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Honors and Other Things
July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01

Book Prize: Dr. Beeman


Dr. Richard Beeman, professor of history, has been awarded the 2010 George Washington Book Prize for Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. The award, which honors the most important new book about America’s founding era, comes with a $50,000 prize, the nation’s largest literary award for early American history. The book is an account of the nation’s Founding Fathers who met in Philadelphia to design a radically new form of government during the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.







UNICEF Contract: Dr. Bicchieri
Dr. Cristina Bicchieri, the Carol and Michael Lowenstein Professor of Philosophy and Legal Studies and director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program, won a UNICEF contract to develop and deliver a training program for UNICEF operatives on Advances in Social Norms and Social Change. The training program has been taking place on Penn’s campus last week and this week.

Honorary Degree: Dr. Fagin
Dr. Claire M. Fagin, dean emerita of the School of Nursing, was among six individuals who received honorary degrees from Syracuse University this year. She was honored for her success in blending consumer health issues with professional health and nursing issues.

Additionally, the American Nursing Association (ANA) presented Dr. Fagin with their Hall of Fame award to recognize her lifelong commitment to nursing and impact on health and/or social history of the United States.

Honorary Degree: Dr. Fox
Dr. Renée C. Fox, Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences in the department of sociology, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University. She received a doctor of laws for her work in sociology of medicine, medical research, medical education, medical ethics and medical humanitarianism.

Friars Faculty Award: Dr. Granieri


The Friars Senior Society of the University of Pennsylvania gave  their 2010 Faculty Award to Dr. Ronald Granieri, assistant professor of modern European history. Chosen in the spring by members of the undergraduate Friars, this award is given to an outstanding Penn faculty member(s) in recognition of not only their area expertise, but their compassion for teaching and their relationships with their students. Dr. Granieri addressed the students and Friar alumni at the Spring Dinner held in late April.







2010 Europhysics Prize
Drs. Charles Kane and Eugene Mele are among five scientists awarded the 2010 Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division for the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators. Dr. Kane and Dr. Mele are professors of physics in the department of physics and astronomy.

NCEE Commissioner: Dr. Maynard
Dr. Rebecca Maynard, University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy in the Graduate School of Education, has been named commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) and Regional Assistance. As commissioner, Dr. Maynard will oversee NCEE, one of four centers in the Institute of Education Sciences.  NCEE helps educators and policy makers make informed decisions about education.

Medicare Commission: Dr. Naylor


Dr. Mary D. Naylor, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the School of Nursing, has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. MedPAC was established by Congress in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care and other issues affecting Medicare. MedPAC advises Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service programs.







IAS Honor: Dr. Myers
Dr. Alan Myers, professor emeritus in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering in SEAS, was honored as a founder of the International Adsorption Society (IAS) at the IAS Tenth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption. Dr. Myers has been part of the IAS since it was founded in 1983. The International Adsorption Society is a non-profit professional association dedicated to serving people, firms, and organizations who seek to advance the art, science, and technology of adsorption and related subjects. The field of adsorption studies the use of solids for removing substances from either gaseous or liquid solutions.

Research Robot for GRASP
Out of 78 submissions, the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory was one of 11 institutions that received a free PR2 Beta robot by California-based company Willow Garage. The two-year PR2 Beta Program allows selected institutions to conduct their own research and meet to explore new applications together. The GRASP Lab proposed “to tackle some of the challenges facing household robotics, including tracking people and planning navigation in dynamic environments, and transferring handheld objects between robots and humans.” The team is led by Dr. Maxim Likhachev, research assistant professor in the department of computer and information science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Honor Roll for LIFE Program
The Corporation for National and Community Service announced that the Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) practice, managed and operated by the School of Nursing, has been named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service, and its “impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.” The LIFE program is a nurse-managed program of all-inclusive care of frail elders, offering comprehensive integrated health and social services for older adults in West Philadelphia who are eligible for nursing home care.

Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service, and its “impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.” The LIFE program is a nurse-managed program of all-inclusive care of frail elders, offering comprehensive integrated health and social services for older adults in West Philadelphia who are eligible for nursing home care.

Mentorship Award: Dr. O’Brien


Dr. Charles P. O’Brien, Kenneth Appel Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, received the 2010 College on Problems of Drug Dependence Mentorship Award. The award recognizes a person who is especially influential in the development of careers of young addiction research scientists.

Dr. O’Brien is vice chair of the department of psychiatry, vice director of the Institute of Neurological Science and director of the Center for Studies in Addiction.







Penn-made President: Dr. Poskanzer
Dr. Steven Poskanzer, Penn’s former associate general counsel, was named the 11th president of Carleton College in Minnesota. He will begin in August.

Festschrift Publication: Dr. Silverman


Penn Museum Egyptologist David P. Silverman was honored with a two-volume Festschrift publication and celebration in Cairo, Egypt, on May 8. The celebration party was hosted by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Secretary General, Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Dr. Silverman, long-time Egyptian section curator-in-charge at the Penn Museum and the Eckley Brinton Coxe Chair in Egyptology at Penn, was presented with a Festschrift, a traditional academic celebration publication, entitled Millions of Jubilees: Studies in Honor of David P. Silverman. Published in two volumes, Millions of Jubilees has more than 800 pages, with scholarly contributions from 44 authors, including current Penn Museum Egyptian section staff members and many Penn Egyptology graduate students, past and present.








American Academy of Nursing Fellows
Five School of Nursing faculty members have been named American Academy of Nursing (AAN) fellows. They will be inducted as the new slate of fellows at the AAN 37th Annual Meeting and Conference in November. They are:

Dr. Cindy Connolly, associate professor of nursing

Dr. Maureen George, assistant professor of nursing

Dr. Nancy Hanrahan, Dr. Lenore H. Kurlowicz Term Assistant Professor of Nursing

Dr. Lynn Stringer, associate professor of women’s health nursing—Clinician Educator

Dr. Barbra Mann Wall, associate professor of nursing

The AAN’s role is to advance health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Its fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Award: Dr. Strumpf


Dr. Neville E. Strumpf, professor of nursing, has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Researcher Award from The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in recognition of her “demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research.” Dr. Strumpf is internationally recognized for her program of research, which focuses on individualized care for frail older adults, regardless of setting or circumstance. She will receive the award at the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in February 2011.







Women’s Way Award: Dr. Schreiber
Dr. Courtney Schreiber, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, was honored with the Unsung Heroine Award at the Women’s Way 33rd Annual Powerful Voice Awards ceremony. According to Women’s Way, the annual event is a “celebration of amazing women and a community-wide call to action, challenging each of us to step up and play a role in shaping a brighter future for women, girls and their families in the Greater Philadelphia region.” Dr. Schreiber’s focus is on improving contraceptive use in populations at increased risk of unintended pregnancy, including adolescent women.

Distinguished Scholar: Dr. Turow
Dr. Joseph Turow, the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School, has been elected to the position of NCA Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association (NCA). The Distinguished Scholar award recognizes and rewards a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication.

Emerging Woman Leader: Ms. Zavitz
Jackie Zavitz, senior associate director in the Office of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton School, was honored with the Forum Award for Emerging Women Leaders at the annual meeting of The Forum of Executive Women (FOEW). Ms. Zavitz will receive a scholarship to a leadership development program and is invited as The Forum’s guest to attend its monthly programs.

Penn VIPS/Business Services Division Scholarships
Penn Volunteers in Public Service (Penn VIPS) and the Business Services Division announced the six winners of their annual scholarship program. For 19 years the program has provided up to $1,000 in non-tuition scholarships and supplies to college-bound students from West Philadelphia high schools. Honorees are chosen based on their community service and academic excellence.

This year’s winners are:

Bartram High School: Vananh Dao

Overbrook High School: Ingrid Doralice

Parkway West High School: Kammee Shivers

Sayre High School: Kebeh Kpou

West Philadelphia High School:  Khaleda Sharif and Momo Shen

ISC One of Top 100
International Data Group’s CIO magazine announced Penn’s Division of Information Systems & Computing (ISC) as a recipient of the 2010 CIO 100. The 23rd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

Penn/ISC won for its Unified Communications, a major multi-year/multi-initiative project to provide flexible, cost-effective, modern solutions to meet the needs of Penn’s constituencies.

Penn One of Best Places to Work in IT
Computerworld magazine ranked Penn’s Division of Information Systems & Computing #5 nationally and #1 in the Mid-Atlantic region in its 2010 Best Places To Work In IT survey. This is the sixth consecutive year ISC has been ranked #1 in the Mid-Atlantic. Honorees are featured in Computerworld’s June 21 issue along with results from the 17th annual Best Places To Work In IT survey, available online.

American Council of Learned Societies 2010 Fellows and Grantees
Nine scholars from Penn have been awarded American Council of Learned Societies fellowships and grants. Penn fellows and grantees are:

Elisabeth Camp, assistant professor, philosophy—Program: Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships; Project: Perspectival Imagination in Perception and Thought

Urvashi Chakravarty, recent PhD, English literature—Program: Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships; Project: Serving Like a Free Man: Labor, Liberty and Consent in Early Modern English Drama

Peter Decherney, assistant professor, English—Program: ACLS Fellowships; Project: Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: Pirates, Plagiarists and Technophobes, from Edison to the Internet

Siyen Fei, assistant professor, history—Program: American Research in the Humanities in China; Project: Chastity and Empire: A Comparative Study of the Chastity Cult in Ming Border Areas

Ellery Elisabeth Foutch, doctoral candidate, history of art—Program: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships; Project: Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse of Peale’s Butterflies, Heade’s Hummingbirds, Blaschka’s Flowers and Sandow’s Body

James Ker, assistant professor, classical studies—Program: ACLS Fellowships; Project: Beginning the Day in Ancient Rome: Morningtime, City and Self

Cristina Pangilinan, faculty fellow, English—Program: ACLS New Faculty Fellows; Project: Appointment in English at Vanderbilt University for academic years 2010 and 2011

Philip Sapirstein, postdoctoral fellow, classical studies—Program: ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship; Project: The Digital Reconstruction of the Sanctuary of Hera at Mon Repos, Corfu

Thomas K. Ward, doctoral candidate, English—Program: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships; Project: Inside Voices of the English Renaissance

ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations. Its mission is “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.”

School of Social Policy & Practice John Hope Franklin Awards

The Black Men at Penn (BMAP) of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) held its annual John Hope Franklin Combating American Racism Awards luncheon that included special guests Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, parents of honoree Ashley Biden. The awards are presented to students in SP2 who are committed to addressing and combating racism and all forms of oppression. The following recipients are all graduates from the SP2 Class of 2010.

Anastasia Barron
Ashley Biden
Jeanette Bowles
Karen Bush
Kalene DeHaut
Christine Kim
Lauren McLaughlin
Katherine Miller
Alisha Nash
Jamee Roberts
Robin Young
Lauren Woodfork
Hope Franklin
  Left to right: Darin Toliver, vice president, BMAP; Dr. Jill Biden; Ashley Biden (honoree); Vice President Joe Biden; Chad Dion Lassiter, president, BMAP; and Alan Speed, BMAP member.

The 2010 Newly-Retired Faculty

The following faculty members were accorded emeritus status during the 2009-10 academic year. Those marked with asterisks (*) have elected not to use the emeritus title modifier.

Luis I. Araujo, Associate Professor C-E Emeritus Radiology, SOM (’90)—accorded status in 2008-09

*Eugene W. Beier, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, SAS (’67)

Angelina Castro, Associate Professor C-E Emerita/Anesthesiology and Critical Care, SOM (’72)

Charles C. Clark, Associate Professor Emeritus/Orthopaedic Surgery, SOM (’72)

Stuart A. Curran, Vartan Gregorian Professor of English Emeritus, SAS (’74)

Julius J. Deren, Professor C-E Emeritus/DM-Gastroenterology, SOM (’68)

Robert F. Engs, Professor Emeritus of History, SAS (’72)

*Frank F. Furstenberg, Professor of Sociology, SAS (’67)

David R. Goldmann, Associate Professor C-E Emeritus/Medicine, SOM (’79)

David J. Graves, Associate Professor Emeritus A/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, SEAS (’70)

Laszlo Gyulai, Associate Professor C-E Emeritus/Psychiatry, SOM (’89)

William F. Harris, II, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science, SAS (’86)

Geoffrey Hazard, Professor Emeritus of Law, Law (’94)

Arlene Houldin, Associate Professor Emerita/Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, Nursing (’91)

Robert House, Professor Emeritus/Management, Wharton (’88)

James Katowitz, Professor C-E Emeritus/Ophthalmology, SOM (’71)

Michael L. Klein, Hepburn Professor of Physical Science Emeritus/Chemistry, SAS (’87)

*Bruce Kuklick, Professor of History, SAS (’72)

Arnold Levinson, Professor Emeritus/Medicine, SOM (’78)

Howard McC. Snyder, Professor C-E Emeritus/Surgery, SOM (’80)

Edward M. Peters, Henry C. Lea Professor of History Emeritus, SAS (’68)

*Samuel H. Preston, Professor of Sociology, SAS (’79)

Martin Pring, Associate Professor Emeritus/Physiology, SOM (’68)

Edward Pugh, Jr., Professor Emeritus/Ophthalmology, SOM (’74)

Robert A. Rescorla, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus, SAS (’81)

Jeremy A. Sabloff, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, SAS (’94)

Michael Selzer, Professor Emeritus/Neurology, SOM (’74)—accorded status in 2008-09

Robert J. Sharer, Sally & Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor Emeritus/Anthropology, SAS (’72)

Paul Soven, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy, SAS (’67)

Peter Sterling, Professor Emeritus/Neuroscience, SOM (’69)

*Michael L. Tierney, Associate Professor A, Education (’80)

*Terri Weaver, Professor of Nursing/Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, Nursing (’91)

Robert Whitlock, Associate Professor Emeritus/Clinical Studies New Bolton Center, Vet Medicine (’78)

Richard Whittington, Professor C-E Emeritus/Radiation Oncology, SOM (’85)

*Robert M. Zemsky, Professor, Education (’67)

Note: The year in parentheses is the year the professors joined the Penn faculty ranks.

Third Annual PennMOVES: Over $20,000 for Charities

In support of Penn’s sustainability goals and the University’s climate commitment, the third annual PennMOVES sale was held on June 5. The event diverted tons of high quality items destined for landfills, such as microwaves, school and kitchen supplies, into bargains for the local community and raised over $20,000 for local United Way charities. Thanks go out to all the members of the Penn community who helped make this project a great success


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