The Johns Hopkins Gazette: May 14, 2001
May 14, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 34


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Applied Physics Laboratory

Bob Patterson, of the Air Defense Systems Department, has been named an individual winner in the Acquisition category of the Defense Modeling and Simulation Organization's Modeling and Simulation Awards program for 2001.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Pamela Lein, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has been selected as the first recipient of an award from the Thomas and Carol McCann Innovative Research Fund for Asthma and Respiratory Disease. The fund, established to provide seed money to investigators with a unique idea who wish to generate preliminary data for the purpose of pursuing more substantial extramural support, will be awarded annually to a junior faculty member in the school.

At a press conference called by U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) on March 28, Lynn Goldman, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, voiced concerns about the Bush administration's planned changes in the Arsenic Standard for Drinking Water.

Centers and Affiliates

Mark Turner, a research scientist at the Institute for Policy Studies, was awarded the National Economic Association's Alfred E. Edwards Service Award for creating and maintaining the organization's Internet site.

Health Divisions Administration

Craig Morrell, a comparative medicine research fellow, finished in the top 1 percent of all runners in the 105th annual Boston Marathon, held April 16. With a final time of 2:43:27, he placed 188th out of 37,500 official runners.

Three Hopkins Medicine publications have earned top honors in the prestigious Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence competition.

Dome received the gold medal in the Internal Audience Periodicals category, which had 66 entries. The publication team includes editors Mary Ann Ayd and Mary Ellen Miller, managing editor Patrick Gilbert, designer Maxwell Boam and photographer Keith Weller.

Hopkins Medical News took home the silver in the Special Interest Magazines subcategory, chosen from 45 entries. Editor Edith Nichols, senior writer Bennett Swingle, class notes editor Lindsay Roylance and designers Maxwell Boam and David Dilworth make up the award-winning team.

In the Individual Institutional Relations Publications category, the recruitment brochure Hopkins Nursing, A Career Choice with a Difference won a gold medal. Publications director Edith Nichols supervised the project, with the help of special projects director Joan Levy and assistant director Jay Corey.

Health System

Colman Byrnes, a surgical research fellow at Bayview Medical Center, has been awarded the Ortho-McNeil Young Investigators Award for his paper to be delivered at the annual meeting of the Wound Healing Society on May 16 in Albuquerque, N.M. His paper is titled "DNA Growth Factor Transfection to Enhance Cutaneous Wound Healing." The other authors are Faisal Khan, Chehada Hatoum, Petra Nass and Mark Duncan. Byrnes is a surgical registrar from Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is spending two years at Hopkins.

Ellen Cavanagh has been appointed associate director of major gifts in the Office of Development. Before coming to Bayview, she was director of finance for U.S. Rep. Robert Ehrlich's campaign office and recently worked with the Bush-Cheney transition team and the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Alisa Pettey-Torres has joined the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine as director of development for neurosurgery. She came to Hopkins from the University of California, Riverside, where she was director of development for the biomedical sciences. Pettey-Torres graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and earned an M.B.A. in finance and management information systems from the Babson College Graduate School of Business.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

William P. Kotti has been appointed director of development for the school. He was previously director of development for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina. Kotti also has served as director of development for planned giving major gifts at South Carolina, where he is presently a doctoral candidate.

Dana B. Harrar is the premier recipient of the Danny Lee Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Sciences.

The Department of Biology established this award by request of Hsiao Yu "Danny" Lee's parents after his death in a car crash last fall. The award will be given annually to honor undergraduates who have shown great promise.

Lora Pearlman and Shanu Kohli are recipients of the 2001 Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. This award provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to spend the summer between their junior and senior years engaged in independent research on their own campus under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Beverly Wendland will serve as Pearlman's mentor in molecular biology, and Alex Kolodkin as Kohli's mentor in biochemistry. Each year a number of leading colleges and universities throughout the United States are invited to nominate one or two undergraduates for this competitive award.

Brian K. Bronzo and Lonnie Alton Etheridge Jr. have received the 2001 William D. McElroy Award for outstanding undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. Their names will join those of previous recipients on a plaque that is on display in the reading room in the lower level of Mudd Hall. Each recipient will also receive a $250 cash award. The McElroy Award commemorates the career of former chairman of the department and director of the McCollum-Pratt Institute, William D. McElroy, who did pioneering work in firefly bioluminescence.

School of Advanced International Studies

Barbara Bowie Wiesel, previously director of leadership gifts and international advancement at Georgetown University, has been appointed associate dean for development at SAIS. Wiesel, who joined Georgetown in 1987 as director of development for the School of Foreign Service, is a graduate of Skidmore College and earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

School of Medicine

Jianwu Bai, a predoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry, and Michael T. Hemann, a predoctoral student in the Howard Hughes training program in human genetics, are among the 13 students who have been selected to receive the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Edward Cornwell, associate professor of surgery and chief of trauma at the hospital, was honored May 18 at the Howard University Hospital 10th annual Legacy of Leadership Awards gala, held in Washington, D.C.

James Frazier is the first neurosurgical trainee to receive a Howard Hughes Fellowship. He will begin work with Henry Brem, the Harvey Cushing Professor and chairman of Neurosurgery, in June.

John D. Gearhart, professor of gynecology and obstetrics, physiology and comparative medicine, has been named the C. Michael Armstrong Professor. The endowed chair's namesake is the CEO of AT&T, a trustee of both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and chairman of the latter's board of visitors.

James Hildreth, associate professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, and of pathology, has been named the recipient of the 2000 Minority Access Alumnus Role Model Award. Hildreth was honored for his efforts in recruiting underrepresented minorities to graduate programs, and in establishing a minority graduate student association.

Minority Access Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization established to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of minorities in the workplace.

Hildreth recently was named director of the Office of Research and Training for the new National Center for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Barbara de Lateur, director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Sue Donaldson, dean of the School of Nursing, were part of the committee that produced the Institute of Medicine report "Musculoskeletal Injuries and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities."

Edward McFarland, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and director of sports medicine, has been selected as one of two traveling fellows for the American Shoulder and Elbow Society. McFarland will visit hospitals, medical centers and shoulder specialists in Europe this fall.

Edward Miller, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been appointed to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Task Force on Financial Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research. The group is charged with assessing current AAMC guidelines on conflict of interest, and with formulating new principles that address both individual investigator and institutional concerns.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to Hopkins' new mobile digital mammography unit, led by Joseph Gitlin, associate professor of radiology. The unit will be sent to the western United States this summer to bring care to Native Americans living in underserved areas.

Terry Shapiro, professor of medicine and pharmacology, has been named the new Burroughs-Wellcome Professor and chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology. She succeeds Paul Lietman, who served as head of the division for 28 years. Shapiro will bridge the basic and clinical Hopkins departments of Pharmacology and Medicine, and help translate discoveries made at the bench to applications in patient care.

George Udvarhelyi, professor emeritus of neurosurgery, has been awarded the university's President's Medal in recognition of his distinguished career and service to Johns Hopkins. Past recipients of the President's Medal have included heads of state, members of the United States Congress, a Supreme Court associate justice, diplomats, literary figures, academics and other noteworthy individuals.

School of Nursing

Maryann Fralic, professor and director of corporate and foundation relations, has been inducted by the University of Pittsburgh into the Legacy Laureate, a society that recognizes the school's most distinguished living alumni.

Cynda Rushton, an assistant professor, received the 2001 Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The award recognizes significant contributions that influence acute and critical care nursing. The award was given as part of the organization's 2001 Circle of Excellence Awards. Rushton's area of research and expertise is the quality of end-of-life care.

Whiting School of Engineering

Freshmen Ryan Packard and Carmine Petrone are the winners of the 2001 Business Plan Competition. Sponsored by the W. P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship and Management, the competition carries a cash prize of $5,000. The winners were presented with a certificate and a check at the school's Engineering Convocation on May 8.

Class of 2001 Awards

The following awards were presented at the Department of Student Life's first annual Johns Hopkins University Leadership Recognition Program, held May 3 at Homewood's Shriver Hall.

The Homewood Cup, awarded annually for distinguished service and loyalty to the Homewood community: Steven David, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of political science, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

The Gold Cup, awarded annually to a member of the university for outstanding contributions to student life and student activities: William Smedick, director of student involvement, Homewood Student Affairs

The Homewood Award, awarded annually to an organization for outstanding service to students, student life and the university: Alpha Phi Omega

The Old Gold and Sable Award, awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Homewood community by recipients during their tenure at Johns Hopkins University: Walter Michaels, professor of English, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

The George E. Owen teaching award, awarded annually for outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduates: Daniel Deudney, assistant professor of political science, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Grace Brush, professor of geography and environmental engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

Alexander K. Barton Cup, presented annually under the auspices of Omicron Delta Kappa to a member of the university who best exemplifies Mr. Barton's strong character, high ideals and effective moral leadership: senior Westley Moore

The Belle and Herman Hammerman Award, awarded annually to the senior entering law school who combines academic excellence with outstanding qualities of leadership: Shima Majidi and Vadim Schick