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
BSO's Marin Alsop Named to Position at
Marin Alsop, the new music director of the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to head a major American
orchestra, now has a new connection to the music of Charm City:
She has been named distinguished visiting artist to the Peabody
Conservatory, where she will work with Gustav Meier, her friend
and colleague, to develop the next generation of American
conductors in Peabody's highly selective conducting program.
Alsop's appointment continues the long-established
synergistic relationship between Peabody and the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra. In 1942, Peabody Director Reginald Stewart
became conductor of a newly revived BSO; just two years later,
that orchestra made its successful Carnegie Hall debut under
Stewart's baton. Today, many Peabody faculty and alumni are also
BSO musicians, including recent interim Director Peter Landgren,
a longtime member of that orchestra's horn section.
This tradition of collaboration continues in January, when
the BSO will celebrate Peabody's 150th anniversary with a
performance of Strauss' massive Alpine Symphony and Stravinsky's
The Rite of Spring in an expanded festival orchestra that will
feature members of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on stage with
BSO musicians. These concerts at the Meyerhoff and the Music
Center at Strathmore will be Alsop's first official appearance as
BSO music director.
Alsop's appointment at Peabody was made possible by a
generous gift honoring the 90th birthday of Ryda H. Levi from her
children, Vicki and Alex Levi, Susan Perry and Richard Levi, and
Sandra Levi Gerstung.
Bayview Medical Center
Sean Leng, an assistant professor of geriatrics, has
received the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Aging
Research, one of the most prestigious in the field of geriatric
research. The award includes an $800,000 five-year grant jointly
funded by the National Institute on Aging and private
Scott D. Lifchez has joined the faculty as an
assistant professor of plastic surgery. He comes to Bayview after
completing a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Curtis
National Hand Center in Baltimore. He received his MD from the
University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999 and completed his
integrated plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of
Wisconsin in 2005. Lifchez has been published in several medical
journals and has presented his research at multiple national
meetings, including the American Association of Hand Surgeons and
the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. His research
interests include facial and hand reanimation and microvascular
reconstruction of the hand.
Thomas Magnuson, associate professor and chief of
general surgery, has received the 2006 Keith D. Lillemoe Faculty
Teaching Award from the surgical residents. He is the first
Bayview-based faculty member to receive this honor.
Health Divisions Administration
Andrew Dunsmore has been appointed director of
development for the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins
Medicine, responsible for managing private sector fund raising.
Dunsmore served most recently as director of development and
alumni affairs for the University of Tennessee's School for
Social Work. He previously served as associate director of
medical development at Washington University in St. Louis,
responsible for a capital campaign to establish a cancer center.
Nancy McCall, research associate in Medical
Institutions Archives, was named a fellow of the Society of
American Archivists at a ceremony held Aug. 4 in Washington,
D.C., during the Joint Annual Meeting of SAA, Council of State
Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives
and Records Administrators.
Homewood Student Affairs
Lellie Swords, who has served as the defensive
coordinator of the women's lacrosse team for the last five
seasons, has been promoted to associate head coach. A 1996
graduate of James Madison University, Swords coached at George
Mason and Cornell before coming to Johns Hopkins. In addition to
her coaching duties, Swords created the Little Jays Lacrosse
Club, which provides coaching for girls in the sixth through 10th
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Tony Williams, a graduate student in Economics, was
this summer named a scholar in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Graduate Program. The program, which selected 77 recipients from
1,100 nominees, covers tuition, room, board, fees and books for
up to $50,000 annually for up to six years, making it among the
most generous academic awards offered in the United States.
Williams graduated in 2006 from Florida State University, where
he majored in economics and math.
School of Medicine
L. Mario Amzel, professor of biophysics and
biophysical chemistry, has been appointed director of the
Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. Amzel, a
37-year School of Medicine veteran, was a member of the Johns
Hopkins team that produced the first high-resolution pictures of
how antibody-antigen recognition occurs. An internationally
recognized leader in his field, he went on to determine the
structure of many proteins and protein complexes.
Seth Blackshaw, an assistant professor of
neuroscience, neurology and ophthalmology and an investigator in
the Center of High-Throughput Biology and the Institute of Cell
Engineering, has won a five-year $1 million grant from the Keck
Foundation to study the development of the retina.
Marcia Canto, an associate professor of medicine and
oncology, has received a two-year $500,000 grant from the
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. She will
work on refining methods for detecting the disease in its early,
curable stage. With matching funds from the National Cancer
Institute, more than $1 million has been committed to this
Ying-Jun Cao, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division
of Clinical Pharmacology, has been named the first recipient of
the Young Investigator Award of the American Society for Clinical
Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The award will support Cao's work
involving the use of existing therapies to prevent progression
and transmission of HIV.
Mark Donowitz, professor of medicine and director of
the Hopkins Center for Epithelial Disorders, has received the
American Physiological Association's Davenport Award for career
achievements. Donowitz is also a founding member of the Faculty
of 1000, the online medical literature service, and president of
the American Gastroenterological Association.
Frank Frassica, professor and director of orthopedic
surgery, has received the American Orthopaedic Association's
Smith & Nephew Endoscopy Distinguished Clinician Educator Award.
He also has received the 2006 Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist
Award from the Southern Orthopaedic Association.
Ahmet Hoke, an associate professor and director of
the Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology, has
received a $100,000 grant from the Neuropathy Research
Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for
peripheral neuropathy, which can lead to paralysis and total
Anirban Maitra, an associate professor of pathology
and oncology, has received the 2006 Maryland Outstanding Young
Scientist Award from the Maryland Academy of Sciences. The award,
which is conferred by the Maryland Science Center and includes a
monetary prize, seeks to encourage important work by young
scientists and increase public awareness of their achievements.
Maitra's research has led to several potential new treatments for
Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, an assistant professor of
neurosurgery and oncology, has been named to the Alumni Hall of
Fame of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation's leading
organization supporting Hispanic higher education. He also has
received a Physician-Scientist Early Career Award from the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute and a Herbert W. Nickens Faculty
Fellowship from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Charles Silberstein, an associate professor of
orthopedic surgery, has received the American Orthopaedic Society
for Sports Medicine's Thomas Brady Award, recognizing his
exceptional treatment of local athletes. He has been a team
physician and orthopedic consultant for the Orioles, as well as
an orthopedic consultant to the Johns Hopkins athletic teams.
School of Nursing
Patricia Abbott, an assistant professor, has been
awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the National Library of
Medicine. The two-year full-time Medical Informatics Research
Fellowship will focus on understanding how human behaviors are
influenced by health information technology interfaces. Abbott
will explore the growing problem of "unintended consequences" of
health information technology--instances where HIT is
inappropriately designed and employed without systemic
considerations of user characteristics, and results in an
increase in medical errors rather than the reduction
Robin Newhouse, an assistant professor, has received
a Mentored Scientist Award from the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality. The award supports her work in building
health services research skills and conducting a study to
evaluate the effects of legislative and market influences on
rural nursing structure and patient outcomes.
Elizabeth Jordan, an assistant professor, was elected
to the national board of directors of the Association of Women's
Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Cynda Rushton, an associate professor, is one of 20
nurse leaders nationwide chosen as a 2006 Robert Wood Johnson
Executive Nurse Fellow. As part of the fellowship, Rushton will
have an opportunity to undertake a nursing leadership project
with support from the foundation and matching funds from the
School of Nursing. She has chosen to develop a program of renewal
and self-care for nurses, which is an outgrowth of her work in
ethics and palliative care and her belief that for nurses to be
able to care for others, they must first learn to care for
Whiting School of Engineering
William P. Ball, professor in DOGEE, and Thanh
Helen Nguyen, his former advisee, have been awarded the 2006
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association of
Environmental Engineering and Science Professors for Nguyen's
dissertation work, "Exploring the Role of Surface Characteristics
in Determining Sorption Properties of Chars and Soots." Nguyen is
currently a postdoctoral student at Yale and in November will
become an assistant professor at the University of Illinois,
Dan Horn, assistant dean for academic programs, has
received the University Member of the Year Award from the
National Consortium for Minorities in Engineering and Science,
known as GEM. The award is given annually to "the representative
of a university member in good standing who sets a new standard
of excellence in developing, growing and institutionalizing
his/her institution's partnership with the consortium."
Kalina Hristova, an assistant professor in Materials
Science and Engineering, will receive the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff
Award from the Biophysical Society. The award is given to a
junior woman scientist of promise in the field of biophysics and
recognizes Hristova's "extraordinary and outstanding achievement
in biophysical science, specifically for her work on lipid
bilayers and protein folding at bilayer surfaces."
The Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute has
been recognized as a National Security Administration/Department
of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence.
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