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Honors & Other Things
May 6, 2008, Volume 54, No. 32

Six Elected to AAAS

Six Penn faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 190 new Fellows and 22 Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in science, arts and humanities, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector.

The new AAAS Fellows at Penn are:

Dr. Mitchell A. Lazar, professor of medicine and genetics in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Marsha I. Lester, professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Tom C. Lubensky, professor of physics and astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Diana Carole Mutz, professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, and professor of communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics in Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Dr. Jean-Michel Rabaté, professor of English and comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Robert A. Rescorla, professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences

Penn Alexander School Awards
The Penn Alexander School has been awarded a $150,000, three-year Implementation Grant from the Presser Foundation. The grant will  help transform its music program into a comprehensive music and ensemble program. This program will ensure that all students have the opportunity to become musically literate either as listeners or performers.

The school has also been selected for the 2008 Sesame Place Good Neighbor Award. The school was recognized for its many student-initiated, local and international community service projects. Elmo and other characters from Sesame Street will present the students with the award this month.

Dr. Bryan: Radiological Society Medal

Dr. R. Nick Bryan, Eugene P. Pendergrass Professor and chair of the department of radiology, has received a gold medal from the Radiological Society of North America. Dr. Bryan has served as president of the society beginning in 2002. The society describes him as “a steady, creative individual who has made impressive contributions to radiology on many fronts.”

Ms. Ho: PSA Contest Winner
Ms. Angel Ho, a PhD candidate in the Annenberg School for Communication, was chosen by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the League of Young Voters (LYV) as the winner of their Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest. Her PSA was named Best in Competition. Her announcement, “Keep it in Your Pants” was designed to help young people avoid what the SEIU and LYV call “Debt Disease.” Her PSA can be viewed at www.keepitinyourpants.org.

Dr. Kors: Bradley Prize
Dr. Alan Charles Kors, George H. Walker Term Professor of History, has been honored with the 2008 Bradley Prize by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for his original scholarship in European intellectual history and his defense of free speech. Dr. Kors co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and served pro-bono as its first president and chairman through 2005.

President and Provost's Citation
The President and Provost’s Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate and Professional Student Life is presented to graduate or professional students, upon their graduation, who have been a catalyst for transformative and lasting new developments that have enhanced graduate and professional student life at Penn.

The 2008 recipients are:

Mete Civelek (SEAS)
Noah D. Drezner (GSE)
Wenny Lin (BGS)
Lee Shaker (ASC)
Kara Yokley (Wharton)

A reception to honor these student leaders will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center Common Room, 3615 Locust Walk.  All members of the University community are invited to attend.  More information and registration can be found at www.gsc.upenn.edu/programs/general.php.

Dr. Lanken: Honor Society Honoree
Dr. Paul Lanken, professor of medicine and of medical ethics in the School of Medicine, was named one of five 2007 National Honorees by the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The honorees are distinguished by their unique and influential roles that collectively combine national thought leaders, scholars, and major contributors to advancing the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine.

Mr. Minta: Beinecke Scholarship
Mr. Kojo Minta, C ’09, has won a Beinecke Scholarship of $34,000 towards graduate school. A history, classical studies, and religious studies major, Mr. Minta is also a University Scholar. The Beinecke Scholarship program was established by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise.

Dr. Rubenstein: Chair of AAHC Board
Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). AAHC is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the nation’s health and well-being through vigorous leadership of the nation’s academic health centers.

Dr. Schwarz: Deputy Mayor of Health
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has appointed Dr. Donald F. Schwarz as deputy mayor of health and opportunity and health commissioner. Dr. Schwarz is an associate professor of pediatrics and vice chair of the department of pediatrics. He serves as deputy physician-in-chief of the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP.

Dr. Stanger: Career Development Award
Dr. Ben Z. Stanger, assistant professor of medicine, has been honored with a Career Development Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The award provides a two-year grant of $100,000 to aid in his investigation of the pancreatic “ductome.” In his research, he hopes to compare the putative precursors of pancreatic cancer with their normal embryonic and adult pancreas counterparts.

2008 PPWN/PWC Awards
The Penn Professional Women’s Network (PPWN), in conjunction with the Penn Women’s Center (PWC), recently presented the following awards to faculty, staff and students at their annual Awards Breakfast. PPWN was founded 60 years ago to improve the status of women on campus and to provide assistance to women who have suffered gender discrimination.

Faculty/Staff Awards

Spatz Brown

Dr. Diane Spatz, associate professor of health care of women and childbearing nursing and Helen M. Shearer Term Associate Professor of Nutrition, School of Nursing, and Dr. Kathleen Brown, practice assistant professor of nursing, School of Nursing, received the Lenore Rowe Williams Award. The award was established in honor of Lenore Williams, wife of former provost Edwin B. Williams, and given to an outstanding woman scholar and leader whose contributions extend within and beyond our campus.

Dr. Spatz was commended for her “path-breaking efforts to advance the health of mothers throughout the world” and for having been inspirational to a generation of students and health care colleagues globally, and through her “dedicated leadership, the world’s families have been strengthened immeasurably.”

Dr. Brown, was cited for her “passionate advocacy for women throughout the Commonwealth who have been victims of violence, and her dedicated leadership in charting the way to raise awareness and reduce its occurrence has reverberated nationally and internationally, protecting women in all corners of the world.”



The Robert E. Davies Award is given in honor of this late feminist and distinguished Penn scholar, and is bestowed on an individual who has had remarkable achievements in social change. This year’s recipient is Connie Hoe MSW ’07, project coordinator, Penn in the Gulf—Feldman Initiative, School of Social Policy & Practice. Her “inspirational leadership and passionate dedication in launching the Penn in the Gulf-Feldman Initiative have been acknowledged and valued by the many at Penn and in Mississippi that she has touched through her undaunted and visionary efforts.”




Student Awards

The Alice Paul Award was established in honor of Dr. Alice Paul—suffragist leader, founder of the National Women’s Party, author of the Equal Rights Amendment, and internationally known humanitarian—is presented to women students in recognition of their outstanding service to women, in particular women in the Penn community.

There were three recipients: Jasmine Fournier, C ’08, for her “leadership and tireless advocacy on the broad cross-section of critical issues that define and shape the life experiences of women here and abroad, from violence against women to micro-credit programs that support business development for women globally, offer the women at Penn the gateways through which to support women in all corners of the world.”

Tania Jeanty, N ’08, for her “spear-heading efforts to engage students in activities that celebrate the heritage and richness of Caribbean, Haitian and African cultures, and bringing those perspectives to nursing, has transformed the Penn community and the citizens of our partner universities in profound ways. Your leadership in developing sex education classes in West Philadelphia further underscores your deep commitment to the women of the future.”

Leslie Mah, C ’08, for her “tireless efforts to proudly raise and distinguish the voice of the Asian Pacific American community at Penn, and through that becoming a strong leader of and role model for Asian Pacific women here and abroad, are truly inspirational. Indeed, it is an honor to recognize your many accomplishments through this award.”

Judith Seitz Rodin Prize for Innovative Leadership was established in honor of Penn President Emerita Dr. Judith Rodin, and is given to a junior or senior undergraduate woman student who has demonstrated innovative leadership through a program, service, or scholarly activity. Jun Li, C ’08, for her “passionate commitment to ensuring that Asian Pacific students have access to and seize the opportunities to excel academically and experientially at Penn has enriched their lives and those of the entire Penn community. Through your leadership these students, and through them Penn writ large, have advanced Penn’s Compact with its world community.”

Lynda Hart Award was established in memory of Lynda Hart, professor of English, who was a mentor to many and a moving force behind the Women’s Theater Festival. The Award is given to a woman student who has made an outstanding contribution to the artistic life of the Penn campus. It was awarded to two students:

Gisela Garrett, C ’08, for her “passionate commitment to improving the life of the student theatre community, and inspirational leadership in the organization and production of many theatrical venues keeps alive the creative voice and power of artistic expression at Penn in the true legacy of Lynda Hart.”

Kristen Beneduce, C ’08, for her “dedication and commitment to energizing the creative development in the visual arts at Penn, and engaging students in the rich opportunities that these artistic venues hold for them and the broader community, are exceptional and in the true spirit of Lynda Hart.”

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