The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 18, 2002
March 18, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 26


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SPSBE Names Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Ralph Fessler, dean of the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, has named attorney Morton H. Grusky, former vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer for the health sciences at Columbia University, as SPSBE's associate dean for finance and administration.

"We are delighted to welcome Mort Grusky to our leadership team. He will be an important participant in what promises to be a very exciting period in our school's history," Fessler said.

Morton Grusky

Grusky succeeds Jon Heggan, who retired in December.

Grusky spent nearly a dozen years at Columbia, where he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Columbia's Health Services Division, which includes the university's schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry and Nursing and has an operating budget of nearly $1 billion. He was a principal policy and strategic adviser to both the university's executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and its dean of the faculty of medicine. He also served on a number of universitywide committees affecting overall financial and administrative issues at Columbia.

Prior to joining Columbia, Grusky was associate director of the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit organization that conducts research and demonstration programs in criminal justice, employment and human services in New York City. He also was one of two assistant budget directors for New York City's Office of Management and Budget and deputy general counsel for New York State's Office of Planning and Program Assistance in the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Grusky holds a bachelor's degree in political science from City College of New York and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Benjamin Roca has joined the Office of Patent Counsel as a patent attorney. Roca was previously COO and chief intellectual property counsel with MultiLink Inc. in New York and was earlier the first patent examiner in the field of computer science in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Roca, who also has worked with a number of law firms, received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his juris doctorate from the Catholic University of America.

APL recently received the prestigious Lightning Bolt Team Excellence award from the Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. A Lab team was recognized for its work in developing the Shipboard Meteorological and Oceanographic Observation System-Replacement, which will provide ships with continuous weather and oceanographic measurements critical to flight safety and the safety of shipboard personnel and equipment. With experience under APL's Aegis program, staff members were able to supply detailed Level II equipment drawings and computer programs to competing contractors that resulted in a $16 million contract award to industry for commercial development of the system.

Centers and Affiliates

David Altschuler, principal research scientist at the Institute for Policy Studies, is giving the annual Ephraim T. Lisansky lecture today at the University of Maryland's School of Social Work. The lecture is designed as a forum for renowned professionals to share their practical approaches. His topic is "Reintegration and Community Aftercare Services for Adolescent Offenders."

Health Divisions Administration

Seth Hurwitz, senior writer in the JHM Office of Communications and Public Affairs, has won an Individual Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. The $1,000 award supports "artistic excellence."

Heather Molnar has been appointed Web Center director for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, she is responsible for developing and directing the implementation of a new Web portal serving the many JHM audiences. Molnar served as director of editorial content for, as managing editor of and director of editorial content for iLearning Inc. Previously, she was assistant director of external affairs for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins Health System

John R. Burton, Mason F. Lord Professor and chief of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Bayview, has been awarded the Theodore E. Woodward, M.D., Award for Excellence in Medical Education by the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. Burton was cited for his nationally recognized leadership role in geriatrics education.

Cassandra Gainer, Web coordinator in the Bayview Office of Communications and Public Affairs, has won an Individual Artist Award in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. The $1,000 award supports "artistic excellence."

Joe G.N. Garcia, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, has been named deputy director for basic and translational research for the Department of Medicine at Bayview.

Michele T. Lagana has been named vice president of administration at Bayview. Lagana previously served as the chief financial officer for the W.G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health.

Eden Stotsky-Blum has been named the first education director of the Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center. Stotsky-Blum, a colorectal cancer survivor, previously was the human resources program coordinator for the human resources staff at the university. In her new role, she will coordinate colorectal cancer education and screening efforts in the East Baltimore community and also support groups for Hopkins patients and their families.

John Stone, associate professor of medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center, has been named deputy director for clinical research in the Department of Medicine at Bayview.

Theodore N. Tsangaris has been named director of the Breast Center at Johns Hopkins. Tsangaris, a breast surgeon, was formerly director of the Breast Center at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Ludwig "Lenny" Brand, a professor of biology, was honored for his contributions to biological fluorescence at a major session of the Biophysical Society, which met in February in San Francisco. The session was titled "Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Biomolecules."

School of Medicine

Nancy Davidson, professor of oncology and director of the Oncology Center's breast cancer research program, presented the William L. McGuire Lecture at the 24th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2001. The lecture included a $10,000 prize.

Barbara J. de Lateur, director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been selected to receive the Woman of Science Award from her alma mater, Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore. The award will be presented during Marylhurst's first annual Women of Distinction luncheon on Sept. 18.

Douglas A. Jabs, professor of ophthalmology and medicine, director of the Division of Ocular Immunology and the uveitis fellowship director, has been granted a $65,000 senior scientific investigator award by Research to Prevent Blindness.

Henry D. Jampel, associate professor of ophthalmology, has received a $55,000 RPB Physician-Scientist award from Research to Prevent Blindness. The award is designed to foster development of outstanding clinical scientists. Jampel's interests include outcomes of glaucoma therapy and the biology and pharmacology of glaucoma surgery.

Thomas P. O'Toole, assistant professor of medicine and associate director of the Urban Health Institute, has been elected chair of the board of directors for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. CCPH is the nation's largest member organization dedicated to university-community collaborations to improve health and health care.

Drew M. Pardoll, professor of oncology, has been named to the inaugural Seraph Professorship in Oncology. Pardoll was among the first to develop genetically engineered cancer vaccines and has published more than 100 scientific journal articles. The Seraph Foundation Inc. was founded in 1997 by Edna M. Davenport to support education and medical research. The Seraph Chair reflects her late husband's lifelong passion for finding a cure for cancer.

Debra L. Silver, a doctoral candidate in the biological chemistry program, is one of 17 graduate students in North America and Europe who have been selected to receive the 2002 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The recipients will participate in a scientific symposium May 3 and 4 at the Hutchinson Center's South Lake Union campus in Seattle.

Paul T. White has been appointed assistant dean for admissions and financial aid. He was formerly assistant dean for admissions. Before coming to Hopkins in 1994 as Homewood's director of undergraduate admissions, White served as senior associate dean of admissions at Colgate. White is a member of the National Merit Corporation Scholarship Selection Committee and the Educational Testing Services Scholarship Recognition Committee and is chairman of the board of Hightower Scholars Inc.

Cynthia Wolberger, professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, has been promoted to full investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute unit. Wolberger uses X-ray crystallography and other biophysical approaches to study the structure and behavior of multiprotein complexes and their interaction with DNA.

A project headed by stem cell scientist John D. Gearhart and bioethicists Ruth Faden and Andrew Siegel has received a two-year $300,000 grant from the Greenwall Foundation to offer recommendations on ethical issues relating to stem cell and cloning research.


James Novitzki, chair of the Department of Information Technology in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, has been elected vice president of the board of the International Academy of Information Management and will chair the group's 2003 annual conference in Seattle. IAIM is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting excellence in information management education, practice and research.

The Office of Marketing and Communications, in cooperation with Baltimore's Weber Shandwick advertising agency, has received the 2002 Gold Award for marketing and publications from the University Continuing Education Association. The promotional material urged prospective teachers to "change the world--one child at a time," advised potential MBA students that Hopkins' "rigorous and relevant" MBA program combines "theory and practice" and encouraged those without a bachelor's diploma that "the degree you desire is within your reach" at SPSBE. The ads, which appeared in newspapers throughout the Baltimore/Washington area and in Washington subway cars, featured photos of SPSBE faculty.

Whiting School of Engineering

Ilene Busch-Vishniac was named last week as one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in America by Jewsweek, an online publication. At No. 48, the dean joins an illustrious and eclectic group that includes Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (1), NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg (8), Microsoft's Steve Ballmer (10), talent agent Michael Ovitz (29), West Wing creator/writer Aaron Sorkin (33) and architect Richard Meier (49).