May 16, 2011

Cheers — May 16, 2011


Peter C. Agre, professor in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. The members represent all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service.


Chuck Willenborg, head tennis coach, was named the All-Centennial Conference’s Coach of the Year after leading the Johns Hopkins men’s team to its fifth consecutive and sixth overall conference title.


Howie Gwon has been named senior director of the Office of Emergency Management. Since August 2006, Gwon has served as the administrator of Emergency Management for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine and Howard County General Hospital.


Irene Gage has been appointed assistant professor of radiation oncology and oncology in the School of Medicine and regional medical director of oncology for the Johns Hopkins National Capital Region. Gage served on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine full-time faculty from 1994 to 1998 in Radiation Oncology and held part-time appointments in Oncology and Radiation Oncology from 1998 to 2006. From 1999 to 2010, she was chief of service and chairman of Radiation Oncology at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Michael Carducci, the Aegon Professor of Oncology in the School of Medicine, has been appointed the regional research director of oncology for the Johns Hopkins National Capital Region. Carducci has been on the School of Medicine faculty since 1995 and is currently director of the Prostate Cancer Research Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Danielle Dubois, a doctoral candidate in the Humanities Center, has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. Dubois’ dissertation, “Reflections on Practice: Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls,” examines the ontological, spiritual and ethical themes in the author’s work. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each fellow receives a 12-month award of $25,000.

Richard L. Kagan, professor in the Department of History, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, whose membership comprises top scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. The country’s first learned society, the APS was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and others; among its early members were George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.


Five Johns Hopkins students have been awarded Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for summer study. Approximately 575 U.S. students will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 14 countries where these languages are spoken. The students and their languages and countries are as follows: Justin Chen, SPH, Bangla/Bengali, Bangladesh; Ethan Doyle, KSAS, Russian, Russia; Rachel LeCover, WSE, Arabic, Morocco; Elena McGovern, SAIS, Arabic, Morocco; and Thomas Rickers, SAIS, Persian, Tajikistan. CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.


Juniors David Diehl, a student of John Shirley-Quirk’s, and Julianne McCarthy, a student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson’s, gave a vocal recital May 14 at the Lightner Museum’s Restoration Gala in St. Augustine, Fla. The program featured works by early-20th-century composers, mirroring the art showcased in the museum.

Harpist Jasmine Hogan, a senior, was awarded a Fulbright grant to transcribe Chinese harp (konghou) music for the modern pedal harp and study Chinese traditional instruments. Hogan, who took Mandarin classes at Johns Hopkins, will spend nine months in China, affiliated with the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She also received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Baltimore Rotary Club and Rotary District 7620, and performed April 30 at the District Conference.

Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Jee In Hwang and junior Sejoon Park, both students of Boris Slutsky’s, have been chosen as semifinalists in the 58th Annual Washington International Competition for Piano. They will compete May 27 at The George Washington University, and the finals will take place May 28 at the Kennedy Center.

Violist Christian Kazmierski, a junior studying with Stephen Wyrczynski, won the 2011 Durham (N.C.) Symphony Young Artists Competition and played the Walton Viola Concerto with the orchestra on March 6.

Master of Music candidate Mary-Lacey Rogers, a student of Stanley Cornett’s, will be an opera administration resident artist with the Minnesota Opera for two years, starting in August. She will be a member of the chorus and will be considered for supporting roles.

In April, Q2—part of Classical 105.9 WQXR—and NPR Music launched a project to determine listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40. Making the list, compiled from comments on Facebook, Twitter and the Q2 and NPR Music websites, were Theory faculty member Joel Puckett and Composition faculty member Kevin Puts.

Conservatory students swept the Friday Morning Music Club’s voice competition for the 2011 Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Scholarship. Freshman Alexandra Razskazoff won first place; junior Michael Maliakel, second; and junior Peter Drackely, third. FMMC has been promoting classical music in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 120 years.


Patrick Brown, assistant professor of pediatric oncology, has received a research scholar grant for four years of funding, totaling $720,000, from the American Cancer Society to improve the outcome for childhood leukemia with targeted epigenetic therapy. Brown’s research focuses on developing new treatments that are just as effective as present ones against the disease but less toxic to the patient, ultimately resulting in significant improvements in the cure rates for children diagnosed with leukemia.

Peter Gehlbach, associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and of biomedical engineering at the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, has been named to the board of trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.

Jeffrey Palmer, professor and director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and functional anatomy and evolution, has been elected secretary of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. He has served as member at large for the past four years. The AAP is the major organization for physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation) involved in research and teaching. It was founded in 1967 to serve as the national organization of physiatrists who are affiliated with medical schools.

Jeffrey Palmer and Sara Palmer, a psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, are the authors of When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Spouse, Yourself and Your Marriage, published in April by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Thomas Quinn, professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, has received the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association’s 2011 Thomas A. Parran Award, which is presented annually to a member for long and distinguished contributions in the field of STD research and prevention.

Charles M. Rudin, associate director for clinical research and co-director of the Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a 2011 Caring for Carcinoid Foundation–AACR Grant for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research. These two-year grants, totaling $250,000 ($125,000 per year), support junior and senior investigators as they develop and study new ideas and innovative approaches that have direct application and relevance to carcinoid tumors or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Rudin’s research group focuses on novel cancer therapeutic development. One of the approaches in which they have been most interested is the use of a small RNA virus that can selectively infect and destroy certain cancers, especially cancers with neuroendocrine features.

Lillie D. Shockney, administrative director of the Breast Cancer Center, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer, associate professor in the departments of Surgery and of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and also an associate professor in the School of Nursing, was inducted April 28 into the Nu Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Jacquelyn C. Campbell, the Anna D. Wolf Professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, has received the Academy on Violence Abuse Distinguished Scholar Award for advancing education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse. Distinguished Scholar is the highest honor that AVA extends to its academic community.

Martha N. Hill, dean, received an honorary Doctor of Public Health degree from Flinders University on April 14 in Adelaide, Australia. Flinders and the JHU School of Nursing have been collaborating to strengthen the research and educational programs at both institutions. This degree recognizes Hill’s contribution and service to the discipline of nursing, to Flinders University and to the goal of this collaboration.