September 20, 2010

Cheers — September 20, 2010


Brent Bumford, an experimental machinist in Technical Services, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus award from Harford Technical High School in Bel Air, Md. Bumford, a 1998 graduate of the school, was recognized for his “success and longevity in the field of machining and manufacturing.”

Bruce Newhall, program area chief scientist in the National Security Technology Department, has been elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for his contributions to undersea surveillance sonar. Newhall was among 15 fellows chosen during the society’s spring meeting. He’ll receive the award during the group’s plenary session in October.


John Burton, professor of geriatric medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Education Center Consortium, and Jane Marks, associate director of the consortium, have received a five-year $2,094,412 award from the federal Health Resource and Services Administration to support geriatrics education outreach to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals throughout Maryland.

Bruce Leff, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Elder House Call Program, has received an appointment to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This competitive and prestigious one-year fellowship, sponsored by the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program and the Atlantic Philanthropies, gives professionals specializing in health and aging a unique opportunity to work on public policies affecting older Americans. Leff will focus his efforts on implementation of the Independence at Home Act that was part of the recently passed health care reform package.

Matthew McNabney, assistant professor of geriatric medicine and gerontology and medical director of Hopkins ElderPlus, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the National PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Association. McNabney has been medical director since 1998 of ElderPlus, which is the only PACE program in Maryland.

James Miller, senior director of Personnel Services, was named the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Officer Award by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. The award recognizes ASHHRA chapter leaders’ contributions within their chapter, national ASHHRA and the human resources profession.

Stephen Milner, professor of plastic surgery, pediatrics and dermatology and director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, has received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Milner, who is chief of the Burn Division and head of Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview, was recognized for his career as a surgeon and exceptional contributions to medicine.

B. Lee Peterlin has joined the Johns Hopkins Headache Center as director of headache research. Her research interests have focused on the association between migraines and obesity, as well as the relationship of migraines with stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse. Peterlin, an assistant professor, received her doctor of osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her residency in neurology and a neurophysiology fellowship at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and completed a headache fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


Soprano Jennifer Edwards, a Graduate Professional Diploma candidate, made her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, at the BSO’s Gala Celebration Concert on Sept. 11. Edwards sang the aria (cantilena) movement from Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana brasileira No. 5. Also appearing at the concert were four guitar students of faculty artist Manuel Barrueco: Gonzalo Arias Contreras, Petrit Ceku, Jeremy Lyons and Marco San Nicolas. The four performed the allegretto from Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the BSO.

Colorfields, an orchestral diptych by Armando Bayolo, an adjunct faculty member in Music Theory, was performed by the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra under Maximiano Valdez at the Interamerican Festival for the Arts in San Juan on Sept. 4.

Susan Forscher Weiss is one of three editors of Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, recently published by Indiana University Press. Weiss, who chairs the Musicology Department at Peabody and holds a joint appointment in German and Romance Languages and Literatures in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, also wrote the chapter “Vandals, Students or Scholars? Handwritten Clues in Renaissance Music Textbooks.” She will talk about and sign copies of the book at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Peabody’s Arthur Friedheim Library.


Duke Cameron, professor of cardiac surgery, has been named chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery in the School of Medicine and cardiac surgeon in charge at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cameron also will be co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, director of the Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases, director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and the James T. Dresher Sr. Professor of Surgery. Internationally renowned for his work in surgically repairing the heart’s main blood vessel to prevent catastrophic ruptures, Cameron began his Johns Hopkins career as a cardiac surgery resident in 1984. He has been interim head of the division since William Baumgartner, vice dean for clinical affairs, relinquished the post in 2009 after serving in it for 17 years.

Gail Daumit, associate professor of medicine; Guo-Li Ming, associate professor of neurology and neuroscience; and Shanthini Sockanathan, associate professor of neuroscience, have each received an independent investigator grant for mental health research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the world’s leading charity dedicated to mental health research. Daumit, Ming and Sockanathan were among 42 innovative researchers selected from 217 applicants for the grants. The three grants total $300,000.

Gary Lees, associate professor, director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine and head of the graduate program in medical and biological illustration, has received the 2010 Brodel Award for Excellence in Education from the Association of Medical Illustrators. The award is named for Max Brodel (1870–1941), founding director of Johns Hopkins’ Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, the first of its kind in the country. Lees, head of the department since 1983, received the AMI’s lifetime achievement award in 2002.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center has been named the best department of its kind in the country by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine magazine. The publication said that the six-bed Johns Hopkins program “leads the way with a host of quality improvement projects.” Under Nancy Collop, its medical director, the six-member sleep staff “has implemented quality improvement programs to facilitate inpatients’ sleep in the neurology ward and medical intensive care unit,” the magazine noted, including efforts to reduce nighttime environmental noise by minimizing pages in patients’ rooms, floor cleaning and the like.


Gerard D. St. Ours, associate general counsel, was elected to a three-year term as a member at large of the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys during its 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C. Currently vice chair of the NACUA Committee on Legal Education, St. Ours has served on several of the organization’s committees and has been a frequent speaker at NACUA workshops and conferences.