The Johns Hopkins Gazette: July 23, 2001
July 23, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 40



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Applied Physics Laboratory

Steven Pine, of the Business and Information Services Department, was elected as the Kings Contrivance Village representative on the Columbia (Md.) Council in April. One of 10 representatives on the council, which serves 90,000 residents, Pine was elected to a two-year term by more than a 2-1 margin over the incumbent.

Trena Lilly, an operations research analyst, and Miquel Antoine, a biochemical researcher, were recently honored at a Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards luncheon as "role models who have emerged as top professionals in government and defense."

Maryland MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) students from Northern High School, Owings, Md., won second place in the first national MESA competition last month. Competing against 14 schools from seven states, the Maryland team designed and built a balsa wood glider that flew 110 feet. APL founded the Maryland MESA program 25 years ago in two Baltimore schools. Designed to motivate students, especially ethnic minorities and females, to enhance their math, science and engineering skills, the program is now in 155 schools statewide.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Janet DiPietro, an associate professor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, has been appointed chair of a National Institutes of Health study section, Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes.

Francesca Dominici, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been awarded the American Statistical Association's Statistics in Epidemiology Section Young Investigators Award for 2001, which honors the best paper submitted to a session sponsored by the Statistics in Epidemiology Section at the 2001 Joint Statistical Meetings in Atlanta in August. Titled "National Models for Estimating the Effect of Particulate Matter on Mortality in U.S. Cities" (with co-authors Michael Daniels, of Iowa State University; Scott Zeger, chairman of Biostatistics; and Jonathan Samet, chairman of Epidemiology). The paper is under revision with the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Alan M. Goldberg, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, received the Society of Toxicology's Animal Welfare Enhancement Award at the Society's 2001 meeting.

Adnan A. Hyder, an assistant research professor in the Division of Community Health and Health Systems and director of the Doctor of Public Health Program in International Health, has been selected to receive the 2001 American Public Health Association's International Health Section Mid-Career Award. The award will be presented at the International Health awards reception at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta in October.

Daniel O. Scharfstein, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has won the American Statistical Association's Snedecor Award for the best paper in biometry for 1997-98. (Two awards were given this year since a cycle had been skipped.) The paper, "Semiparametric Efficiency and Its Implications on the Design and Analysis of Group-Sequential Studies" (with co-authors Anastasios Tsiatis and James Robins), appeared in the Journal of the American Statistical Association in 1997.

At the 2001 Society of Toxicology meeting, professors James Yager and Michael Trush, research associate Jinqiang Chen and graduate students Yunbo Li and Jackie A. Lavigne, all of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, were recognized for their publication "Increased Mitochondrial Superoxide Production in Rat Liver Mitochondria, Rat Hepatocytes, and HepG2 Cells Following Ethinyl Estradiol Treatment," which was designated as the best paper published on toxicology in 1999.

Johns Hopkins Health System

Research fellow Colman Byrnes of Bayview Medical Center has received the Young Investigator Award in Wound Healing from the Wound Healing Society for his paper "DNA Growth Factor Transfection to Enhance Cutaneous Wound Healing."

Steve Georas, an assistant professor of medicine at Bayview, has won a Career Investigator Award from the American Lung Association. Georas will use the three-year award ($35,000 per year) to investigate the molecular mechanisms for skewed immune responses in allergic asthma.

Robert Brodsky, an assistant professor of oncology, and Elizabeth Concordia, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bayview Medical Center, were profiled in the "40 Under 40" feature in the June issue of Baltimore magazine. Both were lauded for their speedy success in their respective fields.

Bruce Leff and Chris Durso were recently honored by the Bayview house staff for their excellence in teaching. Leff, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, was selected to receive the annual House Staff Award, and Durso, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, won the first Community-Based Clinics Teaching Award.

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Web site,, has received awards of excellence from both the national and Maryland chapters of the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, the Wall Street Journal noted the site's success (more than a million hits a month) in a recent article.

'Hopkins 24/7' recently brought a Crystal Heart Award to ABC News, which produced the documentary series. The award, given by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the Coalition on Donation, recognizes national media efforts to report on organ donation and transplantation. ABC News is the second recipient of the award.

In this year's Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report the MedBiquitous logo won a gold medal and the logo for Hopkins' Center for ALS Research won a silver. Patricia Davis, manager for membership products and marketing in the Office of Planning and Marketing, oversaw development of the logos.

Unified Voices of JHMI is the recipient of the Community Choir of the Year Award from the first annual Gospel Music Awards, held in June at Dunbar High School.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Niloofar Haeri has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Aihud Pevsner has been appointed the Jacob L. Hain Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

School of Medicine

Sylvain Dore, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received the Niels Lassen Award from the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism.

Barbara A. Fivush has been promoted to professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Morton Goldberg, director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology, has been selected to receive the 2001 Fight For Sight/Mildred Weisenfeld Lifetime Achievement Award for vision research. The award and $50,000 prize will be presented to him at this year's American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans in November.

Louis Kavoussi, the Patrick C. Walsh Distinguished Professor of Urology, has been elected to the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, an elite international society recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of urologic surgery.

Sanjay Keswani, a neurology resident, has won the Slotkin Award for his presentation on in vitro models of HIV neuropathy. The award, named in memory of ALS patient Jay Slotkin, is given each year by the faculty to the neurology resident with the most outstanding senior research presentation.

Howard M. Lederman has been promoted to professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine.

Leslie Redd has been promoted to associate director of development for Oncology. She will oversee the Development Office's annual giving campaign and direct-mail program, coordinate the center's advisory council activities and serve as liaison to the Pediatric Oncology Friends volunteer organization.

Geraldine Seydoux, assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics, is one of four researchers nationwide to receive an Investigator Award from the Kirsch Foundation. She will receive $150,000 for the first year, with a possibility that additional funds will be made available for second and third years to fund her research on the molecular genetics of germline stem cells.

William Tew, formerly executive director of licensing and business development in the School of Medicine, has been promoted to assistant dean. Tew manages and coordinates the activities and initiatives of the Hopkins Office of Business Development, Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Care Consulting and the Office of Technology Licensing.

Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

I. William Zartmann, the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolutions and director of African Studies and of Conflict Managament, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the June 2001 14th annual conference of the International Association for Conflict Management, held in Cergy, France. The award honors Zartmann's contributions to the fields and practice of international negotiations and conflict resolution.

School of Nursing

Martha N. Hill, interim dean, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York in May. Hill was also the commencement speaker at the university's College of Health Related Professions and the College of Nursing.

Mary Roary, project director for the Center for Nursing Research, was named one of the "50 Influential Minorities in Business" by the Minority Business and Professional Network. She also was chosen as one of the year's "40-Under-40" honorees by The Network Journal, a magazine for black professionals and small businesses. Roary's area of expertise is detecting and controlling hypertension in young African-American men.

School of Professional Studies in Business and Engineering

Faculty members Rosa R. Heckle and Richard B. Minthorne and 35 students were inducted in June into Hopkins' Beta chapter of Alpha Iota Mu, a national honor society that recognizes scholastic achievement and outstanding leadership skills in information technology. AIM is sponsored by the International Academy for Information Management; the Hopkins chapter, established in May 1999, is the first to focus specifically on graduate students in the information technology field. The student inductees are Mary C. Allan, Carrie Amole, Steven J. Bloomstein, David L. Brzuchalski, Gary D. Clark, Catherine K. Clement, Mark A. Crawford, Scott C. Crumley, Luke E. Danciu, Matthew S. Felton, Jonathan Ho, Edgar V. Howell III, Suzanne Innes, Charles R. Jones, Edwin A. Karry, Darren E. Keil, Lynn M. Kingsley, Meghnad Konai, Angela Kummel, Min-Gu Lee, Michael E. Lew, Nancy R. Lyons, Lisa Z. Markowski, Erin R. Mirsky, Lyman R. Moquin, Karla M. Moreno, Gus H. Mutscher, Karen B. Nichols, Charles E. Roller, David Roxin, Kristen A. Siudzinski, Brodie S. Thompson, Laxmi S. Uppin, Debra L. Vickery and Qian Xu.

Seven students who earned A's in all 16 courses required for the master of business administration degree received the Edward J. Stegman, C.P.A. Memorial Award this spring to recognize their academic excellence. They are Nga L. Chan, Lori M. Gehrig, Terri Reicher, Michael Scott, Michael Bell, Stephanie M. Brough and Deborah L. Mendel. Established in the 1960s by Edward J. Stegman, an instructor in accounting and head of Stegman and Co. accounting firm, the award originally went to the best students in certified public accounting. It now goes to the MBA students with the highest academic records.

Whiting School of Engineering

Pablo Iglesias has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.