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Honors and Other Things
November 24, 2009, Volume 56, No. 13

  • The Power Fifty
  • Penn #8 in Best Value
  • Panofsky Prize: Dr. Beier 
  • Distinguished Educator: Dr. Birch
  • Penn IUR Honors
  • Erickson Award: Dr. Bogner
  • CNF President: Dr. Brown
  • ADA Award: Dr. Compher
  • American College of Psychiatrists: Dr. Evans
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gelles
  • SSWR Honorable Mention: Dr. Gellis
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Jamieson
  • Wharton Dean’s Medal: Mr. Mack
  • Patient Safety Committee: Ms. Magro
  • BMES Fellow: Dr. Margulies
  • The Power Fifty
    In the November issue of Philadelphia magazine, Trustee Chair David Cohen and Penn President Amy Gutmann were included in the “The Power Fifty 2009” ranking of the most influential Philadelphians.

    Mr. Cohen, chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and executive vice president of Comcast, took the #1 spot for being “the man local honchos go to when they need to get something done, large or small” and his “role in shaping every aspect of city life.”

    Ranking at #8, Dr. Gutmann was praised for the University’s efforts to expand its green space, co-chairing Mayor Michael Nutter’s transition team, and her implementation of “a no-loan/all-grant aid system” for undergraduates with financial need.

    Penn #8 in Best Value
    The University of Pennsylvania ranked #8 on the list of the “50 Best Values in Private Universities 2009-2010” published in the December 2009 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Kiplinger’s definition of value includes academic quality, costs of attending an institution and its generosity with financial aid.

    Panofsky Prize: Dr. Beier


    The American Physical Society has announced that Dr. Eugene Beier, the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics, will be the recipient of the 2010 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Physics. The prize is the highest honor in experimental particle physics awarded by the Society. It is being presented to Dr. Beier in recognition of his contributions to the study of neutrino interactions. Dr. Beier will be formally presented with the prize and will deliver an invited lecture on his work at the Society’s meeting in February.






    Distinguished Educator: Dr. Birch
    Dr. Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s Distinguished Educator Award at its annual meeting in October. The award is given every two years for scholarly contributions, teaching excellence, service, and significant contributions.

    Penn IUR Honors
    The Society of American City and Regional Planning History has awarded its Lawrence C. Gerkins Award for Sustained Excellence in Planning History to Dr. Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, at its annual meeting.

    Dr. Randall Mason, Penn IUR Faculty Fellow, associate professor of city and regional planning and historic preservation in the School of Design, and department chair, received an honorable mention by the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in City and Regional Planning History for his recent book, The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City.

    Dr. Domenic Vitiello, Penn IUR Faculty Fellow and assistant professor of city and regional planning, has won the 2009 Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for Best Article in American Planning History. His article, “Machine Building and City Building: Urban Planning and Industrial Restructuring in Philadelphia, 1894-1928,” was published in the Journal of Urban History in March 2008.

    Erickson Award: Dr. Bogner
    Dr. Hillary R. Bogner, assistant professor of family medicine and community health in the School of Medicine, received the 2009 Erickson Foundation Research Award for excellence in gerontological research. This new award is presented by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), in order to recognize excellence in research pertaining to positive aging.  The Erickson Foundation has created this award to celebrate research that explores aspects of active, healthy aging, particularly creating healthy communities. The award is accompanied with a $1,000 cash prize.

    CNF President: Dr. Brown
    Dr. Lawrence Brown, associate professor of neurology and pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has been named president of the Child Neurology Foundation (CNF), a national nonprofit organization advocating for children and adolescents with neurologic and developmental disorders.  He will lead the organization for three years. Dr. Brown has served on the CNF Board since 2006, and teaches in the School of Medicine.

    ADA Award: Dr. Compher
    Dr. Charlene Compher, associate professor of nutrition science in the School of Nursing, has been awarded the Excellence in the Practice of Research Award by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in recognition of her outstanding service, leadership, and contributions to the dietetics profession. This top award was presented at the 2009 Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo in October.

    American College of Psychiatrists: Dr. Evans
    The American College of Psychiatrists has selected Dr. Dwight L. Evans, Ruth Meltzer Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, as the 44th president of the organization for 2009-2010. As president, he will oversee The College’s governance and chair its annual meeting, “Translating Scientific Advances into Psychiatric Practice,” in February.

    Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gelles


    Dr. Richard J. Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of family violence. The National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center presented the award to Dr. Gelles at the “From Ideology to Inclusion” Conference in June.






    SSWR Honorable Mention: Dr. Gellis
    Dr. Zvi D. Gellis, associate professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice, received an honorable mention from the 2010 Society for Social Work Research Excellence in Research Award for his article, “Randomized controlled trial of problem-solving therapy for minor depression in home care.” In conferring the honorable mention, the Society recognizes the significance of the problem addressed in his research (seniors & emerging mental health issues), the rigor of the analysis and its contribution to knowledge in social work and social welfare. Dr. Gellis will be presented with the award at the Presidential Awards Ceremony in January at the 2010 SSWR Conference.

    Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Jamieson
    Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, part of the 2009 Spectrum Awards from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Jamieson was presented with this award earlier his month. “[Dr. Jamieson] embodies the spirit of the Red Cross,” said Tom Foley, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross. “She is a pioneer who operates at the very highest echelons of her field.”

    Wharton Dean’s Medal: Mr. Mack
    The Wharton School has awarded the Dean’s Medal, the School’s highest tribute, to Mr. William L. Mack, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and vice chair of the Board of Overseers of Wharton. Bestowed for extraordinary achievement or service to society by an individual, the Medal recognizes Mr. Mack for his leadership in business, which has promoted economic development throughout the world; for his commitment to his country, his schools and his community through military service, volunteerism and meaningful philanthropy.

    Patient Safety Committee: Ms. Magro
    Ms. Maria Magro, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in the School of Nursing, will serve as an invited consultant on the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s Executive Committee, making her the first certified registered nurse anesthetist to serve in this role in the Foundation’s 25-year history. The Committee is primarily comprised of PhD researchers and anesthesiologists.

    BMES Fellow: Dr. Margulies
    Dr. Susan Margulies, professor of bioengineering and neurosurgery, has been named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for her national and international contributions to Biomedical Engineering and for inspired leadership in BMES. The Board of Directors confers the status of Fellowship to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society. Dr. Margulies’s research goal is to determine functional and structural injury thresholds in the brain and lung, and use them to understand mechanisms of traumatic brain and lung injury.

    Ed. Note: More Honors will be published next month.

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