the 25th
anniversary of the Kresge Laboratory.
    Paul B. Manis, associate professor in the Department of
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been selected to
serve as a member of the hearing research study section for
the division of research grants in the Department of Health
and Human Services at the National Institutes of Health.


Associate Professors Jerilyn Allen and Arlene Butz were
recipients of the 1994 Alumni Association's Excellence in
Teaching Award, presented at commencement.
    Kathleen Becker, instructor, was appointed co-chair of
the Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Role Delineation
Study of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She was
also recipient of the Linda Reamer Award for Outstanding
Volunteer from Health Care for the Homeless. 
    Alice Brazier, instructor, was invited to make a poster
presentation July 16 at the 19th National Primary Care Nurse
Practitioner Symposium held at the University of Colorado
School of Nursing.
    Associate Dean Dorothy Gordon was elected chairwoman of
the Advisory Board of the National Center for Medical
Rehabilitation Research, NICHD, NIH. The center supports
research that advances the multi-disciplinary science of
    Assistant professor Patricia Grimm and co-investigators
from the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center received the Johns
Hopkins Hospital Department of Nursing 1994 Shirley Sohmer
Nursing Research Award for their study "Effects of a planned
educational and exercise program intervention on the fatigue,
psychological status and physical condition of adult oncology
    Associate professor Martha Hill was named director of
the Center for Nursing Research and the Postdoctoral Program.
She has been acting director for the past two years. Hill was
also a keynote speaker at a recent international symposium on
cardiovascular nursing held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Instructor Betty Jordan was named project coordinator
for  the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, and
Neo-natal Nurses Second Stage of Labor Research Utilization
    Assistant professor Catherine Kelleher was elected to
the board of directors of the Maryland Public Health
Association for a two-year period, effective June 1994.
    Assistant professor Linda Pugh was the recipient of the
school's Caroline Pennington Distinguished Faculty Award,
presented at commencement.
    Associate Dean Stella Shiber will lead the school's new
AmeriCorps Health and Housing Fellows Program. The program is
funded by a federal grant and is part of the national service
initiative signed into law by President Clinton. Through
AmeriCorps, former Peace Corps volunteers now enrolled in the
School of Nursing will work in underserved communities in
exchange for financial assistance with their nursing
    Instructor Jean Trotter facilitated a community health
fair in Southeast Baltimore that drew more than 500
participants.  The project, part of the community health
nursing curriculum, was a collaborative effort between eight
accelerated undergraduate students and the Southeast
Community Organization Head Start program.
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Harry C. Dietz and
Associate Professor of Medicine and of Pediatrics Clair A.
Francomano have been given the National Marfan Foundation's
Antoine Marfan Award, which recognizes their contributions to
the discovery of the cause of Marfan syndrome and the
application of molecular biology to its diagnosis.

Public Health

The Chesapeake Health Plan Foundation has awarded $50,000 to
Boosters, a preventive medicine student project. The Boosters
Project will use entertainment/education messages to promote
health and prevent disease in 3- to 5-year-olds.
    The Fogarty International Center has renewed its funding
grant of $500,000-$600,000 per year through 1999. The
training program continues to focus on Brazil, Colombia,
Haiti, India, Malawi, Rwanda and Thailand, although other
countries have been added over the years.  An additional
Fogarty award supports eight AIDS-related research/training
projects in Brazil, India, Malawi, Russia, Rwanda and
Thailand. Over the past six years, the Hopkins-Fogarty
International Training Program in AIDS has trained physicians
and scientists from primarily developing countries to conduct
and apply AIDS-related research.
    Donald Steinwachs, professor and chairman of Health
Policy and Management, received a grant from the
Alfred-Lill-Stiftung to produce a series of annual health
policy conferences. The first conference scheduled for the
summer of 1995 will be held in Washington, D.C., and will
address policymakers' concerns with providing accessible,
high-quality health care at a reasonable cost to the
individual and society.
    Associate professor of molecular biology and immunology
John Beier was appointed associate editor for the Journal of
the Amer-ican Mosquito Control Association.
    The Center for Communication Programs has been awarded a
$245,966 grant for 21 months to support POPLINE CD-ROM
production and services. POPLINE CD-ROM is currently being
used by 172 organizations in 54 developing countries.  The
grant supports the production of POPLINE in compact disc
form, funds user support services and materials, and will
assist in the development of a Spanish-language version of
the search interface and support documentation.
    Lecturer Eric Fine was named director of the Bureau of
Child, Adolescent, and Reproductive Health for the Baltimore
County Health Department and chief of School Health Programs,
and was recently elected chairman of the Maryland State
School Health Council.
    Doctoral candidate in Health Policy and Management
Gwendolyn P. Hammer recently received $17,000 from Merck
Pharmaceutical company to fund her research on "Factors
associated with Hepatitis B vaccine acceptance among nursing
home workers."
    Daehee Kang, graduate student in Occupational Health,
Environmental Health Sciences, was this year's recipient of
the 1994 Cornelius W. Krus‚ Award. The Krus‚ Award is made
annually to the student who presents an outstanding
dissertation in environmental health sciences.
    Associate professor in Molecular Microbiology and
Immunology Nirbhay Kumar has been invited to serve on the
Scientific Advisory Committee of the Department of
Biotechnology for the Government of India for a three-year
    Anita Schill, a student in the Division of Occupational
Health, Environmental Health Sciences, was named by the
School of Hygiene and Public Health Committee on Honors and
Awards as a recipient of the 1994 Ruth B. Freeman Award.  Her
academic per-formance and professional potential were
recognized by an award of $500 from the award fund.
    Ronald Williams was named a recipient of the American
Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health
Planning Grant, which is funded by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. 
With the grant, Dr. Williams and colleague Sara Zirkle plan
to present their data to members of the Tri-City Health Care
Task Force, who seek to unite the community in resolving
health care issues.  
    Assistant professor of health policy and management Andy
Dannenberg joined 1,700 bicyclists in the annual Cycle Across
Maryland bicycle tour.  During the 350 miles from southern
Maryland, across the Bay Bridge, to Berlin, Md., Dr.
Dannenberg treated and surveyed injured bicyclists.  The
survey data will be compared with a training and equipment
survey completed by bicyclists prior to the tour to study how
to improve training, equipment or tour safety to prevent
future injuries. Dr. Dannenberg was joined on the tour by
three assistants: doctoral student in Health Policy and
Management C.K. Forney, medical student Scott Needle and
undergraduate student Dan Mullady.
    Assistant professor of epidemiology F. Javier Nieto went
to Cuba for the Pan American Health Organization to teach
epidemiologic methods for surveillance of HIV infection to
local and ministry health officials. While in Cuba, Dr. Nieto
was invited by the government to attend the International
Conference on Epidemic Neuropathy.
    Dean Alfred Sommer traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, on
July 23 to accompany Indonesian President Suharto as he
received a special award from Helen Keller International in
recognition of his country's successful efforts to combat
blindness and childhood morbidity and mortality through an
effective vitamin A intervention program. Dr. Sommer, a world
expert in the study of vitamin A, led the team which worked
with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to develop the program
almost two decades ago.

                       --compiled by Mike Field

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