Cheers: October 2015

Cheers is a monthly listing of appointments, promotions, and honors and awards received by faculty and staff. Submissions can be emailed to

Academic Centers and Affiliates

Holly Taylor, a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named editor of beginning with Volume 7/2016. Theo Schall, a staff research coordinator at the Berman Institute, will work with Taylor as managing editor. The journal, published four times a year, is a member of the family of journals.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ellen J. MacKenzie, the Fred and Julie Soper Professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected to receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The award will be presented Nov. 7 during the 13th annual Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

Laura L. Morlock, a professor in Health Policy and Management, has received the Heritage Award from the Bloomberg School's Alumni Association in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the university over her 40-year tenure. Among those cited are her efforts to help drive the school's development of both PhD and DrPH education, and her efforts to establish several international programs that enhance the university's reputation globally and provide critical leadership development in these nations, to the benefit of the local populations. She is a 1973 graduate of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Vicente Navarro has received the Global Achievement Award from the school's Alumni Association. Navarro, a professor of policy studies in Health Policy and Management and coordinator of the department's Spanish projects, with a joint appointment in International Health, most recently was director of the JHSPH Fall Institute and of the Johns Hopkins University–Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center, both in Barcelona. An expert on comparative health policy, Navarro has served as a consultant to governments on nearly every continent and as a visiting professor at universities in Europe and all Latin American countries, as well as in the United States and Canada. He founded the in 1971 and has been the journal's editor-in-chief since then. Navarro received his DrPH degree from the Bloomberg School in 1968.

Daniel Webster, a professor in Health Policy and Management, deputy director for research at the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, will receive the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health for his work on injury and gun violence prevention. Webster is the first gun violence prevention researcher to win this award, which is given to "an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to public health through science-based advocacy." It will be presented Nov. 3 during the American Public Health Association's 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago.


Carter Hewgley, previously head of analytics for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been named director of analytics and performance at the new Center for Government Excellence, which is housed in the university's 21st Century Cities initiative. Read more here.

The Ebola protective suit, a project of Biomedical Engineering's Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design and Jhpiego, was honored in September as one of 10 finalists in the Social Good category of 's 2015 Innovation by Design awards. Read more here.

Peabody Institute

Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed to lead the graduate conducting program at the Peabody Conservatory. She first joined the conducting faculty in 2006 as a Distinguished Visiting Artist. Read more here.

Performing as Duo Baltinati, faculty member Lura Johnson and cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn won second prize in chamber music in the 22nd International Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. The duo was selected out of 32 ensembles and 77 artists. Johnson teaches piano minors at Peabody.

Jazz trumpet faculty artist Alexander Norris' latest CD release, Extension Deadline, received 4.5 out of 5 stars in a review in DownBeat magazine. The album features Norris on trumpet with drummer Rudy Royston, saxophonist and faculty artist Gary Thomas, and pianist-organist George Colligan.

Townsend Plant has been named Peabody's first associate dean for enrollment and student life, overseeing Admissions, Financial Aid, the Office of the Registrar, and Student Affairs. Plant previously directed enrollment management, admissions, and recruitment activities for the School of Music at Ithaca College, Binghamton University, and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance and literature, classical guitar, from the Eastman School of Music.

Peabody computer music students and faculty were among those featured at the 2015 International Computer Music Conference, held in September at the University of North Texas. The ICMC is the pre-eminent annual gathering for computer music practitioners from around the world. Among the performed pieces were Tres Gritos Para Mi Patria for flute and electronics by faculty member Joshua Armenta and Strike I for violin and electronics by master's degree student Yi-an Hwang. At the poster session, members of the department presented a paper and poster titled "Peabody Computer Music: 48 Years of Looking to the Future," written by Director of Computer Music Geoffrey Wright, faculty members McGregor Boyle and Joshua Armenta, master's student Ryan Woodward, and alumna Sunhuimei Xia.

School of Medicine

Lisa Cooper, a professor of medicine, and her research team have been selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive a $12.2 million research award to compare ways to improve blood pressure control in specific populations at risk for health disparities related to high blood pressure and to close the gaps in health outcomes experienced by these groups. The award will be funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute through a partnership with the NIH.

Stacy Cooper, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation as one of four new Damon Runyon-Sohn Fellows.

Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins Medicine's senior vice president for patient safety and quality, is No. 45 on Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list for 2015. This is Pronovost's second consecutive year on the list.

School of Nursing

Jacquelyn Campbell, who holds the Anna D. Wolf Chair, has been selected by the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, as the 2015 recipient of the STTI Episteme Award, supported by the Baxter International Foundation. Campbell will be the keynote speaker at STTI's 43rd Biennial Convention, to be held Nov. 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, where she will be presented with the $15,000 award. For more than 30 years, Campbell's research has focused on femicide, the increased risk for HIV/AIDS associated with intimate partner violence, and the global impact of and attention to IPV.

University Administration

Stephen Gange, who served as senior associate dean for academic affairs for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2013, has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice provost for academic affairs in the Provost's Office. Read more here.

Whiting School of Engineering

Steve H. Hanke, a professor of applied economics in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, was honored in August by the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru. In a ceremony of the Deans' Council, which is chaired by the president of the UPC, Hanke was conferred the title of Profesor Visitante, the UPC's highest academic honor. Past recipients in economics have included Nobelist Robert Aumann. The award recognizes Hanke's distinguished rank in the economics profession, as well as his contributions to monetary economics and his pioneering contributions to the understanding of currency board systems.

Russ Taylor, a professor in Computer Science, has been awarded the 2015 Honda Prize for his crucial role in the early development of medical robotics technology, his mentoring of students and other researchers in the field, and his continuing contributions as a leader in this science and technology area. Read more here.