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Honors & Other Things

April 17, 2012, Volume 58, No. 30

Trustees' Council of Penn Women Awards

The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) held a series of events for its members during its annual spring meeting April 12-13 to commemorate its 25th anniversary. Included in these events were award ceremonies for recipients of the TCPW-Provost Award of Recognition, co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the TCPW 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and the Beacon Award.

Matter Davis Wall Morrison

TCPW-Provost Award of Recognition
Dr. E. Ann Matter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Arts & Sciences, is the third annual recipient of the TCPW-Provost Award of Recognition, for significant contributions by Penn faculty to advancing the role of women in higher education and research at Penn.

Dr. Matter was honored as one of the pioneers and leaders in the advancement of women faculty at Penn. Over more than 35 years, she has been a mentor to generations of faculty and students; a longtime advocate and two-time director of women’s studies; and a role model of excellence in research, teaching, and administrative service, especially during her tenures as associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and chair of the department of religious studies. 

TCPW 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
The recipients of the TCPW 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising are Dr. Julie Nelson Davis, associate professor of the history of art in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Barbra Mann Wall, Evan C Thompson Professor of Excellence in Teaching and associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing. 

This award, established to mark TCPW’s quarter-century milestone, recognizes undergraduate faculty advisors who have distinguished themselves in providing assistance and advice to their advisee students and who have made a significant impact on the academic experience of these students.

Beacon Award
Author Toni Morrison was honored with the Beacon Award for her contributions to literature and the arts and her commitment to advancing, supporting and promoting women.

Ms. Morrison was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Among her best-known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

The Beacon Award is presented to highlight Penn’s commitment to women’s issues and recognizes outstanding leaders who have demonstrated this same commitment. Ms. Morrison is the 11th recipient. Past Beacon awardees include US Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Third Circuit Court Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.

“Twenty-five years ago TCPW was created to foster and promote the advancement of women’s issues across Penn,” Leslie Simon Myers, TCPW chair, said. “In that time, we have made enormous strides, including bringing exceptional women such as Toni Morrison and the other highly distinguished Beacon Award recipients to campus, creating awards and grants to honor students and faculty, as well as made significant contributions to the University through both service and donations. We have also set an example for schools across the country to harness the capability of their alumnae to give back. As we look ahead, we will continue in our mission to create pioneering programs and initiatives that enhance the experience for women across Penn’s campus.”

The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women is an international network of Penn alumnae.  These leaders, by power of their example, support, foster and promote the advancement of women and women’s issues within the University, thus enriching the University community as a whole.

Penn-made President: Dr. Barchi

Dr. Robert Barchi, provost of the University of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2004, was named the 20th president of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Currently president of Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Barchi will begin his tenure at Rutgers on September 1. For more Penn-made Presidents see Almanac November 18, 2008.



Physician Awards: Dr. Delivoria-Papadopoulos

Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of pediatrics and physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, received the first annual Maria Kalopathakes Award, named after the first Hellenic Physician in the United States by the Hellenic Association of New York.

Also, she received the Excellence in Pediatric Academic Medicine Award from the University of Oklahoma. This award is presented each year to an outstanding woman in the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine who embodies the soul and spirit of academic struggle and success and who has mentored other women in the field.



Top 10 College Women: Ms. Derman

Penn Nursing sophomore Yali Derman is one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women 2012 for donating all of proceeds from the handbags she creates, called Yali’s Carry On. According to Glamour, “She’s sold about 2,000, donating all proceeds—more than a whopping $150,000—to an arts facility at the hospital that treated her when she was young. The Illinois native also directs the workshops she started in Chicago and Philadelphia for kids with cancer, helping them to create their own bags.”



ACLS Fellowship: Dr. Detlefsen

Dr. Karen Detlefsen, associate professor of philosophy and education in the School of Arts & Sciences, is the recipient of a 2012 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Research Fellowship. She is among 15 scholars selected to work in groups of two to three on single, substantive projects.

Dr. Detlefsen will collaborate with Dr. Andrew Janiak, associate professor at Duke University, to produce the first English-language book on the philosophy and intellectual landscape of Émilie du Châtelet, a French mathematician, physicist and author during the Age of Enlightenment.



UNESCO International Bioethics Committee: Dr. Moreno

Dr. Jonathan Moreno has been invited to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s International Bioethics Committee (UNESCO). Dr. Moreno is a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor with appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine’s department of medical ethics and health policy and the School of Arts & Sciences’ department of history and sociology of science. He holds the David and Lyn Silfen University Professorship of Ethics.
UNESCO’s mission is to encourage peace and security through the promotion of education and international collaboration.

Dr. Moreno will serve as one of 36 independent experts on the International Bioethics Committee, which is instructed to promote “reflection on the legal and ethical issues raised by the life sciences and their applications,” as well as to encourage knowledge sharing and awareness building related to bioethics.  



Ivy Player of the Year: Mr. Rosen

Penn senior guard Zack Rosen was named the Ivy League Player of the Year as well as first-team All-Ivy in men’s basketball. In addition, senior forward Rob Belcore was named honorable mention All-Ivy. He is just the fourth player to receive the Player of the Year honor in a unanimous vote since 2000.

Mr. Rosen is also the recipient of the Robert V. Geasey Tropy, which is awarded to the most outstanding basketball player in the Philadelphia Big 5.



PSERS Trustee: Mr. Silverstein

The Honorable Martin J. Silverstein, GL’08, Penn Nursing Overseer, was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate as a trustee of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). PSERS is a public pension fund with $50 billion in assets and 500,000 members. The 15 member board is an independent administrative board of the Commonwealth. The trustees have exclusive control and management of the Fund and full power to invest it. Mr. Silverstein is also senior counsel for Greenberg Traurig, LLP and former US Amabassador to Uruguay.



NYU Nursing Dean: Dr. Sullivan-Marx

Dr. Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx has been named dean of NYU’s College of Nursing, where she will take office on July 1. Dr. Sullivan-Marx is professor of scholarly practice, associate dean for practice & community affairs and Shearer Endowed Term Chair for Healthy Community Practices in the Penn School of Nursing.

Dr. Sullivan-Marx currently oversees Penn Nursing’s practice and community mission through oversight of the school’s Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), its Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) program, the Healthy in Philadelphia Initiative, Penn Nursing Consultation Service, the Penn Council of Nurses, and the Center for Professional Development.



CoC Accreditation for Penn Medicine

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has awarded three-year accreditation to all three Penn Medicine hospitals in recognition of their commitment to the highest level of quality cancer care. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital received the commission’s top honor, the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center received an accreditation with Commendation. The Abramson Cancer Center at HUP is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the nation to receive the OAA for 2011.



Magnet® Recognition for HUP

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been accredited for the second time as a Magnet® organization—the highest institutional honor granted for nursing excellence—from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is bestowed upon less than seven percent of hospitals nationwide. The status reinforces the quality of the hospital’s entire faculty and staff, and the commitments made to patient care, improving professional practice, and transforming the culture of a work environment.  



2012 Guggenheim Fellowships

Three University of Pennsylvania professors will receive 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships. Dr. Jamal J. Elias, Dr. Justin McDaniel and Dr. Benjamin Nathans of the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. All are in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences.

They are among 181 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from a field of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Guggenheim’s 88th annual competition for the United States and Canada.

Dr. Elias is professor and chair of religious studies. He holds a secondary appointment in South Asia studies. While a Guggenheim Fellow, he will pursue a major research project on the history of the Mevlevi Sufi order, sometimes called the “Whirling Dervishes,” from its inception in the 13th century until the advent of the modern era.

Dr. McDaniel is an associate professor of religious studies. Dr. McDaniel’s fellowship will support his research project on the making of Buddhist leisure culture in Asia.

Dr. Nathans is an associate professor of history. His Guggenheim research project is on Soviet dissidents, human rights and the Soviet Union after Stalin.

More information and a complete list of the 2012 Fellows is available at www.gf.org



Penn IUR Urban Leadership Awards

WinnersThe Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) hosted the 8th Annual Urban Leadership Forum, “Strong Communities and Cities, Sustainable Nations,” last month to celebrate exemplary leaders who are guiding cities toward a sustainable and vibrant future. The Penn IUR Urban Leadership Award is awarded annually to urban leaders who have made outstanding contributions to urban scholarship and to building cities that successfully respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

This year’s awardees are:

Derek R.B. Douglas, vice president for civic engagement, University of Chicago and former special assistant to President Barack Obama, White House Domestic Policy Council;

Paul Levy, president and CEO, Philadelphia’s Center City District; and

Lily Yeh, global artist and founder, Barefoot Artists.

Their past accomplishments and forward thinking are paving the way forward for today’s cities to be global leaders in building sustainable communities.



Fels Public Policy Challenge Winner

The Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities team has won the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government’s Third Annual Public Policy Challenge.

“The Public Policy Challenge brings together talented, passionate interdisciplinary groups to develop practical pragmatic solutions to some of our region’s most pressing issues,” said David Thornburgh, executive director of Fels.

During the nine-week competition, 10 Penn student-led teams vied to develop the best overall policy proposal and civic campaign.
The winning proposal focuses on transforming nine vacant school properties into vibrant community hubs to counteract potential blight and the adverse economic effects of school closures.

The Closing Schools, Opening Opportunities team received a $10,000 prize and will move on to the National Invitational Public Policy Challenge to face student teams from Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, the University of Chicago and the University of Washington. The finals will be held on April 22 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The Public Policy Challenge is presented by Deloitte Consulting Group with major support from the Knight Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal.

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