Johns Hopkins Gazette | October 18, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 18, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 8

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

Elizabeth Johnson, research associate and doctoral candidate, has received the June B. Culley Award, which honors outstanding achievement on the Department of Biostatistics second-year exam.

Susan Milner, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins and a senior health policy analyst with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant. She will lecture in 2005 at Paraguay's National University of Asuncion on the topic "Using Population-based Outpatient Measures at the Plan and Regional Level for Health Care Quality Measurement and Improvement."

Siobhan Sutcliffe, master's candidate in biostatistics and doctoral candidate in epidemiology, has received the Glaxo SmithKline Award, which is sponsored by Glaxo SmithKline to encourage interest in the field of biostatistics and to honor outstanding achievement on the Department of Biostatistics first-year exam.


Health Divisions Administration

Collaborators from the School of Medicine led by principal investigator Nancy K. Roderer, interim director of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics and director of the Welch Medical Library, were recently awarded a three-year research grant from the National Library of Medicine to conduct a randomized clinical trial evaluating the potential patient benefits from the use of information services tailored to individual needs versus the standard information routinely made available by the health team during a new patient consultation. An extension of a pilot program conducted in the hospital's pediatric units, the study will first target breast cancer patients during their initial consultation in the Department of Oncology Breast Center and then will evaluate information services offered to parents of children newly diagnosed with leukemia.

Five publications produced by the Office of Corporate Communications have won prestigious awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Institutional Advancement. Hopkins Medical News (now Hopkins Medicine), Dome and a Brain Sciences case statement were all named the top entries in their field and won cash awards. Awards of Excellence went to Hopkins Medical News, edited by Edith Nichols, in the External Publications category; Dome, edited by Anne Bennett Swingle, in Internal Publications; and, in Single Issue Publications, a case statement titled "Opening Windows Into the Brain," a project managed by Nichols and designed by David Dilworth. In addition, Awards of Distinction went to Hopkins Nurse, edited by Lindsay Roylance, and to writer Marjorie Centofanti for "Blues Brothers," an article that appeared in the winter 2004 issue of Hopkins Medical News.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Richard Bennett, vice president for medical affairs, has been promoted to senior vice president for medical affairs. Bennett will continue providing oversight for clinical department administrators and act for JHBMC President Gregory Schaffer when he is away from the hospital.

Lisa Shirk, residency program coordinator for the house staff program in internal medicine, has received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the School of Medicine.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has received a Reynolds Foundation grant of $3 million to train clinical educators in geriatric medicine over the next six years.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Catherine Jeeyun Choi, a junior majoring in neuroscience, has been awarded the National Society of Collegiate Scholars' annual Merit Award. The award recognizes new members who show outstanding academic success early in their careers and who are committed to community service and leadership activities.

William E. Connolly, professor of political science, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant for 2005. He will be a Distinguished Lecturer at the Kyoto American Studies Summer Seminar and visit various other institutions in Japan.


School of Medicine

Charles W. Cummings, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, has received the American Laryngological Association's James E. Newcomb Award for his contributions to the art and science of laryngology and rhinology and dedication to the American Laryngological Association.

Christine Haenggeli, a neurology research fellow, has been awarded the Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship for ALS Research by the ALS Association. Milton Safenowitz died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1998, and the fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Milton and Marilyn Safenowitz Family Foundation.

Ada Hamosh has been named clinical director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. Hamosh's association with Genetic Medicine started in 1989, when she began her fellowship in medical and biochemical genetics. She was appointed assistant professor in Genetic Medicine in 1992 and associate professor in 2000. Hamosh served twice as the acting clinical director for the institute, first in 2002 and again in 2004.

Murray A. Kalish, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been elected vice chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Caucus of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He also serves as the Maryland director on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' board of directors.

Tom Kirsch, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed deputy director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. Kirsch has held numerous leadership roles in disaster management, including national physician adviser for the Disaster Health Services of the American Red Cross and disaster consultant for the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Peter J. Provonost, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and medical director of the Center for Innovation and Quality Patient Care, has received the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for Research Achievement from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The award honors research initiatives that have led to dramatic improvements in the safety and quality of care in intensive care units.

Myron Weisfeldt, chairman of the Department of Medicine, has won the 2004 James B. Herrick Award of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. This is the most prestigious award the council bestows and is given annually in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the field.


School of Nursing

Jacqueline Campbell, associate dean for faculty affairs, has received the 2004 National Award for Advocacy in the Field of Family Violence from the Family Violence Sexual Assault Institute and will be presented with the 2004 Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Education Award on Oct. 28.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Michael Haigh, instructor of derivitive securities in the Graduate Division of Business and Management, received the 2004 Financial Management Association's Competitive Paper Award in the area of Market Microstructure.


University Administration

Cheryl-Lee Howard, assistant provost for University Research Projects Administration, is a recipient of the National Council of University Research Administrators' Distinguished Service Award. The award, which is given to individuals who have made sustained and distinctive contributions to the organization, will be presented at NCURA's 46th Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C.


Whiting School of Engineering

Robert Dalrymple, professor of civil engineering, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Marine Board, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences under the Transportation Research Board.

Howard E. Katz has joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a professor, coming from Bell Laboratories-Lucent Technologies, where he was a Distinguished Member of the technical staff. Katz earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at MIT and his doctorate at UCLA. His most recent work has emphasized nontraditional device fabrication, surface chemistry and multifunctional device design and has led to ongoing collaborations with multiple outside companies and a range of universities. His inventions have been incorporated into more than 30 patents and recognized by two R&D 100 Awards.

Michael Kazhdan has joined the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor. Kazhdan received his doctorate from Princeton in 2004 with a thesis titled "Shape Representations and Algorithms for 3-D Model Retrieval." His areas of research include computer graphics, 3-D shape analysis and 3-D shape matching.

BME Doctoral Students Take Top Spot in Prominent Biotech Competition

Blanka Sharma, David Noren, Raymond Cheong and Saurabh Paliwal

By Phil Sneiderman

By preparing a business plan for an imaginary company that could help doctors detect eye diseases before they cause blindness, four biomedical engineering doctoral students from Johns Hopkins have won the North American arm of a prominent biotechnology competition based in the United Kingdom.

The students competed against three other finalists from universities in the United States and Canada in the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme, an academic business plan contest designed to raise awareness among postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists about how to commercialize ideas from the biosciences.

For the event, the students invented a company called Innovative Clinician Unlimited, which would market a medical technology that may become practical in the near future. The team outlined how use of an automated device to image the retina could allow primary care physicians to diagnose potentially blinding diseases before patients lose their sight.

The team recently traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to present its business plan to a panel of judges. During the event, the students also attended workshops led by leading figures in the British biotechnology industry. Their plan was judged against those of teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Francisco.

As winners of the competition, the Johns Hopkins students took home $1,000 in prize money from the British Council USA, which sponsored and administered the North American initiative. In addition, the students will receive an all-expense-paid trip to London in December to be showcased alongside the final eight competing British teams. The Johns Hopkins students will present their business plan and will be eligible for additional prizes.

Entering the contest proved to be a great learning experience, said David Noren, the Johns Hopkins team captain. "If you're involved in technology-related research, it's often beneficial to consider commercialization, but none of us had any experience in developing a business," Noren said. "During our preparation for this contest, we talked to people at Johns Hopkins who'd had experience in commercializing their research. That was a big help in developing our plan."

Noren graduated from the University of Rochester before entering the BME doctoral program at Johns Hopkins. The other team members were Blanka Sharma, a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; Raymond Cheong, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and now a student in the Johns Hopkins M.D.-Ph.D. program; and Saurabh Paliwal, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology.

The team formed in the summer after hearing about the competition. All four graduate students are conducting their research on the Homewood campus in the Clark Hall labs supervised by Andre Levchenko and Jennifer Elisseeff, assistant professors in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


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