April 16, 2012

Cheers — April 16, 2012


Constantine Lyketsos, professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2012 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award. Lyketsos, also director of the Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, is a lifetime member of the association, which strives to enhance the knowledge and practice standards in geriatric psychiatry.



Kirsten Lum, of the Department of Biostatistics, and Henrik Salje, of the Department of Epidemiology, have submitted the winning proposals for this year’s Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award, presented by the departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The committee chose the two graduate students’ proposed research—in the area of environment and reproduction, and on the role for phylogeography in understanding the micro-scale dispersal dynamics of Dengue virus in Bangkok, respectively—as best exemplifying the award’s goal of fostering research and education at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology.



Mary Ellen Flaherty, registrar, has been named interim director of Academic Services. Flaherty will continue to have responsibility for the Office of the Registrar and, in her interim position, will oversee the Career Center, Pre-Professional Advising, and International and Scholar Services.

Ernie Larossa, associate athletics director for media relations and marketing, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Irving T. Marsh Award for the College Division, given by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Sports Information Directors Association. Larossa will be presented with the Marsh Award at the 2012 ECAC-SIDA Annual Workshop, to be held June 7 in Pittsburgh.

Tom McDermott has been named director of Student Financial Services. A 14-year employee of Johns Hopkins, McDermott served as the SAS implementation team leader for ISIS from 2001 to 2005. In 2007, he joined the Peabody Conservatory as director of Financial Aid and ISIS Systems, a position he held until returning to the Homewood campus in fall 2010 as deputy director of Student Financial Services. In that post, he has had primary responsibility for the development, management and oversight of the technology systems that undergird the annual assignment, delivery and reconciliation of university grant aid, as well as funds from federal, state and private loan sources.



Insidehopkinsmedicine.org, the intranet website designed and written by the Office of Marketing and Communications, received an honorable mention for Best Social Intranet in the 2011 Employee Communications Awards competition held by Lawrence Ragan Communications, a Chicago-based publisher of corporate communications, public relations and leadership development newsletters.



Lee Bone, an associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health who teaches in the Krieger School’s Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Crenson-Hertz Award for Community-Based Learning and Participatory Research. The award, established in honor of emeritus faculty members Neil Hertz and Matthew Crenson, is given annually to a faculty member whose dedication to community engagement, through teaching, academic program development and/or research, has enriched student learning and established meaningful community partnerships. Since 1999, Bone has taught Practicum in Community Health, a community-based learning course for undergraduates that has introduced hundreds of students to urban health issues in Baltimore City. Numerous students have become inspired to stay involved in the community as a result of their hands-on experiences during the course. She also offers a course called Health and Homelessness to senior Public Health Studies students through the School of Public Health.

Claude Guillemard, a senior lecturer in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, was recognized at a recent statewide conference co-sponsored by the Maryland-D.C. Campus Compact, the United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore Collegetown Network for her ongoing partnership with the Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School. Since 2009, Guillemard has taught French Teaching in the Public School, a community-based learning course that connects Johns Hopkins’ advanced-level-French students with students at the city school, providing the youth with basic lessons on French language and culture. The JHU students teach twice a week at the school and participate in a weekly reflection and preparation session.



The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group gave the world premiere of Livre des Sauvages by Conservatory faculty member Oscar Bettison on April 10 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Inspired by a mysterious book of pictographs, the work is in three movements: “Curious Fauna, Some of It Murderous,” “Alchemy or a New Religion” and “Treasure Ships and Heretical Ceremonies.”

Cellist Frances Borowsky and clarinetist Joel Weszka, both Master of Music candidates, and pianist Michael Delfin, a junior, won first place in the professional division of the Levine Chamber Music Competition in Washington, D.C. As winners, they performed April 4 on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and April 13 at the Bulgarian Embassy.

Faculty artist Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, will be the soloist with the revived Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural season on April 22 and 24. Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco will perform with the orchestra on May 4 and 6.

Master of Music candidate Yanbin Chen won third place in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition, held in March at George Mason University.

Pianist Victor Goldberg, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate studying with Alexander Shtarkman, presented concerts and master classes in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in February. On March 10, Goldberg made his Vienna debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus at a benefit concert for the Online Academy for Classical Music of Lions Club Vienna MozART, for which he serves as an executive professor.

Faculty artist Anthony McGill, clarinet, was one of three recipients of the inaugural Sphinx Medals of Excellence, honoring young black and Latino leaders in classical music. The awards were given March 15 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Preparatory alumnus Aaron P. Dworkin founded the Sphinx Organization to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music and to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos.

Donald Sutherland, who coordinates organ studies at the Conservatory, was in residence at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., for three days in March, teaching classes, giving a lecture-recital on Bach’s Orgelbuechlein and performing an all-Bach recital.

Students in the Conservatory’s Guitar Ensemble Program have been invited to perform in the Collegiate Guitar Ensemble Showcase during the Guitar Foundation of America’s Washington, D.C., Regional Symposium. The concert will take place April 29 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, Md.



Eliot Cohen, professor and director of the Strategic Studies Program, will receive the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York for his recent book, Conquered Into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War, during an event to be held in his honor April 19 in New York City.



Mariale Hardiman, assistant dean and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, has published a new book, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools. Designed to serve as a bridge between researchers and educators, the book offers teachers, from pre-K through higher education, practical ways to apply research to the teaching and learning process. Hardiman is a former Baltimore City Public Schools teacher and principal.



Hugh Calkins, professor of medicine, cardiology and pediatrics and director of the arrhythmia service, electrophysiology laboratory, tilt table diagnostic laboratory and the ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia) program, has been named president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society. The society is the leading professional group representing physicians and researchers in more than 70 countries who specialize in cardiac arrhythmia. Calkins also is the lead author of the 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, an international set of recommendations on research, patient selection, treatment and follow-up of patients with irregular heartbeats.

Mariam Fofana, a third-year student, is one of 15 medical students chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a two-week program to be held in June in New York, Germany and Poland. This trip is one of four FASPE programs designed to teach students about the contemporary ethical issues facing their professions by using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study.

Peter McDonnell, professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, was among the recipients of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award given to Ophthalmology Times for editorial excellence.  McDonnell is the chief medical editor of the publication. The award recognized the periodical’s reporting on the results of the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Trials and the reaction to them. Often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of the business media, the Neal awards are sponsored by American Business Media to honor business-to-business journalism.

Thomas Quinn, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Center for Global Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Notre Dame, from which he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1969, and will give the commencement address to the university’s graduate school degree recipients in May.

Pamela Zeitlin, professor of pediatrics, director of pulmonary medicine and co-director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, has received the American Thoracic Society’s 2012 Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D. Award. The honor recognizes outstanding women and leaders who have made significant contributions to the ATS in pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine.



Stephanie Reel, vice provost and CIO for information technologies for the university, and also vice president and CIO of information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been elected to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine. The Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to spotlight IT professionals who had provided significant contributions to, and profound influence on, the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role.



Steve H. Hanke, a professor of applied economics in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, will today receive a doctorate of economics, honoris causa, from Istanbul Kultur University in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions in the field of economics.