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Janine-Marie Boulad has been appointed volunteer coordinator at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. Before joining Levindale, Boulad worked for the American Red Cross, where she conducted training, orientation and scheduling of volunteers for blood drives around Maryland.

Before that, the Lutherville resident worked for T. Rowe Price as a retirement services senior representative.


Greg Payne has been named associate director for the Center for Biosystems Research at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

Payne, who is a biochemical engineer, joined UMBI in 1987 as a joint appointee with the department of chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research interests include biologically derived materials and their use in nanobiotechnology.


Nina Markovic, a professor of physics and astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University, has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, which recognizes young scientists' accomplishments in research and education.

The prize includes a five-year, $500,000 grant that will enable Markovic to continue her investigations into the electrical properties of nanometer-scale materials. Markovic came to Hopkins in 2003 from work as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. She earned her undergraduate degree in physics in 1993 from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and her doctorate in 1998 from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Scott Krugman, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Franklin Square Hospital Center, has received a Leadership Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for his work in leading the group's child maltreatment committee. The award was presented at the MDAAP meeting Monday.

Matthias Stuber, an associate professor of radiology and engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, won first place in the Best Basic Abstract competition sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

The winning abstract, "Signal-Enhanced Visualization of Magnetic Nanoparticle-Labeled Stem Cells Using Inversion Recovery ON-Resonant Water Suppression (IRON)," summarized his research team's new method for viewing stem cells via magnetic resonance imaging.

Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, has received the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Professor of Survivorship Award.

The award recognizes research and education focusing on survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer survivors. It includes $20,000 to advance breast cancer survivorship.

David Rini, associate professor of art as applied to medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2006.

Rini will spend seven months in Santiago, Chile, to help establish South America's first academic program in medical and scientific illustration at the Universidad Andres Bello.

Gregory Ball, a professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, has been selected as the 2006 Region 2 Outstanding Faculty Advisor by the National Association of Academic Advising.

The Kansas-based association, which supports the educational development of students, chose Ball because of his rapport with students and attention to their needs, said Joanne Damminger, chairwoman of the group's awards committee.

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