Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 19, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 19, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 31

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.


Academic and Cultural Centers

Virginia Massey-Burzio, head of Resource Services at Homewood's Milton S. Eisenhower Library, has been selected for inclusion in the 2004-2005 edition of Marquis Who's Who of American Women.


Homewood Student Affairs

Kimberly Strickler, assistant director of Student Financial Services, has been selected as Mentoring Scholarship winner for the 2004-2005 academic year by the Maryland Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.



Kenneth M. Jones II has been named chief financial officer. Jones joins JHPIEGO from Mirant Corp., an international energy marketing company, where he was assistant to the senior vice president for finance and accounting. He previously held financial positions with Pfizer Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Jones received an MBA from MIT, a master's degree in economics from SUNY Buffalo and a bachelor's degree from Boston University.

Four new members have been appointed to the corporate board of directors. They are Dwight Bush, principal of Stuart Mill Capital, Arlington, Va.; Donna Ecton, chairman and chief executive officer of EEI Inc., Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Robert Mallett, senior vice president for corporate af-fairs for Pfizer Inc., New York; and C. Cathleen Raffaeli, managing partner of the Hamilton White Group, Pound Ridge, N.Y.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Nitu Kitchloo, assistant professor in the Mathematics Department, is one of two recipients of the 31st Centennial Fellowship awarded by the American Mathematical Society. The one-year fellowship was established in 1973 to support research in mathematics.

Petar Maksimovic, assistant professor of physics, has received a Sloan Research Fellowship to study the collision of protons and antiprotons when they are accelerated to the speed of light.

Greg Williamson, a poet and senior lecturer in the Writing Seminars, is one of eight writers to receive a 2004 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $7,500 award honors writers of exceptional accomplishment in any genre. The award will be presented May 19 in New York.



Peter Pronovost, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and medical director of the Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care, and Eden Stotsky, health educator at the Colon Cancer Center, have been chosen by The Daily Record as 2004 Health Care Heroes. Pronovost is the physician winner; Stotsky, the volunteer winner. Honorable mention recognition went to Jeanne Charleston, School of Public Health; Sandy Dietzel, Children's Center; and Lori Paine, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.

Kapil Gupta, a graduate student in the Whiting School's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Shoji Takashi, a graduate student in the School of Medicine's Department of Biomedical Engineering, are among the 16 winners of 2004 Student Research Achievement Awards from the Biophysical Society. Both were selected for the honor by the organization's Membrane Biophysics Subgroup.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Two SAIS publications were recognized in the 19th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report. In categories for schools with fewer than 2,000 students, SAISPHERE's 2002 leadership-themed issue was a silver winner, and the 2003-2004 Academic Catalog was a bronze winner.


School of Medicine

Charles Angell, assistant professor of medicine, has received the Samuel Asper Award for Clinical Excellence from the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The award recognizes individuals who are consummate practitioners of the art and science of medicine.

Benjamin Carson, professor of neurological surgery and director of pediatric neurosurgery, has been appointed to the President's Council on Bioethics. The council, created in 2001, is charged with the task of providing a moral and ethical lens through which to view developments such as stem cell research and cloning.

Neil Powe, professor of medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has received the Mary Betty Stevens Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The late Mary Betty Stevens was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins who exemplified excellence in clinical research.

Ariel Roguin, a clinical fellow in cardiology, has won the Melvin Judkins Young Clinical Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. Roguin was recognized for his research into the MRI safety of modern pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator systems.

Noel Rose, professor of pathology and director of the Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, has been appointed chairman of the National Institutes of Health's Autoimmune Disease Coordinating Committee. Rose will serve as the principal adviser regarding coordination of federally sponsored autoimmune disease research to Tommy Thompson, health and human services secretary; Cristina Beato, assistant secretary for health; and Elias Zerhouni, director of the NIH.

Responding to the enormous growth and complexity of residency and postdoctoral programs, the SOM has divided responsibilities in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Julia McMillan has been named associate dean for graduate medical education. She will be responsible for house staff programs. McMillan, who is Pediatrics' vice chairwoman for education and residency program director, has been vice chairwoman of the Committee on Graduate Medical Education. Levi Watkins, who formerly was responsible for all graduate medical education, will continue as associate dean for postdoctoral affairs with responsibility for more than 1,200 postdoctoral fellows.


School of Nursing

Sara Angelino, a junior (traditional) student, was elected president of the Council of State Presidents at the National Student Nurses' Association recent annual meeting in Nashville.

Sharon O'Neill has been promoted to assistant professor.

Anne Outwater, a doctoral candidate, received the Graduate Research Award 2004 from the Transcultural Nursing Society. Her research is on the philosophy of care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Cynda Rushton has been promoted to associate professor.

Julie Stanik-Hutt has been promoted to associate professor.

Faculty members Diane Aschenbrenner, Kathy Kushto-Reese and Ron Berk received the first annual Distinguished Fellows Presentation Award from the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning for their presentation titled "So You Want to Be a Star: Professor Search!" made at the 33rd annual ISETL conference.


Whiting School of Engineering

Ralph Etienne-Cummings, associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, will start a two-year term in 2004 as a member of the board of governors of the IEEE/Circuits and Systems Society. In addition, Etienne-Cummings was recently profiled in the online journal

Robert E. Green Jr., the Theophilus Halley Smoot Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received the 2004 NDE Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Optical Engineering at its annual symposium of Nondestructive Evaluation for Health Monitoring and Diagnostics, held last month in San Diego. The honor recognizes Green's dedication to that field and his commitment to educating students. Green is founder and former director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and is also a member of the principal professional staff at APL.

Omar Knio, professor of mechanical engineering, has received the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander van Humboldt Foundation of Germany. The award is bestowed in recognition of lifetime achievements in science, for younger, outstanding scientists and scholars who reside outside Germany.

Jerry Prince, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was elected an IEEE Fellow in January "for contributions to signal and image processing for medical imaging."

Andrea Prosperetti, professor of mechanical engineering, has won the Senior Award from the International Conference on Multiphase Flow. This prestigious award is granted every three years. Prosperetti is invited to give the Award Lecture at the ICMF-2004, to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

Avi Rubin, associate professor, Computer Science, was named a Baltimorean of the Year by Baltimore magazine for his role in the "debate over the future of electronic voting systems." The feature appeared in its January issue.

Lian Shen joins Civil Engineering as an assistant professor. Shen's research interests include ocean engineering, coastal processes and environmental fluid flows, computational fluid dynamics, high-performance computing and parallel computing. He received his doctorate in fluid mechanics from MIT in 2000.

Rene Vidal joins Biomedical Engineering and the Center for Imaging Science as an assistant professor. Vidal received doctorates in electrical engineering and in computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000 and 2003. His research focuses on inference problems in computer vision, machine learning, robotics and control involving geometry, dynamics, photometry and statistics.

James West, research professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the John William Struitt, 3rd Baron of Rayleigh 2003 Award from the Mexican Institute of Acoustics and the 10th Mexican Congress on Acoustics.

Four assistant professors have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, which recognize and support the early career-development activities of scholars likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. They are Jason Eisner, Computer Science, for his research in finite-state machine learning on strings and sequences; Justin Hanes, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, for his research in real-time transport phenomena of nonviral DNA nanocarriers in live cells; Allison Okamura, Mechanical Engineering, for her research in haptic exploration and modeling of unknown environments; and Lester Su, Mechanical Engineering, for his research in application-driven combustion and fluid flow imaging.

Assistant professors Jennifer Elisseeff, Biomedical Engineering, and Allison Okamura, Mechanical Engineering, have received Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Research Grants. These grants were established in 1976 when biomedical engineering did not fit well into traditional grant programs to enable young investigators to establish themselves and the field; this is the final year the Whitaker Foundation will award these grants.


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