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Honors & Other Things
January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19

Delcath Scientific Advisory Board: Dr. Fraker


Dr. Douglas L. Fraker, Jonathan E. Rhoads Associate Professor of Surgery, has been appointed to Delcath Systems, Inc.’s newly formed scientific advisory board. Dr. Fraker is one of three leading, internationally recognized physicians to be appointed to the board. The three experts will contribute to the company’s continued development of a technology designed to isolate and deliver high doses of anti-cancer agents to specific organs or regions of the body while minimizing the exposure of the drugs to the rest of the body. Dr. Fraker is also deputy director of clinical services and programs at the Abramson Cancer Center.




University City Arts League: Ms. Kreidle, Dr. Nachmias, and Ms. Wiley Starankovic

The University City Arts League has named Ms. Ann Kreidle, Dr. Jack Nachmias, and Ms. Heather Wiley Starankovic to its board. The University City Arts League is a Philadelphia nonprofit operator of community art centers. Ms. Kreidle, the president of the board, is the planning coordinator for the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Penn Partnership School. Dr. Nachmias is professor emeritus of psychology, and Ms. Wiley Starankovic is the senior major gifts officer of the UPHS.

President of ASTMJS: Dr. Quinn

Dr. Peter D. Quinn, Schoenleber Professor and chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pharmacology in the School of Dental Medicine and chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at HUP, was recently elected president of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons for a two-year period beginning in January of 2009. The group is composed of both American and International oral and maxillofacial surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and radiologists with an interest in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the temporomandibular joint.

Scientific Breakthrough: Dr. Reiner


Research by Dr. Steven Reiner, professor in the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and department of medicine, and his colleagues at the School of Medicine has been selected by the journal Science as one of the top breakthroughs of 2007. Published in March 2007, the discovery demonstrated how cells of the immune system solve the problem of eliminating an infection without being depleted in the process.

Science publishes its annual “Breakthroughs” issue, in which it describes the top-ten scientific breakthroughs, from all fields and journals as chosen by its editorial staff. Dr. Reiner’s research made the list at number seven.




ICLAS Board: Dr. Rozmiarek


Dr. Harry Rozmiarek, professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine, has been elected to the Governing Board of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) at their 14th General Assembly and Conference in Italy. Dr. Rozmiarek joins four other national and six scientific representatives on the ICLAS Governing Board for a four-year term (2007-2011). ICLAS is an international scientific organization advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research around the globe. Dr. Rozmiarek is also the director of laboratory animal science at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.




Schering-Plough Director: Dr. Thompson


The Schering-Plough Corporation has announced that its Board has elected Dr. Craig B. Thompson as a member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Thompson is director of the Abramson Cancer Center and professor of medicine. Schering-Plough is a global health care company applying its research-and-development platform to both human and animal products.

“Craig’s perspective as a scientist and physician will add significant strength to our work as a Board,” said Patricia F. Russo, chair of the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “We are pleased to continue to increase the collective knowledge of the Board with this new member.”




Penn: Top Fulbright Fellowships

Penn is among the top colleges and universities with the highest number of Fulbright fellowships for 2007-2008. Fifteen Penn students have won these prestigious grants. The Fulbright Fellowship supports Americans studying, teaching, and conducting research internationally, in more than 150 countries. The students are:

Jose Asturias, Wh ’07
Veyom Bahl, Col ’07
Kathlene Baldanza, GAS ’12
Lisa Bourla, GAS ’14
Neil Chisholm, Col ’04
Lea Chu, Col ’07
Raphael Cohn Col/EAS ’07
Catherine Daly, CGS ’07
Kristin Doughty, GAS ’13  
Di Hu, Col ’07
Sinae Lee, GFA ’06
Emily Modrall, GAS ’13
Mana Nakagawa, Col ’07
Benjamin Piven, Col ’05
Jannine Versi, Col ’07

Founders Bowl Awards: Drs. Lee and Patrick

Drs. Virginia Lee and Ruth Patrick have been awarded the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Founders Bowl Awards, presented by The Friends of Franklin, Inc. at the annual Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration luncheon on January 17.

Dr. Lee, the John H. Ware, III Professor in Alzheimer Research and co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the School of Medicine, is “an internationally recognized authority on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.”

Dr. Patrick, adjunct professor of biology and the Francis Boyer Chair of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, is “the world’s leading limnologist, who discovered the causes of pollutants in our water and ways to eliminate them.”

Museum Women’s Committee’s $100,000 to Penn Museum


On Friday, January 18, Penn Museum’s all-volunteer Women’s Committee presented a giant-sized check for $100,000 to Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges at their monthly meeting, in support of the Museum’s educational and outreach programs. The Women’s Committee Chair is Marguerite Goff.

This donation was made possible by proceeds from the Committee’s third annual Show & Sale, TREASURES...From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail. Featuring more than 40 prominent dealers from around the world offering fine art, antiques, carpets and textiles from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, TREASURES 2007 ran at the Penn Museum October 25-28.

TREASURES 2008 will open on Thursday evening, October 23, and run through Sunday, October 26, 2008.



In last week’s Research Roundup, the article “Carbon Nanopipettes Able to Measure Electric Current,” referred to Dr. Barry L. Ziober as a research specialist. He is an assistant professor in the department of otorhinolaryngology. —Ed.

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