Johns Hopkins Gazette | December 15, 2003
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 15

For the Record: Cheers

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.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ruth Faden, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute, has been named one of 10 Women to Watch for 2003 by Jewish Woman magazine. Faden was chosen for her role in paving new bioethical paths amid increasing medical and scientific controversy.

Miryam Granthon, a master of public health student, was selected to receive the American Public Health Association Latin Caucus' Outstanding Student Award. The award recognizes effective pursuit of an academic career in health-related professions and services in Latino communities that have made an impact on access to health services and/or improved health care practices of Latinos. The Latino Caucus honored recipients at a dinner/dance ceremony at the APHA conference held last month in San Francisco.

Rafael Irizarry, assistant professor of biostatistics, and his Bioconductor Group colleagues have won the 2003 Insightful Innovation Award. This award from the Insightful Corp., maker of S-plus, recognizes innovation in information sciences.


Development and Alumni Relations

Boi Carpenter-Mellady has been appointed director of development for the Department of Surgery at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, having served since 2000 as a senior associate director of development for the School of Medicine.

Susan Cruse has been appointed executive director of the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of California, Irvine, where she was assistant vice chancellor for corporate, foundation and University Research Park relations and associate director of the UC Irvine branch of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Cruse has also worked at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in private industry.

India Lowres has been promoted to the new position of director of alumni programs. In her new role, she assists the executive director of the Alumni Association in the management of the overall alumni program. Lowres has been with Johns Hopkins for nearly 27 years, beginning in the Homewood Admissions Office and most recently serving as senior associate director of Alumni Relations.

Scott Rembold has been promoted to associate dean for development and alumni relations at SAIS, which he joined in 2002 as director of development. He previously worked at George Washington University.

Sara Rubin has been appointed director of development for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She has been at Johns Hopkins for 10 years, most recently as senior associate director at the Wilmer Eye Institute and previously as executive assistant to the vice president for development and alumni relations.

Sybil Wyatt has been named director of development communications for the Johns Hopkins Institutions. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Bechtel Corp. in San Francisco, where she served as marketing communications manager. Her most recent higher education post was with the University of Maryland System as director of communications.


JHU Press

Gizem Arslan has joined the Press as a metadata and indexing assistant for Project Muse, an online collection of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Brian Harrington has been named authorities library specialist for Project Muse. Harrington has worked with Muse since its inception in 1995, through his former position with the MSE Library. At MSEL, he held positions in the Archives, Special Collections, Systems and Digital Knowledge Center departments.

Greg Harrison has been promoted to production supervisor for Project Muse. The production department converts print journal files to electronic, Web-ready documents. Harrison joined the Muse team in 1999, first as an online production specialist and later as an online production coordinator.

Bill Kulp has been promoted to indexing coordinator and senior authorities librarian for Project Muse. Previously, Kulp held the position of authorities librarian.


School of Advanced International Studies

Thomas G. Mahnken's book Uncovering Ways of War has been nominated for the Colby, Furniss and Society for Military History book awards. Mahnken is acting director of the Strategic Studies Program.


School of Medicine

L. Mario Amzel, professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, has been selected to serve as interim director of the department. Former director Jeremy Berg left Hopkins to head up the National Institute of General Medical Science at NIH.

David Bekelman, a fellow with appointments in the departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, is one of two recipients of a William Webb Fellowship from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The fellowship is awarded to "outstanding advanced residents and fellows in consultation-liaison psychiatry at an early stage in their careers."

Louis Borowicz, senior research program coordinator at the Mind/Brain Institute, has won the 2003 Dorfman Journal Paper Award. The award was given by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine for Borowicz's paper on depression and cardiac morbidity following bypass surgery, published in Psychosomatics this year.

Valina Dawson, professor of neurology, authored a Science article on a new cell-death pathway that has been named a New Hot Paper, determined by the Thomson-ISI Web of Science to be one of the most cited recent papers in a multidisciplinary field.

John D. Gearhart, C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Medicine and professor of gynecology and obstetrics, was honored for his pioneering work with stem cells by the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Paul Ladenson, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, has been selected to be the next editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, effective January 2005 through December 2009.

Victor A. McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics, has received the Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lecture of the American Association of Blood Banks for "his extraordinary lifetime work in pioneering the field of medical genetics." The award is named for Karl Landsteiner, whose lifetime research laid the foundation for modern blood transfusion therapy.

Lloyd Minor has been named the Andelot Professor and Director of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Minor was recruited to Johns Hopkins in 1993 to build a clinical and basic research program in vestibular disorders. Under his direction, the clinical testing staff has grown from two to 13, and today the program involves more than 2,000 patient visits, 1,000 vestibular tests and 200 procedures per year.

Sarah L. Poynton, assistant professor of comparative medicine, has been selected as the 2003 recipient of a Mercator Guest Professorship from the German Research Council. She will spend several months a year at Humboldt University and the Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, conducting research on pathogenic protozoan parasites and teaching classes in parasitology and scientific communication.

Alexander A. Spector, associate research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received the 2003 Comcast Corporation Award in Auditory Science from the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation.

Cardiology fellows Hossein Ardehali and Ariel Roguin have received two of the 14 Young Investigator Awards given by AstraZeneca. Ardehali took first place in the basic science competition for studies involving a potential potassium channel. Roguin won first place in the clinical competition for a paper on MRI safety of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

A dozen faculty members are in the top ranks of Science Watch's 250 most highly cited research scientists of the last two decades. In addition to Bert Vogelstein, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology, who leads the list (his name has appeared on 361 scientific papers that have been cited by other scientists 106,401 times since 1983), are Solomon Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, close behind at No. 3; Kenneth Kinzler, professor of oncology, at No. 19; Ted Dawson, professor of neurology; Daniel Drachman, professor of neurology; Andrew Feinberg, professor of genetic medicine; John Griffin, professor of neurology; Larry Lichtenstein, professor of clinical immunology; Donald Price, professor of pathology; Thomas Quinn, professor of medicine; David Sidransky, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery; and Patrick Walsh, the David Hall McConnell Professor and Director of Urology.


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