Honors & Other Things

Dr. Churchill Celebration

Dr. Stuart W. Churchill, the Carl V. S. Patterson professor emeritus of chemical engineering celebrated his 80th birthday on June 3. The occasion was marked by a symposium and dinner. There was a CHEGA Research Poster Competition which was followed by a lecture on Wine, Song and Chemical Engineering, presented by Dr. Charles A. Sleicher of the University of Washington. The unveiling of a portrait in oils of Dr. Churchill, painted by Ms. Libby Rudnick, was presented to Dr. Churchill by 45 of his doctoral students at a reception following the lecture.

Dr. Churchill received his B.S. degrees in both chemical engineering and mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1942. He became a member of Michigan faculty and received his Ph.D. in 1952 and served as chairman of the department of chemical and metallurgical engineering from 1962 to 1967. In 1967 he accepted the Carl V. S. Patterson chair at Penn and received the S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1978 and one of their first Medals for Distinguished Achievement in 1993. He formally retired in 1990 but has remained active in teaching, research and scholarly work. 

Empathy Award: Dr. Anderson

The Volunteers of America presented their 2000 Empathy Award to Dr. Elijah Anderson, the Charles and William L. Day Professor of Social Science. He was "honored for raising public awareness of pressing social issues and contributing to the national dialogue on ways of meeting human needs." Charles Gould, president of Volunteers of America said, Dr. Anderson, in his book Code of the Street: Decency, Violence and the Moral Life of the Inner City, "displays a penetrating eye for the reality of inner-city life as he investigates the impact of racial caste and social class systems on morality, without judging those individuals whose behavior has been shaped by caste and class. He talks about the ideals and solutions that can enhance the rebuilding of inner-city communities."

The Empathy Award recognizes authors and journalists in a wide variety of media "who, through their reporting, writing and commentary demonstrate an engaged, compassionate point of view on social issues."

Carnegie Grant: Dr. Lustick

Dr. Ian Lustick, professor and chair of the department of political science has received a $248,000 Research Grant for the next two years from the Carnegie Corporation under its program to study Globalization and Self-Determination. The grant is being run through Penn's Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. Dr. Lustick is the principal investigator for the research on Globalization and the Resurgence of Identity Conflict: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach which is to be conducted using a computer model of globalization and identity and identity change developed in the U.S.

Teaching Award: Dr. Childers

Dr. Thomas Childers, professor of history, has received the first Senior Class Award for Teaching Excellence. The award was established this year in the School of Arts and Sciences. The recipient is chosen on the basis of a vote by the senior class organized by the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education. 

Hopkins Society: Dr. Kennedy

Dr. David W. Kennedy, professor and chairman of the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Penn, has been selected as an inductee to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Dr. Kennedy was one of 14 distinguished scientists and clinicians who were at Johns Hopkins early in their careers to be honored at the Society's 31st induction ceremony.

Book Award: Dr. Zelizer

Dr. Barbie Zelizer, associate professor of communications, has won three awards for her book, Remembering to Forget: The Holocaust Memory Through The Camera's Eye. The awards are: the 1999 National Communications Association Diamond Anniversary Book Award, the first International Communication Association Book Award and the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award, from the Simon Weisenthal Center.  

Chair of National Study: Dr. Fine

Dr. Stuart Fine, chair of the department of ophthalmology and director of Scheie Eye Institute is the chairman of a five-year national study sponsored by the National Eye Institute which will involve 1,000 patients in 22 clinical eye centers throughout the United States. The study Complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Trial is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of low intensity laser treatment in preventing vision loss in people who are at high risk for severe age-related macular degeneration. Scheie Eye Institute is the only center in the area participating in the study.

Sense of Smell Award: Dr. Doty

Dr. Richard L. Doty, professor of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and director of the Smell and Taste Center, has been named the recipient of the Olfactory Research Fund's Scientific Sense of Smell Award for 2000 for his "overall career accomplishments that have contributed to our knowledge of human olfactory ability in health and disease and the development of the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test." The Olfactory Research Fund, a charitable trust, sponsors innovative scientific research on the olfactory arts and sciences, as well as educational and public outreach programs about the sense of smell.

Best Practice Awards: Center for Community Partnerships

The Center for Community Partnerships has won two Best Practice awards from HUD. One award is for best local practice and the second is from HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.

The program which won the awards include academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development. Academically based community service is at the core of the Center's work. Dr. Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director of the Center for Community Partnerships accepted the award for the Center at HUD's 2nd Annual Best Practices Symposium in Washington D.C., last month.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 2, September 5, 2000