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Honors & Other Things
September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

  • ASTRO Fellows
  • Dr. Armstrong: ASCI Member
  • Dr. Burkey: President of PCMS
  • Dr. Cai: IMS Fellow
  • Dr. Chance: Achievement Medal
  • Dr. Choi: Ho-Am Prize
  • Dr. Dai: Optical Society Award
  • Dr. El-Deiry: AACR Grant
  • Dr. Edin: Best Book
  • FactCheck.org: Sites We Can’t Live Without
  • Dean Glandt: Festschrift
  • President Gutmann: Board Elections
  • Dr. Hartley: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Dr. Hollander: SAEM President
  • Dr. Hack: Honorary Degree
  • Dr. Keenan: Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Dr. Kontos: Radiology Fellowship
  • Dr. Kumanyika: H.O.P.E. Award
  • Dr. Lazar: Astwood Award Lecture
  • Dr. MacGregor: Distinguished Career
  • Dr. Morrison: Leadership in Medical Education
  • NARSAD Awards
  • President’s Award for Undergraduate Research
  • SCAR Honors
  • Mr. Scheib: AHA Board
  • Dr. Strom: ISPE Award
  • Penn Women Center Awards
  • Penn in the Top 10
  • More Penn Honors
  • ASTRO Fellows

    Dr. Giulio J. D’Angio, professor emeritus of radiation oncology, and Dr. Eli J. Glatstein, vice chairman and professor of radiation oncology, have been named Fellows of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). Fellows must have been part of the Society for at least 20 years, served in a leadership role for the organization and have made a significant contribution to the field of radiation oncology.

    Dr. Armstrong: ASCI Member

    Dr. Katrina Armstrong, associate professor in both epidemiology and medicine, was elected to membership of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The ASCI comprises physician-scientists elected to the Society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. Dr. Armstrong is also a senior scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

    Dr. Burkey: President of PCMS

    Dr. Dell R. Burkey, clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care, was elected president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS). The purpose of PCMS is to unite with similar societies to form and maintain the Pennsylvania Medical Society; to elevate and maintain the standards of medical education; to uphold the ethics and dignity of the medical profession; and to protect the rights and interests of physicians.

    Dr. Cai: IMS Fellow

    Dr. T. Tony Cai, associate professor of statistics, was named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). Dr. Cai received the award for pioneering contributions to the theory and for practice of nonparametric function estimation; for the introduction of innovative block thresholding schemes; and for important contributions to the theory of adaptive inference.

    Dr. Chance: Achievement Medal

    Dr. Britton Chance, professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics, received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Medal of the American Aging Association. The medal is “in honor of his outstanding and generous contributions to society through his investigations of the biomedical sciences.”

    Dr. Choi: Ho-Am Prize

    Dr. Yongwon Choi, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, has received the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine. The prize, considered the “Korean Nobel,” is given to individuals who have contributed to cultural, artistic and social development or furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in their respective professional fields.

    Dr. Dai: Optical Society Award

    Dr. Hai-Lung Dai, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor of Chemistry and Director of Penn Science Teacher Institute, has been selected to receive the Ellis R. Lippincott Award.  The award was given by the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, for Dr. Dai’s seminal studies of structure/dynamics of radicals, highly excited molecules, adsorbates and buried interfaces at surfaces through innovative spectroscopic techniques, and for demonstrating extraordinarily efficient transition-dipole-mediated vibrational energy transfer.

    Dr. El-Deiry: AACR Grant

    Dr. Wafik S. El-Deiry, professor of medicine, was selected as a recipient of the Jeannik M. Littlefield-AACR Grant in Metastatic Colon Cancer Research provided by the American Association for Cancer Research. The $250,000 grant will help Dr. El-Deiry “define the mechanisms in colon cancer that make tumor cells resistant to apoptosis, and develop combination drug therapies that can reverse the apoptotic defect.” Dr. El-Deiry is also associate professor of genetics and of pharmacology, assistant investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and director of the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology and Cell Cycle Regulation.

    Dr. Edin: Best Book

    Dr. Kathryn Edin, professor of sociology at Penn, along with Dr. Maria Kefalas, associate professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s University, were the 2006 recipients of the William S. Goode Award for Best Book Length Contribution to Family Sociology, presented by the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. The award was given for their recent book, Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.

    FactCheck.org: Sites We Can’t Live Without

    FactCheck.org, “the nonpartisan website devoted to reducing the level of confusion and deception in U.S. politics,” was named by Time.com as “One of 25 Sites We Can’t Live Without”. Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn.

    Dean Glandt: Festschrift

    Eduardo Glandt

    For the sixtieth birthday of Dr. Eduardo Glandt, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research  has published a Festschrift in his honor, citing his application of the “rigorous methods of modern statistical mechanics to the solution of practical chemical engineering problems” and for his “visionary” leadership of SEAS.

    Dean Glandt has also been inducted into the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Argentina. The Academy promotes science in Argentina and honors scientists primarily through their election as full voting members.

    President Gutmann: Board Elections

    President Amy Gutmann has been elected to the board of directors of The Vanguard Group, where she will also serve on the board of trustees for all of Vanguard’s mutual funds. The Vanguard Group is an investment management company.

    President Gutmann has also been elected to the board of Philadelphia 2016, the group that will organize the bid to bring the Summer Olympic Games to Philadelphia.

    Dr. Hartley: Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Dr. Matt Hartley, assistant professor of education, has been awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Hartley will work on a project entitled “Advancing the Civic Purposes of Higher Education: An Examination of an Educational Reform Movement”. which will explore why and how the idea of civic engagement gained currency on college campuses, chart the trajectory of its growth, and examine why so many American colleges and universities have responded to this call for change.

    Dr. Hollander: SAEM President

    Dr. Judd Hollander, professor and clinical research director in the department of emergency medicine, has been elected president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Serving as the nation’s largest academic emergency group, SAEM focuses on improving patient care and fostering emergency medicine’s academic environment through research, education and health policy.

    Dean Hack: Honorary Degree

    Dr. Gary Hack, Paley Professor of City & Regional Planning and dean of the School of Design, received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University. He was honored with a Doctor of Laws degree.

    Dr. Keenan: Ladies’ Home Journal

    Mary Ann Keenan

    Dr. Mary Ann Keenan, chief of neuro-orthopaedics for UPHS, is a recipient of the first-annual Ladies’ Home Journal Health Breakthrough Award. The award recognizes medical professionals who are making life-saving and life-enhancing discoveries in research, treatment and diagnostics that have significantly helped women and families. Dr. Keenan pioneered advanced techniques that relieve musculo-skeletal deformities brought on by stroke.

    Dr. Kontos: Radiology Fellowship

    Despina Kontos
    The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education Foundation has awarded Dr. Despina Kontos, postdoctoral fellow in the department of radiology, an RSNA Fellowship in Basic Radiologic Sciences Grant entitled Analysis of Parenchymal Patterns of Breast Tomosynthesis Images.

    Dr. Kumanyika: H.O.P.E. Award

    Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, professor in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology, has won the 2006 Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion. The $3,500 award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations or to promoting cultural diversity in health promotion.

    Dr. Lazar: Astwood Award Lecture

    Dr. Mitchell Lazar, Sylvan H. Eisman Professor of Medicine and Genetics, is the 2006 recipient of The Endocrine Society’s Edwin B. Astwood Award Lecture. Dr. Lazar presented his talk, “Nuclear Receptors and Endocrinology,” at the society’s annual meeting. Dr. Lazar is also director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

    Dr. MacGregor: Distinguished Career

    Dr. Rob Roy MacGregor, professor emeritus of medicine, has been recognized for his many contributions to Penn and the field of Infectious Diseases. In recognition of Dr. MacGregor’s longtime efforts, the infectious diseases’ outpatient clinic at HUP was renamed after Dr. MacGregor, who helped found the clinic in 1988. TheMacGregor Infectious Diseases Clinic was re-named this May.

    Dr. Morrison: Leadership in Medical Education

    Gail Morrison
    Dr. Gail Morrison, vice dean for education and director of the Office of Academic Programs in the School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2006 Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education from the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research. The award is presented to an individual whose leadership has brought about significant innovation or improvement in undergraduate and/or graduate medical education.

    NARSAD Awards

    Dr. Aaron T. Beck, professor emeritus of psychiatry, and Dr. Maja Bucan, professor of genetics, have been selected by NARSAD, the Mental Research Association, to each receive the Distinguished Investigator Award. Each will receive a one-year grant of $100,000 to advance their projects. Dr. Beck, who is also the director of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide, will study whether adjunctive cognitive behavior therapy relieves the negative symptoms of patients with schizophrenia and improves their social and occupational functioning. Dr. Bucan’s project will focus on using the latest genomics techniques to study the relationship between nonprotein coding sequences in the human genome and psychiatric disease.

    Five Penn researchers have received a 2006 Young Investigator Award from NARSAD. The $60,000 award is given to the most promising young scientists to help researchers advance their research on mental illness.

    Dr. Anita Bechtholt–Comparison of the Effects of Acute and Chronic Antidepressant Treatment

    Dr. Candice Drouin–The Impact of Neurotransmitter Norepinephrine on Areas of the Dopaminergic System in the Brain

    Dr. Falk W. Lohoff–Possibility that the Common Genetic Linkage Between Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia is a Gene Called Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 1

    Dr. Jacob A. S. Vorstman–Exploration of the Relationship Between Autism and Schizophrenia by Focusing on the Genetic Mutation, 22Q11DS

    Dr. Amy Wenzel–To Better Identify Risk Factors for Suicide

    President’s Award for Undergraduate Research

    The President’s Award recognizes “the best of the best” of undergraduate research at Penn. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium as well as publication in Res, Penn’s journal devoted to undergraduate research.

    Sarah Bertozzi, COL ’06–Viscious Geography: The Spatial Organization of Prostitution in Twentieth Century Philadelphia

    John Di Camillo, COL ’06–Il Terrorismo in Italia nel 1978: La Vicenda Moro

    Amelia Duffy-Tumasz, COL ’06–Credit and Co-wives: Exploring Empowerment in Senegal

    Max Fraser,  COL ’06–Blue-Collar Patriots: The New York Hard Hat Riots and the Remaking of Class in America

    Michael D. Grosack, COL ’06–Revisiting the Iron Cage: New Insights in Institutions Theory from Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    Zachary Kirkhorn, EAS ’06& Laura Sadow, EAS ’06–Amphibot

    Thomas Lay, COL ’06–“Account Mee Man”: Economic Incarnation and Commonwealth in Paradise Lost

    Lindsey Owens, COL ’06–The Effects of Physician Trust on Preferences for and Beliefs about Genetic Testing

    Lauren Tang, COL ’06–Neural Adaptation of the Hair Cell Afferent Synapse

    SCAR Honors

    Three members of the radiology department received honors from the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR). Dr. Curtis P. Langlotz, associate professor of radiology, was elected a two-year term as president of the organization; Dr. Steven C. Horii, professor of radiology, was elected as a member-at-large of the board of directors; and Dr. William Boonn, chief resident of in radiology, won the Roger A. Bauman Award for outstanding research paper by a trainee.

    Mr. Scheib: AHA Board

    Garry Scheib
    Garry Scheib, Chief Operating Officer of UPHS and Executive Director of HUP, was elected as one of seven new members to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. The Board holds ultimate authority for creating policies, managing finances, and overseeing the direction of the AHA. Mr. Scheib will also assume the role of chairman of AHA’s Regional Policy Board 2.

    Dr. Strom: ISPE Award

    Dr. Brian Strom, chair and professor of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology, received the Sustained Scientific Excellence Award from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). ISPE is the world’s largest not-for-profit association dedicated to educating and advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals and their industry.

    Penn Women’s Center Awards

    The Penn Women’s Center (PWC) honored individuals at their second annual awards luncheon for their dedication to the PWC, leadership in the community and for promoting and empowering women and people of color.

    Leadership Awards: Dr. June Axinn, professor emeritus of social welfare; Rev. Ruth S. Wells, former employee in Public Safety

    Alumni Leadership Awards: Dr. Gloria Twine Chisum, GR ’60, HON ’94, trustee emeritus; Meredith Stiehm, C ’90

    Staff Awards: Dr. Robin B. Lynk, Penn Women’s Center

    Meritorious Man Award: Dr. Peter B. Vaughan, Dean, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University; Rev. William C. Gipson, Chaplain; Dr. James Downs, C ’95; Thomas Hauber, VPUL Facilities

    Partnership Awards: Women of WXPN–Debra D’Alessandro; Helen Leicht; Michaela Majoun

    Penn in the Top 10

    Black Enterprise, a national business magazine,ranked Penn #9 in the U.S. for African-American Students.

    Hispanic Magazine ranked Penn #5 in the U.S. for Hispanic students.

    Evan S. Dobelle, president and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education ranked Penn #2 among the top 25 “Best Neighbor”
    urban colleges and universities in the nation.

    For the second year in a row, Computerworld magazine ranked Penn #1 as the top workplace for IT professionals in the Mid-Atlantic States. Penn is ranked #9 nationally.

    NIH ranked Penn’s School of Medicine #2 in the nation for total research awards to medical schools with a record of $399 million received.

    Small Times magazine listed Penn among the top 10 universities in the country for being leaders in micro and nanotech research and commercialization in its second annual survey of research universities. Penn ranked #1 in research, #5 in education and #10 in commercialization.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Penn as the top purchaser of green power in its “Top 10 College and University Partners List”. Penn is also among the largest green power purchasers in the nation, ranked at #8, with a usage of 112,000,000 kWh. “The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations.”

    More Penn Honors

    Best for LGBT Students: Penn has been recognized as one of the nation’s 20 best campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Penn is featured in The Advocate College Guide of 100 best LGBT-friendly campuses in the U.S. LGBT students, faculty and staff from colleges and universities throughout the United States chose the top 100 from among 680 nominations. Penn was recognized for its resources and its positive living and learning environment for LGBT students.

    Best for Working Parents: Penn was selected as a 2006 winner of the “Best Employers for Working Parents” award by the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC). Each year DVAEYC honors organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to promoting a family-friendly environment. This award recognizes the work that Penn has done to provide supportive resources and policies for faculty and staff with families—through programs such as dependent care resource and referral, flexible work option guidelines, snow day child care and Take Our Kids to Work Day.

    HUP is “Most Influential” in Radiology: RT Image magazine has chosen HUP as one of its “25 Most Influential” movers and shakers in the radiology industry in 2006. RT Image selected HUP for its recent installation of three new, state-of-the-art, high-powered MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) systems. The combination of the three units is a “Radiology First” for any hospital in the U.S. The new machines include a 1.5 Tesla (T) wide-bore scanner designed for larger and claustrophobic patients, a cardiac system allowing physicians to capture a rapidly beating heart and a 3T scanner permitting sharper brain imaging. See article for more information.

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