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November 24, 2006


Thomas A. LaVeist has been installed as the inaugural William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Poli cy at the Johns Hop kins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The med ical sociologist was also the inaugural recipient of the Knowledge Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health.

LaVeist, an expert on health disparities and the prob lems in minority communi ties, has been on the Hop kins faculty since 1990. His latest book, Minority Popu lations and Health: An In troduction to Health Dis parities in the United States, was published in April 2005.


Protagoras Cutchis, a senior engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labora tory, and Igor I. Smolyani nov, an associate research scientist in the James A. Clark School of Engi neering at the University of Maryland, College Park, have been named to Scien tific American magazine's list of top 50 research leaders of 2006.

Cutchis was honored for developing a device that may help amputees commu nicate desired movements by thinking about them. His invention involves electrodes implanted around the peripheral nerve that record pulses that can be used to precise ly control artificial limbs.

Smolyaninov developed a microscope that renders details smaller than the wavelength of the light that illuminates them, a feat that scientists once believed was impossible.

Susan P. Baker, professor of health policy and man agement at the Johns Hop kins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has re ceived the Cham pions Award from the Socie ty for Ad van cement of Violence and In jury Research.

Baker was honored for successfully promoting the field of injury and vio lence prevention. She was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and has conducted studies involving aviation safety, teenage drivers, occupa tional safety and automo bile accident injuries.

Dr. Richard Morrow, a professor in the Johns Hop kins Bloomberg School of Public Health's De part ment of In terna tion al Health, has received the 2006 Life time Achievement Award from the International Health Section of the Amer ican Public Health Associa tion.

Morrow was recognized for contributions to the study of tropical diseases, epidemiological methods, quality-assurance man agement and the measure ment of the burden of dis ease on populations.

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