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Honors and Other Things

May 10, 2011, Volume 57, No. 33

Festschrift: Dr. Vitek


The colleagues and peers of Vaclav Vitek, professor of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, have recognized his influential contributions to computational materials science and physics of materials by publishing a Festschrift on the occasion of his 70th birthday as an issue of Progress in Materials Science (Vol. 56, 2011). The Festschrift notes, in part: “Dr. Vitek’s drive and enthusiasm, his scholarly approach to science and also to society, his seminal contributions and impetus to computational materials science, and his guidance and impact on the numerous young scientists who have studied with him.”







Rome Prize: Ms. Andrews

Margaret Marshall Andrews, a doctoral student in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate group, has been awarded a 2011-2012 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. The prize recognizes excellence in the arts and humanities and provides students the opportunity to live in Rome for six months to two years and utilize the Academy’s vast resources to immerse themselves in scholarly studies. 

This is the fourth consecutive year in which a School of Arts and Sciences student has won the prize, which is one of the most competitive in the humanities. Ms. Andrew’s research involves a topographical study of the Subura in Rome. 

2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition Winners

Rohan Deuskar, WG’11 and Zach Davis 

The Wharton School announced that student team Stylitics, led by Rohan Deuskar, WG’11, has won the $30,000 Michelson Grand Prize of the 2011 Wharton Business Plan Competition. The prize was awarded in late April at the School’s annual Venture Finals, where student finalists received more than $115,000 in cash prizes and in-kind accounting and legal services.

Stylitics, which calls themselves the “Nielson of Fashion,” is a consumer insights company that uses innovative market research techniques to help clothing brands better understand their customers. The full list of winners is as follows:

1. Michelson Grand Prize: $30,000 to Stylitics

2. Second Prize: $15,000 to Next Generation Phlebotomy

3. Third Prize: $10,000 to Baby.com.br

4. Gloeckner Undergraduate Award: $10,000 to Verday

5. People’s Choice Award: $3,000 to Pledge4Good

6. Committee Prize/Social category: Farmucopia

7. Committee Prize/Disruptive category: Complexed Technologies

8. Committee Prize/Committee’s Choice category: DictionarySquared

The Wharton Business Plan competition is managed by Wharton Entrepreneurial programs and is open to any Penn student. 

2010-2011 Senior Student-Athlete Awards

The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) handed out its major intercollegiate senior student-athlete awards April 26, in a ceremony held at The Inn at Penn. Five awards were handed out.

Football standout Luis Ruffolo was honored with the Class of 1915 Award. Given annually since 1931, the award is presented to the male student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and tradition of University of Pennsylvania Athletics. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn’s men’s varsity programs as well as selected athletic department administrators.

Women’s volleyball player Megan Tryon received the Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Award, given annually since 1945 to the person who is recognized for her contribution to Women’s Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA, and voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn’s women’s varsity programs as well as selected athletic department administrators.

The Norman J. Goldring Award was given to Paul Shay from men’s lightweight rowing and Lisa Barnett from the women’s cross country/track & field team. The Goldring Award is given to one graduating male and one graduating female student-athlete with the highest GPA who earned a varsity letter in his/her senior year.

Lisa Barnett was also the recipient of the George H. Frazier Award, which is given to a graduating student-athlete (male or female) with the highest GPA who competed on one of the following teams: basketball, crew, track, soccer, baseball or football.

Schweitzer Fellows: Penn Students

Two students at the University of Pennsylvania have been named among the 15 Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows for 2011-2012. Schweitzer Fellows partner with community-based organizations to develop and implement year-long mentored service projects that sustainably address the social determinants of health, on top of their regular graduate school responsibilities. 
The students are:

Kenji Taylor, a first-year student in the School of Medicine, who will address hypertension in African-American males by coordinating blood pressure screenings in West Philadelphia barbershops through the “Cut Hypertension Program.” 

Charles Tyson, a student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, will aim to address health disparities and social justice issues among Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men (YMCSM) living in the greater Philadelphia area through primary and secondary prevention and outreach interventions.

Performing at White House Poetry Event: Mr. Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith, who teaches in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW), will be one of the poets performing at the White House’s ‘An Evening of Poetry’ on May 11, a celebration of American poetry and prose. In addition to his performance, Mr. Goldsmith will also lead a poetry workshop for children that Mrs. Obama is hosting.

Mr. Goldsmith is an author of ten books of poetry, a founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com) and a senior editor of Penn’s online poetry archive, PennSound. He has been awarded The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship at Princeton for 2009-2010, and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. His book of critical essays, Uncreative Writing, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Mr. Goldsmith teaches a creative writing workshop called “Uncreative Writing” at Penn. Every other year, he also teaches a year-long contemporary art writing seminar, collaborating with CPCW and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

Venture Awards to Student Startups

Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP) has announced the 2011 winners of the Wharton Venture Award which is dedicated to financially supporting Wharton undergraduate juniors and first-year MBA students so they can continue development of their venture full-time over the summer in lieu of a traditional internship. A committee consisting of alumni venture capitalists and entrepreneurs bestowed four awards of $10,000 each.

The 2011 Wharton Venture Award winners:

Steven Dong, W’12, & Corey Lerch, W’12/E’12, Osus, Inc.,weight-lifting you can wear; www.osusathletics.com/

Dan Getelman, W’12/E’12, Coursekit lets students follow classes, assignments, lectures, exams, in one place while keeping in touch with classmates; www.coursekit.com/

Mike Kijewski,WG’12, Gamma Basics, GrayCAD is a software application that helps hospitals assess their radiation safety compliance during capital equipment upgrades; www.gammabasics.com

Nimit Maru, WG’12, & Roberto Sanchez Garvin, WG’12, Mooblue is a real-time bidding mobile ad exchange; http://mooblue.com/

From Left: Dan Getelman, Mike Kijewski, Roberto Sanchez Garvin and Nimit Maru

Penn Energy Showdown Competition

Students of Harrison College House have won a third successive Penn Energy Showdown, a University of Pennsylvania campus energy efficiency competition organized by Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.

The Penn Energy Showdown is designed to reduce energy consumption in campus dormitories, while increasing student awareness about how small behavioral changes can impact energy use.

The competition, held April 8-21 pitted students from Harrison and Rodin College Houses against one another to determine which dorm could reduce overall energy usage the most. Both houses saved 10,528 watt-hours, enough to drive an electric car around the earth twice.

Harrison residents won the competition by reducing energy consumption by a record 7.1 percent. Students from Rodin reduced energy consumption during the competition by 5 percent.

In 2009, based on a proposal by graduate student Mateo Rando, the Fels Institute was awarded a Penn Green Fund grant to administer the campus energy competition for three semesters. 

2011 Ivy Stone

The class of 2011 Ivy Stone was designed by Sarah Beth McKay, C’11, and will be fabricated from grey granite and placed at the northeast corner of 37th Street and Locust Walk. 

A photographic archive of Ivy Stones from 1873 to 2004 is online at www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/pennhistory/ivystones/ivystones.html






2011 Ivy Day Award Recipients

Senior Honor Awards

Althea K. Hottel Award: Lindsey T. Eatough, E’11

Gaylord P. Harnwell Award: Janice Y. Dow, C’11

David R. Goddard Award: Wendy J. De La Rosa, W’11

R. Jean Brownlee Award: Rachel R. Romeo, C’11

Spoon Award: Matthew W. Amalfitano, C’11

Bowl Award: Gerardo Javier (GJ) Melendez-Torres, N’11, W’11

Cane Award: Adam J. Behrens, C’11

Spade Award: Mark P. Pan, C’11

2011 Leadership Awards

Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy: Megan T. Tryon, C’11

Class of 1915 Award: Luis I. Ruffolo, C’11

James Howard Weiss Memorial Award: Lu D. Chen, E’11

Penn Student Agencies Award: Alexander J. Ryu, C’11

Penn Alumni Student Awards of Merit: Sourav Bose, W’11; Jack Eggleston, C’11; Jessica Heidenberg, C’11, Allison Huberlie, C’11; Deepak Prabhakar, E’11

James Brister Society Student Leadership Award: Janice Y. Dow, C’11

Association of Latino Alumni Student Leadership Award: Enmanuel Martinez, C’11

Association of Native Alumni Student Leadership Award: Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, C’11

Black Alumni Society Student Leadership Award: Ryan C. Jobson, C’11

University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network Student Leadership Award: Rohan Grover, W’11

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association Student Leadership Award: Jason Landau Goodman, C’11

Trustees’ Council of Penn Women Leadership Award: Amelia M. Cataldo, N’11

William A. Levi Kite & Key Society Award for Service & Scholarship: David J. Kaltman, C’11

Stephen Wise Award: Ariel B. Fisher, C’11, Roxana Moussavian, C’11

Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Awards: Jason Goodman, C’11; Enmanuel Martinez, C’11; Arielle Spellun, C’12

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