The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 16, 2001
January 16, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 17


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.

Health Divisions Administration

Beth Dochinger, senior associate director of development for the School of Medicine at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been awarded the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive. She joins 4,127 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

John Zeller has been appointed associate vice president for development and alumni relations for the Johns Hopkins Institutions and for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Zeller, who has been at Hopkins for six years, was formerly executive director of the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Health System

L. Randol Barker, professor of medicine and co-director of Bayview's Division of Internal Medicine, has received the Theodore E. Woodward Award for Excellence in Medical Education, presented annually by the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

John D. Hundt has been named administrator for the Department of Surgery. Hundt joined Hopkins in 1990 as a lead financial analyst for the health system. After serving from 1991 to 1994 in positions in California, Hundt rejoined Hopkins, where most recently he was senior director of business development within the Department of Planning and Marketing.

Terry S. Langbaum has been appointed chief administrative officer for the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center. In the newly created post, Langbaum will lead development and implementation of a plan to integrate cancer services across the components of JHM. She also will have operational and financial accountability for cancer services.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Arnold Packer, a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; Melissa Siberts, project manager for the Career Transcript System; and other staff members were recognized recently for their welfare-to-work program. The Hopkins program, which is working in seven communities across the country to help the hardest to employ find jobs, was selected as one of the to 18 welfare-to-work programs by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Peabody Institute

Laurette L. Hankins has been promoted to associate dean for development and alumni relations. She had been the conservatory's director of development and alumni relations since January 1996. Under her leadership, Peabody raised $32.2 million during the recently completed Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign, exceeding the division's original goal of $20 million. A 1976 graduate of Duke University and a former professional singer and actress, Hankins previously served in development positions at Fordham and Towson universities and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Violin Concerto by Nicholas Maw, a member of the composition faculty, has received two Grammy Award nominations. Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, with Joshua Bell as soloist, Violin Concerto will compete in the categories of Best Classical Contemporary Composition and Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra).


David M. Lampton, director of the China Studies Program, recently published Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 (University of California Press, December 2000). In the book, Lampton, who also serves as the director of Chinese Studies at the Nixon Center, explores the reasons why the Sino-American relationship is so difficult for both nations to manage and suggests ways it can be more effectively conducted in the future by the new administration in Washington and China's fourth generation waiting in the wings for Jiang Zemin's departure.

School of Medicine

Benjamin S. Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, has been awarded the Heritage Foundation's Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship. Carson will donate the $25,000 award to his Carson Scholars Fund to endow a scholarship in the name of the Heritage Foundation. The scholarship will be given annually to a Washington, D.C., student who fulfills the fund's requirements. The annual Salvatori Prize "recognizes and rewards extraordinary efforts by American citizens who are helping communities solve problems the government has been unable to solve."

Jean-Francois Geschwind, an assistant professor of radiology, has been awarded a one-year seed grant from the Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation. The grants, intended to help young researchers gain experience, are given to support the pilot phase of scientific projects. Geschwind's study is titled "Preoperative Chemoembolization in the Treatment of Patients with Liver Cancer: Assessment of Tumor Response with Diffusion MRI and Correlation with Histopathology."

Vincent L. Gott, professor emeritus of surgery, was honored recently at the dedication of the School of Medicine professorship created in his name. Gott devoted 34 years to Hopkins cardiac surgery, leading his specialty's division for 17 years before retiring in 1994. He continues to work part-time as a professor and as co-director of the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases at Hopkins. William A. Baumgartner, professor of surgery and cardiac surgeon in charge at Hopkins Hospital, is the first recipient of the professorship.

Michael VanRooyen, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for International Emergency Disaster and Refugee Studies, has won the Reader's Digest Health Heroes Award. VanRooyen has traveled to disaster-stricken areas around the world, including Albania, Rwanda and the Sudan, working not only to set up comprehensive medical care in refugee camps and field hospitals but to study outcomes as well.

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Web site,, won a silver medal in the 2000 eHealthcare World Awards for its content, design, navigability, user-friendliness and interactivity. The site, which gets more than a million hits a month, competed with several hundred others across the country.

School of Nursing

Cynda Rushton, assistant professor of ethics, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Last Acts campaign to engage professionals and the public in improving end-of-life care.

School of Public Health

Steven Goodman, an associate professor in the departments of Oncology, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, is this year's Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer at Harvard University's Department of Biostatistics.

David Jett, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, was recently appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to be a member of the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council for a term to expire Sept. 30, 2003.

Richard Royall, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics, is the author of a new book, Finite Population Sampling and Inference: A Prediction Approach (John Wiley & Sons, 2000). In addition, Royall's report "On the Probability of Observing Misleading Evidence" was the discussed article in the September 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Scott Zeger, chair of the Department of Biostatistics, has been chosen to give the 2001 Charles L. Odoroff Memorial Lecture, on April 12, 2001, at the University of Rochester's Division of Biostatistics.

The National Institutes of Health just released its first Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research, a list of the 25 scientific reports deemed by the NIH to be the most important papers about nutrition published during the previous year. A paper on the use of iron and zinc supplements in Peruvian women, by Kimberly O'Brien, an assistant professor, and Laura Caulfield, an associate professor, both of the Division of Nutrition in the Department of International Health, was selected as one of those 25.

University Administration

Charles D. Phlegar has been appointed associate vice president for development and alumni relations. He will oversee nonmedical fund-raising programs in the university's schools and divisions as well as centralized programs that include planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, and development communications. He also will direct any institutions-wide campaign activities.

Phlegar previously was vice president for development at the University of South Carolina for five years. As a member of the president's cabinet, he managed that university's first capital campaign. Under his leadership, the school's yearly gifts increased from $12 million to $65 million.

Previously, Phlegar was associate vice chancellor and campaign director at East Carolina University. He earlier served as assistant director of both the Alumni Association and the Athletic Association at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 1978 and a master's in education administration in 1987. He also has been a vice president of Ketchum Inc., a national fund-raising consulting firm.