Honors & Other Things

Two Guggenheim Fellows

Two members of the standing faculty have won John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in the 2000 round, which gave out awards to 182 scholars and creative artists across the nation. The Penn winners and the studies they expect to complete as Guggenheim Fellows are: Hai-Lung Dai, professor of chemistry: Chemical-Reaction Control and

Robert Blair St. George, associate professor of history: Spoken Language and Oral Poetics in Early New England. 


NSF Award: Dr. Ubel

Dr. Peter Ubel, assistant professor of general internal medicine, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation. This Award is given to outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Dr. Ubel, a general internist and bioethicist at UPHS, is also affiliated with the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Ubel's research explores how to determine the values of both patients and the general public, which can then be used for setting healthcare priorities by physicians, government healthcare agencies, medical insurance companies, and other industry stakeholders. His research is discussed in his book Pricing Life: Why It's time for Healthcare Rationing, published recently by MIT Press.

The selection by the NSF is from among the most highly regarded first-year investigators and is funded through its Faculty Early Career Development Program. Dr. Ubel will receive approximately $125,000 over a five-year period.

Krogman Award: Dr. Howell

Dr. F. Clark Howell, a physical anthropologist world-renowned for his ground-breaking cross-disciplinary efforts to broaden the focus of paleo-anthropology, the study of human origins, received the first Wilton Krogman Award for Distinguished Achievement in Biological Anthropology. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, the Williams Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, presented Dr. Howell with the award on April 8, at a Museum reception for the Society of American Archaeologists' Annual Meeting.

"Professor Howell's achievements over the past 50 years, including major field projects and unparalleled scholarship in the study of human origins from all over the Old World, make him truly worthy of being the first recipient of this award," noted Dr. Sabloff. "There is little doubt that his influence will be felt for many years to come."

The new award, developed to recognize scientists in the field of biological anthropology, was created to honor the memory of Dr. Wilton M. Krogman, former professor of physical anthropology at Penn (1947-1971), and founder, in 1947, of the Philadelphia Center for Research in Child Growth (now the W. M. Krogman Center for Research in Child Growth and Development). Dr. Krogman was an internationally-recognized authority in child development whose achievements ranged from paleoanthropological studies elucidating human immigrations to Europe via western Asia, to developing the "Philadelphia Growth Standards" used in evaluating the growth status of children and youths.

A bronze plaque recognizing Krogman awardees will be placed outside the Biological Anthropology Laboratory in the Department of Anthropology.

Angell Medal: Mrs. Hueber

Josephine A. Hueber, an active member of the University Museum's Women's Committee since 1985, received the Angell Medal--named in honor of Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer--established for distinguished service to the Museum by a supporter. Mrs. Hueber's numerous leadership roles include managing the Women's Committee tour program, forging the way with creative membership development and fundraising efforts, and, most recently, organizing the 44 Celebrity Eyes in a Museum Storeroom exhibit.

Mrs. Hueber, like her husband Edward K. Hueber (C'43), is a Penn graduate (CW'47), and a long-time advocate of the University's cultural institutions, such as the Annenberg Center, where she served as Chairman of the Board of Advisors in the 1980s. 

Director's Award: Dr. Michael

Dr. Henry N. Michael, a long-time Senior Fellow in MASCA (Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology) world-renowned for his pioneering work in the field of dendrochronology, received the University Museum's Director's Award for exceptional volunteer achievement.

Associated with the University Museum for more than 61 years, Dr. Michael is best known for his groundbreaking collaborative research with Dr. Elizabeth Ralph on correction factors for radiocarbon dates. Dr. Michael is a leader in the field of dendrochronology-the science of arranging events in the order of time by the comparative study of the annual growth rings in ancient timber.

Dr. Michael received his BA (1948), MA (1951) and Ph.D. (1954) from Penn, going on to teach briefly here and then at Temple, from 1948 through 1980. His latest venture, in collaboration with Alexander Dolitsky, director of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center, is the translation and publication of the legends and fairy tales of indigenous peoples on the Kamchatka peninsula and along the Bering Straits. 

Drexel Medal: Dr. McC. Adams

Dr. Robert McC. Adams, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and an archaeologist renowned for his study of the origins of urbanism and his pioneering settlement surveys of the southern Mesopotamian floodplain, became the 27th recipient of the Museum's Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal for archaeological achievement. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, the Museum's Williams Director, surprised him with the medal, the top honor that the Museum bestows on a scholar.  

NAGS Award: Dr. Skilton-Sylvester

Dr. Paul Skilton-Sylvester, a lecturer and coordinator of the masters program in elementary education at GSE, has been awarded the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools' 1999-2000 Doctoral Dissertation Award. Each year NAGS recognizes an outstanding dissertation that has been produced by a Ph.D. candidate at one of its member institutions. This year's recognizes one in the social sciences and education. Dr. Skilton-Sylvester received the award for his dissertation, Putting School/Work Back Together? A Comparison for Organizational Change in an Inner City School and a Fortune 500 Company. In it, he wrote, "The questions posed by this dissertation concern whether schools of lower income students are preparing them for the new organization of work, or whether, through both the explicit and implicit curricula, educators are continuing to prepare students for assembly line jobs that no longer exist." It also asks whether the "new 'reengineered' jobs are less stultifying than the old ones, and whether we, as educators, can conspicuously prepare our students to 'fit' in these jobs, or whether we should prepare them to take a more critical stance." 

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 30, April 25, 2000

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