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Honors & Other Things

Dr. Francis X. Diebold, the W.P. Carey Term Professor in Economics in SAS, and a professor of finance and statistics in the Wharton School, has received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a study of financial asset returns and underlying economic fundamentals. The Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually for distinguished scholarly achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts.

Dr. Judd: New Directions Fellowship

Dr. Cristle Collins Judd, associate professor of music, has received a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The New Directions Fellowships Program was inaugurated to encourage and strengthen scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries in the humanities. Toward this goal, it provides opportunities for award winners to pursue additional substantive and systematic training outside their specialities. Dr. Judd's award is for work on Medieval Arabic writings about music as part of a forthcoming book entitled The Diffusion of Musical Knowledge: Studies in the History of Music Theory.

Dr. Matter: Medieval Fellow

Dr. E. Ann Matter, R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Religious Studies, and department chair, has been named a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Dr. Matter is a scholar of the history of the interpretation of the Bible from the Middle Ages to the present and of women in early modern Italy. Founded in 1925 the Medieval Academy of America is the world's largest organization devoted to medieval studies. 

Dr. Wilf: Euler Medal

Dr. Herbert Wilf, professor of mathematics, has been awarded the 2002 Euler Medal from The Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications (ICA). Dr. Wilf has received the award for distinguished contributions over a lifetime of combinatorial research by a member of the ICA who is still active.

Dr. Hirschmann: Chemists Gold Medal

Dr. Ralph F. Hirschmann, Makineni Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry, has been awarded the AIC Gold Medal by the American Institute of Chemists and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Dr. Hirschmann was cited being "head of the effort that developed effective drugs to treat hypertension, congestive heart failure, severe infection, river blindness in developing countries, and many other illnesses. His remarkable accomplishments as a researcher include the synthesis of the enzyme fibonuclease in solution, the first example of protein synthesis." The AIC Gold Medal recognizes service to the science of chemistry and to the profession of chemists or chemical engineers in the U.S.

Dr. Culhane: Macy Award

Dr. Dennis Culhane, professor of social welfare policy, has received the John W. Macy Award from the National Alliance to End Homelessness for his individual leadership. Dr. Culhane won the award for his research on the causes of homelessness and for his advocacy of possible solutions. "Dennis is a leading authority in the battle to end homelessness. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber on our faculty, and we are thrilled that his ground-breaking work has been recognized by a premier national organization," said Dean of Social Work Richard Gelles. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is committed to the ideal that no American should have to be homeless.

Dr. Naylor: Fagin Researcher Award

Dr. Mary D. Naylor, the Marion S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. As a leading researcher in gerontological nursing, Dr. Naylor's works in the areas of quality of care and quality of life for vulnerable older adults and their caregivers has led to the development of a profile of elders at risk, demonstrated the effectiveness of transitional care for elders, and led to enhanced decision making regarding home care referrals. Dr. Naylor will present the Claire M. Fagin inaugural lecture on May 16 (See Alumni Weekend).

Dr. Scott: 2004 Stoll-Stunkard Honor

Dr. Phillip Scott, professor of immunology, and chair of the department of pathobiology, has been awarded the 2004 Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Lectureship by the American Society of Parasitologists. The honor is given to someone whose prominence in basic research is evident, and who is not necessarily a parasitologist, but one whose research might enhance investigations on parasites, hence fostering cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches. Dr. Scott is recognized for his studies on the immune response to the protozoan parasite, Leishmania. He demonstrated that distinct T cell subsets are associated with resistance and susceptibility to these parasites.

Dr. Leyden: Investigative Dermatology

Dr. James J. Leyden, professor emeritus of dermatology, has been named an honorary member of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID). Dr. Leyden has served as director of the American Academy of Dermatology and chairman of the board of the Dermatology Foundation.

Dr. Leyden's research interests have included mechanisms of inflammation in acne, bacterial taxonomy and bacterial production of body odors. SID has more that 2000 members worldwide. The Society publishes the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and is dedicated to the advancement of skin research through information exchange, education, advocacy and technology transfer.

Dr. Kadison: Academies of Sciences

Dr. Richard V. Kadison, Kuemmerle Professor of Mathematics, has been named chair of Mathematics at the National Academies of Sciences. Dr. Kadison who has been at Penn since 1964, is a foreign member of the Danish Royal, and the Norwegian Academies of Science and Letters and the recipient of numerous awards including Guggenheim and Sloan Fellowships and a Fulbright research Fellowship. In 1999 he received the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

Ebert Memorial Lecture: Dr. Rodin

President Judith Rodin was named the Ebert Lecturer and presented the fourth Robert H. Ebert Memorial Lecture on Academic Medicine and the Public Interest at the Council of Deans Spring Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) earlier this month in Napa, California. Her topic was A Revisionist View of the Integrated Academic Health Center. The Milbank Memorial Fund and the AAMC established the biennial Robert H. Ebert Lecture on Academic Medicine and the Public Interest after Dr. Ebert's death in 1996 as a memorial to "an exemplary physician, scientist, dean, and foundation executive." Ebert Lecturers are "persons whose careers and character demonstrate broad and effective concern for medicine and the health of the public."

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Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Awards were presented at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Community Partnerships on April 7. The eight honorees were cited for being "visionaries, architects, and stewards of service learning." Joining President Judith Rodin (center) and Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director of the Center for Community Partnerships (far right) are Awardees (left to right): Martin Meyerson, President Emeritus; Liz Hollander, executive director of Campus Compact; Jettie Newkirk, chair, CCP Community Advisory Board; Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator and recent CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Marie Bogle,WEPIC consultant and member of the National Advisory Board of the WEPIC Replication Project; Sheldon Hackney, professor of history and former Penn president; Richard M. Horowitz, of R.A.F. Industries, Inc, and chairman of the Advisory Board CCP. Not shown: Thomas Ehrlich, senior scholar, The Carnegie Foundation and former Penn provost.

Three Goldwater Scholars

Three Penn undergraduates have been named Goldwater Scholars. They are: Jonathan Bronson C'06; Annemarie Fernandes, C'06 and Ramez Haddadin, SEAS'05. The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established in 1986 by Congress to honor former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater.

Caterfino Scholar: Ms. Tabolt

Ms. Nicole Tabolt, C '06, has been selected as the winner of the first Douglas W. Caterfino Endowed Scholarship of Young Writers by Kelly Writers House. "Nicole is a poet of real emerging talent. At Penn she has become involved with programs at the Kelly Writers House, has taken (and excelled in) the introductory creative writing workshop and intends to concentrate in Creative Writing," said Dr. Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and director of the Center for Program in Contemporary Writing. Ms. Tabolt will receive the award for the next three years. The Caterfino Scholarship Fund for Young Writers was created by Elissa Shaw Caterfino (C '83) in memory of Douglas W. Caterfino (W '83).

Honor Dental Society

The Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honor Dental Society recently inducted 16 new members: Blendi Babameto, Michele Backhaus, Meenakshi Balakrishnan, Daniel Chen, Evan Chugerman, David Galler, Iris Hirschfeld, Haris Lakisic, Timothy Leung, Rene Lukosiewicz, Frank Meng, Sujatha Nadimpalli, Christopher Overcash, Cyrus Ramsey, Mairelys Rodriguez, and Babak Zargar.

The Society also inducted Dr. Eliott Hersh, associate professor of oral surgery & pharmacology, and awarded Dr. Phoebe Leboy, professor of biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry, an honorary induction.

In addition, Daniel Chen (Den'03) received the 2002 Denstply Award for participating in the 2002 ADA/Denstply Student Clinician Competition. concentrate in Creative Writing," said Dr. Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and director of the Center for Program in Contemporary Writing. Ms. Tabolt will receive the award for the next three years. The Caterfino Scholarship Fund for Young Writers was created by Elissa Shaw Caterfino (C'83) in memory of Douglas W. Caterfino (W '83).

Excellence in Information Assurance

The National Security Agency has designated the University of Pennsylvania as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, part of a program intended to safeguard the nation's information infrastructure by encouraging universities to offer coursework in computer security. Penn becomes one of about 30 such centers nationwide.

The three-year designation reflects the NSA's assessment of Penn as a national leader in training students for careers in computer security, said Dr. Steve Zdancewic, assistant professor of computer and information science and NSA liaison on this effort. It also makes Penn eligible for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense and other agencies within the Federal government.

The Centers of Academic Excellence program is intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the nation's information infrastructure by producing a growing number of professionals with expertise in computer security, Dr. Zdancewic said, helping computer security technology evolve to meet threats as they arise.

Dr. Zdancewic's colleagues on the NSA project include Dr. Michael Greenwald, assistant professor of computer and information science; Dr. Carl Gunter, associate professor of computer and information science; Dr. Andre Scedrov, professor of mathematics; and Dr. Jonathan M. Smith, professor of computer and information science.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 31, April 29, 2003