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Honors & Other Things

October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06

HUP Ranked Among Nation’s Best
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year. The publication’s prestigious annual ranking of hospitals placed HUP tenth out of more than 4,800 facilities surveyed.

HUP was the only hospital in the Philadelphia region, and one of only 17 hospitals nationwide, to receive the “Honor Roll” recognition for excellence in multiple specialties. In addition, Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) was ranked among the nation’s best in orthopaedics.

Harold Berger Distinguished Lecture and Award: Dr. Chu

Steven Chu

Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, is the 2011 recipient of the Harold Berger Award. He is also the co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics.

The award will be presented following a lecture entitled “How Innovation Has Changed the World” to be given by Dr. Chu on October 13. This event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall.
The Harold Berger Distinguished Lecture and Award, named in honor of the Honorable Harold Berger, (EE’48, L’51), is awarded biennially by the School of Engineering and Applied Science to a technological innovator who has made a lasting contribution to the quality of our lives.

Penn Vet Leadership and Student Innovation Awards
Dr. Ilaria Capua was named the winner of the 2011 Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award, and Penn Vet student Dr. Jonathan Lustgarten was named the 2011 Student Inspiration Award winner. The awards were presented last month. Both Dr. Capua and Dr. Lustgarten will receive a $100,000 unrestricted grant to use toward realizing their veterinary missions and proposed projects.

Ilaria Capua
The World Leadership in Animal Health Award is presented to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others. Nominations for this award are open to all veterinarians worldwide. Dr. Ilaria Capua is director of the department of comparative biomedical sciences at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnaro, Italy and of the National, FAO and OIE Reference Laboratory for avian influenza and Newcastle disease, and the OIE Collaborating Centre for Diseases at the Human-Animal Interface. She has extensive experience in coordinating international research projects funded by the European Commission.



Jonathan Lustgarten
The Student Inspiration Awards are presented to currently enrolled Penn Vet students who demonstrate the potential to significantly advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine. Dr. Jonathan L. Lustgarten is a third-year veterinary student at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lustgarten envisions creating a state-of-the-art, easily deployed, electronic veterinary health record system to help veterinarians and staff in caring for animals during disaster relief efforts.









Almanac - October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06