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Honors and Other Things

May 3, 2011, Volume 57, No. 32

President of Philosophical Society: Dr. Barker

Dr. Clyde F. Barker, the Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, assumed the duties of the president of the American Philosophical Society on April 29. Dr. Barker was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1997 and has served on the Council since 2003 and as a vice president since 2005.  His presentation of “Thomas Eakins and His Medical Clinics” at the Society’s November 2007 meeting was awarded the Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities in 2010.

Dedication of Ellen D. Baer Reading Room at Penn Nursing

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing dedicated its reading room in honor of Dr. Ellen D. Baer, one of the founders of the Bates Center and its former associate director.

Dr. Baer joined the Penn Nursing faculty in 1980. She initiated and directed a federally funded program in oncology for nursing graduate students and a federally funded demonstration project for undergraduate nursing students to have clinical experiences caring for persons with AIDS. A prolific writer, she has been widely recognized as a voice for nursing past and present. Her award-winning work illustrates how to comprehend contemporary issues by examining them in historical context.

The dedication launches the Bates Center’s 25th anniversary. The mission of the Bates Center, the pre-eminent center for scholarship in nursing history in the world, is to ensure the generation of historical knowledge, scholarship, and research on healthcare and nursing history in the US and internationally. The Center holds an extensive archival collection of photographs, artifacts, and the personal and professional papers of nursing leaders and clinicians, schools of nursing, visiting nurse associations, and other kinds of health care agencies.

Dean Afaf Meleis, Dr. Joan Lynaugh, Dr. Ellen Baer, and Dr. Julie Fairman at the dedication of the Reading Room.

Nursing Ambassador: Ms. Hogan Quigley

Beth Hogan Quigley, senior lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been appointed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to serve as an NLN Ambassador. As an ambassador Ms. Hogan Quigley will inform the school about the NLN’s initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops and other benefits available to members. The program was created to make it as easy as possible for the nursing community to understand and communicate with the NLN.

Nursing Excellence: Dr. Lipman

Dr. Terri Lipman will receive the Caroline Langstadter Mentor/Preceptor Award for Excellence in Nursing from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Lipman, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor for Nutrition, professor of nursing of children, clinician educator, coordinates the first clinical course, Pediatric Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making, for graduate students and developed and maintains the only registry of pediatric type 1 diabetes in Philadelphia. The award recognizes those who have filled the consummate roles of mentor/preceptor—teacher, clinical role model, consultant and advocate—that increase another’s intellectual and clinical skills. Dr. Lipman will receive the award at a reception on May 4.

Honorary Doctorate: Dr. Murray

Dr. Christopher B. Murray, Richard Perry University Professor and professor in the department of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, received an honorary doctorate in sustainability from Utrecht University on March 25. The degree was conferred during the celebration to mark the school’s 375th anniversary, and Dr. Murray was recognized for his work in relation to sustainability, specifically in colloid science and nano-science. Dr. Murray is also a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) professor.

Penn-made President: Dr. Rozhon

Dr. Tamara Rozhon, a 2008 graduate of Penn GSE’s executive doctorate in higher education management program, has been appointed president of Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, in Pasadena, California. Dr. Rozhon has worked closely with Pacific Oaks since 2009 as an advisor and was named interim president in November 2010. Her achievements include introducing an online campus and the launch of a new alumni association and alumni magazine. For additional Penn-made presidents, see www.upenn.edu/almanac/pennpres.html

Nursing Dean’s Medal & PA Bio Board: Dr. Rubenstein


Dr. Afaf Meleis, dean of the School of Nursing, awarded the Penn Nursing Dean’s Medal for Distinguished Service to Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, the outgoing dean of Penn’s School of Medicine and executive vice president for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, in honor of his commitment to scholarly partnerships between Nursing and Medicine faculty. Dr. Meleis presented the medal during a tribute to Dr. Rubenstein, “Transforming Health Care through Partnerships,” on April 28. This is the second time Penn Nursing has awarded the Dean’s Medal for Distinguished Service. The first recipient was Carol Ware Gates, Nu’73.

In addition, Dr. Rubenstein was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bio, the only statewide trade association for the life sciences in the Commonwealth. It was noted that, “Dr. Rubenstein’s prominence in academia will be critical in helping Pennsylvania Bio maintain and continue building strong relationships and partnerships with academic research institutions across the Commonwealth.”

Honorary Doctorate: Dr. Vuchic


Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic, professor emeritus of electrical and systems engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was awarded the Honoris causa (honorary doctorate) from the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers) in Paris at an award ceremony held in March.

Dr. Vuchic’s research interests are in the area of transportation systems, especially with regard to urban transportation. In his research, he examines urban transportation systems technology, operations, planning and economics; the definitions of transportation systems components and their modeling; and the interrelationship of cities and transportation with respect to urban planning, livability and sustainability. He has questioned the role of Maglev technology for high-speed ground transportation (HSGT) and further challenged the USDOT selection of demonstration projects.





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 award includes a summer fellowship stipend of up to $6,000 for work that harnesses the knowledge of different academic disciplines to explore societal issues. Students were selected based on the quality of their application and funding status. Recipients submit a report at the end of the summer and participate in a poster session in the fall at the Graduate Student Center, at which they can present their work, receive feedback from the Penn community, and encourage future interdisciplinary collaborations. This year’s 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 a 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

Innovation Award: GRASP Lab

Penn Engineering’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory has received the 2011 IEEE Corporate Innovation Award. The award was presented on April 9 at the IEEE Philadelphia Section Awards Banquet and Gala. The Corporate Innovation Award recognizes a company or corporation for its outstanding contribution to electrotechnology and emphasizes developments, projects, products, and other accomplishments that have been innovative and successful. The GRASP Laboratory integrates computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in a vibrant, collaborative environment that fosters interactions between students, research staff and faculty.

Scholarships for Four Nursing Students

Four Penn Nursing students have been awarded scholarships from the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) totaling more than $18,000. The four students are: Amanda Daley, Nu’12; Jeffrey Lee, Nu/W’12; Kaitlin Best, Nu’13; and Candace Freeman, Nu’13.

The NSNA is dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students. The Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship Program, provides scholarships and grants to both undergraduates and graduate students.


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