The Johns Hopkins Gazette: June 25, 2001
June 25, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 38


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.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Dave Scheerer was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for his service as the Naval Research Science Adviser to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Vice Adm. Johns Grossbacher, COMSUBLANT, presented the award.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Karen Bandeen-Roche, an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Her ASA citation reads, in part: "For fundamental research on biostatistical methods, especially for latent variables, and for important contributions to epidemiology, ophthalmology and geriatrics."

Stan Becker, a professor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, will provide the introduction and conceptual framework for a side meeting, "Couples and Reproductive Health: Methodological Issues, Interventions and Ethical Issues," at the 24th General Population Conference in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, in August. The meeting is sponsored by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Peter Diggle, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association. His ASA citation reads, in part: "For seminal contributions to the theory and methods for spatial, time series and longitudinal data analysis and their application to ecological and biomedical problems."

Sylvia Eggleston-Wehr, associate dean for external affairs, has been named by The Daily Record as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2001.

A new book by Moyses Szklo, professor, and F. Javier Nieto, associate professor, both of Epidemiology, has been released by Aspen Publishers. The volume, titled Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics, is designed to meet the needs of graduate students and their teachers and of career epidemiologists looking for a more detailed description of the increasingly sophisticated methodologies of their discipline.

The Johns Hopkins University Press has released Ecosystem Change and Public Health, edited by Joan L. Aron, an associate in the Department of Epidemiology, and Jonathan Patz, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Health System

Randy Barker, a professor of medicine and co-chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Bayview Medical Center, has received the Society of General Internal Medicine's National Clinician-Educator Award for Career Achievement in Medical Education. The award recognizes "outstanding clinician- educators whose scholarly contributions have profoundly advanced the art and science of medicine and medical education."

Steve Kravet, an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Bayview, has been named deputy director for clinical activities for the department.

Pamela Ouyang, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, has been named director of Bayview's General Clinical Research Center, supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Lillie Shockney, director of outreach and education for the Breast Center, received the 2001 Lane A. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring from the American Cancer Society at its national meeting in Atlanta on June 8. The award is given annually to caregivers who demonstrate consistent excellence and innovation in providing compassionate skilled care and counsel to persons with cancer and their families. Shockney was one of 11 awardees selected from nationwide nominations.

Roy Ziegelstein, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine and deputy director of medicine at Bayview, has been named executive vice chairman for Bayview's Department of Medicine, as well as deputy director of education. Ziegelstein is also director of the internal medicine residency program.

Patricia Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and senior counsel for Johns Hopkins Health System, and Judy Reitz, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Hopkins Hospital and vice president of operations integration for Johns Hopkins Health System, have been named by The Daily Record as two of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2001.

Bayview's coronary intensive care unit, directed by Nisha Chandra-Strobos, and its medical intensive care unit, directed by Jonathan Sevansky, have been ranked among the nation's best in a recent national survey performed by Solucient Leadership Institute, a health care data company based in Illinois. These were the only intensive care units in Maryland that were so honored.

Two Bayview communications projects managed by Sandy Reckert-Reusing, associate director of Bayview Communications and Public Affairs, were honored in the 18th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. Out of 185 special video entries submitted nationally, a Burn Center video called Heros of the Heart received the bronze award. In addition, a direct mail piece designed to solicit support for burn survivors received a merit award.

Homewood Student Affairs

Ellen Frishberg, director of Student Financial Services for the Homewood schools and university financial aid officer, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Sallie Mae Financial Aid Advisory Council. A new entity, the council will assist Sallie Mae and its affiliated companies in identifying and defining the rapidly changing needs of schools and the students they serve, conceptualizing and analyzing new product and service opportunities and enhancing the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Jacqueline Best, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, is one of 35 recipients of a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Each of the fellows, selected from 407 applicants, will receive a stipend of $16,000 to support a final year of research and writing leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree. The fellowships are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Christopher D. Carroll has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Economics, effective July 1.

Andrew Cherlin, professor and chairman of the Sociology Department, is the recipient of the 2001 Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for excellence in writing and editing in the population sciences. The $5,000 award, along with a certificate, was conferred at a reception at the Population Council in New York.

Carl Christ, a professor of economics, received a Professional Achievement Citation from the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Christ, who received his doctorate from that institution in 1950, is the author of three books and more than 40 articles and is widely cited on the quality and performance of macroeconomic models. His work in econometrics and economics covers a wide spectrum of thought from the estimation of statistical error bands for economic forecasts to the problems of formulating national economic policy.

Alice McDermott, the Richard A. Macksey Professor with an appointment in the Writing Seminars, received an honorary degree from Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary, in Emmitsburg, Md., where she delivered the commencement address.

Michael A. Edidin, a professor of biology in the Krieger School and of medicine in the School of Medicine, has been invited to serve as chair of the Biophysical Chemistry Study Section of the National Institutes of Health's Center for Scientific Review. His two-year term begins July 1.

Riccardo Giacconi, a research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. The country's oldest learned society devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry, the APL was founded by Benjamin Franklin and friends in 1743.

Peter L. Olsen has been named to the Morton K. Blaustein Professorship in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, effective July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004.

Jean-Pierre Meyer has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1.

Raman Sundrum has been promoted to professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1.

James C. Walker has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1.

School of Medicine

Richard Ambinder, professor of oncology, pharmacology and molecular sciences, and pathology, has been named the first James B. Murphy Professor of Oncology. Ambinder directs the Division of Hematologic Malignancies in the Department of Oncology and the Viral Oncology Program at the Comprehensive Care Center. Ambinder has been a member of the faculty since 1984. His research focuses on Epstein-Barr virus and malignancy. The professorship honors James B. Murphy, a pioneer in cancer research at the Rockefeller Institute in New York from 1910 until his death in 1950.

Katrin Andreasson, assistant professor of neurology, has been awarded a 2001-2004 Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholarship, presented by the American Federation for Aging Research and the Alliance for Aging Research. Andreasson was honored with the $450,000 scholarship for her research on new therapeutic approaches designed to protect brain cells during the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Joseph Thomas August has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

Joseph Califano, assistant professor of otolaryngology, is one of five physicians worldwide selected to receive the 2001 Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company. Califano was selected for his research in head and neck cancer. The Clinical Investigator Award was established to encourage young, gifted physicians to dedicate their careers to clinical research and, in turn, accelerate cancer research breakthroughs. Recipients of this prestigious award split a $1.1 million grant and have up to $100,000 of their medical school debts retired.

Charles G. Eberhart, a postdoctoral scientist in the Pathology Department, has won a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences. The award provides $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. Eberhart's work focuses on the biology of the most common malignant childhood brain tumors, known as medulloblastomas. His studies use human tumor material and cell culture models to detect how specific genes affect tumor growth. He also creates and studies mouse models of the disease.

Lee Fleisher, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine with joint appointments in medicine, biomedical information sciences, and health policy and management, has been named co-director of the International Anesthesia Research Organization's new Academic Research Organization. The ARO will initiate and fund worldwide outcomes studies in anesthesia, critical care and pain management.

Craig S. Goodwin has been promoted to assistant director of design and construction in the Facilities Management Department.

Holly Hamilton-Boldrin, public affairs coordinator for the Children's Center, has been promoted to associate director. Since joining Hopkins in January 2000, she has produced stories and interviews for the annual WWMX 106.5 FM Radiothon and Children's Miracle Network Telethon. She now will work to expand the center's proactive media relations program.

Thomas R. Hendrix has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

Richard T. Johnson has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

M. Daniel Lane has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

Donlin M. Long has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

Gilbert C. Morris has been promoted to associate project manager of design and construction in the Facilities Management Department.

George T. Nager has been appointed as Distinguished Service Professor.

John K. Niparko, professor and director of the Division of Otology, has been named the first recipient of the George T. Nager Professorship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Jonathan Powell, assistant professor of oncology, has been selected as a V Foundation Scholar and will be awarded a $100,000 grant for his identification of novel T-cell receptor-induced genes used as targets to induce tumor immunity. Named for legendary basketball coach and sports commentator Jim Valvano, the V Foundation for Cancer Research has raised more than $18 million for cancer research and has awarded more than 135 research grants.

William Schlott, the Philip A. Tumulty Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, has been named administrative editor for Practical Reviews in Internal Medicine, an audio literature review program produced by Oakstone Medical Publishing. Hopkins plans to sponsor the program for continuing medical education credit.

Sandra Swoboda, a senior research program coordinator in the Department of Surgery, has won a 2001 American Association of Colleges of Nursing National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition Research Award for her study "ICU Nurse Staffing Is Related to Postoperative Pulmonary Complications and Resource Use After High-Risk Surgery."

Bert Vogelstein, the Clayton Professor of Oncology at Hopkins and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is the recipient of the 2001 Harvey Prize from the American Technion Society, which supports the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The $50,000 international award was presented this month in Israel to Vogelstein for his work on tumor formation and progression. The award is given annually to two outstanding researchers, one in the field of human health and the other, science and technology. The latter went to James Peebles of Princeton for his contributions to understanding the physical basis of the big bang theory describing the evolution of the universe.

Patrick Walsh, the David Hall McConnell Professor of Urology and director of the Department of Urology, has received the Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine for his contributions to the science and art of urology.

Stephen Yang, associate professor of surgery and oncology and surgical director of the Lung Transplantation and Thoracic Oncology programs, has been named chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. Yang was brought in to head the lung transplantation program in 1995 and under his direction bilateral, living donor and pediatric lung transplantation were added. Since 1998, the program has grown into one of the busiest in the country.

Teaching awards for 2001 were awarded to eight outstanding faculty members at the school's graduation ceremony on May 24. The recipients were Charles Yeo, professor of surgery and oncology (the Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award); Stewart Hendry, associate professor of neuroscience, and Ralph Hruban, professor of pathology and oncology (W. Barry Wood Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching); Hunter Champion, medicine house staff (House Staff Teaching Award); Jonathan Pevsner, assistant professor of neuroscience (Graduate Student Teaching Award); Brent Petty, associate professor of clinical pharmacology (George J. Stuart Award); and Deborah Andrew, associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, and Justin McArthur, professor of neurology (Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching).

Three medical students from Hopkins are among the 33 chosen to participate in this year's Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine for Minority Students, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. They are Nia Banks, class of 2002, mentored by James Hildreth, associate professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences; Nadine Jackson, class of 2002, mentored by Neil Powe, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and health policy and management; and Dexter Love, class of 2001, mentored by Craig Vander Kolk, associate professor of surgery.

School of Nursing

Myrna J. Peterson has been named senior associate director of development. Peterson comes to Hopkins from the University of Maryland, where she was associate director of development for major gifts. From 1990 to 1998, she served as director of foundation and corporate relations at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Brian Fuller, who received his master of arts in teaching in May, received the Howard County school system's First Year Educator Award. As part of his 13-month course work in the School Immersion Master of Arts in Teaching program, Fuller interned at Pointers Run Elementary School and taught fifth- graders there. Fuller is now a fifth-grade teacher at Swansfield Elementary School.

Lew Helm, a faculty associate in the Graduate Division of Business and Management's MBA Program, has received a first-place award from the Alliance for Community Media, a national organization of community television stations, for an episode of News Counterpoint titled "Confederate Flags at Point Lookout." The episode, recognized in the "Talk Show: Informational" category, dealt with the controversy over flying a Confederate flag above the graves of 3,500 Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War at the Point Lookout prison camp. News Counterpoint is a public affairs program that appears five nights a week on Montgomery County Community Television and Prince George's County Community Television.

University Administration

Doug Behr, of the Office of Design and Publications, was the designer of Fragile, a publication of the Maryland Association of History Museums Inc., which received an Educational Excellence Award from the Maryland Historical Trust. Fragile identifies Maryland's history museums and highlights the economic, cultural and educational contributions that these 350 institutions provide for the citizens of Maryland. The publication was distributed free of charge to all heritage museums in Maryland, and was made available by request to museum boards, conferences, conventions and members of the general public.

Robert J. Spiller has been appointed director of regional and international programs in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. He was previously a senior development officer at Yale University. Spiller graduated in 1986 from the University of Illinois and earned a master of arts in international relations at the University of Virginia in 1990.

Deborah A. Wells has been named senior director of development and associate campaign director. She comes to Hopkins from the University of South Carolina, where she was director of development for principal gifts. Wells graduated in 1972 with a degree in business education from Western Kentucky University.

Whiting School of Engineering

William P. Ball has been promoted to professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, effective July 1.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac, dean of the school, has been chosen to receive the Silver Medal in Engineering Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of America at its fall meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. The largest professional society of acousticians in the world, the ASA covers topics ranging from musical to underwater to physiological and psychological acoustics. Silver medals are the highest medals awarded for technical merit alone and are awarded in each area no more than once every three years.

Omas M. Knio has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective July 1.