November 15, 2010

Cheers — November 15, 2010


Neeraj Naval has been appointed director of Neuro-Critical Care. With a background in neurology, neurosurgery and anesthesiology–critical care medicine, Naval, an assistant professor, focuses on managing critically ill patients with neurological conditions such as subarachanoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage and ischemic stroke. After receiving his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India, he completed his residency in neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine and a fellowship in neurocritical care at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Satish Shanbhag has joined Johns Hopkins as clinical director of Hematology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Bayview. Shanbhag, an assistant professor of medicine and oncology, received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India; did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also earned a master’s degree in public health; and completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Temple University and Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He specializes in treating adult patients with benign blood disorders and hematologic malignancies. His clinical research interests include myeloma, mantle cell lymphoma and low-grade lymphomas.


John Groopman, the Anna M. Baetjer Professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has received the Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research from the American Association for Cancer Research and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The award, which Groopman received Nov. 8 at the Ninth AACR Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Philadelphia, recognizes scientists worldwide for seminal contributions to the field of cancer prevention.


Jennifer N. Campbell, a student of Brian Ganz, received first prize in the Well-Tempered Clavier category of the second Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, held Oct. 8–11 at Lincoln Center in New York. Campbell, a freshman, also won the prize for the Best Performance of a Contemporary Work, playing David Auldon Brown’s Piano Sonata No. 1.

William Davenport, tenor, who will play le Chevalier des Grieux in the Peabody Opera Theatre’s production of Manon on Nov. 18 and 20, was one of five district winners in the Metropolitan Opera auditions at Wolf Trap on Oct. 24. Davenport, a senior, will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions in January.

Emily Green, an adjunct faculty member in Musicology, presented a paper at the 16th Biennial 19th-Century Music Conference in Southampton, U.K., and at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, held earlier this month in Indianapolis.

Daniel Levitov, Preparatory cello coordinator and conductor of the Young Artists Orchestra, was recently elected president of the Maryland/D.C. chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He will serve as president-elect for two years before beginning a two-year term.

The Peabody Percussion Group, directed by Robert Van Sice, was a winner of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Each year, the winners—two high school ensembles and three college ensembles—perform showcase concerts at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, which was held this year on Nov. 10–13 in Indianapolis.


Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Resources, was co-editor of a special October issue of the counseling profession’s premier publication, Professional School Counseling Journal. The issue featured articles emphasizing collaboration with school stakeholders as a central role for school counselors. Holcomb-McCoy also published an article titled “Involving Low-Income Parents and Parents of Color in College Readiness Activities” in the same issue.


Kay Redfield Jamison, the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, is one of three recipients of a 2010 Productive Lives Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. According to NARSAD, the three are being recognized “for their lifelong struggle and tremendous success in overcoming the staggering odds that those living with mental illness face to become highly accomplished and fully contributing individuals, both in their respective professional fields and in their private circles.” The recipients are all best-selling authors who disclosed their personal stories about living with mental illness, and who have also played important roles in furthering research and encouraging public discourse on these often-invisible illnesses. Jamison’s best-known book, An Unquiet Mind, chronicles her manic depression and was on The New York Times best-seller list for more than five months.


Danielle Tarraf, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the recipient of a 2011 grant from the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program. With this funding, she will explore an integrative theory of control and computation. The program, operated by the Air Force’s Office of Scientific Research, is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received their doctorate or equivalent degree in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. This year, out of 242 proposals, only 43 scientists were awarded funding.