Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 20, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 20, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 18

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.


Epstein named director of Surgical Pathology

Jonathan I. Epstein has been named director of the Division of Surgical Pathology in the School of Medicine's Department of Pathology. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine's six-year B.A.-M.D. program, Epstein did his anatomical pathology residency training at Johns Hopkins with a one-year fellowship in oncological pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He subsequently served as chief resident at Hopkins. Epstein joined the Hopkins faculty as instructor in 1985 and progressed to the rank of professor in 1994. World-renowned for his expertise in prostate cancer, Epstein is the first recipient of the Reinhard Endowed Chair of Urologic Pathology.


Health Divisions Administration

Nancy K. Roderer, director of the William H. Welch Library and interim director of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics, received the 2003 American Society for Information Science and Technology Watson Davis Award. The award recognizes individuals for continuous dedicated service to the membership of the society.


Homewood Student Affairs

Nicholas Arrindell, director of the Office of Student and Scholar Services, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to attend the United States-Germany International Education Administrators Program at the German Fulbright Commission in Berlin.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

H. Peyton Young, the Scott and Barbara Black Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the University of Siena in Siena, Italy. Young's topic is "Evolutionary Economics: Theory and Applications."



Jim Spall of the Strategic Systems Department at APL and a joint member of the faculty of the School of Engineering's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The appointment included a citation for his contributions to stochastic algorithms in control and optimization.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Loretta Bondi, director of the Cooperative Security Program at the Johns Hopkins University-SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, has been asked to join the resource group of the United Nations High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan established the panel in November 2003 to examine current and future threats to international security, evaluate how collective security institutions have addressed those threats and recommend changes to the United Nations and the larger collective security architecture.

Anders Soernsen, assistant professor of economics, is one of five winners of the Grundfos Prize 2003. The prize is given to researchers in social science whose proposals will best benefit Denmark's progress in education, research and development.


School of Medicine

Joseph Brady, professor of behavioral biology with a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience, is 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 biennial award recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements in research, teaching and professional service in the field of behavioral pharmacology. The award will be presented during ASPET's annual meeting in April in Washington, D.C. Brady came to Johns Hopkins in 1967 to found the Division of Behavioral Biology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also established the department's Behavioral Medicine Clinic and launched the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit.

Valina L. Dawson, professor in the Department of Neurology, has received a 2004 Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. The fund awarded six research projects $300,000 each over three years to support exploration of new approaches to diagnosing, preventing and treating injuries or diseases affecting the brain and spinal chord. Dawson's project is titled "Characterization of Novel Neuroprotective Molecules."

Harold E. Ramsey has been appointed as emeritus assistant professor of surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery.

Haya R. Rubin has been promoted to professor in the Department of Medicine.

David L. Thomas has been promoted to professor in the Department of Medicine.

Sharon L. Walsh has been promoted to professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Paul A. Watkins has been promoted to professor in the Department of Neurology.


School of Nursing

Patricia Abbott, assistant professor, has been elected to serve a second, two-year term on the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Lori Edwards, instructor, received the "Julie Center's Best" award from the Julie Community Center in recognition of her contributions to that organization. Edwards has served on the board, raised funds and helped develop the Family Life Players at the center.

Miyong Kim is co-editor of the Health Power Web site ( http://healthpoweronline). Health Power is a national corporation committed to minority health improvement.

June Miller, assistant professor, was elected president of the Transcultural Nursing Society.

Rosemary Mortimer, instructor, received the Centennial Award for Outstanding Mentoring from the Maryland Nurses Association.

Janet Selway, instructor, was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Nurse Practitioners as a state affiliate representative for a two-year term beginning in February.

Jo Walrath, assistant professor, was appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Nursing Care Quality.


Whiting School of Engineering

Grace Brush, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded the Mathias Medal, which recognizes the efforts of exemplary researchers who have contributed to informed policy in the Chesapeake Bay region. The award is sponsored by the Maryland and Virginia Sea Grant programs and the Chesapeake Research Consortium.

Gregory Eyink, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Eyink was cited for his work in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular on the foundation of transport laws in chaotic dynamical systems, on field-theoretic methods in statistical hydrodynamics and on singularities and dissipative anomalies in fluid turbulence.

Donniell Fishkind has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

Michael I. Miller, director of the Center for Imaging Science, has been awarded the inaugural Herschel L. Seder Professorship of Biomedical Engineering. Miller has joint appointments in the departments of Electrical and Computer Science, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He has been at Johns Hopkins since 1998 and is a recognized pioneer in areas of image understanding, pattern theory, computer vision, medical imaging, jump diffusion processes in image understanding and computational anatomy.

Charles O'Melia, professor in DOGEE, is the first recipient of the EMMC award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to environmental engineering education, will be presented at the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress in June.

Jong-She Pang, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, is co-recipient of the 2003 George B. Dantzig Prize awarded at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming held recently in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Dantzig is the world's top prize in mathematical programming. Awarded once every three years, it is issued jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Pang shares the prize with Alexander Schrijver of the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands.

Alexander A. Spector, associate research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, has received the 2003 Comcast Corporation Award from the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation.

John Wierman, professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected president of the Southern Regional Council on Statistics. He will serve for two years as president-elect, two as president and two as immediate past president. SCROS fosters cooperation in statistical affairs among institutions concerned with higher education.


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