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Honors & Other Things

  • Women of Color Awards
  • Dr. Strom: Rawls-Palmer Award
  • Jerry A. Jacobs: Editor,
    American Sociological Review
  • Dr. Tran: Optical Imaging Award
  • Dr. Strauss: President, SGI
  • Genomics Institute Seed Grant Awards
  • Youth Development Award
  • Penn Alexander : Science Fair Winner
  • Women of Color Awards

    The 16th Annual Women of Color luncheon, was held on March 7 to recognize the contributions made by women of color to the University and the broader community. As part of a day of events the following awards were presented.


    Helen O. Dickens Award

    Gloria M. Gay, associate director of Penn Women's Center, has received the Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Honor for her contributions as a nurse, teacher, mental health worker, drug counselor, social worker, and a leader. Ms. Gay has worked as an advocate and social change agent in the Philadelphia area for over four decades. "She is one of the most widely known and respected individuals committed to promoting social justice, working to confront individual and institutional racism, heterosexism, sexism and class oppression. She believes in the theory of one: of reaching out and helping one person at a time, and making a difference with every encounter."

    Prior to arriving at Penn in 1986, Ms. Gay served as the Director of Professional Training for Planned Parenthood of Philadelphia and as a clinical social worker for the Navy Family Service Center, Naval Base, Philadelphia. For many years, she has also served as a volunteer at the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project. That organization recognized her service with a special award last year. Ms. Gay's commitment to stopping violence against women has led her to become a highly sought after trainer on domestic violence. Her expertise in coalition building resulted in travel abroad to assist women in Serbia. "Ms. Gay is known as a trusted listener and confidant to faculty, staff and students across the Penn campus."

    Marilia Marien

    Faculty/Staff Award

    Dr. Marilia Marien, staff pyschologist, counseling & psychological services since 1997, provides individual, group and career counseling, among many other responsibilities. Dr. Marien works with young women of color in the areas of empowerment, ethnic identity development, leadership, networking, and career decision making and planning. "She has been a tremendous influence, mentor, leader and teacher for students."

    Nisha Botchwey

    Graduate Student Award

    Nisha Botchwey, GSFA'03, city & regional planning, is a Ph.D. candidate who is expected to graduate in May 2003. She is the co-founder of Trinity Center, a faith-based organization in West Oak Lane and Body Building God's Way, a nutrition and exercise lifestyle program. She has also participated in Growing in Faith Together, a breast cancer support group. On campus, she has had active roles in a multitude of organizations that include being a Senior Fellow Associate in Du Bois College House, a coordinating committee member of the Fontaine Society, a committee member for City and Regional Planning Department faculty search and cofounder of W.E.B. Du Bois Fit.


    Trina DasGupta
    Undergraduate Student Award

    Trina DasGupta, C'03, strives to bring about movement, progress and understanding of the issues of marginalized individuals, groups and communities. In addition to being an intern with the NPR show Justice Talking, Ms. DasGupta was selected as a Cultural Change Intern at the White House Project in New York City. She gives back to the community through teaching English as a second language, mentoring and tutoring at University City High School and orchestrated the revitalization of the Leadership Education and Achievement Program.


    Dr. Strom: Rawls-Palmer Award

    Dr. Brian Strom, chair and professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology, director of the center for clinical epidemiology and chair of the graduate group in epidemiology and biostatistics, has been selected to receive the Rawls-Palmer Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT).

    During the ASCPT Annual Meeting, April 2-5, Dr. Strom will deliver the Rawls-Palmer Lecture on the topic, What Are Our Drugs Doing to Our Patients: Lessons From Pharmacoepide-miology.


    Jerry A. Jacobs: Editor, American Sociological Review

    Dr. Jerry A. Jacobs, Merriam Term Professor of Sociology, has been appointed editor of the American Sociological Review (ASR), the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association. ASR features topics across the range of sociology and has the highest circulation in the discipline. It is also a top-ranked journal, in terms of its impact in the field, according to the Institute for Scientific Information. Dr. Jacobs chaired the graduate program in sociology for most of the 1990s. He has published over 60 articles and two books. His third book, The Time Divide: Work, Family and Policy in the 21st Century, co-authored with NYU's Kathleen Gerson, will soon be published.


    Dr. Tran: Optical Imaging Award

    Dr. Phong T. Tran, associate professor of cell and developmental biology, was selected as a recipient of the Optical Imaging Association Award for Achievement in Optical Microscopy. Dr. Tran received his award for his research of cytoskeletal architecture and cellular pattern formation. Presented by the Microscopy Society of America, this award was established to honor a young investigator in the field of optical microscopy.


    Dr. Strauss: President, SGI

    Dr. Jerome Strauss, the Luigi Mastroianni Jr. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, associate chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and founding director of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health, has been installed as president of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI).


    Genomics Institute Seed Grant Awards

    Penn Genomics Institute awarded the first cycle of Seed Grant Awards for Spring 2003. The recipients are:

    Junhyong Kim, Biology, SAS; Paul Sniegowski, Biology, SAS; Developing New Tools for Micro Array Analysis Using Comparative Time-series.

    Jeffrey Ming, Pediatrics, CHOP; Barbara Weber, Medicine, Medicine; Genomic Analysis of Kabuki Syndrome.

    Zissimos Mourelatos, Pathology, Medicine; Artemis Hatziegeorgiou, Genetics, Center for Bioinformatics, Medicine; Prediction and Verification of Micro-RNA Targets.

    Philip Rea, Biology, SAS; Isotope-coded Affinity Tagging for Quantitative Proteomics: the Yeast Vacuome as a Model.

    New award opportunities will be available in the fall. Please refer to for seed grant guidelines.


    Youth Development Award

    The University-Assisted Community School Program, developed by the Center for Community Partnerships has won the first Youth Development Award from the William T. Grant Foundation. The Program includes the Philadelphia School District's West Region and the West Philadelphia Partnership. The National Academies' Board on Children, Youth and Families oversaw the nomination process and selected the winner from almost 300 entries. The Foundation created the $100,000 prize to recognize high-quality organizational work to improve children's lives. "This magnificent award is testimony to the enormous potential of university-community-school partnerships and problem-focused research to improve both the quality of life and the quality of scholarship and learning of children in our community," said President Judith Rodin. "We could not be more delighted that the University-Assisted Community Schools Program has been selected for this award," said Dr. Ira Harkavy, director of the Center for Community Partnerships. "It recognizes the success of the collaborative work of our faculty and students and their school and community partners to increase opportunities for young people in West Philadelphia and to generate knowledge," The Program focuses on solving community problems in areas including environmental health, health and nutrition and literacy. Penn faculty members Dr. William Labov, Dr. Frank Johnston and Dr. Robert Giegengack ofSAS and their students have developed multi-year projects focused primarily on these areas. For example, the programs have successfully reduced exposure to lead paint through preventive instruction and improved the nutrition of neighborhood children by creating produce stands, community gardens and farmers markets. In addition, a cultural reading program has helped solve some common reading problems within the African-American community.


    Penn Alexander: Science Fair Winner


    Five students from the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School, won awards in this year's Carver Science Fair. First place for a Team Project was awarded to 5th grade students Ciara Myatt (front middle) and London Eley (front right). A 6th grade student Xuijie Guo (front left) won a first place in Life Science. Honorable Mentions were presented to 6th grade students Fogia Mukta (back row) for Consumer Education and Samuel Settle (middle row) for Physical Science.

    This is the first year the Penn Alexander School has been eligible to participate in the George Washington Carver Science Fair sponsored jointly by the School District and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The largest of its kind in the country, the fair provides opportunities for students to gain enriched learning experiences through scientific inquiry and discovery.

    Penn Alexander Principal Sheila Sydnor said, "This is the best praise we could ever receive. It shows that our school is dedicated to children reaching the high standards that we have for them." According to Nancy Streim, associate dean of GSE, "We are very proud of the students and of Penn Alexander. Our vision in creating the School was to provide a rigorous academic program for the children in this neighborhood, and these awards serve as a testimonial to the success of the partnership."

    A model PreK-8 neighborhood public school, the Penn Alexander School was created in partnership with Penn, the Philadelphia School District, and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.


      Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 27, April 1, 2003