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Honors & Other Things
February 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 22

Dr. Barker: Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Clyde F. Barker, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of University Surgeons during the group’s annual Academic Surgery meeting on February 5 in Florida. The award is given to the academic surgeon who is felt to best represent a lifetime achievement in the advancement of the art and science of surgery by the pursuit of original investigations both in the clinic and in the laboratory, the development of methods of graduate teaching of surgery with particular reference to residents, and for serving as a role model for many in the successful accomplishment of these pursuits.

Dr. Burdick: NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Jason Burdick, assistant professor of bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received an NSF CAREER Award for his work, “Spatially Controlled Cellular Behavior in 3D Hydrogels: An Integrated Research, Teaching, and Outreach Approach.” The CAREER Award is the NSF’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. Hanrahan: APNA Award
Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, assistant professor of nursing, received the 2008 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Hanrahan’s research examines the extent to which organizational traits of patient care environments and nurse staffing are associated with patient outcomes.

Dr. Naylor: FNINR Award
Dr. Mary Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology in the School of Nursing, has been chosen to receive the first Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) Frances Payne Bolton Award. The award honors an outstanding scholar who has made a difference in nursing by working to improve the quality of healthcare for patients, now and in the future. Dr. Naylor was selected in recognition of her nationally and internationally known program of research on patients in transition.

Dr. Parker: Penn-Made President
Sweet Briar College in Virginia has announced Dr. Jo Ellen Johnson Parker as its newest president, effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Parker earned her doctorate in English literature from Penn in 1987. See Almanac November 18, 2008 for many more Penn-Made Presidents.

Professor Price: President’s Award
Monroe E. Price, director of the Center for Global Communication Studies and adjunct professor at the Annenberg School, has been named a recipient of the President’s Award from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. The award, which he will receive in June, pays tribute to those who, by means of their commitment and generosity, have in an outstanding manner contributed support or resources for the development of CEU. He is the chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies of the CEU.


Dr. Sweeney: Hamdan Award
The Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai has awarded Dr. H. Lee Sweeney, William Maul Measey Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine, the Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence. This award honors individuals whose medical research has helped to improve the lives of thousands of people worldwide.  Dr. Sweeney is one of three recipients, and this year’s only United States awardee. He is being recognized for his research on muscular dystrophy, with emphasis on the impact in the area of pharmacogenomics, which is the science of how genetic variations influence individual differences in responses to drugs.

Dean Taylor: Delaware River Waterfront
Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor of the School of Design, has been named to serve on Mayor Michael Nutter’s Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The Corp. was created by the Mayor to replace the four-decades old Penn’s Landing Corp. The new agency will focus on developing the 13-acre riverfront known as Penn’s Landing.

Dr. Weaver: Alumni Award
Dr. Terri Weaver, professor of nursing and chair of the Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Division of the School of Nursing, has been honored with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Alumni Award. Dr. Weaver’s research has been nationally and internationally recognized and focuses on the effect of daytime sleepiness on daily behaviors and assessment of treatment outcomes.

GSE Website: Best In Class
GSE’s redesigned website (www.gse.upenn.edu) won a “Best in Class” award from the Interactive Media Award organization (IMA) under the “college” category. It became the first site under the “college” category to win this citation. The “Best in Class” award is the highest award given. GSE worked with design firm, Bean Creative, to make its website modern and user-friendly.

Community Service Honor Roll 2008
The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. This year, the University of Pennsylvania was among the 83 institutions on the prestigious Honor Roll with Distinction, a subset of the 2008 Honor Roll, which includes some 635 institutions of higher learning. “We salute these universities for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others,” said Nicola Goren, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and the US Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Gates Cambridge Scholar


University of Pennsylvania senior Alexander Jacobs has been selected to receive a 2009 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He becomes the 16th Penn student to win the award since it was established in 2001.

Mr. Jacobs, of New York City, will graduate from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences with a major in history. He will begin graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England in October, pursuing an MPhil in history, philosophy and sociology of science, technology and medicine.

Outside the classroom, he has long been involved in journalism, most recently as a reporter and fact-checker for the New York Observer and as an editor and features writer for 34th Street Magazine of The Daily Pennsylvanian.

In applying for the award, Mr. Jacobs worked with Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, directed by Dr. Harriet Joseph.

Mr. Jacobs is among 37 US students awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships this year; 752 US students applied.

Additional information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program is available at www.gatesscholar.org including the 2008 Yearbook profiling all the Gates Scholars currently studying at Cambridge.

Thouron Scholars
Six Penn seniors and one recent Penn graduate student have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate degrees in the United Kingdom next year. The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange program between British universities and Penn created to reinforce the “special relationship” between the US and the UK.

Madeleine Evans, C’09, Huntsman Program, to study International Development and Developmental Economics at the London School of Economics and Oxford, respectively. 

Rishabh Jain, EAS’09, materials science and engineering, to study physics at Imperial College and Oxford. 

Matt Lewandowski, C’09, physics and astronomy, to study math tripose and pure math at Cambridge and Imperial College, respectively. 

Kojo Minta, C’09, history, to study modern European history at Oxford and Cambridge. 

Andrew Renuart, MED’11, to study global health and public health in developing countries at Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Dan Tavana, C’09, international relations, to study international relations at Oxford and Cambridge.


Almanac - February 17, 2009 Volume 55, No. 22