Cheers: December 2016

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Academic Centers and Affiliates

Gail Geller, a professor in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Hastings Center's Fellows Council, which is composed of the center's president and eight fellows elected for two-year terms, renewable once. The center's fellows, who now number more than 200, are distinguished experts from diverse disciplines who have been influential in bioethics.

Nancy E. Kass, deputy director for public health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management, received the 2016 Global Forum on Bioethics in Research Award in recognition of contributions to progress in international research ethics.

Leonard Rubenstein, a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and a lawyer, was appointed to the University College London–The Lancet Commission on Migration and Health.

Applied Physics Laboratory

Camille Daniel, of the Force Projection Sector, received a 2016 Technology Award from Women of Color magazine for her STEM-related accomplishments.

Natalie Hagan and Cheryl Manning have been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers. Hagan, of the Asymmetric Operations Sector, received SWE's Advocating Women in Engineering Award, presented for professional excellence in a STEM field and advocacy of women in engineering and SWE's objectives. Manning, of the Force Projection Sector, was named Fellow Grade in recognition of her continuous service to the advancement of women in engineering.

Glen Fountain, of the Space Exploration Sector, received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for serving as project manager and leading the New Horizons mission from spacecraft design through its successful flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

A Homeland Protection Mission Area team including John Contestabile, Steve Babin, and Dan Syed received a 2016 Under Secretary's Award from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate for leading the testing and development of datacasting, which uses software and existing public television broadcast capabilities to deliver targeted, secure, and immediate data and video to first responders across wide areas.

The APL-led New Horizons mission team received the Planetary Society's Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science. The award recognized the New Horizons spacecraft's historic Pluto flyby that culminated in a bonanza of images and other scientific data, generating headlines worldwide and setting records for both the farthest planet ever explored and arguably the largest public engagement of any NASA science mission.


Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food and Agriculture at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and SAIS and director of the Johns Hopkins Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, was appointed a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for Royal DSM.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Charles Reuland, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and an instructor in the School of Medicine, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Reuland will provide operational leadership on both campuses and spearhead the integration of activities needed to create a virtual "one hospital, two campus" model wherever appropriate.

Inez Stewart has been appointed senior vice president for human resources, effective Jan. 1. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Boston Children's Hospital, where she was vice president and chief human resources officer. Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in human resources management and will help recruit, develop, and support Johns Hopkins employees while fostering the highest quality of patient care.


Four Johns Hopkins professors are among the 391 new members of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. They are Janice Clements, a professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology and vice dean for faculty affairs in the School of Medicine; Yuan Chuan Lee, a research professor in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology**; Joseph Bernard Margolick, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, environmental health sciences, and epidemiology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine; and Rosemary Wyse, a professor of physics and astronomy in the Krieger School. Read more on the Hub..

Thirteen researchers from the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences are included in the Highly Cited Researchers list released annually by Thomson Reuters. Their publications are among the top 1 percent in their fields, Read more on the Hub.

Peabody Institute

Faculty artist Amit Peled's CD titled Casals Homage was released by Centaur records in November. Playing Pablo Casals' cello, Peled performs in a live concert the same program as Casals did 100 years ago. The 1733 Matteo Goffriller was lent to Peled by Casals' widow, Marta Casals Istomin.

Composition faculty artist Kevin Puts' new song cycle, Letters From Georgia, was premiered by Renée Fleming, Neil Varon, and the Eastman Philharmonia on Nov. 12 in Rochester, New York, and Nov. 14 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The song cycle was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music, Puts' and Fleming's alma mater.

Faculty member Dan Trahey has been selected as a semifinalist for Music & Arts 2016 Music Educator of the Year for his work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids. The winner will be announced Dec. 15.


David Lampton, director of China Studies, received a lifetime achievement award from the U.S.-China Policy Foundation at its 2016 gala dinner in Washington, D.C. Also honored were Barbara Hackman Franklin, president and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises and former U.S. secretary of commerce; and Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the United States.

School of Medicine

Patrick Byrne, a professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, is among the eight inaugural recipients of a RealSelf Fellowship to provide medical care and training in highly underserved communities worldwide. The fellowship will help fund a humanitarian trip in February to Nicaragua, where Byrne will collaborate with a Spanish foundation to treat children who have suffered disfiguring burns. RealSelf is an online community for consumers and physicians to share information about cosmetic treatments.

Michelle Horner, an assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Michael Lim, an associate professor of neurosurgical oncology and director of brain tumor immunotherapy, and Christopher Wolfgang, a professor of surgical oncology and director of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, have each received a $10,000 service excellence award for outstanding patient care from the Healthnetwork Foundation, a nonprofit that connects business leaders with pre-eminent hospitals throughout the country. Its awards are presented annually to 10 physicians nationwide who have been nominated by former patients for their high levels of integrity and compassionate care.

Randall Reed, a professor of molecular biology and genetics, has been appointed assistant dean for research. In his new position, Reed, a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1984 and a Howard Hughes Investigator for his first 22 years here, will focus primarily on research integrity, including new programs to enhance rigor in methodology and reproducibility in results. Reed's own major research focus is on the mechanisms of olfactory signal transduction and neuroregeneration.

Cynthia Sears, a professor of medicine, molecular microbiology and immunology, and oncology, has been chosen to become president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2018. She is currently vice president of the 9,000-member IDSA, which is considered to be the most prestigious infectious diseases organization in the world. Sears, a 25-year veteran of the Johns Hopkins faculty, is an internationally recognized expert in foodborne and intestinal infections.

School of Nursing

Joan Kub, an associate professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, has been named chair of the Quad Council Coalition of Public Health Nursing Organizations. She will oversee the coalition's mission of sustained excellence in public health nursing education, practice, leadership, and research.

Michael Sanchez has been promoted to assistant professor on the Practice-Education track in the Community-Public Health Department. Sanchez, a family nurse practitioner with expertise in HIV, men's and adult health, and sexual behaviors, has played an active role in providing care to uninsured and homeless populations. He has co-authored a number of research articles and is currently furthering his studies in adult-gerontology acute care at the University of Pennsylvania.

Phyllis Sharps, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health and associate dean for community programs, received the 2016 Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research President's Award. The theme of this year's award was Nurse Scientists Leading the Advancement of Team Science.

Sarah Szanton, an associate professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, was named a top-50 2016 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, a digital publication covering issues for older adults. Szanton was recognized on a list of advocates, researchers, thought leaders, writers, and experts at the forefront of improving aging, including the television innovator Norman Lear, TV news anchor Lesley Stahl, and Susan Reinhard of the AARP.

Sheridan Libraries

Jim Gillispie, geographic information system librarian and curator of maps, presented "GIS in the Hands of Future Librarians" at the Virginia Library Association's annual conference, held Oct. 28 in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Whiting School of Engineering

Ishan Barman, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen by the Maryland Academy of Sciences to receive the Maryland Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Read more on the Whiting School website.

Dennice Gayme, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed the Carol Linde Croft Faculty Scholar, and Ciaran Harman, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, has been named the Russell Croft Faculty Scholar. The positions were endowed by L. Gordon Croft, a 1956 graduate, to help the Whiting School retain outstanding faculty members, and the awards are given to senior assistant professors or associate professors to recognize their accomplishments and promote professional development. The preference for the Carol Linde Croft Faculty Scholar is a faculty member "whose research involves nanotechnology and alternatives to fossil fuels and, where possible, with applications to solar energy."

Pablo A. Iglesias, the Edward J. Schaefer Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named an IEEE Fellow, effective Jan. 1. The society's highest level of membership, the grade of fellow is bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to IEEE fields of interest. Iglesias was recognized for his contributions to control theory and systems biology.

OnSight 3D, a standing CT machine created by Jeff Siewerdsen, a professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues, was named 2016's Best New Radiology Device by, a website for radiologists and professional medical imaging experts. Read more on the Whiting School website.

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