Bayview Medical Center

Mark Duncan, an associate professor of surgery and oncology, vice director of the Department of Surgery, and chief of Surgical Oncology, has received an Outstanding Care Award from the Sarcoma Alliance, a national nonprofit that provides guidance, education, and support to patients suffering from sarcoma, a rare cancer of connective tissues such as bone, muscle, and fat. The award is given based on nominations made by patients.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Andrea Gielen, a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected to receive the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence, which is given each year to a living individual in recognition of his or her "exceptionally meritorious contribution to the improvement of health of the people." It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying scientific knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health. She will receive the award this month during APHA's annual meeting in Boston.

Katherine L. O'Brien, a professor in the departments of International Health and Epidemiology, has been appointed executive director of the school's International Vaccine Access Center, a year after taking the helm as the center's acting director. O'Brien, a pediatric infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, and vaccinologist, also serves the school's Center for American Indian Health as both deputy director and director of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Program.

Alfred Sommer, dean emeritus, has been named a Foreign Friend of Bangladesh for his contributions during the nation's Liberation War. Sommer is one of 60 individuals and organizations recognized by the Bangladesh National Committee for their participation in or contribution to the process of independence. The recipients were honored by Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a ceremony on Oct. 1. Sommer is currently a professor of epidemiology, international health, and ophthalmology in the schools of Public Health and Medicine.

Jon Vernick, an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, will be honored by the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association with its 2013 Individual Public Service Award. The award will be presented Nov. 5 at the ICEHS dinner during the APHA's annual meeting in Boston. The ICEHS works to advance the field of injury control, violence prevention, emergency health services, and emergency preparedness. 

Centers and Affiliates

Emmanuel Otolorin, Jhpiego's country director in Nigeria, has been selected by the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria as a recipient of its 2013 Distinguished Award for Service. He will receive the award, given in recognition of his contribution to the society's efforts to improve the health of women in Nigeria, at its 47th AGM & Scientific Conference, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Gregory D. Bowman has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Biophysics.

Karen G. Fleming has been promoted to professor, from tenured associate professor, in the Department of Biophysics.

Herbert L. Kessler has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of History of Art.

Naveeda Khan has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Anthropology.

Robert C. Lieberman, provost, has been appointed professor, with tenure, in the Department of Political Science.

Louis J. Maccini has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Economics.

Mary Jo Salter, of the Writing Seminars, has been appointed a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Michael J. Caterina, a professor of biological chemistry and neuroscience in the School of Medicine's Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been named inaugural director of the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute, a center developed to fund research into controlling, preventing, and eliminating pain. A nationally and internationally recognized sensory neurobiologist with a focus on the molecular basis of pain and of temperature sensation, Caterina is also a founding member of the Center for Sensory Biology and co-director of the Biological Chemistry Graduate Program at the School of Medicine.

Jonathan Lewin, the Martin Donner Professor and chairman of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science in the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the additional post of senior vice president of integrated health care delivery for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He will collaborate with stakeholders and leaders from all facets of the organization to integrate the health care it delivers to patients throughout the enterprise.

Peabody Institute

Joe Burgstaller, a member of the trumpet faculty, was profiled recently on Korea's Arirang Television in an hourlong segment of The INNERView (average viewership of 50 million).

School of Medicine

Zaver Bhujwalla, a professor of radiology and director of the Johns Hopkins In-vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Center, has been named a fellow of the World Molecular Imaging Society after having served as its president for 2012–13.

Rita Kalyani, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Annastasiah Mudiwa Mkaha, assistant director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, have been named to The Daily Record newspaper's list of 2013 Leading Women in Maryland. The list recognizes women age 40 or younger for the accomplishments they already have made in their careers. A diabetes specialist, Kalyani is involved in clinical studies exploring accelerated muscle loss as a complication for older adults and is editor of The Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide and the 2012 Johns Hopkins Diabetes White Paper for patients and their families. Mkaha works closely with key faculty and leadership in identifying and developing external partnerships that maximize the benefit and impact of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Aaron Milstone, an assistant professor of infectious diseases, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Caroline B. Hall Clinical Research Innovation Award of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Education and Research Foundation. Milstone was honored for leading a multicenter landmark study on how the use of daily baths with an ordinary antibacterial cleanser can safely reduce blood-stream infections in critically ill children. The study of 4,000 children was conducted in five pediatric hospitals, including Johns Hopkins.

Devin O'Brien-Coon, a fellow and assistant resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has been named to the 2013 list of Innovators of the Year compiled by The Daily Record. O'Brien-Coon was one of a five-member team of Johns Hopkins graduate students who won this year's $10,000 first-place prize in the annual Biomedical Engineering Innovations, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards Competition held by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The award-winning invention is an ultrasound software system called EchoSure, which could be used to monitor blood flow in transplant locations and give physicians an early warning when potentially disastrous blood clots develop. The group's prize money will go toward advancing the EchoSure prototype for clinical use.

Jeffrey Palmer, a professor and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and physiatrist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was the keynote speaker at the 19th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation in Okayama, Japan. Palmer, an honorary member of JSDR, is known as the father of dysphagia rehabilitation in Japan, having trained 23 Japanese clinicians and scientists at the Johns Hopkins Swallowing and Oral Function Laboratory that he directs. The JSDR's conference in September was attended by more than 5,000 specialists.

Doujia "DJ" Pan, a professor of molecular biology and genetics, has been recognized by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a winner of the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, an award for those ages 45 or younger who are furthering our understanding of cancer. Because unregulated organ growth often leads to tumor growth, Pan's research addresses what enables organs to sense whether their size and shape are optimal. Pan, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is among three recipients of this year's prize. He will receive $50,000 and will speak about his research at a symposium on Dec. 5.

Mark Riddle, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, has received the 2013 Alaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention-Deficit Disorder from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The $5,000 award is given annually for the best paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Riddle's award-winning paper, "The Preschool Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treat Study Six-Year Follow-Up," appeared in the March issue of JAACAP.

Sandy Swoboda, a senior research nurse, is the 2014 recipient of the Society of Critical Care Medicine Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence.

David Zee, a professor in the departments of Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Neuroscience, received the 2013 Betty and David Koetser Memorial Prize from the Betty and David Koetser Foundation for Brain Research. He received the honor on Sept. 13 in Zurich.

Lei Zheng, an assistant professor of oncology and surgery, has received a $250,000 grant from the Susan Cohan Cancer Foundation to fund his research on an immune-based vaccine and demethylating agents as new ways to treat colon cancer.

School of Nursing

Jeanne Alhusen has been promoted to assistant professor on the practice track in the Department of Community-Public Health.

Patricia Davidson, dean-designate, will receive the 2013 Outstanding Alumni award from her alma mater, the University of Wollongong (Australia), at the inaugural Wollongong Fellowships and Alumni Awards dinner on Dec. 5.

Lori Edwards, an instructor in Community-Public Health, was named Shining Faculty Star at the school's Evening With the Stars event held in September. Edwards founded the school's Community Outreach Program, coordinates global health placements for students, and directs the Coverdell Fellows Program for returned Peace Corps volunteers.

Deborah Finnell has been promoted to associate professor on the practice track in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb will serve as the embedded researcher in patient safety operations for the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Joan Kub, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, served on the expert workgroup for the revision of the American Nurses Association's Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Recently published, the second edition provides educators, students, and researchers with standards and competencies for public health nursing. It also guides public health registered nurses in the application of their professional skills and responsibilities.

Ellen Ray has been promoted to assistant professor on the practice track in the Department of Community-Public Health.

Cynda Rushton has been appointed to the American Nurses Association Advisory Committee revising the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Tener Goodwin Veenema has been promoted to associate professor on the practice track in the Department of Community-Public Health.

Whiting School of Engineering

Gerald Michael Masson has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Computer Science.

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