January 23, 2012

Cheers — January 23, 2012


Leah Ramsay has joined the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics as a science writer to manage communications and news media relations. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Washington, D.C., where she most recently handled media and public relations for the advocacy organization DC Vote. Previously she worked in documentary production for National Geographic, the Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Networks, and as a writer online for DC Style and Metromix.com. A graduate of the Catholic University of America with a degree in media studies, Ramsay also worked with prominent independent filmmakers in Washington, helping to produce Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg with Aviva Kempner and interning with Charles Guggenheim on his final film, Berga: Soldiers of Another War.



Joseph Carrese, associate professor of medicine and chair of the Bayview Ethics Committee, has received the 2011 Presidential Citation Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. A member of the ASBH’s Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee, Carrese was honored for his dedication to the important work of the committee, whose other members also received the award.

Colleen Christmas, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Internal Medical Residency Program; Ginette Hinds, assistant professor and director of the Department of Dermatology; and Timothy Wang, associate professor and medical director of Dermatology, were named Hometown Heroes by the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce. They were honored for their “extraordinary” Christmas Eve 2010 house call to an elderly man’s home to perform surgery on a skin cancer tumor after it was determined that it would be too risky to transport the frail patient to the medical center.

Michael Smith, associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Behavioral Sleep Program, and Janelle Coughlin, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program, have been named to head the new Johns Hopkins Center for Behavior and Health. CBH, based at Bayview, will focus on overcoming one of medicine’s biggest current challenges: changing patients’ dietary choices, sedentary lifestyles, sleeping habits and other behaviors in order to prevent illness and better manage health. Smith will be director and Coughlin associate director of CBH, a collaboration of the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics.



Jeff Goldsmith, Yang Ning and Russell “Taki” Shinohara, all Biostatistics doctoral students, have been recognized with Student Travel Awards for papers to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the International Biometrics Society/Eastern North American Region, to be held in April in Washington, D.C. The winning papers and their authors were “Corrected Confidence Bands for Functional Data Using Principal Components” (Goldsmith), “Bias Correction and Likelihood Based Inference under Model Misspecification” (Ning) and “Alternating Event Processes During Lifetimes: Population Dynamics and Statistical Inference” (Shinohara).



Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named to a new 12-member President’s Advisory Council for Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. The executive leadership group will advise the university’s president, Mary Pat Seurkamp, on issues related to Notre Dame’s recent transition from a college to a university and also provide counsel for the search and leadership transition for a new president to be named this year.



Andrew Cherlin, the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy and Sociology in the Department of Sociology, has been named a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, a status that recognizes him as one of the country’s most influential and productive family scholars. In making the announcement, NCFR said, “Dr. Cherlin is considered among the most prominent experts and pioneers in the field of family studies. His work is accessible to family professionals and lay audiences. Dr. Cherlin is a recognized authority on divorce, remarriage, stepfamilies, cohabitation, family trends, poverty and child well-being.” Cherlin received his bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written many popular books and more than 80 scholarly articles.



Adrian Dobs, professor of medicine and of oncology and vice director of the Department of Medicine for faculty development, has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network. She succeeds Charles Balch, professor of surgery and oncology and dermatology, who retired. JHCRN is an integrated network of academic and community-based clinical researchers established within the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Its purpose is to improve patient care by accelerating the adoption of diagnostic, treatment and disease-prevention advances.

Todd Dorman, professor and vice chair for critical care in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has been promoted to senior associate dean for education coordination. He will remain associate dean of continuing medical education, and an assistant dean and director of CME will be hired to join the leadership team.

Francis Giardiello, professor of medicine, oncology and pathology and director of the Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Program, and Anthony Kalloo, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, have been named to the Becker’s ASC Review list of the 125 leading gastroenterologists in the United States. Those selected to appear on the list lead their field in clinical and research efforts. Becker’s ASC Review features general business, legal and clinical guidance on a variety of medical topics.

Bruce Leff, professor of medicine, has been elected chair of the American College of Physicians’ Council of Subspecialty Societies. Leff, a geriatrician, also became a member of the ACP’s board of regents.

Atul Nakhasi, a first-year medical student, has received an American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award. Presented in association with Pfizer Inc., the award recognizes strong nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and/or education. Nakhasi serves on the AMA’s Committee on Legislation and Advocacy.

Robert Siliciano, professor of medicine and of molecular biology and genetics, has received a Research in Action Award from Treatment Action Group, one of the leading AIDS research advocacy organizations. Also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Siliciano was honored for his discoveries about HIV, which have changed the way treatment for it is given.



Jacob Khurgin, a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. The fellowship program recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or have made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. According to the APS citation, Khurgin was elected a fellow for his “diverse contributions to understanding the underlying physics and improving the performance of numerous electronic and optical devices, such as semiconductor second-order nonlinear optical generators, intersubband semiconductor lasers and Raman oscillators, slow light and plasmonic devices.”

Christian Davies-Venn, an instructor in the Engineering for Professionals program, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. His term began Jan. 1. He is slated to serve as the academy’s president-elect in 2013 and as its president in 2014. Davies-Venn is vice president and chief engineer of PEER Consultants, based in Washington, D.C. At Johns Hopkins, he teaches courses in principles of water and wastewater treatment, and water and wastewater treatment plant design, in the Environmental Engineering, Science and Management master’s degree program. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Sierra Leone and his master’s and doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Arkansas, respectively.