Bloomberg School of Public Health

Karen Davis, the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, has been asked to serve on U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin's Health Advisory Group, which provides expertise and perspective on the most-pressing health care issues being addressed by the House and Senate leadership.

Jeffrey Kahn, a professor in Health Policy and Management, was inducted into Delta Omega, a national honor society that acknowledges outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and the quality of publications.

Thomas A. LaVeist, the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Management and founding director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, received the 2014 ICON Award from Associated Black Charities at its gala held earlier this summer.

Lauren Hersch Nicholas, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management, received the 2014 HCUP (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project) Outstanding Article of the Year Award for "Bariatric Surgery Complications Before vs. After Implementation of a National Policy Restricting Coverage to Centers of Excellence." The award is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and by AcademyHealth.

Lester Salamon, a professor of policy studies and health policy and management, and also a professor of political science in the Krieger School, has authored two books being published by Oxford University Press: Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investing and The New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors That Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing.

Donald Steinwachs, a professor in Health Policy and Management, has been appointed to serve on the National Research Council of the Department of Veterans Affairs by retired U.S. Army Gen. and then Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

Jon Vernick has been promoted to professor in Health Policy and Management. Vernick is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cynthia Rand, a professor of medicine and psychiatry, has been appointed associate dean for faculty of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Rand, a faculty member since 1985, will assist Janice Clements, vice dean for faculty, in addressing overall faculty issues throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine; develop initiatives and monitor progress on the strategic plan's people priority; and continue her oversight of faculty affairs at Bayview Medical Center. She also will work with the offices of Faculty Development, Women in Science and Medicine, Diversity and Cultural Competence, and Part-Time Faculty to enable faculty to achieve excellence in teaching, clinical care, research, and innovation.

The Office of Marketing and Communications' Be a Hero blood drive campaign received an honorable mention for employee communications in this year's Ragan Communications competition for corporate social responsibility initiatives. The campaign featured a variety of JHM employees and leaders donning red superhero capes to urge employees to become heroes by giving blood.


At its Celebrating Diversity event on May 6, the Diversity Leadership Council honored faculty, staff, and students from the university and health system whose "demonstrable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement, and celebration of diversity and inclusiveness in the Johns Hopkins culture and environment." The university's 2014 Diversity Recognition Award recipients were Amanda Brown, Deidra Crews, Rafael Guerrero-Preston, and Adil Haider, all of the School of Medicine; Deborah Chen, Danielle Fisher, Liem Huynh, and Feng Ouyang, all of the Applied Physics Laboratory; Ranice Crosby and Laura Foster, both of Arts and Sciences; Panagis Galiatsatos, Gerardo Lopez-Mena, and Berenice Nava, all of Bayview Medical Center; Fannie Gaston-Johansson, of the School of Nursing; Tonia Poteat, of the Bloomberg School of Public Health; the Black Student Union at the Peabody Institute; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids/Peabody Institute program.

Peabody Institute

Anthony McGill, faculty artist, has been named the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic.

David Smooke, chair of the Music Theory Department, has been selected as a recipient of one of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's inaugural artist project grants called Rubys. The awards of $2,000 to $10,000 will support artists who reflect a diversity of talent and creativity for projects, including immersive theater, interactive media experiences, documentary film, and musical composition. Smooke's project is his composition "A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was," an ensemble piece for a baritone singer, bass clarinet, trumpet, and trombone that uses as inspiration an alphabetical tale by Baltimore writer Michael Kimball. In addition, Smooke and Jennifer Blades, faculty opera director, received 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards.

Daniel Raney, a junior recording arts and percussion student, is this year's winner of the Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship for the Aspen Music Festival. The fellowship is awarded to the most outstanding percussion applicant, as judged by the members of the AMFS Percussion Artist-Faculty.

Yiyi Cui, a master of music candidate, and Matthew Sullivan, a sophomore, were selected for inclusion at the New York Electronic Music Festival. Cui's video "Beijing Impression" and Sullivan's "Armodafinil" for trombone and computer were performed at the June festival. Cui and Sullivan study computer music composition with McGregor Boyle.

A new opera by faculty member Michael Hersch, On the Threshold of Winter, received its world premiere in June at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Soprano and faculty artist Ah Young Hong performed the two-hour work for one singer with the Nunc new music ensemble. Former director of the Opera Department Roger Brunyate directed.

School of Medicine

Rebecca Aslakson, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, received the American Society of Anesthesiologists' 2014 Presidential Scholar Award, which recognizes a clinician-researcher who is within seven years of having completed training and shows potential for becoming a research leader in anesthesiology. Aslakson joined the faculty in 2008 and in 2013 was appointed a core faculty member at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Darren Brownlee, a clinical operations project manager in the Department of Surgery, has received recognition from both The Daily Record newspaper and WKYS radio station as one of the top young professionals in the area owing to his achievements and civic involvement. WKYS also cited him as one of the Top 30 Under 30 in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region.

Mark Donowitz, a professor of medicine and director of both the Johns Hopkins Center for Epithelial Disorders and the Hopkins Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center, has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges in Global Health grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-principal investigators Nicholas Zachos, an assistant professor of medicine, and Olga Kovbasnjuk, an associate professor of medicine, both in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, he will use the 18-month grant to fund their project, "Human Enteroids as a Novel Model of Acute Diarrhea," in hopes of developing a drug therapy for treating diarrheal diseases.

Robert Dudas, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Bayview Medical Center, received the 2014 Teaching and Education Award from the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, a nationwide organization that promotes exemplary teaching practices and advances innovations and scholarship among pediatric educators.

Gail Daumit, an associate professor of general internal medicine, and her research group for the Achieve clinical trial have been awarded 2013 Trial of the Year by the Society for Clinical Trials. They presented their study at the society's annual meeting, held in May in Philadelphia.

J. Raymond DePaulo, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was chosen as the University of Pennsylvania's 2014 Edward A. Strecker Award recipient, honoring his outstanding contributions in the field of clinical psychiatry.

Amir Dorafshar, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and clinical co-director of the Face Transplant Program, is one of two recipients of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons' 2014 Academic Scholarship Award. Dorafshar, who joined Johns Hopkins in 2009, has been recognized for helping pioneer facial transplants and rebuild the lives of adults and children disfigured by trauma and disease. The awards, given at the AAPS meeting in April in Miami, provide a total of $60,000 over two years to each young investigator deemed most likely to advance knowledge in his or her field. The funds are intended to help them establish and support their own research laboratories at their home institutions.

Ramy El-Diwany, a fifth-year MD/PhD student, has won a 2014 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee for his contributions to community health services. A co-founder of the Charm City Clinic, a nonprofit health care program operated in part by Johns Hopkins medical students and faculty physicians, El-Diwany received the award in April from USPHS Comdr. Frances Jensen, a Johns Hopkins medical school alumna and former Osler resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Robert Findling, director of the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was named the inaugural recipient of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at a ceremony held in March.

Dung Le, an assistant professor of oncology, has received a three-year $1 million grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research to support her research on pancreatic cancer. Her co-principal investigator on the project is Todd Crocenzi, of the Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon.

Beth B. Murinson, an associate professor and director of Pain Education in the Division of Neurology, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Murinson published a benchmark 2012 study on the state of pain education in North American medical schools and leads a multidisciplinary team in publishing the 2013 Consensus Recommendations in pain education. Murinson has joined the board of directors for the AAPM as a director at large.

Gerald Nestadt, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Mood Disorders Program, was named the inaugural recipient of the Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, M.D., and Evanne Hoehn-Saric, M.D., Professorship for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders Research in a ceremony on April 9.

Jonathan Powell, a professor of oncology; G. William Wong, an associate professor of physiology; and Elias Zambidis, an associate professor of pediatric oncology, were three of four successful recipients out of 110 applicants for two-year grants for diabetes research awarded by the Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Mid-Atlantic Science Forum. Powell will use his $500,000 grant to conduct studies in mice on the effects of a protein designed to increase insulin sensitivity. Wong will use his $500,000 grant to conduct experiments on the workings of a hormone he discovered that helps regulate how the body uses sugars and fats. And Zambidis will use his $250,000 grant to test the use of stem cells to treat diabetes-induced damage to blood vessels in the eye.

Akira Sawa, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center, was named winner of the Outstanding Basic Research Award by the Schizophrenia International Research Society at its conference in April. 

Willard Standiford, a lecturer in the Division of Pediatrics, a Columbia, Md., pediatrician in private practice since 1966, and a longtime volunteer mentor in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center's pediatric residency and clinical clerkship programs, has received the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award from the Maryland Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the academic medicine honorary society.

School of Nursing

Jeanne Alhusen, an assistant professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, was awarded the Villanova University College of Nursing's Medallion of Distinction as an Emerging Scholar in recognition of her research in maternal attachment and early childhood outcomes.

Martha "Marti" Andrews, a dietitian and nutrition consultant who teaches an online prerequisite course in nutrition, has been named assistant dean for academic affairs. She previously served on the faculty of Ohio State University and as an assistant dean for advising and international programs at Oregon State University.

Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health, has received the National Family Justice Center Lifetime Achievement Award for her service in and passion for stopping violence against women and children. She received the award at the Annual International Family Justice Center Conference.

Nancy Glass, a professor in Community-Public Health, has been awarded a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Research Project Grant to begin an intervention that responds to and helps prevent relationship violence on university and college campuses. The study, titled "Effectiveness of a Safety Intervention for Dating Violence," will evaluate the MyPlan application, a safety decision aid, and the impact on safety for college women in abusive intimate relationships.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, an associate professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, has been selected as president-elect of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She currently serves on the group's board of directors.

Pamela Jeffries, a professor in Acute and Chronic Care and the university's vice provost for research, will serve as a leadership mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International and Elsevier Foundation 2014–15 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.

Marie Nolan, chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care and director of the Peking Union Medical Center–JHSON PhD Program in Beijing, has been named associate dean for academic affairs, a position she had held in an acting capacity. She also holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research. She is currently president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing.

Cynda H. Rushton, a professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, was awarded the Center for Health Care Ethics Milestone Award for Bioethics Leadership at the CHCE 15th Year Celebration, held in Thunder Bay, Canada. The award honors her international leadership and professional practice.

Andrea Parsons Schram, an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, has received a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. Currently a provider with the Johns Hopkins General Internal Medicine Tumulty Group, she is a family nurse practitioner and advocate of the nurse practitioner role within the interprofessional health care team.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, will receive the Outstanding Contributions to Community/Public Health Nursing Practice Award from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators in recognition of her expertise in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness. In addition, Veenema is one of 55 women chosen for the 2014 class of the women's development group Leadership America. She also was invited by Linda Macintyre, chief nurse of the American Red Cross, to serve as Macintyre's senior adviser and assistant to the Federal Nursing Services Council.

Sheridan Libraries

Jennifer Hill, a distance education librarian/electronic resources manager, was chosen to attend the 2014 Maryland Library Leadership Institute, which will be held in July in Potomac, Md.

Yunshan Ye, academic liaison librarian for Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and Political Science, has written The ALA Guide to Researching Modern China, which was recently published by ALA Editions. The book reflects the predominant role of digital resources in the changing landscape of scholarly research, teaching critical information literacy concepts and skills in the field of China studies.

University Administration

Andrew Frank, special adviser to the president on economic development, has been named to the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Whiting School of Engineering

Benjamin Langmead, an assistant professor in Computer Science, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to receive its prestigious CAREER Award, which recognizes high level of promise and excellence in early-stage scholars. The five-year grant will support his work developing improved computational and statistical methods for analyzing DNA sequencing data, and providing faster, more accurate, and more interpretable results to scientists studying organisms with repetitive genomes.

Andrea Prosperetti, the Charles A. Miller Jr. Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the Euromech Fluid Mechanics Prize by the Council of the European Mechanics Society. The prize recognizes his "profound, seminal contributions to fluid dynamics and acoustics in general and to bubble dynamics and rain noise in particular, including the development of novel numerical techniques, and for his world leadership in these fields and his brilliance in their applications to engineering." He will formally receive the prize at the 10th European Fluid Mechanics Conference, to be held in September in Copenhagen.