Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 21, 1997 Form

For The Record:

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Honors, awards
and appointments

Arts and Sciences

Associate professor of philosophy Dennis Des Chene's book Physiologia has been included in Choice magazine's list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1996.


Robert Green, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, has received the Robert C. McMaster Gold Medal from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. The McMaster gold medal, the highest award given by the society, recognizes Green's lifetime achievements in nondestructive testing. Green has also been elected to serve as national secretary/treasurer of the society.

Homewood Student Affairs

Junior placekicker Todd Bencivenni and senior defensive end Jim Wilson were named to the 1996 Hewlett-Packard All-America Second Team in football, as selected by a panel of sports information directors across the country. Bencivenni and Wilson are only the fourth and fifth All-Americans in Hopkins football history, and the first Blue Jays so honored since 1993.

Senior fencer Cristin Treaster, a social and behavioral sciences major, was named athlete of the week by the University Athletic Association.

Junior swimmer Matt Johnson a Near Eastern studies major, was named athlete of the week by the University Athletic Association.


Tracie Bunton, associate professor of comparative medicine and pathology, has been selected by the Smithsonian Institution as the George E. Burch Fellow in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences. The $100,000 fellowship is offered every other year. Dr. Burton, the third person to be awarded the fellowship, was selected for her groundbreaking research in the area of comparative pathology and toxicology in lower animals.

Albena Dinkova-Kostova of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Cancer Research Foundation of America.


JHUniverse, the university's homepage and Web site, was named No. 4 among the top 10 university sites by Point, a subsidiary of Lycos, Inc. The Hopkins site scored 43.5 out of a possible 50, based on how effectively the site promotes and extends the university's business.

Public Health

Robert Black, professor and chairman of International Health, presented "Rotavirus: Epidemiology of a Global Problem" as part of a continuing medical education symposium held during the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in New Orleans.

Changing places,
new faces

Amy Gillenson has been appointed associate director of development in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. A 1976 graduate of Dartmouth College, she previously was director of development for the Park School in Baltimore.

Michelle Moga has been appointed associate director of development in the School of Nursing. A 1988 graduate of Southern Methodist University, she previously was annual giving manager for the Walters Art Gallery.

Sherri Weil has been appointed major gifts officer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She previously worked in corporate and foundation relations at Washington National Cathedral. She is a 1976 graduate of Catholic University, received a master's degree in international educational development in 1979 from Columbia University and earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1988.

Judy Reitz, who has held numerous clinical and administrative leadership positions at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center over the past 15 years, has been named senior vice president-operations for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective Dec. 23. She has been vice president of operations integration for the health system since October 1995.

Making the announcement of Reitz's role in a newly created post, hospital President Ronald R. Peterson said the move "reflects our ongoing plans to organize all of our operations around patient care, with clinical care and service quality supported by responsive, streamlined operations. We must act more efficiently, more effectively and more quickly to meet the challenges of a changing health care market."

In her new post, Reitz will be responsible for integration of hospital operations, including support, administrative and patient care-related services. She will continue to lead re-engineering and cost reduction efforts and spearhead service and performance improvement initiatives. She also plans to devote significant efforts to further collaboration across components of Hopkins related to health care, including Johns Hopkins Health Care, the School of Medicine's Clinical Practice Association, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation and Johns Hopkins Home Care.

--Compiled by Mike Field

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