Johns Hopkins Gazette | June 21, 2004
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 21, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 38

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.


The Diversity Recognition Award was established by the Diversity Leadership Council in 2003 to recognize faculty, staff and students for outstanding commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion and/or multiculturalism as demonstrated by specific efforts and accomplishments above and beyond their regular duties.

This year's seven recipients were recently recognized at an event held in their honor. From the left: Shelly Fickau, director of residential life, Homewood Student Affairs; Lea Ybarra, associate dean, Center for Talented Youth; Gary Wand, professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine; Courtney "Rory" Goodwin, student, School of Medicine; President William R. Brody; Gwendolyn Boyd, chair of the Diversity Leadership Council; Ilene Busch-Vishniac, professor of mechanical engineering, Whiting School of Engineering; Janean Martin, MHS/MA student, Bloomberg School of Public Health and student assistant, SAIS; Sheila Fitzgerald, associate professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Nicole L. Beverly, event coordinator.


Applied Physics Laboratory

Edmond Roelof, a space physicist, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Roelof was recognized for his continued innovative research in space physics and for his founding of the field of energetic neutral atom imaging. Energetic neutral atom imagers, like the APL-developed imaging instrument onboard NASA's Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft, make visible the 3-D structure of planetary space environments that were previously invisible to remote imaging techniques. An internationally recognized authority on space plasma physics, Roelof has contributed his energetic neutral atom imaging expertise to many NASA and European Space Agency missions including Astrid-1, IMAGE, Cassini, and Mars Express. Roelof received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and joined APL in 1974.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

David Awasum, senior program officer at the Center for Communication Programs, has been awarded the African Community Organization's prestigious Kwame Nkrumah Continental Leadership Award. Awasum, who is CCP's country representative in Mali, was recognized for his role in linking public health programs with sporting venues in Africa to promote healthy behaviors. This work began in 1998 with a campaign in Nigeria called Kick Polio Out of Africa, which used soccer events and players to spread the word about the polio vaccine. His more recent work includes the Sports for Life project in several African nations that spreads HIV/AIDS prevention messages through sporting events, including the African Cup of Nations.

Karen Bandeen-Roche, professor in the Department of Biostatistics, has been elected chair of the Biometrics Section of the American Statistical Association.

Joseph Coresh has been promoted to professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Rafael Irizarry, associate professor in Biostatistics, is the recipient of the American Statistical Association's 2004 Outstanding Applications Award. His 2003 biostatistics paper with colleagues Bridget Hobbs, Francois Collin and others, titled "Exploration, Normalization and Summaries of High-Density Oligonucleotide Array Probe Level Data," was recognized as the outstanding application of statistics in a substantive field of the past two years.

Jose Rimon, senior deputy director of the Center for Communication Programs, has been selected to receive the 2004 Outstanding Professional Award in the field of communication given by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. The award recognizes UP graduates who have excelled in their respective fields and have attained national and international recognition.

'Johns Hopkins Public Health' magazine received a gold medal from CASE in its best articles category for its fall cover story, "The Anatomy of an Epidemic," which was written by Jim Duffy.


Health Divisions Administration

Mary Ann Ayd, assistant director of publications, won a silver medal in CASE's Circle of Excellence competition for her article "One Track Mind," which appeared in the fall 2003 issue of Hopkins Medical News.


Homewood Student Affairs

Ellen Frishberg, director of student financial aid, has been appointed to the advisory council of Education Loan Management Resources, known as ELM. ELM is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation owned by its members, which include student loan lenders, servicers and guarantors.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Susan MacDonald, associate professor of medicine, was named to the Academy of Leaders by the Greater Baltimore YWCA at its first annual Leadership Awards event. She was the only physician selected to join the academy.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Karl Glazebrook has been promoted to professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

David P. Goldberg has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry.



At its recent annual spring luncheon, the Hopkins Women's Network presented its third annual Women's Leadership Award to four women who have provided leadership and acted as mentors to others at the university. Receiving the honor were Gwendolyn E. Boyd, APL chapter; Joan M. Bathon, Bayview chapter; Linda Brody, Homewood chapter; and Barbara S. Hawkins, JHMI chapter.

Boyd is executive assistant to the chief of staff at APL's central laboratory office and serves by appointment of the president as chair of the JHU Diversity Leadership Council, which recommends and promotes policies, programs and other initiatives that attract and retain a diverse mix of faculty, staff, and students and recommends changes that foster greater inclusion. Through development programs, mentoring, community outreach and personal leadership, Boyd has significantly advanced the opportunities for women and minorities.

Bathon is a professor in the Department of Medicine at Bayview who has had a long-standing involvement in the Task Force for Careers of Women in Academic Medicine and the Women's Leadership Council. Wrote her nominator, "She has changed the climate for all women within the School of Medicine through her genuine interest and respect for others and tireless efforts to foster personal and professional growth opportunities for all."

Director of the Study of Exceptional Talent at CTY, Brody was recognized for her ability to combine professionalism and humanity in a way that benefits everyone around her. She encourages her staff to participate in professional meetings, continuing education courses, self-improvement seminars and other advancement areas. Wrote her nominator, "She honestly cares about each of us, as both professionals and people, and she demonstrates that concern on a daily basis."

Hawkins, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, was nominated by a mentee. "Barbara's mentoring of associates is legendary," she wrote. "Literally dozens of the people with whom she has worked have gone on to lead programs of their own. With Barbara as my mentor, I have had an excellent example of what one can do, and what one should do when we are in the positions we are in. Barbara has helped develop leadership skills in others by offering us the opportunities usually reserved to higher positions. All individuals are pushed to assume greater responsibility."


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Isaiah Frank, William L. Clayton Professor of International Economics, received the 2004 International Leadership Award from the Committee for Economic Development during a ceremony held on May 19 in New York. The CED honored Frank for "his lifelong dedication to the study of international economics, and his commitment to teaching and the advancement of young people in foreign service careers." The CED is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan policy organization dedicated to research on the critical economic and social issues facing society.

David M. "Mike" Lampton, director of the China Studies program, has been named dean of faculty for two academic years, beginning July 1. Prior to joining SAIS seven years ago, he was president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Lampton succeeds Frank Fukuyama, who this month completes his term as the school's first dean of faculty.


School of Medicine

Hossein Ardehali, a cardiology fellow, has received a GlaxoSmithKline Young Investigators Award for his project involving a protein, ATP-Binding Cassette Protein-1, found in cells' mitochondria. Ardehali is one of only four advanced cardiovascular disease fellows in the world to receive this award, which carries $100,000 in research funding.

Ergin Atalar has been promoted to professor in the Department of Radiology.

William Marsh Baldwin III has been promoted to professor in the Department of Pathology.

Frederick Brancati, professor of medicine and an accomplished researcher in the field of diabetes, has been named director of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Jim Campbell has won the John Liebeskind Research Award from the American Academy of Pain Management's Awards Committee.

Daniel W. Chan, professor of pathology and director of the Clinical Chemistry Division and the Biomarker Discovery Center, is the first recipient of the Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Research Diagnostics, given by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.

Larry Griffith, professor of cardiovascular medicine, was honored by the Bermuda Heart Foundation for his contributions to cardiac health on the island. For the past 25 years he has worked with more than 3,000 patients in Bermuda seeking cardiology services at Johns Hopkins.

Alex L. Kolodkin has been promoted to professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

Jeffrey B. Palmer has been appointed to the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professorship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Akhilesh Pandey, assistant professor of biological chemistry, was named one of this year's Beckman Young Investigators by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Pandey's research uses proteomics and bioinformatics to investigate a key chemical signaling pathway in human cells. The Beckman Young Investigators awards support promising young faculty members in the chemical and life sciences.

Bruce Perler, the Julius H. Jacobson II Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, has been elected president of the Eastern Vascular Society, the largest vascular society in the United States.

Neil R. Powe, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, received the 2004 Garabed Eknoyan Award from the National Kidney Foundation at its national meeting in May. The award recognizes an individual who has promoted the vision of the foundation in making lives better for people with chronic disease by special contributions to the foundation. Powe spoke at the meeting on "Understanding Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease to Improve Health Outcomes."

Rajini Rao has been promoted to professor in the Department of Physiology.

Patrick C. Walsh, director of the Brady Urological Institute, has received the American Urological Association's highest honor, the Ramon Guiteras Award, for his outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. The award was presented at the group's President's Dinner, held on May 12. Also, publisher Elsevier has changed the name of Campbell's Textbook of Urology to Campbell Walsh Urology in recognition of Walsh's 25 years as senior editor overseeing five editions of the textbook. Walsh will step down in July as director of the Brady Institute, a post he has held since 1974, but will continue to see patients and perform surgeries full time.


School of Nursing

Sara Groves has been promoted to assistant professor.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Lawrence A. Larsen, professor in the Department of Special Education, Graduate Division of Education, has been appointed professor emeritus.

Capers W. McDonald will join the practitioner faculty of SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and Management as an executive in residence. McDonald, who shaped BioReliance into one of the few profitable biotechnology companies in Maryland, resigned after 12 years as president and CEO to join Johns Hopkins full time.

David B. Mitchell, who has been an executive in residence in the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has been nominated by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner as the state's next secretary of safety and homeland security. Mitchell, who served as an instructor in the Police Executive Leadership Program, will remain as adjunct faculty in the program. He served as superintendent of the Maryland State Police from 1995 to 2003 and after 9/11 chaired the Governor's Homeland Security Work Group. Presently, he is director of law enforcement relations with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in Washington, D.C.

Glenn R. Mueller, a professor in the Real Estate Department and real estate strategist at Legg Mason, has been awarded the James Graaskamp Award for his unique contributions in research to the academic and professional real estate industry. The award was given in April at the annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society, an international organization of academic and professional real estate researchers and leaders. The Graaskamp Award has been given only six times in the 20-year history of the organization. Having won the professional Graaskamp Award in 2001 from the Pension Real Estate Association, Mueller is now the only person to have won both the academic and professional awards.

'Johns Hopkins Professional Studies' magazine earned a gold medal from the University Continuing Education Association for the second year in a row.


University Administration

Rob Saarnio, director of historic houses and curator of university collections, is one of 34 museum leaders who have been selected to participate this summer in the three-week Museum Leadership Institute, the premier professional development program for decision makers in the museum field. Operated since 1984 by the Getty Center, the MLI is the flagship program of the Getty Leadership Institute. Previously held at the University of California, Berkeley, it will move this year to the Getty in Los Angeles.


Whiting School of Engineering

Yair Amir has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Avi Rubin, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, received a Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group, at the organization's 13th annual presentation of the award. Rubin and his research colleagues Kim Alexander and David Dill were cited for their "pioneering work spearheading and nurturing a popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections."

Louis Whitcomb has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


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