February 21, 2011

Cheers — February 21, 2011


Eric Howell, associate professor, chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and deputy director of Hospital Operations for the Department of Medicine, received the Outstanding Hospitalist Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians on Feb. 4.

Cynthia Rand, professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and deputy director for patient-centered care, will receive the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty on March 1. Rand has a long track record of individual research accomplishments and of acting as a mentor to other investigators.


Rabbi Tsvi Schur has received the Rabbinical Council of America’s 2011 Health Care Chaplain of the Year Award. Schur has served as a Jewish chaplain for more than 30 years and is an integral member of the spiritual care team in the Department of Pastoral Care. He also served as the Jewish Community Services chaplain in Baltimore from 1998 to 2010.


Sarah Hayashi, a sophomore, was a finalist in the live preliminary round of the magazine Classical Singer’s University Competition, which gives out more than $2 million in cash prizes, university scholarships and summer program scholarships. She will compete in the second round in Los Angeles on May 20.

Ildar Khannanov, a Music Theory faculty member, has published an article, “Existential Signification: The Abyss Between Chopin’s Mazurkas, Op. 6, No. 1 and Op. 68, No. 4,” in the Russian journal Problemy Muzykal’noi  Nauki.

Jason Kim, a senior and cello student of Alison Wells, was selected to take part in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Mannes College The New School for Music, under the direction of Jamie Laredo. The seminar brought together 45 string players and 18 wind and brass players, ages 15–22, who performed at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 24 and 28.

Stacey Mastrian, who teaches singing in Italian and Italian song at the Conservatory, was a soloist from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 in performances of Luigi Nono’s opera Intolleranza at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She also covered the female lead.


Michael G. Plummer, the Eni Professor of International Economics at SAIS Bologna (on leave of absence) and head of the Development Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, will be a distinguished speaker at the Singapore Economic Review Conference 2011, to be held Aug. 4 to 6 in Singapore. The Singapore Economic Review is a leading journal in economics in Asia. More than 300 economists from nearly 40 countries are expected to attend the conference, whose past speakers include Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Edward Prescott, and editors of major economics journals. Author of several books and many articles on economic integration and trade, Plummer is also editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics and an international advisory board member of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin and World Development.


Norm Barker, an associate professor in Pathology and in Art as Applied to Medicine, and director of the Pathology Photography and Graphic Arts Laboratory, has been named by the BioCommunications Association to represent it on the board of the Journal of BioCommunication. Barker was honored in 2008 with BCA’s highest honor, the Louis Schmidt Award, for his outstanding contributions to the progress of communications in the life sciences. He also has received numerous awards at BCA’s BioImages, an annual juried competition for biomedical photographers.

Daniel Berkowitz, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and Robert Hienz, associate professor of behavioral biology, have been appointed to leadership posts in the National Space Biomedical Research Institute in Houston. Berkowitz will be associate leader of the NSBRI’s cardiovascular alterations team, helping to manage scientists at five institutions, including Johns Hopkins, work on six research projects seeking to determine the effect of long-duration spaceflight on the heart and blood vessels. Hienz, who is a member of the Behavioral Biology Research Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview, will be associate leader of the psychological factors team. He will help manage eight projects at five institutions, Johns Hopkins included, that seek to identify how stress and isolation affect crew health, safety and productivity during long-duration space missions.

Peter Burger, professor of pathology, neurosurgery and oncology and director of Surgical Neuropathology, has received the NeuroOncology Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University.

Michael Choti, professor of surgery and oncology, vice director of the Department of Surgery, and director of the Johns Hopkins Colorectal Center, has become president of the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology. The 950-member ISGIO is the first global educational organization committed to GI oncology and the only society dedicated to the multidisciplinary management of GI cancer.

Joshua M. Epstein, professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Identifying and Prioritizing New Preventive Vaccines for Development. Epstein will serve a 16-month term on the committee.

Steven Goodman, professor of oncology, epidemiology, pediatrics and biostatistics, has been appointed to the 15-member Methodology Committee of the new federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. PCORI was established under the federal health reform act to guide standards for accurately comparing medical treatments. It seeks to help caregivers and patients make health care decisions by facilitating the use of current outcomes research that specifically includes comparisons of various treatments.

Anthony Kalloo, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been named one of the 75 best gastroenterologists in America by Becker’s ASC Review, a Chicago-based publication that provides general news, analysis and insight on such specialties as gastroenterology, bariatrics, orthopedics/spine, neurosurgery, pain management, ophthalmology, ENT and anesthesiology. The list was created through extensive research and recommendations from around the nation. The top gastroenterologists are chosen for their leadership of the work of such organizations.

Petros Karakousis, assistant professor of medicine and international health, has received a four-year $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to use a systems biology approach—linking biologists, computer scientists and engineers—in Johns Hopkins’ Center for Tuberculosis Research to study the mechanisms of TB latency and reactivation.

Paul Ladenson, professor of endocrinology, medicine, pathology, oncology, radiology and international health, has been named director of JHM International’s Trinidad and Tobago Health Science Initiative diabetes outreach program. Ladenson succeeds Christopher Saudek, the prominent endocrinologist and pioneer of the implantable insulin pump, who died in October.

Jun Liu, professor of pharmacology, molecular sciences and oncology and director of the Johns Hopkins Drug Library, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award for his internationally recognized creativity in pharmacological research and discovery. The award carries a five-year $2.5 million research grant for Liu, who proposes designing and creating a new series of novel drugs. He has specialized in finding new uses for often-forgotten drugs.

Cynthia Salorio, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has received a $50,000 grant from the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development and the Maryland Biotech Center to help her develop the commercial potential of a programmable vibrating wristband she designed to treat neurological motor disorders. The noninvasive device aims to aid patients who have had an injury to the brain that results in hemiplegia, a condition marked by severe motor deficits on one side of the body. Salorio’s invention, called ArmAware, helps send signals to the brain that increase awareness of the affected arm and thereby foster long-term recovery.


Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs, has been recognized for her role in developing and advancing the field of simulation in nursing with a Presidential Citation from the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The presentation of the award was made at the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans in January. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare represents the largest-growing multiprofessional group of educators and researchers who use simulation techniques for education, testing and research in health care. More than 2,800 members aim to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care using methods that leverage simulation and its associated technologies to their fullest extent.


Earle Havens has been appointed the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare
Books and Manuscripts at the Sheridan Libraries.

Liz Mengel, head of Collection Management at the Sheridan Libraries, has been appointed a permanent member of the Association of Research Libraries’ Library Assessment Planning Committee.