for Distinguished Achievement:
Senator Arlen Specter
University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement
was conferred on U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, for his
efforts to increase funding for scientific research at
the federal level. President Judith Rodin presented Senator
Specter with the Penn Medal at the Trustees Fall Dinner.
He is the 13th recipient of Penn's Medal, see www.archives.upenn.edu/histy/notables/awards/
citation accompanying the University of Pennsylvania
Medal for Distinguished Achievement conferred on October
than two decades in the United States Senate, you have
been a valuable friend and ally to the University of Pennsylvania
and to the biomedical research and higher education communities.
foresight and courage to support biomedical research
have earned the respect, appreciation, and admiration
of scientists, physicians, and patients across the nation
and throughout the world. Your tenacity to double funding
for the National Institutes of Health have enabled thousands
of researchers to pursue cures and other new discoveries
that improve our health and save lives.
steadfast advocate for the sciences, you have led the
fight to defend the integrity of research funding against
leadership in education has enabled teachers to excel
and encouraged students to make the most of their learning
visionary, inclusive, bipartisan leadership of the Senate
Appropriations Committee has laid a firm foundation for
our nation's preeminence in health, education, biomedical
research, labor, and social welfare programs.
a Senator, lawyer, Air Force officer, and University
of Pennsylvania alumnus, you have devoted your life to
standing up for what is right and to serving humanity.
recognition of your distinguished career in public service,
and in gratitude for your unwavering support of biomedical
research and education, the Trustees of the University
of Pennsylvania are proud to claim you as one of our
own and with deep admiration, to present you the University's
Medal for Distinguished Achievement.