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.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Bob Baker, assistant program manager for sub-launched ballistic missiles data processing and facilities in the Strategic Systems Department, was recently named Outstanding Area Director by the statewide Special Olympics organization. When Baker accepted the voluntary position three years ago, the county had 90 Special Olympic athletes; today there are more than 350, and the available sports have grown from seven to 16.
Health Divisions Administration
The Web site for Johns Hopkins Medicine Service Excellence has won a platinum eHealthcare Leadership award from the monthly online newsletter Strategic Healthcare Marketing. The site www.hopkinsmedicine.org/service is managed by Henri Banks, assistant director of special projects in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, and was designed by Catalpha Advertising and Design.
School of Medicine
Zaver M. Bhujwalla has been promoted to professor of radiology and oncology.
Maggie Bruck has been promoted to professor of psychiatry.
Janice Clements has been named the first director of the new Department of Comparative Medicine. The second woman named to head a School of Medicine department, Clements was the interim head of the Division of Comparative Medicine before its status was elevated last year. She received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland and has focused her substantial research on the behaviors and mechanisms of retroviruses like HIV. A faculty member since 1978, Clements also is vice dean for faculty affairs.
Barbara J. de Lateur, director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was named the first recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. A former faculty member at Washington, de Lateur was chosen unanimously for having made a significant impact on the field of physical medicine.
Michael A. Erdek, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named director of the adult inpatient pain service.
Ziya L. Gokaslan has been promoted to professor of neurology, oncology and orthopedic surgery.
Julie Gottlieb has been appointed assistant dean for policy coordination. Gottlieb has been in the Dean's Office for seven years, most recently as senior director for policy coordination. She will continue to implement key policies including conflict of interest, conflict of commitment and misconduct. A graduate of Brown, Gottlieb received a master's degree from SAIS and worked previously in Latin American economic development.
Carol W. Greider, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has received the Richard Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences. The award, which consists of a medal and a prize of $50,000, is given annually in recognition of extraordinary scientific achievement in biology and medicine, alternating between young American and French scientists. Greider was chosen "for her pioneering biochemical and genetic studies of telomerase, the enzyme that maintains the ends of chromosomes in eukaryotic cells." The award will be presented April 28 in Washington during the academy's annual meeting.
Thomas R. Hendrix has been named emeritus professor in the Department of Medicine.
David B. Jacoby has been promoted to professor of medicine.
Elizabeth M. Jaffe has been promoted to professor of oncology and pathology.
Murray A. Kalish, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, was elected treasurer of Med Chi, the Maryland State Medical Society.
Daniel Lane, professor of biological chemistry, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by his alma mater, Iowa State University, at the school's winter commencement ceremony in December 2002. Lane was recognized for his pioneering contributions to and leadership in the fields of biochemistry and nutrition, his major impact on graduate and medical student education and his great affection for Iowa State. Lane received his bachelor's degree in animal science in 1951 and a master of science in nutrition in 1953 from Iowa State, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1956.
Julie R. Lange, an assistant professor of surgery, was appointed cancer liaison physician for the hospital's cancer program by the American College of Surgeons' commission on cancer. Lange is among a national network of more than 1,600 volunteers who provide leadership and support to commission activities.
Mary Sue Leffell has been promoted to professor of medicine.
Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, assistant professor of pediatrics, was elected a founding member and vice chair of the inaugural specialty board on swallowing and swallowing disorders of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. During her three-year term, she will help to identify speech-language pathologists who evaluate and treat children and adults with dysphagia.
The first biologic pacemaker, which was created by Eduardo Marban, the Michel Mirowski Professor at JHM's Institute of Molecular Cardiology, and two former Hopkins postdoctoral fellows, was named Best of What's New by Popular Science in its December 2002 issue. The researchers created a biologic alternative to the currently used electronic pacemakers by using gene therapy to convert regular heart muscle cells into specialized pacemaking cells in guinea pigs.
Alan Murphy was named director of business planning in the Office of Planning and Marketing. Murphy was the administrator for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; John Behzad, director of business processes improvement for the Johns Hopkins Health System, will serve as interim administrator in that department.
Paul M. Ness, professor of pathology, medicine and oncology and director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine, has been named editor of Transfusion, the journal of the American Association of Blood Banks. He will assume the role during the summer.
Richard Pazdur has been promoted to professor of oncology.
Mark P. Schoenberg has been promoted to professor of urology and oncology.
Stanley S. Siegelman, professor of radiology and director of the radiology residency program, was awarded the gold medal from the Radiological Society of North America. Siegelman, who directed Hopkins' first body computed tomography, received the gold medal award from the American Roentgen Ray Society last year. He is a founding member of the International Skeletal Society and the Society of Cardiovascular Radiology.
Mark J. Soloski has been promoted to professor of medicine.
Eileen P.G. Vining has been promoted to professor of neurology and pediatrics.
Charles J. Yeo has been appointed as the inaugural recipient of the John L. Cameron Professorship for Alimentary Tract Diseases
Three ophthalmology professors have been awarded endowed professorships. John Gottsch is now the Margaret Mosher Professor; Julia Haller, the Katharine Graham Professor; and Ran Zeimer, the Morton F. Goldberg Professor.
School of Nursing
Diane Aschenbrenner, an instructor, has been asked to be a contributing editor at the American Journal of Nursing for its "Drug Watch" column.
Cynda Rushton, assistant professor, was selected by the Governor's Office to chair the newly created State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life.
Nicholas J. Farrell has been promoted to senior director of design and construction in the Office of Johns Hopkins Real Estate. As director of construction, Farrell was responsible for the renovation of Eastern High School into the Johns Hopkins at Eastern office building, projects at the Triad Technology Center laboratories and the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union branch at the Bayview campus.
Investing in Dreams, a video produced for the Office of Development Communications by Mike Field, assistant to the president, and Jim Trone, a lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program, for the Hodson Hall dedication, has received an Award of Distinction in the 2002 Communicator Awards.
Whiting School of Engineering
The cover story of the February issue of MIT's Technology Review magazine identifies the injectable tissue engineering research being conducted by Jennifer Elisseeff as one of "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World." Elisseeff, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, supervises a Clark Hall lab team that is developing a way to inject ailing joints with a mixture of polymers, cells and growth stimulators that solidify and form healthy tissue.