Bayview Medical Center

Rachel DeMunda has been appointed director of environmental health, safety, emergency management services, and sustainability. She will be responsible for implementing Bayview's safety and environmental health management program while also providing oversight for compliance with local, state, and federal environmental health and safety requirements. She previously worked at Mercy Medical Center.

Karen Horton, a professor and director of the Radiology Residency Program, has been appointed the inaugural vice chair for Radiology at Bayview. A 1992 graduate of the School of Medicine and former chief radiology resident, Horton joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1998. Under her leadership, the residency program won the 2012 Aunt Minnie award from, the Tucson, Ariz.–based radiology portal, for Best Radiologist Training Program. Horton's research interest is 3-D computed tomography.

Carolyn Phillips has been appointed director of Regulatory Affairs. She will be responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state, and Joint Commission regulations, as well as for specialty program certification. Phillips most recently served as the accreditation compliance coordinator for Upper Chesapeake Health, a nonprofit health care network.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Colleen Barry, an associate professor in Health Policy and Management, was elected to the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for a four-year term.

Sara Bleich, an associate professor in Health Policy and Management, received the Obesity Society's award for best research manuscript in the journal Obesity in fall 2012.

Mary A. Fox, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management, has been appointed to serve on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives. She will serve for five years as scientific expert on the committee, which supports the efforts of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Shannon Frattaroli has been promoted to associate professor in Health Policy and Management.

Fang Han, a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics, has won a 2013 Notable Paper Award from AISTATS, an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers at the intersection of computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, and related areas. At its upcoming conference, Han will present his winning paper, "Sparse Principal Component Analysis for High Dimensional Multivariate Time Series." Among 211 paper submissions, only 24 were selected for oral presentation, and just six were selected as notable papers.

Thomas LaVeist, a professor in Health Policy and Management, won the article of the year award for 2012 from the American Journal of Public Health.

Vicente Navarro, a professor in Health Policy and Management, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lleida in Spain in recognition of his scholarship.

Sandra Newman, a professor in the Institute for Policy Studies in the Department of Health Policy and Management, was appointed to the Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. 

Keshia Pollack has been promoted to associate professor in Health Policy and Management.

Steven Salzberg, who holds joint appointments as a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health and a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Bioinfomatics Organization's 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. In the award citation, Salzberg was lauded for his many contributions to open access bioinformatics software, spanning packages for bacterial gene finding, whole-genome alignment, next-generation sequencing analysis, and genome assembly. The citation also noted his public advocacy for greater sharing of data and against software and gene patents.

Stephen P. Teret, a professor in Health Policy and Management, gave the Dean's Distinguished Lecture at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Cheri Wilson, a research associate in Health Policy and Management and program director of the Culture-Quality-Collaborative and Clearview Organizational Assessments-360 in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, has been appointed co-chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Health Services Executives and elected as an at-large member of the Steering Committee of the American Medical Association Commission to End Health Care Disparities.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Kyle McCarter, the William Foxwell Albright Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, was recognized by the University of Oklahoma as one of its 2013 Distinguished Alumni. McCarter, who received a bachelor's degree in English from OU in 1967, presented a talk titled "The Origin and Early History of the Alphabet" on Feb. 21.

Lester Spence, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, has been selected as a 2013 winner of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists' DuBois Best Book Award for Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics. The book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, explores African-Americans' hopes and fears about hip-hop's potential political power, using survey data, neoliberal analysis, experiments, and case studies.

Haiqing Zhao, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, has been given the Association for Chemoreception Sciences' 2013 Young Investigator Award, which recognizes emerging leaders in the field of olfaction. Zhao's laboratory is interested in the first step of olfaction: olfactory signal transduction, the process by which olfactory sensory neurons transform information of odorous chemicals into membrane potential changes.

Peabody Institute

Cellist Frances Borowsky, a Master of Music candidate studying with Amit Peled, won first place in the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, co-sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (Va.) and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. In the competition, she performed the Allegro moderato movement of Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major.

Baritone Jeffrey Grayson Gates, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate, was one of two winners of the 2012–13 Vocal Arts DC Young Artists Competition. On April 21, he performed in a winners' concert at the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park.

Septagon, a CD by bassist and Conservatory faculty member Blake Meister, was named Best Album of 2012 by and by Washington City Paper.

Voice student Tia Price, a Master of Music candidate, received this year's Presser Award. The grant of $10,000 will be used to commission, perform, and document a song cycle based on texts written by students in the Peabody Preparatory's Tuned-In program. The song cycle, on the theme "This Is My Voice," will be composed by Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Natalie Draper and performed in Baltimore churches and other local venues.

Harpist Jordan Thomas, a senior, won first place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition playing Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto. He performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on March 23. Thomas was also a winner of the 2013 Baltimore Music Club Competition.

School of Medicine

Edward Bernacki, a professor of medicine, director of the Division of Occupational Medicine, and executive director of Health, Safety and Environment for JHU and JHH, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure.

Lisa Cooper, a professor of medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has received the 2013 Watkins-Saunders Award from the American Heart Association's Baltimore chapter. The award, named in honor of Levi Watkins, a pioneering Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeon, and Elijah Saunders, of the University of Maryland, recognizes Cooper's efforts to diminish health care disparities in Maryland.

Jeff Geschwind, a professor of radiology, surgery, and oncology and director of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, as well as the Interventional Radiology Center at JHH, gave the Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen Honorary Lecture at the European Congress of Radiology, which was held in March in Vienna.

Se-Jin Lee, a professor in Molecular Biology and Genetics, has won the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine from South Korea's Ho-Am Foundation. The prize, established in 1990 by the Samsung Corp. in honor of its founder, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in medical research that pave the way to conquering disease. It is awarded each year to an ethnic Korean, and is sometimes referred to as "Korea's Nobel." Lee is best known for his discovery of myostatin, a hormone that regulates muscle mass, and related work that lays the foundation for new therapies for conditions such as muscle wasting and muscular dystrophy. Lee, who joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1991, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Seoul on May 31. The award amount is the equivalent of about $270,000.

Peter McDonnell, a professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been elected president of the boards of directors of NAEVR/AEVR. AEVR, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, is a nonprofit educational foundation whose primary purpose is to educate Congress and the public about the value of eye and vision research; NAEVR, the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, is a nonprofit affiliate that comprises a coalition of 55 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research.

Rev. David Matthew "Matt" Norvell has been named the first full-time pediatric chaplain for the Charlotte Bloomberg Children's Center, thanks to a generous gift from the Bunting Foundation. A graduate of the Duke Divinity School, Norvell served as the chaplain resident at the Durham (N.C.) Veterans Affairs Hospital and as the youth and family pastor for Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Md., before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2007 for additional clinical pastoral education. Before his new appointment, he served as chaplain resident, bereavement coordinator, and palliative care support specialist in the Children's Center.

Jeffrey Palmer, a professor and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been named editor-in-chief of Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, a new online journal published by Springer.

Stephen Sisson, the Philip A. Tumulty Professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine, has been named executive director of Ambulatory Services at JHH. A member of the General Internal Medicine faculty since 1996, he also has served since 1998 as director of the Johns Hopkins Internet Learning Center for medical education.

Patricia Thomas, a professor of medicine, associate dean for curriculum, and associate director of the Osler Housestaff Training Program, has received the 2013 Career Achievement in Medical Education Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine. The honor recognizes Thomas' national leadership in medical education and her profound impact on the field through her success in studying, creating, and disseminating educational innovations.

Jenel S. Wyatt, an instructor of general internal medicine and regional medical director for the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Greater Washington region, was honored as one of the top 25 Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal at its sixth annual Minority Business Leader Awards program, held in March in Washington, D.C.

On April 18, the school held its annual Young Investigators' Day to celebrate its junior researchers' scientific accomplishments. Each award is named for a former member of the Johns Hopkins community and includes a cash prize funded by friends of the school and the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society. This year's graduate student and postdoctoral recipients were Raghu Chivukula and Sharrol Bachas, Michael A. Shanoff Awards; Tamara Ashvetiya, Wei Shen, Peng Jin, and Benjamin Lin, Paul Ehrlich Awards; Yali Zhang, David I. Macht Award; Brian Herb, Martin and Carol Macht Award; Yin Liu, Mette Strand Award; Julia Bachman, Alicia Showalter Reynolds Award; Dongwon Lee, Nupur Dinesh Thekdi Award; Mark Sausen, Hans J. Prochaska Award; Nwe-Nwe Aye-Han, Bae Gyo Jung Award; Minae Niwa, Helen B. Taussig Award; Youngjin Lee, W. Barry Wood Jr. Award; Sungjin Park, Daniel Nathans Award; Martin Riccomagno, A. McGehee Harvey Award; Juan Song, Alfred Blalock Award; and Takafumi Miyamoto, Albert Lehninger Award.

Sheridan Libraries/JHU Museums

Jennifer Castaldo, an electronic resources manager and distance education librarian, has been awarded the 2013 First Step Award/A Wiley Professional Development Grant, which offers librarians new to the serials field an opportunity to broaden their perspective by attending an American Library Association annual conference and by encouraging professional growth through participation in Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Continuing Resources Section activities. The award will be presented at the conference in Chicago in June.

Earle Havens, the William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, was awarded an inaugural Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowship by Archbishop Marsh's Library, a historic 17th-century building and collection of rare books and manuscripts beside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Havens will be working on a collection of illicitly printed and smuggled underground Catholic books of the Renaissance period. 

Barbara Pralle, head of the Entrepreneurial Library Program and manager of the JHU Data Management Services Group, has been selected to attend the Leading Change Institute, which engages leaders who seek to further develop their skills for the benefit of higher education. The institute explores higher education challenges, empowering librarians and information technologists to initiate conversations and take action on issues of importance not just to their individual institutions but to the entire higher education community.

Chella Vaidyanathan, curator of 19th- to 21st-century rare books and manuscripts and academic liaison librarian for History, Africana Studies, and Latin American Studies, has been selected to participate in the 2013–14 cohort of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program. The highly selective and competitive 18-month fellowship prepares mid-career librarians from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in research and academic libraries. The program addresses the need for research libraries to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities; this is accomplished, in part, by providing meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries.