For the Record: Cheers
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
Robert A. Wood Named Director of Pediatric Allergy and
Robert A. Wood, a pediatric allergist and
professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children's
Center, has been named director of the Division of
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
A world-renowned expert in the treatment of peanut
allergy, Wood assumes leadership of a busy clinical and
research division whose faculty and staff care for children
with asthma, allergies and primary immunodeficiency
diseases. As director, Wood says his priorities include
expanding the division's food allergy program, increasing
basic laboratory research and continuing the division's
successful fellowship training program.
In addition, division researchers will continue to
collaborate in an ongoing, multicenter National Institutes
of Health inner-city asthma consortium. Wood is a lead
investigator on a study examining the effects of inner-city
allergens, such as cockroach dander and pollution, on
children from birth to age 3 years.
A part-time faculty member in the division since 1988,
Wood graduated with honors from the State University of New
York at Buffalo and received his medical degree from the
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He completed his pediatrics internship, residency and
fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He has been director of the
Pediatric Allergy Clinics and director of the Pediatric
Allergy Consultation Service at JHH since 1988.
Wood is a member of the American Academy of
Pediatrics, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology,
and the American College of Allergy and Immunology.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Nicholas J. Langhauser is the new chief
financial officer and head of the Business Services
Department. Langhauser, whose experience includes more than
10 years at defense contracting firms Martin Marietta,
SEDCO Systems and Grumman Aerospace Corp., joined APL in
1991 as the financial manager for the National Security
Technology Department. He went on to serve as supervisor of
financial planning, supervisor of accounting and finance
and then returned to NSTD as its assistant department head
for operations and chief of staff. He holds a bachelor's
degree in accounting from Brockport (N.Y.) University and
an MBA from Long Island University.
Jacqueline Wells was recently appointed general
counsel. She was previously vice president and general
counsel for BlueCross BlueShield of the National Capital
Area, and vice president and general counsel in Salt Lake
City and later senior vice president and chief legal
officer in Portland, Ore., for the Regence Group, an
affiliation of four BlueCross BlueShield companies in
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. Earlier she was an
in-house counsel at Inova Health Systems in Fairfax, Va.,
and associate attorney at the law firm of Donahue,
Ehrmantraut & Montedonico in Washington, D.C. She received
a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the
University of Maryland and her law degree from the
University of Baltimore School of Law.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Sonia Ryang, an associate professor in the
Anthropology Department, will receive this year's George E.
Owen Teaching Award from the Student Council for
outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduates.
Teaching Assistant Awards will be presented this year
to Boncho Dragiyski, Romance Languages and
Literatures; Daniel Levine, Political Science; and
Aili Zheng, German. These teaching assistants are
commended for the care and concern they take with their
subject and with their students.
Ann De Leon and Regina Galasso, doctoral
students, and Citlali Miranda-Aldaco, coordinator of
intermediate Spanish-language courses, all in the
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, have been
awarded a grant by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation for
their project "Spanish Through the Eyes: An Exploration of
Hispanic Language, Life and Culture in Baltimore." The
grant will allow them to continue creating supplemental
audio-visual material for learning Spanish and developing a
sense of community between JHU and Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins Bayview
Joseph Brady, professor of behavioral biology
and director of the Behavioral Biology Research Center, has
received the Lawrence R. Young Space Biomedical Research
Award from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute
and NASA. Brady was recognized for pioneering space
research on animal and human behavioral neuroscience and
outstanding service to the space biomedical research
Gary Shapiro has been named director of
Oncology. Before joining Bayview, he served as medical
director of the oncology programs and Vince Lombardi Cancer
Clinic at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was
also associate professor and head of Medical Oncology and
Hematology at the University of Wisconsin Medical
Tao Zheng, assistant professor of medicine, has
received the 2005 American Academy of Asthma Allergy and
Immunology/Sanofi Aventis Women Physicians in Allergy
Junior Faculty Development Award.
School of Medicine
Rhoda Alani, associate professor in the
departments of Oncology, Dermatology, and Molecular Biology
and Genetics at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been elected
to membership in the American Society of Clinical
Investigation. Alani, who was formally inducted in the
society at its annual meeting in April, focuses on melanoma
Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery,
has been awarded the William E. Simon Foundation's Prize in
Philanthropic Leadership. Carson was honored for his Carson
Scholars Fund, which encourages high achievement in
science, math and technology. Every year, the fund awards
$1,000 scholarships to students (grades four through 12)
with 3.75 grade point averages or higher and a strong
commitment to public service.
Gregory B. Bulkley, the Mark M. Ravitch
Professor of Surgery and director of surgical research, has
received the annual Doctor's Award from the Myasthenia
Gravis Foundation of America in recognition of his
"dedicated support to myasthenics through decades of
extensive patient education, and the active pursuit of the
most effective thymectomy procedure available." He received
the award at a special banquet held April 23 during the
foundation's annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Linzhao Cheng, assistant professor in the
Institute for Cell Engineering, has been awarded a two-year
$100,000 research grant by the Stem Cell Research
Foundation for his project "Gene Traps in Human Embryonic
Stem Cells by Novel Lenti-vectors." The grant, which was
awarded to Cheng and five others across the country, is
given by the foundation to "find treatments and cures for a
wide range of diseases by supporting innovative research
into the development of cell therapies."
Lisa A. Cooper, associate professor of general
internal medicine, has been elected to membership in the
American Society of Clinical Investigation. Cooper was
recognized for her contributions to research on health care
disparities and patient-physician communication.
Andrew Feinberg, King Fahed Professor of
Medicine, has been named director of the new Division of
Molecular Medicine. Feinberg is principal investigator of
the NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Genome Sciences in
Epigenetics at Johns Hopkins. His work focuses on the
mechanism of epigenetic variation and its relationship to
John Flynn, the D. William Schlott, M.D.,
Associate Professor of Medicine, has received the David M.
Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award. Flynn served as a
model of integrity and professionalism by teaching the
skills and work habits needed for career development. Flynn
also has been appointed editor in chief of Advanced Studies
in Medicine, Johns Hopkins' evidence-based primary care
Carolyn Machamer, a professor in the Department
of Cell Biology, is the winner of the Professor's Award for
Distinction in Teaching in the Basic Sciences 2004-2005.
The award recognizes "those men and women whose investment
in the teaching of students in both the pre- and
post-doctoral levels in the School of Medicine is of the
Neil R. Powe, professor of medicine and
director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology
and Clinical Research, has been elected to membership in
the Association of American Physicians. The association was
founded in 1885 by seven physicians, including William
Osler, for "the advancement of scientific and practical
Sandy Swoboda, surgical intensive care nurse,
has been awarded the Norma J. Shoemaker Grant from the
Society of Critical Care Medicine for her project involving
isolation for infection control.
School of Nursing
Seniors Sara Angelino and Anna
La-grotteria received recognition at the National
Student Nurses Association annual convention, held April 6
to April 10 in Salt Lake City. Angelino was awarded the
Isabel Hampton Robb Leadership Award for her innovative
leadership as president of the Maryland Association of
Nursing Students. Lagrotteria accepted a Gold Award for
Membership Recruitment on behalf of the Hopkins NSNA
chapter for its outstanding increase in enrollment.
Dale Keiger, senior writer for Johns Hopkins
Magazine, received a gold medal in the Best Articles
category of the annual CASE competition for his story "The
Rivalry," which chronicled the week leading up to the
historic 100th lacrosse game between Johns Hopkins and the
University of Maryland. It appeared in the June 2004 issue.
The magazine is produced by the Office of Government,
Community and Public Affairs.
The Office of News and Information, part of
Government, Community and Public Affairs, received a bronze
medal in the General News Writing category of the national
CASE awards competition. The entries were written by Glenn
Small, assistant director of News and Information, and
senior media relations representatives Amy Cowles, Lisa De
Nike and Phil Sneiderman.
Whiting School of Engineering
Gregory Christopherson of Materials Science and
Engineering has been named the recipient of the George M.L.
Sommerman Engineering Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.
Noah Cowan, an assistant professor in
Mechanical Engineering, is the winner of the William H.
Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes
outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels and a demonstrated dedication to students.
Jason Eisner, an assistant professor in
Computer Science, is the winner of the Robert B. Pond Sr.
Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given for commitment
to and excellence in instruction, success in instilling the
desire to learn and dedication to undergraduate
The school's 2003 Annual Report received a
Distinguished Technical Communication award in the Society
for Technical Communication's International Technical
Publications Competition and was also given the ITPC Best
of Show award for the 2004-2005 competition year. The
project was overseen by Diana Whitman, manager of the
Office of Communications.
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