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Honors & Other Things

Two Guggenheim Fellows in SAS

Two faculty members in the School of Arts and Sciences have received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. They are Dr. Victoria E. Kirkham, professor of Romance languages and Dr. Thomas J. Sugrue, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor of History and Sociology and professor of history.

V. Kirkham

Dr. Kirkham is a scholar of Italian literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her work explores interdisciplinary relations between literary and visual traditions, gender studies and cinema. She is the coauthor of Diana’s Hunt, Caccia di Diana: Boccaccio’s First Fiction (1991); the author of The Sign of Reason in Boccaccio’s Fiction (1993); and Fabulous Vernacular: Boccaccio’s Filocolo and the Art of Medieval Fiction, which won the Modern Language Association of America’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies in  2000. Her most recent book, co-edited with Pamela J. Benson, is Strong Voices, Weak History: Early Women Writers and Canons in England, France, and Italy (2005). The fellowship will support her dual biography, “The Marriage of Laura Battiferra and Bartolomeo Ammannati,” which reconstructs the lives and art of this 16th-century couple.

 

T. Sugrue

Dr. Sugrue is  the chair of the graduate group in history. His work focuses on 20th-century American political, urban and social history, and he has written extensively on modern American culture and politics, 20th-century conservatism and liberalism, race, urban economic development and poverty and public policy. He is the author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, which won the Bancroft Prize, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History and prizes from the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He will use the fellowship to finish his book, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North, which will be the first large-scale history of the struggle for civil rights in the American North in the twentieth century.


Kober Medal: Dr. Kelley

Dr. William N. Kelley, professor of medicine and professor of biochemistry and biophysics, has received the 2005 George M. Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The Kober Medal is the AAP’s highest honor and has been given annually since 1924 to a member of the Association “who has contributed to the progress and achievement of the medical sciences or preventative medicines.” It is given to recognize a lifetime of accomplishment in academic medicine.

Distinguished Investigator: Dr. Aiken

Dr. Linda Aiken,  the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, will receive the Academy Health Distinguished Investigator Award. AcademyHealth is the professional organization for the multidisciplinary field of health services and policy research in the U.S. and internationally. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the field of health services research.

Honorary Degree: Dr. Gutmann

President Amy Gutmann will receive a Doctor of Letters and deliver the commencement speech at Wesleyan University next month.  Dr. Gutmann’s research has covered issues of religious freedom, equal opportunity, affirmative action and politics, and her administration’s mission, the Penn Compact, focuses on these issues. Before joining the Penn community, Dr. Gutmann was provost and Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where she founded the Center for Human Values, a multi-disciplinary center that supports teaching, scholarship and public discussion of ethics and human values.

Max Mozell Award: Dr. Doty 

Dr. Richard L. Doty has been awarded the highest honor of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, the Max Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses. This award is given each year by the Association to a senior scientist working in the chemical senses who has made a major impact on research and demonstrates a concern for and contributions to the chemical senses community. Dr. Doty has been director of the University’s Smell and Taste Center since its founding in 1980. He is best known for his development of the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test, which has been administered throughout the world and has provided standardization to the field of human olfactory psychophysics. His current research interests are factors that alter olfaction in neurodegenerative diseases.

Stone Award: Dr. Kettl

The American Society for Public Administration has recognized political science professor Dr. Donald F. Kettl with its Donald C. Stone Award for “significant contributions to the field of intergovernmental management over a substantial period of time.” Dr. Kettl is the Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences. He is the executive director of the Century Foundation’s Project on Federalism and Homeland Security and is the academic coordinator of the Government Performance Project, which seeks to assess America’s management capacity. The mission of the American Society for Public Administration is to advance the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Dr. Kettl will serve as program co-chair of the annual APSA meeting next month.

Templeton Research Grant

Penn’s School of Medicine will receive a 2005 Templeton Research Lecture grant. The award, totaling $270,000 will be given over a three-year period to promote the constructive engagement of science and religion through interdisciplinary study groups and an annual distinguished lectureship. Dr. Andrew Newberg, assistant professor of radiology and psychiatry, will direct the initiative. The project, “Mind, Religion, and Ethics in Dialogue,” will explore the critical relationship between the mind and spirituality. The endowment is made possible by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, which supports global initiatives to pursue new insights into the boundary between theology and science. 

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Distinguished Scientist: Dr. Delivoria-Papadopoulos

Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of pediatrics and physiology, is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Gynecologic Investigation. The award is given annually to a senior member who has made significant and lasting contributions to the Society and to scientific research in reproductive medicine.

 

PennVention Winners

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.”

Click here for more Penn Pearls award winners.

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

M. Berry

 

Robert E. Davies Award: Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of History and former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: “Your scholarship, which focuses on American legal and constitutional history, African American history, and civil rights, is an essential complement to your public service. You are the author of seven books and are the former president of the Organization of American Historians. You are a former Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the Carter administration, you served as Assistant Secretary for Education. For your extraordinary contributions to upholding and strengthening the civil rights of all Americans.”
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Lenore Rowe Williams Award: Dr. Susan Gennaro, Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research in the School of Nursing: “Your contributions to women stem from your scholarly commitment to improving the health and well being of mothers and their pre-term infants. Your work in developing the Train the Trainer Program in Malawi led to a significant drop in maternal mortality and has been expanded to Uganda, where the results are just as impressive. You are one of only three or four leaders in American nursing research that has made a major and lasting contribution to safe motherhood in Malawi.”

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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

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