The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 16, 1998
Mar. 16 1998
VOL. 27, NO. 26


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Applied Physics Laboratory

Alice Knox has been promoted to production manager of APL News.

Helen Worth has been promoted to assistant group supervisor for the Communications and Public Affairs Office. She will remain editor of APL News.

Arts and Sciences

M. Andrew Hoyt has been promoted to professor in the Department of Biology, effective July 1.

Leon Madansky has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1.

Hygiene and Public Health

Floyd (Randy) Bryant has been promoted to professor of biochemistry.

Benjamin Caballero has been promoted to professor of international health.

Rodger D. Parker has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Health Policy and Management.


Nisha Chibber Chandra, professor of medicine and Bayview CICU director, has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as one of its two 1998 Distinguished Women honorees. The Distinguished Women honors not only recognize the accomplishments of Maryland women in a variety of professions but also expose girls to female role models and mentors.

Edward E. Cornwell III has been appointed chief of trauma at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine. Previously, Howard was assistant professor of surgery in trauma and critical care at the University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, and at Howard University College of Medicine.

Andrew J. Cosgarea, assistant professor in the Division of Sports Medicine, and a specialist in arthoscopy and knee surgery, is the new assistant director of Sports Medicine.

Michael Dausch has been named director of design and construction in the Department of Facilities Management. Dausch has served as acting director for the last 11 months.

Thomas E. Elkins has been promoted to professor of gynecology and obstetrics, effective July 1.

John Eng, assistant professor of radiology, is one of three in the United States to win a 1998 Radiology Research Academic Fellowship. The award, co-sponsored by General Electric Medical Systems and the Association of University Radiologists, gives recipients $50,000 for each of two years for projects that measure health outcomes or assess medical technologies. Eng will compare how accurately radiologists and non-radiologists diagnose conditions using medical images.

William B. Isaacs has been promoted to professor of urology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Oncology.

David A. Meyerson, senior clinical cardiologist at Bayview, is the first Hopkins faculty member to be elected to Leadership Maryland, an independent, educational, nonprofit organization designed to inform top-level executives from both public and private sectors about critical issues facing the state.

John K. Niparko has been promoted to professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Alan Partin, associate professor of urology, has been appointed editor in chief of Urology.

David Sidransky has been promoted to professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Sangram Sisodia, professor of pathology and neuroscience, has been named one of two winners of the Metropolitan Life Foundation's Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease. Sisodia studies the activity of a number of proteins implicated in Alzheimer's disease and how mutations and other malfunctions in the proteins may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's. He received a $200,000 research grant for Hopkins and a $50,000 personal award.

Bradley J. Undem has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Patrick Walsh, David Hall McConnell Professor and director of Urology, has been named to the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The digital heart developed by Raimond Winslow, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will become part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent research collection on information technology innovation. The collection includes the year's most innovative applications of technology from 40 states and 19 countries.

Kenneth L. Zierler has been appointed professor emeritus of medicine and physiology, effective July 1.

When the National Academy of Sciences meets in April, major awards will go to Vernon B. Mountcastle, professor emeritus of physiology, and Philip A. Beachy, associate professor of molecular biology and genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
   Mountcastle will receive the NAS Award in the Neurosciences, a prize awarded every three years in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the field of neuroscience. The Award in Molecular Biology, given annually for a recent notable discovery by a young scientist, will go to Beachy for his studies of a developmentally important signaling protein known as hedgehog, its structure and processing and its attachment to cholesterol during processing.

Among the recipients of the 1997 awards from CaPCure, the Association for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate, were G. Steven Bova, assistant professor of urology and pathology; Michael Carducci, assistant professor of oncology; John Isaacs, professor of oncology and urology; Joel Nelson, assistant professor of urology and oncology; William Nelson, assistant professor of oncology, urology, pharmacology and medicine; Jonathan Simons, assistant professor of urology and oncology; and Patrick Walsh, professor and director of Urology. The awards were for $100,000 each. CaPCure, a non-profit charity established in 1993 by prostate cancer patient Michael Milken, funds scientists studying prostate cancer.

The 1997 Jennifer Brager Memorial Awards, created to stimulate new research or clinical projects directly related to patient care, went to three Oncology Center social workers: American Cancer Society fellow Sarah Spagnola, Karlynn Brint-zenhofeSzoc and Linda Scott for their research titled "The Development of the Satisfaction with Life Domains Scale for Breast Cancer." The award for completed research went to the Oncology Center's Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc; Michael Hibler, patient orientation and volunteer coordinator; and James Zabora, associate director of community research, for work titled "The Prevalence of Anxiety Among Prostate Cancer Patients with Varying Levels of Prostate Specific Antigen."

This year's Young Investigators Awards will be presented on April 9 at 4 p.m. in Mountcastle Auditorium. Prasad V. Jallepalli, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Victor E. Velculescu, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Oncology, will take the Michael A. Shanoff awards; Andrew MaGregor Cameron, Neuroscience, the Hans Prohaska Award; Brian C. Lewis, Medicine, the Mette Strand Award; and Hui Sun, Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology and Genetics, the Alicia Showalter Reynolds Award. Both David Cory Adamson, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Neurology, and David C. Johns, Ph.D. candidate in Medicine, have won the David I. Macht awards; James J. DiCarlo, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience, the Martin and Carol Macht award.

Those taking home the Paul Ehrlich research awards will be Paul Wes, Ph.D. candidate in Biological Chemistry; Hung-Hsaing Yu, Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience; Haley A. Perlick, Ph.D. candidate in pediatrics; and Sara Isabel Pai, M.D. candidate in otolaryngology.

The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association's postdoctoral fellow awards will go to Julie Ann Sosa, winner of the Helen B. Taussig and Alfred Blalock Award; and Christoph Lengauer and Kornelia Polyak, winners of the W. Barry Wood Jr. Awards. Shiming Chen will receive the Albert L. Lehninger Award.


Diane Krasner has been selected as the new Johnson & Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow in Wound Care. She was recently executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and is editor of the first and second editions of Chronic Wound Care: A Clinical Source Book for Healthcare Professionals.

Mary B. O'Rourke has been named director of admissions and student services. She has been associate director since 1991. O'Rourke will supervise such student activities as orientation, open houses and graduation ceremonies. She also will oversee recruitment for all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, providing, in particular, stronger outreach to high school students.

Sandra M. Swoboda, instructor and senior research coordinator in the Department of Surgery, has won the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Nursing Research Award. Her paper explores the impact on a family of a prolonged stay in a surgical intensive care unit and demonstrates the importance of considering the needs of the entire family during a patient's illness.


Student Chen-Ye Yuan, a baritone, won first place (shared) in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions Competition. He and his co-winner, soprano Amanda Gosier, a student at Catholic University, will go on to compete March 22 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Chen-Ye Yuan, a native of the People's Republic of China, also won first prize and people's choice award in the Houston Grand Opera Competition, held in Houston.