Johns Hopkins Gazette | September 15, 2003
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 15, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 3

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

Janet A. DiPietro has been promoted to professor in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences.


Health Divisions Administration

Rachel Ladenson has been appointed associate director of development for the Brady Urological Institute at the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, where she was the director of development.

Joanna Downer, assistant director of science communication in the new Office of Corporate Communications, has received an Award of Distinction from the Association of American Medical Colleges for the JHM Science e-Newsletter in the "Shoestring" category. The electronic newsletter is produced twice each month.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Judy Huang, assistant professor of neurosurgery, has been awarded a 2003 Young Clinician Investigator Award by the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation. Huang was selected to receive the $40,000 prize for her paper "The Effects of Estrogen on Matrix Metalloproteinase-mediated Inflammatory Injury in Stroke."

Simon Mears has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and at Bayview will specialize in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the pelvis, hip and knee. His research interests include the clinical outcomes and mechanics of fractures in geriatric patients. Mears received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his orthopedic residency at Hopkins in 2001. He trained in adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee at the Mayo Clinic.

Robert J. Spence has been appointed director of the Baltimore Regional Burn Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview. An associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, Spence is also chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Bayview, director of its Center for Burn Reconstruction and director of the Comprehensive Burn Care Program. Spence received his bachelor's and M.D. degrees from JHU. He completed training in general surgery at JHH, the National Cancer Institute and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and training in plastic surgery at JHH.

The internal medicine residency program has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with Partnerships for Quality Education. Principal investigators Nicholas Fiebach, Roy Ziegelstein, faculty physician Steven Kravet and residents Ronia Rosborough and Elizabeth Ward will use the grant to pilot an innovative method for teaching about systems and practice improvement.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Jerrold S. Cooper has been appointed to hold the W.W. Spence Professorship in Semitic Languages.

Carissa Wiederholt, a graduate student in chemistry, has been awarded an American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Fellowship. The one-year $20,000 fellowship, one of 15 given nationwide, will support Wiederholt's studies of a type of DNA lesion suspected to be linked to some forms of cancer.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

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


School of Medicine

James Burdick, professor of transplantation surgery, has been named director of the Division of Transplantation in the Office of Special Programs at Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Burdick will remain on the Johns Hopkins faculty, conducting limited clinical work and continuing with his research projects.

Sarah Clever, assistant professor of medicine, has received the Mack Lipkin Jr. Associate Award, presented at the National Society of General Internal Medicine meeting in May.

Nancy Collop, associate professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, has been elected president of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a three-year position.

Theodore DeWeese, associate professor of radiation oncology and urology, has been named the first director of the newly designated Department of Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Services, following a nationwide search. DeWeese is a recognized leader in the study of urologic malignancies (specializing in the development of andenoviral gene therapy for prostate cancer) and has been director of the Radiation Biology program since 2000. He came to Hopkins in 1991 as a radiation oncology resident.

J. Stephen Dumler has been promoted to professor of pathology.

Peter Gehlbach, assistant professor of ophthalmology, is one of four scientists to receive a $200,000 Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. The award was established in 1990 to attract young physicians and basic scientists to eye research.

Argye E. Hillis, an assistant professor in Neurology with an adjunct faculty appointment in Cognitive Science, has been selected to receive the American Neurological Association's Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award. The recipient of this award is a newly elected member of the association who has achieved significant stature in neurological research and who promises to continue making major contributions to the field of neurology. Hillis' current research focuses on understanding how language functions and spatial maps are represented in the brain, and how analysis of brain/behavior relationships can contribute to stroke therapy. She will be presented with the award at the association's October meeting in San Francisco.

Richard Huganir, professor of neuroscience and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been selected by the University of Valencia in Spain to receive the 2004 Santiago Grisolia Prize and accompanying Chair in Neuroscience and Biomedicine.

Jonathan P. Jarow has been promoted to professor of urology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pathology.

Richard Johnson, professor of neurology, has been inducted as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Richard I. Kelley has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

Ji Nong Li, pathology instructor, has received a $200,000-plus grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for "Capture Breast Cancer Early: Detecting Ductal Carcinoma in Situ by Proteomic Analysis Using ProteinChip Arrays and SELDI-mass Spectrometry."

Harry Quigley, the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology, has been awarded the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology's Friedenwald Award. The award recognizes lifetime contributions to ophthalmic research and was named for the late Jonas Friedenwald, who was a glaucoma pioneer at Hopkins.

Anne M. Rompalo has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Thomas Sedlak Jr., a postdoctoral psychiatry fellow, has been selected as a 2003 Pfizer Fellow in biological psychiatry. The $195,000 fellowship will support Sedlak's research project "From Antioxidants to Alzheimer Disease: Studies on the Neuroprotective Role of the Heme Oxygenase/ Biliverdin Reductase Pathway."

Barbara Starklauf, assistant dean for human subjects research, has been named assistant dean for human subjects research compliance. In this new role, she will advise chairs and members of the JHM IRBs concerning federal and state regulations pertaining to research. Judith Carrithers, who comes to Johns Hopkins from private law practice, has been named director of the Office of Human Subjects Research. She will take over office process functions from Starklauf.

Tsyy-Choou Wu has been promoted to professor of pathology, with secondary appointments in the departments of Gynecology/Obstetrics and Oncology.

David Yuh, assistant professor of cardiac surgery, has been selected by the American Geriatrics Society and the Hartford Foundation to receive a 2003 Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award. The program was created to encourage young physicians and surgeons to focus on the geriatrics aspects of their discipline through the funding of two-year $200,000 awards.

In the Best in Maryland competition held by the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, three Johns Hopkins public relations projects took third place in their respective categories. They are the Nursing 411 video, created by Jay Corey, assistant director of special projects in the Office of Corporate Communications, to recruit nurses for Johns Hopkins Hospital (audio/visual); the James Bond/Die Another Day Premiere press kit, created by Kathy Smith, assistant director of special projects in the Office of Corporate Communications (media/press kit); and the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center's Bridges, edited by outreach program coordinator Judy Minkove (newsletters).

Ten outstanding individuals were honored at the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine's residents' farewell dinner in June. Lynette Mark received the Outstanding Teacher Award; Matthew Caldwell, Merel Harmel, M.D. Outstanding Resident Award; Michelle Petrovic, Sylvan Shane Award; Harold Pierre, KP Limp Resident Teacher of the Year Award; J. Gregory Hobelmann and Amanda Brown, CA1 Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care and Citizenship; Gregg Montonago, CA2 Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care and Citizenship; Donald Penning and Jeffrey Richmand, CA1 Teacher of the Year Award for Outstanding Intraoperative Teaching and Clinical Mentorship; and Brett Simon, CA3 Teacher of the Year Award for Outstanding Intraoperative Teaching and Clinical Mentorship.


School of Nursing

Marguerite Kearney, who served on the faculty in the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for three years, now has a primary appointment at the School of Nursing, with a joint appointment at the School of Medicine. Kearney is a bench researcher whose area of expertise is pathophysiology. Her work is almost fully funded by the National Institutes of Health. She currently is investigating the effects of cerebral ischemia on platelet function and hormone status.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, who became an adjunct faculty member last year while serving as an acute care nurse practitioner in the School of Medicine lung transplant program, is now a full-time assistant professor at the School of Nursing, teaching students in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She continues to practice at the School of Medicine in the Emergency Department/Emergency Acute Care Unit. Stanik-Hutt's field of research is pain management in critically ill patients.


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