Cheers: May 2016

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Academic Centers and Affiliates

Marion Subah, a nurse-midwife and Jhpiego's medical education and training adviser in Liberia, will be one of two special guests addressing the 35th anniversary celebration of the Margaret McNamara Education Grants, affiliated with the World Bank. Founded in 1981, MMEG is a nonprofit, public charity that awards education grants to exceptional women from developing countries who are enrolled at universities in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. Subah, a native of Liberia who studied nursing at Catholic University, was the first recipient of a McNamara Education Grant, in 1983.

Applied Physics Laboratory

APL earned an Above and Beyond Award from the Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recognizing the Lab's extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Linda Butler was recently honored with an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education School Award by the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. Butler was recognized for her work managing the Summer Center for Space Science (aka "Space Camp") and the partnership her work facilitates between APL and the community.

The team behind NASA's APL-based New Horizons mission to Pluto continues to earn awards for its historic space science achievement, including the prestigious National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement—an annual honor that recognizes the significant accomplishments of a scientific or technological project—and an international Edison Award for Science.

More than 200 staff members were honored with service awards between December and March. James Bielefeld and Thomas Criss were recognized for 40 years of service to the Laboratory, and seven others—Matthew Antonicelli, Daniel Barlow, Stephen Jaskulek, Kevin Larkins, David Lee, Ronald Prietz Sr., and James Unterreiner—passed the 35-year mark of service.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Robert Black, a professor of international health, has received the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' 2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award for his achievements as a world leader in public health science and his lifetime of contributions to improving the health of children in the developing world. Black, who headed the Bloomberg School's Department of International Health from 1985 to 2013 and is director of the Institute for International Programs, holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine's Department of Medicine.

Darrell Gaskin has been named the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and is the new director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Andrea Gielen, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, received the 2016 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award for Preventing Injuries Among Women and Children at the 67th annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education. The Centers for Disease Control Foundation and the James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation honored Gielen for her pioneering efforts to reduce childhood injury and domestic violence.

Beth McGinty, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management, received a 2016 Faculty Innovation Fund Award.

Carey Business School

Phillip Phan has been named the inaugural Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, a professorship established by the school in honor of the Deckers. Phan has authored six books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on strategy and entrepreneurship, and he has extensive expertise in corporate governance, strategy, technological entrepreneurship, and regional economic development. He holds a joint appointment in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the School of Medicine.


Jessica Fanzo, the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food and Agriculture and director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and SAIS, has been appointed team lead for food systems and nutrition for the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. HLPE was established in 2010 as the science-policy interface of the U.N. Committee on World Food Security.

Mauro Maggioni, whose work focuses on mathematical techniques for analyzing, modeling, and extracting information from large data sets, has been named the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Data Intensive Computation in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Mathematics and the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. He is the 20th BDP to be appointed. Read more in this Hub story.

Two Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, Kathleen Sutcliffe and Paul Ferraro, have been selected as Resident Fellows at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. This summer, they will join an international group of residents whose work connects with the crosscutting topic of human behavior. Sutcliffe, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine, will be developing a new conception of crisis management that promotes proactively attending to small perturbations and discrepancies prior to their escalation into larger problems. Ferraro, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Water and Environmental Economics, will be assessing environmental solutions through resource-conserving technologies proposed by environmental scientists and engineers.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Andrew J. Cherlin, the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Sociology, is among the 213 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the sociology of families and public policy. He has published books and articles on such topics as marriage and divorce, children's well-being, intergenerational relations, family policy, and welfare policy.

Mitchell B. Merback, a professor and chair of the Department of Art History, is among 178 prominent scholars to win 2016 fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He will use his fellowship in the Medieval and Renaissance History category to work on a project titled "Recognitions: Visual Poetics and Narrative Experience in Medieval and Renaissance Art." The fellowships are for six to 12 months and are intended to provide blocks of time for scholars to work with creative freedom.


Eight professors in the schools of Medicine and Public Health have been elected to the Association of American Physicians, and another has received the organization's highest honor, the Kober Medal, given for outstanding contributions to medicine or medical science. The medal was awarded to Peter Agre, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, and a professor in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the Bloomberg School and in Biological Chemistry in the School of Medicine. The new members of the AAP are William Bishai, a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases; Richard Chaisson, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and international health; Josef Coresh, the George W. Comstock Professor in the Department of Epidemiology; Diane Griffin, a University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Elizabeth Jaffee, deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of pathology and oncology; Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality; Robert Siliciano, a professor of medicine; and Suzanne Topalian, a professor of surgery and oncology, director of the Melanoma Program, and an associate director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.


Preparatory guitar faculty Zane Forshee has begun his Laptop Tour Project, during which he will broadcast short performances from unique spaces around the country using his laptop. The first concert, broadcast on April 18 from the Makespace in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, featured an electric guitar and loop pedal version of "My Heart Comes Undone," by faculty member Judah Adashi; "My Name Is Red" for solo guitar, by Ronald Pearl; and "Soe-pa" for amplified guitar and delay, by Ingram Marshall.

Faculty artist Ah Young Hong was the soprano soloist in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony now airing on many public television stations across the country. Hong joined the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Westminster Choir College's Symphonic Choir in this 2014 concert celebration of the 100th birthday of renowned Princeton philanthropist, musician, and scholar William H. Scheide. The concert, filmed by PBS in Princeton's Alexander Hall, is slated to air on Maryland Public Television's MPT2 channel at 8 p.m. on June 23.

Graduate student Sam Hong, piano, was selected as one of five finalists for the 2017 American Pianists Awards, which are held every four years for American jazz pianists. The finalists will go through a 13-month competition process, making frequent visits to Indianapolis to perform various solo and chamber recitals and outreach concerts in the community. The finalists will also do a concerto performance with the Indianapolis Symphony and premiere a newly commissioned work. Hong recently won second prize in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition at University of California, Davis.

The Aspen String Trio—composed of faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola; Michael Mermagen, cello; and David Perry, violin—was featured March 25 on Performance Today on the YourClassical website. The recording was of Beethoven's String Trio in G major, op. 9, no. 1, performed in January 2015 at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.

School of Medicine

Colleen Christmas, an associate professor of medicine and director of the primary care leadership track, has received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Education Award for Educational Scholarship from the Institute for Excellence in Education, founded in 2009 to strengthen the School of Medicine's educational mission and its national and international leadership, as well as to honor the school's outstanding educators.

Kimberly Duncan has been named director of the Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education. Previously, she was administrative director of education in the Department of Surgery. She will develop and implement CIGBE initiatives that will include launching and leading the newly formed Johns Hopkins–MedImmune Scholars Program, which prepares doctoral candidates for careers in the biopharmaceutical industry through thesis research conducted jointly in labs at Hopkins and MedImmune.

Panagis Galiatsatos, a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine; Ariel Green, an assistant professor of medicine; and Colleen Christmas, an associate professor of medicine, were recognized for their contributions to Medicine for the Greater Good, which received the Educational Program Award. MGG, an initiative founded by Galiatsatos in 2013, raises health care professionals' awareness of the socioeconomic factors affecting health and health equity in the community, providing workshops for medical students, residents, and nurses and requiring them to meet with local residents to promote health and wellness.

Angela Guarda, an associate professor and director of the Eating Disorders Program, is the inaugural recipient of the Stephen and Jean Robinson Professorship in Eating Disorders.

Chidubem "Chid" Iloabachie, a resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has received the 2016 Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. The award, given by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Medicine, recognizes Iloabachie's mastery of such patient care abilities as communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and humanism, diagnostic acumen, and a scholarly yet passionate approach to patient care.

Elizabeth Jaffee, a professor of oncology and deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been appointed by the National Cancer Institute as co-chair of a 28-member blue ribbon panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will help shape the agenda of Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The panel will serve as a working group of the NCI's National Cancer Advisory Board.

David Kern, emeritus professor of medicine, has received the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education, the most prestigious award given by Johns Hopkins' Institute for Excellence in Education. Since coming to Hopkins as a clinical scholar fellow in 1976, Kern has devoted his career to advancements in medical education and faculty development. He was co-director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview from 1986 to 2005 and its sole director from 2005 to 2011.

Alex L. Kolodkin, a professor of neuroscience and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is among the 213 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored for groundbreaking discoveries in developmental neurobiology. His particular interest is in how the brain is wired— specifically, how circuits are assembled and organized, and how connectivity develops.

Kieren Marr, a professor of medicine and oncology, has been elected vice president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the nation's oldest and most respected medical societies. Elia Duh, a professor of ophthalmology, and Gregory Kirk, a professor of epidemiology, medicine, and oncology, have been elected new members of the society.

Benjamin Philosophe, a professor of surgery, has been appointed surgical director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since his recruitment from the University of Maryland Medical System three years ago, Philosophe has served as the clinical chief of Transplant, and he will maintain his interim role as division chief of Transplant.

Peter Pronovost, a professor, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and JHM senior vice president for patient safety and quality, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives in the nation and by Becker's Healthcare magazine as one of the top 50 patient safety leaders in the country. Pronovost has been cited repeatedly by both publications for his accomplishments as a premier patient safety and quality advocate.

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

Solomon H. Snyder, Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry, has received the Salk Institute's prestigious Medal for Research Excellence, a distinction bestowed just twice before in the institute's 55-year history. Read more in this Hub story.

School of Nursing

Tener Goodwin Veenema, a disaster nursing expert and an associate professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, and Clifton Thornton, a recent graduate of the school, have been selected to receive the Linda Strangio Editor's Award for 2016 for two scholarly articles they authored that were featured in the Journal of Radiology Nursing.

Shawna Mudd, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was awarded the 2016 Miller-Coulson Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Clinical Excellence Award from the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. The award is given to an NP/PA who exemplifies clinical excellence through communication, interpersonal skills, professionalism, knowledge, approach to clinical practice, and more.

Andrea Parsons Schram, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, has been selected as a 2016 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and will be inducted at its national conference in June.

Martha Hill, dean emerita and a professor in Community-Public Health, was named an honorary fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association for her advocacy for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.

Sheridan Libraries and University Museums

James Abbott, the Philip Franklin Wagley Director and Curator of Evergreen Museum & Library, published "Thoughts on a Jansen Aesthetic" in the biannual magazine MacGuffin: The Life of Things, no. 2.

Dawn Hale, head of Technical Services, served as the editor for the monograph Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship, which was recently published by ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, delivered the Miræus Lecture, "'It is Written': Forgery, Books, and the Tower of Babel," to the Vlaamse Werkgroep Boekgschiedenis at the Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience in Antwerp.

Liz Johns, librarian for education, and Sara Oestreich, Montgomery County Campus librarian, are presenting on data visualization for librarians on May 6 at the 44th annual LOEX conference, in Pittsburgh. Their session is one of a select few to be featured as an encore presentation online after the conference.

Whiting School of Engineering

Alexis Battle, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is one of 15 researchers in the chemical and biological sciences who have been named 2016 Searle Scholars. Each researcher is awarded $300,000 in flexible funding to support his or her work for three years. Searle Scholars are selected by an advisory board for their potential to make significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of their careers.

Ben Langmead, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been selected to receive the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. Since 2002, has presented this award annually to a person who has promoted free and open access to important materials and methods used in the life sciences. Langmead was recognized because of his stature as one of the most influential and highly cited authors of open source bioinformatics software. All his software, and all the software from his lab, is free and open source. In addition, he has made available a large collection of popular open teaching resources.

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