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HONORS & Other Things

  • Grawemeyer Award: Dr. Beck
  • Aiken Taylor Award: Dr. Hoffman
  • Gruber Award: Dr. Cohen
  • Hon. Member of ADA: Dr. Shils
  • Master Clinician Award: Dr. Amsterdam
  • Awards for Psychiatry Residents
  • Four New Fulbright Scholars
  • Best New Journal: Bioethics
  • Chancellor Award: Mary McGrory
  • Pender Award: UNIX Creators
  • Best Web Site: UTV13
  • Grawemeyer Award: Dr. Beck

    Dr. Aaron Beck, professor emeritus of psychology in the School of Medicine, and president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, has been chosen the 2004 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology winner. Dr. Beck is considered the founder of cognitive therapy, a system of psychotherapy he developed in the 1960s. The method, helps people with emotional disorders modify their thought processes to improve their mood. This is the fourth time the Award has been given for outstanding ideas in the field of psychology.

    Aiken Taylor Award: Dr. Hoffman

    Dr. Daniel Hoffman, the Felix E. Schelling Professor of English Emeritus, has received the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. He is the 17th poet to be awarded this honor by The Sewanee Review, America's oldest literary quarterly, published by the University of the South. Dr. Hoffman is a former Poet Laureate of the United States.

    Gruber Award: Dr. Cohen

    Dr. D. Walter Cohen, emeritus professor of periodontics, in the School of Dental Medicine, has received the Dr. Irving E. Gruber Award from the Greater New York Dental Association for "Excellence in the Advancement of Dental Education." Dr. Cohen is Chancellor-Emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine. In 1990, Ambassador Walter Annenberg endowed the D. Walter Cohen Professorship and chair in Periodontics at the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Cohen joined the Penn faculty in 1951 and stepped down in 1983 after being dean of the School of Dental Medicine for 11 years. He went on to become the Chancellor of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1993 and became Chancellor-Emeritus of Drexel University College of Medicine in 1998.

    Honorary Member of ADA: Dr. Shils

    Dr. Edward B. Shils, the George W. Taylor Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, has been inducted as an Honorary Member of the ADA at the 132nd  Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association. Dr. Shils has represented the dental industry as a consultant and attorney in joint professional relationship matters for many years. Dr. Shils is currently an Overseer of the School of Dental Medicine.

    Master Clinician Award: Dr. Amsterdam

    Dr. Morton Amsterdam (C'43, D'45) professor emeritus of periodontology and periodontal prosthesis and the Norman Vine Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, has received the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology. He was also named a Major Contributor to Dentistry by the International College of Dentists in their video series at the Museum of Dental History in Baltimore, and was named the Laureate 2000 for the William Thomas Green Morton National Award for the Advancement of General Dentistry by the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry.

    Awards for Psychiatry Residents

    Dr. Melinda Privette and Dr. Jared Ellman, residents in the School of Medicine, are the first two recipients of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation (PPF) Award from the PPF. The award is given to the psychiatry resident who demonstrates the most proficiency in psychodynamic psychiatry. PPF is a not-for-profit organization that supports the psychoanalytic education, practice, and research efforts of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

    Four New Fulbright Scholars

    Dr. Susan B. Davidson, professor and Interim Director, Center for Bioinformatics; Semantic Mediation of Biomedical Data; French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, Rocquencourt, France.

    Dr. Cynthia Ott, postdoctoral researcher, American Civilization; Junior Lecturer: American Cultural and Environmental History From the Grand Canyon to the Plastic Pink Flamingo; University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.

    Dr. Julia Felice Paley, visiting scholar, Urban Studies Program; The Multiple Meanings of Democracy: Indigenous Movements and Development Agencies in Ecuador; Simon Bolivar University, Quito, Ecuador.

    Dr. Noga Vardi, research associate professor, department of neuroscience; Cloning the Glutamate-Modulated Cation Channel in ON Bipolar Cells; Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Best New Journal: Bioethics

    The  American Journal of Bioethics has been selected as the Best New Journal by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. The American Journal of Bioethics is based in the medical ethics department at the School of Medicine and is published by MIT Press. It was chosen from more than 200 entries for its technological and scholarly innovation. It is the first journal ever reviewed, according to CELJ reviewers, which involves "a level of interdisciplinary interaction in the production of a paper and online journal." The journal was also cited for its strong policy on conflict of interest. The American Journal of Bioethics is the first journal edited at Penn to win this award and may be found online at

    Chancellor Award: Mary McGrory

    The John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, administered by The Annenberg Public Policy Center, has been awarded to Mary McGrory, columnist for the Washington Post. The award is endowed by the Ira A. Lipman Family. Mr. Lipman is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Wharton School and founder and chairman of Guardsmark LLC. "Mary McGrory is a hero and inspiration to generations of journalists. I am very pleased that she will receive the award named for my hero, John Chancellor,"  said Mr. Lipman.

    Pender Award: UNIX Creators

    The Harold Pender Award, the highest honor  bestowed by Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science was awarded to Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX operating system and the C programming language. Both men were working at Bell Labs in 1969 when they invented the UNIX system. The Pender Award was initiated in 1972 to be presented to an engineer who has made significant contributions to society. It is named for Harold Pender, the founding dean of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.

    Best Web Site: UTV13, the web site of UTV13 has won Best Student Media Web Site  from the Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. They presented their National Student Production Awards for 2003 earlier this fall. The judging panel was made up of numerous professionals from around the country.



      Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 18, January 20, 2004