Johns Hopkins Gazette | November 28, 2005
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 28, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 12

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.


Centers and Affiliates

Joyce L. Epstein, director of the Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships at the Center for Social Organization of Schools and research professor in the Sociology Department, is the recipient of the 2005 Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association for her research and development of practical programs in school, family and community partnerships. This is the AOA's main award, which includes a monetary prize and requires winners to present a lecture at an AOA annual meeting.


Health Divisions Administration

Nelson Garnett, director of the Animal Care and Use Committee, is co-winner of this year's Harry C. Rowsell Award, given annually by the Scientists Center for Animal Welfare to recognize commitment to good science and the human treatment of animals used in research, testing and teaching.


Johns Hopkins Bayview

Deborah Krum Douglas, associate professor of pathology, is the new chief of the Department of Pathology. Douglas came to Hopkins from Blue Ridge Pathologists in Fisherville, Va., and was previously medical director for hospital transfusion services at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.

Felipe Andrade, assistant professor of rheumatology, has received a three-year $300,000 grant from the nonprofit Lupus Research Institute to explore the molecular mechanisms involved in lupus remission.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Ariel Goldberg, a third-year doctoral student in the Cognitive Science Department, received an award for the best student paper at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia held in October in Amsterdam. Goldberg's talk was titled "Investigating the Serial Order Mechanism of Spelling: A Simple Recurrent Network Simulation of the Graphemic Buffer." He reported the results of research that used neural network computer simulations of the spelling performance of brain-damaged individuals to understand the cognitive processes that underlie the sequential production of letters during spelling.

Sylvain Perdigon, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has re-ceived a fellowship from the Palestinian American Research Council for his study on the transformation in family structures and the vulnerability of kinship relationships in the context of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Lawrence M. Principe, professor of the history of science, medicine and technology and of chemistry, has received the History of Science Society's Pfizer Prize for an outstanding scholarly publication. His award-winning book, Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry (University of Chicago Press, 2002), was co-written with William R. Newman, professor of the history and philosophy of science at Indiana University. In this work, Principe and Newman argue that historians of chemistry should look to the alchemist George Starkey, who has been described as America's most prominent natural philosopher prior to Benjamin Franklin, rather than Robert Boyle, for the origins of modern chemistry. The Pfizer Prize consists of a medal and $2,500. In a typical year, more than 60 books are considered for the prize, which recognizes unsurpassed research and breadth of learning.


Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Francisco Gonzalez has been named Riordan Roett Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies. He is the first scholar to hold the position, which was dedicated this fall. Gonzalez received a doctorate in politics from Oxford University, was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Nuffield College at Oxford from 2002 to 2005 and has served as a professorial lecturer at SAIS' Bologna Center.


School of Medicine

Michael Amey, associate dean, research administration, has been elected to the board of the Council on Governmental Relations, an association of research universities that provides advice on the financial and administrative aspects of federally funded research.

Allan Belzberg, associate professor of neurosurgery, is the second recipient of the United Brachial Plexus Network's Outreach Award, which recognizes his achievements in furthering awareness of brachial plexus injuries.

Anne Duggan, associate professor of pediatrics, has received the 2005 Pro Humanitate Herbert A. Raskin Article Award from the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. Co-authors were Lori Burrell, Susan Higman and Elizabeth McFarlane.

Lisa Heiser has been appointed assistant dean for faculty development. Heiser has been director of the Career Management program since it was created in 1992. The new position evolved from recommendations of the Committee on Faculty Development and Gender.

Ahmet Hoke, associate professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology, received the Derek Denny Brown Award from the American Neurological Association at its annual meeting in San Diego. This award is given each year to a new member of the association who has already established a track record of research accomplishments and who promises to be a leader in the field of neurology.

Arnall Patz, director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received the Leslie Dana Gold Medal for the Prevention of Blindness from the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Sarah Poynton, associate professor in the Division of Comparative Medicine and in Art as Applied to Medicine, has been appointed a regional aquaculture reviewer by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. She will prepare a review on the current and future status of aquaculture in North Africa and the Near East and this month is co-chairing expert workshops in Egypt and Oman.

Barbara Starfield, University Distinguished Service Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, has received the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Kathryn Wagner, assistant professor of neurology, has been named co-director of the Sen. Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, created by the National Institutes of Health as a joint project with the University of Pennsylvania. Se-Jin Lee, professor of molecular biology and genetics, is a project leader.

Patrick Walsh, professor of urology, has been honored by Yonsei University Medical Center and Severance Hospital in Korea with a conference room dedicated in his honor. Also, at Beijing University in China, he was appointed honorary president of the Urological Training College.

Levi Watkins, associate dean for postdoctoral affairs and professor of cardiac surgery, was honored as the first African-American medical school graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, where his official portrait was unveiled.

The second annual Stanley L. Blumenthal, M.D., Cardiology Research Awards for the top American Heart Association-accepted abstracts by a postdoctoral fellow went to Vojtech Melenovsky and Barry Borlaug for clinical science, Hee Cho for basic science and Navin Kapur for translational science. Roger Blumenthal, associate professor of medicine, and his mother, Anita, created the award to honor his late father's contributions to Hopkins.

The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and its physicians swept the 2005 Minnie awards for excellence in radiology, winning five of the relevant seven categories., owned by Eastman Kodak, describes itself as the leading online commercially sponsored community for radiology professionals. The organization presents its Minnies to honor radiologists and radiology training programs, the most significant event in radiology, most important clinical procedure, best new radiology product and vendor, and most significant scientific paper. Radiologists nominated the 205 candidates, who were voted upon by more than 134,000 members.

The department won Minnies in two categories: Best Radiology Training Program, for the fourth straight year, and Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program. Richard Wahl, professor of radiology and radiological science, director of Nuclear Medicine and vice chair, Technology and New Business Development, was recognized as Most Influential Radiology Researcher; Bob Gayler, associate professor of radiology and radiological science, as Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator; and Margaret Cooper, manager of radiology technology, as Most Effective Radiology Administrator/Manager.


School of Nursing

Jacquelyn Campbell, associate dean for faculty affairs, has received the American Society of Criminology Vollmer Award for her research scholarship that has contributed to justice and prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior. The award is one of the most prestigious presented by the organization.


University Administration

Chris Gibbons, associate director of the Urban Health Institute and an assistant professor in the schools of Public Health and Medicine, has been elected president of the International Society for Urban Health.


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