HONORS & Other Things

Packard Award to Dr. Warnow

Dr. Tandy Warnow, assistant professor of computer and information science, has received a $500,000 Packard Fellowship in recognition of her research. Dr. Warnow, a member of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, also won a National Young Investigators Award two years ago for her work in computational problems in evolutionary tree construction. A 1984 alumna of the University of California/Berkeley, she took her Ph.D. in math at Berkeley in 1991 and was a postdoctoral fellow at USC and visititing research fellow at Princeton before joining Penn in 1993.

Honorary Degree to Dr. Girifalco

Dr. Louis A. Girifalco, University Professor of Materials Science, received the honorary degree Doctor of Science from Hahnemann University, where he gave the 1996 Commencement Address on "Coexisting With the Future Technological Transitions." Dr. Girifalco, who has served as Director of LRSM, Vice Provost for Research and Acting Provost, was cited both for his research on how alloys are formed and how materials behave, and for "bringing together scientists and helping us understand the process of change." His contributions began at an early age when his doctoral thesis on the physical chemistry of physics became a standard text in the theory of interfaces.


During the 10th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law held at Syracuse University this summer, Provost Stanley Chodorow was elected chair of the board of directors of the Institute of Medieval Canon Law. The Munich-based Institute is a research center, with an extensive reference collection, and publisher of the principal scholarly works in medieval canon and Roman law as well as an annual Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law.

At the Tenth International Congress on Traditional Medicine, held recently in Corpus Christi, Timothy Tomlinson was elected Vice President of the World Federation of Traditional Medicine. The Morris Arboretum's associate director emeritus, was also elected to membership in the Mexican Academy of Traditional Medicine.


Dr. Frederic D. Burg, who held associate and vice deanships at PennMed for the past 15 years, is now Associate Dean for the University of Alabama School of Medicine/Huntsville Program, an experimental program designed to change medical education in the light of health care's increased focus on wellness and health maintenance. He is also professor of pediatrics at UAB. At Penn, Dr. Burg was associate dean for academic programs from 1980 until 1989, when he became vice dean for education. He was also professor of pediatrics at CHOP, and more recently a senior fellow with University's Institute for Research on Higher Education, as well as faculty associate of the Center for Bioethics at the Medical School. Dr. Burg can be reached at burgf@email.uah.edu.

Dr. Kim M. Morrisson, the former Vice Provost for University Life who also co-led the 21st Century Project here, has become Senior Vice President of Diversified Search Companies, the Philadelphia-based executive search firm that is the largest woman-owned firm of its kind in the nation. Dr. Morrisson, who has also held teaching posts in English and was assistant to the Ombudsman early in her Penn career, will help DSC clients in higher education and not-for-profit sector on senior level executive searches and will provide a range of guidance in organization and management. She is at (215) 656-43546.


Volume 43 Number 7
October 8, 1996

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