|Honors & Other Things
February 27, 2007, Volume 53, No. 24
$1 Million from Commonwealth for Civil Rights Chair at Penn Law
|Rae Alexander-Minter (at left) and her sister, Mary Brown Cannaday, have donated these Laura Wheeler Waring portraits of their parents, Sadie and Raymond Alexander, to the Penn Law School.
With the aid of a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and a contribution from the Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris, the University of Pennsylvania Law School has endowed a professorship devoted to the study of civil rights and race relations.
The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professorship, the first at the Penn Law School named for African-Americans, commemorates the achievements of two stalwarts of the civil rights movement.
“Establishing a civil rights chair at Penn in Sadie and Raymond Alexander’s memory is a wonderful tribute to a courageous and brilliant couple,” President Amy Gutmann said. “Penn was honored to be an educational partner in the creation of a special community school in West Philadelphia that bears Sadie Alexander’s name. With this chair, we are once again reminded that a good education should be available to everyone regardless of race or financial background.”
“I am proud to be associated with the first civil rights chair in Penn Law history,” Dean Michael A. Fitts said. “It remains of enormous importance to advance race relations in America and to combat discrimination in any form. Only through concentrated study and discussion can we address these issues. This chair is a great step forward for our Law School and for the community.”
Rep. Dwight Evans, chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, secured the $1 million state grant.
“There is no better place for a focus on civil rights than the Penn Law School,” Mr. Evans said. “Civil rights are more than fairness, more than equality, even more than justice. Civil rights ensure that on a day-to-day basis, we are all treated with dignity and respect.”
Duane Morris, among the 100 largest law firms in the world, also contributed $100,000 to fund the professorship.
Sheldon Bonovitz, the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Duane Morris is pleased to join with the Law School in support of this fundraising effort. It is important that law students be aware of the contributions of great African-Americans. No one has made a greater contribution in this arena than this unique couple.”
The fundraising effort has been conducted for nearly two decades. During that time, hundreds of students and alumni have lent their support.
Rae Alexander-Minter, one of the Alexander’s daughters, spearheaded the effort.
“The establishment of this professorship,” she said, “will provide succeeding generations of law students with the foundation and understanding needed to confront what my parents spent a lifetime addressing: how the legal system can serve to remedy the inequalities and inequities that the marginalized and underrepresented face because of their race, class or gender.”
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first African-American in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in economics and, in 1927, the first African-American woman to graduate from Penn Law School (Almanac September 3, 2002). In 1946, President Harry Truman appointed her to the President’s Committee on Civil Rights, and she was later instrumental in the creation of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights, serving as its first commissioner.
In 1959, Raymond Pace Alexander was appointed the first African-American judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. One of his decisions led to the establishment of Community Legal Services. He and his wife played key roles in Pennsylvania’s 1935 Equal Rights Law, making it illegal to deny African-Americans access to public schools, restaurants and hotels.
Dr. Ben-Amos: National Jewish Book
Dr. Dan Ben-Amos’s book, Folktales of the Jews: Volume 1: Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion, was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Sephardic Culture. Dr. Ben-Amos is the Chair of Graduate Program in Folklore & Folklife. The book was also named a finalist in the Scholarship category and is the first in a five-volume series. The Jewish Publication Society is a non-profit organization created to promote Jewish culture through the dissemination of religious and secular works.
Dr. Ende: APDIM Award
The Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) announced that Dr. Jack Ende will receive the 2007 APDIM Dema C. Daley Founders Award. Dr. Ende is an LDI Senior Fellow and chief of medicine at Presbyterian Medical Center. The award honors a member of the internal medicine community recognized nationally as an educator, innovator and leader.
Dr. Fairman: RWJ Investigator Award
Dr. Julie A. Fairman, Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research in December 2006. “We are very proud of Dr. Fairman’s achievement in receiving this prestigious honor,” said Dr. Afaf Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Penn Nursing. “This award represents the importance of the history of nursing and the impact it has had on health policy research.” The award will provide support for writing a book that documents the history of American nursing from 1975 to the present. Dr. Fairman is one of only two nurses to receive this award.
Dr. Goldfarb: NephSAP Editor
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, professor of medicine and associate dean for curriculum at the School of Medicine, has been honored with the position of editor-in-chief of Nephrology Self-Assessment Program of the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Goldfarb has authored books, editorial reviews, and more than 150 articles, and is a leading authority in clinical nephrology and divalent ion homeostasis. The NephSAP is a bimonthly publication that aims to allow clinical nephrologists who seek to renew and refresh their clinical knowledge and diagnostic and therapeutic skills.
Dr. Gutmann: Citizenship Award
President Amy Gutmann has been awarded the Need in Deed’s Citizenship Award. Need in Deed (NID) is an organization committed to encouraging responsible citizenship among area children, with a focus on Philadelphia public schools. The program gives children a voice to help them become leaders in their communities. The Citizenship Award was presented to Dr. Gutmann at NID’s 20th Anniversary celebration, where she spoke of the joint commitment between NID and Penn to encourage children to make a difference in their communities.
Dr. Kumanyika: Red Dress Award
Woman’s Day magazine honored Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, associate dean for health promotion and disease prevention and professor of epidemiology in the School of Medicine, with a Red Dress Award in their January 23 issue. Dr. Kumanyika is one of three to be recognized nationally for making an exceptional contribution to fighting heart disease in women, which is the nation’s leading killer. She has devoted her career to the prevention of heart disease and other chronic conditions. As a long-time supporter of the American Heart Association, Dr. Kumanyika has been especially concerned about the impact of heart disease on African-American women. She most recently studied programs to prevent or treat obesity among African-American children and adults.
Ms. Lacey: Evercare Scholarship
Erin Lacey, a master’s student in the Adult Health-Gerontology Nurse Practicioner Program in the School of Nursing, received a $20,000 scholarship from Evercare, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Evercare provides scholarships to graduate nursing students who are studying ways to improve healthcare delivery in long-term care settings.
“I was excited to receive this scholarship not only because it alleviated some of my financial responsibilities, but it also reaffirmed that there is a great need for practitioners caring for this unique, rapidly growing population,” Ms. Lacey said.
Dr. Michel-Kerjan: Global Leader
Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, managing director of the Wharton Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes, was named a Young Global Leader for 2007 by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Michel-Kerjan is one of 250 leading executives, public figures and intellectuals worldwide who were selected as young global leaders under the age of 40 for 2007. This annual award honors top young leaders and celebrates “their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.”
Dr. Ponte Castañeda: Heilmeier Award
The Faculty Awards Committee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science has selected Dr. Pedro Ponte Castañeda, professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, as the 2006-07 recipient of the George H. Heil-meier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. This award was established for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing excellence in scholarly activities of the faculty. Named in honor of alumnus and Overseer George H. Heilmeier, it recognizes his extraordinary research career, his leadership in technical innovation and public service. “The distinction associated with the Heilmeier name has set very high standards for this award, and Dr. Ponte Castañeda’s work in homogenization theory for estimating effective behavior of nonlinear, heterogeneous systems was noted by the Committee as truly remarkable.”
Dr. Price: ANES Board of Overseers
Dr. Vincent Price, the Steven H. Chaffee Professor of Communication and Political Science, was recently named to the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (ANES). Established by the National Science Foundation as a national research resource in 1977, the ANES is charged with extending the time-series of survey election data gathered since 1952, improving the measurement of core concepts first created in landmark election studies, as well as for developing instrumentation and study designs that would allow new theories of voting and public opinion to be tested. Dr. Price joins an intellectually diverse Board of Overseers hailing from universities around the nation.
Dr. Richetti: 18th Century Studies
Dr. John Richetti, the A. M. Rosenthal Professor of English, has been elected as the Second Vice President of the American Society for 18th Century Studies, which is one of the major academic societies in the field. Dr. Richetti’s honor places him in line to be the next First Vice President and then the subsequent President.
Dr. Rose: AIA President
Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum, Dr. C. Brian Rose, was elected as the 13th president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). Dr. Rose, whose appointment will last through 2010, is also the James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology in the Classical Studies department. Dr. Rose is an archaeologist with extensive experience, from excavating and surveying in Turkey at Aphrodisias, Troy, the Granicus River Valley, and Penn Museum’s long-term field project at Gordion. AIA, established to promote archaeological interest and public understanding of records of the human past, is a non-profit organization and one of the nation’s oldest and largest organizations devoted to the field.
Dr. Steinhardt: NEH Award Grant
Dr. Nancy Steinhardt, professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the Penn Museum, has been awarded with a $24,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work, Chinese Architecture Under Mongolian Rule. Dr. Steinhardt’s research focuses on East Asian architecture, as well as problems that result from the interactions between Chinese art and the art of peoples at the Chinese borders, primarily to the north. Dr. Steinhardt is one of 161 scholars honored with fellowships and faculty research awards.
Dr. Patrick: Conservation Heritage
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award was presented last month to Dr. Ruth Patrick Hodge Van Dusen, adjunct professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania since 1947. Dr. Patrick is in her 100th year and remains active as the Francis Boyer Chair of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The citation read in part: “Dr. Patrick has been an advocate of environmental protection and resource conservation in Pennsylvania and around the world. In the late 1940s, Dr. Patrick developed methods for monitoring environmental health that are now standard for evaluating rivers and streams. Much of Dr. Patrick’s career has been spent studying the main stem of the Delaware and its tributaries and analyzing the impact of human development.”
Annenberg Public Policy Center: Social Studies Book Award
Our Constitution, co-authored by Senate Historian Donald A. Ritchie and JusticeLearning.org has been named one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People in 2007. Our Constitution provides detailed explanations of each clause and article of the U.S. Constitution. The award is a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council. The National Council for the Social Studies is the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The Children’s Book Council is the non-profit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults.
Dr. Granato: Bessel Research Award
Dr. Michael Granato, associate professor of cell and molecular biology in Penn Medicine, has been awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany. The award is given annually to nominated scientists from outside of Germany under the age of 45 who are “already recognized as outstanding researchers in their fields.” The Humboldt Foundation gives approximately 20 of these awards per year. Recipients must be nominated for the award. In addition to a monetary prize of up to 55,000 Euros, the Bessel awards give recipients the opportunity to visit Germany for 6-12 months to continue their research projects with colleagues there, as Dr. Granato is doing this semester. Dr. Granato’s research focuses on the formation of neural circuits and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive this formation in vertebrates.
Green Power Partnership: Penn #15
In a ranking from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Penn was ranked the 15th largest annual purchaser of green power. Penn is consistently ranked as one of the top 25 partners, having achieved the #11 rank in September of 2006. Penn is one of three universities on the list, joined by New York University, which is ranked 13th, and Pennsylvania State University, ranked 22nd. As a member of this partnership, Penn is helping drive the development of new renewable energy sources for electricity generation. These Top 25 Partners provide an example to their peers, customers and community.
HUP: Gift of Life Award
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been honored with the Gift of Life Award by the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council and the Gift of Life Donor Program. The award recognizes HUP for its excellence in family care and outstanding rates of performance in organ donation. HUP was a leader in adopting the best practices in increasing organ donation rates. HUP set the record for the number of donors for any single hospital in the Gift of Life region, and is described as having “a strong commitment to family-centered care and decision-making.”
Clinical and Translational Science
The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are pleased to announce K12 recipients under the new Clinical and Translational Science Award, funded by NIH.
Dr. Michael Crutchlow, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine. Translational studies of mechanisms and prevention of post-transplant diabetes.
Dr. Roland Knoblauch, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine. Biguanide therapy as anticancer therapy.
Dr. Samir Shah, Division of Infectious Diseases, CHOP. Can we identify children with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) at high risk for adverse clinical outcomes?
Dr. Meena Thayu, Divison of Gastroenteology, Hepatology and Nutrition, CHOP. Changes in bone and muscle mass after TNF-a inhibition in pediatric Crohn’s disease.
NBC: Special Eclipse Award
The New Bolton Center(NBC) has been honored with the Special Eclipse award for its treatment of Barbaro, the horse catastrophically injured during the Preakness race. Along with owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson, New Bolton Center and Barbaro’s surgeon, Dr. Dean Richardson, were recognized for doing the right thing during this difficult time (Almanac February 6). According to New Bolton Center director Dr. Corinne Sweeney, the hospital staff is “terribly appreciative of being honored for what we think should be standard business….The Eclipse is the top award in the industry. We never expected to be keeping company with the best trainers, owners, and jockeys in the business. To receive such a prestigious award is not something we anticipated.” The award, which will be presented during the 36th annual Eclipse awards in Beverly Hills, California, recognizes individuals or groups for outstanding individual achievements in, or contributions to, the sport of thoroughbred racing.
PA SBDC: National Accreditation
For the third time, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, one of which is the Wharton School’s SBDC, have received national accreditation, being recognized for their impact and high quality services. A review team commended the centers for their excellent leadership and strong team commitment of lead center and field center staff and outstanding budgetary support levels and effective management controls and reporting. “As a consistent advocate for Pennsylvania’s small business sector, I am pleased with the accreditation team’s findings,” said U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, a Penn alumnus.
Wharton MBA Program #1 in 2007
A recent ranking by the Financial Times has ranked the Wharton School #1 in its Global MBA rankings. The rankings are calculated using information on salaries, alumni satisfaction, employment and careers, gender diversity, international diversity, and idea generation. Wharton has held this ranking for the past three years.