Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 17, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 17, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 35

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.


New Radiology director named

Jonathan S. Lewin has been named the Martin W. Donner Professor and Director of the Department of Radiology at the School of Medicine and radiologist-in-chief of Hopkins Hospital. Lewin comes to Johns Hopkins from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he has served as the vice chairman for research and academic affairs since 1997 and as director of magnetic resonance imaging since 1993.

Lewin, who will join Johns Hopkins July 1, received his bachelor's degree from Brown and his medical degree from Yale. At Yale-New Haven Hospital, he completed an internship in pediatrics, a diagnostic radiology residency and fellowships in magnetic resonance research and neuroradiology.


Centers and Affiliates

Researchers from CEPAR, the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, received two prestigious awards during the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, held last month in San Diego. The Review of Research Award recognizing an outstanding review of research published in an AERA-sponsored publication was given to Geoffrey Borman, Gina M. Hewes, Laura Overman and Shelly Brown for their article "Comprehensive School Reform and Achievement: A Meta-Analysis." Hewes and Overman are both with the university's Center for Social Organization of Schools; Borman and Brown were CSOS staff members at the time the article was written. Borman is now assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Brown is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Borman was also recognized with an Early Career Award for a distinguished body of research within the first decade following receipt of his doctoral degree. He was cited for his "ambitious synthesis" of educational policy for the disadvantaged, including work on Title I, comprehensive school reform and summer learning for low-income students in Baltimore over the last seven years.


Health Divisions Administration

Lindsay Barnes has joined Research Animal Resources in the newly created position of director of laboratory animal management. Barnes has more than 25 years of diverse animal research experience with 15 years in animal facility management. Most recently she was with the Bionetics Corp. as project manager for the animal care and use program at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountainview, Calif. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Regents College and has completed all levels of AALAS technical certification.


Homewood Student Affairs

David Furhman has joined Housing and Dining Services as the director of Dining Programs. Furhman is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with an associate degree in culinary arts, and he has a bachelor of science in communications from Emerson College. Most recently, he was partner/co-general manager at the San Francisco office of the international public relations firm Porter Novelli, where he led and managed food/food service/nutrition accounts.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

L. Randol Barker, co-chief of the Division of Internal Medicine, has been designated a Master of the American College of Physicians, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Other Hopkins faculty so honored include Richard Ross, the late Carol Johns, the late Samuel Asper, C. Lockard Conley, John Mulholland, John Bartlett, John Burton and Jack Stobo.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Tristan Davies, senior lecturer in the Writing Seminars, has received a fellowship for the 2004-2005 academic year from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, administered by Brown University. The 12 recipients, selected from among 314 scholars and independent writers nominated by administrative officers of colleges, universities and cultural institutions throughout the country, will each receive $20,000. Davies' project is a novel called Paper: A Brief History of Price, Product and Fabrication.

The Department of Biology has announced the winners of three undergraduate awards. The Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipients in molecular biology are Chen "Mary" Chen, Victor Corces, mentor; and Jeremy E. Wilusz, Karen Beemon, mentor. This award provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to spend the summer between their junior and senior years engaged in independent research on their own campus under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Amit Vora has received the William D. McElroy Award for outstanding undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. The McElroy Award commemorates the career of former chairman of the department and director of the McCollum-Pratt Institute, William D. McElroy, who was internationally recognized for his pioneering work in firefly bioluminescence. Derek Yang has received the Danny Lee Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Sciences. The Department of Biology established this award in memory of Hopkins graduate Hsiao Yu "Danny" Lee to honor undergraduates who show great promise.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Michael Mandelbaum, director of the Department of American Foreign Policy, is one of 15 recently named Carnegie Scholars for 2004. Each scholar will receive up to $100,000 for a period of up to two years to pursue research advancing the strategic work of the corporation. Mandelbaum's project is titled "America the Hegemon: The United States in the World of the Twenty-First Century."


School of Medicine

Dana Boatman, associate professor of neurology and otolaryngology, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. Fifty-seven researchers were honored in a ceremony this month at the White House.

Andrew Feinberg, professor of medicine, has received the Dr. Tovi Comet-Walerstein Award from the Cancer, AIDS and Immunology Research Institute and Bar Ilan University. The award is given to an outstanding scientist whose contribution was unique to basic and/or applied research and was widely recognized as a major breakthrough for future cancer research and treatment. Feinberg pioneered the area of cancer epigenetics and currently studies the role of epigenetics in human disease.

Amy Mone Heaps, director of public affairs for the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been elected to a two-year term as chair of the Public Affairs Network. The network consists of public affairs professionals, working closely with the National Cancer Institute and other professional cancer societies, to enhance the public's understanding of cancer prevention, treatment and research as well as to address critical issues of common concern.

Argye Hillis, associate professor of neurology, has been selected to receive the 2004 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology, given by the American Academy of Neurology. Hillis won the prize for her research into how language functions and how spatial maps are represented in the brain. She also is studying how analysis of brain/behavior relationships can contribute to stroke therapy.

Don Martin, assistant professor of medicine and clinical director for Johns Hopkins International, has been awarded the 2005 Clinician Scholar Educator Award by the American College of Rheumatology Re-search and Educational Foundation for his project titled "Enhanced Rheumatology Curriculum for Medical Residents at The Johns Hopkins Hospital." The award recognizes and supports rheumatologists dedicated to providing high-quality clinical education experience to trainees. Martin will be funded for three years at $50,000 annually.

Allen Walker, associate professor, director of pediatric emergency medicine at the Children's Center and director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Child Protection Team, has received the Warren B. Duckett Jr. Award for Excellence from the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office. The award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding performance and dedication in the criminal justice field and who served as an inspiration to others. Walker, a state authority on child abuse and a vocal advocate for child abuse issues, is being recognized for his efforts on behalf of victims of shaken baby syndrome. The award was presented April 28 at the annual Victims' Rights Week Awards Ceremony at the Anne Arundel Circuit Courthouse.

Two surgery residents, Christopher Simpkins and Vincent Daniel, have each been awarded a $60,000 Resident Research Scholarship from the American College of Surgeons.

Three Hopkins students were recognized for their research at the Biophysical Society's annual meeting in February. Kapil Gupta, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Shoji Takahashi, an M.D./Ph.D. biomedical engineering candidate, were selected by the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup. Guruvasuthevan Thuduppathy, a graduate student in biology, was selected by the Molecular Biophysics Subgroup.


University Administration

Johns Hopkins Magazine has received a gold medal in the Periodical Staff Writing category for Districts I-IV of the CASE awards program. The award is based on overall quality of a variety of submissions. Writers on the magazine are Maria Blackburn, Sue De Pasquale (editor), Dale Keiger and Catherine Pierre.

The Office of News and Information has won a bronze medal for Excellence in News Writing in this year's national CASE award program. Winners were chosen both for writing and the impact of their news releases. Media representatives whose work comprised the submission were Amy Cowles, Glenn Small and Phil Sneiderman.


Whiting School of Engineering

Zohreh Movahed and John Romano, instructors in Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science, have received the program's Excellence in Teaching Awards, which are presented each year to two adjunct instructors. Movahed, who is safety manager for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, has been associated with Johns Hopkins for seven years. He currently teaches an online virtual course called Principles of Water and Waste Water Treatment. Romano, who earned a graduate degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins, teaches in the Information Systems and Technology Program. Romano also serves as head of information technology for the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Study of Language.

Three graduate students have received 2004-2005 Achievement Rewards for College Students, granted by the ARCS Foundation, which provides scholarships to academically outstanding students completing degrees in science, medicine and engineering. The scholarships, $15,000 each, were awarded to Brian Weibler, Mechanical Engineering; Michael Daily, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; and Junghae Suh, Biomedical Engineering.


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