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Royal College of Nursing: Dr. Fagin
Clair Fagin

Former dean of the School of Nursing and former interim president of the University Dr. Claire Fagin has been presented with an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Nursing.

"The RCN Honorary Fellowship is a very rare and prestigious honor that acknowledges nurses who have had an outstanding impact on their profession. This tribute recognizes Dr. Fagin's ongoing contributions in nursing leadership, research, education, and practice both here in the U.S. and throughout the world. It takes its place among Dr. Fagin's many other marks of distinction received throughout a remarkable career, including 11 honorary doctoral degrees and being named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing," said School of Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis.

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Five Fellows of AAAS

Five Penn scientists are among 291 newly named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor acknowledges their research contributions in optical physics, microbiology, vertebrate paleontology, radiation oncology and plant biology.

Election to AAAS fellowship recognizes efforts to advance science or foster applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Penn's new inductees are:

Dr. Elias Burstein, professor emeritus of physics in SAS, cited for substantial leadership, research and education in the optical physics of solids and for nurturing new fields through conference and symposia organization.

Dr. Helen Conrad Davies, professor of microbiology in the School of Medicine, cited for research on reactions of bacterial cytochromes and antibodies as probes of enzyme function and for recruitment and retention of people of color and women in biomedical careers.

Dr. Peter Dodson, professor of anatomy in the School of Veterinary Medicine and professor of earth and environmental science in the SAS, cited for distinguished contributions to vertebrate paleontology, especially in discoveries about dinosaur biology, and for the education of the public about dinosaurs and evolution.

Dr. Eli Glatstein, professor of radiation oncology in the School of Medicine, cited for extraordinary advances in the radiation oncology therapy of Hodgkin's diseases and other malignant disorders.

Dr. R. Scott Poethig, professor of biology in SAS, cited for cell-lineage studies of plant development and for genetic analyses of shoot morphogenesis in maize and Arabidopsis.

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Senior Scholar Award: Dr. Roos

Dr. David Roos, the Merriam Professor in Biology and director of the Genomics Institute, received a 2002 Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases from the Ellison Medical Foundation. The foundation supports basic research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of infectious diseases, particularly innovative approaches that show promise for major improvements in public health for illnesses neglected by federal funders and other traditional sources. The award was for Designing and Mining Pathogen Genome Databases.

Dr. Roos has developed and applied breakthrough technologies in molecular genetics, cell biology, and genomics for the study of protozoan parasites. Much of his laboratory's work has focused on Plasmodium, the parasite that causes malaria, which kills more than one million people every year. The World Health Organization lists malaria as one of the world's most devastating infectious diseases.

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Music Society Member: Dr. Wolf

Eugene Wolf

Dr. Eugene K. Wolf, emeritus professor of music, was elected the first honorary member of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. This election honors Dr. Wolf's lifetime achievement as a scholar in the field of music of the classic era. An internationally renowned expert on the style and history of the 18th-century symphony, Dr. Wolf has also published widely on the musical manuscripts of this period and developed new methodological approaches to determining their provenance and chronology. A monograph on the musical manuscripts from the German court at Mannheim is in press, and a major work on the history of the early classical symphony is nearing completion. At the time of his retirement in 1998, Dr. Wolf served as the Class of 1965 Professor of Music (Almanac September 23, 1997).

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Pioneer in Adoption: Dr. Spigner

Carol Spigner

Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner, professor of social work, has received the Pioneer in Adoption Award from the Child Welfare League of America. "Carol is one of our most distinguished professors, and it is a tribute to her work serving children to be recognized with such a prestigious award," said interim Dean of Social Work Richard Gelles.





Christian Gauss Award: Dr. Stewart

Susan Stewart

Dr. Susan Stewart, the Donald T. Regan Professor of English, has won this year's Christian Gauss Award for her book Poetry and the Fate of the Senses. The honor acknowledges outstanding scholarly books published in the US in the field of literary scholarship or criticism. With Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, Dr. Stewart explores the pivotal role of poetry in contemporary culture. Her study draws on readings from the ancient Greeks to the postmodern poets to explain how poetry creates meanings between persons.


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NSF Career Awards

Two SEAS faculty received NSF Career Awards in 2002. The Career Award is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members and supports exceptionally promising junior faculty who are committed to the integration of research and education and are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

George Pappas

Dr. George Pappas, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering, received the Award for Hierarchical Abstractions of Hybrid Systems. His research discipline of hybrid systems provides a mathematical framework for the modeling, analysis, and design of embedded systems.


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Talid Sinno

Dr. Talid Sinno,
assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received the Award for Systematic Multiscale Modeling of Directed Assembly in Semiconductor Materials Processing. His research interests include computational materials science, with emphasis on the processing and properties of electronic materials, particularly semiconductors.


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Fire Prevention: Mr. Bateman

Mr. Ted Bateman, director of fire and emergency services for the Division of Public Safety, was inducted into the Philadelphia Citizen's Fire Prevention Committee this fall. The Fire Prevention Committee consists of 70 citizens who support the efforts of the Philadelphia Fire Department in furthering their crime prevention initiatives and ensuring the community's safety.

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Architectural Award

Facilities and Real Estate Services' space at the Left Bank received the Business Week and Architectural Record Award. The award program is called "Good Design is Good Business" and honors "the achievement of business goals through architecture, measurable results and distinguished collaboration between clients and architects." The program is administered by the AIA for Business Week and Architectural Record.

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Excellence Award: Mr. Whitfield

Mr. Rick Whitfield, vice president for audit and compliance, has received the Association of College and University Auditors' (ACUA) member Excellence Award at its annual conference. The Award is given for exceptional contribution to the mission of ACUA and to the advancement of Internal Auditing in higher education.

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Silver Buckle Award for UPPD

The Penn Police Department has received a "Silver Buckle," the Governor's Highway Safety Award from PennDOT as a result of the UPPD's year-long "dedicated effort in placing a priority on reducing traffic crashes and the risk of injury by promoting the use of seat belts and child safety seats. The UPPD demonstrated both in its written policies and procedures and in its active enforcement of the state seat belt and child passenger safety laws their commitment to the safety of the University community."


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 13, November 19, 2002