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Kluge Prize: Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan

Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan, a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication and scholarly director of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands Institutions of Democracy, has been awarded the second John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences. Dr. Pelikan received the prize along with Paul Ricoeur of Paris, France. The Kluge Prize was created last year to honor achievement in fields not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Dr. Pelikan, also the Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale University, received an honorary degree from Penn at commencement last May. His work links the past with the present through a body of work considered the definitive exploration of Christian tenets. He is the founding chairman of the Council of Scholars at the Library of Congress.


$4.8 Million Grant: George Macones

George A. Macones

Dr. George A. Macones, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at HUP and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and epidemiology in the School of Medicine, has received a $4.8 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support a Center of Excellence for Research in Pregnancy Outcomes. The grant was awarded by the Department of Health using Tobacco Settlement funds. The University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Albert Einstein Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, propose a multidisciplinary randomized controlled clinical trial to determine if screening and treating periodontal disease during pregnancy is warranted to reduce pre-term births.

Periodontal disease has been linked to pre-term birth in numerous epidemiological studies. The prevalence of periodontal disease is highest in under-served populations, with some estimates as high as 40-50 percent. As part of a 4-year study 1,600 pregnant women will be recruited from under-served areas in Philadelphia. Women with periodontal disease will be randomized to either to scaling and root planing or tooth polishing. A cohort of 700 women without periodontal disease will also be followed for comparison. The subjects will be followed for the occurrence of spontaneous pre-term birth. The study will also evaluate some of the mechanisms through which periodontal disease may exert its effect.

In addition to Dr. Macones, Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Jerome F. Strauss, III, Director, Center of Research for Reproduction and Women’s Health will serve as Co-Principle investigators on this project.


Honorary Degree: Edna Foa

Edna Foa

Dr. Edna Foa, professor of clinical psychology in the department of psychiatry, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel in Switzerland. She was honored for her contributions to the understanding of the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders with an emphasis on obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.




Greater Philadelphia Leadership Award: John Glick

John H. Glick

Roman Catholic High School has awarded its 2004 Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award to Dr. John H. Glick, director of the Abramson Cancer Center.  The Award is presented each year in memory of Thomas E. Cahill, a successful Philadelphia business leader in the 1800s who provided for the creation of Roman Catholic High School in his will. “This annual award honors and individual who displays outstanding leadership as well as significant civic stewardship. John Glick exemplifies these qualities,” said Daniel M. DiLella, chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Area Leadership Award. “An acknowledged international leader in the areas of breast cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Dr. Glick’s career as a physician, researcher and educator has embodied creating knowledge and providing hope to cancer patients and their families.”


Pioneer Award: Vernon Hill

Vernon W. Hill

Mr.Vernon W. Hill, founder and chairman of Commerce Bancorp and Wharton alumnus, was awarded the first annual Marketing Pioneer Award. The award is given to an individual who has inspired breakthrough thinking and innovation in marketing.  Mr. Hill, W ’67,  was chosen for instituting major changes in the retail banking industry, for breaking down barriers, and for raising the standard for excellence in marketing. Dr. Stephen Hoch, chairman of the marketing department and  director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, said “We are extremely pleased to give this award to Vernon Hill who has raised the standard for innovation and excellence through his leadership.”



Penn Medicine’s FOCUS on Health & Leadership Program has received the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. The award recognizes an individual or a Women in Medicine Organization for outstanding contributions to develop women leaders in academic medicine.

FOCUS was recently awarded this national recognition for their efforts on behalf of Penn women in academic medicine. The criteria for the award include: improving the educational and professional environment for women in academic medicine; enhancing the development of women faculty into positions of greater leadership, and/or; nurturing students in their academic career development.

FOCUS Winners At the awards ceremony: (From left to right) Dr. Lucy Wolf Tuton (co-director of FOCUS), Patricia Scott (co-director, FOCUS), and Dr. Stephanie Abbuhl (director of FOCUS and vice chair, medical director and associate professor of emergency medicine). Not shown: Dr. Katrina Armstrong (director of FOCUS Research Programs), who was unable to join her colleagues to receive the award in Boston.


Presbyterian Medical Center

Presbyterian Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals for the third year in a row.

“We are honored to receive this distinction from Solucient for a third year in a row,” said Michele Volpe, executive director of Presbyterian Medical Center. “Presbyterian has a long history of providing the very best in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, and I feel incredibly proud to have such a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and technicians providing much-needed and comprehensive services to our community and the region.”

The annual Solucient study for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria and provides benchmarks for performance improvement for use by all hospitals that provide cardiac care.


Field Hockey MVP: Lea Salese

Penn Field Hockey midfielder, Ms. Lea Salese, a junior in the College, has been named the Philadelphia City 6 Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Philadelphia team along with teammates Liz Lorelli, a senior in EAS, Elizabeth Schlossberg, a sophomore in the College, and Melissa Black, a freshman in the College. Ms. Salese was also named to the first-team All-Ivy and All-Mid-Atlantic squads this year.




  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 15, December 14, 2004


December 14, 2004
Volume 51 Number 15


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