Four new Bloomberg Distinguished Professors have been appointed across Johns Hopkins, bringing to 19 the number of BDPS as of March 1. Charles Bennett, a professor of physics and astronomy and a Gilman Scholar in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is the first BDP to hold a joint appointment in the Applied Physics Laboratory, as a senior scientist. He will direct Space@Hopkins, which will unify space-related activities across the institution. Nilanjan Chatterjee has appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics and in the School of Medicine's Department of Oncology. He joins Johns Hopkins from the National Cancer Institute, where he was chief of the Biostatistics Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Andrew "Andy" Feinberg, director of the Center for Epigenetics, is the King Fahd Professor and a Gilman Scholar in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School's Department of Biostatistics. His Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship adds appointments in the Bloomberg School's Department of Mental Health and the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Rexford Ahima has appointments in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. He will serve as director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and leader of the Diabetes Initiative. He joins Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa Cooper, a professor of general internal medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has been named to the new position of vice president for health care equity for Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Karl Alexander, a professor emeritus of sociology in the Krieger School; Doris Entwisle, a research professor of sociology who died in 2013; and Linda Olson, a retired associate research scientist in the School of Education's Center for Social Organization of Schools, were honored with the Grawemeyer Award in Education for the book they co-authored, The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. The award brings a prize of $100,000.
In its selections for 100 Notable Books of 2015, The New York Times Book Review included $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, co-authored by sociologist and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Kathryn Edin, of the Krieger School and the Bloomberg School.
Four Johns Hopkins researchers are among 347 new fellows from around the world elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are Kevin Hemker, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Whiting School; Michael Matunis, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Bloomberg School; Alan Scott, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology in the Bloomberg School; and Beverly Wendland, dean of the Krieger School and a professor of biology.
Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor and researcher in the School of Nursing's Department of Community-Public Health, is featured in "Confronting Violence, Improving Women's Lives," a display, traveling banner, and online exhibition by the National Library of Medicine. The display will crisscross the United States over the next four years.
Peabody faculty artist and cellist Amit Peled was named one of 30 Professionals of the Year in Musical America's December 2015 Special Report. Readers were asked to nominate "key influencers" who are making a difference in the profession by virtue of their position, creativity, and/or dedication.
Kenneth Kinzler, Se-Jin Lee, and Bert Vogelstein, all professors in the School of Medicine, have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Kinzler and Vogelstein are co-directors of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center; Lee is a professor of molecular biology and genetics.
U.S. News & World Report ranked three Johns Hopkins programs among the best in the country in its annual lists of the nation's top online graduate programs. Information technology ranked No. 5, nursing No. 6, and engineering No. 11.
Marc Greenberg, a professor of chemistry in the Krieger School, received the 2016 Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award from the American Chemical Society for his outstanding achievements in the field of organic chemistry.
Johns Hopkins led U.S. higher education in research and development for the 36th straight year, spending a record $2.242 billion in 2014, the most recent fiscal year for which nationwide data is available. The 2014 total is 3.4 percent larger than Johns Hopkins' research spending in fiscal 2013, according to the annual National Science Foundation report on institutional R&D.
Two Whiting School faculty members in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows. They are Jeffrey Gray, a professor, and Sharon Gerecht, the Kent Gordon Croft Investment Management Faculty Scholar and an associate professor. AIMBE Fellows are nominated by their peers and are considered the most accomplished and distinguished leaders in medical and biological engineering. In addition, Gerecht and Hai-Quan Mao, a professor of materials science and engineering, have been appointed associate directors of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology.
Adnan Hyder, a professor of international health in the Bloomberg School, director of the school's Health Systems Program and International Injury Research Unit, and associate director of Global Programs in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, is one of 23 commissioners serving on the NCDI Poverty Commission, newly established by The Lancet. The commission seeks "to broaden the current noncommunicable disease agenda in the interest of equity." The commissioners' summary report will be submitted for peer review and publication in The Lancet in 2017.
Andrew "Andy" Frank, special adviser to President Ron Daniels on economic development, was sworn in as a member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in November 2015.
David Bishai, a Bloomberg School professor in Population, Family and Reproductive Health, with joint appointments in Health, Behavior and Society and in International Health, is president-elect of the International Health Economics Association.
Charles Wiener, a professor in the School of Medicine, has taken on a new role as medical director and vice president of academic affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He will retain his appointments as professor of medicine and physiology and as director of undergraduate studies for the Krieger School's major in medicine, science, and the humanities.