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Honors and Other Things

December 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 15

Most Influential: Dr. Cappelli
Dr. Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management in the Wharton School, was named one of the most influential thinkers in HR by HR Magazine. Those included in the list “are helping to drive forward practice and thinking in HR and demonstrating the strategic benefits of HR,” stated Siân Harrington, editor and publisher of HR Magazine. Dr. Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the US and their implications.

IEEE Fellow: Dr. Daniilidis
Dr. Kostas Daniilidis, professor in the department of computer and information science, has been elected an IEEE Fellow for “contributions to visual motion analysis, omni-directional vision, and three-dimensional robot vision.” Dr. Daniilidis’ current research interests are in computer vision and robotic perception. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Woman of Distinction: Dr. Hendricks


Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, was honored as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2011 Women of Distinction.

In total, 26 women were selected from more than 300 nominations. Selected by a panel of 12 independent judges, the women were chosen based on their accomplishments, community involvement and professional successes.

Women honored in addition to Dean Hendricks include fellow Penn alumnae, Philadelphia’s First Lady Lisa Nutter, GFA’92; Marilyn Kutler, C’71, L’74; and Patricia Woody, ChE’82. Dr. Hendricks earned her VMD and PhD from Penn in 1979 and 1980, respectively.

Best Book: Dr. Horowitz

Horowitz The International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) has selected Dr. Michael C. Horowitz, associate professor of political science, as the recipient of the section’s Best Book Award for 2010 for his book The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. Dr.Horowitz will receive the award at the ISSS reception at the 2012 annual ISA meeting. The ISSS Annual Best Book Award is presented to the author whose work focuses on security studies and demonstrates originality, significance and rigor.

Civil Libertarian: Professor Kreimer

Kreimer Professor Seth Kreimer, the Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law at the Law School, will be awarded the Spencer L. Coxe Civil Libertarian Award by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania for his “remarkable commitment to civil liberties in Pennsylvania and nationwide,” according to the group. The award will be presented at the 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration (ACLU) on December 15. Professor Kreimer’s research and teaching focuses on Constitution Law and Civil Rights.

NSF Grant: Dr. Jacobs
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant for $525,000 to Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, and Linda Sax, UCLA Graduate School of Education. The three-year project is entitled Trends in the Determinants of Gender Segregation Across STEM Majors, 1976-2006. Dr. Jacobs is professor of sociology and research associate of the Population Studies Center; Dr. Sax is professor of education.  

Drs. Jacobs and Sax seek to explore the roots of women’s under-representation in science and math by focusing on the point of entry into college. They also plan to study variation among the science and technology fields. Women are much better represented in some fields, such as biology, than they are in others, such as mechanical engineering. They are exploring a unique data set that allows them to examine how the factors affecting entry into STEM fields have evolved for both women and men.

Grawemeyer Award: Dr. Savage


Dr. Barbara Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History in the department of history in SAS, has won the Grawemeyer Award for the ideas set forth in her book Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion, published in 2008 by Harvard University Press. The annual award carries a $100,000 prize.

Susan Garrett, director of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, hailed the book for introducing important new perspectives on the study of black religion and the political role of African-American churches.

“Besides explaining why it is misleading to speak of ‘the black church’ given the enormous diversity among African-American congregations, Savage challenges the popular belief that black churches have been prophetic and politically active throughout history,” Ms. Garrett said.

Dr. Savage called the Grawemeyer Award significant because it recognizes the importance of African-American religion, its place in history and its relationship to American politics.  

“It vindicates my interest in the power of African-American history and religion and is a testament to the ideas and work of black intellectuals and religious leaders,” she said.

Your Spirits Walk Beside Us traces the persistent debate among African-Americans about the public responsibility of black churches and the place of black religion in black political struggle by profiling the work of African-American religious leaders and politicians and concludes with a chapter on the controversy that erupted between then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and his pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

The University of Louisville presents four Grawemeyer Awards each year for outstanding works in music composition, world order, psychology and education. The University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly give a fifth award in religion.

Penn Creative Spirit Award: Catherine Marshall


When former University of Pennsylvania professor Catherine “Kaki” Marshall saw the efforts major Canadian cities make each year to put on quality theater festivals for children, she decided that needed to happen here.

In 1985 it did, thanks to her efforts as assistant director at Penn’s Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. The University hosted the inaugural Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, the oldest and one of the largest in the country.

“It was such a wake-up call,” said Ms. Marshall said in an interview. “It’s so necessary for a culture to have children exposed to the best in arts.”

To establish the first festival, Ms. Marshall said she secured partial funding from the late Walter Annenberg, a long-time benefactor of Penn programs. He and his late wife, Leonore, came to opening night.

For the festival and a lifelong career in theater arts, Ms. Marshall, a Penn alumna, received the Penn Creative Spirit Award at the 77th Annual Alumni Award of Merit Gala, on November 4.

Established as part of Penn’s efforts to promote arts and culture offerings, the Creative Spirit Award recognizes Penn alumni who have shown life-long commitment to the arts through outstanding personal achievements and/or philanthropic support.   

“We chose Kaki because of the significant effect she has had on the theater program at Penn,” said Sheila Raman, director of development for arts and culture in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. “Generations of Penn students who studied or performed in the theater programs have been influenced by her.” 

Ms. Marshall’s life at Penn began long before her role as a theater arts professor and producer.  She graduated in 1945 from Penn’s College for Women and married Wharton graduate Joe Marshall. Her first job at Penn was assistant director of Penn Players, which encompassed all student theater except Mask and Wig. After time off to raise her family of six children, including two Penn alumni, she was asked to return to the Annenberg Center, and then, with a master’s degree from Columbia University, she was invited to teach in the theater major, then housed in the English department. 

She left Annenberg in 1989 and continued to teach theater arts through the early 1990s. But her involvement in theater didn’t end. She is a founding board member of Interact and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Mum Puppet Theatre, People’s Light & Theater as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She has been honored by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and with a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shepherd of Peace: Dr. Sokoloff

Sokoloff Penn GSE faculty member Harris Sokoloff has been honored for his work encouraging civil dialogue, peace, and social justice in Philadelphia. The Good Shepherd Mediation Program awarded Dr. Sokoloff, who serves as director of the Penn Project on Civic Engagement (PPCE), with its Fifth Annual Shepherd of Peace award. As founder and director of PPCE, Dr. Sokoloff designs and implements community engagement projects at the local and national level. The Good Shepherd Mediation Program, is a neighborhood justice center located in Germantown.

Almanac - December 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 15