Names In The News


May 05, 2006


Dr. H. Ballentine Carter, professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was elected to membership in the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. Dr. Patrick C. Walsh, the university's distinguished service professor of urology, was elected president of the national organization.

Dr. Ruth Karron, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of International Health, has been named chairwoman of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

The 12-member panel advises the FDA on the safety, effectiveness and use of vaccines and related drugs. It also recommends which strains of flu virus should be covered by vaccinations developed for flu season.

Karron has served as acting chairwoman of the panel since February. Her term will continue through January 2008.


Katherine Seley-Radtke, an associate professor in the department of chemis try and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has re ceived a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the State Department, one of six awarded in the country.

Each fellow spends a year at the State Department in Washington, with assign ments to U.S. embassies and missions in other countries.

Christopher Hofmann, a graduate student in biolo gy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Coun ty, has been recognized as one of two emerging pub lic policy leaders by the Washington-based Ameri can Institute of Biological Sciences.

An ornithologist, Hof mann is co-auther of a re view chapter in a forth coming Harvard University Press volume, Bird Colora tion. He also serves as the student member of the American Ornithologists' Union Committee on Public Responsibility.

Cecile M. Pickart, who had been a professor of bio chemistry and molecular biology at the Johns Hop kins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was elected posthumously to the Amer ican Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Her election came two weeks after her death from kidney cancer April 5 at age 51. Pickart focused her research on the role of ubiquitin, an essential pro tein involved in critical cellular processes, in cluding the repair of DNA.

Also elected to the acade my this year was Jack Greene, the Andrew W. Mel lon professor of the hu manities emeritus in the Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.


Dr. Neal Friedlander, an internist who began his ca reer 30 years ago as a law yer before attending med ical school, has been named chairman of med icine at the Greater Balti more Medical Center.

After earning a degree from Harvard University Law School, Friedlander practiced law in the 1970s before switching careers. He received his medical de gree from the University of Maryland School of Med icine, worked in private practice as an internist, then joined the GBMC med ical staff in 1998. Active in community organizations, Friedlander is on the board of trustees of the Mary land Institute College of Art.

Dr. Carole Miller, director of the St. Agnes Cancer Center, has been named di rector of clinical re search at the hospital.

During the past 15 years, Miller has been principal investigator in more than 75 cancer-related studies at Johns Hopkins and St. Agnes hospitals. She has served as co-chair of the leukemia committee for the Eastern Cooperative On cology Group and on the executive committee of the International Bone Mar row Transplant Registry. She also served on the bio logic advisory committee at the Food and Drug Ad ministration, where she was responsible for the re view and approval of new drugs for patients with cancer and other diseases.

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