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February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22

Translational Biomedical Imaging Center Award Recipients

The Translational Biomedical Imaging Center (TBIC) of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) announces its second round of successful applications for Pilot Grants.

The mission of these grants is to help catalyze collaborations between primary imaging scientists and primary biomedical/clinical researchers that integrate novel imaging approaches to enhance translational science and medicine and thus assist investigators in obtaining key data to seek extramural funding.

Recipients

Dr. Geoffrey Aguirre, department of neurology, School of Medicine; Dr. Andras Komaromy, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies—fMRI of recovered color vision following gene therapy

Dr. Felix Wehrli, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Alexander Wright, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Mary Leonard, department of pediatrics, School of Medicine—Quantifying Bone Mineral Phosphorus in Patients with Osteomalacia by 7 Tesla 31P Solid-State MRI

Dr. John Detre, department of neurology, School of Medicine; Dr. Virginia Lee, department of pathology and laboratory medicine, School of Medicine; Dr. Paul Yushkevich, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Harish Poptani, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Stephen Pickup, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Ari Borthakur, department of radiology, School of Medicine—MRI Biomarkers of Tau Pathology

Dr. James Delikatny, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Ari Goldberg, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Clifford Deutschman, anesthesiology and critical care, School of Medicine; Dr. Anatoliy Popov, department of radiology, School of Medicine—Imaging Infection in Vivo

Dr. Despina Kontos, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Julia Tchou, department of surgery, School of Medicine; Dr. Mark Rosen, department of radiology; Dr. Susan Domchek, department of medicine, division of hematology and oncology, School of Medicine; Dr. Andrea Troxel, department of biostatistics and epidemiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Carolyn Mies, department of pathology and laboratory medicine, School of Medicine—Quantitative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers of breast cancer prognosis

Dr. Drew Torigian, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Datta Ponde, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, department of medicine, division of pulmonary, allergy, and critical care, School of Medicine—Feasibility of detection and quantification of early pulmonary fibrosis through use of novel positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers in a mouse model of radiation-induced lung injury

Dr. Seung Lee, department of radiology, School of Medicine; Dr. Mariusz Wasik, department of pathology and laboratory medicine, School of Medicine; Dr. Jerry Glickson, department of radiology, School of Medicine—MR detection of signal transduction inhibition

Dr. Jessica Morgan, department of ophthalmology, School of Medicine; Dr. Eric Pierce, department of ophthalmology, School of Medicine; Dr. Jean Bennett, department of ophthalmology, School of Medicine—Adaptive Optics Imaging of Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Dr. E. James Petersson, department of chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Christopher Murray, department of chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences; department of materials science, School of Engineering and Applied Science—Voltage-Sensitive Quantum Dots for High Resolution Imaging of Neuronal Activity

Dr. John Wolfe, department of pediatrics, School of Medicine; Center for Comparative Medical Genetics, School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Harish Poptani, department of radiology, School of Medicine—3 High resolution MRI of gene therapy for white matter disease in the CNS

For more information, please visit the ITMAT website at www.itmat.upenn.edu.

—Dr. Mitchell Schnall, Director, TBIC
—Dr. Garret A. FitzGerald, Director, ITMAT

NSF CAREER Award

Three Penn Professors in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have received the NSF CAREER Award. This award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. The recipients are:

Dr. Prashant Purohit, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics for his work, “Entropic Elasticity of Fluctuating Filaments and Networks.” 

Dr. Ani Nenkova, Aravind Joshi Term Assistant Professor in the department of computer and information science, for her work, “Capturing Content and Linguistic Quality in Automatic Extractive and Abstractive Summarization.”

Dr. Andrew Tsourkas, Stephenson Foundation Term Assistant Professor in the department of bioengineering, for his proposal, “Molecular Imaging Training Program.”

National AIDS Policy: Dr. Ghose

Dr. Toorjo TJ Ghose, an assistant professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, was appointed to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). A 30-member team was chosen to formulate policy for the current administration on homelessness and HIV. Dr. Ghose, an expert in substance abuse, HIV/AIDS in developing countries, mental health service provision, and welfare policy, is one of five researchers on that team. As an expert he was asked to emphasize the needs of substance users, sex workers and other hidden and underserved populations.

Gates Cambridge Scholars

Two seniors and one alumna have been selected to receive a 2010 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Donielle Johnson, C’10, of Virginia, is majoring in psychology and is in the biological basis of behavior program. She has volunteered and worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research. At Cambridge, she will continue studying autism in the Autism Research Centre earning an MPhil in medical sciences.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill Portnoy, is a senior studying criminology and Hispanic studies. She is involved in service and non-profit work in post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans and has interned in the District Attorney’s Office of Philadelphia. She plans to pursue an MPhil in criminological research at Cambridge.

Amanda Marzullo, of Texas, received a juris doctor and a master’s degree in criminology from Penn in 2008. During her time at Penn, she interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at two public interest law firms.  She also conducted field research on the enforcement of women’s rights within the Kenyan judicial system. Currently, she is a policy analyst at the Texas Fair Defense Project. At Cambridge, she plans to pursue an LLM in law.

2010 Harold Pender Award and February 23 Lecture

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Penn Engineering announced the 2010 Recipients of the Harold Pender Award: Robert E. Kahn, chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist of Google. The Harold Pender Award is the school’s most prestigious lecture.

The Award will be presented following a joint lecture to be given by Drs. Cerf and Kahn on February 23, The Internet: Lessons from the Past and Implications for the Future. This event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Wu and Chen Auditorium in Levine Hall on the Penn Engineering campus. A reception will follow the lecture and Award presentation.

Drs. Cerf and Kahn are being recognized for their pioneering and seminal contributions to network-based information technology, and especially for the design and implementation of the TCP/IP protocol suite, which continues to provide the foundation for the growing Internet.

Robert E. Kahn is chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 after a 13-year term at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide leadership and funding for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure.

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

The Harold Pender Award is given by the faculty of The Moore School to outstanding members of the engineering profession who have achieved distinction by significant contributions to society.

Almanac - February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22