* Jonathan Links, professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Public Health Preparedness, has been awarded a five-year, $7.7 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study disaster-preparedness risks and needs for vulnerable populations.
The grant was part of a commitment by the CDC to establish Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers at seven universities. The centers will conduct research that will evaluate the structure, capabilities and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response activities.
The Hopkins grant is unique in that the research will focus on both enhancing the public health emergency preparedness system and assessing the risks of vulnerable populations, particularly those with mental illnesses.
* To oversee growth of its distance-learning technology, curriculum-revision process and institutional assessment, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has announced three new leadership positions:
Dr. Raymond C. Love, a professor of pharmacy practice and science at the school, has been named associate dean of curriculum revision, instructional technology and design.
Lisa Lebovitz, previously director of academic accountability and assessment, has been named assistant dean of academic affairs.
Shannon Tucker, previously director of instructional technology at the school, has been named assistant dean of instructional technology and design.
Instructional design and technology are areas of increasing focus as the school furthers its distance-learning program at the Universities at Shady Grove and conducts its first major curriculum revision since the move to an entry-level doctor of pharmacy program.
* Dr. Jill Whitall, a professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. The academy's membership is considered a who's who list of the top individuals in the fields of kinesiology and physical education.