Johns Hopkins Gazette | July 24, 2006
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 24, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 40

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 Centers and Support Services

Ed Bodensiek has joined the Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute as director of communications. He comes to Johns Hopkins from Junior Achievement, where he was most recently vice president for government affairs.


Applied Physics Laboratory

T. Adrian Hill, of the principal professional staff, was named Engineer of the Year by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Hill, a software engineer, was cited for his work on APL space programs. He serves as the fault protection and autonomy lead for both the MESSENGER mission to orbit Mercury and the New Horizons mission to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Hill shares the honor with co-winner Michael Nusca of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.


Bayview Medical Center

Thomas Magnuson, chief of the Division of General Surgery and site director of the surgical residency program, is the recipient of the 2006 Keith D. Lillemoe Faculty Teaching Award, which is bestowed annually by the surgical residents on a single Hopkins surgeon to recognize outstanding teaching skills. The residents presented the award at their graduation banquet on June 24. Magnuson is the first Bayview-based recipient of this honor.

Richard Zorowitz, visiting associate professor, has been appointed chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Prior to joining Bayview, he was an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and medical director of stroke rehabilitation in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Karen Bandeen-Roche, professor of biostatistics, has been named chair of NIH's Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for a two-year term that began July 1.

Francesca Dominici, an associate professor in the Biostatistics Department, has been chosen as this year's winner of the Spiegelman Award from the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association. The Mortimer Spiegelman Award is given annually to a statistician aged 40 or younger who has made outstanding contributions to public health statistics.

Holly Janes, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biostatistics, has received a Young Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association's Statistics in Epidemiology Section.

Rob Scharpf, a doctoral candidate in Biostatistics, is the recipient of a BioC 2006 Student Contributor Award, co-sponsored by the American Statistical Association's Section on Statistical Computing and the Bioconductor Foundation of North America.


Health Divisions Administration

Dome, edited by Anne Bennett Swingle, has received silver medals from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support for Education, in two separate categories: Internal Audience Periodicals and Periodical Staff Writing for Internal Audiences.



Frederick Jelinek, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, WSE; Katarzyna Macura, assistant professor, Radiology, SoM; Maria Nieto-Santisteban, senior systems software engineer, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS; Alex Szalay, professor, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS; and Katalin Szlavecz, senior lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, KSAS, attended the invitation-only 2006 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit held July 17 and 18 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. The summit is the premier opportunity for academic researchers and teachers to join with Microsoft researchers and product group engineers and architects for in-depth presentations and discussions of computing problems and research trends. The theme for the conference, which brought together 350 academics from 175 institutions in the United States and abroad, was "Computing at the Center of Transformation."


School of Medicine

L. Mario Amzel has been appointed head of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry in the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences. Amzel, who has served as interim director for two years, joined Hopkins in 1969 for a postdoctoral fellowship and has remained here since, rising to full professorial status in 1984. He earned both his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in physical chemistry at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Allan Belzberg, associate professor of neurosurgery, was recognized in the latest Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care's special section, Healthcare Honorees: 10 Who Made a Difference.

Joseph Brady, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has received an award from the Association for Behavior Analysis for outstanding scientific contributions to the experimental analysis of behavior. Brady founded and was formerly director of the Division of Behavioral Biology.

Zhikai Chi, an MD/ PhD candidate, and research fellows Shaoyo Ge and Shaida Andrabi have received awards from the American Heart Association. The three are part of NeuroICE, one of four basic science programs in the Institute for Cell Engineering.

Ronald Cohn has received the first Harvard Medical School-Partners Healthcare Center for Genetics and Genomics Award for medical genetics. Cohn, the first Hopkins resident to train in a combined pediatrics and genetics program, is chief resident at the McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine.

Harpal Khanuja, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, has received a John N. Insall Travelling Fellowship from the Knee Society. The fellowship sponsors visits to internationally recognized joint replacement and knee surgery centers.

Anirban Maitra, associate professor of pathology and oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been awarded the Maryland Science Center's 2006 Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Sponsored by the Maryland Academy of Sciences, the award includes the Allan C. Davis Medal and a cash award. The program was established in 1959 to recognize the extraordinary contributions of young scientists in the state. Maitra's laboratory is exploring the development of novel therapies for treating pancreatic cancer by identifying the genetic pathways causing the disease.

Eduardo Marbán, professor of medicine, cardiology, physiology and biomedical engineering and chief of the Division of Cardiology, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Gill Heart Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cardiovascular Research. The award recognizes his work in electrophysiology.

Justin McArthur, professor of neurology, has been named interim director of the Department of Neurology. McArthur, who has been acting director, succeeds John Griffin, who will focus on his study of peripheral neuropathy and other initiatives.

Edward McFarland, vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of adult orthopedics in the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, has been named the inaugural Wayne H. Lewis Professor of Orthopaedics and Shoulder Surgery. Lewis is president of Investor Services Limited, an investment counseling firm, and a patient of McFarland's.

Srinivasa Raja, professor of anesthesiology and director of the Division of Pain Medicine, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Pain Society. She also has been nominated to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

David Maag, Kathryn O'Donnell and Xiaoyan Zheng are among the 18 recipients of Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowships. The three-year awards are given to outstanding young scientists conducting theoretical and experimental research that is relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Their research is carried out under the sponsorship of the nation's leading scientists. Maag's sponsor is Solomon H. Snyder; O'Donnell's, Jef D. Boeke; and Zheng's, Philip A. Beachy.

Community Programs and Research Group, led by Jean Ford, associate professor of oncology and epidemiology, has received a four-year, $5.4 million grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The grant will fund a clinical trial to determine if a nurse-led team of community health workers can help remove the barriers that minority Medicare recipients face in obtaining cancer screening and treatment at the Kimmel Cancer Center.


School of Nursing

Miyong Kim, an associate professor in the doctoral program, has been invited to serve as a member of the Nursing Science: Adults and Older Children study section at the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review. The members will review and make recommendations on grant applications submitted to the NIH and will help ensure the quality of the NIH peer review process.

Marie Nolan, associate professor, has been named director of the PhD program.

Gayle Page, a professor, has been named director of the Center for Nursing Research and Sponsored Projects.

Kathi White has been named director of the MSN program, beginning Aug. 16.


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

Sheldon Greenberg, associate professor of management and director of the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has been nominated as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Fellows include some of the nation's most distinguished public officials as well as top academicians whose specialty is public administration. Founded in 1967, the academy is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation chartered by Congress. Its 600 Fellows provide advice on issues of governance and public management to government leaders at every level, both domestically and internationally.


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