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Dr. Buerk: BMES Fellow

The Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has elected Dr. Donald G. Buerk, research associate professor of physiology and bioengineering, to their inaugural class of Fellows. Fellow status is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society.

Dr. Crocker: “Brilliant 10”

Engineering researcher Dr. John Crocker has been named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10” in the September issue.  Dr. Crocker, the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation, in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is also a member of Penn’s Institute of Medicine and Engineering. He was cited for his ongoing study of how living cells sense and respond to their environment.  According to the magazine, “His findings could influence fields as disparate as tissue engineering and cancer detection.” Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” is at www.popsci.com.

Dr. Cohen: Goldhaber Award

Dr. D. Walter Cohen, dean emeritus of the School of Dental Medicine, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2005 Paul Goldhaber Award, given by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The award—given to dental scientists and educators—is in honor of Harvard’s former dean of the dental school. Dr. Cohen was honored for his outstanding national and international contribution to dental education and the dental profession.

Dr. Jeffcoat: Surgeon General Award

Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, was recognized by the Commissioned Officers Association (COA) with the 2005 Surgeon General David Satcher Keynote Lecturer Award. The recipients of the award reflect former Surgeon General David Satcher’s vision of health promotion and disease prevention nationally and globally. Dr. Jeffcoat’s address and award were presented in June as part of the dental category day activities.

Dr. Hershberg: No Child Left Behind

Dr. Theodore Hershberg, professor of public policy and history and director of the Center for Greater Philadelphia, has been asked by the Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to participate in a national work group that is considering possible changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Dr. Hershberg’s invitation was a result of the work he has done through the Center’s most recent effort, Operation Public Education, a foundation and corporate funded school reform initiative.

Dr. Sokoloff: Training Teachers

Harris Sokoloff

Dr. Harris Sokoloff, director of GSE’s Center for School Study Councils and adjunct  professor in GSE, has been invited to serve on the newly established state commission, Training America’s Teachers Commission. According to Dr. Sokoloff, “The important work of the Commission will involve developing recommendations on issues facing educators in Pennsylvania: teaching in early education settings, in low-income communities, in state-of-the-art high schools, and in schools with high-immigrant, non-English speaking populations.” The Commission will include 44 representatives from the state’s educational community. Members represent higher education, public schools, business, and community organizations.

Dr. Spencer: APA Award

Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, professor of education and professor of psychology, is the 2005 recipient of the American Psychology Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. According to the APA, Dr. Spencer was recognized for her “seminole role in bridging and extending basic theories of human development to foster innovative research that acknowledges culture and assesses context in the field of development psychology.” 

Mr. Stupine: PACCA’s Board

Barry Stupine, vice dean for administration and finance for the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as a new member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA).  He has been the director of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital since 1978.  PACCA is dedicated to providing caring, compassionate services that benefit residents and their companion animals within the city of Philadelphia.

Dr. Thomas: Honorable Mention

Steven Thomas

Dr. Steven A. Thomas, associate professor of pharmacology, received honorable mention for the 2005 Freedom Award for his research on the role of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in the development of depression and in the action of antidepressant medications.  The Freedman Award is given by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). The award honors young investigators who, with the help of NARSAD grants, have made breakthroughs in basic brain and behavior research.

Dr. Wilson: ACLS Fellowship

Dr. Emily Wilson, assistant professor of Classical studies, is the recipient of a 2004-2005 American Council of Learned Society Fellowship. Dr. Wilson was awarded $30,000, to be used in conjunction with the $20,000 Roma Prize, which she won earlier this year. She will use the awards to work in Rome on her forthcoming book, The Death of Socrates: Reflections and Constructions after Plato. Dr. Wilson’s scholarly interests cover many aspects of Greek and Latin poetry and drama, the Classical tradition and the reception of Classical literature in the Renaissance. The ACLS made awards totaling $2.3 million to 60 scholars for postdoctoral research in the humanities and related social sciences.

UPHS: Most Wired

For the fifth year in a row, UPHShas been named one of the top 100 Most Wired Hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The survey found that the nation’s “most wired” hospitals and health systems have, on average, risk-adjusted mortality rates that are 7.2 percent lower than other hospitals and often simultaneously use information technology (IT) to eliminate specific errors and as well as create general improvements in care.  IT is in high gear across a broad range of goals: reducing errors, increasing the use of evidence-based medicine, fixing processes, and improving outcomes. UPHS is profiled in the Summer 2005 edition of H&HN’s Most Wired magazine.

HUP: U.S. News’ Honor Roll

HUPhas been listed in the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report, as featured in its July 18 issue. The publication’s annual ranking of hospitals lists HUP as one of only 16 hospitals in the nation to be recognized as an “Honor Roll” hospital for its exceptional performance in many specialty areas. Of the hospitals included in the survey, HUP ranked best in the Philadelphia area in: heart and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; gynecology; ear, nose and throat; respiratory disorders; digestive disorders; rheumatology; geriatrics; kidney disease; urology; and psychiatry; and its expertise was similarly highlighted in cancer; hormonal disorders; and rehabilitation. The survey measured the nation’s hospitals based on their reputation among a group of randomly selected, board-certified physicians.

School of Medicine Awards

The following are recipients of Penn Medicine’s 2005 Awards of Excellence.

Dr. Steven M. Albelda, William Maul Measey Professor of Medicine, Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.

Dr. Aba Barden-Maja, instructor of general internal medicine, Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care Physician Award.

Dr. Joseph E. Bavaria, vice chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at HUP and director of Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Luigi Mastroianni Clinical Innovator Award.

Dr. Avinash Bhandoola, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Michael S. Brown Junior Faculty Research Award.

Dr. Yale E. Goldman, professor of physiology and director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute, Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award.

Dr. David A. Katzka, associate professor of medicine, Louis Duhring Outstanding Clinical Specialist Award.

Dr. Stephen Ludwig, professor and associate chair for medical education in the department of pediatrics, I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician Award.

Dr. Michael P. Madaio, professor of medicine, The Lady Barbara Colyton Prize for Autoimmune Research.

Dr. Daniel Polsky, research associate professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine and associate professor of health care systems, The Wharton School, Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award.

Dr. Daniel J. Rader, associate professor of medicine, pharmacology, and pathology and laboratory medicine, William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award.

Dr. C. William Schwab, professor of surgery and chief of the division of trauma and surgical critical care, Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award.

Dr. Kathleen E. Sullivan, associate professor of immunology, The Lady Barbara Colyton Prize for Autoimmune Research.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 5, September 27, 2005


September 27, 2005
Volume 52 Number 5


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