Honors & Other Things
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows
Two Penn scientists are among the 213 members of the 2005 Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fellows are nominated and elected to the academy by current members.
Dr. Gideon Dreyfuss, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, and Dr. Madeleine M. Jouille, professor of chemistry, were acknowledged by the academy for their scientific leadership and contributions to society.
Dr. Dreyfus is the Issac Norris Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in Penn’s School of Medicine. His research focuses on three interrelated topics: RNA-binding proteins, the transport of RNAs and proteins between the nucleus and cytoplasm, and the molecular functions of SMN, the protein responsible for the neurodegenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy.
Dr. Jouille is the Class of 1970 Professor of Chemistry in SAS. Her laboratory explores a wide range of topics involving organic and medicinal chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. at Penn in 1953 and has since become a pioneering figure among women in chemistry. She has received numerous awards for science and teaching throughout her career, including the Cope Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society.
NAS Member: Dr. Thompson
Dr. Craig B. Thompson, Scientific Director of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute (AFCRI), has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. This year 72 new members and 18 foreign associates were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Behavior Research Award: Dr. Jamieson
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been chosen to receive the 2005 Decade of Behavior Research Award. The award is presented to scholars who have made significant research contributions in meeting the challenges of “Promoting Democracy.” Dr. Jamieson was nominated by the National Communications Association and was chosen for the “high caliber of her work and its unique characteristics, which bridges social science and the humanities.”
Global Citizen Award: Dr. Santomero
Dr. Anthony M. Santomero, Richard K. Mellon Professor of Finance Emeritus and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will receive the Global Citizen Award from the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) on July 13 at the organization’s annual gala. Dr. Santomero is being honored for his contributions to furthering the study of global issues. Before becoming president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Dr. Santomero had a 30-year tenure at Wharton serving in a number of academic and managerial positions and establishing a reputation as a recognized consultant to major financial institutions and regulatory agencies throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.
GIC is a non-profit organization that fosters interdependence-focused dialogue to meet the challenges of a global civilization. It convenes international opinion leaders and disseminates knowledge on interdependency issues to influence international policy on trade, finance, economic development and other key policy issues.
Additional Penn Pearls Winners
In addition to Joshua Metlay, the Penn Pearls award winner in the April 26 issue of Almanac, there were five additional Penn Pearls recipients:
Dr. Thomas Faust, assistant professor of medicine;
Dr. John Hirshfeld, professor of medicine;
Dr. Sean Kennedy, associate professor of anesthesia;
Dr. William Richey Neuman, assistant professor of general internal medicine; and
Dr. David Rubin, assistant professor of pediatrics.
Two Rome Prize Winners
Anita De La Rosa Berrizbeitia, associate professor of landscape architecture in the School of Design, received the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship for The Ecology of Formal Systems in the Italian Landscape and Garden.
Dr. Emily Wilson, assistant professor of Classical studies, won the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellowship for The Death of Socrates.
Awarded to 15 emerging artists and 15 scholars each year by the American Academy in Rome, the Rome Prize was chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905 and is a juried open competition.
Wharton Business Plan Winners
A team consisting of an engineering Ph.D. student and Wharton M.B.A. student have won this year’s Wharton Business Plan Competition grand prize. Dhaval Gosalia, an engineering Ph.D. candidate from Bombay, India and Jonathan Goodspeed, a second-year Wharton MBA student from Greenwich, CT won the $20,000 grand prize for FibrinX, whose tissue sealant provides a safer and cheaper adhesive to prevent excessive bleeding during surgical procedures or after traumatic injury.
The second prize ($10,000) and Frederick H. Goleckner Award ($5,000) went to IntuiTouch for a portable breast cancer detection handheld device called iFIND, an accurate at-home self-examination. The team won the Gloeckner Award for the highest-ranking Wharton undergraduate team in the competition. At least half of the team members must be undergraduates.
Third prize went to Dynamic BioSystems, a fast, “scarless” wound healing without special storage requirements targeted for military and travel use.
Wistar President’s Award
Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has received the second annual Wistar Institute President’s Award which honors a public figure who has not only confronted cancer but also served as an advocate for improvements in cancer education and research. General Schwarzkopf, a prostate cancer survivor, was honored for his cancer advocacy efforts.
Wistar Science Journalism Award
Science writer Stephen S. Hall won the 2005 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award for his article, “The Good Egg,” in the May 2004 issue of Discover magazine. It was an investigation of the biological events affecting the development of a human egg prior to conception that can determine the outcome of a pregnancy. The annual award honors the most insightful and enterprising reporting on the basic biomedical sciences in print or broadcast journalism.
Ivy Day Award Recipients
The awards listed below are given to graduating seniors unless otherwise noted.
Althea K. Hottel Award: Caroline A. Canty, NUR
Gaylord P. Harnwell Award: Paige S. Fitzgerald, COL
David R. Goddard Award: Jennifer J. Choi, COL
R. Jean Brownlee Award: Imanni P. S. Wilkes, COL
Spoon Award: Matthew B. Klapper, COL
Bowl Award: Paul M. Farber, COL
Cane Award: Darryl B. Wooten, COL
Spade Award: Jason A. Levine, COL
Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy: Kathryn A. Cross, COL
Class of 1915 Award: Matthew I. Feast, W
James Howard Weiss Memorial Award: Caroline M. Cantillon, NUR
Penn Student Agencies Award: Danielle F. Trief, COL
Penn Alumni Student Awards of Merit:
Eric J. Boschetti, COL
Alexander P. Feldman, COL
Lauren G. Hedvat, EAS
Conor W. O’Callaghan, EAS
Carlos A. Rivera-Anaya, COL
Weiya Zhang, COL
Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Awards:
Bradley A. Breuer, COL
Farrah Freis, COL ’06
Jason A. Oberman, COL ’06
Kathryn A. Fleming, COL ’07
Jennifer E. Light, COL ’07
Leah M. Marcotte, COL ’07
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 32, May 10, 2005