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Honors and Other Things

October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07

Endocrine Society Award: Dr. Bale


Dr. Tracy Bale is the recipient of the 2011 Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award. Presented annually by the Endocrine Society, the award aims to bring to light the work of a young researcher in the field. Dr. Bale holds a dual appointment at Penn; she is an associate professor of neuroscience in the department of animal biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as associate professor of neuroscience in the department of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Her research expertise and areas of interest include prenatal stress, neurodevelopmental disorders, depression, stress, obesity and neuroendocrinology.






Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence: Dr. Bence

Dr. Kendra Bence, assistant professor in the department of animal biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been named recipient of the 2011 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.

Her research expertise and areas of interest include mouse models of obesity/diabetes, neuronal control of energy balance, protein phosphatases and signal transduction.

The Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence is presented annually to one member of Penn Vet’s faculty. The award intends to foster innovative research, on which the scientific advancement of the profession depends, by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity.

Early Career Researcher: Dr. Cassar

Dr. Gavin Cassar, assistant professor of accounting at the Wharton School, was awarded the Best Early Career Researcher Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association. The $2,000 grant is given to the researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. Dr. Cassar’s research is centered on the role of information, especially financial information, in settings of high uncertainty and opacity.

Child Advocacy Award: Dr. Christian

Dr. Cindy Christian, professor of pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine, is this year’s recipient of the Alan Lerner Child Advocacy Award. The award was presented in September by the Field Center, an interdisciplinary collaboration between Penn’s schools of Social Policy & Practice, Law, Medicine and CHOP. Dr. Christian also holds the Endowed Chair in Child Abuse Prevention at CHOP.

Career Achievement Award: Dr. Foa

Dr. Edna Foa, professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, received the inaugural International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Dr. Foa was given the award for her pioneering work on the treatment and understanding of OCD. She is also the director of Penn’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.

Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders—primarily obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia—and is currently one of the world leading experts in these areas.

Founder’s Award: Dr. Pyeritz


At the Annual Meeting of the National Marfan Foundation, Dr. Reed E. Pyeritz, professor of medicine and genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine, was recognized with the first Founder’s Award. In the late 1970s, he organized a group of patients, family members and health care professionals interested in Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders into a volunteer support group. This has evolved into both a national organization that supports research, clinical care and education, and an international consortium of similar groups. Dr. Pyeritz also directs Penn CIGHT, the Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies.







ASBH Board: Mr. Schwartz 

Mr. Jason L. Schwartz, associate fellow at the Center for Bioethics in the Perelman School of Medicine and doctoral candidate in the department of history and sociology of science in the School of Arts & Sciences, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). ASBH is the national professional organization for scholars in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities.

Forbes “Most Powerful”: Dr. Rodin

President Emerita Judith Rodin is included on Forbes’ 2011 list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women”. Dr. Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation. Forbes states that Dr. Rodin “oversaw the disbursement of $136 million last year on humanitarian initiatives” and “is credited for recalibrating the foundation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Penn-Made President: Dr. Rozhon

Dr. Tamara Rozhon, a 2008 graduate of Penn GSE’s executive doctorate in higher education management program, was named president of Carrington College®, a part of DeVry Inc., a global provider of educational services. For additional Penn-made presidents, see www.upenn.edu/almanac/pennpres.html

20th Anniversary: World Cafe Live

WXPN.88.5 FM’s World Cafe Live will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with programming that takes a special look back at the last 20 years with the 885 favorite World Cafe artists countdown. The Live at World Cafe CD is available to XPN members and features 32 tracks from favorite interviews over the past 20 years and artists from the past year. Tribute concerts will take place on October 28 featuring artists, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls and The Little Willies; and October 29 featuring Feist, Dawes and Robbie Robertson. For a complete list of programming and tickets, see http://philly.worldcafelive.com/

White House Honors: Dr. Valeggia

Dr. Claudia Valeggia, associate professor of anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as one of this year’s winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

The work for which Dr. Valeggia received the PECASE award involves a group of Toba indigenous women and girls living in the province of Formosa in Argentina. The ongoing project aims to better understand three key life transitions: the move from infancy to childhood, puberty and menopause.  Dr. Valeggia and her colleagues take monthly measurements and other physiological data from the participants to chart physical changes in their lives.




Penn Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau

Two members of Penn Nursing faculty have been selected for major awards by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The awards ceremony will take place on October 31 at the Society’s 41st Biennial Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

Dr. Martha Curley, professor of nursing, is a recipient of the 2011 Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Award for Excellence in Research, for her more than 20 years of scholarly contributions in the field of pediatric critical care in such areas as patient positioning, eye care, endotracheal exudation, and sedation management. Dr. Curley’s multi-site clinical trials have brought her a national and international reputation in the care of critically-ill pediatric patients and in the development of instruments that provide clinicians with better tools to assess patient status and risk and on interventions to support parents’ needs and priorities in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, professor of scholarly practice, associate dean for practice and community affairs, and Shearer Endowed Term Chair for Healthy Community Practices, is the recipient of the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice for her leadership and practice in the innovation of care for older adults and for her advocacy on behalf of vulnerable groups. Dr. Sullivan-Marx’s research, focused on improving the quality of life for elders, is driven by pressing national and state policy issues. Her leadership with such groups as the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Senior Care and Services Study Commission which she chaired, have led to important reports and nursing payment systems that will continue to influence healthcare reform for years to come.influence healthcare reform for years to come.

Almanac - October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07