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Honors and Other Things

April 12, 2011, Volume 57, No. 29

CRA Board: Susan Davidson
Dr. Susan Davidson, chair of the department of computer and information science and founder and chair of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE), has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Computing Research Association (CRA). It is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies that is dedicated to strengthening research and advanced education in the computing fields, expanding opportunities for women and minorities and improving public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in society.

TCPW-Provost Award: Demie Kurz


The Office of the Provost and the Trustees Council of Penn Women announced that Dr. Demie Kurz, co-director of the Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, is the second annual recipient of their joint Award of Recognition, for significant contributions by Penn faculty to advancing the role of women in higher education and research at Penn.

For more than two decades, Dr. Kurz has been a leader in the advancement of women at Penn. In assessing a group of extremely strong nominations, the selection committee took note of her extraordinary service in advising and mentoring students and faculty; building communities and opportunities for intellectual exchange across campus; helping women faculty and graduate students advance professionally; teaching generations of students; supervising undergraduate theses and graduate dissertations; organizing valuable seminars, conferences, and workshops; and contributing important research to the academic literature on gender and the family. 

Dr. Kurz received the award, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, at a ceremony on April 7.  The selection committee included Professors Sherri Adams (SDM), Jerry Jacobs (SAS), John Keenan (SEAS), Yvonne Paterson (SON), and Neville Strumpf (SON).


Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Two Penn PhD students are among 30 of those awarded 2011 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Patricia Ha is a first-year MD/PhD student in epidemiology born to South Korean immigrants and Yin Li is a first-year PhD student in neuroscience who was born in China. Founded by Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists Paul and Daisy Soros, the Fellowship provides tuition and living expenses up to $90,000 over two academic years and serves to “highlight the extraordinary promise, diversity, drive and determination of recent immigrants—and children of immigrants—to this country.”

Truman Scholar: Corey Metzman


Corey Metzman (C/Wh’12), a junior currently pursuing a dual degree in the College and Wharton through the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, has been awarded a 2011 Truman Scholarship. He is the founder of Dorm Room Diplomacy, a cross-campus attempt to generate understanding and communications between US students and those in the Middle East, and will be honored, along with co-founder Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz, by Bill Clinton later this spring. The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service. Mr. Metzman plans to pursue a joint JD/MPA degree once he completes his undergraduate studies. 


Math Commission: Janine Remillard
Dr. Janine Remillard, professor in GSE, was recently named vice chair of the US National Commission for Mathematics Instruction for a two-year term.  The commission plans, recommends, and encourages projects in areas of international importance in mathematical sciences education. Dr. Remillard has served on the faculty at GSE since 1997, and serves as one of the primary faculty in the Teacher Education program and the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum specialization. She also chairs the school’s Foundations and Practices of Education division. 

Hubbard & SGIM Awards: Judy Shea


Dr. Judy Shea, professor of medicine and associate dean for medical evaluation research in the School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2011 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. The award was announced at the annual meeting of NBME membership on March 31.

She was also selected as the 2011 SGIM Career Achievement in Medical Education Award recipient. This award, given by the Society of General Internal Medicine, recognizes those medical educators whose lifetime contributions have profoundly impacted the field of medical education. The award will be presented at the SGIM’s national meeting in Phoenix on May 6.


2011 Model Supervisor Award
The Model Supervisor winner was revealed live at the awards ceremony on March 31. The Model Supervisor Award was presented to Kathleen M. Thomas, clinical research operations manager for the department of radiology in the School of Medicine. She received a symbol of appreciation and a $500 cash award in honor of this recognition. She was one of three finalists for the 2011 Model Supervisor Award, each of whom were nominated for their outstanding supervisory behaviors, including fairness, strong leadership and exceptional managerial skills. See www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/models

2011 Public Policy Winners
Team Virtual Market Philly has won the Fels Institute of Government 2011 Public Policy Challenge. The annual student competition brings graduate students from different disciplines together to devise practical solutions to public policy challenges facing Philadelphia. Rachel Cahill of Fels, Jennifer Ralston of SP2, Natalie Robles of the City and Regional Planning Program at PennDesign, and Lise Wagnac of Bryn Mawr College comprised the winning team. Team Virtual Market Philly won the top prize of $5,000 for its proposal to improve public health and obesity rates by expanding access to healthy food. Ten teams of nearly 50 students competed in the challenge. A panel of Pennsylvania civic and governmental leaders selected the winning team during the final round of the challenge on March 20 at the National Constitution Center.

Penn: Dream College
After a three-year absence from the list, the University of Pennsylvania placed eighth, up from tenth in 2007, on the student list of “Top Ten Dream Colleges” released in late March by The Princeton Review. The ranking was part of the publication’s annual “College Hopes and Worries” survey, which included write-in responses from 8, 219 college applicants and 3,966 applicant parents. NYU, Harvard and Stanford topped this year’s list. 


Almanac - April 12, 2011, Volume 57, No. 29