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Honors and Other Things

April 19, 2011, Volume 57, No. 30


Child Advocacy Award Recipients

The Support Center for Child Advocates presented Penn President Amy Gutmann with the 2011 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award last week at a ceremony where, among others, Dr. Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice, and Dr. Ira Harkavy, founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, were also honored.

Child Advocates is the nation’s oldest and largest program dedicated to providing pro bono legal services for children in crisis.

Dr. Gutmann was honored for her efforts to make education accessible regardless of financial constraints, her emphasis on service learning as a tool for community change and her leadership of the Penn community as a force for social change and as a model for peer institutions both locally and nationally.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Penn, and want to highlight the extraordinary work being done throughout our campus community for local children, especially under the leadership of Richard Gelles at the School of Social Policy & Practice, and Ira Harkavy at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships,” said Dr. Gutmann.

Dr. Gelles has dedicated more than 35 years to research, advocacy and changing policy for victims of child abuse and neglect. He was instrumental in launching the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, an interdisciplinary collaboration that addresses issues facing the child welfare system.

Dr. Harkavy has extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships. As director of the Netter Center, he has helped to develop service-learning courses as well as research projects that involve creating University-assisted community schools in West Philadelphia.

Hilton Inn at Penn Recipients for 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards

Nancy Barag, director of sales, is one of four awardees for Director of the Year.

The Inn at Penn hotel staff received a Team of the Year Award.

Jonathan Esten, senior sales manager, received an Individual Award in the Hotel-based group market segment.

PICA Board: Mr. Rost

Gregory S. Rost, vice president and chief of staff to Penn President Amy Gutmann, has been appointed to the board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, PICA, according to an announcement made by Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

In the announcement, Leader Dermody noted that “Mr. Rost knows Philadelphia and understands the fiscal challenges that face the city.  He was a key staffer for Mayor Ed Rendell, including three years as the mayor’s chief of staff, before moving on to take senior positions at Temple University and, since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania. His financial and administrative background prepares him very well to take on the responsibility of serving on PICA. He understands why PICA exists and he understands the impact that its decisions have on the daily lives of Philadelphians.”

PICA provides financial oversight to the City of Philadelphia, including the authority to review and approve the City’s five-year financial plans.

2011 Guggenheim Fellows

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Marwan M. Kraidy and Kevin M.F. Platt of the University of Pennsylvania have won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  They are among 180 recipients of 2011 Fellowships, selected from a field of more than 3,000 nominees. Dr. Kraidy is associate professor of communication in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and Dr. Platt is professor of Slavic languages and literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kraidy’s fellowship will support his research into music videos and Arab public life. His latest book, published in 2010, Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life, is an examination of reality television’s impact on Middle East culture. Dr. Platt will use his fellowship to work on a research project on Russian history from Peter the Great to Putin. Dr. Platt is author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths, slated for publication this year.





Emergency Medicine Leadership: Dr. Hollander

Dr. Judd E. Hollander, professor and director of clinical research in the department of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2011 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Leadership Award. The award will be presented to  him during the organization’s annual meeting in June.

The award recognizes a SAEM member who has made exceptional contributions to emergency medicine through leadership in the field’s organizations and publications, research productivity, and advancement of the discipline of emergency medicine regionally, nationally or internationally.

Dr. Hollander created Penn Medicine’s Academic Associate Emergency Medicine Research Program, providing opportunities for undergraduates and medical and nursing students to participate in and help gather data for a variety of emergency department research projects—a model which has been replicated by other leading institutions across the country.

Penn Program: CAMPEP Accreditation

The University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Medical Physics Program has been accredited by CAMPEP, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs. CAMPEP is a non-profit organization that reviews and accredits educational programs in medical physics, giving public recognition of quality.  The accreditation of Penn will allow graduates to be admitted into a CAMPEP-accredited residency program and to take the American Board of Radiology board examination, which is recognized as the appropriate qualification for the designation of a Qualified Medical Physicist. 


Almanac - April 19, 2011, Volume 57, No. 30