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Honors & Other Things

Founders Award: Dr. Churchill

Dr. Stuart W. Churchill, the Carl V.S. Patterson Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2002 Founders Award by the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Churchill is being recognized "for outstanding leadership in research, education and professional service, and for continuing contributions in combustion, heat transfer and fluid dynamics for over half a century." Dr. Churchill's work has led to improvements in nuclear safety, the safe handling of liquefied natural gas, the space program and national defense.

"Thirty years ago I had the privilege of having Stuart as an instructor in a course," said Dr. Eduardo D. Glandt, SEAS dean . "It was a highly stimulating experience and had a major influence in my own teaching. Stuart's ‘tree' of descendents is extraordinary not only for the number of his doctoral students but especially for their careers and accomplishments."

Dr. Churchill has been a member of the faculty since 1967, authored six books and more than 280 journal publications, including seven research papers published in the first half of 2002. He has received Penn's Medal for Distinguished Achievement, among his many honors.

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Rawls-Palmer Award: Dr. Strom

Dr. Brian L. Strom, chair of biostatistics & epidemiology and the director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, has received the 2003 Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

This award recognizes a clinical pharmacologist "for significant contributions to drug investigation that bring the efforts of modern drug research to the care of patients." The candidate must be an investigator "who is actively engaged in high-quality clinical pharmacological research and be capable of delivering an engaging, lucid lecture with wide audience appeal on recent developments in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics."

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Academy of Education: Dean Fuhrman

GSE Dean Susan H. Fuhrman, has been elected to the National Academy of Education. Membership in the academy is limited to 150 regular members whose accomplishments in the field of education have been judged outstanding.

Dr. Fuhrman came to Penn as dean in 1995. She is the founder and director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, a collaboration of five universities. Dr. Fuhrman's research interests include state policy design, accountability, deregulation and intergovernmental relationships.

The National Academy of Education was founded in 1965 to promote scholarly inquiry and discussion concerning the ends and means of education, in all its forms, in the U.S. and abroad.

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Downtown Leadership: UCD

The University City District Board of Directors has been awarded the 2002 Downtown Achievement Award for Downtown Leadership by the International Downtown Association.

The UCD Board was cited since"its funding is 100% voluntary rather than derived from mandatory taxes on commercial property. Because of University City's concentration of tax- exempt entities, the UCD was formed as a private non-profit but not as a taxing authority. UCD staff nominated its Board for this award to recognize their capital commitment as well as their personal perseverance in turning a one-person operation in 1997 into the ‘go-to' organization in 2002 with 14 full-time staff, more than 70 contract staff, and a $5.2 millon annual budget."

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Pink Ribbon Award: Rowan Center

The University's Rena Rowan Breast Center in the Abramson Cancer Center has been recognized by the CIGNA Corporation with the Pink Ribbon Award. The award was given last Friday to honor and recognize outstanding Philadelphia-region community groups for health. Beverly Ginsburg, Associate Vice President Cancer Services and Program Development, UPHS and Executive Director, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University, accepted the award on behalf of the Rena Rowan Breast Center.

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Environmental Excellence

One of five 215-ft.-tall turbines

Penn has received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Now in its fifth year, the award recognizes the best of Pennsylvania's businesses, municipalities and organizations for their efforts to protect the environment. The University was chosen because it is the largest purchaser of wind energy in the U.S. and by purchasing five percent of its electrical needs from wind power in the next three years, Penn is following through on a major effort to reduce energy usage through conservation measures (Almanac October 30, 2001) . The estimated financial benefit is a $3.8 million energy savings annually. The environmental benefits include the offset of 11,990 tons of carbon dioxide, 56,200 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 180,200 pounds of sulfur dioxide each year. It is the equivalent to taking 2,756 cars off the road or planting 2.6 million trees.

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Fulbright Scholars

In addition to the nine Fulbright Scholars (Almanac May 21) already announced, there are two more among the Class of 2002:

Yael Krigman, C'02; The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Spanish Society (Spain).

Ann O'Neil-Henry, C'02; Teaching English as Foreign Language (France).

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Cooke Scholarship: Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis, C '03, has received a Jack Kent Cook Scholarship, one of 40 winners nationwide. The recipients are evaluated on academics, volunteerism, leadership, critical thinking ability, potential to make a significant contribution to field of study and/or society and appreciation for participation in the arts and humanities. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established with the funds left by Mr. Cooke at his death. Mr. Cooke himself was a high-school dropout but built a media empire. One of the Foundation's major goals is to identify extraordinary individuals and help them pursue the kind of formal education that Mr. Cook never had.

Correction: In last week's issue, the chair Dr. Daniel Janzen holds was incorrect. It should have read the Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Endowed Term Chair in Conservation Biology

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 7, October 8, 2002