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
The Diversity Recognition Award was established
Council in 2003 to recognize faculty, staff and
students for outstanding commitment to the advancement of
diversity, inclusion and/or multiculturalism as
demonstrated by specific efforts and accomplishments above
and beyond their regular duties.
This year's seven recipients were recently recognized
at an event held in their honor. From the left: Shelly
Fickau, director of residential life, Homewood Student
Affairs; Lea Ybarra, associate dean, Center for Talented
Youth; Gary Wand, professor, Department of Medicine, School
of Medicine; Courtney "Rory" Goodwin, student, School of
Medicine; President William R. Brody; Gwendolyn Boyd, chair
of the Diversity Leadership Council; Ilene Busch-Vishniac,
professor of mechanical engineering, Whiting School of
Engineering; Janean Martin, MHS/MA student, Bloomberg
School of Public Health and student assistant, SAIS; Sheila
Fitzgerald, associate professor, Environmental Health
Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Nicole L.
Beverly, event coordinator.
Applied Physics Laboratory
Edmond Roelof, a space physicist, has been
elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Roelof
was recognized for his continued innovative research in
space physics and for his founding of the field of
energetic neutral atom imaging. Energetic neutral atom
imagers, like the APL-developed imaging instrument onboard
NASA's Saturn-bound Cassini spacecraft, make visible the
3-D structure of planetary space environments that were
previously invisible to remote imaging techniques. An
internationally recognized authority on space plasma
physics, Roelof has contributed his energetic neutral atom
imaging expertise to many NASA and European Space Agency
missions including Astrid-1, IMAGE, Cassini, and Mars
Express. Roelof received his doctorate in physics from the
University of California, Berkeley and joined APL in
Bloomberg School of Public Health
David Awasum, senior program officer at the
Center for Communication Programs, has been awarded the
African Community Organization's prestigious Kwame Nkrumah
Continental Leadership Award. Awasum, who is CCP's country
representative in Mali, was recognized for his role in
linking public health programs with sporting venues in
Africa to promote healthy behaviors. This work began in
1998 with a campaign in Nigeria called Kick Polio Out of
Africa, which used soccer events and players to spread the
word about the polio vaccine. His more recent work includes
the Sports for Life project in several African nations that
spreads HIV/AIDS prevention messages through sporting
events, including the African Cup of Nations.
Karen Bandeen-Roche, professor in the
Department of Biostatistics, has been elected chair of the
Biometrics Section of the American Statistical
Joseph Coresh has been promoted to professor in
the Department of Epidemiology.
Rafael Irizarry, associate professor in
Biostatistics, is the recipient of the American Statistical
Association's 2004 Outstanding Applications Award. His 2003
biostatistics paper with colleagues Bridget Hobbs, Francois
Collin and others, titled "Exploration, Normalization and
Summaries of High-Density Oligonucleotide Array Probe Level
Data," was recognized as the outstanding application of
statistics in a substantive field of the past two years.
Jose Rimon, senior deputy director of the
Center for Communication Programs, has been selected to
receive the 2004 Outstanding Professional Award in the
field of communication given by the University of the
Philippines Alumni Association. The award recognizes UP
graduates who have excelled in their respective fields and
have attained national and international recognition.
'Johns Hopkins Public Health' magazine received
a gold medal from CASE in its best articles category for
its fall cover story, "The Anatomy of an Epidemic," which
was written by Jim Duffy.
Health Divisions Administration
Mary Ann Ayd, assistant director of
publications, won a silver medal in CASE's Circle of
Excellence competition for her article "One Track Mind,"
which appeared in the fall 2003 issue of Hopkins Medical
Homewood Student Affairs
Ellen Frishberg, director of student financial
aid, has been appointed to the advisory council of
Education Loan Management Resources, known as ELM. ELM is a
nonprofit mutual benefit corporation owned by its members,
which include student loan lenders, servicers and
Johns Hopkins Bayview
Susan MacDonald, associate professor of
medicine, was named to the Academy of Leaders by the
Greater Baltimore YWCA at its first annual Leadership
Awards event. She was the only physician selected to join
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Karl Glazebrook has been promoted to professor
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
David P. Goldberg has been promoted to
associate professor with tenure in the Department of
At its recent annual spring luncheon, the Hopkins
Women's Network presented its third annual Women's
Leadership Award to four women who have provided
leadership and acted as mentors to others at the
university. Receiving the honor were Gwendolyn E.
Boyd, APL chapter; Joan M. Bathon, Bayview
chapter; Linda Brody, Homewood chapter; and
Barbara S. Hawkins, JHMI chapter.
Boyd is executive assistant to the chief of staff at
APL's central laboratory office and serves by appointment
of the president as chair of the JHU Diversity Leadership
Council, which recommends and promotes policies, programs
and other initiatives that attract and retain a diverse mix
of faculty, staff, and students and recommends changes that
foster greater inclusion. Through development programs,
mentoring, community outreach and personal leadership, Boyd
has significantly advanced the opportunities for women and
Bathon is a professor in the Department of Medicine at
Bayview who has had a long-standing involvement in the Task
Force for Careers of Women in Academic Medicine and the
Women's Leadership Council. Wrote her nominator, "She has
changed the climate for all women within the School of
Medicine through her genuine interest and respect for
others and tireless efforts to foster personal and
professional growth opportunities for all."
Director of the Study of Exceptional Talent at CTY,
Brody was recognized for her ability to combine
professionalism and humanity in a way that benefits
everyone around her. She encourages her staff to
participate in professional meetings, continuing education
courses, self-improvement seminars and other advancement
areas. Wrote her nominator, "She honestly cares about each
of us, as both professionals and people, and she
demonstrates that concern on a daily basis."
Hawkins, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology,
was nominated by a mentee. "Barbara's mentoring of
associates is legendary," she wrote. "Literally dozens of
the people with whom she has worked have gone on to lead
programs of their own. With Barbara as my mentor, I have
had an excellent example of what one can do, and what one
should do when we are in the positions we are in. Barbara
has helped develop leadership skills in others by offering
us the opportunities usually reserved to higher positions.
All individuals are pushed to assume greater
Nitze School of Advanced International
Isaiah Frank, William L. Clayton Professor of
International Economics, received the 2004 International
Leadership Award from the Committee for Economic
Development during a ceremony held on May 19 in New York.
The CED honored Frank for "his lifelong dedication to the
study of international economics, and his commitment to
teaching and the advancement of young people in foreign
service careers." The CED is an independent, nonprofit and
nonpartisan policy organization dedicated to research on
the critical economic and social issues facing society.
David M. "Mike" Lampton, director of the China
Studies program, has been named dean of faculty for two
academic years, beginning July 1. Prior to joining SAIS
seven years ago, he was president of the National Committee
on U.S.-China Relations. Lampton succeeds Frank Fukuyama,
who this month completes his term as the school's first
dean of faculty.
School of Medicine
Hossein Ardehali, a cardiology fellow, has
received a GlaxoSmithKline Young Investigators Award for
his project involving a protein, ATP-Binding Cassette
Protein-1, found in cells' mitochondria. Ardehali is one of
only four advanced cardiovascular disease fellows in the
world to receive this award, which carries $100,000 in
Ergin Atalar has been promoted to professor in
the Department of Radiology.
William Marsh Baldwin III has been promoted to
professor in the Department of Pathology.
Frederick Brancati, professor of medicine and
an accomplished researcher in the field of diabetes, has
been named director of the Division of General Internal
Jim Campbell has won the John Liebeskind
Research Award from the American Academy of Pain
Management's Awards Committee.
Daniel W. Chan, professor of pathology and
director of the Clinical Chemistry Division and the
Biomarker Discovery Center, is the first recipient of the
Morton K. Schwartz Award for Significant Contributions in
Cancer Research Diagnostics, given by the American
Association of Clinical Chemistry.
Larry Griffith, professor of cardiovascular
medicine, was honored by the Bermuda Heart Foundation for
his contributions to cardiac health on the island. For the
past 25 years he has worked with more than 3,000 patients
in Bermuda seeking cardiology services at Johns Hopkins.
Alex L. Kolodkin has been promoted to professor
in the Department of Neuroscience.
Jeffrey B. Palmer has been appointed to the
Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professorship in Physical Medicine
Akhilesh Pandey, assistant professor of
biological chemistry, was named one of this year's Beckman
Young Investigators by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman
Foundation. Pandey's research uses proteomics and
bioinformatics to investigate a key chemical signaling
pathway in human cells. The Beckman Young Investigators
awards support promising young faculty members in the
chemical and life sciences.
Bruce Perler, the Julius H. Jacobson II
Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular
Surgery, has been elected president of the Eastern Vascular
Society, the largest vascular society in the United States.
Neil R. Powe, director of the Welch Center for
Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, received
the 2004 Garabed Eknoyan Award from the National Kidney
Foundation at its national meeting in May. The award
recognizes an individual who has promoted the vision of the
foundation in making lives better for people with chronic
disease by special contributions to the foundation. Powe
spoke at the meeting on "Understanding Disparities in
Chronic Kidney Disease to Improve Health Outcomes."
Rajini Rao has been promoted to professor in
the Department of Physiology.
Patrick C. Walsh, director of the Brady
Urological Institute, has received the American Urological
Association's highest honor, the Ramon Guiteras Award, for
his outstanding contributions to the art and science of
urology. The award was presented at the group's President's
Dinner, held on May 12. Also, publisher Elsevier has
changed the name of Campbell's Textbook of Urology to
Campbell Walsh Urology in recognition of Walsh's 25 years
as senior editor overseeing five editions of the textbook.
Walsh will step down in July as director of the Brady
Institute, a post he has held since 1974, but will continue
to see patients and perform surgeries full time.
School of Nursing
Sara Groves has been promoted to assistant
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Lawrence A. Larsen, professor in the Department
of Special Education, Graduate Division of Education, has
been appointed professor emeritus.
Capers W. McDonald will join the practitioner
faculty of SPSBE's Graduate Division of Business and
Management as an executive in residence. McDonald, who
shaped BioReliance into one of the few profitable
biotechnology companies in Maryland, resigned after 12
years as president and CEO to join Johns Hopkins full
David B. Mitchell, who has been an executive in
residence in the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has
been nominated by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner as the
state's next secretary of safety and homeland security.
Mitchell, who served as an instructor in the Police
Executive Leadership Program, will remain as adjunct
faculty in the program. He served as superintendent of the
Maryland State Police from 1995 to 2003 and after 9/11
chaired the Governor's Homeland Security Work Group.
Presently, he is director of law enforcement relations with
the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in Washington,
Glenn R. Mueller, a professor in the Real
Estate Department and real estate strategist at Legg Mason,
has been awarded the James Graaskamp Award for his unique
contributions in research to the academic and professional
real estate industry. The award was given in April at the
annual meeting of the American Real Estate Society, an
international organization of academic and professional
real estate researchers and leaders. The Graaskamp Award
has been given only six times in the 20-year history of the
organization. Having won the professional Graaskamp Award
in 2001 from the Pension Real Estate Association, Mueller
is now the only person to have won both the academic and
'Johns Hopkins Professional Studies' magazine
earned a gold medal from the University Continuing
Education Association for the second year in a row.
Rob Saarnio, director of historic houses and
curator of university collections, is one of 34 museum
leaders who have been selected to participate this summer
in the three-week Museum Leadership Institute, the premier
professional development program for decision makers in the
museum field. Operated since 1984 by the Getty Center, the
MLI is the flagship program of the Getty Leadership
Institute. Previously held at the University of California,
Berkeley, it will move this year to the Getty in Los
Whiting School of Engineering
Yair Amir has been promoted to full professor
in the Department of Computer Science.
Avi Rubin, associate professor in the
Department of Computer Science, received a Pioneer Award
from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil
liberties group, at the organization's 13th annual
presentation of the award. Rubin and his research
colleagues Kim Alexander and David Dill were cited for
their "pioneering work spearheading and nurturing a popular
movement for integrity and transparency in modern
Louis Whitcomb has been promoted to full
professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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