HONORS & Other Things
Some Awards Given....
As she accepted the Drexel Medal (below) from Dr. Sabloff, Dr. de
Laguna (left) made a presentation of her own--a late 19th-Century Tlingit
bentwood box and two spoons.
Drexel Medal: Dr. de Laguna
Dr. Frederica de Laguna, the pioneering scholar of Alaskan cultures
who undertook the first of her 13 expeditions for the University Museum
almost 70 years ago, has been awarded the rarely-given Lucy Wharton Drexel
Medal for archaeological achievement. She is the 26th recipient of the Medal
since it was established in 1889 as the highest honor the Museum bestows
on a scholar.
Dr. de Laguna, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and former
president of the American Anthropological Association, has been honorary
curator of the American section of the Museum since 1983. Her first expedition
for the Museum, in 1930, was a groundbreaking archaeological and ethnographic
survey of Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet, followed by intensive excavations
that provided the foundation for the study of the prehistory of the region.
In 16 books and over 100 articles she approached her work as "a dedicated,
meticulous scholar, with deep sensitivities to her Native friends and teachers,
and to her own students," said Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, the Museum's Williams
Director, who presented the medal last month.
Pender Award: Dr. Holland
Penn Engineering's highest honor, the Harold Pender Award, was given
this year to Dr. John H. Holland of the University of Michigan--a
professor of electrical engineering, computer science and psychology who
is regarded as "the father of the so-called genetic algorithms and
one of today's most innovative and visionary thinkers in the study of complexity,"
as Dean Eduardo Glandt put it.
The Pender Award was created in honor of the founding dean of the Moore
School, who held office 1923-49, and is given periodically to "an outstanding
member of the engineering profession who has achieved distinction by significant
contributions to society."
Dr. Holland, author of Emergence: from Chaos to Order and other
seminal books, is a McArthur Award recipient and a Levy Medalist of the
Franklin Institute who also holds a host of other awards in computer science.
Six Alumni Awards
The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society gave its Alumni Award of
Merit to six Penn graduates last Friday, recognizing "extraordinary
and longstanding service and commitment" to the University. The recipients
are Robert A. Fox, C '52; H. Jane Gutman, CW '73; Jon H.
Huntsman, W '59; Sally Stull Jannetta, SAMP '57; Lee F. Shlifer,
CGS '74; and Douglas Q. L. Yee, W '65 and W'67.
The Alumni Society also gave a Class Award of Merit to the Class of 1941,
a David N. Tyre Award for excellence in newsletter writing to the Class
of 1939, and Regional Program of Merit Awards to the Penn Club of Washington,
D.C. and the Penn Club of Southern California.
... and Some Received
|| Dr. Rodin's selection as a "Frontrunner" carried a $50,000
award for Women's Studies at Penn.|
Century of Women: Dr. Rodin
In a White House ceremony hosted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
last month, Penn's President Judith Rodin was honored by the Sara
Lee Foundation in its Century of Women "Front-runners" program
as one of four women whose "trailblazing accomplishments have both
shaped America's past and given inspiration for the future."
Dr. Rodin named the Penn Women's Studies Program to receive the $50,000
award that accompanies the Foundation's selection of women it designates
as Frontrunners. Dr. Rodin is the Frontrunner in the humanities this year,
while the master chef Julia Child holds the award in the arts; Kraft Foods'
EVP Anne Fudge in business, and Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman in government.
Earlier Frontrunners include Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Dole
and Donna Karan.
Honorary Degree: Dr. O'Donnell
This fall at the annual academic convocation of St. Michael's College
of Vermont, the honorary degree doctor of humane letters was conferred upon
Penn's Dr. James J. O'Donnell, who also gave the convocation's learned
lecture: a talk on innovative pedagogy with the tongue-in-cheek title, "How
to Prove the Earth is Flat."
Dr. O'Donnell's three main positions at Penn are professor of classical
studies; vice provost for information systems and computing; and faculty
master of Hill House; and he is currently in the news for his book Avatars
of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace (Harvard 1998). The St. Michael's
degree also recognized earlier, internationally known work on Latin Christianity
in late antiquity, including a "monumental three-volume introduction,
text and commentary to Augustine's Confessions" (Oxford 1992).
Dr. O'Donnell, in regalia for his honorary degree at St. Michael's
College of Vermont, told "How to Prove the World is Flat."
Colburn Award: Dr. Diamond
Last week in Dallas, Dr. Scott L. Diamond, who joined SEAS in
1997 as associate professor of chemical engineering, was awarded the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers' 1999 Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence
in Publications by a Young Member of the Institute. Dr. Diamond, associate
editor of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, focuses his research
on vascular cell mechano-biology, drug and gene delivery, thrombosis and
thrombolysis and bio-transport phenomena. His research in issues of cardiovascular
disease of the arterial system also led to his receiving the 1999 American
Heart Association's Established Investigator Award.
Clinical Scholarship: Dr. Aiken
Dr. Linda Aiken, the noted sociologist who is the Claire M. Fagin
Leadership Professor of Nursing and director of the Center for Health Service
and Policy Research, has received the Clincal Scholarship Award of Sigma
Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing.
AAMC: Dr. Kelley
At last month's annual meeting of the Association of Medical Colleges,
Penn's Dean William N. Kelley, CEO of the Penn Health System, received
the David E. Rogers Award for improving health and health care in the United
Elections to Institute of Medicine
Two members of the Penn faculty are among the 55 scientists elected to
the Institute of Medicine this year. They are:
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, associate professor of nursing and
director of the School of Nursing's Center for Urban Health Research;
Dr. David W. Kennedy, professor and chairman of otorhinolaryngology
and head and neck surgery in the School of Medicine.
Two elected to the Institute last year are Dr. N. Scott Adzick,
the C. Everett Koop Professor of Pediatric Surgery who is also professor
of Ob/Gyn, and Dr. Stephen Ludwig, professor of pediatrics at CHOP.
|| Dr. Jemmott is one of two Penn faculty members just elected to
the Institute of Medicine.|
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 11, November 9, 1999
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