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Dr. Knauer: Volunteer Award

Dr. Elfriede Regina Knauer, long-time consulting scholar in the University Museum’s Mediterranean section, is the 2002 recipient of the Director’s Award, established by the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to honor exceptional volunteer achievement. She is the eleventh recipient of the award.

"The Museum is fortunate to have Dr. Knauer as a consulting scholar," noted Dr. Sabloff, director of the University Museum stated. "She has and continues to bring great renown to the Museum through her prolific and highly erudite publications, which provide important new understanding in the field of Classical Archaeology."

Dr. Smith III: Centenary Medal

Dr. Amos B. Smith III, the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry, has received the 2002 Centenary Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry, in London. The award honored Dr. Smith, III "for his outstanding contributions to the synthesis of complex natural products." As part of this award he will be giving lectures at five centers throughout Britian.

Dr. Smith’s research encompasses three areas: natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry and materials science. In collaboration with Dr. Peter Jurs of Penn State, he pioneered the use of computerized pattern recognition techniques for the analysis of primate chemical communication.

Dr. Evans: NIH Board

Dr. Dwight L. Evans, chair of psychiatry at the School of Medicine, and professor of psychiatry, medicine, and neuroscince, has been named a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).

As a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors he will be responsible for reviewing and assessing the quality of laboratory and clinical studies conducted by the NIH, as part of its Intramural Research Program. Dr. Evans is known for his reasearch on the neurobiology and treament of depression and is a frequent consultant to NIMH and served as Chair of the AIDS/Immunology Research Review Committee.

Dr. Fischer: ApsaA President

Dr. Newell Fischer, clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsaA), a tw-year appointment.

Dr. Fischer was recognized for his past contributions to psychoanalysis, his vision of the future of the field, and its place in relating to people and society. As President, Dr. Fischer said" Our first effort will be to mount a massive public information outreach to the community, emphasizing the role of psychoanalytic thinking in mental health initiatives, understanding normal developmental processes and appreciating and addressing emotional distress."

Dr. Parekh: Distinguished Resident

Dr. Selene G. Parekh, an orthopaedic surgery resident, has received the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin’s Most Distinguished Resident Award. Dr. Parekh is a third-year resident in orthopaedic surgery and graduated from Boston University from its BA/MD program. He also received his MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.

Two Beeson Scholars

Dr. Brad Johnson, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Dr. David Casarett, assistant professor of geriatrics, have been named 2002-2005 Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars. Dr. Johnson received funding for his work Exploring Telomere Maintenance Functions of the Werner Syndrome Family of Protein. Dr. Casarett, will be working on Improving the Decision-making About End of Life Care and Promoting Earlier Referral to Hospice.

The Beeson Award is a three-year award of $450,000 for research on aging. "The Beeson program’s sponsors are delighted with its ability to attract outstanding talent in the field of aging research. Beeson alumni are already contributing to increases in knowledge which will be the basis of efforts to ameliorate suffering and improve services and quality of life for our rapidly expanding aging population," said Dr. Donna Regenstreif, senior program officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, a major sponsor of the program.

Ms. Leo: Pew Grant

Teresa Leo, senior electronic communications specialist at ISC, has been awarded a Pew Grant for$50,000. For the past year she was the acting director of Kelly Writers House while the director was on leave. Ms. Leo is one of only four people who won a Pew Grant for writing this year. She plans to complete a full-length collection of poetry as part of the fellowship.





Mr. Meyer: Great Gardeners Award

Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Director of the Morris Arboretum received the Great American Gardeners 2002 Professional Award by the American Horticultural Society. Mr. Meyer was chosen in recognition of his achievements "demonstrating a commitment to the highest standards of horticultural excellence, thereby advancing the art and science of horticulture and inspiring people of all ages to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners."




Nursing Awards

Assistant Professor Dr. Kathryn H. Bowles, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Natural Science on May 19, 2002.

Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Urban Health Research Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, received the 2002-2001 Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)in June, 2002; the 2002-Women Making A Difference Award, Citizens Bank and The Honorable Blondell Reynolds Brown, in April, 2002; the 2002-Gloria Twine Chisum Faculty Leadership Award from the University of Pennsylvania in April, 2002; the 2002-Community Award from the Philadelphia Committee to End Home-lessness in April, 2002; and the 2002-Davis-Sams Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award from Indiana University March, 2002.

Associate Professor Dr. Julie Fairman has received a fellowship from the NEH enabling her to continue research on the nurse practitioner movement.

Dr. Margaret D. Sovie, the Jane Delano Professor of Nursing Administration was honored with the 2002 Nurse Researcher Award by the AONE Institute for Patient Care, Research and Education for her seminal work, the 1983 Magnet Hospital Study and Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses. She was honored along with other authors including Dr. Mabel A. Wandelt, Dr. Margaret L. McClure, Dr. Muriel A Poulin.

Students Christie Olsen and Elizabeth Chertow Santarsiero were honored by the University with the Rose Award, given by the Center for Undergraduate Research (CURF) in recognition of their study, A Qualitative Analysis of African American Adolescent Females Beliefs Regarding Emergency Contraception, which has been submitted for publication to the Journal of Adolescent Medicine. Their faculty advisor is Assistant Professor of Health Care of Women and Children Dr. Diane Spatz.

HUP on Honor Roll

For the sixth consecutive year, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been listed in the "Honor Roll" of hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its July 22nd issue. The publication’s annual ranking of hospitals in America lists HUP as one of only 17 hospitals in the nation — and the only one in the Delaware Valley region–to be recognized as an "Honor Roll" hospital for its exceptional performance in many specialty areas.

In total, HUP’s expertise was noted in 14 of 17 medical specialties: Cancer; Digestive Disorders; Ear, Nose & Throat; Eyes; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Heart & Heart Surgery; Hormonal Disorders; Kidney Disease; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Psychiatry; Rheumatology; Respiratory Disorders; and Urology. No other Philadelphia-area hospital was cited for merit in as many specialties.

"HUP’s consistent presence on the Honor Roll is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in patient care and a tribute to the dedication of our faculty and staff," noted Garry Scheib, Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Executive Director of HUP. "Groundbreaking research by Penn physician-scientists translates directly into advanced medical care in the Delaware Valley. Cancer, neuroscience, and genetics are just a few areas in which Penn has brought the future of medicine closer."

This year’s rankings represent the thirteenth consecutive year that HUP has appeared in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to "America’s Best Hospitals." The complete guide appears in the July 22 edition, which appeared on newsstands on July 15. Rankings are also available online at

PENN VIP Scholarships

The Penn Volunteers in Public Service and the West Philadelphia Partnership presented awards to six Philadelphia high school students at their 11th Annual Awards Reception in early June. The program provides non-tuition scholarships to students from five West Philadelphia public high schools, and a continuing education student from the West Philadelphia Partnerships. The students were honored for recognizing the importance of doing community service as they strive for academic excellence. This years winners are Philip Thomas, Parkway High School, Joy Boyce, Bartram High School, Kimberly Walker, Bartram High School Shante Rutherford, University City High School and Almanac Intern, Naquawna Brown, Overbrook High School, Marcus Duren, West Philadelphia High School.


Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 1, July 16, 2002


July 16, 2002
Volume 49 Number 1

Dr. Marvin Lazerson gets a new Endowed Chair in Education.
The annual GSE Awards are presented.
The Penn Cancer Center is renamed.
The Faculty Senate's Slate of nominees for the Senate Executive Committee.
PPSA's 2002-2003 Board has been elected.
The A-3 Assembly's officers invite all A-3 employees to a July meeting.
The Trustees held their full board meetings last month.
The report of the Council Committee on Facilities deals with classrooms, Campus Development Plan, and Transportation.
Graduate Medical Education has a new director.
Speaking Out about the future of the BioPond and protecting personal privacy.
Honors for faculty, staff, students, and HUP
Research Foundation Awards for Spring 2002.
Research Roundup: Sumerian Dictionary, Smallpox, Alzheimer's Disease, and Schizophrenia.
New challenges, more efforts to conserve energy and control energy costs.
Business Services: Parking Rates; Children's Center; Mail Service; Dining Services; Customized Penn merchandise; Directory Update; Computer Connection.
New Security Measures for Penn's Networked Systems will require replacing PennNet ID and password PennKeys and passwords.