The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 27, 2000
November 27, 2000
VOL. 30, NO. 12


For The Record: Cheers

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent appointments and promotions. Contributions must be submitted in writing and be accompanied by a phone number.

Arts and Sciences

Matthew Crenson, a professor of political science, has been named to the hall of fame at Baltimore's City College, his high school alma mater, in recognition of his distinguished career. Crenson, who specializes in urban politics, came to Hopkins from the Brookings Institution in Washington and MIT.

Karl Glazebrook, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been awarded a fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The foundation, one of the nation's largest nongovernmental programs of unrestricted grants for young university faculty in science and engineering, provides each recipient with $125,000 per year for five years to support his or her scientific research.

Centers and Affiliates

Julian Stanley, founder in 1979 of the Center for Talented Youth and professor emeritus of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, is the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, an affiliate of Mensa, the international high IQ society. In establishing the award, for which Stanley was the unanimous choice, the organization wanted the first honoree to be worthy not only for the quality of his or her research but because the research has led to concrete, demonstrable achievements and has had a major impact that is beneficial to people of high intelligence.


Roger Ghanem, an associate professor, is a recipient of the 2000 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, an award given by the American Society of Civil Engineers. His citation, presented during the ASCE National Convention in October, reads "for his research on probabilistic modeling and computational stochastic mechanics."

Charles O'Melia, the Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering, was recently honored with a Civil and Environmental Engineering Merit Award by the Alumni Society of the University of Michigan College of Engineering. The awards are bestowed once a year upon graduates who have achieved significant accomplishments in their professional lives.

Health System

Steven J. Thompson, vice dean for administration and CEO for Johns Hopkins International, also will serve as vice president for ambulatory services coordination for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Thompson will shape relationships with providers locally, nationally and internationally, and develop existing and new ambulatory services.

Creative Alternatives at Hopkins Bayview has been awarded first place in the clinical medicine category of the 2000 Lilly Reintegration Awards. Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, the awards recognize outstanding achievements of people and programs that provide support for those with schizophrenia and related disorders to reintegrate into their communities.


Robert J. Arceci has joined the Oncology Center as director of the Division of Pediatric Oncology. Arceci previously was director and Jacob Schmidlapp Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Children's Medical Center in Cincinnati, which he joined in 1994 from the faculty at Harvard.

Arceci received both his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his fellowship training at Children's Hospital in Boston. His research involves identifying new ways to regulate how normal and cancerous cells grow and die. In addition, he is developing new therapeutic approaches for a variety of pediatric cancers.

Bernard Cohen, director of Pediatric Dermatology, has been elected by members of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology to be the group's next president. Cohen's one-year term, which begins July 2001, puts him in charge of setting the agenda for the 500-member society.

Joseph Cofrancesco, assistant professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases, is one of 47 physicians nationwide to qualify as a finalist for the 2000 Association of American Medical College's Humanism in Medicine Award. Cofrancesco was nominated by Hopkins medical students as "a caring and compassionate mentor who teaches ethics, empathy and service by example."

Todd Dorman, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists. Also, Dorman will become chairman of the anesthesiology section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in February.

Frank J. Frassica, interim vice chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, has been named chairman following a nationwide search. Frassica has organized and built Hopkins' multidisciplinary musculoskeletal oncology program since 1992. Currently secretary of the International Limb Salvage Society, he has served as scientific program chairman of the combined American and European Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and as the 1993 American British Canadian Traveling Fellow.

Steven N. Goodman, associate professor of oncology, pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics, was selected as this year's Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer by the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. This lectureship is awarded each year to a promising statistician within 15 years of his or her degree who has made contributions to either collaborative or methodologic research in the applications of statistical methods to biology or medicine, and/or who has shown excellence in the teaching of biostatistics. Goodman, the first epidemiologist selected for the award, gave a lecture titled "When Worlds Collide: Statistics, Ethics and Clinical Research."

J. Alex Haller Jr., former head of Pediatric Surgery and a professor emeritus of surgery and emergency medicine, has received the William E. Ladd Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pediatric surgery. Haller accepted the medal at the AAP's annual meeting last month.

President Clinton this month announced his intention to appoint James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and mental hygiene and director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, as a member of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. Harris directed the psychiatry program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute for 15 years and is the immediate past president of the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

In addition, Harris has been presented with the George Tarjan Award by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Harris, who received the award at the organization's annual meeting last month, was honored for his lifetime contributions to the field of mental retardation and developmental disorders. Following the award presentation, he gave a lecture titled "From Gene to Behavior: Investigations in Lesch-Nyhan Disease," based on research at Hopkins.

Eduardo Marban, the Michel Mirowski, M.D., Professor of Cardiology and director of the Institute of Molecular Cardiobiology, has been presented with the Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association. The prize, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, was awarded in recognition of Marban's contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science.

Mark Schoenberg, an associate professor in the Department of Urology and Oncology and director of Urologic Oncology, and the faculty and staff of the Hopkins Genitourinary Oncology Group have authored a consumer resource book titled The Guide to Living With Bladder Cancer. A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book, the 192-page illustrated volume will be published in December.

Richard H. Sebour Jr., associate director of Facilities Management, has been honored by the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitation Services with the Employer of the Year 2000 Award. The group, which provides leadership and support in promoting the employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence of individuals with disabilities, recognized Sebour for his sensitivity to the needs of workers with disabilities.

Susan L. Spagnola, director of residential living for oncology social work, has received the American Cancer Society's Lane W. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring. Spagnola, one of 11 individuals selected from a nationwide competition, is recognized for her record of excellence in delivering care, and for her position as a role model in her profession.


Maryann F. Fralic, a professor, was given the honor of Distinguished Alumni by the University of Pittsburgh for her career achievement. She was recognized at an October ceremony.

Gayle Page, an associate professor, was named chairperson of the Scientific Program Committee of the American Pain Society.

Public Health

Lee R. Bone, an associate scientist in the Department of 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.

A paper by Karl Broman, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, and a colleague--titled "Method for Constructing Confidently Ordered Linkage Maps" (Genetic Epidemiology 1999;16:337-343)--was designated by the International Genetic Epidemiology Society as the best paper published last year in that journal.

Constantine Frangakis, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been awarded the H.C. Yang Memorial Faculty Award for innovation in cancer research, the first time this award has gone to a statistical scientist.

Linda P. Fried, director of the school's Center on Aging and Health and professor of epidemiology, and the Experience Corps program she designed in 1995 have been honored with the Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation.

D.A. Henderson, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and director of the school's Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, has been elected an honorary fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is one of just 12 honorary fellows among the academy's 2,500 members.

Jonathan Patz, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has launched a new scientific journal along with colleagues at the International Centre for Integrative Studies in the Netherlands and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Called Global Change & Human Health, the journal will be a forum for research into the health effects of globalization and environmental change.

Noel Rose, a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, has been elected by the American College of Microbiology to be chairman of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology.

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

David Sullivan, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, has become the first person from the school to be chosen as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, for his proposal "Iron metabolism in Plasmodium falciparum."

Stephen P. Teret, a professor in the Department of 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, a partnership of the Baltimore Police Department, the university, the hospital and community activists and residents, has received a Make a Difference Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of Maryland.