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Honors and Other Things
September 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 02

Princess Muna Award: Dr. Aiken


Dr. Linda H. Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, is the second recipient of the Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award, given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for “significant contributions to healthcare across borders and a demonstrated dedication to nursing.” Princess Muna is the mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan and a longtime patron of nursing. Dr. Aiken, a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, will receive the award at the Annual Magnet Meeting in October.






Alumni Award: Dr. Drobatz
Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz received the 2010 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This is the school’s highest honor in recognition of leadership in veterinary emergency service and critical care and dedication to teach and inspire students. Dr. Drobatz is a professor and chief of critical care in the School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is also director of the emergency service of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital and associate chair for education in the department of clinical studies.

Elected to Board: Dr. Fluharty
Dr. Steven Fluarty, Penn’s senior vice provost for research, was one of eight members elected to serve on the board of directors of the University City Science Center.

College of Physicians: Dr. Kumanyika
Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, professor of epidemiology in the School of Medicine, has received an individual recognition award by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine, for her leadership role in shaping Healthy People 2020. Since 1979, Healthy People (HP) has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, engaged people across the nation to work together, guided individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measured the impact of prevention activity. Dr. Kumanyika is the vice chair of the federal advisory committee that is providing guidance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the development of the new HP objectives for 2020.

Honorary Symposium: Dr. Vitek
In June, an honorary symposium was held in Dr. Vasek Vitek’s name at the Sixth International Conference on Materials Structure & Micromechanics of Fracture, which took place in the Czech Republic. The subject of the symposium was the Atomic Simulations of Crystal Defects and Mechanical Properties. Dr. Vitek is a professor in the department of materials science and engineering in SEAS.

ICA Honors Annenberg School Faculty, Student
Three faculty members in the Annenberg School and one student were honored by the International Communication Association (ICA) in June during the organization’s 60th Annual International Conference in Singapore:
Dr. Robert Hornik, the Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication, and Dr. Joseph Turow, the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, became the seventh and eighth members of the Annenberg School faculty to be elected ICA Fellows, joining Joseph N. Cappella, George Gerbner, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elihu Katz, Klaus Krippendorff, and Barbie Zelizer.

Dr. Elihu Katz, Distinguished Trustee Professor of Communication, received the 2010 ICA Fellows Book Award for his book, Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History, which he co-authored with Daniel Dayan of the French National Center for Scientific Research. This award is presented in recognition of work that has made a substantial contribution to the scholarship of the communication field and social sciences. Dr. Katz’s acclaimed book examines the powerful societal impact of several historic live television broadcasts, including President John F. Kennedy’s funeral.

Doctoral candidate Keren Teneboim-Weinblatt received the Best Political Communication Article Award for 2010 from the ICA’s Political Communication Division. Her published article, entitled “Where Is Jack Bauer When You Need Him? The Uses of Television Drama in Mediated Political Discourse,” uses the case study of FOX-TV’s long-running counterterrorism drama, 24, to demonstrate how various media outlets invoked this program to support and express political opinions.

President Elect: Dr. Paul Guyer
Dr. Paul Guyer, the Florence R.C. Murray Professor in the Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences, was elected the next president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. He will serve as vice president in 2010-11 and president in 2011-12. Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association is the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States.

Elected to Board: Dr. Alice J. Zal
Dr. Alice J. Zal, an instructor in the School of Nursing, was elected to serve as president of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Zal is also a clinical assistant professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has a private family practice in Norristown, PA.

Elected to Board: Eugene C. Janda
Eugene C. Janda, the chief of fire and emergency services for the Division of Public Safety, was elected to a three-year term as a general member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation, which supports the Fireman’s Hall Museum in Old City Philadelphia. Chief Janda, who joined Penn’s Division of Public Safety in 2000, had a 23-year career with the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Students Represent Penn at Nobel Laureates Meeting
Graduate students Danielle Reifsnyder and Renuka Nayak were among 75 U.S. student researchers selected to attend the 60th Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, held over the summer in Lindau, Germany. The Department of Energy sponsored Ms. Reifsynder, a third-year chemistry Ph.D. student, while Ms. Nayak, a seventh-year M.D.-Ph.D. student, was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Their participation enabled them to interact with some of the best and brightest minds in science and medicine and network with more than 650 international students and junior researchers.

Michelson Grant: Dr. Meyer


Dr. Ralph Meyer, assistant professor of developmental biology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a Michelson Grant in Reproductive Biology. This approximately $570,000 grant, awarded by Found Animals, allows Dr. Meyer to continue his research over the next three years to develop a non-surgical sterilant/technology for use in both male and female cats and dogs. Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals.







Distinguished Achievement: Dr. Glatstein
Dr. Eli Glatstein, professor of radiation oncology in the School of Medicine, has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The society recognized Dr. Glatstein for his pioneering research on the diagnosis and treatment of a number of cancers, particularly Hodgkin's disease, and his commitment to teaching and training medical students. Dr. Glatstein serves as vice chair and clinical director of the school’s department of radiation oncology.


ACR Fellow: Dr. Schnall
Dr. Mitchell D. Schnall, professor of radiology in the School of Medicine, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR) during the College's annual meeting. In addition to serving as associate chair of research for his department, Dr. Schnall is the chair of the ACR's Imaging Network.

NTI Research Grant: Dr. Sims
Dr. Carrie Sims, assistant professor of surgery in the division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care in the School of Medicine, is the recipient of a $125,000 research grant from the National Trauma Institute (NTI). Over the next year, Dr. Sims will investigate the effectiveness of using the hormone vasopressin versus normal saline during the resuscitation of severely injured trauma patients. Her study was one of seven grants awarded this year by the NTI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding trauma research in the United States.

Pew Scholar: Dr. Zhou
The Pew Charitable Trusts named Dr. Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, assistant professor of genetics in the School of Medicine, a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Zhou, who is investigating the ways chemical modifications to DNA can alter how genes are turned on and off, was one of 21 scholars chosen for 2010. Scholars each receive $240,000 over four years and gain inclusion into a select community of scientists.

Panel Appointment: Dr. Domchek
Dr. Susan Domchek, associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, was one of more than 60 top-ranking scientists, clinicians and advocates chosen to serve on a new panel established by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Dr. Domchek, who serves as director of the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center, and the other inaugural members will provide scientific peer review for the breast cancer grants and programs that Komen for the Cure funds annually.

NPF Fellowship Grant: Dr. Langan
Dr. Sinead Langan, a dermatology resident in the School of Medicine, was awarded a medical dermatology fellowship grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Dr. Langan is one of 12 top dermatology residents from leading medical schools around the country who will each receive $40,000 as part of the NPF’s newly launched grant program. She will study the impact of psoriasis on cardiovascular risk as well as the methodologies for comparative effectiveness research in psoriasis, which is the nation’s most prevalent autoimmune disease.

NSF CAREER Award: Dr. Paulo Arratia
Dr. Paulo Arratia, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in SEAS, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his proposal, “Locomotion of Small Organisms in Complex Fluids.” The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Gates Foundation Grant: Dr. Shorter
Dr. James Shorter, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the School of Medicine, was awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his innovative global health research project, “Unleashing Protein Disaggregases to Prevent HIV Infection.” It was one of 78 grants provided to scientists in 18 countries on six continents as part of this highly competitive initiative to help scientists explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.

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