Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 16, 1996


Once each month, Cheers recognizes achievement of consequence among faculty, staff and students, as well as some promotions and new hires.

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Honors, awards and

Arts and Sciences

Dorothy Ross, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor of History, has been appointed one of 34 fellows to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 1996-97 academic year. Ross will work on a project titled "What are our social responsibilities? Debates about social ethics in the United States, 1865 to present."

Jerome B. Schneewind, professor of philosophy, has been elected one of 159 new fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams and other leaders of the young republic to cultivate learning.

Joel Spruck, professor of mathematics, was awarded the 1996 Institut Henri Poincar‚ Prize for the article, "Topological solutions in the self-dual Chern-Simons theory: existence and approximation," which he co-authored with M. Yang. The prize of 10,000 French francs to be split between the authors also includes an invitation to present the paper at an awards ceremony held in Paris.

Homewood Student Affairs

Rose Ratajczak in the business office has received the Hank Aaron Award from the American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region, for donating blood platelets 130 times. She and other donors were feted at an awards dinner and treated to a night at the ballpark in honor of their outstanding contributions. Blood platelets are collected for use by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a process which destroys the cells.

William Smedick, director of student activities and Hopkins Union, has been elected a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Campus Activities. His two-year term began May 1.

Hospital and Health System

The Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital recently presented a check to Martin Abeloff, director of the Oncology Center, fulfilling its $1 million pledge for the new cancer center. The Outpatient Clinic Main Waiting Area, to be located on the first floor of the clinical building, will be named in recognition of the group's generous gift.


Debra Pearman, administrative assistant to the dean of Engineering, has been elected chair of the Women's Forum for the 1996-97 academic year. The Women's Forum, an advocacy group sponsored by the university, is devoted to improving the climate for women at Hopkins.


Fannie Gaston-Johansson, associate professor and director of international and extramural programs, has been named United States project leader and principal investigator for an academic program that will assess the measures of quality, cost of care and cultural aspects of international health care systems. Associate professor Jacqueline Dienemann has been named co-principal investigator of the three-year project, which is supported by a $400,000 grant from the Department of Education and members of the European community.


Eliot Cohen, professor of strategic studies, has been appointed one of 34 fellows to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 1996-97 academic year. Cohen will work on a project titled "Paul H. Nitze: a life and times."

Changing places,
new faces

Dave Ashwood has been appointed director of Homewood plant operations in the Office of Facilities and Real Estate.

The School of Continuing Studies has elected four new members to its advisory council for the 1996-97 academic year: John Bond Jr., Robert Deutsch, Teresa Knott and Donald Manekin.

The Allan L. Berman Real Estate Institute in the School of Continuing Studies has elected two new members to its advisory board: Courtney Capute and Patrick Hughes.

Dennis Rosemary has joined the Homewood Security Department as a security officer.

--Compiled by Mike Field

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