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President's Recognition Award for Research that Improves the Health and Well-Being of Baltimore

Honoring Johns Hopkins faculty whose translational research improves the health, education, economic viability and social wellbeing of Baltimore.

We are pleased to announce 2016 President’s Recognition Award for Research that Improves the Health and Well-Being of Baltimore winners.  

Susan Sherman, Professor of Epidemiology and Health, Behavior, and Society, received the senior faculty award for her work focused on improving the health and social well-being of IV drug users and sex workers.

Michelle Eakin, Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, won the junior faculty award for her collaborative work with Baltimore City Head Start, which has made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and families in Baltimore City.

Both were honored at an award dinner with President Daniels on May 11, 2016.


Award Information
This $5000 award will be given in each of two categories—junior and senior—to academic faculty involved in collaborative community-based research.  The award can be used at the faculty member’s discretion to advance their work. 

Award Criteria
Nominees for junior faculty award should have less than 10 years from completion of post-doctoral training. The senior faculty award, for faculty with 10 years or more in a faculty academic appointment at Johns Hopkins University is intended to honor those with a long and distinguished track-record of research that are being used to improve the health and well-being of the City of Baltimore. For purposes of this award faculty are defined as those who are on the full-time professorial track (Assistant, Associate or full Professor).

Nomination Information
The nomination packet must include the following:

1.  Letter of nomination (self-nominations are encouraged), not to exceed two single-spaced pages using 12-point font and no less than 1-inch margins.  The letter should summarize:

a.  A description of the nominee’s research and how it has impacted Baltimore City
b.  Evidence of impact or potential impact of research (e.g., evaluation results, success stories, additional funding to continue research, etc.)
c.  Evidence of community engagement

2.  A manuscript or publication that best characterizes the nominee’s Baltimore-focused research
3.  Curriculum vitae
4. Name and contact information for 3 references

Nominations are due no later than 5:00pm EST April 1, 2016 and should be submitted via email to Amy Gawad at

Selection Process and Criteria
Nominations will be reviewed by community and university leaders who serve on the President’s Research Recognition Award Selection Committee. Decisions will be made based upon the criteria described in this announcement.

Award Date
The awards will be presented to the recipients at a dinner hosted by President Daniels at the Nichols House in early May 2016

Past recipients


Joel Gittelsohn (SPH)
Kathleen Page (SOM)


Ebony Boulware/Deidra Crews (SOM)
Steve Plank (SOE)

Questions? Contact Amy Gawad via email or call 410-502-7473

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