- The University Continuing Educational Association awarded two gold medals to Penn Summer Sessions for excellence in marketing and publications. The Penn Summer Sessions team—Valerie C. Ross, Bryan Lathrop, Emma Foley, Mandy Danti and Elizabeth Sachs—beat out 400 entries this year to win honors in the publications and campaign categories.
- Among the 184 artists, scholars and scientists recognized with a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship are Professors of History David Ludden and Kathy Peiss and Professor of Chemistry Marsha I. Lester. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed for distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
- University President Judith Rodin has added another honor—the Philadelphia’s Visiting Nurses Association 2002 Caring Award—to her list of achievements. Past recipients include Rosalyn Carter and the late Sen. John Heinz. Rodin was recognized for having improved community relationships, especially in West Philadelphia.
- Better math skills are on the horizon for the Penn-assisted and Henry Lea elementary schools thanks to a $300,000 grant from the GE Fund to the Graduate School of Education and the Engineering School. The award will help create an annual summer institute where teachers can prepare for the school year and a year-long professional development study group that focuses on mathematical concepts.
- Associate Professor of Neurology Anjan Chatterjee received the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology at the 54th annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. The award recognizes Chatterjee’s research on human cognition.
- Charlene W. Compher, assistant professor of nutrition science in the School of Nursing, has been elected chairperson of the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. The three-year post provides leadership and representation to almost 4,000 dietitians.
- Ann L. O’Sullivan, associate professor of primary care nursing, was honored by the National State Nurses Association for her role as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Fellow inaugural lecturer and supporter.
- Lecturer Wendy Grube is now president of the Philadelphia Colposcopy Society. She is only the second nurse to have achieved this honor.
- A two-year, $302,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is helping the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project become more technologically savvy. Originally conceived as an 18-volume dictionary of Sumerian, the world’s oldest written language, the project is now being implemented as a Web-based work that will also be published on CD-ROM.
- Anna Sophia Agbe-Davies’ work, “Up in Smoke: Tobacco, Pipe-Making, and Bacon’s Rebellion,” has earned her a Jamestown Scholars Dissertation Fellowship. Co-sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service, the award honors Ph.D. candidates who have contributed to the understanding of Jamestown.
- Penn sophomore Chien Kuoh Too is one of 16 U.S. undergraduates honored as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Institute of International Education created the Global Leaders Program to reward academic excellence and leadership potential of 100 of the most accomplished second-year students worldwide.
Originally published on May 9, 2002