Honors & Other Things
March 18, 2014, Volume 60, No. 26
ASEH Fellowship: Dr. Barber
Presented by the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), the 2014 Samuel P. Hays Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Daniel Barber, assistant professor & associate chair in PennDesign's department of architecture, for his research "Climatic Effects: The Architecture of the Comfort Zone and the Globalization of the International Style."
ASEH created this fellowship to help advance the field of environmental history. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 to help fund travel to and use of an archive or manuscript repository.
Dr. Barber's current research looks at the role of architectural technologies in the infrastructural and territorial transformations of the immediate post-World War II period in the United States.
Pioneer Award: Dean Gelles
In the fall of 2013, top schools of social work and social policy convened for the sixth annual Deans and Chief of Development Officers (CDOs) Workshop and presented the first ever Pioneer Award.
Established in 2008, the Workshop was the brainchild of Dean Richard Gelles of the University of Pennsylvania and Dean Rick Barth of the University of Maryland and their respective CDOs. Since then, the number of deans and CDOs who participate has grown.
This year, Dean Gelles and Dean Barth each received the Pioneer Award, presented by their peer deans, in recognition of their innovative efforts to heighten the field of development within schools of social work by creating the Deans and CDOs Workshop at the Council of Social Work Education’s (CSWE) annual conference.
The 2013 Workshop was held in conjunction with CSWE and was hosted by Texas-area schools. Over 25 of the top schools of social work and social policy attended the Workshop, which aims to help hone fundraising skills and share best practices in a unique networking and educational setting.
The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) inducted SP2 professors Dr. Roberta Iversen and Dr. Zvi Gellis into the first cohort of SSWR Fellows. SSWR Fellows serve with distinction to advance the mission of the Society—to advance, disseminate and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse equitable and just society.
Dr. Iversen is associate professor and director of the Master of Science in Social Policy Program (MSSP). She uses ethnographic research to better understand and improve welfare and workforce development policy and programs and to extend knowledge about economic mobility, especially in relation to families who are working, but still poor.
Dr. Gellis is professor and director of the Center for Mental Health & Aging, director of the Ann Nolan Reese Penn Aging Concentration and director of the Program in Mental Health Education Assessment, Recovery and Leadership for Social Workers.
His primary area of research is late life depression, telehealth technology and integrated health and mental health services. His research has contributed to efforts to improve depression care for homebound medically ill older adults.
Book Prize: Professor M’Closkey
Karen M’Closkey’s book, Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates, is the recipient of a John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, awarded by The Foundation for Landscape Studies “for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.” She is an assistant professor in PennDesign’s department of landscape architecture.
The book uses Hargreaves Associates’ portfolio to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of designing public spaces. Illustrated with more than 150 color and black-and-white images, this scholarly examination of the firm’s philosophy and body of work explores the methods behind such projects as San Francisco’s Crissy Field, the Louisville Waterfront Park, the 21st Century Waterfront in Chattanooga, Tennessee and London’s 2012 Olympic Park.
Heilmeier Research Award: Dr. Vohs
Dr. John M. Vohs, Carl V. S. Patterson Professor in Penn Engineering’s department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research for “major impact in the fields of surface science and catalysis, especially the surface science of metal oxides.” The Heilmeier Award honors a Penn Engineering faculty member whose work is scientifically meritorious and has high technological impact and visibility. It is named for George H. Heilmeier, a Penn Engineering alumnus (EE’58) and overseer.
Dr. Vohs’ research interests are in the areas of surface science, catalysis and solid oxide fuel cells. The Vohs Lab specializes in elucidating structure-activity relationships for a variety of catalytic materials, including metals and metal oxides and the development of anodes and cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers. Current research topics in the lab include understanding the catalytic pathways for the reforming of bio-derived molecules, such as ethanol and glucose, to produce hydrogen and fuels and using electrochemical techniques to characterize fuel cell and other catalysts.
Davey Silver Award: PlanPhilly
PlanPhilly “engages and educates citizens on the value of a well-designed city and encourages active involvement in shaping it through news coverage and content sharing.” PlanPhilly’s new website is a Davey Silver Award winner in both the News and Community categories. P’unk Avenue designed the alternative media news website—a project of PennDesign’s PennPraxis—dedicated to covering design, planning and development issues in Philadelphia.
In reference to David and Goliath, the annual International Davey Awards honor the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets. Participants are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
See http://planphilly.com for PlanPhilly.
Model Supervisor Award Finalists
If you’re wondering what goes into being an exceptional supervisor, look no further than this year’s Model Supervisor finalists. Strong supervisors are skilled leaders, motivators, communicators and supporters. And each year, the University of Pennsylvania honors a Model Supervisor to spotlight the University’s finest examples. This year’s finalists are among the best of the best when it comes to managers at Penn.
The 2014 Model Supervisor finalists are:
• Silvana Burgese, manager of the faculty support staff, Law School;
• Ann Marie Franco, director of the office of the dean, School of Nursing;
• Miriam Wright, director of enrollment management, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, School of Arts & Sciences.
The 2014 Models of Excellence Selection Committee selected these individuals based on their nomination materials as well as direct feedback from their staff. They were chosen for their outstanding embodiment of the Model Supervisor behaviors developed for this program, including fairness, strong leadership and exceptional managerial skills.
The Penn community is invited to join HR on Thursday, April 3 at 4 p.m. to see who captures this year’s Model Supervisor Award. The winner will be announced at the Models of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception in Irvine.
To RSVP, contact Human Resources at QOWL@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 898-1012. Visit www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/appreciation/models for more information.
—Division of Human Resources
RealArts@PENN Interns 2014
RealArts is a program for all Penn students, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences. It was created in 2007 to integrate art-world practice into the intellectual life of the University. The interns for this summer are:
Interning with the Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial blog will be Iris Williamson. She is a sophomore, art history major.
The intern at Philadelphia magazine will be Manola Gonzalez. She is a junior majoring in English and French studies with a political science minor.
Isaac Kaplan, a junior in art history, will be interning at The Jewish Museum.
The intern at Viacom Creative Services will be Julia Liebergall. She is a junior majoring in English with minors in creative writing and consumer psychology.
This year's Rolling Stone magazine intern will be Katie Behrman. She is a junior studying English with a minor in French.
Carolina Beltran, a junior in English with a creative writing concentration and minoring in Spanish, will be working at Brooklyn Films in LA with producer/director Jon Avnet.
Caroline Yost will be working in LA with writers David Stern & Stuart Gibbs. She is a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in fine arts.
The intern for Shore Fire Media is Nathan Platnick. He is a sophomore in the College intending to major in English with a creative writing concentration.
This years McSweeney's intern will be Brenda Wang. She is a sophomore in the College, majoring in English.
ESGR Patriot Award: Public Safety
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) held a luncheon honoring employers who are supportive of their employees serving in the military. The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety was honored with the ESGR Patriot Award for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom through their support of employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.
ESRG is a volunteer organization that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.
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