Honors & Other Things
The fourteenth annual Women of Color luncheon was held on March 2, and the following awards were presented.
The Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Pauline "Songbird" Hilton, of Housing and Conference Services, for her "lifetime at Penn and in her community providing support and education without seeking or receiving a great deal of acclaim." In addition to her work at Penn, Ms. Hilton is committed to educating people about her Native American culture, and works in the West Philadelphia community with "at risk" children.
Dr. Freida Hopkins Outlaw, associate professor of psychiatric mental health nursing and director for the psychiatric mental health nursing program was chosen. "Dr. Outlaw strives to bring her belief of access to mental health services for under served communities a reality. Her work and research have had a significant impact on the African American community." For more than 30 years she has fought for, provided leadership to and offered significant services to poor urban people of color, with a particular focus on access to mental health services.
Graduate Student Honoree
Angela McIver, a second year doctoral student in GSE, has been instrumental in turning the African-American student organization into a vibrant sponsor of intellectual, cultural and social events. She is an advocate for low-income, African-American middle school and high school students. She also works closely with teachers at the Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia to support instruction in math and teaches a research-based methods course for pre-service teachers in the Philadelphia Literacy Intern Program.
Undergraduate Student Honoree
Archana Jayaram is an undergraduate student in SAS who has volunteered and served in many capacities. In addition to helping to plan "Unity Week," she serves as political chair of the United Minorities Council, where she has worked to bring other communities of color together to identify pressing issues and ways in which these groups could support each other.
Student Scholars Award
The Women of Color Student Scholars Awards were presented for the first time. The recipients are:
Eight Thouron Fellows
|From left to right, Elizabeth Richman, Bartlomiej Szewczyk, David Scales, Steven Davis, Sara Nasuti, Heath Tarbert, Amanda Tiffany. Not shown, Marisa Katz.|
Seven Penn seniors and one recent Penn graduate have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate degrees in the United Kingdom next year.
Steven Davis, SEAS/Wh'01, Aeronautics/Operations Management, to study Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University.
Marisa Katz, Col'99, English, to study Media & Communications at the London School of Economics.
Sara Nasuti, Col'01, Urban studies/Classical studies, to study City Design & Social Science at the London School of Economics.
Elizabeth Richman, Col'01, American History, to study Intellectual History at Cambridge University.
David Scales, Col'01, Chemistry/American History, to study History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge University.
Bartlomiej Szewczyk, Wh'01, Finance/Legal Studies, to study International Relations at Cambridge University.
Heath Tarbert, Law'01, to study Civil Law with a concentration in European and Comparative Law at Oxford University.
Amanda Tiffany, Col'01, Biology/Folklore minor, to study Epidemiology at Cambridge University.
The 12 Nassau Fund recipients and their projects in the College are:
Dmitriy Boyarchenko, Col'03; Compactifi-cations of Spherical Varieties and Applications.
Jason S.Chintz, Col'03; Active Avoidance Learning Among Inbred Mice Strains.
Zachary Christman, Col'01; Irrigation Necessities of the Chao Valley, Peru.
Dara Ditsworth, Col'01; Determining the Role of Caspase Activity in the Neonatal Neuronal Death Following Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest.
Cristian Dobre, Col'01; Reproducibility of Retinotopic Mapping for Defining the Region of Interest for the Visual Cortex.
Alexander H. Farley, Col'01; The Role of the L1 Reverse Transcriptase in Retrotransposition Activity and Genomic Insertion Length.
Erica Fruiterman, Col'01; Printing, Binding, and Marginalia: A history of George Herbert's The Temple in the Seventeenth Century.
James Morrison, Col'01; Determination of Diffusion Rates of Oxygen and Deuterium in Glacial Ice from Measurement of Isotope Ratios.
Vijay Ganesh Sankaran, Col'02; Investigating the Role of Lipid Binding Protein Modules in Cellular Signal Transduction.
James Sillhart, Col'02; The Effect of Groundwater Temperature on the Performance of an Oxygen-Release Catalyst in Enhancing Bioremedation of Saturated Soils and Groundwater.
Jennie Taylor, Col'01; Invasive Species of Kestrel Field.
Suzanna A. Urminska, Col'01; The Photography of Louis Shotridge.
Dr. Robert Austrian, the John Herr Musser Professor and emeritus professor of research medicine, has received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Dr. Austrian was cited for his "devotion to conquering pneumococcal pneumonia," a major killer of the elderly or chronically ill. The award is given to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases or public health.
Dr. Jack Kilby, father of the microchip and 2000 Nobel Prize winner in physics, will receive the Pender Award tomorrow; it is the highest honor of SEAS.
In 1958, shortly after joining Texas Instruments, Dr. Kilby conceived and built the first electronic circuit in which all components, active and passive, were fabricated in a single piece of semiconductor material half the size of a paper clip. He went on to pioneer military, industrial and commercial applications of microchip technology and to lead teams that built the first computer incorporating integrated circuits. Dr. Kilby, who holds more than 60 U.S. patents, also co-invented the hand-held calculator.
The Pender Award, which recognizes significant contributions to society, is named for Harold Pender, who served as the first dean of Penn's Moore School of Electrical Engineering from 1923 until his retirement in 1949. Under Dean Pender's direction, faculty research tackled significant engineering problems, culminating in the 1946 development of ENIAC, the world's first large-scale, electronic, general-purpose digital computer.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 26, March 20, 2001