A method for quickly predicting the evolution of viruses that was developed by Andrew Feldman and Jeffrey Lin of the Research and Exploratory Development Department was named APL's Invention of the Year for 2013. New vaccines currently take years to develop, and Feldman and Lin's technology can both speed up the process of developing new vaccines and predict new viruses before they exist.

Rengaswamy Srinivasan of the Research and Exploratory Development Department has been named a Master Inventor in recognition of the 10 U.S. patents he has been issued while working at APL. He is the 25th person to earn this distinction.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

David B. Abrams, a professor in Health, Behavior and Society and executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, was awarded this year's American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate Award, which honors an individual who has made a significant and enduring contribution to health behavior research.

Robert Black, a professor in International Health, was awarded the Dr. C. Gopalan Oration Gold Medal from the Nutrition Society of India for outstanding contributions in the field of nutritional sciences. He also received Sight and Life's annual Nutrition Leadership Award for two landmark Lancet nutrition series he led.

Patrick N. Breysse, a professor in Environmental Health Sciences, was appointed to the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fannie Fonseca-Becker, an associate scientist in Health, Behavior and Society, received the Henry Montes Presidential Award from the American Public Health Association's Latino Caucus for Public Health. The award recognizes her leadership in improving the health of Latinos in the United States.

Eric Ford, associate chair for management and leadership in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Master of Health Administration Program, won the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management. Ford was recognized for his efforts to improve the efficacy of online learning environments through the development of peer-to-peer learning applications.

Diane Griffin, the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, received the Rudolf Virchow medal from the medical faculty of the University of Würzburg, Germany, where she delivered an honorary lecture titled "Do We Completely Recover From Acute Virus Infections?"

Elizabeth J. Letourneau, an associate professor in Mental Health, has been elected president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Paul A. Locke, an associate professor in Environmental Health Sciences, was appointed the first Distinguished Visiting Professor of Animal Law and Science at Lewis & Clark Law School. Locke's research and practice focus on how decision makers use environmental health sciences in regulation and policymaking, and how environmental health sciences influence the policymaking process. His areas of study include alternatives to animals in biomedical testing and toxicology, radon risk science and policy, and high-level radioactive waste disposal.

Kunihiro Matsushita, an assistant scientist in Epidemiology, has been honored by the American Heart Association with the Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology and with the Early Career Best Science Award for Abstract Poster Presentation.

Ana Navas-Acien, an associate professor in Environmental Health Sciences, was selected as editor-in-chief of the new journal Current Environmental Health Reports.

Henry Perry, a senior associate in International Health, received a Ronald McDonald House Charities 2013 Medical Award of Excellence, which carried with it a gift of $100,000 to Curamericas Global, the nonprofit group Perry founded.

Mathuram Santosham, a professor in International Health, received this year's Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute for his pioneering role in the prevention of deadly Haemophilus influenzae type b diseases, including pediatric bacterial meningitis and pneumonia. The award honors outstanding researchers in vaccinology or a complementary field.

Elizabeth Stuart, an associate professor in Mental Health, has been named to a new National Academy of Sciences panel called Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health.

Moyses Szklo, a professor in Epidemiology, was honored with the Robert S. Gordon lectureship award from the National Institutes of Health for his contributions to cardiovascular research and for training a generation of epidemiologists. The award is made annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research.

Centers and Affiliates

Bridget Pratt, a Hecht-Levi Fellow at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Adnan Hyder, associate director for global programs in the Berman Institute and a professor in International Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the school's Health Systems Program and International Injury Research Unit, co-authored a paper that won the 2014 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research at the World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico in June. The paper, titled "Global Justice and Health Systems Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," looked at reducing global health disparities through externally funded health systems research.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, has been elected a fellow of the Hastings Center. Hastings Fellows are distinguished experts from diverse disciplines who have been influential in the field of bioethics. Rushton, a core faculty member at the Berman Institute, holds joint appointments as a professor in the School of Nursing's Department of Acute and Chronic Care and the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Daily Record's list of Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 includes Awais Akbar, senior director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Mindi Levin, founder and director of the East Baltimore campus's Student Outreach Resource Center, known as SOURCE. The 43 young professionals on the list were selected for their contributions to their professions and communities, and for their commitment to inspiring change. They were celebrated during the fourth annual event, held in August at Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Pamela Paulk, senior vice president for human resources, was recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work and advocacy in the hiring of ex-offenders. For more than 10 years, Paulk and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson have been leaders in the push to give qualified ex-offenders a second chance at a job and a life. President Barack Obama instituted the Champions of Change program to celebrate Americans whose innovative ideas have fostered positive change in such areas as wage equality, energy efficiency, and gun violence.

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has been awarded three Telly Awards from the Silver Telly Council for two educational videos on pediatric and pancreatic cancers. A pediatric cancer video called I Have Cancer received a Silver Telly in both the Education and the Health and Wellness categories; a video titled The Pancreas Cancer Couples Retreat at Johns Hopkins won a Bronze Telly in the Education category. The videos were produced and edited by center advisory board member and Emmy award–winning producer Laurie Singer, photojournalist and editor Tim Bloomquist, sound technician and editor Mike Vogel, and members of the Kimmel Cancer Center's Office of Public Affairs. The videos were selected from some 12,000 worldwide entries. The Silver Telly Council includes leaders in advertising, production, and creative services from across the United States.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

A book co-authored by Margaret Keck, a professor in the Department of Political Science, has won the top prize of the Latin American Studies Association Brazil Section. Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water Politics, co-authored with Rebecca Abers from the University of Brasília, examines three decades of law making, along with experimentation in establishing new kinds of participatory water management organizations.

Hollis Robbins has been appointed director of the Center for Africana Studies. Robbins, who is head of the Humanities Department at the Peabody Conservatory, succeeds founding director Ben Vinson III, who left Johns Hopkins to become dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University.


At the Black Faculty and Staff Association's Juneteenth celebration, five new members were inducted into the Indispensable Role of Blacks at Johns Hopkins exhibit. Current employees inducted were James Calvin, an associate professor of management at the Carey Business School and director of the school's Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers; Nicklaine Paul, lead clinical nurse at the JHH Sickle Cell Infusion Center, who is known among patients for her compassion; and David Thompson, a senior tax accountant in the university's tax office, who mentors young colleagues as well as inner city youth. Formerly at Johns Hopkins were** Martha Edgerton,** the first graduate of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library's conservation program, a staff member at the library for more than 30 years, and an active member of the BFSA; and Freda Lewis-Hall, a psychiatrist who received her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins and is now executive vice president and chief medical officer of Pfizer.

In this year's CASE competition, Johns Hopkins Magazine won a gold award for periodical staff writing, and the Gazette received a bronze medal for its April cover; both publications are produced by the Office of Communications. The Center for Talented Youth's 2013 annual report won CASE awards in two categories: a gold in Annual Reports and Fund Reports and a bronze in President's Reports and Annual Reports (Print).


Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray has been invited to join the International Society for Music Education's international board for the Musicians' Health and Wellness special interest group. Bastepe-Gray, a classical guitarist who also holds a medical degree, will chair a symposium examining the role of music educators in the rehabilitative process of injured students.

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and faculty artist Kevin Puts has been appointed director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, a professional training program for emerging composers from across the nation that the orchestra offers annually in conjunction with the American Composers Forum.

Recording Arts and Sciences faculty member Neil Thompson Shade was elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for "contributions in acoustics education and to the integration of electro-acoustic systems in architectural acoustics." Shade, who has consulted on more than 800 projects, established Peabody's Master of Arts program in Acoustics Studies in 2000.

The Peabody Symphony, Concert, and Modern orchestras are among the 27 American orchestras honored with 2013–14 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, which were announced in June at the League of American Orchestras National Conference in Seattle. The Peabody groups were recognized in the Collegiate Orchestras division for featuring during the 2013–14 season the works of contemporary composers, among them Peabody faculty artist Michael Hirsch and Peabody DMA candidate Chen Zhangyi.

School of Education

Mariale Hardiman is the new vice dean for academic affairs, succeeding Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, who has joined the Provost's Office as vice provost for faculty affairs. Hardiman is a professor and director of the Neuro-Education Initiative.

School of Medicine

Sama Ahsan, a National Cancer Institute fellow in the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and Jeffrey Huo, a fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, have each received a $100,000 young investigator grant from the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to fund their pediatric cancer research projects. Ahsan is investigating the molecular causes of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an especially deadly type of childhood brain tumor. Huo is using stem cell engineering tools to study the earliest stages of retinoblastoma, the most common malignant eye tumor in infants and children.

Jeff Bulte, a professor of radiology, oncology, biomedical engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering, and director of the Cellular Imaging Section of the Institute for Cell Engineering, has received a gold medal from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for his major research contributions to the field. Bulte's laboratory combines basic research with clinical interventional radiology to develop noninvasive methods for observing the actions of cells, a process that will be a key factor in determining the effectiveness of stem cell therapies in the future.

Lisa Cooper, the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has received the Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women from the school's Office of Women in Science and Medicine.

Henry "Hank" Fessler, an associate professor of medicine and public health, has been appointed assistant dean for undergraduate medical education. Fessler, a 25-year veteran of the faculty, played an important role in the creation of the Genes to Society curriculum. He also developed the advanced critical care clerkship and directs the fellowship program in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Morton Goldberg, the Joseph E. Green Professor of Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases and director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received the American Ophthalmological Society's 2014 Lucian Howe Medal for distinguished service to the field.

Matthew Peters, chief resident in Psychiatry, was chosen to receive the 2014 House Staff Teaching Award, bestowed by his peers throughout the School of Medicine.

Peter Pronovost, senior vice president for patient safety and quality, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and a professor of anesthesiology/critical care medicine and surgery, has been named to Modern Healthcare magazine's 2014 list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the nation.

Three Johns Hopkins researchers—Christian Schuetz, a postdoctoral fellow in pathology; Blanca Valle, a postdoctoral fellow in translational research and epigenetics; and Lingling Xian, a research associate in hematology—are the 2014 recipients of Outside the Box grants from the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation to pursue innovative ideas to improve the detection and treatment of ovarian cancer. The HERA (Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness) awards, totaling $50,000, will fund Schuetz's research into developing lasting, anti-ovarian cancer immune response from the body's own immune cells; Valle's work to develop biomarkers for the early detection of ovarian cancer; and Xian's studies of personalized therapies to target cancer stem cells for ovarian cancer patients.

Barry Solomon, an associate professor of pediatrics, has been named assistant dean for student affairs. A member of the faculty since 2002, he is medical director of the Harriet Lane Clinic and is considered a leader in medical education and mentoring. He served as a faculty adviser in the Colleges Advisory Program, as co-director of the Helen B. Taussig College, and director of the Pediatrics Residency Program.

Glenn Treisman, director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service, has been named the Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine. He succeeds Phillip Slavney, who had held the chair since 1988 and who is now the Eugene Meyer III Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine.

School of Nursing

Deborah Finnell, an associate professor in Acute and Chronic Care, has been appointed director of the Master's Program.

Fannie Gaston-Johansson has been appointed professor emerita in Acute and Chronic Care.

Laura N. Gitlin, a professor in the Department of Community-Public Health and founding director of the school's Center for Innovative Care in Aging, has received the 2014 M. Powell Lawton Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. An applied research sociologist, Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability, and aging in place.

At the annual meeting of the Institute of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, Joan Kub, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, assumed the role of president of the organization, and three others from the school community received awards. Tener Goodwin Veenema, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, was honored for outstanding contributions to community/public health nursing practice; Angela Fulmer was cited as the outstanding graduate student in community/public health nursing; and Lori Edwards, who has retired, was recognized for outstanding contributions to community/public health nursing education. In addition, Veenema was recently selected to serve on the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows alumni board.

Hayley Mark, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, is now president of the Maryland Dean and Directors Group. In this role, she will advise the deans and directors of pre-licensure nursing programs in Maryland on addressing common challenges and developing strategies.

Andrea Parsons Schram, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, was elected to serve as 2014–15 president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. In addition, she and Shawna Mudd and Cynthia Foronda, also assistant professors in the department, were selected as leadership scholars in the 2014 National League for Nursing LEAD cohort. Mudd also is president-elect of the Maryland Chesapeake Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Sarah L. Szanton, an associate professor in Community-Public Health, has been named director of the PhD Program.

Laura Taylor, an assistant professor in Acute and Chronic Care, was elected a fellow of the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education. She will be inducted at the 2014 Education Summit in September.

Kathleen White, an associate professor in Acute and Chronic Care, will direct the Master's Entry Into Nursing Program, expected to debut in fall 2015.

Whiting School of Engineering

James West, a research professor of electrical and computer engineering and an inventor who holds more than 250 patents, received an honorary degree at Princeton University's Commencement exercises. The degree's citation states that "over more than 40 endlessly inventive years at the storied AT&T Bell Laboratories, he revolutionized the telephone and recording industries. His tireless advocacy for increased diversity among professionals and students has helped transform the fields of science and technology. His still-growing legacy is manifest in the hundreds of patents he holds and the hundreds of women and minority scientists and engineers … who have benefited from his unending commitment to opening doors once shut." In addition, West was selected to deliver the Bernhard Gross Memorial Lecture at the 15th International Symposium on Electrets, which was held in August at Johns Hopkins, the first time in 42 years that the annual symposium was held in the United States.