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Honors & Other Things
November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13

Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania: Mrs. Catherwood

Mrs. Susan W. Catherwood, Penn Museum Chair Emerita and a Charter Trustee of the University, has been named President of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania at a luncheon ceremony at the Governor’s Residence hosted by Governor Edward Rendell and First Lady Judge Marjorie Rendell in October. Mrs. Catherwood had been named a Distinguished Daughter in 1995, having been nominated by the Penn Alumnae Association.

Woman of the Year: Dr. Gutmann


President Amy Gutmann was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year. The 18th Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards is a celebration of “women who have changed the world.” Dr. Gutmann, along with the three other women who are presidents of Ivy League institutions—Dr. Drew Faust, of Harvard; Dr. Ruth Simmons, of Brown; and Dr. Shirley Tilghman, of Princeton—were chosen this year.



2007 AAAS Fellows: Drs. Birnbaum, Goldman & Liberman

Three faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The new Penn AAAS Fellows are:

Dr. Morris J. Birnbaum, associate director, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; cited for his contributions to our understanding of the regulation of glucose transport and metabolism and aspects of cellular regulation relevant to insulin resistance and diabetes.

Dr. Yale E. Goldman, director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute and professor of physiology; cited for contributions in molecular motor research, development of new technologies for biophysics, and service in scientific societies, journal editing, and organization of scientific meetings.

Dr. Mark Liberman, professor of linguistics; cited for contributions to phonological theory, the computational analysis of language, and the practical applications and popular understanding of linguistics.

Episteme Award: Dr. Jemmott

Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, professor and director of the Center for Health Disparities Research at the School of Nursing, has been selected to receive The Baxter International Foundation’s 2007 Episteme Award. The award was  presented by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, in recognition of Dr. Jemmott’s research and development of strategies to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African-American, South African and Latino youth and adults. She was presented with the $15,000 award at a special ceremony at Sigma Theta Tau’s biennial convention earlier this month in Baltimore.

Stockberger Award: Dr. Kettl

The International Public Management Association for Human Resources has named Dr. Donald F. Kettl, Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences, professor of political science and director of the Fels Institute of Government, winner of the 2007 Stockberger Achievement Award.

The Stockberger Achievement Award is presented annually to recognize a person who has made an outstanding contribution toward the improvement of human resource management at any level of government. It is named in memory of Warner W. Stockberger, a pioneer and leader in federal personnel administration.
Dr. Kettl’s research focuses on public policy and public administration.

Bell Award: Dr. Mitchell


Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor; professor of insurance and risk management and business and public policy, has been honored with the 2007 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, presented by the American Economics Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession. The Bell Award annually recognizes an individual who has furthered the status of women in economics professions. Dr. Mitchell’s area of expertise focuses on retirement security, with a focus on women’s wellbeing at older ages.



Constitution Videos: ABA Award

Two videos produced by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands as part of an ongoing effort to educate the nation’s youth about the US Constitution have been selected to receive the 2008 American Bar Association Coalition for Justice’s Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting increased public awareness of the need for a fair and impartial judiciary. It is named in honor of the late Hawaiian attorney Burnham “Hod” Greeley. The award will be presented in February at the American Bar Association’s meeting in Los Angeles.

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn. Both videos are online at www.annenbergclassroom.org, another Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands project. The online versions are available in 14 languages.

The first video, A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence, filmed in 2006 at the Supreme Court with members of the court, was distributed to nearly 65,000 public high schools, libraries, law school deans and educators to mark the observance of Constitution Day 2006. 

The second, The Constitution Project: An Independent Judiciary, details the legal disputes surrounding the court-ordered integration of Little Rock’s Central High School in 1956 and the refusal of President Andrew Jackson to uphold the 1832 Supreme Court decision barring removal of the Cherokees from tribal lands in Georgia.  The video was disseminated to 27,000 public schools, teachers and libraries for Constitution Day 2007.

CIA University’s Board of Visitors: Mr. Lynch


Mr. Doug Lynch, vice dean in the Graduate School of Education, has been appointed to the CIA University’s Board of Visitors. He was elected for “his creativity and ability to bring a unique perspective to business and education, and his strength in solving unusual learning problems.” Mr. Lynch developed and delivered all of the ethics, finance and legal training to Worldcom employees–and for the New York Fire Department after 9/11.



Top Ph.D. Program: Annenberg

Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication was rated the number one PhD program in the country in terms of academic productivity. In the annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index measured by the independent agency Academic Analytics, the school ranked number one overall in terms of Communication and Communication Studies, and ranked number one in three out of five key measurements–Books per Faculty, Percentage of Faculty with a Journal Publication, and Percentage of Faculty with a Journal Publication cited by another work. The rankings were reported in the November 16 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

International Communication Association: Dr. Zelizer

Dr. Barbie Zelizer, the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, has been named President-Elect-Select of the International Communication Association. Dr.  Zelizer’s term will begin in 2008 and she will be on the leadership board for five years on a rotating cycle.

American Chemical Society Awards: Drs. Bode, DeGrado & Klein

Department of Chemistry faculty members Dr. Jeffrey Bode, Dr. William F. DeGrado and Dr. Michael L. Klein won 2008 American Chemical Society National Awards.

Dr. Bode, associate professor of chemistry, received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, which is intended to recognize and encourage outstanding achievements in the field of organic chemistry. He is a specialist in synthetic organic and bioorganic chemistry.

Dr. DeGrado, adjunct professor of chemistry and George W. Raiziss Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the School of Medicine, received the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry. This award recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in the chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics of peptides.

Dr. Klein, the Hepburn Professor of Physical Science, won the Peter Debye Award in recognition of his research in physical chemistry.

Founded in 1876, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and is the premier professional organization for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

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