Cheers: April 2016

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

Joseph Ali, a faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, has been appointed associate faculty in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Nancy Kass, the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, will serve as chairperson of the National Institutes of Health institutional review board for the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Study, which aims to enroll 1 million or more volunteers in the government's largest-ever medical research study. Kass also is a professor in Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health Read more.

Leonard Rubenstein, a faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, was appointed a member of the American Psychological Association's Commission on Ethics Processes. He has a joint appointment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Teck Choo, a member of the senior professional staff, earned the American Astronomical Society's 2015 Space Entrepreneurship Award for his groundbreaking advancements in automated mission planning, commanding, and analysis. Choo designed the SciBox application, an end-to-end automated operational planning and spacecraft commanding system.

Richard Danzig, former secretary of the Navy, and Paul Stockton, former assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America's security affairs, have joined APL as senior fellows.

Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis earned the American Astronomical Society's Space Flight Award—its highest award—recognizing his fundamental research on space and planetary environments throughout the solar system while opening a new paradigm of aerospace mission management. Krimigis, head emeritus of the Space Exploration Sector, is the only scientist to lead investigations to all nine classical planets, and he played a key role in shaping NASA's Discovery class of low-cost, focused space-science missions.

The team behind NASA's APL-based New Horizons mission to Pluto earned several awards recently for its historic achievement, including the Aviation Week and Space Technology 2016 Laureate Award for space exploration, the American Astronomical Society's Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award, and the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from the National Space Club.

Johns Hopkins Bayview

I. Maxine Robinson has received her certification as a chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Susan P. Baker has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Darrell J. Gaskin has been appointed to the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professorship in Health Policy, and as director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Peter Armitage, an associate professor in Physics and Astronomy, has won the 2016 Ludwig-Genzel Prize. The award is given every two years to a young scientist for exceptional contributions to the field of condensed matter spectroscopy.

Howard Egeth, a professor of psychological and brain sciences, has been honored by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences for advancing the public's understanding of mind, brain, and behavior. This recognition is part of the FABBS Foundation's In Honor Of ... program, which recognizes eminent senior scientists who have made important contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Karen Fleming, a professor of biophysics, has received the 2016 Thomas E. Thompson Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and assembly. The award was presented at the Membrane Structure and Assembly subgroup meeting in February in Los Angeles, at which Fleming presented the Thompson Award Lecture, "The Versatile Beta-barrel Gives Up Secrets of the Membrane."

Michael Fried, the J.R. Herbert Boone Professor in the Humanities Center, has been named by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an honor that recognizes significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award recognizes Fried's decades of important scholarship in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.

Marc Kamionkowski, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation. Kamionkowski was recognized "for his contributions to contemporary cosmology and general relativity, particularly the development of the theoretical foundation for the detection of relic gravitational waves from inflation in the cosmic microwave background polarization."

Yannick Sire has been appointed professor, with tenure, in the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1.

Peabody Institute

Music Theory faculty member Jenine Brown published an article titled "The Psychological Representation of Musical Intervals in a Twelve-Tone Context" in the February issue of the journal Music Perception (University of California Press). The article explores what we learn about 12-tone music when passively listening to it.

The Distance, a new CD by faculty artist and jazz bassist Michael Formanek, received a five-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, marking Formanek's third consecutive five-star "Masterpiece Rating" review from the publication. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus played its official CD release concert on March 22 and 23 at New York's Jazz Standard.

DMA candidate Sungpil Kim performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488, with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra led by Arthur Arnold on Jan. 23 at Moscow Conservatory's Grand Hall. He also presented a concert for the U.S. Embassy at the Spaso House in Moscow on a piano previously played by Vladimir Horowitz. Kim is a student of Brian Ganz's.

Violinist Midori has been named a distinguished visiting artist for the 2016–17 season. Recognized as one of the legendary violinists of our times, Midori is a Distinguished Professor and the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. She will visit Peabody to conduct master classes at both the Conservatory and Preparatory.

A work by Music Theory faculty member Joel Puckett was premiered by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. Conducted by Mallory Thompson, that secret from the river had its world premiere on Feb. 5. The concert was streamed live.

Composition faculty member Sean Shepherd was honored with an Arts and Letters Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $10,000 award is given annually to four composers, five artists, eight writers, and four architects, with composers receiving an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.

School of Medicine

Karen I. Bolla has been appointed associate professor emerita in the Department of Neurology.

Peter C. Burger has been appointed professor emeritus of pathology, oncology, and neurosurgery.

Nancy L. Craig has been appointed professor emerita of molecular biology and genetics.

Barbara J. Crain has been appointed associate professor emerita of pathology, neurology, and oncology.

Harry "Hal" Dietz III, a professor of medicine and genetics, director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has received the American Heart Association's 2015 Research Achievement Award for his lifesaving discoveries related to the cause and treatment of aortic aneurysm.

Jennifer Fairman, an assistant professor in Art as Applied to Medicine, has won the Popular Science magazine/National Science Foundation's 2016 People's Choice Visualization Challenge Award, known as a "Vizzie," for her illustration of the work of Jie Xiao, an associate professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, and her laboratory colleagues on the arrangement of proteins, including one called FtsZ, at the site where E. coli bacterium divides. The illustration that won the award is titled "The FtsZ Ring: A Multilayered Protein Network."

Christine G. Gourin has been promoted to professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Angela Guarda, an associate professor and director of the Eating Disorders Program, is the inaugural recipient of the Stephen and Jean Robinson Professorship for Eating Disorders and was installed at a ceremony in March.

Louis P. Hagopian, director of the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, has been promoted to professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

** Geetha Jayaram**, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded the 2016 Kung Po Soo Award by the American Psychiatric Association for significant contributions toward understanding the impact and importance of Asian cultural heritage in psychiatry.

Dawn M. LaPorte has been promoted to professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Mary S. Leffell has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Medicine.

Jonathan S. Lewin has been appointed professor emeritus in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Mahadevappa Mahesh has been promoted to full professor in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Barbara Migeon, founding director of the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics, has received the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics' annual March of Dimes/Colonel Harland D. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics.

John W. Payne has been appointed associate professor emeritus in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Vani Rao, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Brain Injury Program, has been named a fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.

Dorry L. Segev has been promoted to professor of surgery and appointed to the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professorship in Kidney Transplant Surgery.

Stanley S. Siegelman has been appointed professor emeritus in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Edward M. Sills has been appointed associate professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics.

King-Wai Yau, a professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology, is this year's recipient of the Retina Research Foundation Kayser International Award in Retina Research. Given by the International Society for Eye Research, the award recognizes Yau's contributions to the understanding of retinal functions in health and disease. It will be presented in September at the society's biennial meeting in Tokyo.

Andrea A. Zachary has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Medicine.

School of Nursing

Nancy Sullivan, formerly an adjunct professor and guest lecturer, has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. As director of Clinical Simulation since 2014, Sullivan is advancing the science of simulation and educational outcomes.

Roseann Velez, formerly an instructor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, has been appointed an assistant professor. Velez, a family nurse practitioner, is investigating the implementation of clinical practice guidelines to avoid anti-microbial resistance.

Sheridan Libraries and University Museums

Earle Havens has been installed as the inaugural Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Sheridan Libraries.

Tamsyn Rose-Steel, digital scholarship specialist, recently co-authored "Medieval Music in Linked Open Data: A Case Study on Linking Medieval Motets" in International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.

Gary Sampsell, preservation coordinator in the Department of Conservation and Preservation and MM candidate at the Peabody Institute, will present at the biennial conference of the American Bach Society in April at the University of Notre Dame. Sampsell's paper concerns an anonymous manuscript collection of popular music that originated in Leipzig during the time of J.S. Bach.

Annie Tang, processing archivist in the Department of Special Collections, has been accepted to the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians, a program that focuses on training participants from diverse backgrounds in developing specific leadership abilities proven to be necessary for organizational success in the ever-evolving library landscape.

University Administration

Paul Pineau has been appointed vice president and general counsel. Pineau, who has held the position on an interim basis since August, will lead the General Counsel's Office, providing legal advice to the trustees, leadership, and all university divisions and assisting in the development and implementation of university policy. Read more.

Whiting School of Engineering

Sharon Gerecht has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, effective July 1.

Michael Shields, an assistant professor in Civil Engineering, and Tamer Zaki, an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering, have each been selected to receive a 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. The award funds early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps while also promoting their professional development. Shields was selected for his proposal "Efficient Stochastic Simulation-Based Computational Modeling for Structural Design, Reliability, and Life-Cycle Assessment." He is a member of the core team of the Center for Integrated Structural and Materials Modeling at JHU and a faculty member of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute; he is also affiliated with the Systems Institute. Zaki was selected for his proposal "Augmentation and Integration of Measurements and Simulation Data in Heterogeneous Environments." His research focuses on transitional and turbulent shear flows, including linear and nonlinear instability waves, secondary instabilities, breakdown to turbulence, direct numerical simulations, and transition modeling.

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