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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).

Honoring Service

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.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, February 3, 1998, Volume 44, Number 20