March 26, 2012

Cheers — March 26, 2012


Bruce Leff, professor and medical director of the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly, has been named chair of the American College of Physicians’ Council of Subspecialty Societies. Leff, also named to the ACP’s board of regents, will work on establishing the ACP as a leading voice for internal medicine practitioners.



Thomas A. Glass has been promoted to professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Alyssa Frazee and Hilary Parker are this year’s recipients of the Helen Abbey Award, established by friends, faculty, colleagues and former students of Abbey’s in celebration of her long tenure in the Department of Biostatistics. The award honors a Biostatistics student for excellence in teaching.



Francis Burch Jr., chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine and global co-chairman of DLA Piper, a Baltimore-based international law firm, has received Maryland’s 2012 Governor’s International Leadership Award. Burch was honored for his achievements in the worldwide legal field, as well as his many professional and civic contributions in Maryland and abroad.



Lawrence Patrick has been named CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre. Patrick, who has led Johns Hopkins subsidiaries and affiliates in the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East for more than a decade, will now focus on developing and implementing a plan that ensures the center’s continued success. He succeeds Alex Chang, CEO and medical director for the past nine years, who now will serve as executive medical director, focusing his attention on development of the clinical services.



Matthew Porterfield, a lecturer in the Film and Media Studies program and an award-winning filmmaker, was selected as an exhibitor in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which opened March 1. His film Putty Hill will be screened at the New York museum eight times from May 2 to May 6.

Adam Riess, professor of physics and astronomy, was honored by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates on Feb. 23 for his receipt of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics. Resolutions of congratulations were passed by each chamber in his honor. Following their visit to the Legislature, Riess and his wife, Nancy, met with Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Courtney Sender, an MFA graduate student in the Writing Seminars, has won a writing contest sponsored by the Book Wish Foundation, a literacy charity. To promote its new anthology, What You Wish For, proceeds from which support library development in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad, Africa, the foundation asked readers to write essays about the short stories in the book. Sender’s essay about “Nell,” a story contributed by Newbery medalist Karen Hesse, won her a manuscript critique by the author’s former editor, literary agent Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.



Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego, and Crystal Watkins-Johansson, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s Molecular Psychology Program, have been named to The Daily Record’s list of Top 100 Women. The winners were selected by a panel of business leaders based on professional accomplishment, community involvement and commitment to mentoring. Mancuso is a Circle of Excellence inductee, a recognition that she has been named to the list three times. The women will be honored May 7 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

A team of five students in the MBA/MS in Biotechnology degree program offered jointly by the Carey Business School and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences received an honorable mention at the third annual Biotechnology Conference and Case Competition held in February at Wake Forest University. Ray Ahmed, David Auerbach, Mario Morken, Matthew Pietras and Julie Poore were the only students in the competition who attend graduate school while working full time.



Deborah A. Brautigam has been appointed full professor, with tenure, in the Department of International Development and Comparative Politics and as director of the International Development Program, effective July 1.

Daria Mizza, senior foreign language IT specialist and acting coordinator of the French Program, has been nominated for induction into the Italian-American National Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to the promotion of outstanding contributions by Italians to their community and the country. Mizza will be inducted, along with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, at a ceremony to be held May 5 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Frederick Starr, chair of the Central Asia–Caucasus Institute and a research professor, was recognized by Southern Living magazine as a Hero of the New South in recognition of his work to preserve and advance the region’s tradition. Starr was named runner-up in the Architecture category for his two-decade effort to restore the “barely inhabitable” 1826 Lombard Plantation house in New Orleans and turn it into the cornerstone of a neighborhood renaissance. Winner of the category was The American College of Building Arts, which was founded in 2004 in Charleston, S.C.

Four SAIS communications efforts were honored in the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. Gold awards were given to Summer Programs’ 2011 promotional materials for Best Direct Mail Advertising Campaign by a Graduate School and to This Moment for Best Video Viewbook by a Graduate School. The 2010 issue of SAISPHERE, whose focus was demography, took the Silver award for Best Internal Publication by a Graduate School. And SAIS’ official Facebook page won a Merit honorable mention for Best New Media by a Graduate School.



Michael R. Sandler, president of the Education Industry Association and president and CEO of the Education Industry Group, has been appointed as a visiting fellow. Sandler, a lifeline entrepreneur, has built a career in both education and business. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Sandler established several businesses including Marsan Industries, which merged with ITT Corp., and Auto Part Distributors. While a senior fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he studied the relationship between education, business and government. He recently wrote the book Social Entrepreneurship in Education: Private Ventures for the Public Good.



Lawrence Appel, professor of medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has received the 2012 National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science, awarded jointly by the American Federation for Medical Research, the Association for Clinical Research Training, the Association for Patient Oriented Research and the Society for Clinical and Translational Science.

Lee Randol Barker is to be appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine, effective upon his retirement on July 1.

John Bartlett, professor and former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the first Super Hero Award from AIDS Action Baltimore, the oldest HIV service organization in Maryland. The award, given at the group’s 25th anniversary celebration on March 25, was presented to Bartlett by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Bartlett is an internationally renowned authority on AIDS and other infectious diseases.

Frederick Brancati, professor of medicine and epidemiology and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been named Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine. Such a designation is given to select senior faculty to recognize their exemplary service. Brancati is an internationally recognized expert on the epidemiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes and related conditions.

Gregory B. Diette has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Allen D. Everett has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

Ephraim J. Fuchs has been promoted to professor of oncology.

Junjie U. Guo, a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Cell Engineering, and Christopher Shoemaker, a doctoral candidate in molecular biology and genetics, are among 13 North American recipients of the 2012 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which is sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Nominations are solicited internationally, and winners are selected on the basis of the quality, originality and significance of their work. The recipients will participate in a scientific symposium May 4 at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle.

Christine A. Iacobuzio-Donahue has been promoted to professor of pathology, oncology and surgery.

David E. Kern is to be promoted to professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine, effective upon his retirement from the full-time faculty on June 30.

Landon King, the David Marine Professor of Medicine and vice dean for research for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been appointed to the Maryland Economic Development Commission by Gov. Martin O’Malley. MEDC is tasked with establishing policies to create a competitive economic climate for business growth to compete more vigorously in the global marketplace.

Pamela Lipsett, professor of surgery, has received the 2012 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. The award is bestowed on a female physician who has made exceptional contributions to medical science, especially in women’s health. Lipsett is the immediate past president of the 15,000-member Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Surgical Infection Society. She is the author of more than 150 articles and chapters in the medical literature.

Elizabeth Good Mazhari, director of Technology Transfer, has been appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the nine-member authority that will oversee the start of InvestMaryland, an initiative to funnel millions of state dollars to start-ups.

Atul Nakhasi, a second-year medical student, has received an American Medical Association Foundation 2012 Leadership Award. Nakhasi was among 30 medical students recognized for outstanding nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education. Nakhasi’s accomplishments include work for Washington, D.C., organizations analyzing the potential impact of the new health care reform law and co-founding an innovative social health network that was praised by former President Bill Clinton as a key idea for battling obesity and improving health nationwide

Frances J. Northington has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

Richard E. Rothman has been promoted to professor of emergency medicine.

Wayne P. Silverman has been appointed and simultaneously promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Mark S. Sulkowski has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Patrick Walsh, Distinguished Service Professor of Urology and former director of the Brady Urological Institute, has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Francis Amory Prize. Awarded since 1940, the Amory Prize recognizes major advances in reproductive biology and medical care. Walsh is renowned for developing and refining a unique, nerve-sparing surgery for prostate cancer and assisting urologists worldwide to master its techniques.

Levi Watkins Jr., associate dean for postdoctoral affairs and professor of cardiac surgery, has received the inaugural Watkins-Saunders Award from the Baltimore chapter of the American Heart Association. The award, named for Watkins and the award’s co-recipient, Elijah Saunders, of the University of Maryland, honors Watkins’ and Saunders’ pioneering excellence in cardiovascular care. Watkins, who was Johns Hopkins’ first African-American chief resident in cardiac surgery, performed the world’s first implantation of an automatic defibrillator in a human. Watkins also recently received a Trumpet Award for medicine, bestowed by the Atlanta-based Trumpet Foundation. The award recognizes the achievements of Americans in various fields who have inspired success in others.



Maryann F. Fralic, a professor in Health Systems and Outcomes, and director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, has been named the recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her long-term efforts to shape the future of the nursing profession and cultivate nursing leadership. The award honors a member who is recognized by the nursing community as a significant leader in the profession and has served the organization in an important leadership capacity, demonstrating by his or her professional and personal example the qualities of leadership and service to the nursing profession. Fralic, who holds joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School, received the award March 22 at the AONE 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition, held in Boston.



Sayeed Choudhury, associate dean for research data management and the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, has been named recipient of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library Technology. The award, co-sponsored by OCLC and the Library & Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work that shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data are manipulated and managed. He will receive the award June 24 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums, has been awarded the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. The announcement noted Tabb’s “decades-long support for balanced copyright law, advancement of library and user copyright exceptions worldwide and commitment to an international copyright law to support the information needs of people with print disabilities.” The Patterson Copyright Award recognizes contributions of an individual or group that pursues and supports the constitutional purpose of the U.S. Copyright Law, fair use and the public domain. The award, sponsored by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and its Copyright Advisory Committee, will be presented to Tabb in June at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.



Aris Melissaratos, senior adviser to the president for enterprise development, was named Person of the Year by Corridor Inc., a business and political newsmagazine focusing on the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Melissaratos was selected by reader votes from 21 nominees. He received the award Feb. 16 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve at a ceremony attended by nearly 300 business leaders and lawmakers.



Margarita Herrera-Alonso, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received an NSF CAREER Award, which recognizes the highest levels of excellence and promise in early-career scholars and teachers. Herrera-Alonso’s CAREER funding will support her goal of better understanding the structure and property relationships of new polymers inspired by nature. Her research will enable these building blocks to be used in the context of other bio-inspired materials applications, such as drug carrier design.

Megan Howie has been appointed associate dean for development and alumni relations, following a national search. Howie, who has been serving as interim associate dean, joined Johns Hopkins in 2001 as development program coordinator and later was named assistant director, senior associate director and director for development.

Andre Levchenko has been promoted to professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.