Cheers: June 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

Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego, was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. She was honored, along with two other inductees, at a ceremony in May. Read more on the Hub.

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics has been named a center of excellence by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The recognition brings a grant of more than $4 million over four years to study the ethical, legal, and social implications of incorporating genomics in infectious disease research. Only seven other institutions nationwide have been distinguished as centers of excellence for this particular field of research.

The Johns Hopkins University Press edition of The Poems of T. S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue, has been awarded the Pegasus Award for poetry criticism by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The two-volume edition was co-published with Faber & Faber.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Teck Choo, a member of the senior professional staff, received 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.

Bayview Medical Center

Nathaniel McQuay Jr., an assistant professor of surgery; Stephen Miller, a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and director of the Michael D. Hendrix Burn Research Center; and Burn Center nurses Craig Shoemaker and Emily Werthman were recognized at the University of Maryland Medical Center's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Gala for their expert, compassionate, and lifesaving work. They were specifically honored for their treatment of a teenage girl who suffered severe burns and lost both legs following a 2013 car crash.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Karen Bandeen-Roche, who holds the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Chair in the Department of Biostatistics, received the 2016 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics. The award recognizes an individual in government, industry, or academia whose outstanding leadership has had a significant impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.

John Bridges, an associate professor in Health Policy and Management; Mindi Levin, founder and director of SOURCE; and Stephen Teret, a professor in Health Policy and Management, have each won an Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award, known as AMTRA. Since 1993, these awards have been given annually by the students at the School of Public Health in recognition of outstanding educational contributions to the school.

Janice Evans, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the SOURCE award for Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning for her course Applying Reproductive Biology Through Service-Learning. SOURCE is the community engagement and service-learning center for the schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine.

Eric Ford, a professor in Health Policy and Management, was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health. The society was founded at the school in 1924 to promote excellence and recognize accomplishments in scholarship and research.

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 from the CDC Foundation and the James and Sarah T. Fries Foundation.

Diane Griffin, University Distinguished Service Professor in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, was honored with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' 2016 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement. She was recognized for her work on the pathogenesis of viral infections, particularly measles and encephalomyelitis.

William Padula, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management, received this year's Young Investigator Award from the Society for Advancement in Wound Care.

Mary Sewell Sr., academic program coordinator and director of Alumni Relations, Department of Health Policy and Management, won the Student Assembly Recognition Award for staff.

Albert Wu, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, received the faculty's Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for outstanding contributions to the school's teaching programs.

Carey Business School

Brian Gunia, who has expertise in negotiation, ethical decision making, and organizational failure, has been promoted to associate professor. He is the founder of the Johns Hopkins Business in Government, or BIG, Initiative.

Mario Macis has been promoted to associate professor. His work focuses on labor and human resources economics, health economics, and experimental economics. He is also an associate faculty member in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the School of Medicine and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.

Jian Ni, who studies consumer behavior and firm strategy in the health care, technology, and financial services industries, has been promoted to associate professor. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Economics in the Krieger School.

Meng Zhu, who focuses on marketing and consumer decision making and is interim academic director of the master's in marketing program, has been promoted to associate professor.

Homewood Student Affairs

George Kennedy, who retires this month after 31 years as head coach of the men's and women's swim teams, has received the Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. During his career, Kennedy was named Coach of the Year seven times by CSCAA. Under his leadership, Hopkins has maintained its place as one of the most dominant programs in the nation. Kennedy attracted not only athletes who brought home 31 NCAA titles but who excelled in the classroom as well.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Theodore DeWeese, the Sidney Kimmel Professor of Radiation Oncology and director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences in the School of Medicine, has taken on additional responsibilities as vice president for interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in the management of prostate and other genitourinary malignancies, he has published more than 150 papers and book chapters and received a multiplicity of teaching awards and named lectureships. He has served on a number of national and international committees, including an appointment by the National Academy of Sciences as chair of the Science Council for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. For the past three years, DeWeese has been president of the medical staff and chair of the medical board for Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Freeman Hrabowski Visionary Leader Award. Named for the longtime president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the award recognizes Peterson's "strong and beneficial presence on the economy and quality of life in 'the Corridor,'" between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Xin Chen, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, has been named a finalist in the Life Sciences category for the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The awards celebrate the past work and the potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary areas: Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry, in addition to Life Sciences. This year, 31 finalists were named for the three areas. A jury composed of renowned science and technology leaders will select one Blavatnik laureate from each category; the winners will be announced this month.

Hent de Vries, professor and chair of the Humanities Center, has been appointed as the 2018 Titulaire de la Chaire de Métaphysique Etienne Gilson at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In that capacity, he will present in March 2018 six public lectures, which will be published by the Presses Universitaires de France. The endowed chair and lecture series commemorates the work of the well-known 20th-century medievalist and Descartes specialist Etienne Gilson.


The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association each year honors faculty throughout the university who excel in the art of teaching. The nomination and selection methods differ by school, but students must be involved in the process. The award can be given to one or more teachers, or, if a division so desires, in different classifications. The following faculty members are being recognized with 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

  • Bloomberg School of Public Health: John McGready, an associate scientist in Biostatistics; Gundula Bosch, an instructor in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Justin Lessler, an associate professor in Epidemiology; and Carey Borkoski, an assistant lecturer in Health Policy and Management.
  • Carey Business School: Frederico M. Bandi, a professor of economics and finance; and Ricard Gil, an associate professor of economics and strategy.
  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Theodore Lewis, a professor and chair of Near Eastern Studies; Barbara Morgan, a senior lecturer in Economics; Michael McCloskey, a professor in Economics; and co-recipients Elizabeth Mendenhall, a teaching assistant in Political Science, and Charles Hussong, a teaching assistant in Physics and Astronomy.
  • Peabody Conservatory: David Smooke, a faculty member in Music Theory.
  • SAIS: To Be Announced.
  • School of Education: Vera Torrence, adjunct faculty in Teacher Development and Leadership; and Chadia Abras, associate dean and associate professor in Online Teaching and Learning.
  • School of Medicine: Jules Jung, an assistant professor in Emergency Medicine Clinical Programs.
  • School of Nursing: Nicole Warren, an assistant professor in Community-Public Health Nursing; and Shari Lynn, an instructor in Acute and Chronic Care.
  • Whiting School of Engineering: Illysa Izenberg, a lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education.


Mark White, an associate practitioner-in-residence in the International Economics Program, received the Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching, a student-nominated award presented each year to an outstanding professor who embodies teaching excellence. A second-time winner of this prize, White teaches Statistical Methods for Business and Economics as well as Risk Analysis and Modeling.

School of Medicine

Blair Anton, associate director for informationist services at the Welch Medical Library, received the Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year at the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, held in May in Toronto. It is awarded only in years when an appropriate candidate can be identified. Anton is a leader in growing the Welch Medical Library's embedded informationists program and has achieved national and international recognition for her work. She also is an exemplary informationist herself in multiple clinical departments. She has presented at national and international conferences, is co-author on numerous research articles, and was a leader in a recently published research project investigating information needs in an ICU. As a participant in the Johns Hopkins Analytics Leadership in Patient Safety Program, Anton has become active in the work of the Data Trust Council and in the development of an institutionwide data catalog.

Alan Cohen, an acclaimed leader in developing minimally invasive techniques to enhance the safety and efficacy of various pediatric neurosurgical procedures, is the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He will also hold the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery. Cohen comes to Johns Hopkins from Boston Children's Hospital, where he was the neurosurgeon-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. He was also a professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. An accomplished researcher, he has written 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and published two textbooks. Cohen is president-elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and a director of the American Board of Neurosurgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. His wife, pediatric neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Shenandoah "Dody" Robinson, also joins the School of Medicine, as a professor of neurosurgery. She is a nationally recognized expert in the surgical treatment of epilepsy and spasticity, and performs basic and translational research in perinatal brain injury and repair.

Nick Culbertson and Robert Lord, medical students and co-founders of the Johns Hopkins startup Protenus, were named to Baltimore Business Journal's Tech 10. Protenus scored Maryland's ninth largest business deal, for $4 million, during the first quarter of 2016.

Tom Finucane, a professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, was inducted into the newly formed Distinguished Teaching Society of the School of Medicine, a program that recognizes residents and faculty who demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in clinical teaching.

Carol Greider, the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the society aims to promote "useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach." Greider shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for her discovery in 1984 of telomerase, an enzyme that maintains protective caps on the ends of chromosomes.

Pradeep Ramulu, an associate professor of ophthalmology, has received the Light House Guild's 2016 Pisart Award. The $30,000 award recognizes early-career physicians and scientists whose work has the potential to influence the understanding of vision loss, the treatment of eye disease, or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss.

Linda Regan, an assistant professor and director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, has received the 2016 Director of the Year Award from the 12,000-member Emergency Medicine Residents Association. She is the first woman to receive this award since its inception 16 years ago.

Janet Serwint, a professor and director of the Pediatric Residency Program, has received the Association of Pediatric Program Directors' 2016 Walter W. Tunnessen Jr., MD, Award for the Advancement of Pediatric Education. The award is named for a renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric diagnostician and rheumatologist.

The blog Biomedical Odyssey: Adventures from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine won the Award for Excellence in Integrated Advancement in the Shoestring category from the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Institutional Advancement.

Sheridan Libraries and University Museums

Liz Johns, librarian for education, will present at the Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority Convention on building the sorority's national archives in Woodstock, Virginia. The session will introduce the archives, launch the digital collections site she built, and educate collegiate and alumni members on archival processes and basic personal best practices.

Gary Sampsell, preservation coordinator in the Department of Conservation and Preservation, received the Irving Lowens Endowed Memorial Prize in Musicology when he graduated last month from the Peabody Institute with a Master of Music in musicology.

Chella Vaidyanathan, curator of 19th–21st Century Rare Books and Manuscripts and academic liaison librarian for History, Anthropology, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, and Islamic Studies, has been elected vice chair/chair-elect of the History Section of the References and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Also, Vaidyanathan wrote the chapter "History, Religion and Philosophy Librarianship" in Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field, which was published by Libraries Unlimited in 2016.

University Administration

Joy Gaslevic has been appointed assistant vice provost and Title IX coordinator. As part of the Office of Institutional Equity, Gaslevic will conduct investigations of Title IX complaints filed by individuals at the university and oversee education and training activities related to sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Since 2007, Gaslevic has been in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, where she has represented a number of University of Maryland System schools and served as senior counsel for advice.

Paul Pineau has been appointed vice president and general counsel of the university. Pineau, who had held the position on an interim basis since August 2015, 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.

Christy Wyskiel, senior adviser to President Ronald J. Daniels for enterprise development and head of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, was named to Baltimore Business Journal's list of Tech 10., the university's website designed and developed by staff members in the Office of Communications, has received three prizes: a People's Voice Webby Award in the School/University category from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and two Stevies—a gold in the Non-Profit Organizations category and a silver in the Best Overall Design category—in the American Business Awards competition.

Whiting School of Engineering

Rebecca Schulman, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is among the 49 young scientists across the country to be selected by the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Science to receive a $750,000 five-year grant under the agency's Early Career Research Program. Read more on The Hub.