Names In The News


March 17, 2006


Lillie Shockney, an instructor of surgery and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation's Breast Center, has been awarded the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Professor of Survivorship award. She is the first non-physician to receive the award, which includes a $20,000 gift to help cancer survivors.

Shockney, who has worked at Hopkins since 1983, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 when she was 38 years old, and again two years later. She became a leading advocate for breast cancer survivors and has written three books on the subject.

Susan Baker, professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been selected for induction into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

Baker, an epidemiologist who specializes in injury prevention, was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Her research focuses on aviation safety, teenage drivers, and investigations of automotive and pedestrian deaths among children and adults. She also developed the widely used Injury Severity Score, an anatomical recording system that provides an overall score for patients with multiple injuries.

Staci D. Cummings, a graduate student in the Pharmacology and Molecular Science Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named the first winner of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation Research Scholar award.

Cummings is focusing her research on cancer biology, specifically a project that involves defining the role of proteins present in melanoma development.

Four members of the engineering faculty at the Johns Hopkins University have received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development award, which recognizes young scientists' commitment to research and education.

Fabian Monrose, an assistant professor in the department of computer science and the Information Security Institute, will study security mechanisms in computer networks and the feasibility of protocol identification based solely on content features that remain intact after encryption.

Jeff Wang, an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering, will develop a platform to assess RNA expression using a novel quantum dot FRET probe within a microfluidic environment.

Sean Sun, an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering, will develop theoretical and computational models of molecular motors - cellular proteins that can generate mechanical force.

Andreas Terzis, an assistant professor in the department of computer science, will study wireless sensor networks, which scientists hope will revolutionize the way they observe their physical environment.

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