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
Applied Physics Laboratory
Andrew Cheng has been appointed chief scientist
for the Space Department. He was previously
assistant supervisor for the Science and Analysis Branch
and supervisor of the Planetary Exploration
Group. He recently completed a yearlong assignment at NASA
headquarters in Washington, D.C.,
serving as deputy chief scientist for Space Science in
NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
Mohammad Dehghani is the new head of the
Technical Services Department. Coming to APL
after 11 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in
Livermore, Calif., he leads a department
responsible for engineering, design and fabrication
support, plant operations and maintenance, and
construction management. Dehghani replaces Harry Charles,
now the chief scientist in APL's Milton
Eisenhower Research Center.
Jim McAdams, MESSENGER mission design lead
engineer, was named the 2008 Engineer of the
Year by the Baltimore Section of the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics. Presenting
the award on May 28, APL's Tom Strikwerda said that McAdams
"optimized the trajectory and
maneuver schedule, designing one of the most challenging
planetary missions in history."
Bayview Medical Center
Carol Mitchell, administrative supervisor in
the Development Office, has received the
University of Baltimore's President Award for her academic
excellence, leadership and outstanding
contributions to the community and university. She also
received the Outstanding Merit Award for
her exemplary leadership in the Black Student Union. She is
a first-year master's candidate in public
administration at the university.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Robert S. Lawrence, professor and founder of
the Center for a Livable Future, was installed on
June 3 as the inaugural Center for a Livable Future
Professor. The center was established in 1996 to
conduct interdisciplinary studies on the impact of
industrial agriculture on food systems, equity,
human health, the environment and inequities in food
security. Lawrence has also directed the school's
Health and Human Rights Certificate Program, served as
associate dean for Professional Practice and
Programs and was the inaugural Edyth Schoenrich Professor
in Preventive Medicine. He holds
appointments in the departments of Environmental Health
Sciences and International Health, and in
the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine.
Before joining the university, Lawrence helped
found Physicians for Human Rights, where he currently
chairs the board of directors. In 1997, the
organization shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to
ban anti-personnel land mines. He previously
served as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 1978, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine,
National Academy of Sciences, and in 1998 was
elected a Master of the American College of Physicians. In
2002 he was awarded the Albert
Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.
Carey Business School
Sue Hilger has been appointed senior associate
director of development. With almost 20 years
of marketing and corporate experience, Hilger will be
primarily responsible for managing the school's
corporate relationships and corporate advisory board. For
seven years, Hilger worked for KPSS, a
global hair-care company, in a number of different
capacities; in her last position, as vice president,
she was responsible for marketing the Goldwell and KMS
California brands in North America.
Sani Silvennoinen has been appointed director
of development, starting in July. He comes to
Johns Hopkins from the Helsinki University of Technology in
his native country of Finland as an on-
site consultant for Brakeley Ltd., a London-based
fund-raising and management consulting firm; at the
university, he created a fund-raising operation and ran the
first campaign of its kind and scale in the
country. Before joining Brakeley, Silvennoinen worked in
various fund-raising capacities at his alma
mater, Yale University, and most recently was responsible
for all European fund raising for the
Homewood Student Affairs
Jen Kasper has been named assistant women's
lacrosse coach. She comes to Johns Hopkins from
Stanford, where she was co-head women's lacrosse coach.
Kasper will work with the Blue Jay offense
and goalies while assisting in all day-to-day operations of
the program. A 2007 graduate of UMBC,
Kasper joined the Stanford staff last August as an
assistant coach and was elevated to co-head coach
early in the 2008 season. At UMBC, Kasper lettered four
times as an attacker and twice earned
Second Team All-America East honors.
Johns Hopkins Health System
Joanne Pollak, vice president and general
counsel for Johns Hopkins Medicine and chair of its
2007 United Way of Central Maryland campaign, was named
winner of UWCM's Community
Ambassador Award for her dedication to the Baltimore City
community, while Jennifer Nizer, director
of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Child Day Care Center,
received the Community Ambassador Award for
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Jerrold Cooper has been appointed professor
emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern
Edi Karni has been appointed to the Scott and
Barbara Black Professorship in Economics.
Pier M. Larson has been promoted to professor
in the Department of History.
Liman Lievens, lecturer in the Language
Programs, is the recipient of the 2008 George E. Owen
Teaching Award, established by Student Council in 1982 to
honor George E. Owen, who was dean of
the Homewood faculties.
Beverly Wendland has been promoted to professor
in the Department of Biology.
Dimitrios Yatromanolakis has been promoted to
associate professor, with tenure, in the
Department of Classics.
Two Johns Hopkins students were awarded $500 book
scholarships by the American Marketing
Association's Baltimore Chapter. Eric Chung is in
the Writing Seminars, and James Freedman is a
political science major. The merit awards are awarded
annually to students who aspire to a career in
Nitze School of Advanced International
Melissa Thomas, associate professor of
international development, is the recipient of the 2008
Max M. Fisher Excellence in Teaching Award, which honors
the late Max M. Fisher, who was for
decades an adviser to U.S. presidents on Middle East
policy. The award, funded by the Marjorie S.
Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern
Michigan, is awarded each year at
Commencement to one SAIS professor, selected by the
graduating class, who teaches at the
Washington, D.C., campus.
School of Medicine
Theodore Bayless, professor of medicine and
gastroenterology, has received the Maryland
Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Lifetime
Achievement Award. The society praised Bayless'
"tireless commitment to his patients, dedicated service to
his peers and outstanding contribution to
the profession of gastroenterology."
Tina L. Cheng has been promoted to professor of
Andrew J. Cosgarea has been promoted to
professor of orthopedic surgery.
Christopher J. Earley has been promoted to
professor of neurology.
Lawrence M. Nogee has been promoted to
professor of pediatrics.
Duojia Pan, associate professor of molecular
biology and genetics, is one of 56 new members of
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Combined, the new
class of investigators will receive more than
$600 million in research funding. Pan studies how organs
know to grow to a specific size and shape.
While much work has focused on the signals that help cells
choose what roles they will play in specific
tissues and organs, not much is known about how all the
cells together determine the entire size of
Gregory Pontone, a research and clinical fellow
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences, has been named an inaugural NINDS Clinical Trial
Methods Fellow and will attend a course
being held in August in Vail, Colo. He also has received a
$75,000 grant from the Parkinson's Disease
Foundation to pursue a mentored clinical research project
with Laura Marsh, associate professor.
Srinivasa Raja, professor and director of pain
research and the Division of Pain Medicine, has
received the 2008 Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator
Award from the American Pain Society.
The award recognizes Raja's outstanding career in clinical
Daniele Rigamonte has been appointed the first
holder of the Salisbury Family Professorship in
the Department of Neurosurgery.
Gregory J. Riggins has been promoted to
professor of neurosurgery and oncology.
Phillip R. Slavney has been appointed as Eugene
Meyer Professor Emeritus in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Matt Specht, instructor, Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences, and John Walkup, associate
professor and deputy director of the Division of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, have received a
$53,228 research grant from the Tourette Syndrome
Association to do research on prolonged tic
suppression and habituation of the premonitory urges that
precede Tourette syndrome tics.
Levi Watkins Jr., associate dean and professor
of cardiac surgery, was the commencement
speaker for the 34th graduating class of the Southern
Illinois University School of Medicine in
Six Johns Hopkins physicians are on Black Enterprise
magazine's list of America's 140 leading
African-American doctors. Those cited as "among the best
and brightest in medicine" are Arthur
Burnett II, professor of urology and director of the
department's basic science laboratory and male
consultation clinic; Benjamin Carson, professor and
director of Pediatric Neurosurgery; David Nichols,
vice dean for education and professor of anesthesiology;
Wanda Nicholson, assistant professor of
obstetrics and gynecology; Neil Powe, professor of
medicine and director of the Welch Center for
Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research; and
Michael Trice, assistant professor of orthopedic
surgery. In compiling the list, the magazine placed special
emphasis on selecting innovative physicians
"who have been involved in medical breakthroughs across
At convocation on May 17, awards for teaching went to
Roy Ziegelstein, professor of medicine
and cardiology, executive vice chair of the Department of
Medicine and associate director of the
Internal Medicine Residency Program (George J. Stuart
Award); Michael Choi, associate professor of
medicine, and David Weishampel, professor of cell
biology and anatomy (W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award);
Daniel Durand, house officer in Radiology (House
Staff Award); John Lorsch, associate professor of
biophysics and biophysical chemistry (Graduate Student
Teaching Award); Daniel Raben, professor of
biological chemistry and physiology (JHU Alumni Association
Excellence in Teaching Award); and
Michael Caterina, associate professor of biological
chemistry and neuroscience, Allan Gelber, associate
professor of medicine and director of the Rheumatology
Fellowship Program, Maura McGuire,
assistant professor of psychiatry, part time, and
Stephen Yang, associate professor of surgery and
oncology (Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching).
School of Nursing
Deborah Gross has been promoted to professor on
the Research/Education track.
Joan Kramer, adjunct, was appointed to the
American Nurses Credentialing Center Content
Expert Panel for the Ambulatory Nurse exam. Her term is
from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2012.
Sarah Szanton, assistant professor in Nursing
Systems and Outcomes, has been appointed as a
core faculty member by the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging
Jo Walrath, assistant professor in Health
Systems and Outcomes, is one of 16 people honored
at the University of Maryland as Pioneers in Trauma
Nursing. Walrath served at Maryland's Shock
Trauma Center in the early 1970s as both a staff nurse and
nurse manager of the Critical Care Unit.
She was honored for leading the initiative that brought
primary nursing as a model of care to the
Kathleen M. White, associate professor and
director of the Master's Program, has been named
by Gov. Martin O'Malley to the 12-member Maryland Health
Quality and Cost Control Council. The
newly appointed group will make recommendations on health
care quality improvement and cost
containment initiatives and facilitate collaborations in
health care across the public and private
sectors. Under the chairmanship of the lieutenant governor,
the panel members — representing
insurance carriers, employers, health care providers,
consumers and health quality experts — are
working to develop a plan to improve the quality and
cost-effectiveness of care for individuals with
chronic illnesses, and to help integrate health information
technology in health care systems to ensure
that such technology is used to its fullest potential.
On May 21, 109 students were inducted into Sigma
Theta Tau, the international honor society
of nursing. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate
and graduate students who demonstrate
excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting
exceptional achievements. This year, 80
baccalaureate, 27 master's and two doctoral students joined
the Nu Beta chapter, established at
Johns Hopkins in 1992.
Whiting School of Engineering
Edward J. Bouwer, chair of the Department of
Geography and Environmental Engineering, has
been named the Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental
Engineering, succeeding Charles O'Melia.
Bouwer earned his doctorate in environmental engineering
and science from Stanford in 1982 and
joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1985. He has been chair
of DOGEE since last July.
Ralph Etienne-Cummings has been promoted to
full professor in the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering.
David Gracias, assistant professor in Chemical
and Biomolecular Engineering, has been selected
as one of 12 recipients of the 2008 DuPont Young Professor
Award. This award is designed to provide
start-up assistance to promising young and untenured
research faculty. Gracias develops new methods
to fabricate micro and nanoscale devices and integrated
structures for applications in electronics and
medicine. The DuPont award, which includes a $75,000 grant
over three years, will support his
research on the understanding of electronic conduction at
the interfaces of organic semiconductors
and dielectrics within functional organic electronic
devices such as organic field effect transistors.
Sanjeev P. Khudanput has been promoted to
associate professor, with tenure.
Russ Taylor, professor in the Department of
Computer Science and director of the Center for
Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology, has
been selected as a co-recipient of the
2008 Pioneer in Robotics and Automation Award from the IEEE
Robotics and Automation Society. The
award recognizes individuals who have made a significant
impact on the robotics and/or automation
fields by initiating new areas of research, development or
engineering. Taylor's research interests
include robot systems, programming languages, model-based
planning and, most recently, the use of
imaging, model-based planning and robotic systems to
augment human performance in surgical
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