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Benjamin Franklin Medal: Dr. Hochstrasser and
Dr. Davis

Robin Hochstrasser

Two Penn researchers have been selected as 2003 recipients of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the world's oldest science and technology awards. The laureates will be honored April 24 at an award ceremony at the Franklin Institute.

Dr. Robin M. Hochstrasser, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Raymond Davis Jr., research professor of physics, are among 10 American scientists recognized with Benjamin Franklin Medals this year for their distinguished achievements in aviation, chemistry, civil engineering, computers and cognitive science, earth sciences, electrical engineering, life sciences and physics.

"These exceptional scientists are taking up the torch of a 178-year-old legacy of extraordinary achievement in science and technology," said Dennis M. Wint, president and CEO of the Franklin Institute. "Each of our laureates has made a far-reaching contribution to our understanding of the universe and to improving the quality of our lives."

The 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry goes to Dr. Hochstrasser for his pioneering development of ultrafast and multi-dimensional spectroscopies. These technologies have advanced researchers' molecular-level understanding of complex systems, including such fundamental processes as energy transfer in solids, reaction mechanisms in liquid solutions, the binding of small molecules on hemoglobin and the observation of structural changes in proteins.

Raymond Davis

Dr. Davis, who shares the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics with Masatoshi Koshiba of the University of Tokyo and John Bahcall of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J., was a recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics (Almanac, October 15, 2002). Both honors recognized Dr. Davis' groundbreaking research into the emission of neutrinos produced by nuclear fusion reactions in the center of the sun. The observation of these neutrinos demonstrated conclusively that the sun is powered by the fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium nuclei.

Dr. Davis has been affiliated with Penn as a research professor since 1985 and as an adjunct professor of astronomy from 1973 to 1983.

Dr. Hochstrasser, a faculty member since 1962, also serves as director of the Regional Laser and Biotechnology Laboratories at Penn, a position he has held since 1978.

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Wolf Prize in Medicine: Dr. Brinster

Ralph Brinster

Dr. Ralph L. Brinster, Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as a recipient of the 2002-2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine. The Wolf Prize Jury cited him "for the development of procedures to manipulate mouse ova and embryos, which has enabled transgenesis and its applications in mice." Dr. Brinster shares the prize with two other scientists, Dr. Oliver Smithies of the University of North Carolina, and Dr. Mario R. Capecchi, of the University of Utah. The three researchers were honored for developing techniques "for introducing and modifying individual genes withinmouse eggs and embryos."

Dr. Brinster, V '60, a veterinarian, developed a culture system to maintain mouse and other mammalian eggs in vitro and he identified many fundamental characteristics of egg culture. This was essential for the generation of transgenic animals. Dr. Brinster first showed that it was possible to colonize a mouse blastocyst with stem cells from older embryos. He was the first scientist to microinject fertilized eggs with RNA and was a pioneer in the field in applying these microinjection methods to generate transgenic mice.

The Wolf Foundation was established in Israel by the late Dr. Ricardo Wolf who served as Cuba's ambassador to Israel. The Wolf Prize in Medicine has been awarded since 1978 "for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples." The 2002-2003 Wolf Prizes will be conferred by the Israeli President at a ceremony in Jerusalem on May 11.

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SEAS Research Award: Dr. Luzzi

David Luzzi

Dr. David E. Luzzi, professor of materials science and engineering, is the 2002-2003 recipient of the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. The award is given to encourage and recognize excellence in scholarly activities among the faculty.

Dr. Luzzi has been engaged in scientific exploration of atomic level structure and processes at Penn for 15 years. As the Director of the Nanotechnology Institute (NTI) he oversees the Institute's discovery and implementation activities in nano-biotechnology, which has been seeded by a $10.5 million grant from the Commonwealth. Dr. Luzzi received his B.E. in engineering physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University. His research program has included scientific investigations in nanoscale phenomena and materials for NSF, NASA, the DOE, and the DOD. He is a member of a NSF Materials Research, Science and Engineering Center and a DOD Defense University Research Initiative in Nanotechnology. Over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and patents on nanoscale phenomena, instrumentation, and the synthesis, structure, properties and application of materials have been produced. The SEAS research award recognizes his work on carbon nanotubes and "peapods," a supramolecular hybrid assembly in which single-walled nanotubes are filled with a one-dimensional chain of molecules.

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Best Show Prize: ICA

Claudia Gould

The Institute of Contemporary Art has received the Best Show award from AICA for the exhibition Charles LeDray, Sculpture 1989-2002. The International Association of Art Critics/USA Awards are given in reco gnition of exceptional and important work in the visual arts by artists, curators, critics, scholars, and cultural institution. The award is the art-world equivalent of the New York Film Critics Circle or Drama Desk Awards.

Charles LeDray, Sculpture 1989-2002, organized by the ICA and curated by ICA director, Claudia Gould, is the first museum survey of his work. The comprehensive exhibition of recent works features approximately 30 pieces created by LeDray since 1989. The exhibit is currently on display at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts until April 6, when it moves to the Seattle Art Museum from April 26-July 27.

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Leadership Award: Dr. Tomazinis

Anthony Tomazinis

Dr. Anthony Tomazinis, professor of city and regional planning and director of TRANS-LAB, has received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner from the Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA). He received the award for his sustained contribution to the profession through distinguished practice, teaching, or writing. Dr. Tomazinis was a pioneer in transportation modeling and made major contributions in methods of productivity, efficiency, and quality in urban transportation systems. His latest project led him to Greece to help plan an entire city, known as Technopolis, aimed to incubate high-tech industries.

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Planners at Ground Zero

Dr. Eugénie Birch, professor and chair of city and regional planning, was named to the six- person advisory committee which helped rebuilding officials select new planning teams for Ground Zero. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation eventually selected six teams to submit plans for the area. Of the teams selected two have Penn professors associated with them. Dr. Gary Hack, dean of GSFA, and Paley Professor, and Dr. Daniel Libeskind, Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture, serve at Studio Daniel Libeskind, which is one of two finalists recently chosen for the Ground Zero plan.

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Dedalus Senior Fellow: Dr. Poggi

Dr. Christine Poggi, associate professor of art history, has been awarded the Dedalus Foundation's 2003 Senior Fellowship. Her fellowship project, Modernity as Trauma: The Cultural Politics of Italian Futurism, will look at the cultural program of Italian futurism in light of its changing political aspirations, from the inception of the movement in 1909 to its demise in 1944.

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Awards for Student Nurses

Student Nurses At Penn (SNAP) received several awards at the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania's 50th annual convention. SNAP received the Chapter Excellence Award, the Most Outstanding Website Award, and the Gold Achievement Membership Award. In addition, nursing junior Laura Breyfogle was elected president of the association.

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Marshall Scholar: Mr. Zimbler

Adam Zimbler, a senior in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business and a Joseph Wharton Scholar, has received a Marshall Scholarship, one of only 40 awarded annually. Mr. Zimbler is the fifth Penn student to win a Marshall scholarship since the program began in 1953. He will study in the United Kingdom.

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Composer Fellow: Mr. Carrillo-Cotto

Carlos Carrillo-Cotto, Ph.D. candidate, had been selected as American Composers Orchestra's Van Lier Composer Fellow for 2002. Mr. Carrillo-Cotto received his training at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. The fellowship is designed as a season-long professional development program to enhance the careers of promising emerging composers. Through the Fellowship, Mr. Carrillo-Cotto will participate in a wide variety of performance, education and outreach activities, while receiving mentoring from ACO's artistic and administrative staffs and musicians. The Fellowship is funded by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund for the New York Community Trust.

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Five Siebel Scholars

The following Wharton graduate students have been named Siebel Scholars Class of 2003: Nicholas Benedict, Laura Bennett, Angela Crossman, Douglas Fisher, and Alexander Moskovitz.

Students were chosen based upon academic merit and leadership in the first year of their graduate studies.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 21, February 11, 2003