The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 21, 2000
February 21, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 23


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Academic and Cultural Centers

Dawn Hale, head of cataloging at the Sheridan Libraries, has been elected president of PALINET, an organization serving hundreds of libraries in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. PALINET's mission is to deliver high-quality, cost-effective services to its users through technologies that foster information access, resource sharing and interlibrary cooperation. The Hopkins libraries have used a variety of PALINET services since the mid-1970s.

Patrick O'Neall has been appointed director of development for the Sheridan Libraries. O'Neall comes to Hopkins from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he was director of development and alumni relations for the School of Nursing. Previously, he was chief development officer for the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and, from 1993 to 1995, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Applied Physics Laboratory

APL received the Precision Strike William J. Perry Award at the annual winter roundtable of the Precision Strike Association, held on Jan. 12. The award was given this year to recognize the laboratory's more than four decades of technical leadership and contributions to the development, introduction and support of precision strike systems.

Arts and Sciences

Kyle Cunningham, an assistant professor in the Biology Department, recently was awarded the Dupont Young Investigator Award.

Michael Fried, professor in the History of Art Department and director of the Humanities Center, has been appointed the 51st Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer in Fine Arts by the board of trustees of the National Gallery of Art.

Thomas Lectka, associate professor of organic chemistry, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Active Galactic Nuclei: From the Central Black Hole to the Galactic Environment, written by physics and astronomy professor Julian Krolik and published by Princeton University Press, recently won the Association of American Publishers' Outstanding Professional and Scholarly Publications 1999 Award for best book in physics and astronomy.

Centers and Affiliates

Stephanie Rice Davis has been named associate director of development at the Bioethics Institute. Davis previously was deputy executive director and director of programs at the Family Tree. She is a 1971 graduate of the University of Colorado and in 1973 earned a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina.

David Altschuler, principal research scientist at the Institute for Policy Studies, was appointed by Gov. Parris Glendenning and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to a 12-member independent assessment team in the wake of the scandal involving abusive and neglectful treatment of juvenile offenders in Maryland boot camps. The team's charge is to examine four areas focused on aftercare and community corrections and to make recommendations by Feb. 28.

Marsha Schachtel, senior fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, has been appointed to a new advisory committee for the Advanced Technology Program through the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. The committee will provide advice on ATP's programs, plans and policies and assess ATP's economic impact.


Marc D. Donohue, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for research, has received the Maryland Chemist Award 1999 from the Maryland section of the American Chemical Society.

Ralph Etienne-Cummings and Jin U. Kang, assistant professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, were among 26 researchers nationwide selected to receive grants through the Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program for fiscal year 2000. The program supports basic research by exceptional U.S. university faculty members who have received a doctorate or equivalent degree within the preceding five years. Grants to their institutions provide up to $100,000 per year for three years; additional funds may be made available to purchase equipment related to the investigator's research.

Health System

Holly Hamilton Boldrin has joined the Children's Center as public affairs coordinator. She had worked at Baltimore's WBFF-TV, Fox 45, where she directed editorial coverage and managed news crews. At Hopkins, Boldrin will help coordinate the annual Children's Center Telethon.

Amy Helsel has been named director of development for the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She formerly was director of development, alumni and public relations for the School of Law at the University of California, Davis. Helsel is a 1985 graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase.

Julie Ellsworth Cox has been promoted to director of development at Bayview Medical Center. Cox, a certified fund-raising executive, was formerly acting director of development and director of major gifts and special projects at the center.

Marie T. Nolan, nurse researcher for nursing administration, is principal investigator in a study that received the $100,000 Shannon Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research. The study, "Natural History of End of Life Decision Making," examines the extent of control that patients with serious illness prefer to have in making health care decisions with their physician and family and will include patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, lung cancer and heart failure.

Bayview News, a newsletter for friends and neighbors of the Medical Center published by Bayview's Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the Community Relations Department, has tied for first place (with St. Joseph Hospital's Housecall) in the annual Alfred Knight Awards, sponsored by the Maryland Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations.


Eric Bass, an associate professor of medicine with interests in health services research and medical education, has been named editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the official publication of the Society of General Internal Medicine. Editorial offices are based at Hopkins, where faculty members comprise a majority of the journal's associate editors.

Edward J. Bernacki, associate professor of medicine and director of the Division of Occupational Health Medicine, is the new first vice president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an international medical society of 7,000 occupational medicine physicians. He will take office May 18 at ACOEM's 85th annual membership meeting, in Philadelphia.

Stuart A. Grossman, professor of oncology, medicine and neurosurgery, is beginning a two-year term as president of the Society for Neuro-Oncology. The society is a 700-member international organization of neuro-oncologists.

Edward McFarland, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Division of Sports Medicine, was one of two orthopedists who received the German-Swiss-Austrian Traveling Fellowship from the American Orthopedic Association. The fellowship allows him to teach and observe at several European medical centers in May.

D. William Schlott, the Philip Tumulty Associate Professor of Medicine, has been given the Theodore E. Woodward Award for excellence in medical education by the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Allen R. Walker, director of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, has been appointed to the Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Patrick C. Walsh, director of the Department of Urology and David Hall McConnell Professor of Urology, has been selected one of the world's top urologists in an international poll conducted by the British Association of Urological Surgeons. Walsh received 55 percent of the nominations by his peers.

Rex Chin-Wei Yung has been appointed director of Pulmonary Oncology. He previously was an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Yuesheng Zhang, a research associate in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, has been awarded a one-year, $35,000 grant from the Cancer Research Foundation of America to study anticarcinogenic enzymes.

Susan J. Zieman, a cardiology fellow, was recognized at the Fifth Annual Young Investigator's Forum sponsored by AstraZeneca as a rising star in cardiovascular research. Zieman tied for first place for her poster presentation. The forum provides an opportunity for research fellows and nontenured junior faculty from across the United States to showcase research in cardiology, hypertension and nephrology.


At its recent annual membership induction, the Golden Key National Honor Society chapter awarded scholarships to junior Ki-Hong Ho and senior Siddhartha Vibhakar Shah. Ho is a biomedical engineering major with a 3.99 grade point average, and Shah is an art history major with a 3.94 GPA. Among those selected for honorary membership in the society and recognized at the ceremony were university president William R. Brody; Alice McDermott, writer in residence in The Writing Seminars; and Daniel Weiss, professor and chair of the History of Art Department.

Professional Studies in Business and Education

Susan Sadowski has been appointed assistant professor of accounting in the Department of Finance. Sadowski obtained her doctorate in accountancy from George Washington University and her master of administrative science in information technology from Hopkins. She received a bachelor of music in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory and also has completed all but her dissertation for a master of music in music history and literature from Peabody. Prior to joining SPSBE, she was an associate professor of accounting at Lynchberg College.

Public Health

Debora Jackson Perrone has been promoted to director of development. She previously served the school as director of program development.

Thea Glidden has been named director of public affairs. She joins Public Health from the Whiting School of Engineering, where she was director of communications.

University Administration

Fritz Schroeder Will Head the Alumni Relations Office

Fritz Schroeder, director of annual giving at Johns Hopkins, has been appointed to head the Alumni Relations Office as well. His new title will be executive director of alumni relations and annual programs.

In announcing the appointment, Robert R. Lindgren, vice president for development and alumni relations, said, "Fritz Schroeder is a natural choice to direct alumni relations. During his four years as director of annual giving, he has shown a remarkable understanding of our alumni and an outstanding ability to motivate both staff and volunteers.

"Fritz's leadership will benefit both offices, each of which plays a crucial role with our alumni," Lindgren added.

At the Office of Alumni Relations, Schroeder will manage a staff of 14 focusing on activities and services for the nearly 100,000 alumni of the university's eight academic divisions. The office also organizes programs for faculty, students, parents and friends of the university. There are 40 regional alumni chapters in 24 states and D.C., as well as in France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.

In addition, the staff coordinates the 140-member Alumni Council, the governing body of the Alumni Association, which represents all of the academic divisions.

The Office of Annual Giving, which Schroeder will continue to direct, comprises a staff of 20 that coordinates annual giving efforts in the university's academic divisions and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The office also manages the Hopkins Fund, the annual giving effort of the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering.

Schroeder came to Hopkins in 1996 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he worked in development and alumni relations. He is a frequent faculty member for seminars sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. A 1989 graduate of James Madison University, Schroeder earned a master's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Schroeder succeeds Erv Sekulow, a 1959 Hopkins graduate who stepped down in December after 24 years as a senior member of the university's development and alumni relations team.