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Jack Iwashyna joins Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Justice in Medicine. He holds primary appointments in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine and in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also belongs to the Knowledge to Action and the Business of Health cluster, part of the second phase of the BDP program. Iwashyna's research interests focus on improving health outcomes and quality of life for survivors of critical illness. He is currently working on identifying modifiable social and contextual factors that shape functional recovery after serious illness and investigating the roles of employment, financial toxicity, and caregiver burden as both outcomes of and contributors to recovery. Iwashyna comes to Hopkins from the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Three Johns Hopkins University researchers—Amy Bastian, Jennifer Elisseeff, and Alex Szalay—have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They are among 120 members and 23 international members elected this year. Bastian is chief scientific officer and director of the Center for Movement Studies at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and a professor of neuroscience, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the School of Medicine. Elisseeff is director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, a joint venture of the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and is a professor of biomedical engineering, ophthalmology, materials science and engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering. Szalay, an international leader in astronomy, cosmology, the science of big data, and data-intensive computing, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with appointments in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering; he directs the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science.

Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in nursing, public health, and biomedical engineering are again ranked among the nation's best, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Graduate Schools list, released in April. The School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row, and its master's program in pediatric primary care tied for No. 1. The Bloomberg School retained its longtime No. 1 ranking among public health programs, and it was also ranked No. 1 for its program in biostatistics. In specialty areas, the Bloomberg School ranked No. 1 in Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.

Diabetes expert Rexford Ahima, who joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2016 as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ahima is among 269 scholars, researchers, artists, and leaders in industry and public policy selected for membership in the academy this year. A world-renowned scientist with board certifications in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, Ahima is known for uncovering connections between diabetes and obesity by studying the physiological mechanisms of obesity. He has faculty appointments in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing; directs the School of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; and leads the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Initiative.

Sabine Stanley, a planetary physicist whose research seeks answers to fundamental questions about the character and interior structure of planets in our solar system and beyond, has been appointed vice provost of graduate and professional education at Johns Hopkins University. Stanley succeeds Nancy Kass, who in 2017 became the first person to fill the role, which is dedicated to improving the PhD student experience. Stanley joined the university in 2017 as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Krieger School and in the Space Exploration Sector of the Applied Physics Laboratory.

N. Peter Armitage has received one of seven 2023 Brown Investigator Awards from the Brown Science Foundation. The award recognizes midcareer, curiosity-driven basic research in chemistry and physics and supports a scientist's research with up to $2 million over five years. A professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Krieger School, Armitage researches the fundamental aspects of quantum materials. He plans to use the award to develop new kinds of spectroscopy that exploit the quantum mechanical entanglement of light.

Jeremy Greene, a medical historian, is one of 171 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists awarded Guggenheim Fellowships this year. Greene is a professor in, and director of, the Department of the History of Medicine at the School of Medicine. His fellowship is in the category of the history of science, technology, and economics. Greene's current research project, Syringe Tide: Disposable Technologies and the Making of Medical Waste, focuses on the scientific, social, and economic basis for the increasing disposability of medical technology and solutions to reduce the global impact of medical waste.

Ed Reynolds, who joined APL in 1985 and is now a program manager in the Space Exploration Sector, has been named to the 2023 TIME100 list of most influential people, which recognizes artists, innovators, leaders, icons, and pioneers from around the globe who are changing the world. Reynolds was honored for his role at APL in leading NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, mission, the first-ever demonstration of asteroid deflection technology.

Maria Harris Tildon, vice president for state and local affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, will serve as interim leader of the Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships, supporting Johns Hopkins' engagement with and commitment to Baltimore City. Since joining Johns Hopkins in April 2022, Tildon, a Baltimore native, has helped deepen institutional partnerships across Baltimore, the state, and the national capital region. Tildon assumed the interim role after the departure of Alicia Wilson, who left Johns Hopkins at the end of December to become managing director of JPMorgan Chase's North American regional philanthropy team.

Lisa A. Cooper, a professor of medicine and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with primary appointments in the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, is the recipient of the 2023 John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research by the Society of General Internal Medicine. The award recognizes the career achievements of a senior SGIM member whose innovative research has changed the way general internal medicine physicians care for patients, conduct research, educate students, and inform health policy.

Martha S. Jones is one of three new members appointed by President Joe Biden to the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, a group tasked with publishing a multivolume work documenting the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones, a legal and cultural historian, is a professor of history in the Krieger School, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, and a professor in the SNF Agora Institute. Jones also directs the Hard Histories at Hopkins Project, employing research, teaching, public engagement, and the arts to examine the role that racism and discrimination have played at the university throughout its history.

Darin Atwater, a strong advocate for arts, culture, and music education, and a composer/conductor/performer/producer/educator, will join the Peabody Conservatory as Distinguished Visiting Faculty in the 2023–24 academic year. In this new role, Atwater will serve as a diversity advocate supporting the selection and evaluation of the repertoire that is taught and performed at the Conservatory. He will also teach American roots music and culture, and lead special projects and performance events.

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