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Honors & Other Things
May 11, 2010, Volume 56, No. 33

AAAS Fellows
Four Penn faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 299 new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in sciences, arts and humanities, business and public affairs.

The new AAAS Fellows from Penn are:

Andrea J. Liu, professor of physics and astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Martha Julia Farah, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Stuart Curran, professor emeritus of English in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Loa Paulette Traxler, associate deputy director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Exceptional Commitment to Graduate and Professional Student Life
The President and Provost’s Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate and Professional Student Life is presented to graduate or professional students, upon their graduation from Penn, who have been a catalyst for transformative and lasting new developments that have enhanced graduate and professional student life at Penn.

The spring 2010 recipients are:

Arie Barendrecht (Wharton)

Jack Higgins (SAS/Fels)

Leslie Anne Warden (SAS/NELC)

Renzo Weber (Wharton/Lauder)

Rani Yadav (Wharton)

A reception to honor these student leaders will be held Thursday, May 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center’s Common Room, 3615 Locust Walk. All members of the University community are invited to attend.  More information and registration can be found at www.gsc.upenn.edu/activities/graduation.php.

Franklin Institute Award: Dr. Nowell
Dr. Peter C. Nowell, professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, and one of this year’s honorary degree recipients, was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science by the Franklin Institute.

He is honored “for the discovery that alterations to chromosomes can cause cancer, and further research leading to the development of a therapy that now cures 95% of individuals with chronic myelogenous leukemia.”

Academy Film Scholar: Dr. Decherney


Dr. Peter Decherney, assistant professor of English and cinema studies in SAS, was included in the selection by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Harlow Robinson, as the 10th pair of Academy Film Scholars. He will receive $25,000 to aid in the research and writing of his book, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars. The book will tackle the film industry’s engagement with copyright law and digital media and will also demonstrate how Hollywood has responded to its intellectual property issues through self-regulation.

2010 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation
Provost Vincent Price and GAPSA Chair Maher Zamel announced the recipients of the 2010 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation. These awards, jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost, enable graduate and professional students to engage in interdisciplinary projects of their own design. The award includes a summer fellowship stipend of up to $6,000 for work that harnesses the knowledge of different academic disciplines to explore societal issues. Students were selected based on the quality of their application and funding status. Recipients submit a report at the end of the summer and participate in a poster session in the fall at the Graduate Student Center, at which they can present their work, receive feedback from the Penn community, and encourage future interdisciplinary collaborations.

Award Recipients:

Paul Babb (SAS, anthropology)—OXTR Variation in Monogamous Owl Monkeys

Murad Idris (SAS, political science)—Religion of Peace Beyond East and West

Jiyoon Lee (GSE, educational linguistics)—The Influence of Melodic Structure on Language Acquisition

Melinda Nelson-Hurst (SAS, Near Eastern languages and civilizations)—On Kinship and Inheritance in Pharaonic Egypt

Scott Ordway (SAS, music composition)—New Music for the Virgen de Guadalupe

Denise Tanyol (SAS, English)—English Rescue from the Oblivion of the Archive

TIME Magazine’s TIME 100: Dr. Foa


TIME named Dr. Edna Foa to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full TIME 100 list and related tributes appear in the May 10 issue of TIME and www.time.com/time/.  

Dr. Foa, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, and professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, was included under the “Thinker” section.

Dr. Foa’s career has been devoted to the understanding of the psychopathology of anxiety disorders and the development of short-term, evidenced-based treatments for these disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her theoretical and empirical work has been highly influential among researchers and clinicians in the US and abroad. Dr. Foa  served as the chair of the OCD and PTSD work groups of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).



Guggenheim Fellowship: Dr. Kim


Dr. Junhyong Kim, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Endowed Professor of Biology in SAS and co director of the Penn Genome Frontiers Institute, was awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in the category of Natural Sciences-Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Dr. Kim’s research interests include evolution of gene regulation and developmental systems.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants. The Foundation was established by former US Sen. and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim as a memorial to their son who died in 1922. Fellowships have been awarded annually since 1925.




Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students

The awardees for this year’s Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching were honored at a reception on April 29. Vice Provost Andrew Binns made brief remarks and certificates were presented to the ten recipients.

Penn Prize

From left to right: Benjamin Gojman, Jacob Goldberg, Joseph Kider, Miranda Routh, Vice Provost for Education Andrew Binns, Emil Pitkin, Noam Osband, Erika Kitzmiller, and Eric Trager.  Other winners not pictured: Ruth Erickson, Christopher Taylor.

2010 Awardees:

Ruth Erickson (SAS, history of art)

Benjamin Gojman (SEAS, computer and information science)

Jacob Goldberg (SAS, chemistry)

Joseph Kider (SEAS, computer and information science)

Erika Kitzmiller (SAS, history & GSE)

Noam Osband (SAS, anthropology)

Emil Pitkin (Wharton, statistics)

Miranda Routh  (SAS, history of art)

Christopher Taylor (SAS, English)

Eric Trager (SAS, political science)


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