Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 16, 2007
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 16, 2007 | Vol. 36 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.


Justine Roth of Chemistry Named Sloan Research Fellow
By Lisa de Nike


Justine Roth of the Department of Chemistry in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has received a Sloan Research Fellowship to continue her study of enzymes that utilize molecular oxygen during normal cellular metabolism as well as those that remove oxygen byproducts from cells, a process that underlies aging and age-related diseases.

Administered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowship recognizes early-career scientists and scholars with two-year $45,000 grants aimed at helping them establish their laboratories and advance their research. Roth was one of 118 young scientists and economists to receive the awards this year in recognition of their potential to contribute to academic advancement. Since the Sloan Foundation began awarding fellowships in 1955, 32 fellows have won Nobel Prizes later in their careers.

"Being recognized by the Sloan Foundation is such an honor," Roth said. "I'm delighted to have this affirmation that my research program is off to a strong start and that my group's hard work is being well received."

An assistant professor, Roth came to Johns Hopkins in 2003. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1994 and her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, she was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Roth has received a number of other honors, including an NSF Career Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corp.

John Toscano, chairman of the Department of Chemistry, said, "This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Justine. It is excellent recognition of how highly regarded her research program has become in the four years that she has been at Hopkins," he said. "Our department is also extremely proud that Justine has now joined several other of our faculty who have been previously recognized as Sloan Fellows."


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics, received the 2007 Gertrude M. Cox Award from RTI International and the Washington Statistical Society, the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Statistical Association. The award is given annually to recognize an early- or mid-career practitioner who is making significant contributions to statistical methodology.

Adnan A. Hyder has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of International Health. Hyder is also a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics and a co-director of the Fogarty International Research Ethics Training Program.

Ming An and Robert Scharpf, doctoral candidates, are the 2007 recipients of the Helen Abbey Award for Excellence in Teaching. Scharpf is also the 2007 recipient of the Margaret Merrell Award for Excellence in Research.

Susan Hutfless, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, and Sheng Luo, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, have received the 2007 Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award, which honors student research at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology.


Homewood Student Affairs

Eric Beatty, director of the Homewood Arts Program, performed last month in Theatre Project's production of Lost & Clown'd. The play is a physical comedy that explores what happens when three circus members find themselves in strange surroundings with yet another audience.


Institute for Policy Studies

David Altschuler, principal resident scientist, participated at the invitation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in a White House Compassion in Action Roundtable. Called "Improving Prisoner Re-Entry Services Through Faith and Community-Based Partnerships," it took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Sandee Newman, director and professor, has been appointed to the German Marshall Fund's Comparative Domestic Policy Project Transatlantic Advisory Board.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

David Bell, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, will assume the role of dean of faculty on July 1. A historian of early modern France, Bell joined the History Department faculty in 1996.

James Roberts, a doctoral candidate in the History Department, has won a 2007-2008 fellowship from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, which is headquartered at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Roberts will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to work for a minimum of eight weeks in the collections of the consortium's members. His work will focus on "New England's Greater Caribbean 'Adventures': Maritime Merchants, Work and Slavery to the Early 1800s.

Sylvia Eggleston Wehr has been named associate dean for resource planning and development. Wehr, who joined Johns Hopkins in 1985, most recently was associate dean for external affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She will assume her new role no later than July 1.


School of Education

Michael S. Rosenberg, professor of special education, is this year's recipient of the prestigious TED/MERRILL Excellence in Teacher Education Award. The award, given annually by the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Merrill Publishing Company, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to teacher education in special education; preparation of future special education leaders; research supporting the preparation of teachers, including delivery of services to children with disabilities; legislative leadership; and scholarly work. He will receive the award this week at the CEC convention in Louisville, Ky.


School of Medicine

Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery, has been named the 2007 Ford Freedom Award Scholar by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Ford Motor Co. He will speak to 1,500 grade-school students about Charles Purvis, co-founder of Howard University's College of Medicine and this year's posthumous recipient of the Ford Freedom Award. In addition, Carson was named by The Daily Record, in the category of medicine, as one of 50 Influential Marylanders for 2007.

Tina Cheng, chief of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, has been appointed president-elect of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association. The 1,500-member organization fosters the health of children, adolescents and families through general pediatrics, academics and advocacy.

Raymond DePaulo Jr., the Henry Phipps Professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will receive the 2007 Research Award at the May 2 Lifesavers Dinner of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The annual dinner, attended by more than 600 people from the worlds of politics, science, media, entertainment and business, will be hosted this year by Brooke Shields with a special performance by Shawn Colvin. DePaulo is being recognized for investigations that have contributed to the understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as genetic disorders, and having advanced their identification and treatment.

Richard George, a Reynolds Foundation postdoctoral cardiology research fellow, has been chosen by Health Imaging & IT magazine as one of its top 25 innovators of 2007 for his work on CT perfusion imaging.

Judith Karp, director of the adult leukemia program at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has received the John J. Kenny Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The award recognizes Karp's work on behalf of the organization's research, fund raising and patient services programs.

Jennifer Lee, assistant resident in the Division of Critical Care and Anesthesiology at the Children's Center, was named a Hartwell Fellow. She is one of only nine recipients nationwide of the highly selective award, which provides $50,000 in funding for two years to promising postdoctoral trainees pursuing careers in biomedical research.

Lee McCabe, director of the Office of Behavioral Health Care in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the Co-Founders Award from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. The award recognizes him for training Baltimore-area religious leaders in how to respond to the mental health and spiritual needs of individuals following a disaster.

Richard North, professor of neurosurgery, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received the Founders Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine for his contributions to the science and practice of spinal cord stimulation for pain treatment.

Jeffrey Rothstein, neurologist and director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, will receive the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award at the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association's biennial meeting on June 1. The award recognizes his leadership in promoting excellence in the School of Medicine.

Molly Sachdev, a third-year cardiology clinical fellow, has been named one of 107 regional finalists for a White House fellowship, the nation's premier program for leadership and public service. She will learn this month if she has been selected to be among 30 national finalists. The final selection of approximately 20 winners will be announced in June.


School of Nursing

Cynda Rushton, associate professor in the Baccalaureate Program, will be one of the inductees at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing's inaugural Hall of Fame Induction on June 1.

Nancy Glass, associate professor in Research, was the first to receive the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award Selection. Glass will receive $1,000 from the Family Violence Prevention Fund's Saltzman memorial fund.

Deborah Dang, director of Nursing Practice Education and Research at JHH with a joint appointment at the School of Nursing, has received the New Investigator Award from the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues. Her award was based on her abstract "Understanding Influences on the Association Between Nurse Staffing and Preventable Patient Complications," which she will present on June 2 at the IRGNI annual meeting.

Phyllis Sharps has been promoted to full professor on the practice and education track. In addition, Sharps received the Research Award from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the 2007 Conference A Contract for Change: Mobilizing the African American Community to End Domestic Violence in Long Beach, Calif.

Lori Edwards, instructor in the Master's program, was named the top 2007 Daily Record Nurse Health Care Hero. She was honored for her work in local communities, particularly through the school's Community Outreach Program. Under her leadership, the program has expanded its mission and scope and each year educates, trains and places more than 150 student nurses as community volunteers in more than 40 community agencies.


University Administration

President William R. Brody was named No. 1 on Baltimore magazine's list of the 50 most powerful people in the Baltimore area. In addition, The Daily Record named him as one of the 50 leaders in their fields in the state of Maryland, in the category of education.


Whiting School of Engineering

Michael Yu, an assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "Development of Multifunctional Tissue Scaffolds Comprising Natural Collagen and Collagen Mimetic Peptides."


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