News and notes from university faculty

Three new Bloomberg Distinguished Professors have been appointed, bringing to 23 the number of BDPs across the university as of press time. Michael Schatz, an expert in solving computational problems in genomics research, was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, with appointments in the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology. He came to Johns Hopkins from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Adam Riess, an observational cosmologist working on the measurement of the expansion of the universe and a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, will remain in his current department, Physics and Astronomy, at the Krieger School and be jointly appointed in the school's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Carl Wu, who will set up a laboratory focused on chromatin structure and gene expression, has appointments in the Krieger School's Department of Biology and the School of Medicine's Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Jeffrey P. Kahn is the new Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, where he has been a professor of bioethics and public policy, and deputy director for policy and administration since 2011. He succeeds founding director Ruth Faden. Kahn and co-principal investigator Gail Geller recently received a four-year, $4.15 million award to launch a Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Uses in Infectious Diseases and Epidemics. He has a joint appointment in Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Indispensable Role of Blacks at Johns Hopkins University, an exhibit and website that recognizes black students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to Johns Hopkins history, inducted four new members at a ceremony in June. They are Ralph Etienne-Cummings, a professor in Computer and Electrical Engineering in the Whiting School; alumnus and funeral home vice president Erich March; Devonna Rowe, who has served on the Peabody Preparatory voice faculty for 14 years; and Deborah Savage, who retired last year after 23 years of service, working in a variety of IT roles.

Tina Cheng, professor of pediatrics, is the new Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, director of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and pediatrician-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was also named co-director of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Allan Spradling, an investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and an adjunct professor in Biology at the Krieger School and in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the School of Medicine, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Richard Huganir, a professor and director of both the Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine, and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute, was elected president of the Society for Neuroscience.

Alan Cohen is the new director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor in Pediatric Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine. He comes to Johns Hopkins from Boston Children's Hospital, where he was the neurosurgeon-in-chief and a professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School. He is president-elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health's Office of Communications and Marketing¬†has been honored with three Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education: a silver medal in the Alumni Relations–Student Alumni Initiatives category for Centennial 100 Dinners, a silver medal in Individual Sub-Websites for the Yearlook website, and a bronze in Feature Writing for "Invisible Wounds."

CASE Circle of Excellence awards also went to the university's Office of Communications, which¬†collected five: in the Institutional Websites category won a gold, as did the video team's piece about spider crickets in the News and Research Videos category, and the video engagement efforts of the media team in the Strategic Communications–Media Relations Programs category. Johns Hopkins Magazine received a silver in Periodical Staff Writing and a bronze in Feature Writing for its New Horizons story, "Moment of Truth."

Ben Langmead, assistant professor in the School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science, received the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. The award recognizes Langmead as one of the most influential and highly cited authors of open source bioinformatics software. All his software, and all the software from his lab, is free and open source.

The Johns Hopkins University Press edition of The Poems of T. S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue, received the Pegasus Award for poetry criticism from Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The two-volume edition was co-published with Faber & Faber.

Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, received the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber's 2016 Freeman Hrabowski Visionary Leadership Award. Named for the longtime president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the award recognizes Peterson's "beneficial presence on the economy and quality of life in 'the Corridor,'" between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Two chamber works by faculty artist Michael Hersch, a member of Peabody's Composition Department, were premiered in New York in June. Soprano and faculty artist Ah Young Hong performed Hersch's song cycle a breath upwards at Manhattan's Saint Peter's Church, and violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait gave a full multimedia presentation of Zwischen Leben und Tod: twenty-two pieces after images by Peter Weiss at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

John McLaughlin, a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at SAIS, received the William Oliver Baker Award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. The award recognizes McLaughlin's sustained contributions and exemplary service to U.S. intelligence and national security affairs.

Karen Bandeen-Roche, a professor of biostatistics in the Bloomberg School, received the 2016 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The award recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership has had a significant impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.

Michael Edidin, a professor in the Krieger School's Department of Biology, who retired after 50 years on the JHU faculty, was honored in June with an international symposium, followed by a dinner for nearly 100 of his lab's alumni and his colleagues. Edidin also held appointments as a professor in the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering.

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