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Honors & Other Things
April 10, 2007, Volume 53, No. 29

Dr. Delivoria-Papadopoulos: A Legend

Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos, professor emeritus of pediatrics and physiology, was named a “Legend in Neonatology” and inducted into the Neonatology Hall of Fame at the annual Conference for Neonatology. The award honors “the great women pioneers in neonatology who have made a life-long contribution to the well-being of babies all over the world.”

Dr. Khanna: Guggenheim Fellow

Sanjeev KhannaDr. Sanjeev Khanna, professor of computer and information science, was recently awarded a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Dr. Khanna was recognized for his continuing work with “cuts, flows, and network routing.” 

Dr. Diana Mutz: Book Prize and Award

Diana MutzDr. Diana Mutz, Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, has won the Goldsmith Book Prize for her book, Hearing the Other Side, from Cambridge University Press. Dr. Mutz’s book examines the interactions of people with opposing political views in the contemporary United States, suggesting that a political culture highly engaged in activism will not at the same time be pragmatic and discerning. The book has also won recognition from peers: Paul Sniderman of Stanford said, “A small number of books make an important contribution. This one makes a profound one.” The Book Prize is awarded by the Shorenstein Center at Harvard “to honor the book published in the last year that best fulfills the objective of improving government through an examination of the intersection between press, politics, and public policy.”

Dr.  Mutz recently received the 2007 Innovators Award. Dr. Mutz’s primary areas of research are public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior with an emphasis on political communication. She serves as the director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The Innovators Award, which is presented by the American Association of Public Opinion Research is designed to recognize accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade.


2007 Women of Color at Penn Awards

Mary Frances Berry

Penn and the Health System celebrated Women of Color Day by recognizing the talents and achievements of a diverse group of women in the community whose special commitment and dedicated service to their workplace, or the Delaware Valley, have made a difference. The accomplishments of these women were recognized at the Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Program in March.

Helen O. Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History.

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Traci Kilgore-Poe, founder of the Women’s House of HUGS—Healing Under Grace and Safety.

Graduate Student Honorees: LaToya Nelson, master of architecture with a certificate in real estate candidate, School of Design.

Sherry Taylor, master of city planning candidate, School of Design.

Undergraduate Student Honoree: Elaine Khoong, C ’07 W ’07.

H.S. Students: Recognition was also given to the achievements of the following top-ranking female students graduating this June from neighboring West Philadelphia high schools: Cynthia Byrd, West Philadelphia High School; Tiffany Lakins, Parkway West High School; Kierra McNeely, Sayre High School; Nancy Phean, Motivation High School; Tiffany Robinson, Overbrook High School; Sierra Savage, University City High School.

Dr. Stevenson: Race in Education

Howard Stevenson

The 2007 GSE Faculty Research Fund for the Study of Race in Education will be supporting a project, directed by Dr. Howard Stevenson, to promote the academic engagement of black high school students through racial socialization. Dr. Stevenson will be working with Penn GSE faculty members Dr. Vivian Gadsden and Dr. Duane Thomas on the project.

Dr. Stevenson’s two-year project, Can We Talk?, will start with an in-depth survey and a series of focus groups designed to help researchers understand how black students make sense of the racial dynamics at school and home. Students will then be randomly assigned to a six-week Race Relations Psychology mini-seminar adapted for high school students from Dr. Stevenson’s GSE course on African-American psychology. To determine the efficacy of the course, researchers will administer a battery of measures to students from both the intervention group and the control.

Established in the 2005-06 academic year, the Faculty Research Fund for the Study of Race in Education is intended to help ensure that Penn GSE’s research addresses the intersection of race and education. With this fund, GSE is dedicating seed funding 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.

2nd Best Idea Slam Awards

Weiss Tech House’s new contest, 2nd Best Idea Slam aims to generate excitement among students about technological innovations. Winners are:

Kevin Galloway, a mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Judges’ Pick Award for his idea, a “traffic safety light in a glove,” allowing police to direct traffic in the dark, thereby increasing visibility.

Chrysta Irolla, a junior in SEAS, received the Audience Pick Award for “Smart Sock,” which redistributes force and relieves pressure for lower-limb prosthetics.

McCabe Fund Awards Call for Applications: May 31

The McCabe Fund Advisory Committee is calling for applications from junior faculty in the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine for the Thomas B. and Jeannette E. Laws McCabe Fund Fellow and Pilot awards for 2007.

Junior faculty in these schools who are interested in applying for an award this year, should contact the chair of their department or Dana J. Napier, School of Medicine Administration, at (215) 573-3221. The deadline for submission is Thursday, May 31, 2007. The McCabe Fund Advisory Committee will announce the winners at its annual June meeting.

The McCabe awards were established in 1969 by a generous gift from Mr. Thomas B. McCabe to the School of Medicine to support junior faculty who initiate fresh and innovative biomedical and surgical research projects and who have received no or limited external research funding while in their first through three years at the School of Medicine or the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn.

McCabe Fund Award Winners

Last year, Dr. Kendra Bence, department of animal biology, School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Marianthi Kiriakidou, department of medicine, received a McCabe Fellow Award of $40,000 each.

Winners of the McCabe Pilot Award of $22,568 each were:  

Dr. Nicole Aqui, department of pathology and laboratory medicine;
Dr. Tim Brazelton, department of surgery;
Dr. Shampa Chatterjee, department of physiology;
Dr. Sara Cherry, department of microbiology; 
Dr. Denis Hadjiliadis, department of medicine;
Dr. Jonathan Kaltman, department of pediatrics, CHOP;
Dr. Max Kelz, department of anesthesiology;
Dr. Andras Komaromy, department of clinical studies, School of Veterinary Medicine;
Dr. Joshua Levine, department of neurology;
Dr. Lin Li, department of radiology;
Dr. Jonathan Maltzman, department of medicine;
Dr. Elena Perez, department of pediatrics, CHOP;
Dr. Babak Sarani, department of surgery;
Dr. Maria Viveiros, department of animal biology, School of Veterinary Medicine;
Dr. Heidi Yeh, department of surgery;
Dr. Paul Yushkevich, department of radiology.

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