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Honors & Other Things

  • Graham Prize for Health Service and Research!America Award: Dr. Aiken
  • Meyer Award: Dr. Beck
  • Keck Futures Grant: Dr. Bushman
  • Clinical Dietetics: Dr. Compher
  • Outstanding Investigator: Dr. Epstein
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Rodin
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Jamieson
  • Researcher Award: Dr. Jemmott
  • Sloan Research Fellow: Dr. Meggers
  • Eweson Lecturer: Dr. Praticò
  • Financial Journalism: Dr. Skeel
  • Feline Foundation Grant: Dr. Sleeper and Dr. Russell
  • Pender Award: Dr. Dresselhaus

    Graham Prize for Health Service and Research!America Award: Dr. Aiken

    Linda Aiken

    Dr.Linda Aiken, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, LDI Senior Fellow, and professor of sociology, has been selected as a recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Service Research. The Prize was established to recognize worldwide contributions to the improvement of public health through research in the health services, particularly research that has a lasting impact on the healthcare system and the way healthcare is administered.

    Dr. Aiken has also received the 2006 Research!America Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership. She was recognized for her history of exemplary contributions to the field of nursing research. Dr. Aiken’s research has helped improve the quality of nurses’ practice environments in hospitals nationwide.

    Meyer Award: Dr. Beck

    Aaron Beck

    Dr. Aaron T. Beck, professor emeritus of psychiatry and the director of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide, is the recipient of the 2006 Adolf Meyer Award, the American Psychiatric Association’s most prestigious award. Dr. Beck is also the recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Mental Health Research Association, NARSAD; the 2006 Strecker Award, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Keck Futures Grant: Dr. Bushman

    Dr. Frederic Bushman, professor of microbiology, received a Keck Futures Initiative Grant along with his co-principal investigator, Rob Douglas Knight of the University of Colorado for their proposed research, Dynamics of the Human Intestinal Flora in Health and Disease. They were awarded $75,000 for their research on the effects of disease on the composition of the gut flora. The Keck Futures Initiative was awarded to 14 research projects around the country. These grants are aimed to fill a critical gap between research on bold new ideas and major federal funding programs, which do not typically provide grants in areas that are considered risky or unusual.

    Clinical Dietetics: Dr. Compher

    Dr. Charlene Compher, assistant professor in nutrition science, has received the 2006 Award for Excellence in Clinical Dietetics, which was given to her at the multi-disciplinary Clinical Nutrition Week meeting in February. At HUP, Dr. Compher provides care as a member of a multidisciplinary practice to patients who need prolonged parenteral feedings. Her current research interests involve investigating the specific effects of vitamin status on the formation of blood clots and dietary treatments on the absorption of nutrients in patients who have lost much of their own ability to absorb nutrients from a remaining intestine.

    Outstanding Investigator: Dr. Epstein

    Jon Epstein

    Dr. Jon Epstein, professor of medicine and cardiovascular researcher, has been selected as this year’s winner of the American Federation for Medical Research’s (AFMR) Outstanding Investigator Award, the organization’s top honor for medical investigation. With the award Dr. Epstein will also receive a $5,000 award dedicated to fostering medical research and support programs aimed at developing the careers of physician scientists.

    Honorary Degree: Dr. Rodin

    Dr. Judith Rodin, president emerita of Penn and president of the Rockefeller Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the University of Pittsburgh’s Commencement where she will receive a doctor of humane letters honorary degree. “Dr. Rodin is one of the world’s most respected leaders in education and philanthropy and is a living model of the values that our university seeks to instill in its students,” said Mark A. Nordenberg, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.

    Honorary Degree: Dr. Jamieson

    Kathleen Hall Jamieson

    Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and the  Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, will receive an honorary degree from Ursinus College. She will be honored with a doctor of humane letters degree. Dr. Jamieson has served as the dean of the Annenberg School of Communication and has also served as the chair of the American Academy of Political Science’s Board of Directors.

    Researcher Award: Dr. Jemmott

    Loretta Jemmott

    Dr. Loretta Jemmott, van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, director of the Center for Health Disparities Research and assistant provost for Gender and Minority Equity Issues has received the Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Jemmott received the recognition for her prominent work designing and testing theory-based, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate strategies to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African Americans, Latinos and South African adolescents. “Dr. Jemmott is a world renowned expert in developing and translating preventative models of care, which are changing risky behavior of adolescents in the United States and abroad,” said Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis.

    Sloan Research Fellow: Dr. Meggers

    Dr. Eric Meggers, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a 2006 Sloan Research Fellowship. Dr. Meggers’ laboratory group works on novel chemical tools for the manipulation of biological processes and biological tools for the creation of molecules and materials with new properties and functions. The fellowship program recognizes the very best young American scientists and provides research grants over a two-year period.

    Eweson Lecturer: Dr. Praticò

    Domenico Pratico

    Dr. Domenico Praticò, research associate professor of pharmacology, has been named as the Dorothy Dillon Eweson Lecturer for 2006. The award is sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and is given each year to a scientist who made substantial contribution to the advances in aging research. He is recognized for his lecture entitled: “Aging, Oxidative Stress and Atherosclerosis.”



    Financial Journalism: Dr. Skeel

    David Skeel
    Dr. David Skeel, professor of law, won the Excellence in Financial Journalism award from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) for an article he wrote for the magazine Legal Affairs. The article, “Behind the Hedge,” was an exploration of the unregulated world of hedge funds to help explain why the funds have the potential to devastate the market and millions of ordinary investors and to evaluate possible reforms.

    Feline Foundation Grant: Dr. Sleeper and Dr. Russell

    Dr. Meg Sleeper, assistant professor of cardiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Nicholas Russell, resident at Penn’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, have received a grant from the Winn Feline Foundation. They have been recognized for their work in the treatment of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart disease).

    Pender Award: Dr. Dresselhaus

    Mildred Dresselhaus

    The Harold Pender Award, the highest honor bestowed by Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science was awarded to Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor  of Physics and Electrical Engineering.  She was recognized for her pioneering contributions and leadership in the field of carbon-based nanostructures and nanotechnology, and for promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering. The Pender Award was initiated in 1972 and is named for Harold Pender, the founding dean of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.



      Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 31, April 25, 2006


    April 25, 2006
    Volume 52 Number 31


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