Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 17, 2003
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 17, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 12

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.


Applied Physics Laboratory

Joseph Haber received both the Best Paper in the Space Systems Track and the Best Paper of Session awards for his paper "Using a Commercial PCI IP Core in Space Flight Avionics." His paper was presented in October at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 22nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference in Indianapolis.


Bayview Medical Center

Matthew Tayback, a lecturer in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, has been ap-pointed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich as a member of the State Commission on Aging. Tayback was founding director of the Maryland State Office on Aging and has served as the assistant state secretary of health and scientific affairs.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Wesley Eddings, a Ph.D. candidate, won the American Statistical Association's "Stat Bowl" at the August Joint Statistical Meetings in San Francisco.

Brian Eggleston, a Ph.D. candidate, has received the June B. Culley Award, which honors outstanding achievement on the Department of Biostatistics' second-year exam.

Yun Lu, a Ph.D. candidate, has received the Glaxo SmithKline Award, which honors outstanding achievement on the Department of Biostatistics' first-year exam.

Fiona Newton has been named associate director of development, working with the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. She previously directed fund raising and communications at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The American Public Health Association has recognized two professors from the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences. Bernard Guyer, the Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Children's Health and chair of the department, is the recipient of the 2003 Martha May Eliot Award, which recognizes exceptional achievements in the field of maternal and child health. Laurie Schwab Zabin, a professor and founding director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, is this year's recipient of the Carl S. Schultz Award, which recognizes distinguished service in the field of population and family-planning health.


Centers and Affiliates

Lester Salamon, director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, is the recipient of the 2003 Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award) given by ARNOVA, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. He will receive the award on Nov. 21 at the ARNOVA Annual Conference in Denver.


Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Harriet Kornfeld has been promoted to director of development for the Friends of Medicine. She joined the Fund for JHM in 1999 as assistant director of development for the Friends of Medicine and was promoted to associate director in 2001.

Jessica Preiss Lunken has been promoted to director of development for the Department of Psychiatry. She previously served as associate director of development for the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Health Divisions Administration

Perry Cooper has been promoted to assistant manager for environmental health in the Department of Health, Safety and Environment. His responsibilities include the management of both the Homewood Safety Office and the Environmental Health Division at JHMI.


Homewood Student Affairs

Bill Tiefenwerth, director of the Center for Social Concern, received the Maryland Association of Higher Education's 2003 Distinguished Program Award for his work in helping to launch and sustain the Teach Baltimore program at Johns Hopkins. The award was presented at a ceremony at Villa Julie College on Oct. 17.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Lara Brown de Fuenmayor has been appointed senior associate director of development. She most recently was director of development at Insead in Fountainebleau, France; previously, she was a development officer at SAIS.

Alan Shapiro, W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology and professor of classics, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2003-2004. He is one of 14 scholars selected for this program. Visiting Scholars spend two days at institutions that have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. They meet informally with undergraduates, participate in classroom lectures and seminars, and give a major address open to the entire community. Shapiro will visit eight campuses.


School of Medicine

Arnold Capute, professor of pediatrics, has been awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics' 2003 AAP Education Award for his career-long dedication to the education of pediatricians on child development and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Capute was instrumental in the creation of his field and set up Johns Hopkins' continuing medical education course Spectrum of Developmental Disabilities.

Nancy Davidson, professor of oncology, has received the 2003 Most Powerful Women in Breast Cancer Award as part of the Avon Foundation's Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer awards celebration. This year's fund-raising event, held at Tavern on the Green in New York City, recognized leading women who have made a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer.

Marjorie Ewertz, a resource nurse and program coordinator in the Department of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology, is the first nurse to be elected to membership in the American Thyroid Association in the organization's 78-year history. She was elected on the basis of her contributions to thyroid patient and professional education as well as to thyroid cancer research.

Argye E. Hillis, assistant professor of neurology, has received the Derek Denny-Brown Neurological Scholar Award, which is given each year to a newly elected member of the American Neurological Society who has achieved a significant stature in neurological research and who promises to continue making major contributions to the field.

Barbara J. de Lateur, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has received the 2003 Gold Key Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. The award was established in 1932 as a certificate of merit for members of the medical and applied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to rehabilitation.

Matthew McGirt, an intern and fellow in the Department of Surgery, has been awarded the Resident Research Award in Brain and Craniofacial Injury by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons for his paper "Statins Improving the Neurological Outcome, Attenuate Hippocampal Neuronal Degeneration and Decrease IL-6 Expression After Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury."

Paul R. McHugh, Henry Phipps Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2003-2004. He is one of 14 scholars selected for this program. Visiting Scholars spend two days at universities and colleges that have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. They meet informally with undergraduates, participate in classroom lectures and seminars, and give a major address open to the entire community. McHugh will visit eight institutions.

John T. Walkup, associate professor of child psychiatry, will serve as chair of the Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Charles J. Yeo, professor of surgery and oncology and the John L. Cameron, M.D., Professor for Alimentary Tract Diseases, has been named chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery. Also, Yeo has assumed the presidency of the Halsted Society, a group of North American surgeons dedicated to furthering the scientific principles and ideals fostered by William Steward Halsted, M.D., the first chief of surgery at Johns Hopkins.

Peter Agre, professor of biological chemistry, and Masato Yasui, assistant professor of pediatrics, are co-recipients of the Biennial Spa Foundation Prize. The prize, presented by the Belgian National Research Council (Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique), was awarded for studies of water during fetal development. The endowment was donated by the Spadel Group, a Belgian spring water company.


School of Nursing

Patricia Abbott, assistant professor, was inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics at a ceremony on Nov. 9.

Kay Cresci, assistant professor, was inducted as a fellow of the National Gerontological Nurses Association at a gala on Oct. 11.

Cheryl Dennison, assistant professor, received the 2003 Best Abstract Award from the American Heart Association's Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. She presented her research, "Comprehensive Hypertension Care in Underserved Urban Black Men: High Follow-Up Rates and Blood Pressure Improvement over 60 Months," and received the award last week at the American Heart Association's Scientific Session 2003. Other authors on the abstract are Martha N. Hill, Lee R. Bone and David M. Levine.

Marian Grant, a graduate student, re-ceived the Micromedex/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Best Emergency Nursing Research Abstract Award at its national conference on Sept. 18. The title of her abstract was "The Effect of Blood-Drawing Techniques and Equipment on the Hemolysis of ED Laboratory Blood Samples."

Martha N. Hill, dean, was the keynote speaker at the Indiana University School of Nursing Mary E. Culbertson Symposium Sept. 12 in Indianapolis. Her topic was "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care."

Miyong Kim, associate professor, was elected a fellow of the American Heart Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. She was recognized at an induction ceremony at the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Annual Dinner at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association on Nov. 11.

Cynda Rushton, assistant professor, chaired the 19th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference held in Chicago in mid-September. Approximately 260 nurses attended sessions on topics ranging from caring for children with chronic illnesses to minimizing legal liability.

Phyllis Sharps, associate professor and director of the master's program, has been selected as a member of the Research Committee of the National Black Nurses Association.

Dan Sheridan, assistant professor, received the 2003 Medical Award from the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence at the group's annual meeting and awards dinner on Oct. 2.



Celso Brunetti has joined SPSBE as assistant professor of finance. Brunetti earned his master's degree in economics and finance at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and his doctorate at the University of London. He comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he was a visiting professor teaching economics. Prior to Wharton, he was an assistant professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Richard M. "Erik" Gordon has been named director of the MBA program and faculty member in Marketing. Gordon, who earned his juris doctor degree from Union University (Albany Law School), comes to Johns Hopkins from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was director of MBA programs. Previously, he was a faculty member at Georgia Tech, practiced law and was chief operating officer for a retailer in Atlanta.

Isaac F. Megbolugbe has joined SPSBE as director of the NIC Seniors Housing and Care Program and faculty member of the Allan L. Berman Real Estate Institute. Megbolugbe, who earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, has served as vice president for research at Linneman Associates, chief economist at the Fannie Mae Foundation, practice leader for Price Waterhouse's Housing Finance Group and lead industry expert with Pricewaterhouse Cooper's LLP Center for Financial Intermediaries. He has been on the faculty of Penn's Wharton School of Business, American University's Kogod College of Business, Florida State University and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He also was senior policy analyst for the National Association of Home Builders.

Patti A. Smith, of the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has been named by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as people's counsel for the state of Maryland. Smith, an attorney, will serve as an advocate for residential and noncommercial users of natural gas, electric, telephone, sewer, water and regulated transportation services. Smith leaves her full-time position as an assistant professor but will continue as an adjunct professor in the division's Police Executive Leadership Program.


University Administration

Robin Wray is the new associate director of operations for the Office of Annual Giving, after serving a similar position at Pennsylvania State University.

Judson Crihfield has been appointed director of the central development Office of Annual Giving, having served as the associate dean for development in SPSBE.


Whiting School of Engineering

Jennifer H. Elisseeff, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received the Young Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon. She graduated from the Mellon College of Science in 1994 with her bachelor's degree in chemistry and then earned her doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Elisseeff, who is at the forefront of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, was one of eight Carnegie Mellon graduates honored during homecoming on Oct. 24 for personal achievement, service and dedication to the university.


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