The first annual PennVention took place this month. Developed by Weiss Tech House, the competition is for student inventors looking to create, develop and legitimize their inventions. The winners are:
Grand Prize: Samuel Reeves (W ’05) and Josh Koplin, visiting student, for the HRI Minesweeper, a robust machine that will clear landmines at a dramatically lower cost than anything else currently on the market.
2nd Place Award: Jonathan R. Danoff (SEAS ’06) and Jared Bernheim (SEAS ’07) for Intellistem, an orthopedic, prosthetic implant for total hip arthroplasty that extends the lifetime of the implant by 50-100 percent.
3rd Place Award: Allison Floam (Wh ’05) for Sunsak, an innovative beach towel with an array of features to make your stay in the sun more comfortable and safe.
2005 James Brister Society Awards
The Office of Alumni Relations and the Penn Alumni Diversity Alliance announced the winners of the 2005 James Brister Society Faculty and Student Awards at their 10th annual ceremony on April 14.
The winners are:
Faculty Award: Dr. Jorge J. Santiago-Avilés, associate professor of electrical engineering and faculty master at Kings Court/English College House.
Association of Latino Alumni Student Award: Celia E. Castellanos (W ’05); Jesse A. Salazar (C ’05)
Brister Student Award: LuLu Y. Liu (C ’05, W ’05)
Brister Society Special Citation: Luzerne V. McAllister II (W ’05)
Black Alumni Society Student Award: Ashley E. Foxx (C ’05)
University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network: Gizelle V. Gopez (C ’05)
Community-Police Partnership: UCD
University City District (UCD) and the Philadelphia Police Department have been honored by the MetLife Foundation for achievements in decreasing crime while helping to revitalize University City neighborhoods. The MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award is a national award that recognizes partnerships between community development groups and police departments that have reduced crime and spurred housing development, economic activity and improved community services in low-and moderate-income communities. UCD will use the $10,000 award to sustain and expand its work.
Four Gates Cambridge Scholars
Daniel Di Censo (GSE ’08), Philip Geheb (C ’03), Alastair Green (C ’05, W ’05) and Carl Pfender (Col ’05) have received 2005 Gates Cambridge Scholarships. They are among the 38 successful candidates from the U.S. who have been offered scholarships in the fifth year of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program. Mr. Di Censo will pursue a Ph.D. in music, Mr. Geheb a masters in education, Mr. Green a masters in economics and development and Mr. Pfender a masters in theology and religious studies. They will join the eight previous winners from Penn. The program that began in 2001 is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nora Magid Prize: Ashley Parker
Ashley Parker, a senior majoring in English and communication and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, was awarded the Nora Magid Mentorship Prize. The prize, in memory of a legendary woman who taught English at Penn for over 20 years, is a $1,000 stipend to be used for transportation, lodging and meals as the student travels to develop professional contacts through the Nora-ite network.
Gracie Award: Justice Talking
The Annenberg School of Communication’s radio program, Justice Talking, produced by Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center and distributed by NPR, has been awarded an American Women in Radio and Television’s Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Interactive Website for “Justice Learning.” The award honors exemplary work created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media. “Justice Learning,” an interactive website developed in conjunction with the New York Times Learning Network, has information on policy debates concerning U.N. peacekeeping, voting rights, the death penalty and gun control. Founded in 1951, the AWRT is the oldest continuously operating nonprofit professional association dedicated to advancing women in the electronic media and allied fields.
AWP Board of Directors: Dr. Hall
Dr. Diane M. Hall, lecturer and program coordinator of the psychological services program in the Division of Applied Psychology-Human Development at GSE, has been appointed to a three-year position on the board of directors of the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). Dr. Hall is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Caucus on Mothering Issues within AWP. The new caucus was founded at the AWP’s annual meeting.
IAMS Saki Paatsama Award: Dr. Smith
Dr. Gail Smith (MtE ’70, V ’74, Gr ’82) chair, department of clinical studies, professor of orthopaedic surgery, and director, PennHIP, has received the IAMS Saki Paatsama Award from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. IAMS Saki Paatsama Award is given to a piece of clinical research in the field of the canine or feline medicine and surgery, with special emphasis on orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Smith received it for his development of a pioneering radiographic technique for diagnosing canine hip dysplasia called PennHIP (Hip Improvement Program). PennHIP measures the amount of joint laxity, or looseness in the hips from which a veterinarian can predict the odds and potential severity of the hip dysplasia in a dog.
Distinguished Alumni: Ms. Grossman
Edith Grossman (CW ’57, G ’59), translator of poetry and prose by leading contemporary Spanish-language writers, has been chosen the recipient of the 2005 SAS Distinguished Alumni Award.
Her first Spanish-to-English translations were renderings of poetry by Juan Ramón Jimónez and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, published in the Pennsylvania Literary Review when she was an undergraduate at Penn. She had translated Don Quixote, which Publishers Weekly called “honest, robust and freshly revelatory.”
The SAS Dean’s Forum was initiated in 1984 and past winners of the Distinguished Alumni Award include President Emeritus Judith Rodin and Governor Edward Rendell.
Portrait of a “Top Doc”
Dr. James L. Stinnett has served as the director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Penn since 1978. He is planning to retire in June and become an emeritus professor. His colleagues have created the Stinnett Portrait Fund in honor of his many contributions to teaching psychiatry to students, residents, and faculty colleagues. The portrait committee invites members of the Penn community to make a personal contribution to the portrait fund. Tax-deductible contributions may be made payable to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania,” noting “Stinnett Portrait Fund” on it. Send to Ms. Abby DiPietro, 3 Blockley Hall, Department of Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021, no later than May 15, 2005.
—Mary F. Morrison, Committee Chair
Penn Pearls: Dr. Joshua Metlay
Dr. Joshua P. Metlay, assistant professor of general internal medicine, has received the Penn Pearls Teaching Award. The award is given annually to faculty and house staff based on votes from medical students currently in attendance. The Penn Pearls Committee congratulated Dr. Metlay commenting the award, “is an expression of gratitude to the invaluable contributions you have made to our education.”
Rous-Whipple Award: Dr. Trojanowski
Dr. John Trojanowski, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, has received the 2005 Rous-Whipple Award by the American Society for Investigative Pathology. This award is given to a pathologist age 50 or older with a distinguished career in research and continued productivity. Dr. Trojanowski has conducted research at Penn for more than 15 years and made contributions of fundamental importance to the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. He has combined neuropathology with biochemistry and molecular techniques to understand the basis of neurodegenerative diseases.
Penn Professional Women’s Network Awards
From left to right: Cecilia Ramirez, Caroline Rothstein, Cassandra Georges, Ophelia Roman, Lela Jacobsohn, and April Hail
Alice Paul Award: Cassandra Georges, third year law student—for work to promote social change through Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education, the Journal of Law and Social Change, and the Public Law Clinic.
Lela Jacobsohn, Ph.D. candidate in Annenberg—for working on family-friendly policies through GAPSA.
April Hail, College sophomore majoring in visual studies—for creative work addressing issues of gender and conformity.
Cecilia Ramirez, College senior majoring in sociology—for her work assisting women students in their cultural transition to Penn and as president of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin sorority.
Lynda Hart Award: Caroline Rothstein, College senior majoring in Classical studies with a minor in theatre arts—for her ability to communicate effectively with all the artistic collaborators in her theatre arts classes and as a member of the technical staff in performances ranging from The Trojan Women to The Vagina Monologues.
Judith Seitz Rodin Prize for Innovative Leadership: Ophelia Roman, College senior with dual majors in philosophy, politics and economics and cognitive science—for her leadership as former head of SCUE and current member of the SAS Committee on Undergraduate Education working on the new College curriculum.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 30, April 26, 2005