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Honors & Other Things

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow: Dr. Englander
  • Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer Award: Dr. Kagan
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Caplan
  • Honorary Degree: Dr. Stunkard
  • Carnegie Scholar: Dr. Sharkey
  • Grants for Faculty Research on the Study of Race in Education
  • NCAA Championship: Mr. Valenti
  • Wharton #1 for Undergrad
  • Penn Professional Women’s Awards
  • Fletcher Fellow: Dr. Spencer
  • Ivy Day Award Recipients

    Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow: Dr. Englander

    In addition to the faculty members listed in last week’s Almanac, Dr. S. Walter Englander, Jacob Gershon-Cohen Professor of Medical Science and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Englander’s research interests include macromolecular structure, dynamics, and function.

    Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer Award: Dr. Kagan

    Sarah Kagan
    Dr. Sarah H. Kagan, associate professor of gerontological nursing and gerontology clinical nurse specialist, has received the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer Award. The award recognizes Dr. Kagan as an oncology nurse who demonstrates excellence in age-sensitive health interventions, quality care, and symptom management to older adult patients with cancer. She has written chapters on head and neck cancer and radiation oncology in older adults. The award is supported by Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and ONS.“As a career-long ONS member and as a clinical nurse specialist and scholar, I am humbled and hugely honored by this award,” said Dr. Kagan.  “Receipt of this award recognizes my passion and mission to achieve best evidence-based practice with older adults who have cancer.”She is an active member of ONS—the largest professional oncology association in the world, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, Society of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and Gerontological Society of America.

    Honorary Degree: Dr. Caplan

    Arthur Caplan
    Dr. Arthur Caplan, Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, and director of the Center for Bioethics, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Connecticut. He will be honored with a doctor of science degree. Dr. Caplan “has served on advisory boards for the United Nations, the President of the United States, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has been called the ‘Babe Ruth of medical ethics,’ and writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com.”

    Honorary Degree: Dr. Stunkard

    Dr. Albert Stunkard, professor of psychiatry and founder and emeritus director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program, is being honored by Louisiana State University with an honoris causa doctorate of science degree. “Dr. Stunkard has been an integral member of the School of Medicine and the department of psychiatry since he joined the faculty in 1959. He has mentored thousands of clinicians and researchers and is internationally recognized for his work in weight and eating disorders.”

    Carnegie Scholar: Dr. Sharkey

    Heather Sharkey
    Dr. Heather Sharkey, assistant professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, was named a Carnegie Scholar. The fellows were recognized for their innovative scholarship on the study of Islam and the modern world. Dr. Sharkey’s research topic is “Christian Evangelism and Western Imperialism in the Modern Middle East: The Long-Term Consequences of American Missionary Encounters with Muslims.” Carnegie Scholars receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period to pursue research.

    Grants for Faculty Research on the Study of Race in Education

    To help ensure that the Penn GSE’s research addresses the intersection of race and education, Dean Susan Fuhrman recently announced a Faculty Research Fund for the Study of Race in Education. GSE is dedicating seed funding ($100,000 per year for the next three years) to collaborative faculty research projects that focus on teaching, learning, and the context of schooling for African-American and Latino students in American urban schools or institutions of higher education. Teams of Penn GSE faculty were invited to apply for grant funding in February and a selection committee of scholars external to GSE made the first annual awards in early April.

    This year’s grantees are Dr. Stanton Wortham (with Drs. Kathy Howard, Nancy Hornberger, and Vivian Gadsden) for “Imagining New Americans: Schooling Immigrant Mexican Youth in the Latino Diaspora,” and Dr. Marybeth Gasman (with Drs. Laura Perna and Susan Yoon) for “Increasing the Representation of African-American Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education: The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

    Grantees will begin their research projects this summer and will present reports on the ongoing research in open colloquia at GSE next year.

    “This grant fund is one way that we can inform the issues and debates with high-quality research and foster increased dialogue across our school. The idea is to give promising lines of inquiry a sound starting point,” said Dean Fuhrman.

    NCAA Championship: Mr. Valenti

    Matthew Valenti, a senior in the College, won the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships in the 133-lb. weight class. He is the third national champion in Penn wrestling history. Mr. Valenti was also named the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Associations Wrestler of the Year.

    Wharton #1 for Undergrad

    The Wharton School topped BusinessWeek’s 2006 ranking of the best undergraduate business programs. The rankings were based on survey results from over 100,000 business majors at top schools and a poll of undergraduate recruiters. Other factors include the starting salaries of graduates, the number of students that went on to MBA programs, SAT scores, and faculty-student ratios.

    Penn Professional Women’s Awards

    Regina AustinAfaf Meleis

    The Robert E. Davies Award: Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law and Afaf Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing. This award is in honor of the late feminist and distinguished Penn scholar, and recognizes  individual(s) for their work for social change on campus and beyond.

    Roselyn EisenbergElena Marie DiLapi Gloria Gay

    The Lenore Rowe Williams Award: Dr. Roselyn Eisenberg, professor of microbiology/Vet Med.; Elena Marie DiLapi, and Gloria M. Gay, Penn Women’s Center. This award honors the wife of the former Provost Edwin B. Williams. It is given to a distinguished female scholar/leader whose contributions extend within and beyond the campus.

    The Alice Paul Awards: Niva Kramek C ’06, Jennifer Lane C ’05, Lisa Rothfarb C ’06, Desiree Tunstall C ’06; Excelano Project Executive Committee: Amma Asare C ’06, Tracey Gilbert C ’06, Stephen Danley C ’07, Pablo Sierra C ’06, Caroline Rothstein C ’06. Named for the suffragist leader and Penn alumna who founded the National Women’s Party and authored the Equal Rights Amendment, these are awarded to students, who have demonstrated outstanding service to women in the Penn community.

    Alice Paul Awards 2006
    PPW Awardees 2006: (left to right)
    Shira Bergman, Desiree Tunstall, Stephen Danley, Caroline Rothstein, Pablo Sierra, Amma Asare, Niva Kramek, Jennifer Lane, Lisa Rothfarb.

    The Lynda Hart Award: Shira Bergman, C ’06This award is given to a woman student who has made an outstanding contribution to the artistic life on campus. Established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Hart, professor of English and Theatre Arts who was a mentor to many and a moving force behind the Women’s Theatre Festival.

    Judith Seitz Rodin Prize for Innovative Leadership: Caroline Rothstein, C ’06.This award is given to a junior or senior woman who has demonstrated innovative leadership through a program, service, or scholarly activity.

    Fletcher Fellow: Dr. Spencer

    Margaret Spencer
    Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, professor of education and psychology,  was  selected as a winner of the 2006 Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., Fellowship. Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend to fund work on race relations or African-American culture. During her fellowship, Dr. Spencer will work on a project entitled “Patterns of Resiliency and Resistance: Crafting Identities in a Post-Brown Era of Privilege and Risk,” which will build on her substantial body of research regarding the psychosocial development and academic achievement of minority youths.

    Ivy Stone 2006

    The 2006 Ivy Stone was designed by Connie Yang, C ’06. Made of Evergreen granite, the stone will be placed in Wynn Commons.A  photographic archive of Ivy Stones from 1873 to 2004 is at www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/pennhistory/ivystones /ivystones.html.

    Ivy Day Award Recipients

    Althea K. Hottel Award: Rachel I. Fersh, C ’06

    Gaylord P. Harnwell Award: Caroline E. Rothstein, C ’06

    David R. Goddard Award: Hayley M. Gross, C ’06

    R. Jean Brownlee Award: Sheri E. Halpern, C ’06

    Spoon Award: Pierre A. Gooding,C ’06

    Bowl Award: James J. Fanelly, W ’06

    Cane Award: David B. Diesenhouse, C ’06

    Spade Award: Spencer G. Scharff, C ’06

    Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy:  Emily L. Petkun, C ’06

    Class of 1915 Award: Courtney B. Jaworski, C ’06

    James Howard Weiss Memorial Award:  Gregory J. Meila, C ’06

    Penn Student Agencies Award: Jake M. Chanin, C ’06

    Alumni Society Student Awards of Merit: 

                Naomi M. Adaniya, W ’06

                Justin J. Lo, W ’06

                Tristen P. Mosler, C ’06

                Jason A. Oberman, C ’06

                Cynthia J. Wong, W ’06

    Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Awards:

                Julija Zubac, C ’06

                Alicia R. Marini, C ’06

                Martha C. Mijes, N ’06

                Matthew R. Impink, C ’07



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