Cheers: April 2017

Applied Physics Laboratory

Karolina DuBois, of the Air and Missile Defense Sector, received the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies Young Engineer of the Year award and the Society of Women Engineers Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Mentor award.

Vishal Giare has been named mission area executive for Air and Missile Defense, one of 12 mission areas at APL. In his new position, Giare sets direction for a mission area focused on developing advanced ballistic missile defense and anti–air warfare systems to provide integrated air and missile defense for the nation, deployed forces, and allies.

Rubbel Kumar, an aerodynamicist in the Force Projection Sector at APL and part-time aerospace engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland, was selected by Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as one of "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties."

William Gray Roncal, of the Research and Exploratory Development Department, was recognized with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the Greeneville (Tenn.) City Schools Education Foundation CORE Champions Awards Banquet. The 1999 graduate of Greeneville High School was saluted for a range of professional and volunteer accomplishments, including co-founding the APL College Prep program that helps underserved students apply to and prepare for college.

Ralph Semmel, APL director, received a Maryland International Business Leadership Award from the World Trade Center Institute. Lauded for his guidance of an organization that "defines and celebrates vision, international success, and excellence in leadership," Semmel accepted the honor at WTCI's annual Maryland International Leadership Awards ceremony in Baltimore in early March.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mark Bittle, an associate scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been elected to serve as a governing councilor, for a two-year term, in the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association.

Janice V. Bowie has been promoted to the rank of professor, with tenure, in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

Cassandra Crifasi, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, will receive the Jess Kraus Award for her paper titled "Assaults Against U.S. Law Enforcement Officers in the Line-of-Duty: Situational Context and Predictors of Lethality." The award is given each year to the author of the best paper published in Injury Epidemiology, selected by the editorial board according to novelty, simplicity, clarity, and potential impact on public health. Crifasi will present her work and receive the award May 25 at Columbia University.

Lilly Engineer, an assistant professor, has been selected to serve on the national 2017 Baldrige Board of Examiners. The Baldrige Program is a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the performance of U.S. organizations.

Beth McGinty, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been named a 2017–19 Implementation Research Institute Fellow with the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, at Washington University in St. Louis. The fellowship is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Susan G. Sherman, a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, has been granted tenure.

Jennifer L. Wolff has been promoted to the rank of professor, with tenure, in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Johns Hopkins Health System

Margaret Moon, an associate professor of pediatrics and a faculty member at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, has been named the inaugural chief medical officer for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. In this new role, she will work closely with medical, surgical, nursing, and administrative leadership to develop clinical operations, strategic plans, and organizational ethics that promote and preserve a focus on high-quality patient- and family-centered care.

Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Redonda Miller, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, were named to Becker's Hospital Review's list of 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Shane Butler has been appointed to the Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professorship in the Humanities.

William Egginton has been appointed to the Decker Professorship in the Humanities.

Nitu Kitchloo and Chikako Mese, both professors of mathematics, are among the 53 mathematicians and theoretical physicists who were awarded Simons Fellowships in 2017. Kitchloo is also chair of the Mathematics Department. The Simons Fellows program supports researchers' academic leaves, from one term to one year, enabling the recipients to focus solely on research for that time. Read more on the Hub.

Jacob Lauinger has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, effective July 1.

Pawel Maciejko has been appointed to the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Classical Jewish Religion, Thought and Culture.

Benjamin Zaitchik has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.


Rita Rastogi Kalyani, an associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, and Laura Weeldreyer, chief program officer for Talent Development Secondary in the School of Education, have been named to the Daily Record's list of the Top 100 Women in Maryland.

Peabody Institute

Judah Adashi, a Composition faculty artist, had a new work premiered by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country, on March 4 in Baltimore. Adashi is an alumnus of the group, currently directed by one of his former Preparatory composition students, Solon Snider. Adashi's new composition, titled For Martin, is set to text inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and written by Keith Snipes, a Baltimore-based actor and narrator. Adashi also recently released "Last Words,", an excerpt from a larger work in progress titled Unseen. The demo recording features vocals by Matthew J. Robinson of Howard University's Afro Blue, photos by Zach Gross taken for The New Yorker, and documentary audio from the Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system.

The Distance, a recent CD release by jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek and his ensemble, Kolossus, was ranked fifth Best Jazz Album of the year in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and made Downbeat Magazine's list of Best Albums of 2016. Also, El Intruso, an Argentinian website dedicated to jazz, rock, avant-garde, and other music, ranked Kolossus as Group of the Year 2016, the CD as fourth Best Album of the Year, and Formanek as third Best Composer and fourth Best Bassist of 2016.

Faculty artist Denyce Graves was featured with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an interview by NBC Washington's News4. The interview detailed Ginsburg's love of opera and her long-standing relationship with Graves, whom she has seen perform throughout her career at the Met and in her recent role as Emelda Griffith in Washington National Opera's production of Champion at the Kennedy Center. Graves also was recently featured on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Washington's WAMU 88.5.

Timothy Jones, a sophomore piano student of Marian Hahn's, received first prize in piano at the Music Teachers National Association's Competition for Young Artist Performance. He performed on March 21 as part of the winner's concert.


Eliot Cohen, director of the Strategic Studies Program, has been named a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

School of Medicine

Mark Anderson, director of the Department of Medicine, has been named the winner of the Heart Rhythm Society's Distinguished Scientist Award for 2017. Given annually since 1982, the award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to advancing scientific knowledge in the fields of cardiac pacing or cardiac electrophysiology.

Allen R. Chen has been appointed to the Saul and Doris Farber Professorship in the Division of Pediatric Oncology, effective May 29.

Gerald W. Hart has been appointed the first holder of the Paul and Christine Englund Professorship in the Department of Biological Chemistry.

Susan M. MacDonald has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Medicine.

Jeffrey B. Palmer has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Jiang Qian has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Oncology.

Karen Swartz, an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected to the school's Distinguished Teaching Society, an initiative recently launched by the medical students.

Maria Trent has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

School of Nursing

Tamryn Gray, a doctoral student in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was named a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Through funding from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future, she will receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, a professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was named to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She will be inducted at STTI's 28th International Nursing Research Congress, to be held in July in Dublin.

Whiting School of Engineering

Dennice Gayme, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Carol Croft Linde Faculty Scholar, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, which recognizes early-stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence. Gayme studies large-scale networked and spatially distributed systems in applications such as power networks, wind farms, and wall-turbulence. Using her five-year, $500,000 grant, she aims to create a new paradigm for modeling, analysis, and control of wall-bounded turbulent flows.

Jordan Green, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, is the 2017 recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education's Curtis W. McGraw Research Award. Green was cited, in particular, for "the discovery, development, and engineering of innovative nanobiotechnology for intracellular delivery and biomimetic instructive materials as therapeutics."

Gerard G.L. Meyer has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Nine faculty members from three Whiting School departments were inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows during AIMBE's annual event, held this year in March at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The new fellows from Hopkins Engineering are Joel Bader, Jordan Green, Rachel Karchin, Reza Shadmehr, Steven Salzberg, and Leslie Tung, from Biomedical Engineering; Gregory Hager, from Computer Science; and Sean Sun and Tza-Huei "Jeff" Wang, from Mechanical Engineering. Read more on the Hub.

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