March 22, 2010

Cheers — March 2010


Rachel Levine, assistant professor of general internal medicine, has received the Clinician-Educator Award from the Mid-Atlantic Society for General Internal Medicine. The award recognizes physicians who have displayed innovation and excellence in teaching and in the delivery of clinical care. Levine’s work focuses on undergraduate and graduate medical education, including residency training requirements, the well-being and personal growth of residents, and medical-student advising. She also has written about part-time careers in academic medicine.


Kevin D. Frick has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Diane Griffin, the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, has been elected to the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences. Griffin was one of four academy members elected to the council. Her three-year term begins July 1.

Sekhar P. Reddy has been promoted to professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.


Pamela Paulk, vice president of human resources for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, has received the Adult Good Samaritan Award from the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. The award was given to Paulk in honor of her decision last year to donate a kidney to Robert Imes, a painter/mechanic in the hospital’s Facilities Department. On June 22, Paulk and Imes participated in the first 16-patient, multicenter kidney transplant operation, coordinated by Johns Hopkins, during which Paulk’s kidney went to a patient in St. Louis, while Imes received one from a donor in Oklahoma City.


J. Michael Boardman has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics.

Karen Yasinsky, a lecturer on visual arts, animation and photography in the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of three $25,000 winners in the 2010 Baker Awards given to artists living and working in the Baltimore region. The awards, given by the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund, were established in 2008 to honor local artists and encourage those from elsewhere to move to the city and five surrounding counties. The award recognizes Yasinsky’s achievements in film animation. Her co-winners were Peter Minkler, a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Cleaver, a sculptor.


Guitarist Ben Beirs, a Preparatory faculty member, traveled to Bangalore, India, this month to perform in the 13th East West Musical Encounter, a festival presented by the Bangalore School of Music. The program included a collaboration with Indian classical musicians on tabla and flute. He also performed and gave workshops at the Nathaniel School of Music.

Dariya Bukhartseva, a freshman piano student from Ukraine studying with Yong Hi Moon, is the subject of a feature story, “From Poverty to Peabody,” in this month’s Baltimore magazine. Prior to her enrollment at Peabody, she studied in Aspen, Colo., with former Peabody faculty artist Ann Schein.

Pianist Adam Golka, a GPD candidate studying with Leon Fleisher, made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony on March 7. Golka performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, conducted by Ryan McAdams, the orchestra’s 27-year-old music director.

Sophomore Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet, a student of Anthony McGill, was awarded first prize in the 2010 Yale Gordon Competition for instruments other than keyboard, bowed strings and early music instruments. He will play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next season, as well as give a recital on the Homewood campus.

Kevin Puts, Composition faculty member in the Conservatory, was the subject of an article in Symphony, the magazine of the League of American Orchestras. The article, titled “In the Moment,” appears in the March/April issue.

Ronaldo Rolim, a student of Benjamin Pasternack, won the senior age category for piano in the Baltimore Music Club Competition. He will perform in a recital on April 11 at the Peabody Preparatory’s Towson campus.


John E. McLaughlin, distinguished practitioner in residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, was tapped by Dennis C. Blair, director of National Intelligence, to head the Obama administration’s investigations of challenges facing the U.S. intelligence community. These include the November shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and the Dec. 25 bombing attempt of a Detroit-bound airliner. McLaughlin spent most of his career at the CIA, serving as the agency’s acting director and deputy director.

Michael Plummer, the ENI Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Center, in January became head of the Development Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He is leading a team of researchers focusing on trade and development issues, mostly for nonmember countries. Although officially on leave of absence from SAIS, Plummer will continue to teach his course on Asian economic development on a biweekly basis.


Robert Slavin, a professor in the Center for Research and Reform in Education, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. The honor was awarded to 67 scholars this year in recognition of their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. The fellows will be inducted on May 1 during AERA’s 91st Annual Meeting in Denver.


William Baumgartner, vice dean for clinical affairs, professor of cardiac surgery and director of the Cardiac Research Laboratory, has received the national Thoracic Surgery Residents Association’s 2010 Socrates Award for his outstanding commitment to resident education and mentorship. Recipients of the award are selected from nominations made by cardiothoracic surgery residents throughout North America, who recommend recognition for faculty members who have demonstrated remarkable interest in resident training inside or outside the operating room.

Shelly Choo, a fourth-year student, is one of only 20 medical students nationwide to receive a 2010 Leadership Award from the American Medical Association. The award will provide her with special training to develop her skills as a future medical and community leader. Currently a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow, Choo recently served as president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.

Barbara Detrick has been promoted to professor of pathology.

Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science, has been honored by Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, which chose his 2009 paper, “Later Language Acquisition in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism,” as among the top 10 research achievements in the field last year. The paper presented case study evidence that changed the common belief that autistic children over the age of 5 would not be able to develop the ability to speak.

Adil Haider, assistant professor of surgery and co-director of the Trauma Outcome Research Group, and Elizabeth Wick, assistant professor of surgery, have each received a faculty research fellowship from the American College of Surgeons. Haider has received the ninth annual C. James Carrico Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care, while Wick has received the 19th annual Franklin Martin, MD, FACS., Faculty Research Fellowship for her research into inflammation and tumors of the colon.

Amit Jain, a second-year student, has received a 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Focusing his research on implant-related fractures and spinal deformities in children, Jain also is the co-inventor of a novel three-dimensional method for examining tumor behavior.

Kay Redfield Jamison has been appointed as first holder of the Dalio Family Professorship in Mood Disorders.

Hendree E. Jones has been promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, with a secondary promotion in Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Deok-Ho Kim, a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering, is one of just 13 graduate students nationwide to receive a 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Kim will participate in a scientific symposium on May 7 at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle.

Daniel A. Laheru has been appointed as first holder of the Ian T. MacMillan Professorship in Clinical Pancreatic Cancer Research, effective April 22.

Bruce Leff has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Dolores Njoku, assistant professor of pediatric anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has won the William F. Rienhoff Jr. Scholar Award for 2011–2013. Named for a Johns Hopkins–trained pioneer in thyroid research and lung cancer surgery, the biennial award recognizes excellence in the perioperative sciences and provides approximately $35,000 to support the recipient’s work. Njoku’s current research focuses on drug-induced, immune-mediated liver injury.

Gerald V. Raymond has been promoted to professor of neurology in the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Michael Repka has been appointed as first holder of the Robert and Maureen Feduniak Professorship in Ophthalmology, effective Oct. 21.

Charles Rudin has been promoted to professor of oncology.

Lillie Shockney, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer; associate professor of surgery and of gynecology and obstetrics; associate professor in the School of Nursing; and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, has been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She also received the 2009 National Health Network Foundation’s Service Excellence Award for her treatment of breast cancer patients.

Victor Urrutia, assistant professor of neurology, has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins Stroke Center. A member of the faculty since 2005, Urrutia was the first physician in his native Panama to treat patients with IV thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke. In 2004, he founded the Instituto Cerebrovascular de Panama, a nonprofit devoted to educating the public and health care providers about prevention and acute treatment of stroke, as well as to conducting research on cerebrovascular disease.

Levi Watkins, professor of surgery and associate dean for postdoctoral programs, has received an Award of Excellence from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Named for the late Baltimore-born U.S. Supreme Court justice, the New York City–based fund provides scholarships, programmatic support, leadership training, internships and career development programs to minority students to prepare them to become future leaders.


Helene Grady has been named associate dean for finance and administration, effective March 15. Prior to joining the School of Nursing’s leadership team, Grady oversaw the day-to-day operations and $28 million operating budget of the City of Baltimore Finance Department and its six bureaus. Grady also held positions in the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell and with Amtrak. Prior to her government service in Philadelphia, she served as staff to President Bill Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, a special task force whose work resulted in the introduction of the president’s 1994 Work and Responsibility Act. A graduate of La Salle University, she holds a master of public policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Deborah E. Jones, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, has been accepted to participate in the Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development Program. The NFMLD was developed by Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nurses, in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation to enhance the personal leadership development of new nurse faculty to promote faculty retention and cultivate high-performing, supportive work environments in academe.

Sarah “Jodi” Shaefer, an assistant professor in Community Public Health, and Mary Terhaar, an assistant professor in Health Systems and Outcomes, have been selected as scholars for the Health Information Technologies Scholars project for 2010. The project is sponsored by a five-year $1.5 million grant provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration and is a cooperative effort with the University of Kansas School of Nursing, the schools of nursing at the University of Colorado Denver and Indiana University, and the National League for Nursing.



Mark Cyzyk, scholarly communications architect in the Library Digital Programs Group, has been appointed to the editorial board of Information Technology and Libraries, the flagship publication of the American Library Association’s Library and Information Technology Association. His two-year term begins July 1.


Joel Bader has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1.

Michael Bevan has been awarded tenure as associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, effective July 1.

Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, professor and chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. The honor recognizes his “seminal bioengineering research contributions involving a mechanistic understanding of the fluid shear effects on cancer metastasis and discovery of selectin ligands.”

Natalia Trayanova, professor of biomedical engineering and a researcher in the Institute for Computational Medicine, has been selected as a fellow of the American Heart Association. The most distinguished level of the society, fellow status recognizes members who have realized major professional achievement and leadership within the AHA.