Honors & Other Things
The Volunteers of America presented their 2000 Empathy Award to Dr. Elijah Anderson, the Charles and William L. Day Professor of Social Science. He was "honored for raising public awareness of pressing social issues and contributing to the national dialogue on ways of meeting human needs." Charles Gould, president of Volunteers of America said, Dr. Anderson, in his book Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City, "displays a penetrating eye for the reality of inner-city life as he investigates the impact of racial caste and social class systems on morality, without judging those individuals whose behavior has been shaped by caste and class. He talks about the ideals and solutions that can enhance the rebuilding of inner-city communities."
The Empathy Award recognizes authors and journalists in a wide variety
of media "who, through their reporting, writing and commentary demonstrate
an engaged, compassionate point of view on social issues."
Dr. Ian Lustick, professor and chair of the department of political
science has received a $248,000 Research Grant for the next two years from
the Carnegie Corporation under its program to study Globalization and Self-Determination.
The grant is being run through Penn's Solomon Asch Center for Study of
Ethnopolitical Conflict. Dr. Lustick is the principal investigator for
the research on Globalization and the Resurgence of Identity Conflict:
An Agent-Based Modeling Approach which is to be conducted using a computer
model of globalization and identity and identity change developed in the
Dr. David W. Kennedy, professor and chairman of the department
of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Penn, has been selected as an
inductee to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Dr. Kennedy was one of
14 distinguished scientists and clinicians who were at Johns Hopkins early
in their careers to be honored at the Society's 31st induction ceremony.
Dr. Stuart Fine, chair of the department of ophthalmology and
director of Scheie Eye Institute is the chairman of a five-year national
study sponsored by the National Eye Institute which will involve 1,000 patients
in 22 clinical eye centers throughout the United States. The study Complications
of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Trial is designed to assess the
safety and effectiveness of low intensity laser treatment in preventing
vision loss in people who are at high risk for severe age-related macular
degeneration. Scheie Eye Institute is the only center in the area participating
in the study.
Dr. Richard L. Doty, professor of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and director of the Smell and Taste Center, has been named the recipient of the Olfactory Research Fund's Scientific Sense of Smell Award for 2000 for his "overall career accomplishments that have contributed to our knowledge of human olfactory ability in health and disease and the development of the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test." The Olfactory Research Fund, a charitable trust, sponsors innovative scientific research on the olfactory arts and sciences, as well as educational and public outreach programs about the sense of smell.
The Center for Community Partnerships has won two Best Practice awards from HUD. One award is for best local practice and the second is from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.
The program which won the awards include academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development. Academically based community service is at the core of the Center's work. Dr. Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director of the Center for Community Partnerships accepted the award for the Center at HUD's 2nd Annual Best Practices Symposium in Washington D.C., last month.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 2, September 5, 2000