Names In The News


April 21, 2006


Dr. Paul Sponseller, professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was honored as a Hero With a Heart this week at the National Marfan Foundation's annual gala in New York City.

Sponseller has been instrumental in the care of children with the Marfan syndrome, a potentially fatal disorder of the body's connective tissue, for more than 25 years. The condition affects an estimated 200,000 Americans and is often characterized by disproportionately long legs and arms.

M. Gordon Wolman, the B. Howard Griswold Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University, has been named a Franklin Institute Laureate for 2006.

He will deliver an address titled "Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology and Environmental Management" at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Heilmeier Hall at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Marilyn S. Albert, a professor in the department of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has received the 2006 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award.

The award, presented by the Alzheimer's Association at its national gala, recognizes Albert for her contributions to Alzheimer's research. Albert, the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, has focused on risk factors for Alzheimer's in aging brains and lifestyle choices that may delay the onset of symptoms.

Albert is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and former chairman of the Alzheimer's Association's Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.

Carol Greider, a professor and director of molecular biology and genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been named co-recipient of the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences by the Wiley Foundation.

The award to Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, recognizes their discovery of telomerase, an enzyme that maintains the length and integrity of chromosome ends and has drawn interest from researchers studying topics such as aging and cancer.

Greider and Blackburn are the first women to receive the Wiley prize in its five-year history. The award includes a $25,000 grant and the opportunity to present a public lecture at the Rockefeller University in New York City.

Pharmacologist Angela H. Brodie and Dr. Bruce Jarrell, vice dean for academic affairs and professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, have received the 2006 Regents' Faculty Awards for Excellence - the highest awards in the University System of Maryland.

Brodie, who won the 2005 Charles F. Kettering Prize for cancer research, was honored for her research into aromatase inhibitors, the class of drugs now widely used to treat cancer.

Jarrell, along with chemistry professors Juliam M. Ross and Taryn Bayles of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, received Regents' Awards for establishing a teaching program for high school students designed to attract more students - particularly girls and minorities - to science careers.

Barry Zirkin, a professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's department of biochemistry and molecular biology, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Andrology.

He was cited for his 35 years of research into andrology, a branch of science concerned with the male reproductive system that encompasses basic studies of how male gametes form and function through male contraception, infertility and sexual dysfunction.

Rosemarie Satyshur, an assistant professor in the department of family and community health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has received the Cynthia Rose award from the National Committee of Grandparents and Children's Rights.


Dr. Neil R. Powe, a professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's departments of epidemiology and health policy management, has been appointed to a two-year term with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. Powe is also director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.

The committee members provide advice and recommendations to the secretary of the HHS and the assistant secretary for health on issues concerning the protection of human research subjects.

Dr. Christopher T. Bever has been appointed associate chief of staff for research and development for the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System.

In his new position, Bever is responsible for overseeing and developing laboratory, medical, rehabilitation and health services research at the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center and five community based outpatient clinics throughout the state.

Bever, who received his medical degree from the University of Rochester and his master's in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University, is also a professor in the departments of neurology, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, and physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


David Sintasath, a graduate student in international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He will be awarded $40,000 per year for three years, which will support his research into cross-species transmission of retroviruses in Cameroon.

The graduate research fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees.

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