Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 18, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 18, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 30

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.


Applied Physics Laboratory

The Applied Physics Laboratory recently presented pins and certificates to 596 staff members who had attained five to 45 years of service. Three of these staffers — Thomas Foard, David Grant and Willie Lee — celebrated 45 years at APL. Gary Bartnick, Connie Coleman, Robert Heins, Eric Hoffman, Russell McNally, Larry Nelson, Ila Parsons and Charles Rodeffer were honored for 40 years of service.


Johns Hopkins Health System

Daniel B. Smith has been named president of the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group after serving as the acting head of the organization for the past year. Smith previously served as the health system's senior director of finance for budget development and financial analysis. Earlier, he was senior director of finance at Bayview Medical Center.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. The award will be presented at the 2005 annual meeting of the APSA in September.



Four faculty members are recipients of the Prostate Cancer Foundation's 2004 Competitive Research Awards. This venture-style research funding mechanism provides support to high-impact research projects with the greatest likelihood of providing improved near-term treatments for men with recurrent prostate cancer. The awards focus this year on applications of stem cell biology, the discovery of novel therapeutics and the clinical development of new drugs. Recipients are Samuel Denmeade, Stephen Freedland and Roberto Pili, from the School of Medicine; and Clara Kielkopf, from the School of Public Health.

Five of the 11 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars honored April 16 by the Potomac-Bethesda Rotary Club are studying at Johns Hopkins. The event, held at SAIS, recognized SAIS student Dijana Duric, representing Germany; Aparajita Singh of Public Health, India; and KSAS students Nobutake Otob, Japan, Catherine Susan Mary Hull, England, and Queenie Ying Lai, Hong Kong.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Jessica Einhorn, dean, has been nominated to the board of Time Warner.


School of Medicine

Benjamin Carson, professor of neurosurgery, received the Marylander of the Year Award on March 26 at an event hosted by the Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland Colonial Society.

Pablo Celnik, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has received the Best Paper Presentation Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists for "Effects of Somatosensory Stimulation on Motor Learning in Stroke Patients." Celnik's particular interest involves the development of rational strategies to enhance motor function after stroke.

Jeffrey Han, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has won a 2005 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for his dissertation work. Han and the 14 other recipients will participate in a scientific symposium in May at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which sponsors the award.

Murray Kalish, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, was recently re-elected to another three-year term as Maryland director to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Brian Krabak, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been appointed director of the department's residency program. Krabak, an expert on sports medicine, served as associate director of the program for four years.

Stephen Leach, chief of Surgical Oncology, has been awarded a one-year, $100,000 pancreatic cancer research grant by the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research for his project, "Zebrafish Model of Early Pancreatic Cancer." The grant will help Leach and six other winners across the country explore ways to improve diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.

Christina Lundquist has been named administrator for the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. She brings to her new role 11 years of experience as administrator for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. For seven years simultaneously, she was also administrator for the Department of Dermatology.

Lloyd Minor, Andelot Professor and Director of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has been named president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, an international association of scientists and physicians dedicated to scientific exploration among all disciplines in the field of otolaryngology.

Dobrila Rudnicki, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Neurobiology, has received the John J. Wasmuth Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Hereditary Disease Foundation to support work that will help identify and improve understanding of the basic defect of Huntington's disease.

John P. Gearhart, professor of pediatric urology and pediatrics; Ranjiv Mathews, associate professor of urology; and Paul Sponseller, Lee H. Riley Jr., M.D., Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, have received the Yamaguchi Award for Best Paper in Pediatrics from the American Urological Association. In addition, Gearhart has been appointed North American editor of the Journal of Pediatric Urology, a new international journal dedicated to the specialty.

John Flynn and Steve Sisson, associate professors of medicine, are recipients of the 2005 National Awards for Scholarship in Medical Education. Flynn won in the Clinical Practice category based on his accomplishments as an administrator, teacher, editor and role model for residents and medical students. Sisson won in the Educational Methods and Teaching category for developing and evaluating a nationally recognized, Internet-based educational program in ambulatory medicine for medical residents. The awards represent the highest national recognition for clinician-educators in general internal medicine.


School of Nursing

Haera Han, assistant professor, received funding from the National Cancer Institute for her community-based participatory research project for Korean American Women's breast health. Co-investigators and collaborators of this project include Victoria Mock and Miyong Kim of Nursing; David Levine, School of Medicine; and Claude Earl Fox, Urban Health Institute.

Cassandra Jones, associate director of admissions and student services, was named Maryland state coordinator for the National Orientation Directors Association Region VIII. Jones will serve as the liaison between Maryland schools and the national board of directors, provide professional development activities and serve as the resource for the current member schools.

Cynda Rushton, associate professor, was invited to serve on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Increasing Rates of Organ Donation. The committee examines issues surrounding organ donation, evaluates the ethical implications of proposals to increase deceased organ donation and provides advice to the secretary of health and human resources.

Beth Sloand, assistant professor, was named a Daily Record 2005 Health Care Hero in the Volunteer category. In addition, Jacquelyn Campbell, associate dean for faculty affairs and professor, was named a Nurse Hero Honoree, and Phyllis Sharps, associate professor, and Benita Walton-Moss, assistant professor, both received honorable mentions in the Nurse Hero category.


Sheridan Libraries

Cathedral of Books, a video celebrating the George Peabody Library, has received a gold medal from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, in the category Electronic Media: General Information Features. The piece was produced by the Johns Hopkins Office of Digital Video Services; Ann Koch, executive producer; Mike Field, writer/producer; Deirdre Hammer, editor/director of videography; and Robert Higbie, videographer. Voice talent was provided by Theatre Hopkins.


Whiting School of Engineering

David L. Sherman, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, was named Engineer of the Year for 2004 by the Engineering Society of Baltimore. Sherman was recognized for his development of new algorithms for signal processing in clinical and basic research in neurological disease states, such as epilepsy and brain effects from cardiac arrest.

Alexander E. Kaplan, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a recipient of the 2005 Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America. The award recognizes contributions to physical optics and is one of the most prestigious awards of the OSA. It is presented to Kaplan "for his seminal contributions to nonlinear interface and optical bistability effects, hysteretic resonances of a single electron, and physics of sub-femtosecond pulses." In addition, Kaplan was recently cited as one of the top five scientists from the former Soviet Union who contributed most to U.S. science overall, and one of the top two scientists who contributed to physics and high-technology research. Kaplan was recognized for his research in quantum mechanics by the International Information Agency, Washington ProFile.

Charles Meneveau, professor, Mechanical Engineering, received an Outstanding Publication award from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research for co-authorship of a paper in Atmospheric Science, "HATS: Field observations to obtain spatially filtered turbulence fields from crosswind arrays of sonic anemometers in the atmospheric surface layer." In addition, the ISI Science Citation Index has recognized the article "Scale Invariance and Turbulence Models for LES" (2000) by Meneveau and Joe Katz, also a professor Mechanical Engineering, as a Highly Cited Article, placing it in the top 1 percent in its field.

Six faculty members have been awarded 2004 and 2005 CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. These prestigious research awards are in recognition of "the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century." The honorees are Jason Eisner, Computer Science; David Gracias, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Justin Hanes, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Allison Okamura, Mechanical Engineering; Lester Su, Mechanical Engineering; and Rene Vidal, Biomedical Engineering.


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