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Honors & Other Things
February 3, 2009, Volume 55, No. 20

Mr. Anderson: PGA Award
Penn women’s golf coach Mark Anderson was honored with the Horton Smith Award by the Philadelphia Section PGA. The Horton Smith Award recognizes continuing contributions to professional education.

Dr. Loo: NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Boon Thau Loo, assistant professor of computer and information science, has received an NSF CAREER award for his work, “Towards a unified declarative platform for composable verifiable networks.” The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Dr. Moore: FOCUS Award


Dr. Jonni S. Moore, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, was awarded the 2008 FOCUS Award for the Advancement of Women in Medicine. Now in its fifth year, the Advancement of Women in Medicine award recognizes Penn faculty who demonstrate outstanding efforts to enhance the success and overall quality of life for women at Penn Medicine. Dr. Moore has mentored more than 100 women throughout their scientific careers, beginning as early as elementary school through junior faculty positions. She will use her $1,000 award to fund the research projects performed by the female high school and college students who spend the summer in her lab.






Ms. Rush: United Way Board
Maureen Rush, vice president for Public Safety, has been appointed to the United Way’s Board of Directors. “The children, families and seniors of this region rely on United Way each day to improve their quality of life. With the leadership and support of dedicated board members like Ms. Rush, we will continue to deliver on that promise,” said Jill Michal, president and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Rush will serve a three-year term.

PCC: NAEYC Re-Accreditation
Penn Children’s Center has achieved re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the highest accreditation standards in the field of child development in a daycare setting. To achieve NAEYC Accreditation, early childhood education programs volunteer to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. The Center is one of the first programs in the country to earn this honor under the newly revised NAEYC Accreditation system.

Wharton #1: Financial Times Ranking
The Wharton School tied the #1 position with the London Business School in 2009 global MBA rankings by the Financial Times. Wharton has held this position for the past three years.

National Historic Landmarks
Penn’s Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Laboratories and David Goddard Laboratories buildings have been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The National Historic Landmark designation is the highest such recognition accorded by the nation to historic properties determined to be of “exceptional value in representing or illustrating an important theme, event, or person in the history of the nation.” Fewer than 2,500 places bear the distinction. 

David Goddard Laboratories (above)

The Richards and Goddard laboratories are two buildings that were designed as a single unified design. They are nationally significant as one of the most important works of mid-20th-century American modernism and launched the architect, Louis Isadore Kahn, on a distinguished career that won him the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 1971. Kahn’s design approach included use of exterior masonry materials in order to express load and structure throughout the buildings, providing a design of seeming weightlessness of the glass curtain walls and structural steel, and a conscious response to historic architectural forms and materials.

In addition to the Richards and Goddard Laboratories, five other sites on the National Historic Register are part of the University of Pennsylvania: they are College Hall, Fisher Fine Arts Library (formerly known as Furness Building), Sansom Row, the Left Bank, 3025 Walnut Street, WXPN/World Cafe Live, (formerly the Hajoca Building) in addition to Pennsylvania Hospital, which is also designated a National Historic Landmark. It is at 8th and Spruce Streets—in the historic Society Hill; the hospital was founded by Benjamin Franklin and is now part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

The following campus buildings are listed on Philadelphia’s Historic Register: 3539 Locust Walk, The ARCH at 3601 Locust Walk, 3700-3702 Locust, 3704-3706 Locust, 3809 Locust Walk, 3815 Locust Walk, 3905 Spruce Street, College Hall, Fels Institute for Government, Fisher Fine Arts Library, Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, Morgan Building, Music Building, President’s House, Quadrangle Dormitories, Saint Mary’s Church, Sansom Row, Silverman Hall, Penn Museum, Weightman Hall, White Training House (Dunning). To view a map of the locations, visit: www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=18

Almanac - February 3, 2009 Volume 55, No. 20