Cheers: July 2016

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Academic Centers and Affiliates

Carleigh Krubiner has joined the Berman Institute of Bioethics faculty as a research scholar, working on two projects examining the need to include pregnant women in medical research, in the context of Zika and HIV/AIDS. Krubiner previously spearheaded the development of the Ethics and Equity Working Group for the International Decision Support Initiative, which addresses the ethical dimensions of priority setting on the path to universal health coverage.

Govind Persad has joined the Berman Institute faculty as an assistant professor, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research examines questions at the intersection of law, morality, and economic markets. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Persad completed a fellowship in ethics at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics.

Yashar Saghai has joined the Berman Institute as an associate faculty member. He was previously a Hecht-Levi postdoctoral fellow at the institute, working as a member of the leadership team steering the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program. He will now serve as principal investigator on the project Ethics, Politics, Knowledge, and Our Planet's Food Futures.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Susan Baker, founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, received an honorary degree at the university's Commencement ceremony in May.

Joel Gittelsohn, a professor at the Center for Human Nutrition and the Global Obesity Prevention Center, both in the Department of International Health, received the Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award for the March 30 cycle. His proposal is titled "Understanding the Impact of Unintended Consequences of the Depth of Stock Changes in Baltimore's Small Foods Stores." The Lipitz awards were announced by the Institute for Health and Social Policy and are supported by the Lipitz Public Health Policy Fund.

Dan Morhaim, an associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management and deputy majority leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, was named co-chair of the Innovations in State Health Systems Task Force at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Morhaim, who is a physician, also is serving as national co-chair for the Alliance for Patient Access, an organization of physicians elected to state office.

Leiyu Shi, a professor in Health Policy and Management, is co-author of Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System, whose fourth edition has been released.

The Office of Communications and Marketing has been honored with three Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education: a silver medal in the Alumni Relations–Student Alumni Initiatives category for Centennial 100 Dinners, a silver medal in Individual Sub-Websites for the Yearlook website, and a bronze in Feature Writing for "Invisible Wounds."

Carey Business School

The Rustgi Family Fund in Entrepreneurship has awarded grants of $2,500 to two full-time faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary projects. Manuel Hermosilla, an assistant professor, is working with MIT doctoral candidate Yufei Wu to develop their proposal "Do Larger Markets Facilitate Entrepreneurial/Incumbent Cooperation?" Supriya Munshaw, a lecturer at Carey, and Kieren Marr, a School of Medicine professor, received a Rustgi grant for their proposal "Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Medical Research." The Rustgi Fund was established to support faculty research and advance the study of entrepreneurship at the school.

Homewood Student Affairs

Jill Guise, assistant director of Athletic Communications, has been named the 2015–16 Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Men's Sports Information Director of the Year. The award, which Guise also earned in 2009–10, is presented to individuals who "have achieved notable excellence in the field of water polo communications during the past academic year."

Johns Hopkins Health System

The 2016 Aster Awards, hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine to recognize the best health care marketing, included gold, silver, and bronze recognition for several Johns Hopkins marketing and communications teams. Bayview won two gold Asters: one for its 18-month cancer awareness calendar celebrating the medical center's expanded oncology services and the opening of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center there, and the second for Called to Care: A Program for Family Caregivers, which also received a silver award from the Mid-Atlantic Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and a merit award from Healthcare Advertising. Two silver Asters went to Johns Hopkins Medicine for its Orthopaedic Surgery website and its Biomedical Odyssey blog. Johns Hopkins HealthCare received a silver award for its Promoting Wellness: Exercise at Work videos and a bronze award for its Employer Health Programs open enrollment billboards.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Michael Edidin, a professor of biology who retired in June after 50 years on the JHU faculty, was honored on June 6 with an international symposium, whose speakers hailed from England and Australia as well as the U.S. and whose attendees included Japanese and Hungarian lab alumni. Edidin also held appointments in the School of Medicine, where he was a professor of medicine and of pathology; and in the School of Engineering, where he was a professor of materials science. The symposium, titled Immunology, Membrane Dynamics, and Beyond, was hosted in Homewood's Mudd Hall Auditorium by the Office of the Provost and the Department of Biology. The daylong event was followed by a dinner at the Mount Washington Center for nearly 100 of his lab's alumni and his current colleagues.

Peabody Institute

Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco will perform July 3 at the Cordoba Guitar Festival of Spain, July 7 at the Concert Hall of the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong, July 11 in Shanghai, and July 15 in the Beijing Concert Hall. He will give master classes in the cities as well.

Zane Forshee, chair of the Preparatory's Guitar Department, was awarded the Preparatory's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Two new chamber works by faculty artist Michael Hersch, a member of the Composition Department, were premiered in New York in June. Soprano and faculty artist Ah Young Hong performed Hersch's song cycle a breath upward on June 10 at Manhattan's Saint Peter's Church, and violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait performed Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss on June 28 in a full multimedia presentation at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

Junior Juan Esteban Martinez, a clarinetist who studies with Anthony McGill, won first place in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition at the 27th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival in Houston. Martinez was one of seven TMF Music Fellows to reach the concerto competition finals. As winner, he performed solo with the TMF Orchestra on June 24 and 25 and will appear in Leipzig's famed Gewandhaus with the Leipzig Akademisches Orchester in Germany in the fall.

Michael Repper, a Peabody doctoral candidate and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra fellow, will be the new music director of the Northern Neck Orchestra in Kilmarnock, Virginia, beginning in the fall. Kilmarnock is one of the smallest communities in the United States to support a full symphony orchestra.

A Cole Porter Companion, a book edited by Musicology faculty member Susan Forscher Weiss, Don M. Randel, and Matthew Shaftel, was released June 15.


John McLaughlin, a distinguished practitioner-in-residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, has received the William Oliver Baker Medal of Achievement from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. The award, presented in June in Washington, D.C., recognizes sustained contributions and exemplary service to U.S. intelligence and national security affairs and is one of the most highly regarded honors of its kind given outside government. Before joining SAIS, Merrill spent 32 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as acting director and deputy director.

Pavithra Suryanarayan, an assistant professor of international political economy, received the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences' 2016 GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best CSES (Comparative Study of Electoral Systems) Scholarship for "When Do the Rich Vote Less Than the Poor and Why? Explaining Turnout Inequality Across the World," a scholarly paper she co-authored with Kimuli Kasara of Columbia University.

School of Medicine

Tina Cheng, a professor of pediatrics, has been named the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, director of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and pediatrician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has also been named co-director of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she will work with David Hackam, chief of Pediatric Surgery, to manage its clinical and research centers. Cheng assumes these positions July 1, succeeding George Dover, who retired as head of Pediatrics on June 30. Read more on the Hub.

Margaret S. Chisolm, an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Gold Humanism Scholars award, which enables a previous Gold Humanism Scholar to return as faculty to the 2017 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators.

Charles Cummings, a Distinguished Service Professor in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, has received the University of Virginia's Medical Alumni Association's 2016 Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award, its highest honor. Cummings, a 1961 graduate of UVA's medical school, was director of Johns Hopkins' Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery from 1991 until 2003 and chief of staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1997 to 1999. He has served as executive medical director/vice president for Johns Hopkins International and, from 2011 to 2013, was interim director of Orthopaedics.

Sanjay Desai, an associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, director of the Osler Medical Training Program, and vice chair of education in the Department of Medicine, has been named by the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine as a Young Leader to Watch. The honor recognizes exemplary innovation, leadership, and contributions to internal medicine residency education.

Sheldon D. Glass, a part-time assistant professor, has been awarded the Herman Staples Distinguished Service Award by the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry for his contributions and service to that field.

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, a professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has won the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society.

Shari Lawson, an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics and division director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been appointed assistant dean for medical student affairs and also as director of medical student diversity. In the former position, Lawson, a 2001 graduate of the Johns Hopkins medical school, will be an adviser, advocate, and role model for medical students and will support their efforts to apply for residencies and other programs, or fellowships. In the latter position, she will work to enhance the recruitment and success of a diverse medical student body.

Constantine "Kostas" Lyketsos, the Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor and chair of Psychiatry at Bayview, has won the 2016 Athenian Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Psychiatry and Related Sciences, given by the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences. The award will be presented at the society's conference in October in Athens.

Leticia "Lettie" Nanda, a nurse practitioner in Psychiatry at Bayview, was presented with the second annual Miller-Coulson Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Clinical Excellence Award by the Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.

Rachel Salas, an associate professor in Neurology–Sleep Medicine, has been selected as vice chair of the American Academy of Neurology's Consortium of Neurology Clerkship Directors. After her two-year term, she will be chair for two years. She is the first representative from Johns Hopkins to serve in this role at the national level in neurology.

Lillie Shockney, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of breast cancer and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, was one of six local women honored with a Women in Business Trailblazers in Healthcare Award from Baltimore's Center Club. Shockney, a two-time breast cancer survivor, has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world.

Kenneth Stoller, an assistant professor and director of the Broadway Center for Addiction, has won the 2016 Nyswander/Dole "Marie" Award given by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence. The award is the highest accolade the national organization can bestow on someone in recognition of his or her contributions to the field.

Suzanne Topalian, associate director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, was honored by the University of Michigan's A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute as one of two recipients of this year's $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science. Topalian's groundbreaking work has helped show how the human body's own immune system can fend off cancer.

Elizabeth Wise is the first Psychiatry resident to receive the Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. It was presented to her at this year's annual Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence symposium.

School of Nursing

Hae-Ra Han and Ibby Tanner, associate professors in the Department of Community-Public Health, each received a Nurse Support Program II Competitive Institutional Grant. Han, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Education and the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, will use the funding to develop, promote, and evaluate a comprehensive teaching and leadership fellows program called Nurse Faculty for the Future. Building on a prior grant, Tanner will use the funding to help further collaborations between education and practice, develop new models that promote patient-centered continuum of care, and increase statewide resources for online interprofessional simulations.

Melissa Kurtz, a doctoral candidate, was a recipient of the Heilbrunn Center's 2016 Nurse Scholar Awards. Her research will explore factors that influence decision making for parents whose infants are in neonatal intensive-care units.

Sheridan Libraries and University Museums

Mark Cyzyk, scholarly communication architect, was reappointed to a two-year term on the editorial board of Information Technology and Libraries, the journal of the Library and Information Technology Association. Cyzyk has served on the board since 2010.

Jen Darragh, Data Services and Sociology librarian, wrote a chapter titled "Restricted Data Access and Libraries" in the recently published volume Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and in Practice.

Jim Gillispie, head of GIS and Data Services, delivered a paper titled "Maps for a Digital Age" at the Map Librarians 75th Anniversary: Surveying the Past and Charting the Future session, part of the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, was a visiting associate professor at the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance in June.

Liz Johns, librarian for education, received the award for Outstanding National Officer Service from Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority for her service as national archivist from 2013 to 2016. Johns received the award, given every three years to select volunteers, at the Women of Character Luncheon during the 44th Tri Sigma National Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois.

University Administration

Christy Wyskiel, senior adviser to President Ron Daniels for enterprise development and head of Technology Ventures, is among the tech leaders recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal in its inaugural class of Tech 10 honorees. They were honored for their willingness to take risks and their efforts to move Greater Baltimore forward.

The Office of Communications has been honored with five Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE gold medals went to in the Institutional Websites category, the video team's piece about spider crickets in the News and Research Videos category, and the video engagement efforts of the media team in the Strategic Communications–Media Relations Programs category. Johns Hopkins Magazine won a silver medal in Periodical Staff Writing and a bronze medal in Feature Writing for its Pluto story, "New Horizon's Moment of Truth."

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