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Honors  & Other Things


John Scott Award: Dr. Janzen

Dr. Daniel H. Janzen, Thomas E. and Louise G. DiMaura Endowed Term Chair in Professor in Conservation Biology, has received the John Scott Award from the City Trusts of Philadelphia. Dr. Janzen won the award for his contributions to conservation biology based on the quantitative formulation of the consequences of seed predation to animals and plants resulting in better interface between society and tropical wildland biodiversity. The award is given to "the most deserving men and women whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the comfort, welfare and happiness of mankind." Previous winners of the John Scott Award include Madame Curie, Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, and the Wright brothers.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Patrick

Dr. Ruth Patrick, adjunct professor of biology, and the Francis Boyer Chair of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Science and the Environment. She was recognized for a "lifetime of distinguished and innovative leadership in science and service to society." Dr. Patrick's career spans over seven decades, during which she has been a pioneer in the field of interdisciplinary environmental study. She was the first person to use biodiversity as a measure of ecosystem health--a method that is now used to assess a wide variety of ecosystems. In 1970, she was the 12th woman to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences and she was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Book Honors: Dr. Katz

The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, edited by Dr. Solomon Katz, professor of anthropology and director of the Krogman Growth Center, has received four major book honors; The American Library Association awarded Dr. Katz the Dartmouth Medal, the association's highest honor for a reference resource, calling it "centrally important to libraries and to the pursuit of learning." The other awards the book won are: ALA's Reference and Users Services Association's list of Outstanding Reference Sources for 2003; Selected in January as one of only three "Booklist" Editor's Choice References Sources and named an Outstanding Academic Title in Choice: Current Reviews of Academic Libraries, a publication of the ALA's Association of College and research Libraries. The book is the source material for the beginning of a new field of food studies that integrates what we know about food and nutrition together in both biological and cultural contexts.

Book Awards: Dr. DeJean

Dr. Joan DeJean, the Trustee Professor of French, has won the Modern Language Association of America's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies for the recently published book, The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France. The award is given for an outstanding book in its field. Another one of her books, Against Marriage: The Correspondence of the Grande Mademoiselle, received the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's award for the best translation/teaching edition published in 2002. In it she translated the letters of Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orléans, Duchesse de Montpensier. The Duchesse was a first cousin of Louis XIV and her letters condemn the prevailing system of marriage in which women were traded by their families for money, social advantage, or military alliance.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 20, February 3, 2004