Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 16, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 16, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 22

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.


APL Makes Two Appointments

Gingras named chief of staff; Luman to head Joint Warfare Analysis

Russell E. Gingras is the new chief of staff at APL, where he serves as chief adviser to Director Richard T. Roca and assumes responsibility for many administrative tasks involving Laboratory management, sponsors and university business.

Gingras joined APL in 1969 after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He later earned master's degrees in electrical engineering and technical management from Johns Hopkins.

He served in the Lab's Fleet Systems Department for 13 years, and in 1982 he became a supervisor in the Lab's Naval Warfare Analysis Department, conducting studies and analyses of advanced system concepts for the Navy.

From 1997 to December 2003, Gingras served as head of the Joint Warfare Analysis Department, which is responsible for analyzing future sea, air, space and information systems. He also assisted in APL's strategic planning by assessing the implications of changes in the national security environment. Gingras played a critical role in boosting the capabilities and profile of APL's Warfare Analysis Laboratory, a high-tech, interactive war-gaming facility where military and civilian leaders analyze system concepts and advanced technologies in simulated battles, homeland attacks and other scenarios.

The Joint Warfare Analysis Department is now headed by Ronald R. Luman.

Prior to joining the department in 2000, Luman was for 21 years in the Strategic Systems Department, serving as a group supervisor and a program area manager. He served field assignments for two years as the strategic missile systems technical adviser to COMSUBPAC in Hawaii and for four years as chief analyst for the Joint Countermine Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration with the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va.

Luman joined APL in 1978 after earning a master's degree in applied mathematics at Michigan State. While at APL he earned a master's degree in engineering management from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate in systems engineering from George Washington University.


Bayview Medical Center

Susan Bartlett, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, has been awarded the Lawren H. Daltroy Fellowship Award in clinician-patient communication from the American College of Rheumatology.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Michael Edidin, professor of biology with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine, has been elected a fellow of University College London. The title of fellow is granted to former students who have attained distinction in the arts, literature, science or public life. Edidin will be inaugurated in May.

Yuan C. Lee, professor of biology, has been selected as a recipient of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement. Established in 1998, this award recognizes former students and colleagues who have transcended their fundamental roles as health care providers, scientists and educators to become influential participants in the advancement of the art and science of medicine. Lee will be presented with this award during a luncheon ceremony to be held in June during alumni reunion weekend.


School of Medicine

Robert Arceci, King Fahd Chair in Pediatric Oncology, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Arceci was honored for his work to improve understanding and treatment of pediatric acute leukemias.

David Bekelman, a general internal medicine fellow, is the recipient of the Webb Fellowship from the Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine. Awarded to outstanding advanced residents and fellows in consultation-liaison psychiatry, the fellowship includes financial support and mentorship.

Joseph Brady, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been named the second recipient of the P.B. Dews Award for Research in Behavioral Pharmacology, sponsored by the Division of Behavioral Pharmacology of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. The award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements in the field.

Valina Dawson, professor of neurology, has been awarded one of six 2004 Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Awards by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. Dawson will receive $300,000 over three years to fund her research, which focuses on proteins that protect the brain from stroke.

Mark Donowitz, professor of gastroenterology, has been elected to the governing board of the American Gastroenterology Association, serving as vice president in 2004, president-elect in 2005 and president for 2006.

Jonathan Epstein, the Rose-Lee and Keith Reinhard Professor of Urologic Pathology and an expert in prostate cancer, has been named director of the Division of Surgical Pathology.

Steven Goodman, associate professor of oncology, pediatrics, biostatistics and epidemiology, has been selected editor in chief of Clinical Trials: The Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials. His five-year term runs from 2004 to 2008.

Mark Haas has been named director of the Renal Pathology service. Haas received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in physiology from Duke University School of Medicine and did his residency training in anatomic pathology at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was on the faculty at Yale and the University of Chicago before joining Johns Hopkins in 1999 as associate professor. Haas is renowned for his diagnostic expertise in renal pathology and his research in renal physiology.

James Hildreth, professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, has received a Visionary Research Award in Academic Medicine from the National Medical Fellowships. Hildreth was recognized for his "groundbreaking discoveries and extraordinary research in HIV."

Victor McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics, has received the American Association of Blood Banks' Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award. Honoring Landsteiner, whose research laid the foundation for modern blood transfusion therapy, the award recognizes original research resulting in important contributions to scientific knowledge. The AABB cited McKusick for his "extraordinary lifetime work in pioneering the field of medical genetics."

John H. Shatzer, director of the Office of Medical Education and the Clinical Education Center, gave one of the invited keynote addresses at the first Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference, hosted by the National University of Singapore in December.

Paul Talalay, the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, has been chosen by the American Association for Cancer Research to deliver the 9th AACR-Dewitt S. Goodman Memorial Lecture during the group's 95th annual meeting, being held in March in Orlando, Fla. The lectureship recognizes Talalay's "lifelong and exemplary contributions" to cancer research.

Patrick Walsh, David Hall McConnell Professor of Urology and director of the department, has received the Society of Urologic Oncology's Charles Huggins Award, the organization's highest honor.

Transplant surgeon Robert Montgomery, associate professor, and Nobel laureate Peter Agre, professor of biological chemistry, were among the 10 Baltimoreans of the Year in the January issue of Baltimore magazine.


University Administration

Lisa Alexander has joined the Controller's Office as general accounting manager. A graduate of Loyola College, Alexander began her career in public accounting with KPMG and then joined one of her audit clients, Allfirst Financial, as a manager in the Finance Division. At Johns Hopkins, she will be managing the plant and debt funds in General Accounting.


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