June 21, 2010

Cheers — June 21, 2010


Dave Van Wie of the Global Engagement Department has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world’s largest professional technical aerospace society. Van Wie, the chief technologist of the Precision Engagement Business Area and a renowned expert in high-speed, high-temperature fluid dynamics and air-breathing propulsion systems, is among 30 fellows selected for 2010 in recognition of their notable contributions to the field. He was inducted at an awards gala held in May in Washington.


Margaret Chisolm, an assistant professor of psychiatry, has been accepted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, part of the Center for Innovative Medicine at Bayview. The aim of the center is to “recognize and promote excellence in patient care at JHBMC for the benefit of the individuals and communities that we serve.”

Stephen Milner, director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, has received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Glamorgan, Wales. Milner is being recognized for his highly successful career as a surgeon and the exceptional contributions that he has made to medicine, including plastic surgery and burns.


George J. Jakab has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, effective July 1.

Elizabeth A. Platz has been promoted to professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Alfred Sommer has been named
University Distinguished Service Professor.

Diane E. Griffin has been named University Distinguished Service Professor.

The Child Health Society received a 2010 SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) Student Group Community Service Award. Caitlin Kennedy, an instructor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, received the SOURCE Faculty Award, and MPH student Allison Leung received a SOURCE Student Award. These awards are presented to individuals and groups that have dedicated their time and skills to community involvement.


Robert Jackson, a business analyst and student in Business and Management, has been awarded the 2010 Roundtable Financial Scholarship in honor of Donald J. Shepard, the retired chairman of Aegon. Selection of winners of the scholarship, established in 2008 and given to students who wish to pursue careers in the financial services industry, is based on equal parts scholarship, character and financial need. The Financial Services Roundtable represents 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, and investment products and services to the American consumer.


The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named one of the 100 best places to work in health care in the United States for 2010 by Becker’s Hospital Review and Ambulatory Surgery Center magazines. According to Becker’s, JHH “has a reputation as one of the premier hospitals in the country, ranking first on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. The hospital is also affiliated with the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which helps attract A-list talent. Its reputation and success have enabled the hospital to create a patient-centered culture and offer excellent benefits.” The company says it chooses health care centers for inclusion in its top 100 best places to work list based on “their demonstrated excellence in providing a work environment that promotes teamwork, professional development and quality patient care.”

Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, received the Maryland Hospital Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at the MHA’s annual membership meeting. Peterson received the award in recognition of his dedication as co-chairman of the Who Will Care? Campaign, which raised nearly $18 million toward easing Maryland’s nurse shortage by increasing the number of nurse graduates in the state. Peterson was also honored for his work in shaping health care policy at the local, state and national levels through his many years of service to the MHA, Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliated hospitals. In addition to serving as vice chair of the governor’s Baltimore City Workforce Investment Board and as a member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, Peterson serves on the boards of the MHA, Maryland Mentoring Partnership, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and the Greater Baltimore Committee.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center was named Best De—partment in ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine’s National Sleep Achievement Awards. “Our best department winner leads the way with a host of research and quality improvement projects,” said the magazine’s editors.


Samuel A. Chambers has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Political Science, effective July 1.

Yitzhak Melamed has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Philosophy, effective July 1.

Joel R. Tolman has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Chemistry, effective July 1.


Three organizations led by Conservatory faculty artists received 2010 Access to Artistic Excellence grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif., received $13,500 to support a professional development program for conductors and composers; Marin Alsop, music director of the Cabrillo Festival and distinguished visiting artist at Peabody, and Gustav Meier, who heads Peabody’s graduate conducting program, direct the Cabrillo conductors’ workshop. Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare, co-founded by recorder player Gwyn Roberts and lutenist Richard Stone, and Vermont’s Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, which pianist Seth Knopp has led since 2002, received $8,000 grants.

Toward Dawn by Zhangyi Chen, a master of music candidate in composition and music theory pedagogy, won a prize at the Singapore Compose Competition organized by the Philharmonic Winds, Singapore, which gave the work’s Asian premiere on April 10. (To see a video of the world premiere by the Indiana State University Wind Orchestra conducted by Chen, go to www

Pianist Irene Kim, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Boris Slutsky, won second prize in the 34th Annual Carmel Music Society Competition in California. Kim performed Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 104; and Ravel’s La Valse at the finalists’ concert on May 15.

GPD candidate Graham Middleton, a student of James Olin, has won the principal trombone position with Opera Cleveland. He will take up the post in September.


Justin Orlando Frosini, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development—a partnership between the SAIS Bologna Center and the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna—and an affiliated scholar at the SAIS Bologna Center, has received the University of Victoria’s EU Centre of Excellence Visiting Scholar grant for summer 2010. Frosini, who also is on the faculty of Bocconi University in Milan, will be teaching a course at UVic in comparative constitutional law and will give a public lecture at the university during his stay.

David J. Jhirad has been appointed to the HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Professorship in Environmental Policy.

Kenneth H. Keller, director of the SAIS Bologna Center and professor of science and technology policy, is being honored by the University of Minnesota, where he served as the institution’s president from 1985 to 1988. The university’s board of regents has approved naming the electrical engineering/computer science building in honor of Keller, who was also a chemical engineering professor. The building was completed during Keller’s presidency and is located next to his departmental home, Amundson Hall. After he resigned, Keller spent two years at Princeton University and seven years at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He returned to the University of Minnesota in 1996 as a professor in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Keller was designated president emeritus in 2006. The naming will be effective July 1, and the formal dedication will take place in the fall.

Winrich Kuhne, the Steven Muller Professor in German Studies at the SAIS Bologna Center, was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz Order of Merit by Germany’s president, Horst Kohler, for his outstanding contribution to improving German and international conflict prevention and management capabilities. The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, instituted in 1951, is the highest tribute the country can pay to individuals for services to the nation.


John P. Carey has been promoted to professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Michael J. Caterina has been promoted to professor of biological chemistry and neuroscience.

Patricia Charache, professor of pathology, medicine and oncology, received the bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award from the American Society of Microbiology in honor of her distinguished service and leadership in the disciplines of medical microbiology. The award was presented at the May meeting of the ASM in San Diego.

J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected to receive a 2010 National Alliance on Mental Health Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, for which he was nominated by NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore.

Todd Dorman, associate dean and director of Continuing Medical Education, has been elected president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education for a one-year term. Dorman is also a professor and vice chair for critical care in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

J. Stephen Dumler, professor of pathology and of molecular microbiology and immunology, received the Becton-Dickinson Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society of Microbiology in recognition of his contributions to research on the diagnosis and pathogenesis of tick- and vector-borne infections. The award was presented at the May meeting of the ASM in San Diego.

Samuel C. Durso has been promoted to professor of medicine, effective May 1, and appointed to the Mason F. Lord Professorship in Geriatric Medicine, effective July 1.

Scott E. Kern has been named to the Everett and Marjorie Kovler Professorship in Pancreas Cancer Research in the Department of Oncology, effective July 1.

Paul S. Lietman has been appointed professor emeritus in the departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, effective July 1.

Akira Sawa, professor and director of the Program in Molecular Psychiatry, has been awarded the Tsukahara Award, the highest honor of the Japanese Society for Neuroscience.

Hongjun Song has been promoted to professor of neurology and neuroscience.

Patrick Walsh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology, received the title of doctor honoris causa from the Medical School of the University of Athens for his contributions to the surgical treatment of prostate cancer. He received the honorary degree at a ceremony held May 7 in Athens, Greece.

G. Melville Williams has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, effective July 1.

The Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, led by Karen Swartz, has won the 2010 Outstanding Merit Award from the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry.

SHARE (Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment) received a 2010 SOURCE Student Group Community Service Award. Phyllis Yang and Kathleen Lee, both second-year students, received SOURCE Student Awards. These awards are presented to individuals and groups that have dedicated their time and skills to community involvement.


Douglas A. Granger has joined the faculty of the School of Nursing, where he will lead the Center for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, which will facilitate the integration of salivary analytes into prevention science, nursing, public health and medicine. Formerly a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, Granger is well-known for his development of methods related to saliva collection and analysis, and the theoretical and statistical integration of salivary measures into developmental research. Granger received his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and completed postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA. Since 1994, he has been the director of the Penn State Behavioral Endocrinology Laboratory. His research has been instrumental in the conceptualization and analysis of biosocial relationships involving child well-being, parent-child relationships and stress. He is considered a leading expert in the measurement, application and integration of salivary biomarkers into behavioral and developmental science.

Haera Han, an associate professor in Health Systems and Outcomes, has been named director of the PhD program.

Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs, participated this month in the National League for Nursing Presidential Task Force on High Stakes Testing. The group explored current thinking about competency evaluation as a viable end-of-program testing method and made recommendations for high stakes testing policy guidelines and practices in nursing education programs.

Elizabeth “Betty” Jordan, an assistant professor in Community Public Health, has been named director of the baccalaureate program.

Mary Terhaar, an assistant professor in Health Systems and Outcomes, has been named interim director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Sister Barbara “Bobby” English and student Frank Mataska were recognized for their commitment to helping others with community service awards from the Hopkins Student Outreach Resource Center; the school’s Isaiah Wellness Team received SOURCE’s Student Group Award. English has served as a preceptor for Johns Hopkins nursing students for more than 20 years. She is the director of the Julie Community Center, a multipurpose nonprofit community organization involved in advocacy, education and organizing, with special dedication to the poor. Mataska volunteers at the Wald Community Nursing Clinic and Isaiah Wellness Center, and organizes weekly men’s health groups for individuals in senior housing. He led the community service committee of the school’s Returned Peace Corps Volunteers group and organized a monthly volunteer opportunity for them.


Robin Sinn, librarian for science and engineering, has been recognized by Reference Services & Users Quarterly for “notable contributions as a reviewer of professional materials.” Sinn and others will be honored at a dinner later this month during the American Library Association convention in Washington, D.C.


Noah J. Cowan has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective July 1.

Mary Kelty has joined Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals as the instructional technology and distance education manager. Kelty comes to EP from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she most recently served as administrative director of professional programs in the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies. As EP’s new distance education manager, she will lead the online development team in designing and implementing online courses, training faculty and identifying new instructional technologies.

Andreas Terzis has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Computer Science.