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School Accolades

Steven S. AnSteven S. An, PhD, assistant professor, Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), was appointed to the Nominating Committee of the Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.

Cheryl AndersonCheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, assistant professor, Epidemiology, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board.

Robert Black, MD, MPH, the chair and Edgar Berman Professor of International Health, is to receive the Raulin Award from the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH). The award recognizes lifetime achievement in research on trace elements

The Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence received the Researcher or Public Health Program Health Impact Award at the 2011 joint annual meeting of the Safe States Alliance and the CDC Core I and II State Injury Grantees.

Chumo, a Kiswahili film by the COMMIT project, led by the Center for Communication Programs (CCP), won best director and best actress honors at the 2011 Zanzibar International Film Festival. The film was also an official selection of the Durban International Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. Tchova Tchova Historias de Vida, a CCP-designed methodology to promote gender equity, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment adherence in Mozambique under a three-year PEPFAR-funded project, was selected as a finalist for the AfriComNet 2011 Annual Award for Excellence in HIV and AIDS Communication in Africa in the Interpersonal/Community category.

Josef CoreshJosef Coresh, MD, PhD ’92, MHS ’92, professor, Epidemiology, and director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention, was named chair of the Steering Committee of the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium. He was also the plenary speaker at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Ciprian Crainiceanu, PhD, associate professor, Biostatistics, was elected program chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Nonparametric Statistics. He begins his term on January 1, 2012.

“Prospective Study of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Incident Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure: The Sleep Heart Health Study” was chosen as Best Paper in the Population Science category by the journal Circulation. Its authors include Marie Diener-West, PhD ’84, Helen Abbey and Margaret Merrell Professor of Biostatistical Education, and chair of the MPH Program, and Gayane Yenokyan, MD, PhD ’09, MPH, MHS ’09, assistant scientist, Biostatistics.

Anna DurbinAnna Durbin, MD, associate professor, International Health, recently received the 2011 National Institutes of Health Director’s Award.

Janice EvansJanice Evans, PhD, associate professor, and Paul S. Miller, PhD, professor, both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty, were awarded an NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant under the Research Enhancement Awards Program.


Adnan HyderAdnan Hyder, MD, PhD ’98, MPH ’93, associate professor, International Health, received the Aron Sobel Guardian Award from the Association for Safe International Road Travel.

A joint WHO/PLoS panel selected “A Field Training Guide for Human Subjects Research Ethics,” from the October 5, 2010, issue of PloS Medicine, for inclusion in a special collection to support the key messages in the World Health Report 2012. Its authors include Maria Merritt, PhD, assistant professor; Alain Labrique, PhD ’07, MHS ’99, MS, assistant professor; Joanne Katz, ScD ’93, MS, professor; and Keith West, DrPH ’87, MPH, ’79, RD, George G. Graham Professor of Infant and Child Nutrition. All are International Health faculty.

Mathuram SantoshamMathuram Santosham, MD, MPH ’75, professor, International Health, director, Center for American Indian Health (CAIH), received the Director’s Special Recognition Award for University/Educational Partnership from the Indian Health Service. The award honors Santosham’s leadership in helping to found CAIH and his more than three decades of childhood immunization research. “As a result of his work hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native children’s lives are saved each year from life-threatening diseases such as meningitis and childhood pneumonia,” said Indian Health Service director Yvette Roubideaux.

Ellen SilbergeldEllen Silbergeld, PhD, professor, EHS, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Metals Specialty Section, from the Society of Toxicology.

Frances Stillman, EdD, EdM, associate professor, HBS, received a Merit Award from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health for her contributions to the Reduce Smoking in Vietnam Partnership (RSVP).

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Thomas QuinnQuinn Wins Thomas Parran Award

Thomas Quinn, MD, MS, professor, Medicine, International Health, Epidemiology, MMI, and director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, received the 2011 Thomas Parran Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association for his distinguished and continued contributions to the field of sexually transmitted disease (STD) research. He received the award at the International Society for STD Researchers Conference in Quebec City, Canada, on July 13.

Quinn has investigated the epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical features of HIV/AIDS in more than 26 countries. His initial investigations documented the importance of STDs in facilitating the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS globally. He has worked to establish clinical care programs for HIV and STDs in developing countries and co-founded the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa.

At the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), he serves as a senior investigator and head of the section on International HIV/STD Research, and as associate director for International Research.

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Peter Agre, Diane Griffin and Alfred SommerSenior Faculty Named Gilman Scholars

Peter Agre, Diane Griffin and Alfred Sommer are among Johns Hopkins University’s first Gilman Scholars. The distinction honors faculty who exemplify the University’s highest ideals. Agre, MD, is director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Griffin, MD, PhD, is the Alfred and Jill Sommer Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Sommer, MD, MHS ’73, is Dean Emeritus of the Bloomberg School and professor in Epidemiology.

In other awards: Griffin also received the Stanford University School of Medicine’s J.E. Wallace Sterling “Muleshoe” Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions to medical science. And Sommer received the most prestigious awards of the two major ophthalmic professional organizations: the Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2011 Laureate Award and induction into the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s Ophthalmology Hall of Fame.

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