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June 2015

Xi Lan, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Jian Wang's lab, received an AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for her proposal titled "Pinocembrin protects against intracerebral hemorrhage by inhibiting soluble epoxide hydrolase."

Jenny Lee, MD (principal investigator) and Bing Wang, MD, PhD (co-investigator) were awarded an American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid for their proposal titled "Neuroprotection from neonatal hypoxia-ischemia by activation of the antioxidant transcription factor Nrf2."

Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE, accepted an invitation to serve on the ASA Educational Track Subcommittee on Cardiac Anesthesia.

Steve Cohen, MD, was awarded the Legion of Merit by the US Armed Forces. This award is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD, was quoted in a New York Times article about end-of-life care: She was also reappointed to the ASA Subcommittee on Palliative Medicine.

Lauren Berkow, MD, won the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment 2015 Physician for Environmental Health Award.

Cindy Cathcart, MSN, RN, NCIIM, was chosen by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to teach clinicals for a new course entitled "Patient-centered Care," which will meet June 4 – August 8.

Michael Erdek, MD, lectured at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics seminar series on Pain Medicine and Palliative Care in End-of-Life Cancer Care.

Vinciya Pandian, PhD, RN, received co-appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology Head-Neck Surgery and the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, School of Nursing.

Tracey Smith Stierer, MD, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Vinod Tiwari, PhD, received a Travel Award to attend the 2015 International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC) meeting, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. He will present his research findings on opioids and neuropathic pain.

The article by Robert Stevens, MD, #13 above, was reported on by several media outlets, including US News and World Report, Medscape, Medline Plus, Eurekalert, and Science Daily.

The CRNA Education Committee (Lauren Baker, MSN, CRNA; Marie DeFrancesco, MSN, CRNA; and Marjorie Cesaire, MSN, CRNA) planned and executed a CRNA educational conference here at Johns Hopkins at the Outpatient Center on May 9, 2015. Special thanks go to the speakers: Marie DeFrancesco; Dr. Barodka; Dr. Prasad; and Dr. McCarthy and to the simulation lab instructors: Dr. Rob Greenberg; Richard Conley, CRNA; Aileen Mendez, CRNA; Dr. Tiffany Frazee; Dr. Barodka; Bonjo Batoon; Dr. Ouanes; and David Lichtman, PA. The program went very well and included lectures on antibiotic prophylaxis, local anesthetic toxicity, anesthetic implications for patients with pulmonary hypertension, and malignant hyperthermia, as well as a 3-hour simulation lab.