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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 23, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 40

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.


Carey Business School

Michael A. Anikeeff, chair and professor in the Edward St. John Department of Real Estate, has received the 2007 Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award from Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics. Anikeeff was cited specifically for his "guidance and leadership in expanding the [Johns Hopkins] Department of Real Estate from a limited program of part-time students to an accredited program granting the degree of master [of science] in real estate."


Institute for Policy Studies

Burt Barnow, associate director for research and principal research scientist, was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Approaches for the Evaluation of the NIST/NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program.


Johns Hopkins Health System

Deborah Knight-Kerr, director of the Office of Community Education Projects, and Johns Hopkins Medicine were honored by Baltimore City Public Schools with the 2007 Partnership Award. The award recognizes the volunteer efforts of JHH employees who participated in a student awareness program that Knight-Kerr developed with Tench Tilghman Elementary School.

Patricia Letke-Alexander, a physician assistant, has received the Baltimore City Health Department's first Dr. Sebastian Russo Memorial Award for her work on BayviewŐs mobile clinic, the Care-A-Van. Letke-Alexander has been a key force behind the success of the clinic since its initial outing in 1999. The Russo award honors a Baltimore family physician.

Dome, published by the Office of Marketing and Communications, has received the silver medal for Print, Internal Audience Tabloids and Newspapers, and a bronze medal for Photographer of the Year for its chief photographer, Keith Weller, from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, which bestows recognition to colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Hopkins Medicine magazine, also published by Marketing and Communications, received a gold medal in visual design for one of its covers.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education has been named a Computerworld Honors Program 2007 Laureate in Health Care for its visionary application of information technology to promote social and educational change. Founded in 2004 by Robert Bollinger Jr., a professor of medicine, the center uses online courses and interactive videoconference sessions with Johns Hopkins experts to train physicians, nurses, pharmacists and researchers in the developing world.


School of Medicine

Peter Burger, professor of pathology, oncology and neurosurgery, has received the Distinguished Pathologist Award from the United States-Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Arabella Leet, assistant professor of pediatric orthopedic surgery, has received the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America for her study "The Paradoxic Response of Human Osteoblasts in Patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta to Alendronate."

Julia McMillan, professor, vice chair of Pediatrics and director of the pediatrics residency program, has received the Walter W. Tunnessen Jr. M.D. Award for the Advancement of Pediatric Resident Education from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Rosalyn Stewart, assistant professor of medicine, has been named the inaugural John Faulkner Rainey Osler Scholar. The scholarship is funded by an endowment donated by John and Anne Rainey in honor of John Rainey's father, a member of the School of Medicine's class of 1933 and a protege of Thomas Boggs, the last surviving Johns Hopkins resident to study under Hopkins' first physician in chief, William Osler.

Kenneth Wilczek, executive director of the Clinical Practice Association, has been named associate dean of clinical practice and executive director of clinical research finance and operations. He will oversee development of a new billing and compliance program for clinical research and assess the financial aspects of clinical trials to maximize the efficiency and value of clinical research within Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Courtney Goodwin, Winnette McIntosh Ambrose and Regina Wilson are among the 36 recipients of United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative awards for 2007. Goodwin, of Bayview Geriatrics, and Ambrose, of Biomedical Engineering, received Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships (up to $52,000 each), and Wilson, Oncology, received a postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship (up to $85,000).

Russell Margolis, professor of psychiatry and neurology and director of the Laboratory of Genetic Neurobiology and its Neurogenic Testing Laboratory, and David Valle, professor of pediatrics and director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine and its Center for Inherited Disease Research, have each received a Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for their studies on the genetics of schizophrenia.

Akira Sawa, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the program in molecular psychiatry, has received the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression's Staglin Family Music Festival Award for Schizophrenia Research to generate a mouse model for schizophrenia using the in utero gene transfer technique he developed.

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression has given Young Investigator Awards to Seth Blackshaw, assistant professor of neuroscience; psychiatry fellow Deepak Grover; psychiatry-neurobiology fellow Atsushi Kamiya; Francis Mondimore, assistant professor of psychiatry; Graham Redgrave, instructor of psychiatry; and psychiatry fellow Ranjana Verma.


School of Nursing

Nancy Glass, associate professor, has been appointed ambassador to the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. Glass, who serves as associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global health, will work to build a national discussion about global health research and will stress the importance of effective collaboration among the nation's government, industry, academic, patient advocacy and philanthropic research sectors.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, associate professor and program director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program, was one of five alumni inductees to the University of Kentucky College of Nursing's first Hall of Fame. This highest honor of the college identifies distinguished graduates and their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor in the Baccalaureate program and a nurse practitioner with the JHH Halsted 5 cardiology service, has been chosen president-elect of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, an umbrella organization that represents more than 30,000 nurse practitioners across the United States. In addition, Stanik-Hutt was selected for participation in the 2007 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.


Whiting School of Engineering

Grace Brush, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, has been selected to receive the Estuarine Research FederationŐs Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award, which will be presented at the ERF November meeting in Providence, R.I., honors an individual whose record of sustained accomplishments has made important contributions to the understanding of estuaries and coastal ecosystems.

William N. Sharpe Jr., the Alonzo G. Decker Chair in Mechanical Engineering, has received the 2007 Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes a mechanical engineering educator who is an outstanding teacher and who has made a notable contribution to the profession. In addition to his teaching and leadership accomplishments at Johns Hopkins, Sharpe was recognized for his "innovative research in optical strain measurement over short gage lengths in hostile environments as applied to elastoplastic metal behavior and more recently to the mechanical properties of MEMS materials."


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