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Honors & Other Things
October 10, 2006, Volume 53, No. 7

Dr. Levine: Eminent Scientist

Marc Levine

Dr. Marc Levine, professor of radiology in the School of Medicine, has received the 2006 Eminent Scientist of the Year Award from the International Research Promotion Council. The award honors candidates whose research has had a significant impact on global medical care, especially in developing nations. Dr. Levine, who is both a clinician and a researcher, received the award for his work in the field of gastrointestinal radiology, a field in which he has authored nearly 300 pieces of literature.


Dr. Naylor: 5-Year $2.9M NIH Award

Mary Naylor

Dr. Mary D. Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, has received a five-year, $2.9 million NIH award, co-funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR),  for her work, Health Related Quality of Life: Elders in Long-Term Care. This study is to investigate and examine the health-related quality of life regarding the ever-increasing elderly population in the U.S. that receives long-term care. Many different trends and multiple domains are to be explored to find whether causal relationships exist and to provide an empirical foundation for testing in the future.

Dr. Clarke: Research Grant

Sean Clarke

Dr. Sean Clarke, Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Assistant Professor of Nursing, has received a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund his research project, Validating National Quality Forum Nursing—Sensitive Performance Measures. The grant will help “lay the foundation for blending new types of data on hospital quality in studies to help understand how staffing levels and the ways nursing services are organized influence the care patients receive and ultimately, patients’ outcomes.”  Dr. Clarke is associate director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn.

Dr. Kritchevsky: Named Award

David Kritchevsky

A new award created by the American Society for Nutrition honors Dr. David Kritchevsky, professor emeritus of the animal biology department in the School of Veterinary Medicine and a Casper Wistar Scholar at the Wistar Institute. The Kritchevsky Outstanding Nutrition Career Award is named after the Penn scholar, whose research has focused on the role of fat metabolism in cancer and heart disease. He is also an internationally-recognized expert on the biology of cholesterol.

Dr. Igo: President’s Book Award

Sarah Igo

Dr. Sarah Igo, assistant professor of history, received the President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association for her book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public.  The bookargues that modern survey techniques and findings have permeated our society and have incorporated themselves into our perceptions of ourselves as Americans.  The President’s Book Award “rewards an especially meritorious first work by a beginning scholar and is judged on the criteria of scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach and past structures and events and change over time.”


Dr. Licht: Book Prize

Walter Licht

A book co-authored by Dr. Walter Licht, professor and chair of the history department, and Thomas Dublin, professor of history at SUNY Binghamton, has been awarded the Philip S. Klein Book Prize by the Pennsylvania Historical Association.  The book, The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century, examines the fall of Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry over the past century.

Mr. Addison: Lauder Thesis Prize

Matthew Addison, W ’06, was named by the Lauder Institute at Wharton and SAS as the winner of the Reginald H. Jones Thesis Prize. The award is one of the Institute’s highest honors for students who demonstrate comprehensive business knowledge within the context of an interdependent global economy. Mr. Addison’s winning thesis, Consorcios and Brazil’s Consumer Credit Innovation, examines Brazil’s Consorcios, a group financing arrangement that allows clients to pool their funds to purchase durable goods, such as cars, and to minimize financing costs and inflation risk.

Penn Connects: Campus Planning Awards

Penn Connects, the campus development and expansion plan, has received two campus planning awards. The awards are from the Boston Society of Architects and the Philadelphia Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society. Both honored Penn Connects with awards for exceptional campus planning. The plan is designed to expand Penn’s campus to the east and further integrate Penn into its West Philadelphia community.

Biotech Research Honors

A study by the Milken Institute of California ranked Penn near the top in biotech research capabilities. The study evaluated 683 top universities worldwide, and ranked their biotech research capabilities according to publication of research in academic journals, ability to patent biotech intellectual property and success in converting inventions into companies and products in the marketplace. Penn ranked #5 in biotech research papers, #12 in early-stage commercialization of technology and #15 in patenting biotech intellectual property.

Dr. Weaver: Lung Association

Terri Weaver

Dr. Terri Weaver, associate professor of nursing, has been elected chair of the National American Lung Association Board of Directors. The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States and works to fight lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. Dr. Weaver is a member of the Penn Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, and has done extensive work with sleep-related and respiratory disorders.


Dr. Rodin: Rodin College House

Last Wednesday, Dr. Judith Rodin, CW ’66, president emerita, returned to campus for the dedication of the Rodin College House. Formerly known as Hamilton College House, the renovated high-rise was given its new name by Penn’s Trustees last fall (Almanac November 8, 2005) in recognition of the strides Dr. Rodin made during the decade she was president, 1994-2004. The College House system was implemented during Dr. Rodin’s tenure. She was given a glass ‘key’ to the House and was encouraged to visit anytime; it read, “our house is your house.”

Judith Rodin
Judith Rodin holding key   Judith Rodin and Amy Gutmann
Judith Rodin outside the Rodin College House (left) and holding the glass "key" (middle).
At right, Judith Rodin and Amy Gutmann.
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