The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded $6.7 million over five years to Penns Institute for Medicine and Engineering. The grant will promote the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms in blood vessels that regulate physiological processes in the cardiovascular system. Led by IME Director Peter F. Davies, the investigation will also test new therapies for heart valve calcification, blood clotting disorder and the weakening and rupture of blood vessels.
Tighter computer security is ahead now that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $2,125,000 to computer scientists at Penn. Directed by Jonathan M. Smith, professor of computer and information science, the research will introduce advanced security features into standard office PCs. Previously, the government contracted researchers to develop special-purpose computers, a slow process which often made the machines technically obsolete by the time they were put into service. But the new grant encourages all programmers to share their security findings, thus allowing better protection for all types of computers. The government gets more bang for its buck by purchasing more affordable,standardized computers with enhanced security features.
Peter Stallybrass was recently
awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize for his book, Renaissance
Clothing and the Materials of Modern Memory, by the Modern Language
Association. An honor comparable to the Nobel Prize for Literature, the
Lowell Prize recognizes an outstanding scholarly work written by a member
of the MLA. Stallybrass, who is renowned for his work on the Renaissance,
is the second Penn professor to grab the Lowell Prize in four years. He
currently has a year-long fellowship in advanced Judaic Studies and is
a professor of English at Penn.
Judith Rodin, president of
the University, will receive the 2001 Beacon Award, an honor which includes
Hillary Rodham Clinton in its list of past recipients. To be presented
by the Trustees Council of Penn Women, the award notes outstanding
leadership and contributions which further the advancement of women. It
recognizes Rodins professional accomplishments, including her appointment
as the first woman president of an Ivy League institution.
Max Tegmark has received one of 24 David and Lucile Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering. As a fellow, the professor of physics will receive $625,000 over a five year period to apply towards his current research, which focuses on cosmic microwave background, 3-D galaxy surveys and gravitational lensing.
Originally published on October 25, 2001