Dr. Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director—as well as founder of the Center for Community Partnerships, was honored with Penn's Alumni Award of Merit, which he received at the 70th Alumni Award of Merit Gala held at the World Café Live on October 15. In 1984, Dr. Harkavy was named acting director of Penn's Urban Studies Program. He then formed the Office of Community-Oriented Policy Studies and the Penn Program for Public Service. "Ira is not only one of the pioneers of the higher ed civic engagement movement, but he has also made a seminal intellectual contribution to the field, including the concept of academically based community service with its emphasis on the integration of research, teaching, service, problem solving and technical change," Dr. Judith Rodin said.
Sandra Day O'Connor Award:
The Hon. Marjorie Rendell
Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, CW '69—chair of the School of Nursing Board of Overseers, a member of the Board of Penn Medicine, a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women, and a former Penn trustee—is the recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2004 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Judge Rendell is currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit and the First Lady of Pennsylvania. She received this award last week as the Bar Association "celebrated women as leaders" at its Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon, where President Amy Gutmann was the keynote speaker. Judge Rendell established a Philadelphia Reads/Power Partners Chapter at the federal courthouse, and leads the Power Partner Program, allowing public school classrooms to visit the federal courthouse to receive weekly one-on-one reading in approximately 20 federal judges' chambers. She also helped to found Avenue of the Arts, Inc. in 1993 and served as vice chair of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Citigroup Board: Judith Rodin
Dr. Judith Rodin, president emerita, has been elected to the Citigroup Board of Directors, effective immediately. Sanford I. Weill, chairman of Citigroup's Board, said that she "will bring great additional perspective and insight." Citigroup is a global financial services company.
Chaucer Society: David Wallace
Dr. David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, was elected President of the New Chaucer Society at Glasgow in 2004 and will serve until the 2006 Congress at Lincoln Center, New York. He is currently a visiting professor at King's College, London. He is creating a radio program for BBC Radio 3, Margery Kemp in Gdansk and will give the William Matthews Lecture at the University of London. The Medieval Academy of America will dedicate a panel to issues arising from his new book, Premodern Places, at its meeting in April 2005.
Staff Recognition: Al Giandomenico
Mr. Al Giandomenico, coordinator in the education laboratory of the department of bioengineering in SEAS, won this year's SEAS Staff Recognition Award. Mr. Giandomenico has worked with hundreds of undergraduate students there since 1996 and previously held several research positions in the School of Medicine. Before coming to Penn, he worked on microcircuits for the Apollo Space Project. "Al's excellent support of faculty and very positive influence on our students was echoed in the many nomination letters received," said SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt at the recent awards ceremony. Mr. Giandomenico is "accessible to students with no boundaries on his time or level of commitment. He is "a very positive and enthusiastic presence in the laboratory."
Two Nobel Prize Winners
Two former Penn faculty members were among the recently announced Nobel prize winners for 2004.
Dr. Edward C. Prescott, shared this year's prize in Economics, with Finn E. Kydland (Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of California, Santa Barbara). They received the Prize for their contributions to dynamic macroeconomics: the time consistency of economic policy and the driving forces behind business cycles. Dr. Prescott came to Penn in 1966 as a lecturer in the economics department. He was an assistant professor here from 1967 to 1971.
Dr. Irwin A. Rose, shared this year's prize in Chemistry, with Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel). They were awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Dr. Rose joined Penn's faculty during the 1970s. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1971 while he was professor of physical biochemistry at Penn and a senior member of the Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia.