SAS 2001 Teaching Awards
Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching:
Two faculty members have been selected as the 2001 Ira Abrams Award winners:
Dr. Ivar Berg of the Department of Sociology, and Dr. Philip Nelson
of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
A student writes that Dr. Berg, a former Dean of the College and Faculty
Master of Goldberg College House in the Quadrangle, "is the embodiment
of what a professor should be. Although he is committed to his own scholarly
research, he is equally, if not more, committed to his students and to their
own personal growth. He is one of the most approachable, generous, and dedicated
professors I have encountered at Penn."
About Dr. Nelson, a colleague says, "In addition to a clear and
engaging lecturing style, he has done the very best job of developing new
courses which convey the excitement and the beauty of contemporary physics.
[These courses] are triumphs--imaginative, substantive, and challenging.
He is committed to conveying the aesthetic as well as the technical aspects
of his subject."
Since its creation in 1983, the Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished
Teaching has been the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts and Sciences.
The award recognizes teaching that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally
coherent and honors faculty who embody high standards of integrity and fairness,
have a strong commitment to learning, and are open to new ideas.
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School of Medicine's 2001 Teaching Awards
The following full-time faculty members in the tenure and clinician-educator
tracks were chosen by the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee to receive this
year's School of Medicine teaching awards. Nominations were solicited from
faculty, house staff and students.
The Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award, established
in 1980-81 by the Berwick family and the department of pathology, recognizes
a member of the medical faculty who in his or her teaching most effectively
fuses basic science and clinical medicine. Two recipients were chosen this
year: Dr. Stephen Kimmel and Dr. Emma Meagher.
Dr. Kimmel is an assistant professor in the cardiovascular division of
the department of medicine, assistant professor of epidemiology in the department
of biostatistics and epidemiology, and a senior scholar in the center for
clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. His course on Cardiopulmonary Epidemiology
has consistently received very high reviews, and Dr. Kimmel has been given
a perfect score for his skills as an instructor, with comments such as "best
course I've taken in the CCEB." Dr. Kimmel also serves as the Director
of the Epidemiology Track of the MSCE Program. His enthusiasm and sense
of humor in his teaching is contagious. Dr. Kimmel has consistently received
the highest rankings possible from students, and he is equally well regarded
by his peers for his ability to fuse the basic science of epidemiology with
Dr. Emma Meagher, Assistant Professor of Medicine, is the Co-director
of pharmacology education for medical students. Dr. Meagher is highly regarded
by faculty and students alike for her enthusiasm for teaching and curriculum
development. She has consistently emphasized the importance of integration
of pharmacology and therapeutics throughout the medical school curriculum
and has recently spearheaded an initiative to develop a new course on therapeutics.
In addition to her role in medical student education, Dr. Meagher is also
the director of the School of Medicine Patient Oriented Research Training
Program for post-graduate students. Her clinical practice is in the area
of cardiovascular risk assessment and management with a particular interest
in hypertension, women's cardiovascular health and lipid disorders. She
is the Associate Director of PENN CATCH, the Penn Center for the Assessment
and Treatment of Complex Hypertension and, in addition is a member of the
Cardiovascular Risk Intervention Program and the Center for Experimental
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Law School's Levin Award
The winner of the Law School's Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching
is Matthew Adler, Professor of Law.
Professor Adler, who teaches both constitutional law and administrative
law classes, said in a recent interview with the Penn Law Journal,
"Seminars at this level are really like long conversations with my
students. It's a tremendous pleasure." He continued, "The students
are incredibly enthusiastic; there's a great degree of interest in class.
I can't imagine just doing research and not having the time in the classroom."
Professor Adler joined the Penn Law School faculty in 1995, following
clerkships with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor,
and Judge Harry Edwards of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit,
and a year spent in private practice.
The Levin Award was established by the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader
Harrison Segal and Lewis in 1978, to be awarded annually to a faculty member
in recognition of teaching excellence. Each recipient is selected by a majority
vote of students earning the J.D. that year. The law firm donates funds
for books selected by each year's winner relating to his or her area of
interest, to be placed in the Law School Library.
Larry Moneta to Duke
Dr. Larry Moneta, associate vice president for campus services since
1997, will leave Penn this summer to become Duke University's vice president
for student affairs. That position is the senior administrative officer
with responsibility for a broad range of student life programs and activities
"We are pleased for Larry's good news, and we know that he will
make a substantial contribution to Duke's student life during his tenure.
He consistently showed leadership on key projects, such as housing and
dining renewal, Perelman Quad, and the emergence of the College House program,
to name a few. Business Services and the University have greatly benefited
from his work, and we are grateful for that," said Leroy D. Nunery,
Penn's Vice President of Business Services.
Dr. Moneta came to Penn in 1992 as the associate vice provost for University
Life, after having been the University of Massachusetts Housing Services'
associate director for residential education.
Duke's President Nannerl O. Keohane said that Dr. Moneta will "be
a key leader in linking students' academic and social growth and development.
Building on Excellence, the university's new long-range academic plan, places
high priority on strengthening linkages between academic and social life
at Duke. We believe Larry is the ideal person to strengthen our programs
and will be a strong leader of the professional staff in Student Affairs."
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