Jennifer H. Elisseeff, a professor of biomedical engineering, and Charles Meneveau, a professor of mechanical engineering, were among 83 new members, along with 16 foreign members, elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Membership in the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers. Elisseeff is the Morton Goldberg Professor and the director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, a joint venture of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute. She also has appointments in the Whiting School of Engineering's departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as the School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Meneveau is the Louis M. Sardella Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Whiting School.

Four Johns Hopkins assistant professors are among the 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers named Sloan Research Fellows. From the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences are Janice Chen, of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Yi Li, of Physics and Astronomy. From the Whiting School is Suchi Saria, of Computer Science, who has a joint appointment in Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. From the School of Medicine is Shigeki Watanabe, of the Department of Cell Biology.

A near-capacity crowd filled New York City's Town Hall for the Peabody Chamber Orchestra's April 15 concert featuring Leon Fleisher as conductor and pianist. Fleisher, who holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano at Peabody Conservatory, led the orchestra in a reprise of the all-Mozart program it had performed two nights earlier in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Presented by the Peoples' Symphony Concerts, the performance was a celebration of Fleisher's 90th birthday and nearly 60 years on the faculty at Peabody.

Three Krieger School faculty members—Julian Krolik, Yannick Sire, and Christopher Sogge—have each been awarded a Simons Fellowship in their respective fields. Krolik is a professor of physics and astronomy; Sire and Sogge are both professors of mathematics. Sogge is a second-time winner of the fellowship, having also received one in 2012.

For the 38th year in a row, Johns Hopkins led all U.S. universities in R&D expenditures in fiscal year 2016, spending $2.431 billion on medical, science, and engineering research, according to the latest National Science Foundation ranking.

Johns Hopkins scientist Steven Salzberg, known for his ability to tackle difficult projects in genome sequencing, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Medicine joins a group of 213 scientists, scholars, writers, artists, and other leaders—including former President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Baltimore-born writer Ta-Nehisi Coates—who make up the class of 2018.

Jennifer Coughlin, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the School of Medicine, was awarded a five-year, $2.7 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, to study the brains of National Football League players. Her research will track injury and repair in the brains of NFL players in the early years after they stop playing.

Josh Sharfstein was promoted to vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Bloomberg School in recognition of his expanding role as director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and his ongoing leadership at the school in promoting excellence in public health practice.

Kalina Hristova and Hai-Quan Mao, both professors in the Whiting School's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, were elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows.

Mandeep S. Singh, an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the School of Medicine, received a 2017 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, which funds early-stage, innovative biomedical research to benefit children. Singh's study is titled "Stem Cell Cytoplasmic Transfer to Cure Inherited Blindness."

Joanna D. Pratt and Christopher J. Lenox have joined Johns Hopkins' Office of Investments in the newly created positions of managing directors. Pratt was formerly investment team director at Stanford University, and Lenox was director of investments for Brandeis University. They are helping manage more than $6 billion in endowment and other assets for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Bert Vogelstein, a professor of oncology in the School of Medicine, received the 2018 Dan David Prize for the Future in Personalized Medicine awarded by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

Melissa R. Hyatt, who held significant command positions with the Baltimore Police Department for the past 20 years, has joined Johns Hopkins as vice president for security. She oversees security operations for Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, both domestically and around the globe (except at the Applied Physics Laboratory).

Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in biomedical engineering, nursing, and medicine are among the country's best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation's Best Graduate Schools. The biomedical engineering program landed again in the No. 1 spot, which it has long held. The School of Nursing's master's degree programs rose to first place, while the School of Medicine moved up to second place among research-oriented medical schools. Its internal medicine program is tied with Harvard University's for the No. 1 spot.

Joseph Silk, the Homewood Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Krieger School, was named the recipient of the 2018 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship by the American Astronomical Society. The award honors Silk for his "lifetime contributions to our understanding of the early universe and galaxy formation."

Enrique Mallada, an assistant professor in the Whiting School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes early stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence. This is a five-year, $500,000 grant.

Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was named a 2018 Literature Award winner by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her latest book, Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Biography.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, a professor in the Writing Seminars at the Krieger School, was included in The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017.

David M. Yousem, vice chairman of Radiology, professor of radiology and radiological science, and associate dean of professional development at Johns Hopkins Medicine, received the 2018 Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women's Association.

Erin Rowe, an assistant professor of history in the Krieger School, was selected as the 2017–18 Edwin C. and Elizabeth A. Whitehead Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where she is completing a book that examines the circulation of devotion to black saints from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

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