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Honors and Other Things

December 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 14

Two Marshall Scholars


Two University of Pennsylvania seniors, Kristin Hall and GJ Melendez-Torres, have won Marshall Scholarships.

Ms. Hall, a student in the Hunstman Program, will graduate in 2011 with a BS in economics from Wharton and a BA in international studies from the College. She plans to study economics for development and financial economics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Ms. Hall previously received the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Scholarship and the Kathryn W. Davis 100 Projects for Peace award.

GJ Melendez-Torres will graduate in 2011 with a BS in economics in health-care management and policy from the Wharton School and with a BS from the School of Nursing. At Oxford, Mr. Melendez-Torres will study for the MPhil in evidence-based social intervention. He is also a recipient of a Truman Scholarship.

The Marshall Scholarships were established by the British government in 1953. As many as 40 scholarships are offered each year, five for each of eight regions of the United States.  

The scholarship pays for overseas transportation and all tuition and fees plus a personal allowance. It can be used for two years, and in some cases can be renewed for a third year. The scholarship is for study at any university in the UK.


Penn Teams: Ivy Champs

Three Penn athletic teams won Ivy League titles for their respective sports.

The volleyball team had a 3-2 victory over Princeton, earning their second straight Ivy League Championship.

The women’s soccer team only needed to tie Princeton 0-0 to win this year’s Ivy League Championship.

The football team claimed its 15th Ivy League Championship with a 31-7 win over Cornell.

Mr. Bagnoli: Coach of the Year Finalist

Al Bagnoli, George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision. Coach Bagnoli recently earned his eighth Ivy title—all outright—at Penn. That’s the most outright titles for any coach in league history and the second-most overall. Winners will be announced January 6 during the 24th annual Sports Network awards.

#1 in Security Magazine’s Top 500

The University of Pennsylvania ranked #1 in safety and security in the higher education sector, according to Security magazine’s “Security 500” list. This is the fourth consecutive year that Penn has taken the magazine’s top honors.

“This truly great achievement would not have been possible without the close support and collaboration from our security partners, Allied Barton and ADT, along with the University City District and the Philadelphia Police Department. Together, each partner has respectively provided dedicated support through increased visible patrol, technological security enhancements and state-of-the-art fire and communications technology,” said Maureen S. Rush, the Vice President for Public Safety. “For four years in a row, we’ve ranked #1 because we continually strive to reach a standard of excellence.”

Dr. Cheung: Curt Stern Award

Cheung Dr. Vivian G. Cheung, HHMI Investigator, professor of pediatrics and genetics at the University of Pennsylvania and William Wikoff Smith Chair of Pediatric Genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, received the Curt Stern Award at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. She was honored for her outstanding contributions to genetic research, specifically on gene regulation and the genetics of quantitative traits. Dr. Cheung, along with her collaborator and husband, the late Richard S. Spielman, pioneered the field of genetics of human gene expression. Drs. Cheung and Spielman were the first to demonstrate extensive heritable variation in human gene expression.

Dr. Lambertsen: John Scott Award

Lambertsen Dr. Christian J. Lambertsen, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Environmental Medicine in the School of Medicine, is a recipient of this year’s John Scott Award given by the Board of Directors of City Trusts of the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Lambertsen was recognized for his invention of the underwater breathing apparatus known as SCUBA. The award is given to men and women whose inventions have contributed in some outstanding way to the “comfort, welfare, and happiness” of mankind.

Penn Alexander: National Certification

The Penn Alexander School now has nine teachers who have achieved National Board Certification, the highest level of certification in the field of teaching.

In addition to PAS teachers Darlene Schaffer (Learning Support) and Kate Naughton (1st Grade), the following teachers have recently earned their certification:

Arlene Brown, Middle School Math

Maryann Milewski, 2nd Grade

Richard Staniec, Middle School Science

Melissa Trusty, Kindergarten

Hillary (Ehling) Tubin, Middle School Literacy

Megan Wapner, Middle School Literacy

Lisa Waters, 2nd Grade


Almanac - December 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 14