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Six Guggenheim Fellows in SAS

Six SAS faculty members have received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This represents the School of Arts and Sciences' largest number of recipients in one year since 1995. 

The new fellows include Dr. Joan Dayan, professor of English; Dr. Talya Fishman, associate professor of religious studies; Dr. M. Susan Lindee, professor of history and sociology of science; Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities; Dr. David Stern, Ruth Meltzer Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature; and Dr. Margo Todd, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History.

These fellowships, for which there were more than 3,200 applicants, are awarded annually for distinguished scholarly achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. They include substantial stipends and are among North America's most prestigious research awards. This year, 185 individuals from 87 institutions received fellowships. Of those 87 institutions, only five, including Penn, had six or more fellows.

"I was delighted to learn that so many of our faculty members received Guggenheim fellowships this year. These are extremely prestigious awards for which there is intense competition. That six of them went to SAS faculty is another very gratifying indicator of the caliber of scholarship in the School," said Dean Samuel H. Preston.

Dr. Joan Dayan teaches courses in Caribbean studies; 19th-century American, French, and English literary history; and the comparative legal and religious history of the Americas. The fellowship will support her research on a legal, cultural, and religious history of incarceration and slavery and their impact on identity.

Dr. Talya Fishman's work focuses on Judaism in the medieval and early modern periods, with special interest in Jewish intellectual and cultural history. She is the Dalk and Rose Feith Fellow at Penn's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. She came to the University in 2001 and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard. She is studying the inscription of Oral Torah and the transmission and formation of medieval Jewish culture.

Dr. M. Susan Lindee specializes in 20th-century biological and biomedical sciences, particularly radiation biology, human genetics, and genomics. She has been a member of the faculty since 1990. Her Ph.D. is from Cornell. She is investigating the convergence of war, science, and the healing arts of medicine in the United States from 1914 to 2001.

Professor Peter Stallybrass is co-director of the Penn Humanities Forum, director of the Center for the History of Material Texts, and a trustee of the English Institute at Harvard University. He taught for 12 years at the University of Sussex before coming to Penn in 1988. He is exploring the relationship between material forms of writing and methods of reading and literary composition in early modern England and America. He is also preparing exhibitions on "Benjamin Franklin and the Book" at the Library Company of Philadelphia and New York's Grolier Club and on "Writing Technologies" at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David Stern directs the Jewish Studies Program and is a scholar of classical Jewish literature and religion. He has been a member of the faculty since 1984, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard. He is studying the ways in which the physical forms of the Talmud, the Rabbinic Bible, the Prayerbook, and the Passover Haggadah have shaped their meaning and significance within Jewish culture.

Dr. Margo Todd is an expert on early modern English and Scottish history and the culture of Reformed Protestantism in Britain and early America. She came to Penn last fall from Vanderbilt University and has a Ph.D. from Washington University. She is compiling an urban history of the royal burgh of Perth in 16th- and 17th-century Scotland.


Academy of Osseointegration President: Dr. Jeffcoat

M. Jeffcoat

Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, Dean of Penn Dental, was named president of the Academy of Osseointegration,  during the Academy's 2004 Annual Meeting, last month. Dean Jeffcoat, who will serve a one-year term as president, has been an officer of the Academy's Board of Directors for five years, serving as president-elect and vice president.  Dean Jeffcoat also served on the Board of Directors and has been a member of the Academy since 1986.

In addition, Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, a member of the School of Dental Medicine's Board of Overseers has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Osseointegration.

The Academy of Osseointegration, the world's leading dental implant organization, was established in 1986 to advance the science and application of tissue replacement in oral and facial care.


American Studies Book Prize

Embodied History: the Lives of the Poor in Early Philadelphia, published by Penn Press in 2003 has been awarded the American Studies Network Book Prize. The author Simon Newman was a Philadelphia Center dissertation fellow in 1990-1991 at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He is currently the Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American Studies at the University of Glasgow. The Prize is awarded every other year by a consortium of European centers and institutes of American studies for the best book in all fields of American studies published by an European scholar.


Penn Professional Women's Network Awards

J. Rodin L. Gleitman L. Jemmott

The Penn Professional Women's Network (formerly AWFA) created a new award in honor of President Judith Rodin--the Judith Seitz Rodin Award for Innovative Leadership--at their annual Alice Paul Awards Breakfast last week. This award will be given annually, beginning next year to a Penn  woman, in her junior or senior year, who has demonstrated evidence of innovative leadership while a student here. It will be given through the Penn Professional Women's Network,  co-sponsored by the Trustees' Council for Penn Women.

The 2004 Award recipients, and excerpts from their citations follow.

Lenore Rowe Williams Award: Dr. Lila Gleitman, professor of psychology, SAS: "You have produced kaleidoscopic scholarship on first language acquisition, reaching into the work of ancient thought, across cultures, and into the elements of a child's mind to examine and explain processes vastly underestimated and oversimplified. An extraordinary body of work stands witness to your dedication, as does the globe-spanning constellation of faculty and students tracing their scholarly origins to you."

Robert E. Davies Award: Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, assistant provost, and van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and director, Center for Urban Health Research in the School of Nursing: "A spectacular model for how to combine a faculty career with community activism, you have done so with the greatest impact in your own neighborhood. Your commitment to urban health study has produced coalitions aiming to reduce disparities in health care delivery to minorities, and risk reduction and education in diseases such as AIDS."

Alice Paul Awards: Daphnee Saget, Law and Social Work: "Through leadership, fundraising and advocacy you have raised awareness of justice issues for persons of color, and for women and children. Your dedication has built a platform for examination of these and other critical contemporary issues both in and out of the Penn community."

Smita Jain and Jennifer Rakjumar, CAS: "By creating venues for dialogue on women's careers, health and politics, and through works of activism, you have brought students to the table to examine critical issues for themselves and for others."

Katherine Lee, CAS: "Through direct networking and organizing, you have effectively quintupled interest in and participation in Penn For Choice. Your dedicated activism had mobilized individuals on behalf of reproductive rights and reproductive health, not only at Penn, but also in regional and national arenas."

Radhika Gupta, SEAS: "Your  dedication and leadership in advancing the organization Women In Computing. Your energy  and strategic thought created an essential resource network for women in Computing and Information Science..."

The Lynda Hart Award: Jessica Brand, CAS: "Through numerous contributions of leadership, advocacy, and community service, you enhanced the performing arts community at Penn and served the Philadelphia community."


HERS: Drs. Bhutani and MacNamara

S. Dev Bhutani L. MacNamra

Two women from Penn were selected to attend the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College this year. Dr. Shalini Dev Bhutani, director of International Student and Scholar Services, Office of International Programs and Dr. Lois MacNamara, assistant dean of Student Affairs, Graduate School of Education. They will join women from all over the country in a month-long program co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resources (HERS) Mid-Atlantic. Penn has been sending women to this institute since 1976; 72 Penn women have become HERS alumnae in the past 27 years.


Genomics Institute Seed Awards

Below is a listing of fall 2003 awards for the 2003-04 award cycle. Coordination with a P-20 planning grant awarded for development of a National Center of Excellence in Biomedical Computing enabled additional awards to be made in Bioinformatics. The spring 2004 award cycle will be announced in May.

Please refer to for additional information including the seed grant guidelines.

Don Baldwin (Pathology/SoM) & Zissimos Mourelatos (Pathology/SoM) Novel Technology for Analyzing Regulatory RNA Expression

Andrew Dancis (Medicine/SoM) & Fevzi Daldal (Biology/SAS) Mitochondria of Sideroblastic Bone Marrow Cells: Proteomics and Analysis of Cofactors by Activity Staining

Ivan Julian Dmochowski (Chemistry/SAS) Laser-Activated Spatiotemporal Gene Regulation

Junhyong Kim (Biology/SAS), Sampath Kannan (CIS/SEAS) & Sanjeev Khanna (CIS/SEAS) Phylogeny Construction from Non-standard Data

Fernando Pereira (CIS/SEAS) et al Collective Inference: Integrating Multiple Types of Data from Multiple Species for more Effective Exploratory Analysis and Automated Annotation

Peter White (Pediatrics/CHOP), Susan Davidson (CIS/SEAS) & Mark Liberman (CIS/SEAS) Extracting and Integrating Cancer Mutation Data

Genomics Institute Seed Grant Committee

Academic Year 2003-2004 (Bioinformatics awards were made in consultation with the P-20 grant executive committee)

Ian Blair, Pharmacology/SoM;
Maja Bucan, Genetics/SoM;
Vivian Cheung, Pediatrics/CHOP;
James Eberwine, Pharmacology/SoM;
Philip Rea, Biology/SAS;
David Roos, Biology/SAS (chair);
Jeremy Wang, Animal Biology/Vet.


Top Researcher Awards

The American Heart Association will honor six researchers at the Association's Presidents' Reception: In Celebration of Research. The awardees are:

Karen S. Brown, a Ph.D. candidate in pharmacology in the School of Medicine. Ms. Brown's thesis research is focused on the effects of low or deficient folate, a necessary nutrient, and high homocysteine, a chemical that is frequently elevated in diseases of the heart and blood vessels found in cells that line human blood vessels.

Dr. Carol Deutsch, professor of physiology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Deutsch focuses her primary research on the function and assembly of potassium channels.

Kyle D. Mansfield, a graduate student in the biomedical graduate studies program in the department of cell and molecular biology in the School of Medicine. Mr. Mansfield is studying the role of mitochondria in cellular oxygen sensing.

Lawrence M. Szewczuk, a pre-doctoral fellow in the department of biochemistry and biophysics in the School of Medicine. Mr. Szewczuk's research focuses on resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound found in red wine and known to have cardiovascular protective, cancer chemopreventive, and anti-inflammatory activities.

Dr. Frank H. Wilkinson, a post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wilkinson is currently studying the role of a human protein, Yin Yang 1 (YY1) , during embryonic development.

Dr. Serge V. Yarovoi, a research associate in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine. Dr. Yarovoi's current research involves studying the basic mechanisms underlying the interaction of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and its receptor (uPAR).


Distinguished Researcher: Dr. Medoff-Cooper

B. Medoff-Cooper

Dr. Barbara Medoff-Cooper, the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor in Nutrition, at the School of Nursing, has been selected the second annual Claire Fagin Distinguished Researcher for 2004.

"Dr. Medoff-Cooper's advancement of the science of nursing, behavioral psychology, and neurobiology, as well as her considerable mentorship of scholars nationally and internationally embodies all the characteristics of this award in Claire Fagin's honor," said Dean Afaf Meleis. The award was established last year in honor of Dean Emeritus Claire Fagin, who has consistently promoted the importance of nursing.


Ivy Film Festival Winners

Josh Gorin, a junior in Cinema Studies and  Kiran Pallegadda (SEAS '03, W '03), took top honors at this year's annual Ivy Film Festival. Mr. Gorin was awarded Best Undergraduate Comedy for his 23-minute satire Winning Caroline. Produced in collaboration with students at Harvard, Princeton, and Penn State, the movie is a fast-paced romantic comedy. Last year Mr. Gorin and a group of fellow Penn students won the grand prize in a national contest for a short film, The Ninja Movie. Mr. Pallegadda won the Best Undergraduate Drama award for his film Elevator View, a 12-minute short shot in West Philadelphia. The film tells the story of a bored apartment security guard whose dreams of heroism quickly become a dangerous reality. Both films can be viewed at



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 30, April 20, 2004