HONORS & Other Things
The National Academy of Sciences has given a Troland Award to Dr.
Virginia Richards, associate professor of psychology and chair
of the psychology graduate group, for her contributions to auditory perception,
"especially to the understanding of the envelope and energy cues that
contribute to detecting signals in noise." Troland Research Awards,
which were established in 1984, include $35,000 for each of two recipients
to support their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.
Earlier winners of Troland Awards at Penn are Dr. Edward N. Pugh
and Dr. Martha J. Farah, both professors of psychology.
Dr. Thomas Sugrue's The Origins of the Urban Crisis:
Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton, 1996) started winning
prizes with the 1996 President's Book Award from the Social Science History
Association, and has continued with the 1997 Philip Taft Award for Best
Book in Labor History, given by the and the 1997 Urban History Association
Award for Best Book in North American Urban History. It was also selected
by Choice magazine for its list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1997.
Dr. Sugrue, associate professor of history, is also co-editor (with Dr.
Michael B. Katz, the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History)
of a forthcoming collection of essays, W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the
City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).
The 1997-98 Sourcebook Update of Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol
Strategies, distributed to College and University Presidents around the
country, has singled out a program designed by three Penn groups as "exemplary
campus-based effort[s] for addressing alcohol abuse" in the category
of "Environmental and Targeted Approaches." The Sourcebook recognizes
students from the Drug and Alcohol Resource Team (DART), Students Together
Against Acquaintance Rape (STAAR), and leaders of the Panhellenic and Interfraternity
Councils here, according to Kate Ward-Gaus of Student Health Services,
who helped coordinate their efforts. Prompted by national research and
Penn-specific data that revealed a higher risk of alcohol abuse and sexual
assault among members of fraternities and sororities, workshops for the
pledge classes facilitated by DART and S.T.A.A.R. began in the early '90s
at the request of staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
and members of the Greek system's executive boards. Voluntary at first,
the workshops became mandatory with the approval of the Twenty-first Century
Report on an Ivy League Greek System (Almanac
December 3, 1996). In last year's Sourcebook, DART was recognized
as an exemplary program in both the Comprehensive and Staffing and Resources
categories. Other recognition of the students effort was the designation
of the DART/STARR workshops as a national "Promising Practice"
by the Center for the Advancement of Public Health at George Mason University.