Bayview Medical Center

Deidra Crews, an assistant professor of nephrology, has been named the recipient of the second annual Ernest Just Prize, which is jointly sponsored by the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The prize was created "to encourage, foster, and publicize the innovative research developments by American physicians and researchers whose work centers around health, environmental, genetic, historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors impacting African-American health, longevity, and quality of life and/or cutting-edge medical developments targeted towards treating and/or eradicating chronic diseases disproportionately afflicting African-Americans." Among Crews' research interests are chronic kidney disease epidemiology and racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in chronic kidney disease.

Karen Horton has been named to the new position of vice chair for Bayview Radiology. A 1988 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Horton received her MD from Johns Hopkins in 1992. During her radiology residency at Johns Hopkins, she was selected as chief resident. After completing a body imaging fellowship at Johns Hopkins, she joined the Radiology faculty as assistant professor in 1998 and rose through the ranks to full professor. Her research interest is 3D computed tomography, and she has published more than 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 book chapters, and has lectured at almost 100 CME courses/society meetings throughout the U.S. and abroad. Horton established the virtual colonoscopy program at Johns Hopkins and created an educational website, Since 2009, she has been director of the Radiology Residency Program, which won the Aunt Minnie award for Best Radiologist Training Program in 2012. She will continue to head the program while assuming her new responsibilities.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brian S. Caffo has been promoted to professor in the Department of Biostatistics.

Johns Hopkins Health System

Stephanie Reel, senior vice president and chief information officer, has received Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Award. The award program honors "the best and brightest IT executives ... [who are] moving their businesses forward with potent technology and ROI-rich projects."

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Kim Hoppe, formerly associate director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has been named director of Media Relations, an office she had served as interim institutional crisis communication director since September. Before joining Johns Hopkins nine years ago, Hoppe was a senior news producer, medical news producer, and newsroom manager at WJZ-13 and a producer at Maryland Public Television and WMAR-TV. She has received several Tellys, an Emmy nomination, and an award of merit from the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Peter Armitage has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1.

Joel B. Grossman has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science, effective July 1.

Montgomery County Campus

Elaine Amir, director, has been named by The Daily Record as one of Maryland's 2013 Top 100 Women. The selection of the high-achieving women, made by an outside panel of business leaders, is based on their professional accomplishment, community service, and mentoring. They will be recognized at an event May 6 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Peabody Institute

Junior Jennifer Nicole Campbell, a student of Brian Ganz's, was one of two competitors representing the United States in the second Aarhus International Piano Competition, held Feb. 24 to March 2 in Denmark.

The Lunar Ensemble, a contemporary chamber group of Peabody students and alumni, performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and works commissioned from Tulane University composers in March at Tulane in New Orleans. The concerts are part of the Lunar Ensemble's Pierrot Centenary Project.

Mark Janello, a Music Theory faculty member, was a solo category winner of the Aliénor Awards, which promote the creation of new music for the harpsichord. His composition, Six Harpsichord Miniatures, was performed March 23 at the joint conference of the Southeastern and Midwestern Historic Keyboard Societies, held in Cincinnati.


Several SAIS projects were recognized in the annual Educational Advertising Awards sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, which received nearly 3,000 entries from 1,000-plus colleges, universities, and secondary schools. In the categories for schools with fewer than 2,000 students, SAIS' new website took the Gold award for Best Website, the 2011-12 issue of SAISPHERE (Agriculture) took the Gold award for Best Internal Publication, the school's official Facebook and Twitter pages won the Silver award for Best Social Media, and Summer Programs 2012 promotional materials received a Merit award for Best Direct Mail Advertising Campaign.

School of Education

David Thomas, program administrator for domestic violence in the Division of Public Safety Leadership, was selected by the White House as a public delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. In early March, Thomas joined U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice as part of the U.S. delegation attending the 57th session of the commission, held at the United Nations' New York headquarters. Delegates work with U.S. negotiators as they address violence against women and develop international policies and protocols.

School of Medicine

Roger S. Blumenthal has been appointed the first holder of the Kenneth J. Pollin Professorship in Cardiology.

Eugenie S. Heitmiller has been promoted to professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Ann L. Hubbard has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Cell Biology.

James J. Knierim has been promoted to professor of neuroscience.

E. Mark Mahone has been promoted to professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Joseph L. Mankowski has been promoted to professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, with secondary appointments in Neurology and Pathology.

Peter J. Mogayzel Jr. has been promoted to full professor.

Timothy M. Pawlik has been promoted to professor of surgery. In addition, Pawlik, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and director of the Liver Tumor Center, has been elected president of the Association of Academic Surgery for the 2014-15 term and will serve as president elect for the 2013-14 term. The impetus of the association's membership is research-based academic surgery.

Douglas N. Robinson has been promoted to professor of cell biology, with a secondary appointment in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences.

Nancy K. Roderer has been appointed professor emerita in the Division of Health Science Informatics.

Ronald Rodriguez has been promoted to professor of urology.

Lewis H. Romer has been promoted to professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, with secondary appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Cell Biology.

Murray B. Sachs has been appointed University Distinguished Service Professor of Biomedical Engineering and as professor emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Jeffrey H. Siewerdsen has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Vered Stearns has been promoted to professor in the Department of Oncology.

Patricia Thomas, professor of medicine and associate dean for curriculum, has been selected to receive the 2013 SGIM Career Achievement in Medical Education Award. Presented by the Society of General Internal Medicine, the award recognizes those whose lifetime contributions have profoundly impacted the field of medical education. She will receive the award April 26 at the society's national meeting in Denver.

Stephany Tzeng, a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering, has won a Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society for Biomaterials.

Martin D. Valentine has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine.

Whiting School of Engineering

Jin U. Kang, a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Chemical Engineering, has been named the Jacob Suter Jammer Professor of Electrical Engineering. This professorship was established in 1962 by Mary Jammer White to honor her brother, Jacob Suter Jammer, who graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1918 with a degree in electrical engineering. When White died in 1990, she left a substantial bequest to the Whiting School and to Johns Hopkins Medicine's Wilmer Eye Institute, where she was once a patient. Kang's biophotonic and optoelectronic research includes the development of a "smart" surgical tool that will better enable ophthalmologists at Wilmer to perform delicate retinal surgery. Much of his work emphasizes the development of real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging, and sensing systems for guided surgical intervention.

Rachel Karchin has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, effective July 1.