George Kennedy, head coach of the men's and women's swim teams, was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 Greatest Leaders in the World. Kennedy, who was ranked 36, was recognized in his 29th season at Johns Hopkins because he "sees not just each season but each meet as a new chance to change things up." Added the magazine, "Maybe that's how his teams have won 23 conference titles and had 17 top-five NCAA finishes.


Tim Collins, former mission area executive for precision engagement, has been appointed chief government relations officer. In this newly created role, Collins will coordinate the Lab's relationships with key government stakeholders, with a focus on the national security and space communities.

Richard "Dick" Weaver, a former member of the defense intelligence senior executive service with the National Security Agency, has been named APL's first chief security officer. Weaver joined APL as special adviser in March 2013 following a distinguished career managing government security programs. For more than a decade, he served as chief of the Office of Physical Security and Antiterrorism/Force Protection at NSA and was responsible for NSA's industrial security program.

The National Space Society has selected NASA's Messenger mission—managed by APL, which also built and operates the spacecraft—as the 2014 recipient of the Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category. The annual awards recognize individuals and teams whose accomplishments have helped open the space frontier. "With this award, NSS recognizes both the importance of the first dedicated probe to orbit Mercury and the significance of the scientific results already released," the organization said in announcing the award. It will be presented at the International Space Development Conference, to be held May 14 to 18 in Los Angeles.

Bayview Medical Center

Gerald Lazarus, a professor of dermatology and former head of both Dermatology and the Johns Hopkins Wound Center, has received the American Skin Association's 2014 David Martin Carter Mentor Award for superior achievement in dermatological research and the training of research fellows.

Carey Business School

Toby Gordon, an associate professor and academic director of Health Care Programs, was named a section editor for the journal Surgical Innovation, which focuses on research related to minimally invasive surgery. Gordon will oversee articles associated with medical technology and innovation. Her first issue as section editor was published in April.

Centers and Affiliates

Jhpiego, a nonprofit global health affiliate, has been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2014 United Nations Population Award. The award, whose previous recipients include Bill and Melinda Gates and Indira Gandhi, was given to Jhpiego for its four decades of tireless work in creating access to innovative, high-quality family planning and reproductive health services throughout the developing world. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present Jhpiego with the award at a ceremony to take place on June 12.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Tyrel M. McQueen, an assistant professor of chemistry, has received a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement to synthesize and test new high-temperature superconducting materials. As part of this effort, he also will try to advance our understanding of how the phenomenon works, and determine whether a room-temperature superconductor is really possible. The award also will help fund McQueen's goals as a chemistry teacher to expose students to hands-on experimentation.


Jacquelyn Campbell, who holds the Anna D. Wolf Chair in the School of Nursing's Department of Community-Public Health; Stephanie Davis, senior associate director of Development for the Division of Pediatric Oncology in the School of Medicine; and Cynda Rushton, who holds the Anne and George L. Bunting Chair in Clinical Ethics at the School of Nursing, have been recognized by The Daily Record as being among Maryland's Top 100 Women. They will be honored at an event to be held May 5 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, an associate professor in Community-Public Health at the School of Nursing with an expertise in disaster preparedness, is a new faculty member in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. She joins Nancy Glass, a professor in Community-Public Health, in representing the School of Nursing at the center.

Four students in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, which support undergraduates in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Junior Jorge Menendez is a double-degree student majoring in cognitive science, with a focus on computational cognitive science, in the Krieger School and in classical guitar at Peabody. He plans to pursue a PhD in cognitive science. Andrew Griswold, also a junior in the Krieger School, is majoring in chemistry, and his career goal is to pursue an MD/PhD and conduct small-molecule drug design research. Junior Ryan Patterson is studying neuro­science and molecular/cellular biology. His interests are neurogenesis and neurodegenerative disorders, and he intends to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Ivan Kuznetsov, a sophomore who was awarded a Westgate Scholarship upon admission to the Whiting School, is studying biomedical engineering and plans to pursue an MD/PhD with a focus on biomechatronics. 

Peabody Institute

Doctoral candidate John Belkot was one of four Baltimore area composers (including Peabody alums Joshua Bornfield and Scott Lee) to receive a Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Composition Commission Award in celebration of the BCGS' 25th anniversary. The composers wrote four pieces for guitar and collaborated with the Baltimore guitarists selected to perform the works in a concert performed March 9.

Master of Music Education student Joseph Buono was the winner of the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Trombone Composition Competition. His piece, Fantasy for solo trombone and trombone octet, was premiered at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, held in March in Fort Myer, Va. In 2012, Buono won his division of the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, making him the first to win both composition and performance competitions at the workshop.

Christy Muncey, a DMA wind-conducting student of Harlan D. Parker's, placed third in the Nordic Wind Band Conference Conductors Competition held in March in Järvenpää, Finland. Muncey was one of 20 conductors from nine countries to qualify for the competition.

Faculty artist Marina Piccinini, flute, has released her latest CD, Paganini 24 Capricci, with her own arrangements of Niccolò Paganini's "devilishly difficult" 24 Capricci.

Susan Forscher Weiss, chair of Musicology, has been appointed as a Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, during the fall semester of 2014. I Tatti is considered the foremost research institution in the world for Italian Renaissance art, history, literature, and music, and the visiting professorship is an appointment of Harvard University, which operates the center.

DMA candidate Chen Zhangyi received the Paul Abisheganaden Grant for Artistic Excellence from the National University of Singapore. The award will fund his attendance in Paris this summer at a course on contemporary music, sponsored by the Eastman School of Music and the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique.


Johns Hopkins' Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps unit has won one of eight MacArthur Awards for the 2012–13 academic year. The award recognizes the programs, selected from among the 275 senior Army ROTC units nationwide, as the top in the country. Johns Hopkins represents 4th Brigade, which consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. The awards, presented by Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of "duty, honor, and country" as advocated by MacArthur. The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission, its cadets' performance and standing on the command's National Order of Merit List, and its cadet retention rate.


Daniela Schwarzer has joined SAIS as a senior research professor. Schwarzer was previously director of the new Europe Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, which aims to enhance understanding of the challenges facing the European Union and the potential implications for North America and the trans-Atlantic relationship. Schwarzer will work with the European and Eurasian Studies programs and will contribute to the research agenda with her work on euro area issues, financial and sovereign debt crises, and questions of democratic legitimacy. Before joining GMF, Schwarzer headed the European Integration Division of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Schwarzer has occupied several advisory positions with the French government and was part of the advisory team for the Polish EU Council Presidency.

School of Education

Laurie deBettencourt, a professor of special education, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the American Educational Research Association's Special Education Research Special Interest Group. The SIG promotes the study of issues and practices related to the education of people with disabilities.

School of Medicine

Harry "Hal" Dietz, the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Medicine and Genetics, director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, awarded by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dietz received the prize and delivered a lecture at the 2014 ASCI and Association of American Physicians joint meeting in April. The prize includes a $20,000 honorarium.

Anita S. Everett, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and section director of Community and General Psychiatry at Bayview, was elected a trustee at large for the American Psychiatric Association.

Nancy Hueppchen, an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and director of High Risk Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and of the Medical Student Clerkship program, has been named associate dean for undergraduate medical education. Hueppchen, who became assistant dean for clinical curriculum in 2011, is a 10-year Navy veteran who was an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and headed Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center before becoming director of Obstetrics at Bayview in 2002. She also has served as director of medical student education in obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine and director of what now is the Core Clerkship in Women's Health.

Richard Huganir, a professor and director of the Department of Neurosciences; Katelyn McDonald, a second-year master's student in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine; and Timothy Phelps, an associate professor and assistant director of Art as Applied to Medicine, each received honors at the National Science Foundation and journal Science's 2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Huganir was on a team that won first place in illustration for a depiction of the cortex in metallic pastels. McDonald and Phelps received honorable mention for their work on an information poster about the effects of hypothermia on sea turtles.

Matthew W. Johnson, an associate professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Bayview, was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences gave Johnson this award for his early career contributions in the domains of decision making in addiction and the characterization of behaviorally active drugs in humans.

Steven Kravet, an associate professor of medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians; Marlene Miller, a professor of pediatrics and vice chair for quality and safety at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center; John Ulatowski, a professor of anesthesiology and vice president and executive medical director of Johns Hopkins Medicine International; and Michael Zenilman, vice chair and regional director of Surgery, have been named chief quality officers in ambulatory practices, pediatrics, international, and ambulatory procedural, respectively, at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Rebecca J. Landa, a professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was awarded the Speaker's Medallion Award, given annually by the speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates to an individual in recognition of exemplary service to the House and the state.

Jonathan Lewin, the Martin Donner Professor and director of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, has begun a one-year term as president of the Academy of Radiology Research. The academy is an alliance of 28 professional imaging societies, 37 academic radiology departments, 80 patient advocacy groups, and nine industry partners whose mission is to raise the profile of imaging research and increase federal support for it.

Beth B. Murinson, an associate professor and director of Pain Education in the Department of Neurology, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. The award "honors an individual who has made major contributions to the education of others about pain medicine." Murinson published a benchmark 2012 study on the state of pain education in North American medical schools and led a multidisciplinary team in publishing the 2013 Consensus Recommendations in pain education. She has joined the board of the AAPM as a director at large.

Jonathan Powell, an associate professor of oncology, pharmacology, and molecular sciences, has received a LIFE (Leading Innovative Faculty Entrepreneurs) award from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the BioMaryland Center for his groundbreaking research on developing a new therapeutic agent for type 2 diabetes.

Gregg Semenza, the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Medicine and director of the Vascular Biology Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering, is one of four co-recipients of the 13th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Semenza was recognized for his contribution to discovering how cells sense and respond to low oxygen conditions. The award, presented annually, consists of a $35,000 shared prize and a luncheon honoring the recipients. It was presented in April at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Anne Seymour, previously associate director of information services at the Biomedical Library at the University of Pennsylvania, has become director of the Welch Medical Library. Seymour also spent seven years as assistant director of the Biomedical Academic Computing Center at the Dahlgren Memorial Library at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Kenneth Silverman, a professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Learning and Health at Bayview, has won an Advocates for Action award from the White House Office for National Drug Control Policy for his work with the Therapeutic Workplace, an employment-based substance abuse recovery program.

Carl Stafstrom, a professor of pediatric epilepsy, has been named director of the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center in the Department of Neurology. Stafstrom previously served as professor of neurology and pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and as chief of Pediatric Neurology at American Family Children's Hospital.

Maria Trent, an associate professor of pediatrics and director of Interdisciplinary Education for the Johns Hopkins Leadership in Adolescent Health Training Program, has been named to the 2014 list of 53 influential Marylanders compiled by The Daily Record, Baltimore's business and legal newspaper.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program is among the top internal medical training programs in the country, according to the responses of 3,410 internists who replied to a nationwide survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. The Osler Service was named the second most highly regarded residency program after that of Massachusetts General Hospital. Third in the lineup was the program at Mass General's sister hospital, the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Although Johns Hopkins received 696 overall nominations from internists and residency program directors compared to Mass General's 732, among residency program directors alone, Hopkins received 36 nominations to Mass General's 25.

School of Nursing

Anne Belcher, an associate professor in Acute and Chronic Care, and Marti Andrews, a practice faculty associate in Acute and Chronic Care and also interim assistant dean for academic affairs, have been selected as the new co-directors of the Office for Teaching Excellence. Over the next 12 months, they plan to assess faculty teaching and learning needs, provide consultancy in curriculum renewal, and develop an early career academic mentoring program. In addition, Belcher will serve a two-year term on the steering committee of the National League for Nursing Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation.

Chakra Budhathoki has been appointed assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care. A member of the American Statistical Association and the International Biometric Society, Budhathoki is an expert in design, analysis, and reporting of experimental and observational studies, and has assisted in clinical data management courses in the DNP program.

Jason Farley has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Community-Public Health. Farley, who is also a nurse practitioner in the Division of Infectious Diseases within the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service and an adjunct professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, has a global reputation for his research in epidemiologic interactions of patients with drug-resistant infections.

Cynthia Foronda has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Foronda is an expert in nurse education, online teaching and learning, and virtual simulation and has won various awards for her innovative and creative online teaching.

Linda Gerson, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, was co-chair of the 2014 International Society of Psychiatric–Mental Health Nurses Conference, a five-day event held in March in Greenville, S.C.

Nancy Glass and Gayle Page have been chosen for induction to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame for their contributions to nursing science. Glass, a professor in Community-Public Health and associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, is an expert on public health and health disparities, and an international leader on preventing violence against women. Page is the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education, director of the Center for Nursing Research and Sponsored Projects, director of the PhD program, and a professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. She is known for her scientific inquiries into the biological effects of unrelieved pain and stress on cancer resistance and immune function. Glass and Page will be inducted during STTI's 25th International Nursing Research Congress, to be held in July in Hong Kong.

Deborah Gross, a professor in Acute and Chronic Care, who holds the Leonard and Helen Stulman Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, will serve as an ambassador for the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her role will be to help educate state and federal policymakers on the importance of nursing research and how funding will benefit Americans' health and to be a resource for local media.

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb, an associate professor in Acute and Chronic Care, and Hae-Ra Han, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, have been named co-directors of the renamed Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care. This new center, formerly the Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Care, will build upon the foundations established through the original National Institutes of Health $1.9 million grant. As directors, Himmelfarb and Han will guide the center's focus on noncommunicable diseases, health outcomes of patients and their families, and communities of people living with multiple and chronic conditions.

Pam Jeffries, a professor in Acute and Chronic Care and the university's vice provost for digital initiatives, was inducted as president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare at the organization's 14th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, held in January in San Francisco.

Hayley Mark has been promoted to associate professor on the practice track in Community and Public Health. Mark, who is director of the school's Bachelor of Nursing Program, is nationally recognized for her research and advocacy in sexually transmitted disease prevention.

Jodi Shaefer, an assistant professor in Community-Public Health, was chosen to be the director of the National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Resource Center. After beginning her work at the NFIMR in the early 1990s, Shaefer created educational programs on bereavement support and the FIMR process, and published scholarly articles on grief and loss, bereavement, and home visiting. She will remain an adjunct School of Nursing faculty member.

Lisa Sgarlata, a DNP student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, was selected to chair the Leadership Development and Certificate of Need committees for the Florida Nurses Association.

Laura Taylor, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, has been appointed to the International Transplant Nursing Practice Scopes and Standards of Practice Revisions Task Force, a group examining national and global perspectives on quality of practice, education, and collegiality.

Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness: for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards, 3rd edition, edited by Tener Goodwin Veenema, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, received first place in the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year Environmental Health category for its high quality and value to nursing. Also, Veenema's text received second place in the AJN's Community-Public Health category.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee, co-chaired by Sherrod Wilkerson, associate director for financial aid, and Sarah Szanton, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, received this year's Diversity Innovation Grant from the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council. With the grant, the committee plans to host a series of panels that will discuss the experiences of transgendered, lesbian, or gay individuals in the health care system; the role of men in nursing; and the difficulties patients face navigating the health care system.

Marisa Wilson, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, will be recognized as a Nursing Informatics Leader at the 12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, to be held in June in Taipei. Through extensive work with Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform—a project designed to increase knowledge and competency of informatics in academic and health care settings—Wilson has provided tools for faculty and educators to teach informatics.

Sheridan Libraries

Macie Hall, senior instructional designer in the Center for Educational Resources, was presented with the Visual Resources Association's 2014 Distinguished Service Award for her career contributions to the field of visual resources and image management and for her leadership in the profession.

Robin N. Sinn, liaison librarian and chair of the Libraries Scholarly Communications Group, has been selected as a co-chair of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries' Scholarly Communications Interest Group. Sinn's two-year term will include organizing educational and communication opportunities for librarians interested in keeping up with the changing academic publishing landscape.

University Administration

Pamela Cranston, formerly vice provost for international programs, has been named senior adviser for international programs within Development and Alumni Relations. Kelly Barry, director of the university's National Fellowship and Scholarships Program, will assume Cranston's former role until a search is conducted.

Caroline Laguerre-Brown, vice provost for institutional equity, was named interim chair of the universitywide Diversity Leadership Council for the final months of the academic year following the appointment of its chair, Gwendolyn Boyd, as president of Alabama State University.

Christy Wyskiel, senior adviser to the president for enterprise development, has been named to the board of directors of the Tech Council of Maryland.

University and Health System

WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress has named the Johns Hopkins University and Health System a Seal of Distinction winner for the second year in a row. The mark of excellence is designed to identify organizational success in work-life effectiveness. The institutions were among 66 honored March 20 during the Work-Life Forum held in Baltimore.

Whiting School of Engineering

Kevin Hemker, who holds the Alonzo G. Decker Chair in Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named to the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society's 2014 class of fellows. Hemker was recognized for discoveries that govern the mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline, microlattice, thermal barrier, and high-temperature materials based on underlying atomic-scale processes. He officially joined the class at the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition, held in February in San Diego.

Jin U. Kang, the Jacob Suter Professor of Electrical Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 2014 College of Fellows. Kang was selected for his seminal contributions to the research and development of fiber optic devices and biophotonics for medicine, including pioneering a real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging, and sensing systems for guided surgical intervention. He was inducted as a fellow during AIMBE's Annual Meeting, held in March at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Steven Marra, a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was named a Campus Star by the American Society for Engineering Education, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching.

Tim Mueller, an assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, which recognizes promise and excellence in early-stage scholars. The five-year grant of $400,000 will support Mueller's efforts to develop and apply computational methods to predict the surface structures of crystalline materials. The method developed in this research will be used to facilitate the design of new materials for a wide range of technologies, including batteries, catalysts, and sensors. In addition, the project will be integrated with an educational outreach program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in order to strengthen the pipeline of researchers who have the ability to use computers to discover and design new materials.

Suchi Saria, an assistant professor, and Benjamin Van Durme, an assistant research professor, both in the Department of Computer Science, have each received a Google Faculty Research Award. The Google program provides world-class, full-time faculty members at top universities around the world with support for cutting-edge research in computer science, engineering, and related fields in areas of interest to the company. Saria's award provides one-year unrestricted funding to support her work in "Machine Learning for Knowledge Extraction from Electronic Medical Records," and Van Durme's will support his research in "Integrating Structured and Unstructured Evidence for Question Answering."

Chao Wang, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to receive a 2014 Young Investigator Research Program grant. Wang, whose research focuses on the development of advanced nanomaterials and nanotechnologies to address global challenges such as renewable energy and green chemical engineering, is supported for his work in tailoring magnetic nanomaterials for electromagnetic wave absorption.