Honors & Other
Two Leeway Awards
Dr. Lorene Carey, professor
of English, and Teresa Leo, senior electronic
communications specialist at ISC, have received
Leeway Foundation Awards. Dr. Carey won the Leeway
Award for Achievement in the 2003 fiction/creative
nonfiction category. Ms. Leo, won a Seedling Award
in the same category. The Leeway Foundation's program
recognizes excellence and achievement by Philadelphia
area women visual artists and writers.
Mr. Hendrickson: Heartland Prize
Mr. Paul Hendrickson,
lecturer in the English Department's Creative
Writing Program of the Center for Programs in
has won the 2003 Chicago Tribune Heartland
Prize for Nonfiction for his book, Sons of Mississippi, which
tells the stories of seven white Mississippi sheriffs
in the infamous 1962 Life magazine photograph.
It depicts the sheriffs as they prepared for the
unrest they anticipated in the wake of James Meredith's
planned attempt to integrate the University of
Mississippi. The focus of the book is on how the
legacy has played in the lives of their families.
O'Brien: Lifetime Achievement
Charles P. O'Brien,
the Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry, director
of Penn's Center for Studies of Addiction, vice
chair, department of psychiatry, has received the
Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement
in Research. Dr. O'Brien received the award from
the National College on Problems of Drug Dependence,
the oldest research society in the United States
devoted to addressing issues of drug dependence
and abuse. He received the award in recognition
of his extensive work in the field of addictions.
He is also director of psychiatric research at
the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical
Dr. Lautenbach: Dade MicroScan
Ebbing Lautenbach, associate professor of
infectious diseases, and a senior scholar at
the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
at the school of medicine, has received the Dade
MicroScan Young Investigator Award for his work
on the epidemiology of nosocomial antimicrobial
resistance. He was one of 19 scholars honored
by The American Society for Microbiology.
Dr. Clevenger: Pfizer Award
Dr. Charles V. Clevenger,
associate professor of pathology and laboratory
medicine has received the Pfizer Outstanding Investigator
Award. The American Society of Investigative Pathology
presented the award to Dr. Clevenger for his work
in prolactin's role in breast cancer. Dr. Clevenger
demonstrated how prolactin, a naturally occurring
hormone needed for milk production, has a role
in the advancement and spread of breast cancer.
Recently, Dr. Clevenger discovered that prolactin,
unlike all other peptide hormones, functions directly
inside the cell.
Dr. Magnus: Agriculture Committee
Dr. David C. Magnus,
assistant professor in the department of medical
has been appointed to a new advisory committee
on biotechnology and 21st century agriculture by
the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ann M. Veneman.
Dr. Magnus will be part of an 18-person committee
charged with examining the long-term impacts of
biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture
systems, as well as with providing guidance to
the USDA on issues related to the application of
biotechnology in agriculture.
Dr. Koppel: Association President
Dr. Ross Koppel,
adjunct professor of sociology, has been named
of the Sociological Practice Association, an international
body of clinical and applied sociologists. He is
currently the principal investigator of a study
on the costs of Alzheimer's disease to U.S. businesses.
Dr. Koppel received the William Foote Whyte/Sociological
Practice Career award from the American Sociological
Association in 1998 and the Sociological Practice
Award from the Society for Applied Sociology in
Dr. Lang: National Quality Forum
Dr. Norma M. Lang, the Lillian
S. Brunner Professor of Nursing, has been named
a director of the National Quality Forum. She will
serve on the board of directors of the forum for
an initial term of three years. Her term began
on May 1. The mission of the National Quality Forum
is to improve American health care through endorsement
of consensus-based national standards for meaningful
information about whether care is safe, timely,
beneficial, patient-centered, equitable, and efficient.
Dr. Cashmore: National Academy
Dr. Anthony R. Cashmore,
professor of biology and director of the Plant
Science Institute, has been elected a member of
the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Cashmore
studies the mechanisms by which plants respond
to light. In the 1990s Dr. Cashmore's laboratory
first characterized cryptochrome, a photoreceptor
that senses blue and ultraviolet light. Related
receptors have since been found to play a role
in circadian rhythms in animals, including humans.
He is one of 72 scientists recognized for their
distinguished research achievements this year.
Dr. Fishman: Alternative Medicine
Dr. Alfred P. Fishman,
professor of medicine and senior associate dean
development, and director of the Office of Complementary
and Alternative Therapies in the School of Medicine,
has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine's
"Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative
by the American Public." The Committee is a branch
of the National Academy of Sciences, and will conduct
a one-year review of how best to identify, study,
measure and evaluate existing complementary therapies,
so they can be incorporated into conventional medicine
Three Shepard Science Award
Dr. Sandra A. Norman, research
associate professor EPID, Dr. Jesse A. Berlin,
professor of biostatistics, and Dr. Brian Strom,
chair and professor of biostatistics and EPID and
director of the Center for Clinical EPID and Biostatstics,
have received the Charles C. Shepard Science Award,
Assessment and Epidemiology for Scientific Excellence
Demonstrated by the publication Oral Contraceptives
and the Risk of Breast Cancer. The article
was in The New England Journal of Medicine, 2002;346:2025-32.
Ms. Howard: Stewart Award
Ms. Elsie Sterling Howard,
CW '68, chair of the Penn Press Board, former president
of the Alumni Society, a former Trustee, and a
long-time volunteer, has received the Ernest T.
Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement
from the Council for Advancement and Support of
Education (CASE). She received it for her "innovative
ideas, trademark enthusiasm, expert skills, critical
leadership, and plain hard work in service to the
HUP on Honor Roll
HUP has been listed on the
Honor Roll of Hospitals for the seventh consecutive
year by U.S. News & World Report. HUP
is one of only 17 in the nation and the only one
in the Delaware Valley to be recognized for its
exceptional performance. Fourteen areas of specialization
were noted: cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose & throat;
eyes; geriatrics; gynecology; heart & heart
surgery; hormonal disorders; kidney disease; neurology & neurosurgery;
psychiatry; rheumatology; respiratory disorders;
and urology. The survey evaluated about 6,000 hospitals
in the U.S. based on their reputation among a group
of randomly selected board-certified physicians.
The rankings were in the July 28 issue of U.S.
News and World Report and are online at www.usnews.com.
Health System Most Wired
been named on of the nation's "Most Wired" according
to the 2003 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking
by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
The survey measured the nation's hospitals on their
use of Internet technologies for safety and quality,
customer service, disaster readiness, business
processes and workforce issues. "Information has
become an essential medical tool for our healthcare
workers--every bit as important to patient care
as any other diagnostic device," said Dr. George
Brenckle, chief information officer of UPHS. "It
is our goal to facilitate the seamless processing
and retrieval of patient information and allow
our patients to feel confident in our abilities
to care for them while respecting their privacy."
In addition to the seven recipients
of Fulbrights, (Almanac May
13) there are
11 more Penn recipients who have recently been
Sucharita Adluri (GAS):
Transformations in Hinduism: A Case Study from
Elise Carpenter (GAS): Development
and Health in Botswana: Clinical Transformations
Caused by the Implementation of ARVT.
Christopher Close (GAS): Judicial
Persecution and Practised Tolerance in Sixteenth
Century Kaufbeuren, Germany.
Brian Ehrlich (COL '03): Developing
an Anti-Poverty Strategy in the Dominican Republic.
Alexa Firat (GAS): Delineating
the Parameters of the Syrian Novel within the
Context of the Arabic Literary Heritage, Syria.
Brooke Jones (COL/WH '03): The
Effects of an Increase in "Legal" Collateral
on the Profitability of Microfinance Institutions,
Megha Jonnalagadda (COL
Teaching Assistantship, Turkey.
Vani Krishnamurthy (COL
Asian History, India.
Jonah Lowenfeld (COL '03): High-Rise
Council Housing in Britain: An Historical Review
for Creative Reuse, United Kingdom.
Marjorie Rosenfelt (COL '03): Teaching
Paul Zimmerman (GAS): Middle
Hadramawt Archaeological Survey: Changing Settlement
Patterns in Ancient Yemen.
Correction: The ACLS Fellows listed in the July issue, were
actually recipients from the 2001-2002 ACLS
Fellowship Program. --Ed.
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 2, September 2, 2003