April 18, 2011

Cheers — April 18, 2011


Ilene Browner, an instructor of geriatric oncology; Michael Crocetti, an assistant professor of pediatrics; and Judy Huang, an associate professor of neurosurgery, were inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence during the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium held April 26.

John Burton, the Mason F. Lord Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine, and Allan Gelber, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, were recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.


Benedict Dorsey, associate director of Financial Aid, recently wrote and directed his first feature film, The Human Web, which was nominated as one of the “Big 8” films at the San Diego Black Film Festival. It also was accepted into the North Carolina Film Festival.


Erin Chung, the Charles D. Miller Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies in the Department of Political Science, was awarded the William Holland Prize for the best article published in 2010 at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. Her article, which appeared in the December issue of Pacific Affairs, is called “Workers or Residents? Diverging Patterns of Immigrant Incorporation in Korea and Japan.”


Judah Adashi, a faculty member and DMA candidate, has received grants from Meet the Composer and the American Composers Forum in support of upcoming performances of his Songs and Dances of Macondo by the Quintet of the Americas. The woodwind quintet will perform the work May 11 at Symphony Space in New York.

Guitarist Petrit Ceku, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate, won the Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pa., on March 7 and performed later that week with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Artist Diploma candidate Ilyich Rivas, the second Baltimore Symphony Orchestra–Peabody Conducting Fellow, was one of the conductors of this year’s YouTube Symphony Grand Finale concert, held March 20 at the Sydney Opera House.

Master of Music candidate Ronaldo Rolim, a student of Benjamin Pasternack, won the Bosendorfer US-ASU International Piano Competition at Arizona State University in January.

Ten Peabody students were first-place winners in the Baltimore Music Club’s 2011 competition. The categories and performers are as follows. Professional age: Kyungwha Chu, piano; Eunice Lee, viola; and Elena Yakovleva, flute. One age: Shuang Liu, harp. Senior age: Hanol Lee, flute; Tian Lu, piano; and Dimitry Volkov, cello. Student age: Jennifer N. Campbell, piano; Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano; and Robert Sirois, bassoon.

Three students of Phyllis Bryn-Julson won prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Mid-Atlantic Regional Vocal Competition, held April 1 and 2 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. First-place for college senior went to Marie Marquis, also a student of William Sharp. Sarah Hayashi and Francesca Di Domenico placed second and third, respectively, in the college sophomore category.


Christina Harnett, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Safety Leadership and a licensed clinical psychologist, has been awarded the State of Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, the second-highest military medal issued in Maryland. Harnett received this honor for her “exceptional service to the warriors of the Maryland National Guard as they resume their civilian lives following deployment.”  Harnett has been providing the National Guard with behavioral health services for more than four years as a member of the Maryland Defense Force and a faculty member of the Maryland National Guard Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which helps transition soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She heads a team that developed the program’s resilience curriculum and provides ongoing reintegration training and support.


Edward Bernacki, associate professor of medicine, director of the Division of Occupational Medicine and executive director of Health, Safety and Environment, has received the Robert A. Kehoe Award of Merit from the American Occupational Health Conference. At Johns Hopkins since 1991, Bernacki has more than 30 years’ experience in managing occupational health and safety programs and has written many peer-reviewed articles for scientific publications.

James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, pediatrics and mental health, has received the Leon Eisenberg Award from the Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Program at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School in recognition of outstanding leadership and stewardship in the field. Eisenberg, a professor emeritus at Harvard when he died in 2009, was the former director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Harris received the award April 12 at Harvard and gave the inaugural Ludwik Szymanski lecture April 13 at departmental grand rounds at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Mouen Khashab, assistant professor and director of therapeutic endoscopy, has been named one of the top reviewers of 2010 for the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy’s monthly peer-reviewed journal, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, which is the leading international publication on the specialty. The most successful reviewers of articles receive the most assignments, and prior to his award, Khashab reviewed 19 articles over 14 months.

Jeffrey Rothstein, professor of neurology and director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, has been appointed director of the Brain Science Institute. He succeeds John “Jack” Griffin, founder of the four-year-old BSi, who will remain part of the institute’s leadership team. Richard Huganir, professor and director of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, will remain as BSi’s co-director.

Lillie Shockney, associate professor and administrative director of the Avon Foundation Breast Center, has received the 2010 National Award from the Amoena Corp. for outstanding contributions to the breast center industry. Shockney also has been named editor in chief of the new Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship and is serving on the Leadership Council of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.

Barbara Slusher, an associate professor of neurology and chief scientific officer for the Brain Science Institute NeuroTranslational Program, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Rev. Charles K. Riepe Alumni Award, given each year to a graduate of The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. It is the school’s highest honor. A 1982 graduate, Slusher is being recognized for her professional and personal achievement, which includes work as a community leader. She will receive the award at the school’s June 5 commencement, where she will be the keynote speaker.

Cornelia Trimble, an associate professor of gynecology/obstetrics, oncology and pathology, and director of the Cervical Dysplasia Center, will serve a four-year term on the Cancer Immunopathology and Immunotherapy Study Section of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review. Trimble will review and make recommendations on grant applications submitted to the NIH and will survey the state of immunology research. Her term begins July 1.


Jennifer Darragh, librarian for data services and government information, has been elected to the Regional Committee of the International Association for Social Sciences Information Services and Technology. Darragh is one of three members representing the United States, joining two from Europe and one from Canada. IASSIST is the primary organization for data librarians, data archivists and other data services professionals in the social sciences.

Ellen Keith, reference services coordinator and librarian for sociology, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Rachel S. Core Award, which was instituted by the Graduate Representative Organization to honor those who provide an outstanding contribution to the Homewood graduate student community.


Stephanie Reel, vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, has been named one of InformationWeek Healthcare’s top 25 leaders of the health care IT revolution.


Marc Donohue, a professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and vice dean for research, has been elected vice chair of the Council for Chemical Research’s board of directors; in that position, he will be responsible for organizing CCR’s annual meeting. In 2013, he will assume the position of board chair.

Joelle Frechette, an assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is one of only 21 recipients of the 2011 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, which recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their academic careers, demonstrate exceptional promise for doing creative research. Frechette’s award is given for her proposal “Understanding the Role of Hydrodynamic Forces on Wet Adhesion.”

Kalina Hristova, associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the inaugural Marlin U. Zimmerman Jr. Faculty Scholar. Faculty Scholar status, which is awarded for a three-year term, provides a senior assistant professor or associate professor who has exhibited exceptional achievement in their area of expertise with flexible financial support to promote their innovative research, teaching activities and entrepreneurial thinking. For Hristova, the award recognizes her research in the structure and assembly of biological membranes, including the structural principles that underlie membrane protein folding and signal transduction across biological membranes, and her contributions to teaching and mentoring. The award was established by the estate of Marlin U. Zimmerman, an alumnus who received his degree in chemical engineering in 1944 and went on to a distinguished career at Standard Oil of Ohio.