Names In The News


November 04, 2005


Dr. Allan S. Noonan, who served as the chief health officer of Pennsylvania and of the District of Columbia, has been named dean of the new School of Public Health and Policy at Morgan State University.

A specialist in epidemiology and maternal and child health, Noonan, 62, was active in international efforts to eradicate smallpox in West Africa

"After 30 years of seeing people of color underrepresented at the decision-making level, I am thrilled to take on this challenge, so that Morgan graduates can continue to have an increasing impact on the health of people of color," Noonan said in a statement.

Dr. Eric K. Noji, a senior associate with the Department of International Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.

Noji has "played a significant role in establishing the scientific basis for the rapidly developing discipline of disaster medicine," according to IOM President Harvey Fineberg. Noji, a medical officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was one of 64 new IOM members elected in October.

Noji's work focuses on the medical and public health response to natural and biological disasters, including complex humanitarian emergencies and terrorism. He is the author or co-author of more than 130 scientific articles and publications on toxicological emergencies, disaster medicine and disaster epidemiology, including the recently published Public Health Consequences of Disasters."

John P. Toscano has been named chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University.

A Towson resident, Toscano came to Johns Hopkins in 1995 and became a full professor in 2003. He earned his bachelor of arts degree at Princeton University in 1987 and his Ph.D. at Yale in 1993.

Toscano's research focuses on the fundamental chemistry, biochemistry and the effects of the chemical nitroxyl (HNO) on heart function. Ultimately, such research may lead to the development of a new class of drugs for the treatment of heart failure.


Deborah Kisner, surgical services clinical administrator at Franklin Square Hospital Center, has been named a national "Nurse of the Year" by Nursing Spectrum magazine.

Kisner received the award in the mentoring category, which recognizes excellence of nurses providing a professional influence, guidance and support of other nurses in any setting.

She was one of the founding members of the Chesapeake Bay Perioperative Consortium, a six-day program that teaches clinical standards to new operating room nurses.

Cheryl Alexander, a professor in the department of Population and Family Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been given a lifetime achievement award by the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

Alexander, who was the founding director of the school's Center for Adolescent Health at its inception in 1993, focuses her research on the influence of neighborhood, schools, peers and family on adolescent health behavior, as well as the role of gender in adolescent health.

She has served on a variety of national committees on adolescent health, most recently as a member of the Forum on Adolescence of the Institute of Medicine, and as a member of the Committee on Community Level Programs for Youth, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Academies of Science.

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