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Honors and Other Things

  • SEAS Research Award: Dr. Bonnell
  • Nelson Award: Dr. Casarett
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force: Dr. Clark
  • Knight Ridder Board: Dr. Gerrity
  • NEH Fellowship: Dr. Hirschmann
  • Ullman Award: Dr. Kricka
  • NIDDK Advisory Council: Dr. Lazar
  • Sloan Fellow: Dr. Thomson
  • 2006 Women of Color Awards
  • 2006 James Brister Society Awards
  • Dawn Bonnell

    SEAS Research Award: Dr. Bonnell

    Dr. Dawn A. Bonnell, Trustee Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center, is the 2006 recipient of the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. The award recognizes excellence in scholarly activities among the engineering faculty. Dr. Bonnell received the award for her pioneering studies of the application of scanning probes to the study of complex oxides. 

    The award is named in honor of Dr. George H. Heilmeier, chairman emeritus of Telcordia Technologies, in recognition of his extraordinary research career, his leadership in technical innovation and public service, and his loyal and steadfast support of Penn Engineering.

    David Casarett

    Nelson Award: Dr. Casarett

    Dr. David J. Casarett, assistant professor of medicine, fellow of the Institute on Aging and physician, is the first recipient of the William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics, presented by the National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Dr. Casarett was recognized as a national leader in the field of health care ethics. Throughout his career, Dr. Casarett has promoted ethical health care practices through his focus on understanding and improving the way patients make health care decisions at the end of life.

    This award was established in honor of Dr. William A. Nelson, who provided 30 years of federal service. It recognizes VHA employees who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting ethical health care practice in VHA.

    Christopher Clark

    Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force: Dr. Clark

    Dr. Christopher M. Clark, associate director of Penn’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center and director of the Memory Disorders Clinic, has been selected to become a member of the national Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Professional Task Force. The task force will help develop recommendations to increase their participation in the leadership and services offered by the Association.

    Dr. Clark, a board certified neurologist, is an associate professor of neurology in the School of Medicine and director of the recently initiated Center of Excellence for Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases at Penn. He is a fellow of Penn’s Institute on Aging.

    Thomas Gerrity

    Knight Ridder Board: Dr. Gerrity

    Dr. Thomas P. Gerrity, Joseph J. Aresty Professor of Management, and former Wharton dean,  has been elected to the Board of Directors of Knight Ridder, a communications company engaged primarily in newspaper and Internet publishing. It is one of the nation’s leading providers of news, information and advertising.
    Nancy Hirschmann

    NEH Fellowship: Dr. Hirschmann

    Dr. Nancy J.  Hirschmann, professor of political science and department vice chair, has received a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her work, A Political Theory of Disability and Illness.  Dr. Hirschmann works at the intersection of the history of political thought analytical philosophy, and feminist theory.

    Larry Kricka

    Ullman Award: Dr. Kricka

    Dr. Larry Kricka, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, anddirector of general chemistry at HUP, has been named the winner of the 2006 Edwin F. Ullman Award. He was recognized  for his novel uses of light and miniaturization. The award, sponsored by Dade Behring Inc., is named in honor of Edwin F. Ullman, a pioneer in immunoassay technology who has received more than 150 U.S. patents.

    Mitchell Lazar

    NIDDK Advisory Council: Dr. Lazar

    Dr. Mitchell A. Lazar, Sylvan H. Eisman Professor of Medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Lazar joins the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases Subcommittee.

    He is also the director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism at HUP. Dr. Lazar’s research interests include the regulation of gene expression and metabolism by nuclear hormone receptors and mechanisms of obesity-associated insulin resistance and diabetes.

    Evelyn Thomson

    Sloan Fellow: Dr. Thomson

    Dr. Evelyn J. Thomson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

    The Sloan Research Fellowships provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars, who were endeavoring to set up laboratories and establish their independent research projects with little or no outside support.

    Sharon Harris

    2006 Women of Color Awards

    Penn and the Health System celebrated Women of Color Day by recognizing the talents and achievements of a diverse group of women in the community whose special commitment and dedicated service to their workplace, or the Delaware Valley, have made a difference. The  accomplishments of these women were recognized at the Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Program on March 3.

    Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award: Sharon Moorer Harris, Executive Director, Human Resources

    Faculty/Staff Awards: Luz Marin, administrative coordinator, Women’s Studies Program and Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality

    Michelle D. Ray, Director, Graduate Programs of Sansom Place

    Graduate/Professional Student Award: Jamey L. Long, MSW candidate, School of Social Policy & Practice

    Undergraduate Student Award: Julija Zubac, C ’06, and Fatimah L. Muhammad, C ’06

    H.S. Students: Recognition was also given to the achievements of the following top-ranking female students graduating this June from neighboring West Philadelphia high schools: Cedrine Fletcher, Motivation High School; Chanele Pinckney, University City High School; Erica Parker, Parkway West High School; Christella Louis, Overbrook High School; Ann-Marie Bangura, West Philadelphia High School; Davida Douglas, West Philadelphia High School.

    2006 James Brister Society Awards

    Alumni Relations and the Penn Alumni Diversity Alliance announced the winners of the 2006 James Brister Society Faculty and Student Awards at their 11th annual ceremony on March 17.

    The winners are:

    Faculty Award: Dr. Barbara D. Savage, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, Professor of History

    Association of Latino Alumni Student Award: Naomi M. Adaniya (W ’06)

    Brister Student Award: Jonathan Ludmir (C ’06)

    Black Alumni Society Student Award: Fatimah L. Muhammad (C ’06)

    University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network: Wesley K. Nakamura (C ’06)



      Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 28, April 4, 2006


    April 4, 2006
    Volume 52 Number 28


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