Cheers: August 2015

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Sandy Reckert-Reusing has been promoted to senior director of Marketing and Communications. She has served as director for eight years and been a member of the department since 1989.


Katy Montgomery, who had been assistant dean for career services, is the new associate dean for student development. Her responsibilities include overseeing student services, advising, and financial aid administration, in addition to career development.

Monica Moore has been appointed associate dean for admissions and academic programs. Formerly assistant dean for admissions, she will continue to oversee student recruitment in addition to managing the school's academic programs.

Glen Steinbach has been promoted to senior associate dean for finance and administration.


Ronald Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake in recognition of his personal and organizational commitment to numerous youth mentoring programs in Maryland.


The Office of Marketing and Communications has won five gold and two silver Aster Awards, bestowed by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine to recognize excellence in medical marketing. Gold awards went to Dome, in the category of internal newsletters; the Johns Hopkins Surgery winter 2014 issue, and Johns Hopkins HealthCare's Hopkins Across the Board, in the external newsletters category; the HIPAA Keep It Private campaign, in the internal advertising category; and Suburban Hospital's "My Get Well Kit/Patient Handbook," in the patient education category. Silver Aster awards went to Inside Hopkins, in the internal newsletters category, and to Suburban Hospital's website.

Ronald Werthman has become senior vice president and chief financial officer for JHM and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A 22-year veteran of finance and strategic planning for JHM, Werthman succeds Richard Grossi, who retired after 37 years with Johns Hopkins.


Charles Bennett, a professor of physics and astronomy and a Gilman Scholar, received the 2015 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize at Sapienza University of Rome. The prize committee chose Bennett in recognition of his "leadership in two experiments on the cosmic microwave background that literally changed our view of the universe."

Kit H. Bowen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, is principal investigator on a project that won a five-year, $7.5 million award from the Department of Defense. Working on the project are seven teams from five schools: Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland (two teams each), the University of Utah, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of California, Berkeley. The goal is to find ways to turn atom clusters into materials that would be useful in practical ways, performing better in, for instance, computers and weapons systems. In addition to being PI on the project, Bowen heads one of Hopkins' teams; Tim Mueller, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the Whiting School, heads the other.

Angus Burgin has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of History.

Shane Butler has been appointed as professor, with tenure, in the Department of Classics.

Paul Delnero has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Mary Favret has been appointed as professor, with tenure, in the Department of English.

Francois Furstenberg has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of History.

Andrea Krauss has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures.

Andrew Miller has been appointed to professor, with tenure, in the Department of English.

Andrew Nicklin has been appointed director of open data at the university's new Center for Government Excellence, which will advise at least 100 midsize cities on how to allow citizens to see and use more municipal data. Nicklin, senior research data manager in the Department of Sociology, was previously director of Open NY, where he managed New York State's open data and transparency program.

Oleg Tchernysyov has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Faculty artist Mark Cudek and voice alumnus Peter Lee were nominated in the Best Producer category for their CD Greensleeves in the 26th annual Golden Melody Awards, which are presented by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China and are the Taiwanese equivalent to the Grammys.

Meng Su, a master's student studying with Manuel Barrueco, won the gold medal in the fourth triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu, California. This is one of the world's foremost guitar competitions and has the largest prize purse, $30,000.


Laurie deBettencourt, a professor of special education, on July 1 began her term as president of the Division of Learning Disabilities, one of 18 special interest groups of the Council for Exceptional Children, which is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and the gifted.


Mary Catherine Beach has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Namandje Bumpus, an associate professor of medicine and of pharmacology and molecular sciences, has been named the inaugural associate dean for institutional and student equity. She will focus on both academic achievement and institutional equity for graduate biomedical students, with special attention paid to those who need help to bridge the opportunity gap and succeed in school.

Deidra Crews, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and head of the Department of Medicine's Diversity Council, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland.

Xinzhong Dong, a professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He will receive a renewable five-year appointment that provides salary and benefits to foster the work of his research team, which studies the mechanisms behind sensation, including pain, itch, and touch.

Susan E. Dorman has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Barbara Fivush, a professor of pediatrics, is one of 54 new members of the 2015–16 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, a yearlong, part-time fellowship program held annually at Drexel University's College of Medicine. Created in 1995, ELAM is devoted to developing the professional and personal skills required for leadership positions in today's complex health care environment, with special focus on the unique challenges facing women. Admission is highly competitive.

Allan C. Gelber has been promoted to professor of medicine.

James Harris, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the American Psychiatric Association's 2015 Frank J. Menolascino Award for Services to Persons With Intellectual Development Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. The award, named for a pioneer in the field, is given for lifetime achievement. It will be presented in October at the opening session of the Institute on Psychiatric Services in New York.

Robert S.D. Higgins has been appointed professor of surgery, the William Stewart Halsted Professor, and director of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine, and surgeon in chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ralph Hruban has been named the Baxley Professor in Pathology, director of the Department of Pathology, director of pathology for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and pathologist-in-chief for the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also directs the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center and the Division of Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology.

Thierry Huisman, a professor of radiology and radiological science, pediatrics, neurosurgery, and neurology, and medical director of the Division of Pediatric Radiology, has been appointed director of the Department of Imaging at Bayview Medical Center. Before being recruited by Johns Hopkins in 2007, he has been chairman and radiologist-in-chief of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at University Children's Hospital in Zurich.

Jonathan Lewin, a professor and director of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and radiologist-in-chief for the Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been elected president of the American Roentgen Ray Society. Lewin is also senior vice president of integrated health care delivery and co-chair for Johns Hopkins Medicine strategic planning.

Brian R. Matlaga has been promoted to professor of urology.

Elizabeth C. Matsui has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

Shannath L. Merbs has been promoted to professor of ophthalmology.

Morton M. Mower has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Paul Nagy, an associate professor of radiology and radiological science and director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center, has been named one of eight Health Care Innovator honorees by the Baltimore Business Journal. He was recognized for his work in health care education. Nagy is program director for multidisciplinary clinical leadership programs in patient safety and quality, clinical analytics, and commercial ventures creation.

Ben Ho Park has been promoted to professor of oncology.

Larissa A. Shimoda has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Douglas Smith has been promoted to professor of oncology.

Cornelia Trimble has been promoted to professor of gynecology/obstetrics.

Leslie Tung, a professor and director of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering, has been named interim director of the department, succeeding Elliot McVeigh, who resigned as director after serving for eight years.

Bert Vogelstein, a professor of oncology and pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded Johnson & Johnson's 2015 Dr. Paul Jansen Award for Biomedical Research. The $200,000 award recognizes Vogelstein's two decades of breakthroughs in oncology research, which has focused on examining the genetic and biochemical events that initiate the development of tumors, thereby forming the basis of modern cancer studies worldwide.


Stephanie Al-Adhami, a BSN student, will serve until spring 2016 as the Maryland Association of Nursing Students' liaison to the Maryland Nurses Association.

Cynthia Foronda, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was awarded the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning's Excellence in Research Award for her work in virtual simulation. She also was selected to be a 2015 inductee of the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education.

Patty Wilson, director of the school's East Baltimore Community Nursing Centers, and other members of the Project Connect Maryland Leadership Team received the Outstanding Contributions to Victim Services award at the Governor's Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon.


Sayeed Choudhury, the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center and associate dean for research data management, has been appointed to the boards of the National Information Standards Organization and of OpenAIRE, a European initiative to support the implementation of open access policies for European-funded research.

Earle Havens, the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and an adjunct associate professor in the Krieger School's Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the 2015 Bodleian Library Research Fellowship by the Renaissance Society of America in support of his research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library on the circulation of manuscripts and underground Catholic scribal culture in 16th-century England and the Spanish Netherlands.


Catherine Cochran has been named executive director. She comes to SHCS after 14 years at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, where she served in a variety of roles, most recently as executive producer for new initiatives and director of music programming. At SHCS, she will be responsible for the artistic direction and administrative management, promotion, and continued growth of the series, which marks its 50th anniversary this season.


IT@Johns Hopkins received Year Up Baltimore's Urban Empowerment Award for its work helping young adults reach their full potential. The award was presented July 31 at the graduation ceremony of the January 2015 cohort. Founded in 2000, Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18 to 24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, college credits, and corporate internships. In 2015, it will serve more than 2,700 students in 14 cities and ensure a pipeline of talent for more than 260 companies. Many of the participants working with IT were hired by Hopkins after their internships.

Robert A. McLean has been appointed vice president for facilities and real estate, effective Aug. 17. McClean served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, most recently in Naples, Italy, where he was commanding officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command that covers Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.


Greg Hager, a professor and the past chair of the Department of Computer Science, has been named the inaugural Mandell Bellmore Professor. Hager is a leader in the development of algorithms for real-time computer vision and their uses for robotics, human-computer interaction, and medicine. He is also a co-founder of the startup Clear Guide Medical, which developed a groundbreaking platform that enables doctors and technicians to perform more-accurate ultrasound-guided procedures. The professorship was endowed by alumnus John Malone, who named it in honor of his PhD thesis adviser in the Department of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering (now the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics).

J. Tilak Ratnanather, an associate research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is the recipient of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. A noted expert in mapping the brains of patients with neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, Ratnanather has mentored and recruited into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields an unprecedented number of individuals around the world who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Rene Vidal has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

James West has been appointed as professor, with tenure, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Tamer Zaki has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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