Dr. Witold Rybczynski, the Martin & Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism Real Estate, has been named by President George W. Bush to the Commission of Fine Arts, an independent agency that advises the federal government and D.C. government on matters of art and architecture in the nation's capital. It advises on the design of public buildings, parks and memorials in Washington; makes recommendations to the American Battle Monuments Commission on the design of war memorials; and weighs in on the design of U.S. medals, insignia and coins for the U.S. Mint.
Dr. Knudson: Kyoto Prize
Dr. Alfred George Knudson, Jr., an adjunct professor of pediatrics and human genetics at the Medical School and senior member at Fox Chase Cancer Center has been awarded the Kyoto Prize in basic science, in the field of life sciences. His cancer research led to the discovery of tumor-suppressor genes and an understanding of their role in cancer development. He was one of three people to receive the Kyoto Prize this year. The Kyoto Prize is given annually for significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual development of mankind in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences, arts and philosophy.
Dr. Knudson, an adjunct faculty member here since 1976, has previously won the Charles S. Mott Prize in cancer research and the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, which is described as the "American Nobel."
Dr. McGovern: Book Awards
Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, senior research scientist at the Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and adjunct associate professor of anthropology, recently received awards from the Association of American Publishers (Professional and Scholarly Division) and the International Association of History and Civilization of the Vine and Wine (Asociación Internacional de Historia y Civilización de la Vid y el Vino) for his book Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (Princeton University Press).
Dr. Diebold: Humboldt Award
Dr. Francis X. Diebold, the W.P. Carey Term Professor in Economics, SAS, and professor of finance and statistics in Wharton, has received a Humboldt Research Award from Germany's Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the sciences. Dr. Diebold will travel to Germany to conduct research with scholars in his field.
His scholarly interests include econometrics, forecasting, finance, and macroeconomics. He has served on the editorial boards of Econometrica and Review of Economics and Statistics. Dr. Diebold is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Alavi: 2004 Hevesy Award
Dr. Abass Alavi, professor of radiology and chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Georg Charles de Hevesy Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Alavi received the award for pioneering work that has contributed to the advancement of nuclear medicine world-wide. "Dr. Alavi's crowning achievement has been his pioneering work in Positron Emission Topography," said Dr. Henry Royal, President of the Society. "We speak of molecular imaging, and PED specifically, as the ‘The Future,' but he had the foresight to study PED images as early as the 1970s. If you examine nuclear medicine you will find his name. It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to Dr. Alavi on being awarded this prestigious honor."
Dr. Lee: Senior Scholar Award
Dr. Virginia M.-Y. Lee, The John H. Ware 3rd Professor in Alzheimer's Research and Co-Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, has been selected the recipient of the 2004 Founders Distinguished Senior Scholar Award presented by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Board of Directors. The award is for "your lifetime of outstanding college and university teaching; your impressive publication record; and the impact you have had on women in your profession and community."
Dr. Smith: Wadsworth Publishing Award
Dr. Rogers M. Smith, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and chair of the political science department, has won the Wadsworth Publishing award for his 1988 article, "Political Jurisprudence, the ‘New Institutionalism,' and the Future of Public Law," from the American Political Science Association. Dr. Smith came to Penn in 2001 from Yale University, and is a scholar of constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory with special interest in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity, and gender. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Beck: Sarnat International Prize
Dr. Aaron T. Beck, professor emeritus of psychology in the School of Medicine, and president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, has received the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for 2003 from the Institute of Medicine. He received the award in recognition for his outstanding and far reaching contributions to psychiatry and mental health.
Dr. Batterman: ASME Fellow
Dr. Steven C. Batterman, professor emeritus of bioengineering, and managing partner of Batterman Engineering, LLC, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The Fellow grade is conferred upon an ASME member with at least ten years of active engineering practice and who has made significant contributions to the profession. He is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Experimental Mechanics, among other organizations.
Dr. Kampman: Caron Foundation Award
Dr. Kyle Kampman, associate professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Treatment Research Center has received the Medical Professional Award—Physician, from the Caron Foundation. The prize is peer-nominated. "The Caron Foundation presents its Community Service Awards to those individuals or groups that have made a difference in the areas of addiction education, awareness or treatment," said James McManus, Regional Vice President for Caron Philadelphia. "We honor Dr. Kampman for his dedication to addiction research, specifically his work with cocaine addiction, which has contributed an impressive amount of knowledge in the area of withdrawal symptoms management."
Dr. Klein: CECAM Prize
Dr. Michael Klein, the Hepburn Professor of Chemistry, has been selected as the recipient of the 2004 Berni J. Alder CECAM Prize, the most prestigious European prize for computer simulation in statistical physics and physical chemistry. CECAM noted, "Mike Klein's leadership has been crucial in the development of a variety of computational tools such as constant-temperature Molecular Dynamics, Quantum simulations (specifically path-integral simulations), extended-Lagrangian methods and multiple-timestep Molecular Dynamics. Professor Klein's contributions are widely recognized, well beyond the community of computer simulators. He has made important contributions to the numerical study of molecular solids and liquids, hydrogen-bonded liquids, chain molecules, self-assembled monolayers and, more recently, ion channels and biological membranes. Finally, Professor Klein has played a key role in building and maintaining a strong link between the North American and European scientific communities."
Dr. Therien: Section Award
Dr. Michael Therien, the Alan G. MacDiarmid Professor of Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2004 American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section Award. The Section Award recognizes an individual, "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession."
Dr. Strom: President ACRTPD
Dr. Brian L. Strom, the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, has been named President-elect of the Association of Clinical Research Training Program Directors (ACRTPD). His term will extend until April 2005 at which time Dr. Strom will become President of ACRTPD.
ACRTPD is a no-profit organization that fosters the development of clinical investigators in the U.S. solidifies the infrastructure for educating individuals in the art and science of clinical investigation; promotes the development of clinical research training of individuals to investigate human diseases, and to promote technological advances for training of individuals in effective research techniques to improve patient care.
Department of Medicine Awards
The Department of Medicine presented its annual awards after Medical Grand Rounds on June 1. The recipients include:
Donald B. Martin Teaching Service Award
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, senior vice chairman, department of medicine
Dr. Harvey Friedman, chief, infectious diseases section
Dr. Arnold I. Levinson, chief & professor, allergy & immunology
Donna K. McCurdy Teaching Award
Dr. Stephen Gluckman, prof & chief infectious diseases clinical services medicine
Robert Austrian Faculty Research Award
Bench Research: Dr. Terri M. Laufer, asst. professor med. rheumatology
Evaluative Research: Dr. Katrina Armstrong, asst. professor general internal medicine
Patient-Oriented Research: Dr. Donald E. Tsai, instructor, hematology-oncology
Stanley E. Bradley Fellow Research Award
Bench Research: Dr. Mark C. Glaum, fellow, allergy & immunology
Evaluative Research: Dr. Rachel Werner, fellow, general internal medicine
Patient-Oriented Research: Dr. Michael Rickels, fellow, endocrinology
Edward W. Holmes Resident Research Award
Bench Research: Dr. Antony Fu-Chin Chu, resident
Evaluative Research: Dr. Theordore J. Iwashyna, resident
Patient-Oriented Research: Dr. Bonnie Ky, resident
Maurice Attie Junior Resident Teaching Award
Dr. Stephen Berry, resident
Maurice Attie Senior Resident Teaching Award
Dr. David Hass, resident
Maurice Attie Faculty Teaching Award
Dr. Todd Barton, asst. professor of medical education
Two post-doctoral scientists and one graduate student received awards honoring the service and scientific contributions of professors emeriti of the Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health and the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The recipients are:
Dr. Jennifer R. Wood, the Bayard T. Storey Award.
Dr. Stephan Steckelbroeck, the Joseph C. Touchstone Award.
Andrew Fedoriw, the Susan Heyner Award.
HUP: Honor Roll
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been listed on the "Honor Roll" of best hospitals in America for the eighth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. The special issue available July 12, evaluated approximately 6,012 hospitals nationwide based on their reputation among a group of board-certified physicians. HUP's expertise was noted in 15 of 17 medical specialties: cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose & throat; geriatrics, gynecology; heart & heart surgery; hormonal disorders; kidney disease; neurology/neurosurgery; ophthalmology; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 1, July 13, 2004
July 13, 2004
Volume 51 Number 1