Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 19, 2007
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 19, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 22

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.


Bayview Medical Center

Constantine Lyketsos, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2006 Sen. William Proxmire Award. The honor, named for a longtime U.S. senator from Wisconsin, recognizes Lyketsos' leadership in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Richard O'Brien, associate professor of neurology and medicine, has been named director of the Department of Neurology.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery has earned a Center of Excellence designation from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. It is one of 195 such centers in the nation. More than 1,421 patients have been treated at the center since it was established in 1997 by Thomas Magnuson, associate professor of surgery.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland has awarded a Medal of Honor to the medical center for its significant increase in organ donation. Hospitals achieving donation rates of 75 percent or greater in any consecutive 12-month period between June 2004 and June 2006 were eligible for the award. Along with JHH, Bayview was one of five Maryland hospitals recognized with the Medal of Honor.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Derek Cummings, visiting assistant professor in Biostatistics, is the recipient of a Career Award at the Scientific Interface, given by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support physical and computational scientists entering biology.

Scott Zeger, professor and chair of Biostatistics, has been awarded the Royal Statistical Society's 2007 Bradford Hill Medal, which is awarded every three years to a fellow of the society for outstanding or influential contributions to the development, application or exposition of medical statistics.

The Center for a Livable Future has awarded its 2006-2007 Faculty and Student Innovation Grants to Arantxa Colchero, a PhD candidate in International Health; Rebecca A. Kraft, a PhD candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Krieger School; Cynthia Chioma McOliver, a PhD candidate in Environmental Health Sciences; Sharon Nappir, a PhD candidate in Environmental Health Sciences; Amir Poudel, a master's degree student in the Krieger School; and Earl Wall, a research associate in International Health.


Johns Hopkins Health System

Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the Public Service Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for his continuous dedication and generous support of the organization and the Baltimore community at large.

Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Avon Foundation Breast Center, has been selected as a 2007 Yoplait Breast Cancer Champion for her exceptional efforts in the fight against breast cancer.


Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Phyllis Berger, photography coordinator of the Homewood Art Workshops, has been awarded a monthlong residency at the Chateau de Rochefort-en-Terre in the Breton countryside of France. Administered by Maryland Institute College of Art, the Alfred & Trafford Klots Artist Residency Program selects up to 16 artists and writers each year on a competitive basis. Berger will do her residency in June.


School of Education

Jonathan Eakle, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Development and Leadership, has accepted membership in the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy. Founded in 1932 to further research in the teaching and learning of language and literacies, NCRLL is composed of leading scholars in the field.

Michael Rosenberg, professor, Special Education, has published a study co-authored with Exceptional Children, the journal of the Council of Exceptional Children, on alternative routes to certification as a special education teacher. The national study involved more than 100 special education programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia.


School of Medicine

Betty Doan, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Giovanni Parmigiani, has been awarded a grant from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation for her research on a lung cancer prediction model.

Todd Dorman, associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and associate dean and director of continuing medical education, has been appointed chair of the Critical Care Work Group for a two-year term. The group, which represents several medical associations, works with the federal Medicare program on payment and regulatory issues.

Peter Espenshade, assistant professor of cell biology, has received a 2006 Investigator in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private North Carolina-based foundation that seeks to advance medical science by supporting research. Espenshade, selected as one of 14 honorees out of 123 applicants, received his five-year $400,000 award in recognition of his accomplishments as an independent researcher and the excellence of his research proposal.

Andy Feinberg, the King Fahd Chair in Molecular Medicine, was awarded the doctor of philosophy, honoris causa, from the School of Natural Sciences of Uppsala University. Honored for his contributions to cancer and epigenetics, Feinberg received his degree at a ceremony in Sweden.

Ralph Hruban, professor of pathology and oncology, has received the Medical Visionary Award from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The group credits its founding to Hruban's creation in 1996 of an online chat page for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. The award also recognizes Hruban's establishment of the National Familial Tumor Registry in 1994.

Douglas Kerr, associate professor of neurology, molecular microbiology and immunology and director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center, was named one of Baltimore magazine's 2006 Baltimoreans of the Year. He was recognized for his work on Project Restore, a Johns Hopkins-based undertaking to advance therapies for transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis, and his breakthrough experiment that partially restored movement in paralyzed mice by using embryonic stem cells from other mice.

Alan Langlieb, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was selected by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, a Milwaukee-based charity, to collaborate with the lieutenant governor of Wisconsin and Employee Benefits News, the nation's leading trade publication for benefits managers, to study the economic effects of depression in the Wisconsin workplace.

Patrick Walsh, Distinguished Service Professor of Urology, has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine in recognition of his development of nerve-sparing radical surgery for prostate cancer as well as his research into genetic aspects of prostate cancer and hypertrophy. He shares the Faisal prize with Fernand Labrie, head of the Department of Molecular Endocrinology at the University of Quebec. Walsh also will receive the Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a research and information company nationally known for such publications as America's Top Doctors.


School of Nursing

Megan Hoffman, senior research nurse in the Doctoral Program, was elected secretary of the executive board of the Maryland Nurses Association.

Joan Kub, associate professor in the Baccalaureate Program, was chosen as the recipient of the registration scholarship by the Nurse Organization Alliance and will attend the Nurse in Washington Internship from March 11 to 14.

Mary Terhaar, assistant professor in the Baccalaureate Program, has been selected by the National League for Nursing to serve as its NLN ambassador for the school. Terhaar will ensure that faculty are informed about NLN initiatives, opportunities for research grants, reduced program registration fees, reduced rates on NLN testing products, certification and more.


NOTE: Milestones for employees celebrating anniversaries last month will appear in the Feb. 26 issue.


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