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Honors and Other Things

April 26, 2011, Volume 57, No. 31

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Five University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. They are among 212 new Fellows and 16 Foreign Honorary Members recognized as some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

The new AAAS Fellows at Penn are:

Jonathan Epstein, professor and chair, department of cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine.

Katherine High, professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine.

C. Brian Rose, professor of classical studies and archaeology, School of Arts and Sciences, and curator-in-charge, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum.

Thomas Sugrue, professor of history and sociology, School of Arts and Sciences. 

Amita Sehgal, professor and vice chair, department of neuroscience, and co-director, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, School of Medicine.

Honorary Doctorate: Dr. Fagin


Dr. Claire M. Fagin, Leadership Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the School of Nursing, will receive an honorary doctorate of art degree from New York University on May 18. She will join other 2011 recipients including former President Bill Clinton at commencement. Serving as the dean of Penn’s School of Nursing from 1977 to 1992, Dr. Fagin developed landmark education and research programs, a privately funded research center, and a PhD program. During her tenure she had the most faculty members of any nursing school in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine, and Penn Nursing was ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Fagin served as the interim president of the University of Pennsylvania from 1993 to 1994. She was the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of Penn and the first woman to serve a term as interim president of any Ivy League university.






Nursing Hall of Fame: Dr. Fairman


Dr. Julie Fairman, professor of nursing and director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, is one of 15 who will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July. The award honors STTI nurse researchers from around the world who have achieved long-term, broad recognition for their work and whose research has had global or national impact on the profession and the people it serves. Dr. Fairman’s research focuses on the history of 20th century health care issues pervading contemporary nursing practice.







Communications Board: Dr. Hennessy

Dr. Michael Hennessy, senior research analyst at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of Human Communication Research, one of the official journals of the International Communication Association. Dr. Hennessy’s term will run through the middle of 2012.

OwnEnergy Board: Mr. Rendell


Ed Rendell, C’65, former Pennsylvania Governor and lecturer in Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, has joined the board of OwnEnergy, a New York City-based community wind development company. OwnEnergy partners with landowners to help them develop and own their own midsize wind farms.

“I am extremely pleased to join the board of OwnEnergy because I strongly believe that wind energy is one of the keys to producing clean, homegrown energy as well as spurring American entrepreneurship and innovation. What makes OwnEnergy special is that its goals are to enable renewable energy to be developed and owned in the community, by the community, and for the community,” Mr. Rendell said.






Coolest College Start-Up: PoverUp

PoverUP, a not-for-profit microfinance platform created by freshman Charlie Javice, was named one of America’s Coolest College Start-Ups of 2011 by Inc.com. The mission of the student-run initiative is to bring students together to participate in microfinance, which will ultimately give purchasing power to people living in poverty around the world. It plans to launch its investment platform sometime this month, which Ms. Javice is calling PoverUP—1st Annual Student Microfinance Day. Her goal is to have satellite groups on 500 campuses in the next few years.

Inaugural Integrated Knowledge Award

In support of Penn’s academic mission, the 11 College House Deans, who serve as academic advisors and chief administrators of the residential communities, created a new student award, The College House Deans Integrated Knowledge Award.
This year’s recipient is Alison Feder, C’12, of Stouffer College House. Ms. Feder has brought her research in the fields of genetics and mathematics into the House, encouraging others to seek out opportunities to engage in Penn’s undergraduate research community. “Her passion for social and environmental issues have benefited the House, as she spearheaded a composting program in Mayer Hall and has helped House events accommodate vegan diets.”

An RA  in Ware College House, G.J. Melendez-Torres, W/N’11 received an Honorable Mention. After traveling through the Middle East as an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow, Mr. Melendez-Torres established the Interfaith Dialogue Residential Program at Ware and facilitates the program’s explorations of religious beliefs, practices and the ways that people of faith can work together.

KWH Grant: Ms. Sanders

Junior Katie Sanders has won the Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant at the Kelly Writers House. Ms. Sanders is majoring in urban studies with a journalistic writing minor. She is currently apprenticing for investigative reporter Stephen Fried and has won numerous prizes.

Supported financially by this grant, Ms. Sanders will travel to California and elsewhere to research and write about American and international penal systems. She will present her writing next fall at the Writers House.
As a way of memorializing her mother, Terry B. Heled, and of honoring the students of her alma mater in gratitude for the encouragement her own research and writing received while she was at Penn, Mali Heled Kinberg (C’95) has created this endowed fund at the Kelly Writers House that, each summer, will enable a student to travel for the purpose of conducting the research leading to a significant writing project.

CINE Award: Sunnylands Film

Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company, a documentary that follows the path of Thaddeus Edmonson to the US Supreme Court where the Justices ruled that under the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause parties in civil cases cannot reject potential jurors on the basis of their race, has been honored with a fall 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award and a 2011 CINE Special Jury Award. The CINE organization honors excellence in the film, television, and new media industry. Produced by the Documentary Group of New York, the film is a program of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which distributed Edmonson nationally along with other educational materials in advance of Constitution Day, September 17, 2010. The film can be downloaded at www.SunnylandsClassroom.org.

2011 GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation

These awards, jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost, enable graduate and professional students to engage in interdisciplinary projects of their own design. The recipients are:

Philip J. Maciak, PhD student in English “Tricks and Actualities: A Genealogy of the Passion Play Film, 1898-1927”

Tekla Bude, PhD student in English, “The Songs of Angels: Performing Community and Female Identity in Late Medieval England”

Caroline Henze-Gongola, PhD student in English and Maxwell Rogoski, PhD student in History and Sociology of Science and Penn Med student: “How to Succeed in Medicine a Century Ago: The Legacies of D.W. Cathell’s Physician Manual” 

Michelle Evans-Chase, PhD student in Social Welfare, “Mindfulness Meditation with Incarcerated Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial Informed by Neuropsychosocial and Cultural Theories of Adolescence”

 Minseop Kim, PhD student in Social Welfare and Hyun Suk Kim, PhD student in Communication, “Maternal Work and Risk Behavior of Adolescents: A Meditation Effect of Mother-Child Communication”

Masha Kowell, PhD student in History of Art, and Ian Macmillen, PhD student in Music, “ The Politics of Jazz as a Target and Medium of Ideological Propaganda in Soviet Animations, 1949-1969”

Royal Society: Dr. Hunter

Dr. Christopher A. Hunter, professor and chair of the department of pathobiology at Penn Veterinary Medicine, has been elected as Fellow to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). New Fellows are elected after a rigorous four-stage selection process culminating in a ballot of the entire Fellowship. Each new Fellow is recognized within his or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession and is encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society. Dr. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

AAHA President: Dr. Moyer

Dr. Michael R. Moyer, the Rosenthal Director of Shelter Animal Medicine at Penn Veterinary Medicine, has been named president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Dr. Moyer will work with members, staff and board members to focus the organization’s priorities, focus on marketing and branding, and develop more effective tools and programs for team members belonging to accredited hospitals. Dr. Moyer is the owner of Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital, Inc. in Bensalem, PA and is a graduate of Penn Vet. He currently represents the school in a variety of local, state and national collaborative efforts in animal welfare and sheltering.

AAM Fellow: Dr. Scott

Dr. Phillip Scott, associate dean for research at Penn Veterinary Medicine, as well as professor of microbiology and immunology, has been elected as Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. Dr. Scott received his PhD from Penn in 1980.

BSAVA Blaine Award: Dr. Smith

Dr. Gail K. Smith, professor of orthopedic surgery at Penn Veterinary Medicine, has been selected for the 2011 Blaine Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). The award is presented annually for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery. Nominations are peer-driven by BSAVA membership and the winner is selected by the Awards Committee. Dr. Smith, a Penn graduate, is also the founder and director of PennHIP, the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. Dr. Smith’s work applies engineering principles to investigate the musculoskeletal system in both health and disease.

Society of Women Engineers Award

The Penn chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the Outstanding SWE Section Award, placing them first out of 60 collegiate sections in the region. The award was presented at the SWE Region E Conference in March. Penn SWE’s board put together a substantial application demonstrating their efforts at encouraging women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrating the value of diversity. The Society of Women Engineers is an international non-profit service organization aimed at informing the community of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers.

Top row (left to right):  Melissa Wang, Alexis Wallen, Kasia Oleske, Trisha Kothari, Serena Zhou, Julie Xu, Melissa Cedarholm Bottom row (left to right):  Sheetal Rajagopal, Sammy Wang, Louise Li, Jenn Liu




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