Academic Centers and Affiliates

A Jhpiego video on why women in the developing world are living with HIV but dying from cervical cancer was one of 10 video honorees for the 17th annual Webby Awards in the Public Service/Activism category. Other honorees included The New York Times, Volkswagen, the Ad Council, and Teach for America. A Webby is the leading international honor for excellence on the Internet.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kavi Bhalla, an assistant professor in International Health, has been appointed to the Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention for the period of Aug. 13, 2012, to Aug. 12, 2015.

Joanna Cohen, an associate professor in Health, Behavior and Society and director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, has been appointed to the Food and Drug Administration's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee for a four-year term. The 12-person committee provides expertise on the evaluation of scientific research in areas such as health policy, epidemiology, global tobacco control, and nicotine dependence. Cohen is also a senior editor of Tobacco Control, the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field.

M. Danielle Fallin has been appointed to the Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professorship in Mental Health, effective July 15.

Kay Redfield Jamison will be presented with Rockefeller University's 2012 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science at a ceremony on June 5. The award recognizes Jamison's 1993 book, Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, which examines the relationship between artistic creativity and mood disorders.

David Peters has been appointed to the Edgar Berman Professorship in International Health.

Aimee Summers, a doctoral student in International Health, has received a 2013 Dan David Prize Scholarship for the Future time dimension in the field of preventive medicine for her research "Assessment of the Impact of Sunflower Oil Emollient Therapy on Neonatal Skin Barrier Function, Nutritional Status, Bacterial Colonization of the Skin, and Markers of Immune Response in Sarlahi, Nepal." Each year, the Dan David Prize laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money toward 20 scholarships of $15,000 for outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, 10 from Tel Aviv University and 10 from other universities worldwide. The award ceremony will take place this month in Tel Aviv.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Angus Burgin, an assistant professor in the Department of History, was selected by the Organization of American Historians to receive the 2013 Merle Curti Award, which is given annually for the best books published in American intellectual history and American social history. Burgin's book, The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression, was hailed by the judging committee for bringing to life "an intricate sequence of ideas that has shaped both modern American conservatism and transatlantic conceptions of advanced capitalism." 

Kelly Gebo, an associate professor in the School of Medicine and director of the Krieger School's Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies, received the 2012 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education from the Association of Schools of Public Health. The award supports faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary efforts to start a new program, collaborated with community partners and other disciplines, and garnered respect and enthusiasm from students.

Tyrel M. McQueen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received the ExxonMobil Award Faculty Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry. The fellowship recognizes young untenured scientists in tenure-track faculty positions at U.S. institutions who have made substantial contributions to the discipline of solid-state chemistry and have the potential to emerge as leaders in the field. The fellowship also recognizes solid-state chemistry as a critical science and engineering discipline that is a vital component of the research enterprise in the United States. The award includes an unrestricted grant of $10,000 in research funds and will be presented to McQueen at the 2013 American Chemical Society national meeting to be held in September in Indianapolis.

Lester Spence, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, was named winner of the 2013 National Conference of Black Political Scientists' DuBois Best Book Award for_ Star in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics_. Spence's book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, explores African-Americans' hopes and fears about hip-hop music's political power.

Haiqing Zhao has been promoted to full professor, with tenure, in the Department of Biology. In addition, Zhao was recently given the 2013 Young Investigator Award from the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, the professional society for olfaction and taste research. The award recognizes emerging leaders in the field of olfaction. Zhao's lab explores the first step of olfaction: olfactory signal transduction, the process by which olfactory sensory neurons transform information.


A six-member student team from the Johns Hopkins schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Public Health took top honors in the 2013 Emory Global Health Case Competition. The March event in Atlanta challenged 24 teams from universities in four countries to sort out a complex global issue based on an imaginary scenario. The JHU team's plan for an international sanitation aid program devised for China was named best entry. Team members were Kevin Wang, KSAS; Aaron Chang, WSE; Matt Lindsley, SoN; and Stephanie Van Dyke, Nidhi Khurana, and Collin Weinberger, all of SPH.

Seven Johns Hopkins students have been awarded Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for summer study in an intensive language institute in one of 13 countries. The recipients and their languages and host countries are Maxwell Peck, SAIS, Arabic (Morocco); Elizabeth Thomas, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bangla (Bangladesh); Erin Hunter, Public Health, Bangla (Bangladesh); Matthew Pittman, Whiting School of Engineering, Chinese (China); Matthew Couillard, Krieger School, Chinese (China); Sarah Solomon, SAIS, Persian (Tajikistan); and Mahrukh Hasan, SAIS, Urdu (India).

At an event held May 8 in Homewood's Glass Pavilion, the Diversity Leadership Council honored the recipients of its 2013 Diversity Awards. They are Lorie Benning, senior biostatistician in the Bloomberg School's Department of Epidemiology; Jennifer R. Cohen, postdoctoral fellow in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, School of Medicine; Candice Dalrymple, associate dean and director of the Center for Educational Resources, JHU Libraries; Julie Freischlag, professor and director of the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine; Sara Jalali, assistant resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine, JHH and School of Medicine; Lisa Ross DeCamp, postdoctoral fellow in Pediatrics, Bayview Medical Center; Ben Vinson III, professor of history and vice dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Peter Winch, professor in the Department of International Health and director of the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health; the School of Nursing founders of the Guiding Initiative for Doctoral Education (Dottie Becraft, academic program administrator; Kathleen Becker, assistant professor in Community-Public Health Nursing; Marie Brown, graduate assistant; Ayzha Corbett, academic program administrator; Hayley Mark, assistant professor in Community-Public Health Nursing; and Laura Taylor, assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care); and co-founders of the Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (Tyler Mains and Mark Wilcox, students in the School of Medicine; and Adriana Andrade and Kathleen Page, assistant professors in the Department of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine).

Peabody Institute

Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Douglas Buchanan won this year's Irving Lowens Award for Student Research, presented in April by the American Musicological Society's Capital Chapter. His paper was titled "Rhetoric Rethought: Affektenlehre in Context."

Brian Kay, a senior studying with Richard Stone, won the Lute Society of America's Emerging Artist Competition for the second time, in April. He is the only student lutenist to have won the award more than once.

Sophomore Won Kim, a violin student of Violaine Melançon, and junior Bo-Kyung Hwang, a piano student of Yong Hi Moon, each won first place for the Collegiate Strings in the 2013 Rockville Competition for Piano and Strings on April 21. They performed in the Winner's Recital on April 26 at Montgomery College.

Countertenor Daniel Moody, a junior, won first prize in the Russell Wonderlic Memorial Competition, a program of Community Concerts at Second, on April 6.

Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Eunkyung Yoon, a student of Yong Hi Moon, won first prize in the Concerto Category of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, which took place March 24 to April 1. In addition to a cash prize, she won the opportunity to perform with Manchester Camerata in England.


Wil Burns, associate director of the Master of Science, Energy Policy and Climate Program, has been appointed president of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, the primary organization for environmental academics in the United States and globally.

School of Education

Laurie deBettencourt, a professor and associate dean for Educator Preparation Programs, was elected vice president of the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children for the year starting July 1. The following year she will become president-elect of the group.

Steven Pape, a professor of education with an emphasis on mathematics, has been appointed director of the new online Doctor of Education degree program. The EdD offering, currently pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is slated to launch this fall.

School of Medicine

Mary Armanios, L. Ebony Boulware, Andrea Cox, Kelly Gebo, and Sherita Golden have been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. The five were among 80 new members inducted at the ASCI's annual meeting on April 26 in Chicago. Armanios is an associate professor of oncology and director of the Telomere Clinic in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides multidisciplinary care to patients who are suspected to have or who carry the diagnosis of telomere-related disorders (which include cancer, bone marrow failure/aplastic anemia, and lung disease).?Boulware is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology who studies interventions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes with chronic diseases, such as chronic kidney disease and hypertension. Cox, an expert in treating people infected with the hepatitis C virus, is an associate professor and the co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Gebo, an associate professor with appointments in Public Health and Arts and Sciences as well as Medicine, is co-principal investigator of the HIV Research Network, a consortium of 18 high-volume HIV medical care clinics across the United States caring for more than 16,000 patients with HIV disease. Golden is an associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology and holds joint appointments in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interest centers around identifying endocrine risk factors associated with development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Janice Clements, a professor in Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, director of the Retrovirus Laboratory, and vice dean for faculty, has been named to the Council of Councils for the National Institutes of Health. The 27-member council advises NIH Director Francis S. Collins on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, and recommends research areas that deserve special attention. Clements will serve until October 2015.

The Association of American Physicians has elected Johns Hopkins researchers Stephen Desiderio, Harry C. "Hal" Dietz, Drew Pardoll, Jeremy Sugarman, and David Valle as new members. The names of this year's new members were announced April 26 at AAP's annual joint meeting with the American Society for Clinical Investigation in Chicago. Desiderio is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and the Immunobiology Program in the Institute for Cell Engineering. Dietz is the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Genetics and Medicine at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A pediatric cardiologist and geneticist, he also directs the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research. Pardoll is a Martin D. Abeloff Professor and director of Cancer Immunology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sugarman is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine; a professor of medicine and of health policy and management; deputy director for medicine at the Berman Institute of Bioethics; and co-chair of the Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. Valle is the Henry J. Knott Professor and Director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. A professor of pediatrics, ophthalmology, and molecular biology and genetics, he also is director of the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics and the founding director of the Center for Inherited Disease Research.

Peter J. Espenshade has been promoted to professor of cell biology.

Andrew Feinberg, director of the Center for Epigenetics in the school's Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and a Gilman Scholar, has been named to the 2013 Spinoza Chair in Medicine by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam, with the Spinoza Foundation Amsterdam. The chair is named for Baruch Spinoza, the 17th-century Dutch Enlightenment philosopher. The visiting professorship is awarded each year to two prominent thinkers, one in medicine and the other in philosophy. Feinberg will be in residence at the University of Amsterdam for a week in May, giving "master classes" on both genetics and philosophy. He also will deliver the Spinoza Lecture, discussing the epigenetic basis of common human disease.

Mariam Fofana, an MD/PhD student, has been awarded a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, one of 30 worth about $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in maintenance. The fellowships are awarded annually to the most accomplished and promising immigrants and children of immigrants in American graduate education. Fofana, who holds a BA from Harvard, was born in Paris to parents from Ivory Coast and came to the U.S. when she was 13. Her research focuses on infectious diseases, and she has studied cost-effectiveness of HIV interventions in South Africa.

Shawn E. Lupold has been appointed the inaugural Hinman Urologic Education Endowed Fund Scholar in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.

Kenneth J. Pienta has been appointed professor of urology with secondary appointments in Oncology and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences.

Peter Pronovost, a professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and director of Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been named the No. 5 Most Influential Physician Executive by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazines. It is the third consecutive year that Pronovost has been on the list of honorees, selected by the publications' editors and readers for their leadership in various areas of the health care industry. He was No. 19 in 2012.

Peter V. Rabins, the Richman Family Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the American Psychiatric Association's Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry. The award, bestowed in May at the association's annual meeting in San Francisco, honors a psychiatrist who has demonstrated special leadership or who has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research in geriatric psychiatry.

Roberto Salvatori has been promoted to professor of medicine, with a secondary appointment in Neurosurgery.

Jonathan Zenilman, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been selected by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association to receive its Distinguished Career Award for lifetime career achievement. He will receive the award on July 17 during a meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research in Vienna.

School of Nursing

Martha N. Hill, dean, was awarded an honorary fellowship by London's Royal College of Nursing at its 2013 Congress held April 21 in Liverpool. RCN Fellowships are awarded to individuals who are not nurses but have had a significant impact on nursing or health care, and may also be given to nurses registered outside the U.K. who have made an exceptional contribution within their country or internationally.

University Administration

Kathryn Crecelius, chief investment officer, has been named Large Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor. The publication's annual U.S. Investment Management Awards recognize money managers in more than 35 asset classes and strategies "who stood out in the eyes of the investor community for their exceptional performance, risk management, and service." The winners were honored at a dinner held May 16 in New York.

Whiting School of Engineering

Michael L. Falk has been promoted to professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective July 1.

Sharon Gerecht has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, effective July 1.