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AAP Award: Dr. Gutmann

A. Gutmann

Dr. Amy Gutmann, Provost of Princeton University and Penn's President-elect, has been awarded the 2003 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Awards Competition in the Government and Political Science category for her book, Identity in Democracy. The award  from the Association of American Publishers  (AAP) is given in recognition of excellence and innovation in professional, scholarly, reference, book, journal and electronic publishing.



AACTE Award: Dr. Ingersoll

R. Ingersoll

Dr. Richard M. Ingersoll, associate professor of education and sociology, is the winner of the 2004 AACTE Outstanding Writing Award for his book, Who Controls Teachers' Work? Power and Accountability in America's Schools (Harvard University Press, 2003). The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a voluntary organization of colleges and universities that prepare the nation's teachers and other educational  personnel. AACTE is considered "the leader for innovation in teacher education."



ASNR Award: Dr. Schwartz

Dr. Eric D. Schwartz, assistant professor of radiology, has received the 2004 Cornelius G. Dyke Memorial Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology. He received the award for his work titled, Apparent Diffusion Coefficients within Spinal Cord Transplants and Surrounding White Matter Correlate with Degree of Axonal Dieback Following Injury. The award is given for outstanding original research in neuroradiology by an assistant professor, fellow or resident. ASNR was founded in 1962 and currently has a professional membership of 3,000 physicians specializing in the field of neuroradiology.

Reproductive Medicine: Drs. Barnhart & Sammel

Dr. Kurt Barnhart, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Mary Sammel, assistant professor of biostatistics, have received the 2003 American Society of Reproductive Medicine Program Prize Award for their paper Doubling Time in Early Gestation in Symptomatic Patients with an Intrauterine Pregnancy: The Curves Redefined. The paper was presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. They also received the prize in 2002.

NCI Board: Dr. Rebbeck

Dr. Timothy Rebbeck, associate professor of epidemiology, department of biostatistics and epidemiology, has been asked to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2004.

Heilmeier Faculty Research Award

D. Discher
D. Hammer

Dr. Daniel A. Hammer, Chair and Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor of Bioengineering, and Dr. Dennis E. Discher, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, are the 2004 recipients of the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. The award is presented annually to encourage and recognize excellence in scholarly activities among the School of Engineering faculty. 

Drs. Discher and Hammer received the award for their discovery and characterization of polymersomes, vesicles made from synthetic block copolymers whose flexibility has allowed the development of a broad new class of materials that extend well beyond what can be achieved in natural systems. Their work was presented to an audience of faculty, students and industry in a lecture entitled, "Polymersomes Discovery, Characterization, and Emerging Application."

The Award is named in honor of Dr. George H. Heilmeier (EE'58, Ph.D., Princeton), chairman emeritus of Telcordia Technologies, in recognition of his extraordinary research career, his leadership in technical innovation and public service, and his loyal and steadfast support of Penn Engineering. He received international recognition for his discovery of several new electro-optic effects in liquid crystals leading to the first liquid crystal displays for watches, calculators, and instrumentation. He serves on the Board of Overseers for SEAS.

School-based Health Program

The Penn-Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) has been sighted as one of four of the most promising school-based health and nutrition programs by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In a major report titled "Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids" the UNI was singled out as a most promising model because it has a comprehensive approach to partnerships, school-day curriculum linkages, and an overarching focus on healthy decision-making, not just diet or nutrition. UNI's working holistically on all three issues of education, access, and fitness incorporated in a school-based approach to school and community improvement was considered powerful. Also written about the UNI in the report, "The wide number and range of hands-on activities that UNI incorporates into this program also makes the initiative successful. Students are highly engaged, have a sense of ownership and directly experience healthy eating on a regular basis. Not only do students learn about nutrition, they grow and cook healthy food and learn about the culture and politics surrounding food."

The program is a partnership between Philadelphia schools and the University. It currently reaches 1,000 students in Philadelphia and will be expanding to reach a total of 2,000 students.

$100,000 to Penn for Scholarship

Evelyn Y. Davis, a nationally recognized advocate for shareholder rights, and the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation have contributed $100,000 to Penn to endow a scholarship for students pursuing careers in business or political journalism. Her gift will be recognized with a brass plaque in the lobby of Houston Hall. In announcing the gift, President Judith Rodin said, "Evelyn Y. Davis is offering a unique opportunity to Penn students who seek to bring greater understanding to business and politics through journalism. Her gift recognizes the need for more discerning and unbiased reporting in both fields." Ms. Davis publishes the corporate newsletter, Highlights and Lowlights, and has made a career of defending the interests of shareholders.

Unveiling of a Portrait: Dr. Cooper--A Penn Medicine Pioneer

Dr. Edward Sawyer Cooper, emeritus professor of medicine, and the first African-American  professor with tenure at the School of Medicine, had his portrait unveiled at the Edward S. Cooper, MD, Internal Medicine Practice to honor his contributions to HUP. Dr. Cooper, who joined the faculty in 1964, received tenure in 1970, and become emeritus in 1996, is also the first African-American to be named president and spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

In addition the Edward S. Cooper, MD, Humanitarian Award was established to be presented annually to the person or group of persons who best exemplify Dr. Cooper's selfless, caring spirit. This year's recipient was the Board of Women Visitors of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, HUP--a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the hospital environment for patients and employees alike.

The recently unveiled portrait of Dr. Edward Cooper (middle), by Dr. Bernett Johnson, HUP Senior Medical Director and artist (left), now hangs in the Edward S. Cooper, MD, Internal Medicine Practice (formerly known as Penn Internal Medicine on 3 Silverstein, at HUP). Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, dean of the School of Medicine and EVP of UPHS (right) looks on.


MLK Community Involvement Awards

As part of the ninth annual Interfaith Commemoration of the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., three Campus Awards and two Community Service Awards were announced at the ceremony on January 21.

This year's MLK Community Involvement Award recipients (from left to right): Peter Bloom, C'05, Marion Cooper, Winnie Smart-Mapp, Kenneth Gamble, and Ricardo Diaz Soto.

Campus Honorees

Winnie Smart-Mapp, associate director for the Center for Community Partnerships, was honored for her commitment to positive social change, her devotion and dedication to her spiritual and religious beliefs, along with her personal passion for the community, has not only shaped an exemplary personal career, but has resulted in her working closely with community advisory boards so that their voices may be heard. By playing a key role in the building of relationships between the University and communities of faith, she has bridged gaps between service and action within these communities, while forging new ideas and relationships.  Her work with the Women of Color at Penn over the past 15 years has been vital to the national attention the organization now receives, including the establishment of three scholarships for female students. She has represented, chaired and convened numerous committees and organizations,  including:  Concerned Parents, Alumni and Students of Bartram Motivation 2001-02; Bartram High School Middle States Accreditation Process 2001 and assisted in the development of the Non Profit and Communities of Faith Non Profit Institute at Penn. She has worked on the planning of youth events such as the 12th Annual Children's Sabbath and served as an advisor to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to develop their first gospel music series. As a co-facilitator of Music 605 she inspired Penn students to research the history of West Philadelphia Gospel music and develop a gospel music web site.

Ricardo Diaz Soto has devoted himself to serving the community both in his professional life and as a volunteer.  As project manager for Penn's National Center for Adult Literacy, he has helped to develop online ESL instruction for Mexican immigrants and has worked with Bridges to the Future, an international project designed to improve technological literacy among the world's most disadvantaged populations.  As a volunteer, he has worked with Comunidad Hispana, LDS church, Mexicanos Juntos, and La Casa Latina, all in Philadelphia and at the University of North Ghana in Africa, using his technical knowledge to develop systems for improving literacy skills. He has also been a tutor and mentor to students on and off campus. His commitment, passion, leadership and interpersonal skills make him an outstanding advocate for underserved populations and a role model for everyone interested in serving their community.

Peter Bloom, a Penn CGS undergrad, founded Mexicanos Juntos—a non-profit group geared towards community organization and development of social services. He has successfully been able to raise awareness of both internal and external social issues affecting the disenfranchised undocumented Mexican immigrant community in South Philadelphia. His primary activities  involve integrating the Mexican community within the larger Philadelphia community, establishing legal and medical services for community members, establishing a 5-day a week ESL program for both community and non-community members, bringing together principle community leaders to organize positive community-wide events that celebrate the Mexican heritage, and, more recently, planning an undergraduate class at Penn in conjunction with La Casa Latina. Peter has achieved all of this within a year's time through vigorous work and dedication, spurred on by the ambition of giving this often marginalized community a chance to develop much-needed confidence and social know-how.

Community Honorees

Kenneth Gamble is best known for his pioneering work in the development of soul and R&B music in  America. He has also dedicated considerable time and effort to improving the plight of the less fortunate. As chairman and founder of Clean Up The Ghetto, Inc., a non-profit organization, he has helped to provide employment for disadvantaged youth in cities throughout the nation.  In 1993, he founded Universal Community Homes, which has begun one of the largest community revitalization efforts in Philadelphia history. Other organizations he has founded and dedicated his time to include the African-American Foundation, the Universal Community of Truth and the South Philadelphia Ministries Task Force. Coming from humble beginnings to achieve international success and fame (he has written, produced, published and recorded over 3,000 songs), Mr. Gamble has used his fame and fortune to help those less fortunate.

Marion Cooper has used his position as a program analyst with the Philadelphia Health Department, to inspire hope for a better future within his community and his city. He is the driving spirit behind the Institute of African American Mobilization, an organization dedicated to promoting drug prevention and to fighting the other social and economic ills associated with drug use. By promoting self-determination, collective work, education and respect for all faiths by members of the community, he epitomizes Dr. King's spirit with his "less talk, more action" belief. He leads by example, teaching and inspiring the young and elderly not just to talk about changes that need to be made but to make those changes and teach others how to become change agents. He has trained hundreds of people, inspiring them to become community activists. He is a traveling resource and shares information with others about college preparation, scholarships, behavioral health, grant proposals, suicide prevention, business development, parenting, literacy, and drug prevention. He has facilitated workshops on Rites of Passage, Drug Abuse by the Elderly, How to Deal with Kids in a Violent Society, Conflict Resolution, Multi-Cultural Leadership, Empowerment and Skill Building.


Women of Color Awards: March 5

The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) has proclaimed March 1, National Women of Color Day. For the 17th consecutive year, Penn, UPHS, Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospital seek to increase our awareness of the talents and achievements of women of color. We will recognize a diverse group of women in our community whose special commitment and dedicated service to their workplace, or the Delaware Valley, have made a difference. We hope you will join us for this uplifting and inspirational daylong celebration.

The 17th Annual Women of Color at Penn Day Celebration will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., March 5. The Awards Program at noon will precede the Buffet Luncheon. Join us as we celebrate the special achievements of the following awardees:

Faculty/Staff: Pamela Robinson, Associate Director of College Houses, Office Colleges Houses and Academic Services

Grad./Prof. student: Daphnee Saget, L '04

Undergraduate student: Celia Castellanos, W '05

Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Helen Conrad Davies, Professor of Microbiology/Med.

We will also be celebrating the achievements of the five top ranking female students in the neighboring West Philadelphia high schools. Call or e-mail Isabel Mapp for ticket details at (215) 898-2020 or

--Women of Color Committee



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 24, March 2, 2004