The Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 21, 1998
September 21, 1998
VOL. 28, NO. 4


For the Record: Cheers

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

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.


Elizabeth Cropper and Charles Dempsey of the History of Art Department have been elected members of the American Philosophical Society, which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. Other members of the society from among the Hopkins faculty are Donald David Brown (Biology), James Ebert (Biology), Jack Greene (History), Victor A. McKusick (Medical Genetics), Vernon B. Mountcastle (Neuroscience), Daniel Nathans (Medicine), J.G.A. Pocock (History), Solomon H. Snyder (Neuroscience), Owsei Temkin (History of Science) and Bert Vogelstein (Oncology).

Cropper and Dempsey's jointly authored book, Nicolas Poussin: Friendship and the Love of Painting (Princeton University Press, 1996), was recently awarded the Charles Rufus Morey Prize by the College Art Association of America.


Susan Dyer has been named director of marketing communications. She was previously director of marketing at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Grace Brush, professor of geography and environmental engineering, was profiled in the July issue of The World & I. The article describes her pioneering research in paleo-ecology; her work with her husband, Lucien Brush; and her analysis of the Chesapeake Bay's history through sediment core studies.

David Elbert and David Veblen, of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award for a University Contribution at the Micromechanics and Flow Symposium of the Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Program in August in Santa Fe, N.M. Their paper was titled "Transport Pathways and Mechanisms in Mineral Systems: Insight from HRTEM Observations of Grain Boundaries and Nanopores in Crystalline Rocks."

Justin Hanes has joined the Chemical Engineering Department as assistant professor. Hanes, whose research focuses on biomaterials synthesis, targeted delivery of complex molecules, and tissue engineering, received a doctorate from MIT.

Frederick Jelinek, director of the Center for Language and Speech Processing, was selected by the IEEE Signal Processing Society to receive its Society Award. The organization's highest honor recognizes leadership and technical contributions.

Mo Li, who received a doctorate from Caltech, has joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as assistant professor. His research uses computational simulations to examine the mechanisms of materials properties at the atomic level to explain and predict the behavior and to seek new applications for materials.


Michael Davenport of Human Resources has been promoted to director of training and organizational development at the hospital.

Kenneth Grant has been named vice president for general services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He will retain his current position as senior director of the health system's materials management and distribution center.


Cheryl-Lee Howard, assistant dean for Homewood Research Administration, has been elected president of the National Council of University Research Administrators. She will assume that office in November after having served as vice-president and chair of the program committee for the national meeting.


Craig Goodwin, project manager in design and construction, has completed the registration examination to become a licensed professional engineer. Among other projects, he is currently working on reviewing the construction of the mechanical systems for the new Cancer Research Building.

Joseph Kemp, a photographer in the Department of Pathology, has earned his certification as a registered biological photographer. Kemp recently won an Award of Excellence in Natural Science at the 1998 BioCommunications Association chapter meeting.

Andrew Klein, chief of the Division of Transplantation, will serve as chairman of the Maryland Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness. The council will implement parts of the Amoss bill, legislation intended to improve and encourage organ and tissue donation in the state.

Neil Miller's book, Walsh & Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, now in its fifth printing, has claimed the No. 4 slot on the Archives of Ophthalmology's list of the top-10 best-selling eye books for 1997-98.

John Resar is the newly named director of the cardiac catheterization lab and Anthony Venbrux, the new chief of interventional radiology. Peg Cooper has been appointed technical manager and Deni Oecsle, nurse manager. Marty Bledsoe is CVDL's new administrator.

Murray B. Sachs, director of biomedical engineering, has received the Von Bekesy Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, which has been given only twice in its 15-year existence. Sachs was cited for his contributions to understanding the neural representation of complex acoustic stimuli. The award is named for George von Bekesy, who won the Nobel Prize for his observations on basilar membrane motion.

Yuesheng Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, has been awarded a grant from the Cancer Research Foundation of America. Zhang's grant is titled "Different Potencies of Isothiocyanates as Inducers of Anticarcinogenic Phase 2 Enzymes."

At the Oncology Center's fifth annual research day, held in June, Heiko Hermeking won first prize and Kam-Fai Tse and Wei-Chun Au, honorable mention, all in basic science. First prize in translational and clinical research went to Galina Mukhina and honorable mention to Robert Z. Orlowski and Shoshan Nevo. The Director's Awards for Teaching, which recognize faculty chosen by fellows and residents, both in clinical and basic research training, went to radiation oncology's Lawrence R. Kleinberg and Lee T. Myers.

The Oncology Center's nursing recognition awards honored Karen Maylor, Allyson Gren, Norrie Rabinowitz and Wendy Warrel with Friends of Oncology Nursing Clinical Excellence Awards; Mary Ellen Haisfield-Wolfe with a JHH Department of Nursing Publication Award; Victoria Mock with a Fatigue Initiative Through Research and Education Award; and Jane Shivnan with the Linda Arenth Award.


Members of The Johns Hopkins University chapter of Golden Key National Honor Society were presented with the Key Chapter Award at the International Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles in August. The award honors chapters that have exceled in communication, publicity, meeting management, chapter activities and leadership, and participation in regional and international programs.


The Peabody Opera Theatre's production of three short operas under the title Mystery Theatre of Love and Death won several honors in Theatre Project's annual nominations for the past season, including Outstanding Production. Awards for Outstanding Performance, Male went to Arturo Chacon (lead role in Kam Morrill's Perlimplin) and to Chen-Ye Yuan (role of Death in Holst's Savitri). The honor of Outstanding Direction was won by artistic director Roger Brunyate. Outstanding Original Music went to Perlimplin, Outstanding Costume Design to John Lehmeyer and Outstanding Scenic Design to Craig A. Young.

The Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras received a 1998 ASCAP Award for the Programming of Contemporary Music, placing second in the category of college orchestras nationally. The award was presented just prior to the Symphony Orchestra's New York debut at Lincoln Center in May.


Elizabeth Garrett, a fourth-year doctoral student in Biostatistics, has been given that department's Helen Abbey Award for Excellence in Teaching for her outstanding service as a teaching assistant in a number of biostatistics courses.

Wenzheng Huang, a fifth-year doctoral student in Biostatistics, has been given that department's Margaret Merrell Award for Excellence in Research for important contributions in two areas: the foundations of statistics (through his thesis research on a generalization of the profile likelihood) and statistical models for the joint analysis of survival and longitudinal data.

Eileen McDonald, instructor and MHS Program co-director, has been awarded an Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association. The award will be given in November at the APHA meeting in Washington.

The Center for Human Nutrition has been ranked among the top-five graduate nutrition programs in the United States by The Gourman Report on Graduate Programs, from a field of 140 such programs. The center, directed by Benjamin Caballero, professor of International Health, Division of Human Nutrition, is the only top-ranked nutrition program outside a major agricultural university.


Robert Garris has been appointed director of admissions and student affairs. He comes to SAIS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was administrative director of an international transatlantic master's degree program.