Bayview Medical Center

Kapil Parakh, director of Heart Failure Programs, and an assistant professor in the schools of Medicine and Public Health, has been chosen by the White House for its prestigious fellowship program for 2013–14. The program is designed to give promising American leaders "firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs," according to the White House. Parakh's research focuses on understanding the increased mortality in patients with depression after a heart attack.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

David Holtgrave, a professor and chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, has been reappointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He was originally named to the panel in 2010 and will now serve through February 2015.

Michael J. Klag, dean of the school, was named a 2013 Kidney Champion by the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland for his contributions to the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Klag, who was one of the earliest investigators to apply epidemiologic methods to the study of kidney disease, will be honored at an event called Santé: A Culinary Odyssey, to be held Nov. 21 at M&T Bank Stadium. Proceeds from the evening will help the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland expand its patient services, education, and research efforts. Klag and his collaborators were among the first to determine the incidence of kidney disease, demonstrate that the United States was in the midst of an epidemic of end-stage kidney disease, and publish the risk of developing kidney disease associated with blood pressure, diabetes, race, socioeconomic status, and other factors.

Dan K. Morhaim, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, has been named the 2013 Maryland Nurses Association Legislator of the Year. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon to be held Oct. 11 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Carey Business School

Hyeongmin "Christian" Kim, an assistant professor, has been recognized by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. with a Citation of Excellence Award for a paper he co-authored titled "Why Do Consumers Buy Counterfeit Luxury Brands?" The article, which was published by Journal of Marketing Research in 2009, is one of 50 selected for recognition out of more than 300,000 in a database reviewed by an independent accreditation board of industry experts.

Homewood Student Affairs

Rollin Johnson Jr. has been named director of the Center for Social Concern. He joins Johns Hopkins from the University of Michigan, where he led the Ginsberg Center's Community Initiatives Program. He previously served as a graduate research assistant for the Entrepreneurship Institute at Saginaw Valley State University and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Coe College. He also was in the Peace Corps.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Richard Kagan, an Academy Professor in the Department of History, has been elected a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History. Established in 1738, the academy studies the culture, civilization, and various areas of life of the Spanish people. Kagan specializes in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on Habsburg Spain and its overseas empire.

Naveeda Khan, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been honored for her most recent book, Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan. Her work won the annual book prize of the American Institute of Pakistani Studies, a binational research and education organization that promotes in the United States the academic study of Pakistan.

Alice McDermott, a professor in the Writing Seminars, has been inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, established by the Empire State Center for the Book to recognize New York–born or New York–based poets, novelists, journalists, and historians who have made "an indelible mark on our culture."

Peabody Institute

Viola faculty member Victoria Chiang will perform with the Aspen String Trio at the University of Baltimore, where the ensemble is in residence, on Oct. 8. They will perform the string trios of Beethoven, and WBJC radio host Jonathan Palevsky (a 1986 Master of Music graduate in guitar) will provide commentary.

Julian Gray, chair of the Guitar Department, wrote an article titled "Learning to Learn: The Ten 'Laws' of Learning" that appeared in the fall issue of Soundboard. The magazine is published by the Guitar Foundation of America.

Handong Park, a Preparatory student, was selected as a first flute to perform with the All-National Concert Band in Nashville, Tenn. Park was selected to the All-Eastern Concert Band last year and will participate in the All-National Honor Ensemble program from Oct. 27 to 30.

School of Education

Rebecca S. Lange-Thernes has been named executive director of Stocks in the Future, a middle grades financial literacy program in Baltimore area schools that is housed in the Center for Social Organization of Schools. The supplementary curriculum teaches students about investing and offers them shares of stock in return for good attendance and academic achievement. Lange-Thernes has been an instructional facilitator for the program for more than three years and was instrumental in helping it grow from seven to 16 schools, serving 700 students.

School of Medicine

Barbara Detrick, a professor of pathology and director of the Immunology Laboratory and Cytokine Laboratory, has received a 2013 Veritas Distinguished Alumni Award from Caldwell College. Detrick's research on the eye has identified some of the key immune responses in retinal degenerative diseases seen in age-related macular degeneration and multiple sclerosis. She also helped to discover a critical ocular protein that is now the basis of gene therapy for retinal diseases.

Christopher Gamper, an assistant professor of oncology, has received a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant in recognition of his work on improving immunotherapy against cancer, thereby giving pediatric oncologists a powerful and less toxic tool for the treatment of childhood malignancies. Gamper specializes in bone marrow transplants, general pediatrics, and pediatric oncology. The grant is one of 40 bestowed by the nonprofit Hyundai Hope on Wheels, which is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Bernard Jaar, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology, has received the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award. Jaar, a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and of the National Kidney Foundation, also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is an associate faculty member at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, where he focuses on epidemiological studies of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

Andrew Satin has been named the Dorothy Edwards Professor and director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He has served since 2007 as deputy director of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the school and hospital and as director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and chair of the medical board at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the recipient of numerous military service and achievement medals, Satin earned his medical degree at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Before joining Johns Hopkins, he was a professor and chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at his medical school alma mater. He also served as an attending physician at both the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

School of Nursing

Pamela R. Jeffries, a professor in Acute and Chronic Care and associate dean for academic affairs, has been given a 2013 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The award recognizes a faculty member who systematically investigates questions related to student learning in order to improve outcomes. Jeffries, an expert in experiential learning, innovative teaching strategies, and the use of technology, is an American Nurse Educator Fellow and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow, serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, and is president-elect of the international Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Doctoral students Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Katherine Heinze, Grace Ho, Kyounghae Kim, Kerry Peterson, Janna Stephens, Jessica Tillman, Jiayun Xu, and Eunhea You were selected to participate in the school's PhD Graduate Assistance Program. The award offers hands-on experience of researching or teaching with faculty members who have the same scholarly interest.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing for a second time. Those selected as NLN Centers of Excellence in Nursing Education carry that designation for four years. Third-time selectees earn a five-year designation. During that time, they serve as advisers and sounding boards to others seeking similar status. Johns Hopkins was formally recognized Sept. 20 as part of the NLN's Annual Education Summit, held in Washington, D.C.