Engineering Teaching Awards
Dr. David Pope, professor of materials science and engineering,
is the recipient of this year's SEAS recognition, the S. Reid Warren Award
for Distinguished Teaching. The Warren Award honors outstanding service
in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development
of engineering undergraduates. The recipient is selected by the engineering
undergraduate body through the Engineering Dean's Student Advisory Board
and the Engineering Student Activities Council.
Dr. Pope joined the Penn faculty in 1968 and has served as Chair of both
the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering
and Applied Mechanics as well as two terms as Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Education in SEAS. He is a distinguished scholar in the field of deformation
and fracture of high temperature alloys and intermetallic compounds. Dean
Eduardo Glandt mentionedDr. Pope's integrity and his unimpeachable commitment
to undergraduate education as the reasons for his selection to lead a special
Task Force on Undergraduate Education in Engineering.
Dr. Max Mintz, Ennis Professor of Computer and Information Science,
is this year's recipient of the Ford Motor Company Award for Distinguished
Advising, also selected by the engineering student organizations. He is
also one of the recipients of the 2000
Dr. Mintz joined Penn in 1974. He is a member of the General Robotics
and Sensory Perception (GRASP) team and is noted for his research on decision
making under uncertainty. Dr. Mintz is the Associate Chair of the University
Scholars Program and is in his second term as Undergraduate Curriculum Chair
of CIS. In announcing the award, the students shared that multiple independent
nominations were received from students "raving" about Dr. Mintz's
unwavering dedication to student success and well being. One student wrote:
"A strong relationship with a knowledgeable advisor is key for a successful
At the announcement of these awards, Dean Glandt added that "Max's
and Dave's concentration and commitment over the years to education and
to our students define what it means to be an educator."
Teaching Awards [Click
here for more Vet School Awards].
The School of Veterinary Medicine presented its teaching awards last
month at an annual dinner dance of students and faculty.
Dr. Dean Richardson, Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery
and Chief of Large Animal Surgery, received the Carl J. Norden Distinguished
Teacher Award established in 1963 "to recognize outstanding teachers
who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute
significantly to the advancement of the profession." After graduating
from The Ohio State University in 1979, Dr. Richardson completed an internship
and residency at New Bolton Center and joined the faculty in 1982. Dr. Richardson's
primary area of research is equine orthopedics, joint disease, and molecular
biology of cartilage.
The late Dr. Eric Tulleners, Lawrence Baker Sheppard Professor
of Surgery, received the Alumni Teaching Award posthumously (Almanac January
here for more Vet School Awards].
On Human Gene Therapy
The University is taking a series of actions designed to strengthen oversight
and monitoring of its clinical trials, enhance the organization and focus
of its Institute for Human Gene Therapy (IHGT), reinforce its Institutional
Review Board's role in oversight and patient protection, address issues
of ethical decision making in research using humans and comprehensively
review its policies on conflict-of-interest.
The actions were announced May 25 following the receipt of a report by
an independent review panel, appointed by President Judith Rodin to conduct
a comprehensive review of oversight and monitoring of clinical trials at
"Our clinical research programs at the University of Pennsylvania
must meet the highest possible standards for academic excellence and patient
safety and care," Dr. Rodin said. "Nothing less is acceptable."
[See the Full
Report and the University's
Response (Of Record)].
Digital Mammogram Archive
Researchers at Penn's Cancer Center have received a $6.3 million grant
from the National Library of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services to design and develop a prototype of an integrated database
that will be capable of instantly retrieving and storing digital breast
images from mammography facilities across the country. "This generous
grant will help us revolutionize the way that digital mammograms are currently
accessed and archived," said Dr. Mitchell Schnall, associate professor
of medicine and principal investigator on the project. "With our model,
we'll demonstrate that creating a national database housing thousands of
digital mammograms will offer enormous advantages in detecting and diagnosing
women with breast cancer in a more controlled and cost-effective manner,"
Dr. Schnall explained.
Digital mammography-a sophisticated process of viewing breast images
on a computer-is expected to replace the conventional, X-ray type mammogram
within the next decade. Since the digital images are generated electronically,
they can be transferred quickly and easily to another physician for a second-opinion-a
process known as telemammograhy-and electronic storage prevents the likelihood
of the images getting misplaced or lost. Currently, Penn is one of only
a handful of institutions around the country offering digital mammography
to women. [CLICK
HERE FOR FULL STORY]
Groundbreaking--Former GE Building
The ceremonial groundbreaking of the residential conversion of the former
GE Building at 3100 Chestnut Street will take place on Tuesday, June 13,
at 5:30 p.m. Many city officials, including Mayor John Street, and real
estate developers are invited. This project (see Almanac February 9, 1999)
is a landmark in the University partnership with the City of Philadelphia
creating a gateway on the eastern side of campus.
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 34, May 30, 2000
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