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Honors & Other Things
April 14, 2009, Volume 55, No. 29


Exceptional Commitment to Graduate & Professional Student Life

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 from Penn, who have been a catalyst for transformative and lasting new developments that have enhanced graduate and professional student life at Penn. The 2009 recipients are:

Brian Coleman (SP2)
Jessica Kim (GSE)
Heather Klusaritz (SP2)
Nikki Thorpe (Design)

A reception to honor these student leaders will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 4 to 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/activities/graduation.php

Penn Dermatology: Astellas Award

The American Academy of Dermatology presented Penn’s department of dermatology with the Astellas Award at its 67th annual meeting. The $30,000 award honors scientific research that has improved public health in the field of dermatology. The department was recognized for its leadership in the development of a better understanding of acne, epidermal differentiation, hair follicles and the microbial ecology of the skin as well as advances in the diagnosis and/or treatment of leg ulcers, psoriasis, melanoma, bacterial infection, skin aging, HIV and STD. 

Dr. Berrettini: Distinguished Investigator


Dr. Wade Berrettini, Karl E. Rickels Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, has been chosen by NARSAD for its Distinguished Investigator Award. NARSAD is a charity for research on mental health disorders. The grant will supply $100,000 to advance Dr. Berrettini’s research which focuses on the genetic foundations of bipolar disorder. He will address the hypothesis that rare variants of a gene called ANK3 are predisposing for bipolar disorder.

Ms. Hujcs: Preceptor of the Year


Marianne Hujcs, clinical nurse specialist at HUP, was selected to receive the 2009 Preceptor of the Year award. It was presented at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ annual conference. The award acknowledges a preceptor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teach, coach and mentor CNS students. Ms. Hujcs has a 14-year history of precepting students in five colleges throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Utah.


2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards

A trio of University of Pennsylvania professors from the School of Arts and Sciences and a senior critic in Penn’s School of Design have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

The four new Penn Guggenheim Fellows and their research areas are:

Dr. Susan Cotts Watkins, professor of sociology, navigating AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. David J. Wallace, professor of English, literary history of Europe, 1348-1418.

Dr. Anna Weesner, associate professor of music, music composition.

Alexi Worth, artist and senior critic in PennDesign, painting.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.

The Foundation was established by former US Sen. and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim as a memorial to their son who died in 1922. Fellowships have been awarded annually since 1925.

For more info see: www.gf.org/news-events/List-of-2009-Fellows-United-States-and-Canada/.

“Top Doctors” at Penn

Philadelphia magazine has recognized 123 of Penn’s physicians on its “Top Doctors” list. The list features more Penn doctors than any other hospital or health system. These doctors were judged on various criteria, including education, experience, disciplinary history and professional reputation. For the complete list of Penn’s 2009 Top Doctors, visit www.uphs.upenn.edu/about_uphs/topdocs.html.

Mr. Irizarry: School Reform Commission


Johnny Irizarry, director of La Casa Latina, the Center for Hispanic Excellence, has been appointed to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) by Mayor Michael Nutter and Governor Ed Rendell. Mr. Irizarry will serve a four-year term on the SRC—the governing body of the School District of Philadelphia.


Dr. Sipe: International Youth Library


Dr. Lawrence Sipe, associate professor of education, has been named a Fellow of the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, a collection of over six hundred thousand children’s books. The fellowship is one of 12 offered by the Library this year, and Dr. Sipe is the only scholar from the United States to be accorded this honor. The fellowship enables him to study for three months at the library, in Schloss Blutenburg, which houses the largest collection of children’s books in the world in the sixteenth century castle. Dr. Sipe is studying how international picturebooks make use of “peritextual” elements (a term used by the French literary critic Gerard Genette) such as the front and back covers, the dustjacket, the endpapers, title page, and dedication page.  



National Award for PACE Program

The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) announced that Penn’s Programs for Awareness in Cultural Education (PACE) has received the distinguished Voice of Inclusion Medallion from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Each year, the Voice of Inclusion Medallion recognizes one “exemplary campus-based program in the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs that has in some way contributed to making their campus community a welcoming environment for all.”

The Penn program was selected for the way it “has responded to an assessed need in the area of multiculturalism and diversity through well-developed and creative programs and practice.”

GIC staff accepted the award at a national conference presentation near Washington, DC on March 30.

The PACE program provides students with a unique opportunity for engagement through the exploration of identity, difference and a pluralistic view of cultural meanings. Through collaborative work inside the classroom and beyond, textual knowledge is interwoven with lived experience to build a cohesive, safe and inclusive learning community.

PACE is facilitated by the Greenfield Intercultural Center, in collaboration with Penn’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Theatre Arts and Urban Studies programs. For more information about PACE or GIC, see www.vpul.upenn.edu/gic/pace.php.



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