Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 22, 2008
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 22, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 18

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.


Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gary Chan, Chongzhi Di and Chi Wang, doctoral candidates in the Department of Biostatistics, are each a recipient of a Distinguished Student Paper Award from the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society.


School of Advanced International Studies

Martin Tillman, associate director of Career Services, is the editor of a revised edition of Cooperating With a University in the United States: NAFSA's Guide to Interuniversity Linkages, a guide for representatives of foreign universities interested in working formally or informally with a college or university in the United States. Tillman was part of the writing team for the first edition, published in 1997.


School of Education

John Castellani, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership, was a lead presenter at this month's International Conference on E-Learning in Taiwan. Sponsored by the Taipei Ministry of Education and the Taipei Municipal University of Education Humanities Institute of Arts, the conference presented new and up-to-date information on the status of e-learning and technology around the world for students with and without disabilities. Castellani discussed technology for students who need extra help and supporting and designing an accessible curriculum for all students.


School of Medicine

Maura Gillison, associate professor in Oncology, was featured in a report by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, "Clinical Cancer Advances 2007: Major Research Advances in Cancer Treatment, Prevention and Screening," for her work in HPV. This independent project lists the significant advances in clinical cancer research over the past year and highlights other major advances.

A new award bestowed by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has been named in honor of Deirdre Johnston, assistant professor of psychiatry. Called the AAGP Award for Excellence and Innovation in Geriatric Outreach Mental Health Services, the honor is presented to programs that improve mental health services to the frail elderly in their homes. It includes a $10,000 award, which will be announced at the AAGP Annual Meeting in March.


School of Nursing

Martha N. Hill, dean, has been elected to serve on the governing council for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, effective Jan. 1. The council, which consists of 20 members elected to three-year terms, approves the annual program plan and fiscal year budget and provides policy guidance.

Hae-Ra Han, assistant professor, and Miyong Kim, associate professor, both in the Department of Community Public Health, won this year's Best Published Paper Award for the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for their article "Barriers to and Strategies for Recruiting Korean-Americans for Community- Partnered Health Promotion Research." The article was published in Vol. 9, No. 2 of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. The award was presented in November in Washington, D.C.


University Administration

Wesley D. Blakeslee, executive director of the Office of Technology Transfer, has been named to the list of Maryland Super Lawyers 2008 in the practice areas of intellectual property and business/corporate. Attorneys are chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media. The Maryland edition of Super Lawyers appears as a supplement to the January issue of Baltimore magazine.

Kristina Johnson, provost, has been elected a fellow of SPIE, an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Johnson is an electrical engineer with 40 patents and more than 140 published articles, and was previously dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.


Whiting School of Engineering

Jennifer Elisseeff, associate professor in Biomedical Engineering, was profiled as a "Scientist to Watch" in the November 2007 issue of The Scientist. In an article titled "Bringing Cartilage to Light," the magazine describes both her work on "liquid cartilage" and latest projects, "coaxing embryonic stem cells to differentiate, trying to create a membrane that could repair cells in the cornea and rebuilding breast tissue."

Allison Okamura, associate professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been named the first Gilbert Decker Faculty Scholar, in recognition of her work developing haptical feedback for medical robotic systems. Given to a senior assistant professor or associate professor who exhibits exceptional achievement in his or her area of expertise, the award grants faculty scholar status for a three-year term with flexible financial support to promote innovative research, teaching activities and entrepreneurial thinking.


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