|Honors & Other Things
October 2, 2007, Volume 54, No. 6
American Academy of Nursing: Dr. Bowles
Dr. Kathryn Bowles, associate professor of nursing, has been accepted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The AAN is comprised of 1,500 nurse leaders who are at the top of their profession, having accomplished extraordinary milestones in their nursing careers.
AAAS Fellow: Dr. Daldal
Dr. M. Fevzi Daldal, professor of biology, was named one of three Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) from Penn. Dr. Daldal was named for his distinguished contributions to the field of molecular microbiology and biochemical genetics.
Jahnigen Award: Dr. Dunaief
Dr. Joshua L. Dunaief, assistant professor of ophthalmology and clinician-scientist at the F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology, received the Dennis Jahnigen Award from the American Geriatrics Society for studies on the role of iron overload in aging.
Michaelson and Lifetime Achievement Awards: Dr. Fine
Dr. Stuart Fine, professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology and director of the Scheie Eye Institute, received the 9th Annual Michaelson Award and delivered the Michaelson Lecture at the 9th Annual Michaelson Symposium.
Dr. Fine was also one of six recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for his contributions to the Academy and to the profession.
Cranefield Award: Dr. Horrigan
Dr. Frank T. Horrigan, assistant professor in the department of physiology and member of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, received the Paul F. Cranefield Award from the Society of General Physiologists for his article “Role of Charged Residues in the S1–S4 Voltage Sensor of BK Channels.” The award recognizes an independent young investigator who in the preceding calendar year has published an outstanding article in the Journal of General Physiology.
Stockberger Achievement Award: Dr. Kettl
Dr. Donald Kettl, the Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences and director of the Fels Institute of Government, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award, established to honor the memory of Dr. Warner W. Stockberger, a pioneer and leader in federal personnel administration. The Stockberger Achievement Award is presented annually.
The award, to be presented to Dr. Kettl in Chicago later this year, is to recognize and honor a person in public or private life who has made an outstanding contribution toward the improvement of human resource management at any level of government.
Best Book Award: Dr. Johnston
Dr. Richard Johnston, professor of political science and research director of the National Annenberg Election Study at Penn, has won the American Political Science Association’s 2007 award for the best book published on race, ethnicity and politics. His work, The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South, was co-authored with Byron Shafer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Katz Honored at Seminar
Dr. Elihu Katz, Distinguished Trustee Professor of Communication, was honored in May at a seminar at the University of Rome. The seminar, Elihu Katz and Media Studies: A Scientific and Professional History, featured panels and many speakers from the sociology and communication science faculty at the University of Rome.
Martin Mid-Career Award: Dr. Klein
Dr. Peter S. Klein, associate professor of medicine, was awarded the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research and sponsored by the Ellison Medical Foundation. The award is given to outstanding mid-career scientists who propose novel directions of high importance to biological gerontology.
NIA Funding: Dr. Pignolo
Dr. Robert Pignolo, assistant professor of medicine, division of geriatric medicine, and director of the Ralston-Penn Clinic for Osteoporosis & Related Bone Disorders, received R01 funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for his research on “Osteoporosis and osteoblast differentiation in mouse models of accelerated aging.”
Most Cited Black Political Scientist: Dr. Reed
Dr. Adolph Reed, professor of political science, is the most cited black political scientist according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education’s Annual Citation Rankings of Black Scholars. With 59 citations, Dr. Reed holds the 14th spot overall in the JBHE Citation Rankings of Black Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities and is tied for the 16th spot overall with David Levering Lewis of New York University in the JBHE Citation Rankings of Black Scholars in the Arts and Humanities.
JBHE’s rankings are based on Thomson Scientific data gleaned from more than 30 million citations from more than 1.3 million published papers in a wide variety of academic fields. Citations from 8500 academic journals were analyzed. Scholars with 10 or more citations were included on the list.
Fulbright Award: Dr. Riegel
Dr. Barbara Riegel, associate professor of nursing, has been awarded a 2007 U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholarship administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Canberra, Australia. She will be conducting a study of self-care in persons with heart failure with colleagues at the University of Melbourne, Australia during the spring 2008 semester.
‘Power of Print’ Award: Publications
Penn Publications Services has received the Graphic Arts Association’s “Neographics Power of Print Award 2007.” Penn Publications Services was honored for outstanding design and print in three categories: Design, Cards (holiday and greeting), and Digital Printing Color. The award is one of the largest regional graphic communications contests in the country.
Best Year-Round YouthWorks Program
Penn’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) has been recognized as the best year-round YouthWorks program by Work Ready Philadelphia. This program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships was recognized for having youth-driven projects that work to improve community food systems in Philadelphia. The program addresses interrelated problems of poor nutrition, obesity, and diet-related disease, through programs that engage some 10,000 students across the city in hands-on experiences growing, tasting, cooking and selling healthy foods. This summer, the program operated bi-weekly, youth-run community farm stands, conducted youth-led cooking workshops and hosted teens from around the country during the 9th Annual Rooted in Community Conference.
Solar Energy Research Grant
Dr. Andrew M. Rappe, professor of chemistry, and his team of researchers were awarded a $22.7 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Solar Initiative. The purpose of the research is to improve the capture, conversion and use of solar energy. Penn’s Energy Research Group will explore the use of semi-conducting ferroelectric materials for direct conversion of sunlight to hydrogen.
One of the Best Places to Work in IT
For the third year in a row, Computerworld magazine ranked Penn #1 as the top workplace for IT professionals in the Mid-Atlantic States. Penn is ranked #8 nationally. This honor is part of the weekly publication’s annual “Best Places to Work” in IT survey. The “Best Places to Work in IT” list ranks the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a questionnaire regarding benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.
Energy Star Award Winner: SBDC
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers’ (SBDC) Environmental Management Assistance Program was recently named one of three nationwide winners of a 2007 ENERGY STAR Small Business Network Special Award. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson applauded the Pennsylvania SBDC “for demonstrating the environmental and financial rewards of going green.” The Wharton SBDC is one of the 18 SBDCs in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania SBDCs operates under the guidance of State Director Gregory Higgins, located at the Wharton School.