The Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 17, 2000
July 17, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 41


For The Record:

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Bradley Bates and Hugh South have received certificates of excellence for work on the Advanced Deployable System in support of acquisition reform in the Navy. Thomas Higbee, ADS program manager at SPAWAR, presented the awards.

Arts and Sciences

Robert Gordon, a professor of sociology, has published an article that has won an Award for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation and International Mensa Ltd. The paper is "Everyday Life as an Intelligence Test: Effects of Intelligence and Intelligence Context," which appeared in vol. 44, no. 1 of Gifted Child Quarterly.

Health System

Pamela P. Flaherty, a senior vice president, the senior Community Reinvestment Act officer (U.S.) and the corporate state officer (New York) of Citicorp, is the newest trustee of JHM. Flaherty is a member of several boards, including those of The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her master's degree in international relations, and Rockefeller & Company.

Steve Libowitz has been named senior director of the Office of Consumer Health Information. Formerly director of that office, Libowitz will continue to manage the consumer health information program and will develop a new business model and negotiate for Hopkins' commercial online health interests. He also will chair the Consumer Health Information Group, which identifies opportunities to develop related publications and products.


William R. Bell, professor of hematology, has been presented with the 2000 Rev. Edward T. Sorin Award by his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Bell was recognized for his outstanding service to the community.

Benjamin S. Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, has received the 2000 National Jefferson Award in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, presented by the American Institute for Public Service. He was selected for his work in neurosurgery and advocacy on behalf of America's youth.

Aravinda Chakravarti has been named the first director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Chakravarti, who has been James Jewell Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, also will hold the title of professor of medicine at the School of Medicine. Renowned for his studies of predisposing genetic factors in complex human diseases, Chakravarti is one of the editors in chief of Genetic Epidemiology and Genome Research. His wife, Shukti Chakravarti, a cell and molecular biologist and assistant professor of medicine and genetics at Case Western, will join the faculty of the Hopkins School of Medicine.

Chi Dang, director of Hematology and vice dean for research, has been elected vice president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He will become president in 2002. ASCI promotes and recognizes excellence in research performed by physician-scientists.

Charles W. Flexner, associate professor of medicine and of pharmacology and molecular sciences, has been elected president of the American Federation for Medical Research, the largest organization of nonspecialty-based physician-scientists in the country.

Linda Fried, professor of internal medicine with a joint appointment in epidemiology in the School of Public Health and director of the Center on Aging and Health, is the recipient of the Marion Spencer Fay National Board Award for Women in Medicine as the year 2000 Distinguished Woman Physician/Scientist.

Morton F. Goldberg, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology, has received the sixth Isaac C. Michaelson Medal, conferred by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School. The award was presented to him by the inaugural recipient, former Wilmer director Arnall Patz, at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

Kwang Sik Kim has been appointed head of the Children's Center's Division of Infectious Diseases, effective July 1. A professor of pediatrics and molecular microbiology and immunology, Kim spent the past eight years as head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Frederick A. Lenz, professor of neurosurgery, has been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Integrative, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section for a four-year term. In this role, he will review grant applications, make recommendations on these applications to advisory boards and survey the status of research in his field.

Greg Nelson, a cardiology postdoctoral fellow, won first place in the Young Investigator Awards at a recent meeting of the North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology in Washington, D.C.

Godfrey Pearlson, professor of psychiatry, has been awarded a Distinguished Investigator grant by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the largest nongovernmental organization funding psychiatric research. He will receive almost $100,000 for his study on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Peter V. Rabins, professor of psychiatry, was presented with the Maryland Gerontological Association Distinguished Service Award at its 18th annual conference. Psychiatry's director of geriatrics and neuropsychiatry, Rabins has focused his research on psychiatric disorders in older persons.

Edward E. Wallach, J. Donald Woodruff Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has been presented with the 2000 Award for Distinguished Achievement by his high school, Brooklyn Poly Prep CDS. Wallach is chair of the American Fertility Society Ethics Committee and has spent more than 25 years investigating ovarian physiology.

Patrick C. Walsh, director of Urology and David Hall McConnell Professor, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award of the American Urological Association at its annual meeting, in recognition of his contributions to the AUA.

The Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit has received an Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education from the American College of Psychiatrists. The unit is led by Peter J. Fagan, director, and Chester W. Schmidt Jr. and Julia G. Strand, associate directors.

Receiving Young Investigator research grants from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression are James Brasic, Nicola Cascella, Haiming Chen, Samie Jaffrey and James Potash, each of whom will be presented with $60,000 for their research in brain disorders.

At a June 3 ceremony held by the Department of Neurosurgery, the Harvey Cushing Hunterian Research Award went to neurosurgery resident David F. Antezana and Francesco DiMeco, a research and clinical fellow of neurosurgery. Khan Li was awarded the Harvey Cushing Medical Student Hunterian Research Award, and neurosurgery resident Raymond I. Haroun received the Walter Dandy Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery. Donlin M. Long, director of Neurosurgery, and Thomas Ducker, professor of neurosurgery, are joint recipients of the 2000 Richard J. Otenasek Jr. Faculty Teaching Award.

At this year's Surgical Rounds Awards, the George D. Zuidema Award for Laboratory Research was presented to Eric K. Nakakura, Dorry Segev and David T. Efron. Taylor A. Sohn and Efron won the Upjohn Award for Clinical Research.

Professional Studies in Business and Education

Susan Keys, associate professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education, has received the Outstanding Counselor Educator Award for 2000 from the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development. The award recognizes Keys' outstanding service and professional accomplishments--in particular, her leadership in the field of school counseling, contributions to the professional literature in school counseling, and program innovations in SPSBE's Master's in School Counseling program.

Public Health

Lee R. Bone, associate scientist, Health Policy and Management, has received the Maryland Public Health Association's Ruth B. Freeman Award. She was honored for her long-standing work designing and implementing community-based, nurse-delivered, educational and behavioral interventions that address the public health problems of underserved populations.

Patrick N. Breysse, associate professor, Environmental Health Sciences, and director of the Industrial Hygiene Program, has become the vice chair-elect of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

Thomas LaVeist, associate professor, Health Policy and Management, has authored a Kaplan Student Guide, The DayStar Guide to Colleges for African American Students: What You Need to Know to Choose the Right College, released in June by Simon & Schuster.

Barbara H. Starfield, University Distinguished Service Professor, Health Policy and Management, has been elected to an honorary fellowship of Great Britain's Royal College of General Practitioners.

Stephen P. Teret, professor, Health Policy and Management, has been honored by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles with a 2000 Angel of Peace Award for his work on gun violence prevention. The award, a 12-inch angel sculpture, is made from melted-down weapons.

The Child Development-Community Policing Program has received a Make a Difference Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Maryland. The CD-CP staff is a partnership of the Baltimore Police Department, the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, and community activists and residents. CD-CP responds to specific violent incidents as they occur, assisting children to heal and working to break the cycle of violence plaguing Baltimore.

Three doctoral students have received Fulbright Scholarships. Hanh La, Epidemiology, will go to Vietnam to study regional disparities in the incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV, the causative agent of cervical cancer), as well as the efficacy of various devices for collecting HPV samples. In the Dominican Republic, Kim Ashburn, International Health, will study the relationship between a woman's participation in micro-lending programs and her use of HIV protective behaviors with her partner. Katarzyna Piech, International Health, will study the links between lead exposure and hyperactivity among schoolchildren in Mexico.

University Administration

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations has received gold and bronze awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE's gold award in the Video Fund-Raising Features category went to four short videos produced for the fall 1999 Johns Hopkins Initiative dinner gala by Mike Field, of the President's Office, and Deidre Hammer, Instructional Television Facility. This is the second year Field's work has won a gold medal in this category. A bronze award for Individual Fund-Raising Publications went to The Best Students Deserve Hopkins, a booklet created to encourage gifts for student aid. It was written by Margaret Hindman and Billie Walker and designed by Meg Williams, formerly of Design and Publications.

Terry Trouyet, program director at WJHU, has been elected to the board of the Public Radio Program Directors Association.