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Honors and Other Things
September 22, 2009, Volume 56, No. 04
  • Distinguished Researcher Award: Dr. Estes
  • CASE Research Award: Dr. Gasman
  • Dr. Baren: President of SAEM
  • Gates Foundation Grant: Dr. Greenbaum
  • College of Physicians: Dr. Kaufman
  • Gastrointestinal Board: Dr. Kochman
  • White House Fellow: Dr. Mandefro
  • George Crumb Celebration Concert
    A special concert celebrating the 80th birthday of George Crumb, Annenberg professor emeritus of music will feature Orchestra 2001 performing highlights from his acclaimed American Songbook, as well as works by the current Penn composition faculty, Jay Reise, James Primosch and a premiere by Anna Weesner. The concert will be held on Friday, September 25, at 8 p.m. at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center in Center City. See www.kimmelcenter.org for tickets.

    Dr. Crumb taught at the University for over 30 years. During that time, he developed into one of the most significant, and most performed, composers in the world. His honors include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy award. Most recently Penn awarded him an honorary doctorate at last May’s graduation ceremony.

    Emmy Award: Alzheimer’s Documentary
    Alzheimer’s Disease: Facing the Facts, a film with roots at Penn Medicine, won a 2009 Emmy Award for Documentary Program at the 32nd Boston/New England Emmy Award Ceremony of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The one-hour documentary examines the persona and societal impact of Alzheimer’s disease. Carol Edwards, associate director of education and outreach for the Penn Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center, is executive producer of the film. Researchers from the Center were featured in the film.

    Top 10 Honor Roll: HUP
    The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in America, as featured in its July 15 issue. The annual ranking of hospitals places HUP in the top 10 of the 4,861 hospitals considered. Specifically, HUP ranked highest for its work in the categories of digestive disorders; ear, nose & throat; and respiratory disorders.

    US News Rankings
    The University of Pennsylvania ranked No. 4 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the  “Best National Universities” along with three other schools including California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford. Penn also ranked No. 4 among the Ivies, behind Harvard, Princeton and Yale, which topped the list.

    Dr. Baren: President of SAEM
    Dr. Jill M. Baren, associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the School of Medicine, became president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in May, the nation’s largest organization devoted to research and education in the specialty.

    Book Award: Drs. Capella and Jamieson
    The International Communication Association (ICA) announced that Dr. Joseph N. Capella and Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s 1997 book Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good was selected to receive the 2009 ICA Fellows Book Award. Dr. Cappella is the Gerald R. Miller Chair at the Annenberg School of Communication. Dr. Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

    White House Honors: Dr. Cappola
    Dr. Thomas Cappola, assistant professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine in the School of Medicine, is one of 100 beginning researchers named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.  The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Recipients receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study of critical government missions.

    Distinguished Researcher Award: Dr. Estes
    Dr. Richard Estes, professor of social work and director of international programs at the School of Social Policy & Practice, has been awarded the International Society for Quality of Life Studies’ Distinguished Researcher Award. In addition to the award, the Society undertook a one-hour oral history of Dr. Estes’s professional career in comparative social development. It can be viewed at www.isqols.org.

    CASE Research Award: Dr. Gasman
    Dr. Marybeth Gasman’s book, Philanthropy, Volunteerism & Fundraising in Higher Education, has been chosen as the winner of the 2009 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement. Dr. Gasman is an associate professor of policy, management, and evaluation in the Graduate School of Education.

    Gates Foundation Grant: Dr. Greenbaum
    Dr. Doron Greenbaum, assistant professor of pharmacology at the School of Medicine, received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support a global health research project to look for new ways to fight malaria.

    College of Physicians: Dr. Kaufman
    Dr. Russel E. Kaufman, president and CEO of The Wistar Institute, was inducted into the Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia—the nation’s oldest professional medical organization. The College strives to advance the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.

    Gastrointestinal Board: Dr. Kochman
    Dr. Michael L. Kochman, Wilmott Family Professor of Medicine and professor of medicine in surgery, has been appointed to the Governing Board of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. His term began in May and continues through May 2012. Dr. Kochman is the endoscopy training director and co-director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program.  

    White House Fellow: Dr. Mandefro
    Dr. Mehret Mandefro, a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, was named a 2009-2010 White House Fellow. As a public health trained physician, her primary research interests are the connections between human rights and health, HIV prevention program development, and translation efforts targeting marginalized communities. Dr. Mandefro also works as an anthropologist who uses film as a medium of ethnography. The White House Fellows program provides the opportunity to work first-hand at the highest levels of the federal government while participating in an education program with private and public sector leaders.

    Nordberg Award: Dr. Preston
    Dr. Samuel H. Preston, Frederick J. Warren Professor of Demography in Sociology, has been named a winner of the 2009 Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for excellence in writing and editing in the population sciences. The Council is dedicated to improving the well being and reproductive health of current and future generations through biomedical, public health, and social science research on population issues.

    ASTJS President: Dr. Quinn
    Dr. Peter Quinn, Schoenleber Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and vice dean for professional services in the School of Medicine, was named president of the American Society of Temporomandibular Joint Surgeons for the years 2009 through 2011. Dr. Quinn also serves as senior vice president of UPHS.

    2009 Pew Scholar: Dr. Stanger
    Dr. Ben Z. Stanger, assistant professor of medicine, has been elected as a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. As a Pew Scholar, Dr. Stanger will receive a $240,000 award over four years to support his research. His research will provide insights to develop therapies for cancer and other disease related to improper tissue growth.

    American Historians Fellow: Dr. Sugrue
    Dr. Thomas J. Sugrue, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of History and Sociology, was elected as a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. Membership, by invitation only, is limited to 250 historians and 16 publishers. Their selection is based on a demonstrated commitment to the concept of literary distinction in the writing and publishing of history and biography.

    Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Awards
    Faculty members in the Biobehavioral and Health Sciences division of the School of Nursing received the following awards:

    Patricia Rogers, senior lecturer: The Anne Keane Teaching Award

    Salimah Meghani, assistant professor: The Junior Faculty Research Award

    Nancy Tkacs, associate professor: The Senior Faculty Mentorship Award

    Kathy McCauley, Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing-clinician educator, and associate dean for academic programs: The Unsung Hero Award

    Deborah Becker, practice assistant professor: The Academic Staff Mentorship Award

    Christine Bradway, assistant professor of gerontological nursing-clinician educator: The Clinical Practice Award

    Four STARS: Penn’s Children’s Center
    Penn’s Children’s Center (PCC), has achieved a “Four STARS Level” with the Keystone STARS program. PCC serves children ages 12 weeks through five years. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

    Top Private City Club: The Penn Club
    The Penn Club of New York is ranked among the country’s top 10 private city clubs and was awarded The Platinum Club of America title for its third consecutive term. The award identifies The Penn Club as a five-star private club and places it among the top three percent of 6,000 private clubs in the United States. The Penn Club is the first Ivy League private city club to make the top 10 list and was previously unranked, although selected as a Platinum Club.

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