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Honors & Other Things
January 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 18
Investigator Award: Dr. Hennessey
Honorary Degree: Dean Meleis
Fidelity Pyramid Prize: Dr. Mitchell
Phillips Award: Dr. Strom
Best Places to Work: Penn Top Ranking in Public Safety for Educational Facilities

ACM and IEEE Fellow: Dr. Alur


Dr. Rajeev Alur, professor of computer and information science, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) “for contributions to the specification and verification of reactive, real-time, and hybrid systems.” Dr. Alur is among 38 ACM members recognized as Fellows in 2007 for their achievements in computer and information technology. 

Dr. Alur was also named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his “contributions to automata, logics, and verification techniques for real-time and hybrid systems.” 




IEEE Education Medal: Dr. Bordogna


Dr. Joseph Bordogna, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2008 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal for “creative contributions to engineering through leadership in integrating research and education.”  The medal is presented annually to an individual for a career of outstanding contributions to education.



Women in Medicine Award: Dr. Bowman

Dr. Marjorie Bowman, received the 2007 individual Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Bowman is a professor and founding chair of the department of family medicine and community health and director of Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives at the School of Medicine. The award recognizes individual contributions to advancing women leaders in academic medicine.

SEAS Staff Recognition: Ms. Doherty


Ms. Megan Doherty, program coordinatorfor international and service initiativesin the Office of Academic Programs, won the 2007 SEAS Staff Recognition Award. The award recognizes a staff member whose presence contributes in an extraordinary way to the mission of the School and inspires excellent performance in others. Ms. Doherty has coordinated numerous community and international outreach and service-learning programs.



National Geographic Society Grants

E. Fernandez-Duque C. Valeggia

Dr. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, assistant professor of anthropology and consulting curator at the Penn Museum, has recently been awarded, in collaboration with Dr. Anthony Di Fiore (NYU), a grant by the National Geographic Society. The grant will provide funding for the study of paternal care in titi monkeys of  Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.  The study will offer opportunities for training in the field  of biology to students from NYU and Penn.

Dr. Claudia Valeggia, Francis E. Johnston Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has also been awarded a research grant by the National Geographic Society.  The study, which is part of a long-term research program on human reproductive ecology, will focus on child growth trajectories in indigenous populations of  the Gran Chaco of Argentina.

INFORMS Kimball Medal: Dr. Fisher


Dr. Marshall Fisher, professor of operations and information management in Wharton, has been awarded the 2007 Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) George E. Kimball Medal. The medal “is awarded for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences.”



bigthink.com: President Gutmann

President Amy Gutmann is one of the “public intellectuals” whose ideas are featured on a new website, bigthink.com, which debuted this month. It is meant to be a “YouTube for ideas.” Dr. Gutmann shared her views on several topics. She was asked to answer the following questions: What is the importance of diversity in higher education? See http://bigthink.com/policy-politics/education/1855. What inspires you? See http://bigthink.com/inspiration.

Investigator Award: Dr. Hennessey

Dr. Sean Hennessey, assistant professor of epidemiology and assistant professor of pharmacology, will receive the 2008 Leon I. Goldberg Young Investigator Award given by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The award recognizes promising researchers in the field of clinical pharmacology. Dr. Hennessy will deliver his award lecture, Unraveling Drug Effects Through Epidemiology at the ASCPT annual meeting in Orlando, Florida this April.

Honorary Degree: Dean Meleis


School of Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Medicine degree by the board of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Linköping University in Sweden for her contributions to its faculty and the University. 

Dean Meleis was also given the Award for Global Citizenship from the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia in October.

In addition, Dean Meleis is the International Council of Nurses Global Ambassador for the Girl Child Initiative, which seeks to raise money to educate girls suffering from discrimination around the world.



Fidelity Pyramid Prize: Dr. Mitchell

Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell, professor of insurance and risk management and business and public policy in Wharton, along with Annamaria Lusardi of Dartmouth College, have been awarded the Fidelity Research Institute Pyramid Prize of $50,000 for their research on advancing understanding of the importance of financial literacy and planning in helping Americans reach their financial goals. Their research was published as “Baby Boomer Retirement Security: The roles of planning, financial literacy, and housing wealth” in the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Phillips Award: Dr. Strom

Dr. Brian L. Strom, vice dean for institutional affairs, School of Medicine, and senior advisor to the provost for global health, was named the 2008 recipient of the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine. This award is from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is considered to be one of the highest awards in Internal Medicine. The Award was established by the ACP Board of Regents in 1929. This award is bestowed for outstanding work in clinical medicine. Dr. Strom will receive his award at the ACP annual meeting May 15-17 in Washington, DC.

Best Places to Work: Penn

Philadelphia Magazine named the University of Pennsylvania as one of the 20 Best Places to Work  in the Philadelphia area. In the November 2007 issue, Penn was recognized for its generous tuition benefits for its employees’ children to either attend Penn or another university.

Top Ranking in Public Safety for Educational Facilities

A Security Magazine survey ranked Penn as number one for safety in the educational market. Penn was also ranked sixth out of 500 businesses and organizations recognized for being proactive in improving security. The university’s 116-member police department is the largest in the state of Pennsylvania. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for Penn’s efforts to keep the campus and surrounding area safe for our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety.  “Our wide range of security resources, the walking escort program, the new UPennAlert emergency notification system, educational and informational programs and Penn’s strong relationship with the West Philadelphia community and the City of Philadelphia help make the area safer.”

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