June 20, 2011

Cheers — June 20, 2011


Parul Christian has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of International Health.

Margaret Daniele Fallin has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Epidemiology.



Caroline Block, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, is one of eight doctoral students in the United States and Israel to have received a grant from Targum Shlishi to support research for dissertations on topics related to Jewish studies. Block’s dissertation is titled “The Spirit of Tradition and the Institution of Authority: Knowledge and Community in American Orthodox Women’s Talmud Programs.”

Wendy Spivak, assistant dean for financial operations, has been named interim senior associate dean for finance and administration. Spivak came to the university in 1987 and in 1989 joined the Dean’s Office of the Krieger School, where she was promoted to senior director of finance in 2002. In 2008, she was named assistant dean for financial operations, managing the budget process, ongoing financial reporting, sponsored research, and pre- and post-award activities.



Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO, is a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Maryland Award program, which recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Winners will be announced at a gala event on June 23 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.



Cheryl Lim, a doctor of musical arts candidate, won second prize in the Central Ohio Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, held in April in Columbus. Lim’s teacher, Marina Piccinini, was the featured guest artist at COFA’s Flute Fair.

Ivan Moshchuk, a sophomore, presented a paper on the music of Rachmaninoff at the International Theory Conference in Kharkov, Ukraine, in April. He received a Peabody Career Development grant to attend. His theory teacher, Ildar Khannanov, also participated, presenting a paper on neo-Riemannian and Schenkerian approaches to Rachmaninoff’s harmony.

Tempesta di Mare, a Philadelphia-based baroque orchestra led by faculty artists Gwyn Roberts, recorder, and Richard Stone, lute, toured Germany in April. Other faculty artists in the ensemble are Stephen Bard, baroque oboe, and Adam Pearl, harpsichord.

Gary Thomas, director of Jazz Studies and tenor saxophone, performed on Komeda: The Innocent Sorcerer, which received the 2011 Fryderyk Award for best jazz album of the year in Poland. Recorded in Warsaw in 2009, the CD features arrangements by saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk of works by Krzyzstof Komeda (1931–69), who wrote the scores for several Roman Polanski films.



Paul Carroll, lieutenant colonel and professor, has been named director of the Military Science Department.



Fouad Ajami, professor, was honored on June 6 with the 13th annual Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, a prize presented annually by News Corp. In announcing the award, the New York Post, part of News Corp., said, “From his perch as director of Middle Eastern Studies at the Nitze School at Johns Hopkins University, and in stirring columns in The Wall Street Journal, Ajami has advocated a vigorous U.S. role abroad and helped illuminate the roiling first months of the nascent Arab Spring.” The $20,000 award is named in honor of The Post’s late editorial-page editor.

Anna Ottani Cavina, adjunct professor of Italian art history at SAIS Bologna, was named Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France’s minister of culture, Frederic Mitterrand, on May 28 at Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, France.



Dwight E. Bergles has been promoted to professor of neuroscience.

Xu Cao has been appointed to the Lee H. Riley Endowed Professorship of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective retroactive to July 1, 2009.

Karen Carroll, professor of pathology and medicine, and director of the Division of Medical Microbiology in the Department of Pathology, has received the American Society of Microbiology’s BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology. This award honors a distinguished scientist for research accomplishments that form the foundation for important applications in clinical microbiology. Carroll’s work focuses on the diagnosis and epidemiology of health care–associated infections, especially Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Charley C. Della Santina has been promoted to professor in Oncology–Head and Neck Surgery, with a secondary promotion in Biomedical Engineering.

Frank J. Frassica has been appointed to the Frank J. Frassica, M.D., Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Justin Hanes has been appointed to the Lewis J. Ort Chair in Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology, effective July 1.

John W. Krakauer has been appointed and simultaneously promoted to professor in the Department of Neurology, with a secondary appointment in Neuroscience, effective retroactive to Oct. 1, 2010.

Michael A. Kraut has been promoted to professor in Radiology, with a secondary promotion in Oncology.

Robert Kurman, professor of gynecology and obstetrics, oncology and pathology, and head of the Division of Gynecologic Pathology, has received a multi-million-dollar Ovarian Cancer Research Program Consortium Award from the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Initial funding for Kurman’s consortium, which consists of Johns Hopkins and 10 other research universities, institutes or centers, is $9.5 million and could go up to $12 million, depending on future appropriations. Kurman was among five finalists for the award. The research will focus on identifying precisely where high-grade serous carcinomas originate, a finding that will aid in developing strategies for preventing these deadly cancers.

Andrew P. Lane has been promoted to professor in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Craig Montell, professor of biological chemistry and a member of the Center for Sensory Biology in the school’s Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, has received an honorary degree from Baylor College in recognition of his career accomplishments and leadership in the scientific community. Montell in 1989 identified the TRP channel, which, since its discovery, has transformed our understanding as to how animals, ranging from insects to humans, sense their environments. More recently, Montell and his team have found that TRP channels are required for sensing insect repellents, opening the door for using TRP channels as a way to test new chemicals for their ability to control insect pests that spread malaria and other infectious diseases.

James B. Potash has been promoted to professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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

Stuart C. Ray has been promoted to professor in Medicine and Oncology.

Frederick “Fritz” Sieber has been promoted to professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

Bruce J. Trock has been promoted to professor in Urology.



Rachel Klimmek, a doctoral student, has received financial support from the John A. Hartford Foundation through its Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity initiative. Klimmek has been awarded $98,481 over the next two years to complete her research, “Understanding the Work of Transitional Cancer Survivorship for Rural African-American Elders and Their Caregivers.”

Marie T. Nolan, professor and chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was named president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, for a four-year term effective May 11.

Cynda Hylton Rushton has been promoted to professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. A faculty member since 1995, Rushton also holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and is a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care and director of the Master’s Program, was presented with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 2011 Outstanding Policy Award at the annual NONPF meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. The award is given to nurse practitioners who lead in policy development, advocate for nurse practitioner–related legislation, lead policy implementation and are politically active in legislation related to advanced practice registered nurses.



Kalina Hristova has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1.

Marc Ostermeier has been promoted to professor, from tenured associate professor, in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1.