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Honors & Other Things
April 3, 2007, Volume 53, No. 28

Ms. Durain: ACNM Representative

Dawn Durain, lecturer and interim director of the School of Nursing’s Nurse-Midwifery Program, has been elected as a regional representative to the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). During her three-year term, Ms. Durain will represent Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, serving as a liaison between her region’s members and the ACNM’s Board of Directors.   

Mr. Fisher: Carnegie Hall Debut

Jonathan Fisher, physics and astronomy Ph.D. candidate, was the only American pianist this year to be awarded the “Artists International: New York Debut Award.” Mr. Fisher performed in March at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Dr. Harris: 2007 Lars Onsager Prize

Brooks HarrisDr. A. Brooks Harris, professor emeritus of physics, received the 2007 Lars Onsager Prize from the American Physical Society “for his many contributions to the statistical physics of random systems including the formulation of the Harris criterion, which has led to numerous insights into a variety of disordered systems.”

Dr. Hersh: Research Award

Elliot HershDr. Elliot V. Hersh, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pharmacology at the School of Dental Science, was named the 2007 recipient of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics, & Toxicology Research Award, presented by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) for his research in the areas of analgesics and local anesthetics used in dentistry.

At left: Dr. Elliot Hersh (left) receiving the 2007 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Pharmacology/Therapeutics/Toxicology Research from IADR President Dr. Stephen Bayne.


Furness Building: Beloved Building

Furness BuildingPenn’s Jerome and Anne Fisher Fine Arts Library, formerly known as the Furness Building—is one of America’s top Beloved Buildings, according to a Harris Interactive poll. Harris Interactive polled over 1,800 adults nationwide on a list of 247 buildings selected by a panel of the American Institute of Architects to determine the country’s most popular buildings. Of all the buildings, the Furness Building was ranked number 54, among the likes of the Waldorf Astoria, Union Station, and number one on the list, the Empire State Building.

Mr. Lynch: U.S. Delegation to ISO

Dr. Doug Lynch, vice dean of graduate admissions and executive education at GSE, was named the chair of the U.S. Delegation to the International Standards Organization meeting on educational services. The ISO is comprised of 142 member nations and strives to establish international standards for operation in service and industry.

Dr. Mulhern: Honored by City Council

On March 8, Philadelphia City Councilman-At-Large, Jack Kelly, offered a resolution to honor Dr. John J. Mulhern, director of professional education at the Fels Institute of Government, for his 15 years of extraordinary commitment to training leaders for all levels of public service. Mr. Kelly said, “It is a great honor for City Council—and, especially, for me—to present this resolution to Dr. Mulhern; he has been an advisor, and professor to many of our best and brightest staff members.”

Dr. Murray: Nanoparticle Research

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a team of nine professors from six U.S. universities with a $6 million research grant to study the quantum electric properties of nanoparticle arrays. The team includes Dr. Christopher Murray, the Richard Perry University  Professor and  professor of chemistry and materials science in SEAS. With the grant, the team will seek to explore the potential of biological techniques for assembling arrays of nanoparticles and to test the quantum electric properties of these arrays.

Dr. Nowell: Return of the Children

Dr. Peter Nowell, Gaylord P. Harnwell Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was awarded the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Return of the Children Award. He was recognized for taking inordinate risks and working tirelessly to find a cure and to improve the quality of life for patients. Dr. Nowell’s 1960 co-discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome in chronic myelogenous leukemia changed the way scientists look at cancer, and set off other research into the genetic causes of cancer.

Ms. Rogers: Gates Cambridge Scholar

J. Alix RogersJ. Alix Rogers, C ’07, has received a 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholarship for study at the University of Cambridge where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, medicine and technology. 

Mr. Spector: Conference Board CEO

Jonathan Spector, vice dean of The Wharton School, has been named president and CEO of the Conference Board. The Conference Board is a business research group, producing economic measures such as the Consumer Confidence Index and Leading Economic Indicators.

MERT: Emergency Medical  Award

At the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s annual conference, Penn’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) was honored with the ‘Striving for Excellence in Campus Emergency Medical Services Award.’ MERT was envisioned almost four years ago; the response program was inaugurated in 2006. MERT has grown to an organization of 51 EMTs.

Wharton #1 in BusinessWeek Rankings

The Wharton School was named the #1 undergraduate business program in the country in BusinessWeek’s second annual ranking of the “The Best Undergrad Business Schools.” Wharton was recognized for outstanding faculty and high-caliber students, as well as constant advancements.

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