Cheers: March 2017

Cheers is a monthly listing of appointments, promotions, and honors and awards received by faculty and staff. Submissions can be emailed to

Applied Physics Laboratory

David Van Wie, a Precision Strike mission area executive in the Force Projection Sector and an internationally renowned expert in aerospace engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Van Wie, who joined APL in 1983, is among 84 new academy members, whose selections were based on their outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, and pioneering work into new and developing technology fields. Van Wie was honored for his "contributions to hypersonic technology enabling new classes of flight vehicles."

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Colleen Barry has been appointed to the Julie and Fred Soper Professorship in Health Policy and Management, and as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, a professor in the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Environmental Health and Engineering, received the 2017 Shikani/El-Hibri Prize for Discovery and Innovation. The prize "recognizes excellence in the laboratory sciences and discoveries that have the potential to significantly advance biomedical science and to translate into improvements to patient care or the public's health."

Sydney E.M. Dy has been promoted to the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Elizabeth J. Letourneau has been promoted to the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Mental Health, effective April 1, 2016.

Cynthia S. Minkovitz has been appointed to the William H. Gates Sr. Chair in Population and Reproductive Health.

Sara E. Benjamin Neelon has been appointed the first holder of the Helaine and Sidney Lerner Professorship, and as director of the Johns Hopkins Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.

Keshia Pollack, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, was elected to the Early Career Academic Seat on the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Policy Council.

Gurumurthy Ramachandran has been appointed to the rank of professor with tenure in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, effective July 18, 2016.

Carey Business School

Jemima Frimpong, an assistant professor, and two colleagues from other universities received an $8.3 million National Institutes of Health grant to study HIV testing and linkage to care in opioid-treatment programs around the country.

Kiera Hynninen has joined the school as associate dean for global marketing and communications. She has more than 25 years of experience in traditional and digital/social marketing, strategy, branding, acquisition and retention initiatives, partnerships, creative, research, and communications. Among the brands she has marketed are the National Geographic Channel, the Weather Channel, Holiday Inn, and Kraft Foods. Most recently, Hynnenin served as chief marketing officer at Redbox movie and game DVD rentals.

Haiyang Yang, an assistant professor, has been appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Consumer Research.


Jonathan Plucker, the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development, is one of 14 scholars selected as a 2017 fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the largest national interdisciplinary research association focusing on the scientific study of education and learning. Plucker, an education researcher focusing on policy and talent development, has joint appointments in the School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth.

Peabody Institute

Jasmine Hogan, a faculty artist, and student harpists Erin Baker, Olivia Castor, Tianyang Chen, Peggy Houng, Olivia Kim, Melody Leung, and Jessica Sudarta will play two full programs at the World Harp Congress, to be held in July in Hong Kong. The first is a 90-minute presentation of new music, consisting of top compositions submitted over the last decade to the USA International Harp Competition's Composition Contest, which was created and chaired by faculty artist Ruth Inglefield. Selections to be performed include a composition by Nathan Cornelius, a doctoral candidate in guitar and master's candidate in theory pedagogy. The second program is a 50-minute multimedia program titled "Baltimore Dimensions."

my heart comes undone, an open instrumentation piece by composition faculty member Judah Adashi, was developed for the electric guitar and recorded Preparatory Guitar Department chair Zane Forshee. The work is available to download for free.

Faculty artist **Lura Johnson, piano, and artist diploma candidate Meng Su, guitar, have been selected as finalists for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's 2017 Baker Artist Award. The award is presented to artists who exemplify a mastery of craft, commitment to excellence, and a unique and compelling vision. Winners receive monetary prizes and are invited to do an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art and a feature on Maryland Public Television's Artworks program.


Antony Blinken has joined the Foreign Policy Institute as the Herter-Nitze Distinguished Scholar. He has held senior foreign policy positions in two U.S. administrations over three decades, including most recently deputy secretary of state.

Vikram Nehru has joined the school as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence. He is an expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia.

Josh White has joined the school as an associate professor of practice in the Asia Studies program and as a fellow at the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies. He most recently served at the White House as senior adviser and director for South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

Sarah Sewall has joined the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs as the Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar. She is an international affairs expert known for innovative, high-impact work on emerging security challenges. Her research focuses on ethics in counterinsurgency, civil-military relations, and collateral damage during military operations. Sewall most recently served as undersecretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, an appointment she had held since 2014.

School of Medicine

Mohamad E. Allaf has been promoted to professor of urology, with a secondary appointment in Oncology.

Donald Coffey, Distinguished Service Professor of urology and professor emeritus of oncology, pathology, and pharmacology and molecular sciences, is this year's recipient of the Dean's Distinguished Mentoring Award. Coffey, a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1965, is a leading expert in prostate cancer and has made major contributions to research, laying the foundation for many modern genetic and epigenetic discoveries. As a mentor, Coffey has had a profound effect, with most major urologic oncology institutions in this country tracing their research programs back to him and the scientific guidance he provided to many physicians, scientists, and leaders, including many top oncologists at Johns Hopkins.

Andrew Cosgarea, chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the Drew Family Professorship of Orthopaedic Surgery in honor of Alec J. Cosgarea, named after his son, Alec Cosgarea. A champion swimmer and popular student at Baltimore's McDonogh School, Alec Cosgarea, 17, died in a 2012 car accident. Donations from Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee Ina Drew, her husband Howard Drew, actors Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, the Broccoli Family Foundation, and more than 180 other donors created the professorship, which is the first dedicated to sports medicine. Cosgarea is one of the nation's top orthopedic surgeons. He served as team physician for the Baltimore Orioles from 2000 to 2010 and has been the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays' team physician since 2001.

Sherita Golden, a professor of endocrinology and metabolism and executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine, has been named the co-recipient of the University of Virginia School of Medicine's Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award. The Walter Reed award is named for the youngest-ever recipient of a medical degree at UVA. Reed also was a protégé of Johns Hopkins' first professor of pathology, William Henry Welch, and he later headed the U.S. Army research group that proved yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. The award honors professional accomplishments, outstanding innovation, and exemplary leadership.

S. Diane Hayward has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Oncology.

Noreen Hynes, an associate professor of medicine and public health and director of the Geographic Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been reappointed to the 13-member National Biodefense Science Board for an additional three-year term. Hynes, who spent 30 years working for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Public Health Service, has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins since 1997. The NBSB, also known as National Preparedness and Response Science Board, provides advice and guidance to HHS in its response to the effects of disasters on people's health.

Kay Redfield Jamison, the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, has been elected a corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's national academy.

Benjamin Levy, an assistant professor, has been named clinical director of medical oncology and medical director of thoracic oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Levy is developing one of the few multispecialty programs for lung cancer in the Washington, D.C., region, integrating oncology, surgery, pathology, and radiation oncology.

Mark Luciano has been appointed professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, with a secondary appointment in Pediatrics, effective Aug. 4, 2015.

David Wu, an assistant professor of medicine, has been named the director of palliative care at Bayview Medical Center. A graduate of Yale and the Baylor College of Medicine, he most recently served as senior medical director for Chesapeake Palliative Medicine/Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena, Maryland. The palliative care team provides expertise in communication, symptom management, and support for those living with serious, advanced illnesses.

School of Nursing

Patricia Davidson, dean, has been named a Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research ambassador to advocate and advance nursing science. Davidson was chosen for her ability to advance public health professions and policymaker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the NINR.

University Administration

Jason T. Perlioni has been appointed vice president for investments and chief investment officer, responsible for investing and managing more than $6 billion in endowment and other assets for the university and hospital. Read more on the Hub.

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