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Acheson Medal: Wayne Worrell

Dr. Wayne Worrell, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Edward Goodrich Acheson Award by the Electrochemical Society. The Edward Goodrich Acheson Medal was founded in 1928 by Edward G. Acheson, the Electrochemical Society's sixth president. Dr. Worrell is the 37th person to receive the award and the first from Penn. Dr. Worrell, who has been in SEAS since 1965, received the award in recognition of his scientific achievements and outstanding service to the materials science community. He runs an internationally known research group in high-temperature materials chemistry. He has published more than 110 scientific papers, holds 10 patents and has directed 27 doctoral theses.

Sarnat Prize: Albert Stunkard

Dr. Albert J. Stunkard, professor emeritus of psychiatry, has been awarded the 2004 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the Institute of Medicine. The Sarnat Prize is in recognition of the international scope and significance of Dr. Stunkard's contributions to psychiatry and mental health, particularly for his research on eating disorders. Dr. Stunkard —a pioneer in the field of psychosomatic medicine—was the first to describe binge eating disorder and night eating syndrome and has spent more than 50 years conducting clinical research on these disorders. In the 1970s, he was instrumental in the development of behavioral therapy for obesity and anorexia nervosa; and in the 1980s he developed the most widely-used questionnaire to assess the psychological aspects of eating behavior. His work has altered the public perception of eating disorders and his seminal work has led to improvements in treatment. 

Anatomy Lesson: Charles O'Brien

Dr. Charles P. O'Brien, vice chair, department of psychiatry, and director, Center for the Study of Addiction at the School of Medicine, and director of psychiatric research at the Philadelphia Veteran's Administration Medical Center, has been invited by the Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic Medical Center) and the University of Amsterdam in Holland to present The Anatomy Lesson—a tradition dating back to the 16th century.

The modern Anatomy Lesson is a weeklong event consisting of a presentation by an internationally prominent scientist of a subject on the cutting edge of science. Dr. O'Brien will be presenting the work of his team at the Philadelphia VAMC and the department of psychiatry dealing with brain mechanisms of addiction and the development of new treatments for these disorders. "I am humbled by the people of Amsterdam for choosing me to continue the tradition this year. This is a society that values learning and believes everyone should have an equal chance in bettering themselves," said Dr. O'Brien. "Addiction is a modern problem facing the whole world. We all have the capacity to become addicted and we are all affected by it in one way or another."

Fulbright Scholar: Eric Feldman

Dr. Eric A. Feldman, assistant professor of law, has been awarded a 2004-2005 Fulbright Scholar Grant. He will be researching the topic, From Manners to Rules: Tradition and Legal Transformation in Contemporary Japan at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Red Ribbon: Loretta Sweet Jemmott

Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, the van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,  director of the Center for Urban Health Research, and Assistant Provost for Gender and Minority Equity Issues, has been awarded the first annual Red Ribbon Award by the Center for AIDS Research for her contributions to the fight against AIDS. The Red Ribbon is the highest recognition granted by the Center for policy makers and researchers who have made significant contributions to the fight against AIDS. The two other recipients of the award this year were Governor Edward Rendell and the Honorable Chaka Fattah, of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Teaching Award: Stephen Galetta

Dr. Stephen L. Galetta, the Van Meter Professor of Neurology and Ophthamology, director of the Neuro-ophthalmology division and the director of Neurological Training, has been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with the Robert J. Glaser AOA Distinguished Teacher Award. The award is presented in collaboration with the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society. The award is based on a national competition conducted annually through the offices of the deans of U.S. and Canadian medical schools and is designed to recognize distinction in medical student teaching.

"He's a dynamic teacher…unbelievably amazing. I met him my first day of medical school, and he's one of the reasons I've stayed at Penn and went into neurology," said Dr. Beau Ances, a senior resident in neurology.

Clearwater Award: Harris Steinberg

Mr. Harris Steinberg, adjunct assistant professor of architecture in the School of Design, and executive director of Penn Praxis, has received the Clearwater Award for his work on the Penn's Landing Forum. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual or individuals, working at the grassroots level for the betterment of their community and its waterfront.

Harold Berger Award: Dean Kamen

Mr.Dean Kamen, inventor and physicist, has been chosen to receive the The Berger Award, which is given bi-annually by SEAS to a technological innovator who has made a lasting contribution to the quality of our lives. Special emphasis is given to the societal and economic significance of an advance. Mr. Kamen has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. With his latest invention, the Segway™ Human Transporter, Mr. Kamen aspired to improve upon the most basic form of transportation, walking, by allowing people to go farther, move more quickly, and carry more without separating them from their everyday walking environment. The award is named for the Honorable Harold Berger, EE '48, L '51,  former  Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia and current  president of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District Chapter.

Donald Sheehan Fellowship: Lou Yi

Ms. Lou Yi, the Washington D.C. correspondent for Caijing magazine, has been named the winner of the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists' inaugural Donald T. Sheehan International Fellowship. Ms. Yi had covered topics including SARS and corruption in China. She was recently reporting on the U.S. presidential election.

The award was established in honor of the late Donald T. Sheehan, the former Wharton vice president of public affairs who created the program in 1968. The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists provide members of the media insight from Wharton faculty into topics such as financial markets, accounting principles, corporate strategy, and the global economy.

President AAST: C. William Schwab

Dr. C. William Schwab, professor of surgery and chief of the division of trauma and surgical critical care at UPHS, has been elected president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). Under Dr. Schwab's leadership, Penn has become a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center, recently recognized as a "model program" for the nation. Founded in 1938, the AAST provides leadership and fosters advances in the surgery of trauma, serving as an intellectual forum for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to research, practice and training in the surgery of trauma. 

NINDS: Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano

Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, professor and chair of neurology and professor of microbiology, has been appointed to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Strokes Council. The Council is the major advisory panel of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). NINDS is  the nation's primary supporter of basic, translational, and clinical research on the brain and nervous system. Dr. Gonzalez-Scarano said he hopes that the "work over the coming years will help scientists further their efforts in trying to solve many of the disorders affecting the brain and nervous system that afflict a great number of people in our society."

President, QOLS: Richard Estes

Dr. Richard Estes, professor of social work, has been elected president of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies which promotes and encourages research and provides an organization through which all academic and professional researchers interested in QOL studies may coordinate their efforts within various disciplines.

Pacemaker Award: DP

The Daily Pennsylvanian has been recognized as one of the top college newspapers in the country for the fourth consecutive year. The paper received the Pacemaker Award, regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of the college press. It is given by the Associated Collegiate Press for outstanding journalism. The DP has won the award six of the last eight years. Publications are judged for coverage and content, design, depth of reporting and opinion page quality.

Ninth Most Connected: Penn

Penn has moved up to the top ten group in the The Princeton Review's  list of Most Connected Campuses. Penn is listed as the ninth best school, having moved up from the 37th position, as a result of the increase in wireless networks and the improvement in administrative systems.  The survey areas in which the top schools excelled were: having a campus-wide network, wireless network, stream audio or video of courses, network access in dorm room and dormitory lounges, computer ethics policy in place, access to Usenet newsgroups, courses in emerging technologies, streaming campus radio or TV stations.



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