May 21, 2012

For the Record: Cheers


Alicia Arbaje, an assistant professor of medicine and associate director of Transitional Care Research, has received a two-year grant from the National Patient Safety Foundation to pursue her proposed research on the “Identification and Validation of Risks to Patient Safety During Care Transitions of Older Adults Receiving Skilled Home Health Care Services After Hospital Discharge.” Typically, grants from this foundation are $100,000 for each year.

Richard G. Bennett, a professor of geriatric medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Bayview, and Andreas Barth, an internal medicine resident, have been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. AOA members are chosen based on leadership among their peers, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine and a commitment to service in the community. Bennett is renowned for his scholarship in geriatrics and his creative program building in academic medicine. Barth has a remarkable record of scientific publications in molecular cardiology.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Health and Wellness News has received a second-place Award of Merit in the annual Alfred Knight Awards competition sponsored by the Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.


Yea-Jen Hsu, a postdoctoral researcher in Health Policy and Management, has been named one of the first recipients of AcademyHealth’s Presidential Scholarships for New Health Services Researchers. The scholarship provides early career researchers with financial support to attend AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting and offers exclusive networking and mentoring opportunities with its leadership and staff.


Hope Marsh has been named director of Benefits and Wellness for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Previously director of Employee Benefits at Bayview Medical Center, Marsh brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role, with more than 25 years of experience in human resources, 16 of them at the medical center. Under the new integrated human resources model, Marsh will oversee benefits for the entire health system, while continuing her oversight of Bayview’s health and wellness programs. She is co-chair of the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Association Benefits Committee.

Howard Reel, senior director of facilities, design and construction, has been named the Architects, Contractors and Engineer society’s first Man of the Year. ACE provides mentorships to high school students who show interest in industries related to architecture, contracting and engineering. Reel, who was construction manager for the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, has been a much-admired ACE mentor.

Marketing and Communications offices at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Johns Hopkins Healthcare, Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine all have received 2012 Aster Awards for excellence in health care communications and marketing. Marketing Healthcare Today magazine’s Aster Awards program is one of the largest national competitions of its kind, with nearly 3,000 entries received for the judges’ consideration this year. The Johns Hopkins winners include a gold award in the academic medical center external newsletter category for Johns Hopkins Bayview Health & Wellness News; gold awards for the TeleWatch Monitoring System introductory packet pocket folder and the Step Up and Get Your Check-Up logo produced by Johns Hopkins Healthcare; a silver award for New Directions, the external newsletter published by Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital; and a silver award for Johns Hopkins Medicine: The Promise of Medicine, the academic medical center advertising campaign for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition, videos produced by the office received one silver, the highest honor, and five bronze Telly Awards, the top accolade for local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and Web commercials. The Telly Awards receives more than 11,000 entries annually from all 50 states and overseas. The winning videos are: silver, The New Birthing Center; and bronze, Spirit of Innovation: Heart & Vascular Institute, Neurosurgery: Sharon’s Story, Craniosynostosis: Jack’s Story, Liver Cancer Patient Goes the Distance: Marvin Leventer and Salt Shakedown.


Twenty individuals and two groups were honored on May 3 with Diversity Recognition Awards, which acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff and students whose demonstrable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusiveness in the Johns Hopkins culture and environment. Recognized at the event were Mohammad Arefnia, Monica Batkis-O’Donnell, Renee Blanding, Colleen Christmas, Darcy Thompson and Laura Torres, all of Bayview Medical Center; Sarah Clever, Anthony Kalloo, Xiaoxu Kang, Sandra Lin, Kelli McDowell and Maria Trent, all of the School of Medicine; Paul Gleichauf, of Howard County General Hospital; Marian Hahn, of the Peabody Conservatory; Linda Kress, Victor McCrary and Karla Maria Roncal, all of APL; Phyllis Sharps, of the School of Nursing; Aristea Williams, of the School of Education; Jennifer Reesman, of the Kennedy Krieger Institute; Open Minds Open Doors co-creators Misty Hechinger and Michael Moreno, both of APL; and the General Services Leadership Team of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.


George Economas has been appointed interim senior director for corporate security, parking and transportation. Economas, who is director of internal security for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a 31-year veteran in the security field. He will hold the senior directorship until a successor to John Bergbower, who died suddenly and tragically in April, can be found.


John Ferry, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was named a 2012 fellow of the American Geophysical Union for his contributions to metamorphic geology and fluid-mediated processes in the Earth’s crust.


Eight students from Johns Hopkins are among 575 undergraduate and graduate students who have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study critical languages this summer. The students and their schools, languages and host countries are Rachel Forse, Bloomberg School, Urdu, India; Tsega Gebreyesus, Bloomberg School, Arabic, Jordan; Lorraine Hammer, SAIS, Chinese, China; Jennifer Lam, Bloomberg School, Hindi, India; Geoffrey Levin, SAIS, Arabic, Morocco; Jacqueline Morea, Krieger School, Arabic, Oman; Madeleine Schlefer, Bloomberg School, Indonesian, Indonesia; and Cheryl Zogg, Bloomberg School, Bangla/Bengali, Bangladesh.


Junior Gabriel Meza, a student of Keng-Yuen Tseng, won first prize in the school’s William Marbury Prize Competition for undergraduate violin majors. He performed the Marbury Prize Recital on April 22 with pianist Michael Delfin, also a junior. Second prize was shared by junior Jason Chen, a student of Herbert Greenberg, and sophomore Orin Laursen, a student of Victor Danchenko.

Boris Slutsky, chair of the Conservatory’s Piano Department, will serve on the jury of the Southeastern Piano Festival at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He also will perform at the festival, on June 13.

As part of a residency at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Eastern Edge Brass—trumpeters Austin Boyer and Emily Korth, hornist Liz Fryer, trombonist Frances Yu and bass trombonist Joe Buono—perform every Sunday at the 9 and 11 a.m. services.


Mark Gilbert will join SAIS Bologna as a professor of history and international studies in September. He previously was an associate professor of contemporary international history at the University of Trento, a lecturer in European studies at the University of Bath and an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College. Gilbert obtained his doctorate in contemporary history from the University of Wales. His most recent book is European Integration: A Concise History (2012). He is currently working on the history of the Cold War in Europe. Gilbert is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Margel Lindzey Highet has joined SAIS Bologna as director for student affairs. Highet, a SAIS alumna (Bologna 1985, Washington 1986), was previously associate director of the Energy, Resources and Environment Program at SAIS in Washington and earlier worked in the environmental nonprofit sector.

Kathryn Knowles has been appointed associate director of the European Studies Program. A SAIS alumna (Bologna 2001, Washington 2002), Knowles returned to the school in 2011 to help launch the Bologna Institute for Policy Research, a new think tank. Her professional expertise is focused in international business development in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She earned her undergraduate degree in public policy from Stanford University.

Filippo Taddei will join the SAIS Bologna resident faculty as assistant professor of international economics in October. He earned his doctorate in economics from Columbia University and has lectured at Collegio Carlo Alberto and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His numerous economic consultancies have included the FIAT Group, The World Bank and Citigroup Inc., USA.


Frazier Bell has been named executive director of the Stocks in the Future program, which is dedicated to improving the school performance of middle school students through the teaching of financial life skills. Bell was previously director of strategy and development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, spent eight years with Wachovia Bank in Virginia and was a high school biology/oceanography teacher in Northern Virginia and at an inner city charter school in New Haven, Conn. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a master’s in teaching from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hampden-Sydney College.


Ali Elbireer, administrative director of the Department of Pathology’s laboratory at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, since 2004, has been appointed that East African nation’s first American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification adviser. The ASCP is the largest and oldest pathology and laboratory medicine society in the world, and its BOC is the main agency for certifying laboratory professionals. By ensuring that lab workers in Uganda have ASCP certification, Elbireer will help promote proper training and career advancement for lab staff, as well as increase the country’s retention of medical laboratory professionals.

Peter Pronovost, a professor, senior vice president for patient safety and quality, and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of 2012’s 50 most influential physician executives in health care. This is his second appearance on the Chicago-based publication’s list, moving up to No. 19, nine spots higher than his 2011 ranking.


Stephanie Reel, vice provost for information technology and chief information officer, has been inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame. She was one of nine inductees selected by the judges to recognize that they excel at business transformation.


Jaafar El-Awady, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award for his work on micromechanics modeling of surface roughness evolution and subsequent crack-initiation under thermo-mechanical fatigue. The DARPA Young Faculty Award initiative identifies “rising research stars” in order to expose them to Department of Defense needs and the DARPA program’s development process. El-Awady was one of only 51 awardees selected from 560 applicants.