Honors & Other Things

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Three Sloan Research Awards

This year three Penn faculty have been awarded Sloan Foundation research awards.
Dr. Jay Kikkawa, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, works on developing new optical resonance schemes to explore the physics of interacting electronic spin systems and to manipulate spin information in the solid state. 
Dr. Marc Schmidt, assistant professor of biology, works on understanding the mechanism underlying vocal learning including motor organization of the song system, processing of auditory feedback signals and synaptic organization of a key auditory/motor song nucleus. 
Dr. Matthew Strassler, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, works on the questions of the fundamental building blocks of the universe, the forces by which they interact with one another, and their impact on our daily experience and on the universe as a whole. 

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Four Fulbright Fellows

Four Penn faculty are among the 700 academics, professionals, and independent scholars who received Fulbright Awards this year. The four and the countries in which they will conduct research are:

Dr. David Espey, director of the English-writing program--Japan

Kirsten Allegra Foot, research fellow and adjunct professor of public policy--Finland

Sharon Ash, associate director of the linguistics laboratory--Poland

Janet Marie Roberts, lecturer in the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology--Uzbekistan.

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Dr. Gottschalk: Hawley Prize

Dr. Marie Gottschalk, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the 2000 Ellis Hawley Prize by the Journal of Policy History. Her article, The Elusive Goal of Universal Health Care in the U.S.: Organized Labor and the Institutional Straightjacket of the Private Welfare State, won as best essay by a junior scholar appearing in the JPH during the previous two years. The award will be presented to Dr. Gottschalk at the Policy History Conference in St. Louis in May.

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Defense Department Awards

Four people have received funding from the Defense Department for research equipment. They are:

Dr. I-Wei Chen, professor of materials science and engineering, $165,000, for Characterization System for Ceramic Powders from the Air Force.

Dr. Marsha Lester, professor of chemistry, $371,000 over 3 years, for Predissociation and Quenching of Electronically Excited Hydroxyl Radicals, from the Air Force.

Dr. Andrew Rappe, associate professor of chemistry, received $220,000, for Beowulf Cluster for Computational Corrosion and Catalysis Studies from the Air Force.

Dr. Michael J. Therien, professor of chemistry, $67,200 for Optoelectronic Materials, from the Navy.

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In Honor of Norma Lang

A new award--The Norma Lang Award--will be given to an undergraduate nursing student who "displays strong commitment to and involvement with Penn academic nursing practices." This includes the Penn Nursing Network practices as well as activities with clinician educators in their settings. Named for the school's former dean who served from 1992 until last summer when she stepped down to devote time to teaching and research-the award will consider leadership, innovative practice models, student-led research and/or commitment to a specific community/patient population. The award will be given at graduation in May along with another new award, The Academic Support Staff Teaching Award. Any full- or part-time academic support staff faculty member including lecturers and clinical instructors--nominated by students or alumni--who exemplifies excellence in teaching is eligible. Excellence includes knowledge of the subject matter and ability to present it clearly, ability to stimulate student interest, accessibility and willingness to work with students.

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Endowed Chair Gallery

The School of Arts and Sciences has opened the Endowed Chair Gallery in the Faculty Staircase of Logan Hall. Framed photos of the endowed chair donors and holders with a short history and description of each chair provide recognition to the donors and the achievements of each chair holder.

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Trauma Center Award

Dr. C. Williams Schwab, chief of the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care and director of the Trauma Center presented $5,000 last Thursday--collected from staff and friends of the Trauma Center-- to the Health and Community Service Small Learning Community (HCSSLC) at University City High School. The award will help the HCSSLC fulfill its mission to provide the students with a core knowledge in the sciences by broadening the current curricula and assisting needy students.

In addition to financial assistance, members of the Trauma Center partner with students to provide educational experiences as defined by the school-to-career and service learning curricula.

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Women's Basketball: Ivy Crown

With three regular season games to spare, the Quakers clinched the Ancient Eight title as Penn's women's basketball team won its first Ivy League championship. On Saturday evening, February 24, the women Quakers defeated Harvard, 62-57, in Boston to take the title. Seniors Diana Caramanico and Erin Ladley each scored 20 points in the game. The win also assured the women Quakers a berth in the NCAA playoff.

Ms. Caramanico's point total enabled her to become the Ivy League's career scoring leader with 2,321 points. Ms. Ladley became the 13th Penn women's basketball player in history to pass the 1,000-point mark. She now has 1,014. The team's winning streak of 20 games is the longest current consecutive wins in the country.

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Rotary Scholar

Damian J. L. Werts, a fifth-year senior who will be graduating in May with a B.A. in sociology and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in public policy management, has received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for graduate study abroad. He will be studying for a masters of philosophy in Modern Society and Global Transformations at the University of Cambridge.

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Dr. Dinges: NSBRI Team Leader

Dr. David F. Dinges, professor of psychology in psychiatry and director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, has been named team leader for the new Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).

"Dr. Dinges' combined experience in human performance and expertise in physiological monitoring make him the perfect fit for this new team," said Dr. Larry Young, NSBRI Director.

As a team leader, Dr. Dinges will manage scientists from seven institutions working on eight NSBRI neurobehavioral and psychosocial team projects. Their research will focus on identifying how stress and isolation affect crew health, safety and productivity during long-duration space missions. Objectives include developing methods to monitor brain functions and behavior, evaluating groups in isolated environments, and identifying countermeasures to enhance performance, motivation and quality of life.

The NSBRI --established in 1997 through a NASA competition-- is a consortium of 12 research institutions that focuses on research to pave the way for human exploration of space. Besides neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors, NSBRI projects address space health concerns such as bone loss, muscle weakening, cardiovascular changes, sleep disturbances, immunology and infection, balance and orientation, radiation exposure, nutrition, fitness and rehabilitation, and remote-treatment technologies.

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For CHOP Radiology Services

CHOP has appointed four new physicians to expand the department of radiology's inpatient and outpatient services.

Dr. Martin Charron, will join CHOP as head of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and as associate professor of radiology at Penn. He will expand clinical applications for nuclear medicine providing non-invasive procedures that use less radiation than common X-rays. He is a member of the team that is developing clinical aspects of a new imaging modality called Positron Emission Tomography, which allows for more advanced nuclear imaging studies and expanded nuclear serices.

Prior to joining CHOP, Dr. Charron was director of Nuclear Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his medical degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada.

Dr. Robin Kaye, is joining CHOP as head of the Division of Interventional Radiology and holds a joint position as associate professor of radiology at Penn. Dr. Kaye's work focuses on developing new interventional procedures and approaches to patient care and treatment.

She had recently served as head of Interventional Radiology at Children's Hospital in Denver. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

Dr. Henrique Lederman, comes to CHOP as head of the Division of Outpatient Imaging and as associate professor of radiology. Dr. Lederman will be developing new outpatient systems and expanding the number of satellite offices for the Department of Radiology.

Previous to his appointment at CHOP, Dr. Lederman was chairman of the Department of Radiology at Escola Paulista of Medicine, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received his medical and doctoral degrees from there.

Dr. Erin Simon has joined the staff of CHOP as a neuro-radiologist. She previously served on the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, where she received her training. Her clinical expertise includes fetal imaging and computed radiology.

"We're thrilled to have recruited four of the country's prominent radiologists to help us expand the Department of Radiology at Children's Hospital,"says Dr. Towbin, radiologist-in-chief. "With advancements and new technology at out fingertips, we can offer patients more diagnostic and interventional treatment options while conducting innovative clinical research".

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SEAS Grace Hopper Lecture Series

SEAS announces the inauguration of the Grace Hopper Lecture Series as part of its commitment to its educational mission of promoting the role of all engineers in society.

The Department of Computer and Information Science is sponsoring the first lecture in this series and has chosen Barbara J. Grosz, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science from Harvard University as the inaugural lecturer. Dr. Grosz's lecture Getting Computer Systems to Function as Team Players will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 3-4:30 p.m., in Heilmeier Hall, Towne Building, followed by a reception. The event is open to the University community.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a mathematician, computer scientist, systems designer and the inventor of the compiler. She worked for the Navy at the Bureau of Ordnance at Harvard University developing programming for the Mark I computer during World War II. After the war she stayed at Harvard and worked on the Mark II before joining Eckert-Mauchly Corporation where the builders of ENIAC were building UNIVAC I. Grace Hopper served on the faculty of the Moore School for 15 years between 1959 and 1974. She died in 1992.

This series is intended to serve the dual purpose of recognizing successful women in engineering and of inspiring students to achieve at the highest level. Through this series, prominent female speakers from the various disciplines represented in the School are invited to campus for a visit that incorporates a public lecture as well as informal talks and opportunities to interact with students and faculty.


Photo of Grace Hopper courtesy of James S. Davis, Naval Historical Center

see http://www.inventormuseum.com/GraceHopper.htm for more pictures.

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University Museum Appointments

Dr. Gerald Margolis has been appointed as the Musuem's deputy director of operations. He most recently served as the director of development of Philadelphia's Anti-Defamation League.

Ms. Suzanne Sheehan Becker has been appointed the director of development. She is a Penn alumna, and had previously worked at Penn in a number of development positions. Ms. Becker had most recently been directing the $150 million Annenberg Children Achieving Challenge Program.

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Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 25, March 6, 2001

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