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Medal for Distinguished Achievement:
Senator Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter

The 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

The citation accompanying the University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement conferred on October 31 reads:

During more 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.

Your 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.

A steadfast advocate for the sciences, you have led the fight to defend the integrity of research funding against politicizing forces.

Your leadership in education has enabled teachers to excel and encouraged students to make the most of their learning experiences.

Your 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.

As 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.

In 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.



  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 11, November 5, 2002