Maria Cimilluca has joined APL as head of the Plant Engineering Services Department. She was formerly senior director of Facilities Management at Cornell University, where she led a team of 750 people and had a budget of over $78 million.

Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines and Nykia Jackson received 2014 Women of Color Technology Awards from the Career Communications Group for their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics–related fields. Farrar-Gaines, a senior electrical and materials engineer in the Research and Exploratory Development Department, received a Technical Innovation–Industry award. Jackson, an engineer in the Asymmetric Operations Sector, was selected as a 2014 Technology Rising Star.

Donna Gregg has been named head of the Asymmetric Operations Sector. In her new role, she oversees the work of Cyber Operations, Homeland Protection, and Special Operations. She joined APL in 1984 as a mathematician in Fleet Systems and most recently served as the mission area executive for Cyber Operations.

Jack Keane, of Force Projection, has received the Military Operations Research Society's highest honor, the Vance Wanner Memorial Award. It is given each year to a research professional who has enhanced military operations research, given consistently dedicated service to the profession, and excelled as a leader in the field.

Ashley Llorens, of Force Projection, has been named chair of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council. Llorens works on machine learning and pattern recognition, and specializes in applying these techniques to signal detection and classification. He has been a member of the DLC since 2009.

Elishiah Miller, a software engineer in National Security Analysis, has been awarded a national STAR Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in the Young Investigator category. Miller's work focuses on addressing critical capabilities to support secure communications for senior government leaders.

Daniel J. O'Shaughnessy, guidance and control lead engineer on the Messenger spacecraft, has been honored by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust as the first recipient of the Heinlein Prize. The award recognizes O'Shaughnessy's development of a technique that employs solar panels as sails and guides a spacecraft without using its rocket propulsion system.

Bayview Medical Center

Nadia Hansel, an associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has been appointed associate dean for research. An internationally renowned investigator in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Hansel also serves as assistant director for research for the Pulmonary Division and directs the Obstructive Lung Disease Research Group. In addition to leading research programs at Bayview, she will facilitate integration of research with the East Baltimore campus.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Michelle J. Hindin has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

Susan Sherman has been promoted to professor, in the nontenure track, in the Department of Epidemiology, retroactive to Oct. 1, 2013.

Photini Sinnis has been promoted to professor, with tenure, in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, effective Jan. 1.

Cheri C. Wilson, an assistant scientist in Health Policy and Management, has been named one of the 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders by Diversity MBA, a leadership and management organization.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients, the Washington, D.C.–based accountable care organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named to Becker Hospital Review's 2014 list of 100 ACOs to know. The organization is co-directed by William Baumgartner, a professor of surgery, vice dean for clinical affairs, and director of the Cardiac Research Laboratory in the School of Medicine, and president of the Clinical Practice Association; and Patricia M.C. Brown, JHM senior vice president for managed care and population health, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, and senior counsel for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Collin Broholm, the Gerhard H. Dieke Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is one of 19 scientists nationwide to be selected as Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials. The five-year, $34.2 million investigator program, sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, encourages outstanding physicists to pursue ambitious, high-risk research, including the development of new experimental techniques. Broholm, an experimental condensed matter physicist, will receive $1.8 million to further his research.

Jens Chluba, an associate research scientist in Physics and Astronomy, is one of 43 new Royal Society University Research Fellows. The honor recognizes Chluba's central contributions to cosmology, in particular his studies of physical phenomena that can be probed with the cosmic microwave background. Chluba's five-year fellowship at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University will begin in January. He will investigate CMB spectral distortions as a new probe of early-universe physics.

Brice Ménard, an assistant professor in Physics and Astronomy, is the recipient of one of this year's Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. The fellowships provide the nation's most promising early-career scientists and engineers with funding and the freedom to explore new frontiers in their fields of study. Ménard will use his grant of $875,000, distributed over five years, to advance his work in statistical analysis of large astronomical data sets and the study of galaxy formation and cosmology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Lavina Bharwani, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, has been named medical director of Johns Hopkins Singapore. She succeeds Alex Chang, now emeritus medical director. A medical oncologist who joined Johns Hopkins Singapore in 2006, Bharwani also is assistant director of Clinical Education and will continue her involvement in educational and training program development.

Mohan Chellappa, president of global ventures for JHI, has become interim chief executive officer. A surgeon and one of the founding members of JHI, Chellappa succeeds its founding leader, Steven Thompson, and will fill the post until a search committee selects a permanent successor.

Peabody Institute

Faculty artist Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano, received an honorary doctorate from New England Conservatory on Sept. 24. Graves was presented with the degree by Tony Woodcock, president of NEC, before conducting a master class with students.


Kent Calder, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and director of Japan Studies, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan for his contributions to Japanese studies in the United States. This honor, conferred by the emperor and the prime minister of Japan, was presented to Calder by the Japanese ambassador at a public event in October.

School of Medicine

Mohamad E. Allaf has been appointed first holder of the Mohamad E. Allaf Directorship and Research Program in Minimally Invasive Urology.

Sean M. Berenholtz has been promoted to professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

Roger Blumenthal, a professor and director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, has been named co-chair of the Prevention Subcommittee of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The subcommittee will oversee development of heart disease–prevention guidelines.

Jef D. Boeke has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

H. Ballentine "Bal" Carter has been appointed to the Bernard L Schwartz Distinguished Professorship of Urologic Oncology in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute.

Steve Fernandes, laboratory manager for Ronald Schnaar, a professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences and neuroscience, and administrator for the Lung Inflammatory Disease Program of Excellence in Glycosciences, led an international, six-member team that won first place in the 2014 Merck Serono Innovation Cup business plan competition.

Henry "Hank" E. Fessler has been promoted to professor in the Department of Medicine.

Richard Huganir, director of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and a professor of neuroscience, biological chemistry, and pharmacology and molecular sciences, has received the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The $40,000 prize recognizes significant contributions made at the cellular, physiological, or behavioral levels that may lend new insight into psychiatric and neurological disease.

Geetha Jayaram, an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has won the Rotary International's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for her zone and now qualifies to be a recipient of the global award.

Nagi F. Khouri has been appointed first holder of the Carol Ann Flanagan Professorship in Breast Imaging in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.

Peter O. Kwiterovich Jr. has been appointed professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics, effective upon his April 1 retirement.

Alan W. Partin, professor and chair of the Department of Urology, has been appointed first holder of the Jakurski Family Directorship, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Bruce Perler, a professor of vascular surgery, vice chair for clinical operations and finance in the Department of Surgery, and director of the Johns Hopkins Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory, has been named president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

Kenneth J. Pienta has been appointed to the Donald S. Coffey Professorship of Urology in the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, retroactive to March 1, 2013.

Mikhail Pletnikov, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, molecular and comparative pathobiology, and neuroscience, has been elected president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for 2015–16.

Dorothy L. Rosenthal has been appointed professor emerita in the Department of Pathology.

Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine, director of JHM's Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine and surgery, have been named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in health care. The list recognizes individuals deemed by the publication's editors and readers to be leaders in the industry.

Akira Sawa, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed first holder of the Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Professorship.

Kellie Tamashiro, an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2014 Alan M. Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an early career award. She presented her award lecture in August at the society's annual meeting.

Edward E. Wallach has been appointed emeritus professor and University Distinguished Service Professor.

School of Nursing

Cynda H. Rushton, a professor in Acute and Chronic Care and the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, has been named a 2014 Hastings Center Fellow for her accomplishments in bioethics. She was inducted at the annual Hastings Center Fellows Meeting, held Oct. 16 in San Diego. As a fellow, Rushton will help the center accomplish its mission of researching, collaborating, and addressing medical and environmental ethical issues. Rushton is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, and has served as chair of the Maryland State Council on Quality Care at the End of Life. She recently organized a National Nursing Ethics Summit, the first of its kind, which was held at the School of Nursing in August.

At the third annual Evening With the Stars gala, held in September, Tener Veenema, an associate professor and pediatric emergency nurse practitioner in Community-Public Health, and Clifton Thornton, a student in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, were among the five individuals recognized as Shining Stars.

Five faculty members were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing at the organization's annual conference, held in October in Washington, D.C. Inducted were faculty associate Jill Hamilton and associate professors Joan Kub, Hayley Mark, Sarah Szanton, and Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner, all in Community-Public Health; and Nancy Hodgson, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care.

Sheridan Libraries

Jennifer Hill, a distance education librarian and electronic resources manager, recently published "The Research Process Tasting Menu: Bite-sized Information Literacy Skills Embedded in Online Courses" in The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook.

Jonathan Rochkind, a Digital Services software engineer, has written a chapter about the open source software behind the Johns Hopkins Libraries' "Find It" service in the book More Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data, published by Information Today Inc.

Whiting School of Engineering

Carey Priebe, a professor in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research for his work on the complex behaviors of the brain's circuitry. Priebe's project is one of 36 proposals to receive an EAGER award, created to fund and accelerate innovative and potentially transformative research projects involving the brain and how it works. Recipients get $300,000 over a two-year period. Along with neuroscientists from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus, Priebe will develop statistical pattern recognition methods for understanding how the connectivity of neurons in the brains of fruit fly larvae induces behavior. The NSF EAGER program supports President Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative, a multiagency effort that looks at ways to speed up the development of new neurotechnologies that will ideally help researchers answer fundamental questions about how the brain works.

AccuSpine, the invention of Biomedical Engineering undergraduates Anvesh Annadanam, Ravi Gaddipati, Luis Herrera, and Eric Xie, has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Collegiate Inventors Competition. The seven finalists will present their prototypes and research at an expo on Nov. 17. AccuSpine is a probe designed to improve spinal fusion surgery by providing real-time feedback for accurate surgical screw placement.