July 19, 2010

Cheers — July 19, 2010


Jennifer Hayashi, assistant professor of geriatrics, director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Elder House Call Program and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, has received the American Academy of Home Care Physicians’ highest honor, the Eric Baron House Call Doctor of the Year Award. The Elder House Call Program provides direct care to homebound patients.


Charles Bennett, professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy, was one of 10 honorees inducted in June into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame. Bennett, an astrophysicist who is principal investigator of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, recently shared the $1 million Shaw Prize in astronomy for his groundbreaking work in determining the age, shape and composition of the universe.


Faculty artist Seth Knopp, artistic director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vt., performed a Mendelssohn piece for four hands with Yundu Wang at the festival on July 16 and will perform Beethoven’s An die Hoffnung with his Peabody faculty colleague William Sharp, baritone, on Aug. 3. The Peabody Trio, made up of Knopp, faculty artist Violaine Melancon, violin, and Natasha Brofsky, cello, will perform Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szene III on July 24.

Works by composition faculty members Michael Hersch and Kevin Puts will be featured at this summer’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif. The world premiere of Hersch’s Symphony No. 3, commissioned by the festival, will be performed on opening night, Aug. 6. On Aug. 14, Puts will make his Cabrillo debut as a soloist, playing his own piano concerto, Night. The festival’s music director is Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director and a distinguished visiting artist at Peabody.

The 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, held July 4–8 in Washington, D.C., included workshops led by three Peabody faculty artists. On July 5, John Walker, who serves as AGO’s vice president, provided career advice to young organists. Donald Sutherland, coordinator of the Conservatory’s Organ Department, and Phyllis Bryn-Julson, chair of the Voice Department, discussed music for organ and voice on July 6.

Faculty artist Marian Hahn, piano, will perform this month in the Tuesday Carnegie Chamber Series at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., as part of the Eastern Music Festival, where she is a visiting artist.

Master of music candidate Katelyn Jackman, mezzo-soprano, won third place in the Maryland Opera Society’s 11th annual Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition.

GPD candidate Sonya Knussen, mezzo-soprano, a student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson, sang in the Britten-Pears Alumni Concert in the Aldeburgh Festival in the United Kingdom in June. The piece she performed, Archie Interviews a Pharaoh, was written for her by Joanna Lee.


David M. Lampton, the George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and director of the China Studies program, received on June 17 the inaugural Scalapino Prize, jointly awarded by the National Bureau of Asia Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The organizations recognized Lampton, who is also dean of the faculty, for his “exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes under way in Asia.” The prize, to be given every year with a $50,000 award, honors the legacy of Robert Scalapino, arguably the foremost scholar of Asia over the past 60 years.


Marilyn Albert, director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, has received the Alzheimer Association’s 2010 Zaven Khachaturian Award. Named in honor of the noted scientist, administrator, consultant, lecturer and author, this award recognizes an individual whose compelling vision, selfless dedication and extraordinary achievement has significantly advanced the field of Alzheimer science. She received the award at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2010, held July 10 to 15 in Honolulu.

Steven Cohen, associate professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine, has been awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit for his exceptional service in the Army Medical Department. Cohen, a colonel, serves as director of Pain Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as chief of Anesthesia and Operative Services at the 48th Combat Support Hospital in Fort Meade, Md.

Sara Cosgrove, an associate professor of medicine, has been nominated to the board of directors of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She will begin serving a three-year term as secretary for this international society in January 2011.

Morton Goldberg, professor of ophthalmology, has had an endowed professorship named for him at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Goldberg, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute from 1989 to 2003, headed the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois from 1970 to 1989. An endowed professorship was named for him at Johns Hopkins in 1999.

Henry Halperin, associate professor of cardiology and biomedical engineering, and director of the Peter Belfer Cardiac Mechanics Laboratory and of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s CPR team, has received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association for his work in advancing the understanding of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Lisa Maragakis, an assistant professor of medicine, has been nominated to the board of directors of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She will begin serving a two-year team as a councilor for this international society in January 2011.

Aaron Milstone, assistant professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, was presented with the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Pediatric Investigator Award. The award, which recognizes an individual in the field of health care epidemiology, was presented at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections.

Trish M. Perl, a professor of medicine, has been recognized with the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s most prestigious award, the Mentor Scholar Fund Award, honoring an individual for dedication and excellence in mentoring trainees in infection prevention.

Patrick Walsh, University Distinguished Professor of Urology, has received an honorary doctorate from the medical school of the University of Athens in Greece for his contributions to the surgical treatment of prostate cancer. Walsh was director of the Brady Urological Institute for three decades and is best known for his pioneering nerve-sparing prostatectomy procedure and meticulous anatomical approach to improving the diagnosis and surgical treatment of benign and malignant prostate tumors.

Jacques Grosset, visiting professor for tuberculosis research; Peter Pronovost, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and associate professor of surgery; and Robert Wise, professor of medicine, were honored in May at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference in New Orleans. Grosset, an internationally acclaimed respiratory disease expert, and Wise, director of the pulmonary laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, each received the society’s 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award; Pronovost was chosen to deliver the 2010 President’s Lecture at the meeting.


Martha N. Hill, dean, will present the keynote address, “Developing the Capacity for Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities—An Academic Leader’s View,” at the 2010 Beijing International Nursing Conference. The conference, to be held Aug. 20–21, is hosted by the Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing and the Peking Union Medical College Hospital Department of Nursing in celebration of PUMC’s 90th anniversary. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a co-organizer of the event.

Student Jody Andrade has received the Paul W. Speier Point Foundation Scholarship for her outstanding leadership qualities and her commitment of service, particularly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. The Point Foundation is the leading scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students in the nation, empowering students with the financial, practical and emotional support needed for academic and personal success.

Student Frank Mataska has received a $2,000 Cherokee A Nurse I Am Scholarship based on an essay written in response to Cherokee Uniforms’ inspirational film called A Nurse I Am, which is shown by more than 300 schools of nursing as part of their curriculum.

Four PhD students have received funding from the National Institutes of Health that will offset tuition and research costs, and will provide a stipend for up to three years. Sara Rosenthal, Tam Nguyen, Laura Samuel and Rachel Klimmek all received the highly competitive grant based on their individual dissertations.