Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis has received the 2015 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement, the museum's highest honor. Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology and their history. "Few individuals have contributed more significantly to our knowledge of the solar system in a single career than Dr. Krimigis," says Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey, the John and Adrian Mars Director of the museum.
Bayview Medical Center
Bayview has received a Bridging the Gap Achievement Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee for its demonstrated commitment to diversity, exemplified by inclusive business practices that create development opportunities in its workforce for underrepresented minorities. Its commitment to the faith-based community through a variety of programs was also cited.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sara N. Bleich, an associate professor in Health Policy and Management, was awarded a $10,000 prize at the 2015 Frank Conference, for scholarly research that helps inform and advance practice in public interest communications, for her paper "Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption by Providing Caloric Information: How Black Adolescents Alter Their Purchases and Whether the Effects Persist." The prize is given in memory of Frank Karel, former vice president for communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a pioneering visionary in the field of public interest communication.
Yibing "Oliver" Chen, a graduate student in Biostatistics, and Kathryn Risher, a graduate student in Epidemiology, have received the Louis I. and Thomas D. Dublin Award from their departments. Their proposals—on the principal direction of mediation, and on statistical and epidemiological methodology for addressing questions about the spread of HIV in South Africa, respectively—were selected as best exemplifying the award's goal of fostering research and education at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology.
Mary Fox, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Gulf War and Health, Volume 10: Update of Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War.
Alfred Sommer, a University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of the school, was named the inaugural recipient of the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service to Academic Public Health, established by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health. Named for William Henry Welch, first dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Wickliffe Rose, director of the Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Division, the award was created to recognize the highest standards in academic public health and to honor individuals who have made a lasting impact on the field. Welch and Rose created the blueprint for academic public health, ultimately resulting in the 1916 founding of what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the first independent graduate school of public health in the world. Sommer is a past president of the Association of Schools of Public Health, the predecessor to the ASPPH.
The Johns Hopkins ACG Case-Mix System Team has received AcademyHealth's 2015 Health Services Research Impact Award for its development of a system that has become one of the world's most widely used health care analytical tools. Jonathan Weiner, a professor in Health Policy and Management, and ACG's co-developer and R&D director, accepted the award on behalf of the team at the National Health Policy Conference in Washington.
Centers and Affiliates
Blami Dao, director of Maternal and Newborn Health at Jhpiego, has been invited by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to become a fellow honoris causa. As noted by the Council of the College, the honor "acknowledges the highest level of dedication and achievement in clinical care and your support to the development of women's health services." Dao will be admitted as a fellow at a ceremony in November.
Johns Hopkins Health System
Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the university by their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian service. Peterson, a 1970 graduate of the School of Arts and Sciences, began his Hopkins Hospital career as an administrative resident in 1973 and served successively as administrator for the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, the Hopkins Cost Improvement Program, and the Children's Medical and Surgical Center, and as president of what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He became president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System in 1997. The award was bestowed on April 18 at the President and Deans' Breakfast during Reunion Weekend.
Stephanie Reel, chief information officer for the university and health system, was listed by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 100 hospital and health system CIOs to know.
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Chia-Ling Chien, the Jacob L. Hain Professor of Physics, has been awarded the 2015 Magnetism Award and Néel Medal from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Commission on Magnetism. The highest honor bestowed by the IUPAP, this award is given every three years to a scientist who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of magnetism. Chien was recognized "for pioneering discoveries in magnetic materials and nanostructures." He will receive the award at the 2015 International Conference on Magnetism, to be held this summer in Barcelona.
Piero Gleijeses has been awarded the American Historical Association's Friedrich Katz Prize for Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976–1991. The book was published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Niloofar Haeri, a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, and Lawrence Principe, a professor in History of Science and Technology, are among the 175 recipients of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
Michael Kwass, an associate professor of history, has received a Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for his book Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground. The book also received the Gilbert Chinard Prize, for the best history book on France and the Americas, given by the Society for French Historical Studies.
Hans Lindblad, a professor of mathematics, has received a Simons Fellowship. The Simons Fellows program supports distinguished scientists by extending academic leaves, from one term to a full year, to enable recipients to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances.
Eric Puchner, an assistant professor in the Writing Seminars, has won the 2015 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize, a $25,000 annual award given to "a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose." The prize, which honors author Jeannette Haien, is intended to encourage young writers in "the production of literary works of high quality and aesthetic worth." Puchner's debut story collection, Music Through the Floor, was published in 2007 and his first novel, Model Home, in 2010, both by Scribner.
Sheridan Libraries and University Museums
Jeanette Brown, a library assistant, recently published her second work of fiction, Glenda Mae's Story, through American Star Press.
Elizabeth Johns, a librarian for education, recently published "Creating a Colorful Classroom: Incorporating Multimedia and Graphics Into Library Instruction" in Internet Reference Services Quarterly.
Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray has received a visiting scientist grant from the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council. She visited Turkey in April to continue her fMRI study that focuses on kinesthetic imagery in musicians, in collaboration with Niyazi Acer of Turkey's Erciyes University and Charles Limb of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The study explores the neural bases for visualization (mental practice) in instrumental musicians with potential implications on efficient sensorimotor learning and performance reliability.
Junior Jisu Jung, a percussion student of Bob van Sice's, was the featured young artist-in-residence on American Public Media's Performance Today in March. The program is broadcast on 290 radio stations across the country and has 1.4 million listeners each week.
John Walker, a member of the organ faculty, was invited by Lin Zaiyong, director of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music's administrative board, to be the first American organist to present master classes and lectures at the conservatory. In addition to representing Peabody, Walker, as national president of the American Guild of Organists, hopes during his visit to strengthen relations between the communities of organists in China and America.
The baroque ensemble Different Birds won a grant from Early Music America to participate in the organization's Young Person's Festival at the Boston Early Music Festival in June. The ensemble will perform a program of French baroque music at the First Church of Boston. Different Birds consists of Abigail Chapman, soprano; Theodore Cheek, lute; Alan Choo, violin; Patrick Merrill, harpsichord; Corbin Phillips, baritone; Niccolo Seligmann, viola da gamba; and Aik Shin Tan, baroque flute.
School of Medicine
Samuel M. Alaish, a pediatric surgeon, has joined the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to co-lead its newly formed Center for Intestinal Rehab and Cure Using Science. CIRCUS is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to the study and care of children with short bowel syndrome. Alaish, who assumed his role as associate professor of surgery and surgical director of CIRCUS on April 1, is a leading authority on pediatric intestinal disorders. He comes to Johns Hopkins from the University of Maryland, where in 2009 he launched a pediatric intestinal rehabilitation program. Pediatric gastroenterologist and intestinal failure specialist Darla Shores, an assistant professor, will co-lead CIRCUS.
Rebecca Aslakson, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's 2015 list of 44 Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40.
William Baumgartner, a professor of surgery, vice dean for clinical affairs, and senior vice president of the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, has received the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the society, including his term as president (2002–2003), and to the specialty, when he was executive director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Julie Brahmer, an associate professor of oncology, has been named director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center. She is overseeing a $35 million investment in the program and the opening of the new Thoracic Center of Excellence at Bayview Medical Center.
Jason Brandt, a professor and director of the Division of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society.
Henry Brem, director of the Department of Neurosurgery, has received a Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence. The award is given annually to five physicians whose dedication, talents, and skills have improved the lives of thousands of people throughout the world. Brem is the Harvey Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery and neurosurgeon-in-chief; a professor of oncology, ophthalmology, and biomedical engineering; and director of the Hunterian Neurological Research Laboratory.
Richard Chaisson, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and international health; co-director of the Center for Tuberculosis Research; and director of the international Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic, has received the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease's 2014 Scientific Prize in recognition of his research papers published over the preceding five years.
Michael Choi, an associate professor of medicine and clinical director of Nephrology, has received the 2015 National Kidney Foundation's Garabed Eknoyan Award. The accolade recognizes an individual who has promoted the mission of the NKF through exceptional contributions to its key initiatives or clinical research on kidney diseases. Choi also was named to the organization's board of directors.
Todd Dorman, a professor and vice chair for critical care services in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and senior associate dean for education coordination, has been named president-elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Kelly Dunn, an assistant professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, will receive the 2015 Young Psychopharmacologist Award at the American Psychiatric Association Convention, to be held in May.
Andrew Ewald, an associate professor of cell biology, has received one of two 2015 Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Leadership Awards from the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. The $50,000 award recognizes Ewald's accomplishments in understanding the basic mechanisms of metastasis and will support his research. Ewald's laboratory, made up of basic science and medical trainees working in collaboration with engineers and clinicians, pioneered the development and use of 3-D culture techniques to capture and analyze the real-time growth and invasion of breast cancer tumor cells.
Sherita Golden, a professor of medicine and an endocrinologist, has been appointed executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine.
Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neuroscience, is the 2015 recipient of the Eddy Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. The award "acknowledges outstanding research efforts that have advanced our knowledge of drug dependence." It is the oldest award bestowed by CPDD, dating to 1974, and it is highly prestigious in the drug abuse research community.
Jacques Grosset, a professor of medicine and an acclaimed expert in tuberculosis, has received the Union Medal, the highest honor given by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The award recognizes his more than 50 years of contributions to the control of TB, leprosy, and other related infections.
Craig Hendrix, a professor of medicine, pharmacology and molecular sciences, and epidemiology, has been named director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine.
Mahadevappa Mahesh, an associate professor of radiology and cardiology and chief physicist of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was elected to the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements. Chartered by the federal government, the 100-member NCRP formulates and disseminates information, guidance, and recommendations on radiation protection and measurements.
Redonda Miller, an associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been named by The Daily Record to its list of the year's Top 100 Women in Maryland. The list recognizes outstanding women leaders who are not only leading the way professionally but are dedicating their time and energy to community work and mentoring. The awards program will be held in May at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Timothy Pawlik, a professor and director of the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named deputy editor of JAMA Surgery (formerly Archives of Surgery) and associate editor of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He also has been awarded an honorary fellowship in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, which administers training, examinations, and fellowship services for surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. The fellowship recognizes Pawlik's substantial, internationally influential contributions to the field.
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a professor of neurological surgery, neuroscience, and oncology and director of the brain tumor and pituitary surgery programs and of the neurosurgery brain tumor stem cell laboratory, has been awarded the Cortes de Cádiz Prize for surgery, bestowed by the city council of Cádiz, Spain, and the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery. Quiñones-Hinojosa's award recognizes both his renowned scientific career and his life story of self-improvement and success.
Sumeska Thavarajah, an assistant professor of nephrology, has been named head of the medical advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. She also has received NKF-MD's 2015 Linda Cameron Award for Patient Services for donating her time at community health screenings, assisting the foundation's programs and advocacy office, and participating in foundation fundraising events.
Bert Vogelstein, a professor of oncology and pathology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins, has received the Warren Triennial Prize from Massachusetts General Hospital. The prize, which includes a $50,000 award, honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions to medicine.
School of Nursing
Jeanne Alhusen, an assistant professor in Community-Public Health, has received the Southern Nursing Research Society's Early Science Investigator Award. Her research and work focus on biological and psychological foundations of maternal attachments and their impact on childhood outcomes.
Patricia Davidson, dean, was ranked first in a recent listing of 30 influential deans of nursing across the country. The rankings were compiled by the test-prep firm Mometrix, which used factors such as awards, NIH funding, and nursing license pass rates, among others, to determine the rankings.
Mary Donnelly, an instructor in Acute and Chronic Care, was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Maryland State Advisory Council on Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. She will help develop and promote programs to prevent, detect, and treat both illnesses.
Fannie Gaston-Johansson, professor emerita in Acute and Chronic Care, and Phyllis Sharps, a professor in Community-Public Health, have been recognized through INSIGHT into Diversity's Diversity Visionary Award for their exceptional belief, commitment, and achievement of diversity and inclusion in higher education.
Pamela Jeffries, vice provost for digital initiatives and a professor in Acute and Chronic Care, received the 2014 Indiana Women's Achievement Award sponsored by the Ball State University College of Sciences and Humanities. The award recognizes Indiana women who enrich the lives of others through outstanding accomplishments in a variety of fields.
Whiting School of Engineering
James Guest, an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award. Created in 2011 by the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, this annual award recognizes a young investigator whose contributions have the promise to define new directions in the theory and application of engineering mechanics. Guest was selected by EMI for his pioneering research in the development and implementation of topology optimization methods. He will accept the award at the EMI 2015 conference, to be held at Stanford University in June.
K.T. Ramesh, the Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, has been awarded the Society for Experimental Mechanics' W.M. Murray Medal. He will receive the award in June at the society's annual meeting, where he will give the associated William M. Murray Lecture. Ramesh was selected for this recognition, which is SEM's highest honor, for his "major impact on our understanding of nanomaterials and dynamic failure processes."
Ben Schafer, the Swirnow Family Scholar and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, was chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute as the recipient of the 2015 Shortridge Hardesty Award. The award recognizes substantial contributions in applying the results of research to the solution of practical engineering problems in the field of structural stability. Schafer was selected for his contributions to the development of the direct strength method as well as to open source software that considers interactions between local, global, and distortional modes of buckling in thin-walled structures. He accepted the award in April at the Structures Congress Conference in Portland, Oregon.