News and notes about university faculty

Ulrich Mueller, a neuroscientist and internationally recognized expert on hearing loss and brain development, is the 24th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor appointed to the faculty. He will be part of the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience in the School of Medicine and of the Department of Biology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Mueller joins Johns Hopkins from the Scripps Research Institute in California.

Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, are among 79 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine during its annual meeting in October.

Gregg Semenza, a professor in the School of Medicine, is one of three winners of a 2016 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, bringing him a $250,000 prize. Semenza and co-winners William Kaelin Jr., of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Peter Ratcliffe, of Oxford University, were honored for discovering how human and animal cells sense oxygen. Although they worked independently, their research built on each other's findings.

Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing, received the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, given annually by the Australian Museum. The prize is considered one of Australia's most prestigious scientific awards, and Davidson is the first nurse to receive it. An expert in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Davidson has mentored more than 35 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. She was also named one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac, an Australian bank. She was recognized in the global category for her contribution to nursing.

Redonda Miller, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Paul Rothman, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine, were named by Becker's Hospital Review to its 2016 list of 110 Physician Leaders to Know.

Suchi Saria, an assistant professor in the Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science, and Rebecca Schulman, an assistant professor in the school's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have been recognized as "rising research stars" by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Young Faculty Award winners will each receive $500,000 in DARPA funding. Saria also has been named to Popular Science's Brilliant 10, the magazine's annual list of the "brightest young minds in science and engineering."

Eloiza Domingo-Snyder, director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency for Johns Hopkins Medicine, was named one of the 100 most influential Filipina women by the Filipina Women's Network. The honor recognizes Domingo-Snyder's impact at a large workplace.

John Quah, a professor of economics in the Krieger School, was elected a fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

The music of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Kevin Puts is featured on a new recording by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Kevin Puts: Symphony No. 2, released by Naxos American Classics in August, presents Puts' symphony, along with River Rush and Flute Concerto, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra's celebrated principal flutist, Adam Walker. This marks the first major label release for the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Sokol, of the Applied Physics Laboratory's Air and Missile Defense Mission Area, was named the 2016 Engineer of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, associate dean for public health practice and training at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named inaugural director of the school's Bloomberg American Health Initiative, which was launched in September with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Sharfstein will continue to serve as associate dean and as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

N.D.B. Connolly, an associate professor of history in the Krieger School, was awarded the Southern Historical Association's Bennett H. Wall Award for A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014). The prize is awarded to the best book published over a two-year period that examines Southern business or economic history.

J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, has been named winner of the Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

Three oncology fellows received Damon Runyon Awards, which brought each of them $248,000 over four years to support their basic science research. Daniel Goldman received a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship; Michael Koldobskiy and Cara Rabik received Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Awards.

Steven Cohen, a professor and division chief of Pain Medicine and Pain Research in the School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Health System Research Symposium. Cohen, a retired U.S. Army colonel, was recognized in the research category of pain management.

Muyinatu "Bisi" Bell, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Whiting School, has been named to MIT Technology Review's 2016 list of 35 Innovators under 35.

Lawrence Principe, the Krieger School's Drew Professor of the Humanities, received the Prix Franklin-Lavoisier, awarded once every two years by the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie in Paris and the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.

Daniel Schlozman, an assistant professor of political science in the Krieger School, received the Charles Tilly Award from the American Sociological Association for his book, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Sharon Gerecht, a professor in the Whiting School's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named director of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, effective January 1, 2017. She succeeds Peter Searson, INBT's founding director. Hai-Quan Mao, a professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering, will serve as associate director, succeeding Denis Wirtz, vice provost for research. Mao also has an appointment in the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at the School of Medicine.