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Dr. Aaron T. Beck, professor emeritus of psychiatry, has won the Cummings PSYCHE Award of the Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foujndation in collaboration with the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare, for "significant contributions which have reshaped the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work and behavioral health." The presentation, consisting of $50,000 and a bronze statue of the Greek goddess Psyche, honored him as "one of the major figures of 20th Century psychotherapy" and one who "permanently altered the face of psychotherapy" through his development of goal-directed treatment. In the course of his work, which continues at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Bala Cynwyd, Dr. Beck has published 11 books and some 350 articles in addition to delivering patient care.

Penn Trustee Susan Catherwood, past chair of the University Museum's Board of Overseers, is the fifth recipient of the Museum's "Angell" award-the Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal-as a "tireless and highly effective supporter" and "great champion of our Museum," in the words of Director Jeremy Sabloff. The medal was given at the annual kick-off meeting of the Museum's Women's Committee, of which Ms. Catherwood is a longtime member.
Dr. Stuart L. Fine, professor and chair of ophthalmology at PennMed and director of the Scheie Eye Institute, has received the Retina Resarch Foundation's 1997 Award of Merit in Retina Research. The $50,000 prize (of which $5000 is an honorarium and the rest to support ongoing research, honors his leadership in planning and conducting major national clinical trials, such as the 15-year NIH Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study which began in 1985 to compare treatments of the disease nationally. Dr. Fine first demonstrated the value of such clinical trials in the evaluation of new and existing therapies in a Diabetic Retinopathy Study in 1976, and has since studied macular as well.

This month in Halle, the German Criminological Soceity awarded its Cesare Beccaria Gold Medal to Dr. Marvin E. Wolfgang, professor of criminology and of law. The award is named for the author of a 1764 essay, Of Crimes and Punishments, that Dr. Wolfgang has called "the most significant contribution to Western criminal law." It was reissued last year in English with a foreword by New York's former Governor Mario Cuomo and an introduction by Dr. Wolfgang. In addition, Dr. Wolfgang has received the Roscoe Pound Award of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Edward Sutherland and August Vollmer Awards of the American Society of Criminology. He is also the first holder of a new award named for him: the Wolfgang Criminology Award established by the private security organization Guards-mark, in Memphis, TN.

HONORS to Come: A longer honors column was planned for this issue, but many items were held to allow for letters in Speaking Out, pp. 5-6. We expect to publish another column next week, and we always welcome new items from members of the faculty and staff. - Ed.

Awards and the Quality of Life: Dr. Estes

Dr. Richard J. Estes, professor of social work, has been awarded the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Prize of the National Association of Social Workers, and in November he will receive another major award, from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, for the "Best Research Article for 1996 Award."

The research article is "Social Development Trends in Asia: 1970-1994" from the quality-of-life field's leading journal, Social Indicators Research.

Dr. Estes is also known for a recent study indicating the "best and worst places to live" as measured by the ability of nations to provide for the basic social and material needs of their citizens. As chair of the Program in Social and Economic Development in the School of Social Work, Dr. Estes oversees the conduct of such studies every five years, analyzing social and politcal conditions as well as the more traditional economic factors used to rank quality of life. In the latest of these studies, delivered at an international conference in Jakarta in September, Dr. Estes presented Denmark as the best place to live, and Angola as the worst-with the U.S. at 27th place-between Bulgaria and Estonia.

The Sarnat Prize, for advancing the image of social work nationally and internationally, carries a cash award that Dr. Estes will use to support his continuing work with the Montreal-based International Bureau of Child Rights to expose "the growing network of organizations that engage in the international traffiking of children for sex," he said.

Corrections: October 21 Issue

In transcribing the tape-recorded Council discussion on outsourcing, Almanac misheard the last names of Matthew Ruben (p.5) and Rashida Abdu (p. 6); we apologize for both errors.

In the The Compass feature on the game MAGIC: The Gathering (p. 9), admirers of its inventor, Dr. Richard Garfield, mistakenly conferred a full professorship on him in conversation with Compass's reporter. Dr. Garfield did teach mathematics here while while completing his Ph.D. with Dr. Herbert Wilf, and is remembered as a very popular TA. Our apologies to Dr. Garfield and thanks to Dr. Peter Freyd for the correct information. -Ed.

Lost: Jerry's Cocker Spaniel

PennBus driver Jerry Melvin's dog was lost on campus Monday, October 20, in the vicinity of 33rd and Walnut Streets. His family is very sad and would appreciate help in locating the young cocker spaniel, white with brown spots, wearing a black fabric collar and answering to the name Lucky. Reward: Call (215) 492-8403 or beeper #308-3537.

- from information contributed by Professor Brian Spooner and others

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, October 28, 1997, Volume 44, No. 10