The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 17, 2003
February 17, 2003
VOL. 32, NO. 22


For the Record:

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Academic and Cultural Centers

Nine books from JHU Press have been named as Outstanding Academic Titles for 2003 by Choice Magazine, published by the American Library Association's Association of College and Research Libraries. They are Nature's Flyers: Birds, Insects, and the Biomechanics of Flight, by David E. Alexander; Divine Feminine: Theosophy and Feminism in England, by Joy Dixon; The Universities of the Italian Renaissance, by Paul F. Grendler; The Lazarus Case: Life-and-Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care, by John D. Lantos; The Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America, by James Mahoney; Strong Words: Writing and Social Strain in the Italian Renaissance, by Lauro Martines; Play-by-Play: Radio, Television, and Big-Time College Sport, by Ronald A. Smith; For Health and Beauty: Physical Culture for Frenchwomen, 1880s-1930s, by Mary Lynn Stewart; and Religion and Violence: Philosophical Perspectives from Kant to Derrida, by Hent de Vries.

Applied Physics Laboratory

William Walton, of the Power Projection Systems Department, and Dawnielle Farrar, of the Technical Services Department, were recognized at the 17th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Professional Development Seminar and Celebration, held Feb. 13 to 15 in Baltimore. Walton received a Special Recognition Award for his technical expertise in imagery science and engineering. Farrar was recognized as a Modern-Day Technology Leader in a special issue of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine for her contributions to the design and development of electronic hardware systems at APL. The conference is sponsored by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges, Lockheed Martin Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp. and U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

Health System

Gerald S. Lazarus has been named chief of the Department of Dermatology at Bayview Medical Center. He also serves as professor of dermatology at the School of Medicine. Previously, he was chief of Dermatology at Montefiore Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, chief of Dermatology and Callaway Professor at Duke, chairman of Dermatology and Hartzell Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and dean of the school of medicine and CEO of the health system at the University of California, Davis. Most recently, he was a visiting professor at the Peking Union Medical College in China and an adviser to the minister of health of the People's Republic of China in Beijing.

A graduate of Colby College, Lazarus received his medical degree from George Washington and an honorary master's from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan and his dermatology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident of the Harvard Medical School dermatology residency program.

Dani Mardayat has been named public affairs/Web coordinator for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Bayview. Mardayat received a B.A. degree in communications media and a B.S. in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining this office, she served as marketing specialist for the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.


The university's Graduate Representative Organization received two awards from the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students at its National Conference in St. Louis: a Program Award for "Excellence in Student Services for outstanding programs at the local level" and a Certificate of Special Recognition "in recognition of important assistance to the Association within the past year." In addition, the President's Award was given to Mary Berk, a graduate student in the Philosophy Department who was the 2001-2002 GRO chair, in recognition of her commitment to the organization.

School of Medicine

Jason Brandt, professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has been elected president of the International Neuropsychological Society for 2004. He will serve on the board of governors of this multidisciplinary scientific and professional organization from 2003 to 2005.

Andrew P. Harris, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, was elected the Maryland Senate's minority whip by the Senate Republican Caucus. Harris began his second Senate term this month as the second-highest ranking member of the caucus.

James Scheulen, administrator of Emergency Medicine and of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, was named to the Statewide Emergency Medical Advisory Committee as the Maryland Hospital Association representative. SEMSAC, which represents all aspects of emergency care, serves as an advisory committee to the state's Emergency Medical Systems board.

School of Nursing

Victoria Mock, an associate professor, has received the Oncology Nursing Society 2003 Distinguished Researcher Award in recognition of her contributions to the science and practice of oncology nursing.

Thomas Hall was promoted to director of the Business Office. A CPA with baccalaureate degrees in accounting and finance from Towson University, he has been with the school for more than six years.

University Administration

Kai Spratt has been named director of JHPIEGO's new Office of HIV/AIDS. Spratt, a registered nurse, previously served for two years as director of JHPIEGO's Research and Evaluation Office. She received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Whiting School of Engineering

The school's annual report has received the Society for Technical Communication's highest honor, the Distinguished Award, and has advanced to the international level competition.