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
New Director Named for Center for Clinical
Kay Dickersin will join the faculty of the
Bloomberg School of Public Health with primary appointment
in the Department of Epidemiology and become director of
the Center for Clinical Trials.
The Center for Clinical Trials, a joint initiative of
the schools of Public Health and Medicine, supports the
conduct of clinical trials for investigators from
throughout the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Its
faculty, based in many departments, collectively works to
advance the methodology and conduct of clinical trials.
Dickersin is currently professor of medicine and
director of the Center for Clinical Trials and
Evidence-based Health Care at Brown University. She is
internationally known for her work on clinical trials and
evidence synthesis and for her insights into the use of
research findings to influence policy and medical practice.
She received her doctorate in 1989 from the Bloomberg
School's Department of Epidemiology and was a faculty
member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
before moving to Brown in 1998.
Dickersin succeeds her Johns Hopkins adviser, Curt
Meinert, the center's founding director and a pioneer in
clinical trials, who planned to step down once a
replacement was recruited. He will remain an active
investigator and educator with the center and the
Institute for Policy Studies
Tama Leventhal, an associate research
scientist, has received the William T. Grant Scholars
Award, a five-year grant for outstanding social scientists
at an early stage of their careers. The award will allow
Leventhal to pursue her research on how neighborhoods
affect adolescent development.
Rachel Garbow Monroe, a lecturer in the Center
for Civil Society Studies, has been appointed to the newly
created position of chief operating officer of the Harry
and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. She joins the foundation
from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of
Baltimore, which she had served as a senior professional
Demetra Nightingale, a principal research
scientist, was elected to a four-year term on the Policy
Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and
Management. She is also on the APPAM 2005 annual conference
program committee, where she chairs the subcommittee on
areas of the program related to social policy.
Koki Agarwal has been named director of ACCESS,
a $75 million program at JHPIEGO funded by the United
States Agency for International Development to save the
lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries.
Argawal joins JHPIEGO from the Futures Group, where she was
director of the Center for International Health; she also
served concurrently as deputy director of the USAID-funded
POLICY project. Agarwal received her doctorate from the
Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Alice E. Chen and Jeffrey Han are among
the 15 graduate students who have been chosen to receive
the 2005 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award
sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center. Nominations were solicited
internationally; the winners were selected on the basis of
the quality, originality and significance of their work.
Chen is a doctoral candidate in the Krieger School
Department of Biology and the Carnegie Institution of
Washington Department of Embryology. Han is an M.D./Ph.D.
candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program and
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the School
of Medicine. They will participate in a scientific
symposium May 6 and 7 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center in Seattle.
Four assistant professors at Johns Hopkins are among
the 116 outstanding young scientists, mathematicians and
economists who have been selected to receive the
prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, the oldest fellows
program in the United States. Grants of $45,000 for a
two-year period are administered by each fellow's
institution. Once chosen, fellows are free to pursue
whatever lines of inquiry are of most interest to them. The
recipients are David Kaplan, Physics and Astronomy,
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; and Seth Blackshaw,
Xinzhong Dong and Guo-li Ming, all from the
Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine.
School of Medicine
Anthony N. Kalloo has been appointed director
of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the
Department of Medicine. Kalloo, a leader of a nationally
recognized interventional program in gastroenterology, has
served as clinical director of the division.
Beth Laube, associate professor of pediatrics,
has been named president of the International Society for
Aerosols in Medicine, a not-for-profit group that works to
further the international exchange of information on all
aspects of aerosol research in medicine.
Steven Leach, chief of the Division of Surgical
Oncology, has received one of seven one-year, $100,000
grants awarded by the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic
Cancer Research. Leach's project is titled Zebrafish Model
of Early Pancreatic Cancer.
Deborah Persaud, an assistant professor in
Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases, is the 2005 recipient of
the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award, the most prestigious
research grant of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation. Although multiple recipients have been chosen
in other years, Persaud is the only scientist recognized
this year. This grant provides her with $700,000 for five
years of research dedicated to the treatment and prevention
of pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Eduardo Rodriguez, assistant professor in
plastic surgery, and Jesse Taylor, resident in
plastic surgery, have won awards for best presentations
from the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Rodriguez won Best Poster Presentation; Taylor, Best
Research Paper. The awards were presented at the society's
annual meeting in February.
Dobrila Rudnicki, a postdoctoral fellow in
Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, has received
the John J. Wasmuth Postdoctoral Fellowship, which covers
two years of salary and research expenses. The award is
given by the Hereditary Disease Foundation to support work
that will help identify and improve understanding of the
basic defect of Huntington's disease. Rudnicki will be
studying Huntington's disease-like 2, a rare disorder that
may offer unique insights into the pathogenesis of
Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Crystal Simpson, assistant professor in the
Division of Geriatric Medicine and Geronotology, has been
named assistant dean of student affairs. She will work to
recruit a diverse medical student body.
School of Nursing
Marion J. Ball has been promoted to full
professor. Ball, an adjunct professor at Nursing since
1996, also holds adjunct professorships at the Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Health Sciences
Informatics, and at the Uniformed Services University of
Health Sciences. She is a member of the Institute for
Medicine and the board of regents of the National Library
of Medicine, and is vice president of clinical informatics
strategies at Healthlink Inc. The author of 17 books and
hundreds of articles in the field of health informatics,
Ball earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with minors
in computer science and German from the University of
Kentucky and a master's degree in mathematics and secondary
education and a doctor of education degree from Temple
Victoria Mock has been promoted to professor.
Formerly an associate professor, Mock is director of both
the JHU Center for Nursing Research and the school's new
Center for Collaborative Intervention Research. She also
leads the SON collaborative doctoral nursing program with
Peking Union Medical College and serves as director of
nursing research at the Kimmel Cancer Center. She holds a
joint appointment in oncology at the School of Medicine and
is internationally known for her research in symptom
management for patients receiving cancer treatment. Mock
received a bachelor of science in nursing from Duke, a
master's degree from the University of California, San
Francisco, and a doctor of nursing science from Catholic
University in Washington, D.C.
Gayle Giboney Page has been promoted to
professor. An associate professor since 1998, Page holds
the Independence Foundation Chair in Nursing Education. She
also serves as the director of the school's doctoral
program. Her research focuses on pain management, stress
and cancer in animal models. Page received a bachelor of
science in nursing from California State College and holds
a master's in nursing and doctor of nursing science from
UCLA, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in biobehavioral
School of Professional Studies in Business and
Johns Hopkins Professional has received a gold
award in the 2005 Marketing and Publications Awards
Competition of the University Continuing Education
Association. The semiannual magazine is produced by Barbara
Wallace, director of communications services; Andrew
Blumberg, communications manager; Sue De Pasquale,
consulting editor; and Aimee Bracken, publication
Whiting School of Engineering
Frederick Jelinek, the Julian S. Smith
Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the
Center for Language and Speech Processing, is the recipient
of the 2005 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio
Processing Award. The honor recognizes Jelinek's
fundamental contributions to the statistical modeling of
speech and language. Jelinek's innovations can be found in
all of today's commercial speech recognition systems, and
he is hailed by his contemporaries as one of the fathers of
modern speech and language processing.
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