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Honors & Other Things
January 16, 2007, Volume 53, No. 18

Drs. Birch & Wachter: Top 10 Book

Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, the book that resulted from Penn’s recent symposium of the same name, was listed by Planetizen.com as a 2007 Top 10 Urban Planning Book. Co-edited by professors and conference leaders Drs. Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, the book examines how cities can prevent, minimize, and recover from natural disasters. Dr. Birch is chair and professor in city and regional planning and the Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education in the School of Design. Dr. Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management as well as professor of real estate, finance and city and regional planning. Planetizen.com’s editors used criteria such as editorial reviews, popularity and potential impact on the field of urban planning.

Dr. Brooks: President of ASCP

John Brooks

Dr. John S.J. Brooks, chair of pathology at Pennsylvania Hospital, was recently named president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the nation’s largest medical laboratory organization. As ASCP president, Dr. Brooks will lead the organization in its mission of providing excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals.

Dr. Engheta: Scientific American 50

Nader Engheta Dr. Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and professor of bioengineering, has been selected as one of the Scientific American 50: Trends in Research, Business and Leadership. Dr. Engheta joins the likes of Al Gore and Warren Buffet on the list for his work in plasmonics, a field that could one day allow engineers to create circuits using light rather than electricity.

Dr. Guerin: ACM Fellow

Dr. Roch Guerin, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor and professor of electrical and systems engineering, has been honored as a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Dr. Guerin is one of 41 ACM members to be recognized as a 2006 ACM fellow for his contributions to the resource management of data networks. The ACM recognizes scholars for their work in the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology. Dr. Guerin will be formally recognized in June at ACM’s annual awards banquet in San Diego.

Dr. Holmes: ACMI Fellow

Dr. John Holmes, assistant professor of medical informatics, was named a fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI). The ACMI honors individuals worldwide who have made “significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics.” Dr. Holmes has been an important figure in new interdisciplinary approaches to informatics, including applying evolutionary computation to epidemiologic data mining.

Dr. Mallory: IAPS Fellow

Dr. Clelia Mallory, senior lecturer in chemistry, has been named a fellow of the Inter-American Photochemical Society (IAPS). IAPS aims to cultivate its members’ interests in photosciences. Fellowships are a great honor and are limited to four percent of the membership of the society. No more than two fellows may be elected per year. This honor recognizes lifetime scientific achievements or contributions to the discipline of photochemistry or through service.

Dr. Miller: Distinguished Lecturer

Naomi Miller

Dr. Naomi Miller, senior research scientist in the Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA) at the Penn Museum, was selected to be a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for the 2007-2008 academic year. Sigma Xi, an international research society,  promotes public understanding of science, honors and promotes excellence in scientific investigation, and encourages companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering scientific research. Dr. Miller is one of 25 scholars selected for this prestigious program, and has worked extensively on Penn Museum archaeological excavations and other projects throughout the Near East.

Museum Receives $100,000

Check to Museum
(From left to right) Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, Mrs. Cummins Catherwood (Susan), Mrs. Robert E. McQuiston (Missy), Mrs. Stephen Goff (Marguerite), and Mrs. Michael Heavener (Suchinda).

Penn Museum’s all-volunteer Women’s Committee recently donated a $100,000 check to the Museum at their monthly meeting. The show and sale, TREASURES…from the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail, featured more than 50 distinguished dealers from the U.S. and abroad offering exceptional fine art, antiques, carpets and textiles from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The show ran from October 26 through October 29.


Dr. Prince: LSA President

The Linguistic Society of America has elected Professor Emerita Ellen Prince to the position of vice president/president-elect for 2007. She will assume the position of president of the Society in 2008. As a linguistics professor at Penn, Dr. Prince was part of the oldest modern linguistics department in the country. The department is known for its interdisciplinary research and spans many subfields of linguistics as well as cognitive science and fieldwork.

Dr. Richardson: Turfdom Award

Dean Richardson

Dr. Dean Richardson has been awarded the Big Sport of Turfdom award by the Turf Publicists of America. Dr. Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery and chief of surgery in the department of clinical studies at the New Bolton Center in the School of Veterinary Medicine. The award is given annually to a person or group that has enhanced the coverage of Thoroughbred Racing “through cooperation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.” Dr. Richardson will receive the award at the Big Sport of Turfdom luncheon this month.

Dr. Rozin: APA Award

Paul Rozin

Dr. Paul Rozin, professor of psychology, has received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. The award honors psychologists who have made “distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.”  Dr. Rozin has studied extensively the role of food in human life, cultural identity and ethno-political conflict.

Professor Rybczynski: Seaside Prize

Witold Rybczynski

Professor Witold Rybczynski, Martin & Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism in the School of Design, and professor of real estate in Wharton, was recently awarded the 2007 Seaside Prize for his contributions to the quality and character of local communities. The prize is awarded to an individual or organization that has made great contributions to the architectural world. Professor  Rybczynski was recognized for his numerous writings and observations on how the design of cities permeates, serves, shapes and reflects the residential cultures in different times and places.

Dr. Schelleman: Epidemiology Award

Post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Hedi Schelleman, of epidemiology, in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has won the Roger R. Williams Award for Genetic Epidemiology and the Prevention of Atherosclerosis. She will present her winning abstract at the annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in March. Dr. Schelleman’s abstract received the highest score of all abstracts submitted in the Genetic Epidemiology category. The award is named for Dr. Williams’ pioneering work in genetics of inherited lipid disorders and the prevention of atherosclerosis.

Dr. Stettler: Best Paper Award

Nicolas Stettler

Dr. Nicolas Stettler, assistant professor of pediatrics, has been selected as this year’s winner of the “Best Paper Award” by the journal Circulation. The award, presented by the editors of Circulation, honors a selected article from all the articles in the previous year’s publications. Dr. Stettler’s paper is “Weight Gain in the First Week of Life and Overweight in Adulthood: A Cohort Study to European American Subjects Fed Infant Formula.”

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