Names in the News

March 23, 2007

Appointments

Janet Streit has been named director of volunteer development at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

Streit comes to St. Joseph's from the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she served in a similar position for seven years. Streit's mother and sister graduated from the nursing school that St. Joseph operated for many years., officials said.

Dexter G. Smith, a member of the principal professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the laboratory's biomedicine business area executive, has been appointed the program chair for electrical and computer engineering in the university's Engineering Programs for Professionals.

Smith holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering, a second master's degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Before joining APL in 1995, he worked at Gould Electronics, Allied Signal and Noise Cancellation Technologies.

Awards

Elizabeth Dzeng, a fourth-year student at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a master of public health student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of 48 U.S. students honored.

At Cambridge, Dzeng will pursue a master of philos ophy in social anthropol ogy. At Hopkins, she worked with the Center for Refugee and Disaster Re sponse on a study that es timated mortality during the current Iraq war. She also worked on a monitor ing and evaluation project for a health initiative for North Korean women and children refugees in northern China.

The Gates Scholars pro gram was established in 2000 by the Bill and Melin da Gates Foundation.

Dr. Armando Sardi, direc tor of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Med ical Center, has been nomi nated for Colombian Awards in Excellence for Colombian natives living outside of South America.

Sardi, a surgical oncolog ist and expert in intraperi toneal hyperthermic che motherapy, travels to Lima, Colombia, every year to do medical outreach in his na tive country.

Sardi earned his medical degree at the Universidad del Valle in Colombia. After graduation he completed his training as a fellow in oncologic surgery at Ohio State University. In 1994, he was named chief of surgical oncology at St. Agnes Hospital in Balti more. He joined Mercy Med ical Center in February 2006.

Nirbhay Kumar, an immu nologist and professor with the Johns Hopkins Ma laria Research Institute and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has re ceived the Ranbaxy Award for his research into novel ways to prevent the trans mission of malaria.

The award, presented this week in New Delhi, India, honors Kumar's work in developing a vaccine to block the transmission of malaria from person to person. The Ranbaxy Award, established by the nonprofit Ranbaxy Foun dation, honors Indian sci entists working around the world. Kumar shares this year's award with B.C. Das, director of the Insti tute of Cytology and Pre ventive Oncology in Noida, India.

Scott Zeger, professor and chair of the depart ment of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has won the 2007 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science.

The annual award from Harvard University's de partment of biostatistics recognizes leadership that has improved the theory and practice of statistical science.

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