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Honors and Other Things

September 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 02


Penn Alum & Penn Relays: Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame
Former Penn track member James Edwin “Ted” Meredith, C’16, and The Penn Relays will be a part of the 8th Inductee Class of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in November.
The Penn Relays will become the first Philly sports institution to join the Hall when the class is formally inducted.

Mr. Meredith earned his fame when he broke the interscholastic 440-yard record twice. At the age of 19, he won the 800-meter competition at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.

HUP: Top Hospital
For the fourth consecutive year, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In total, HUP medical specialties ranked in the top 20 across 15 of the 16 areas evaluated. All three Penn Medicine hospitals were among the top 10 hospitals in Philadelphia with HUP ranked #1.

Sr. Buley: Penn-made President
Sister Paula Marie Buley, GrEd96, was named president of Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. She started August 1. For additional Penn-made presidents, see www.upenn.edu/almanac/pennpres.html

Dr. Cnaan: Best Reviewer
Dr. Ram Cnaan, professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice was chosen as Best Reviewer for 2011 by the Journal of Social Work Education. The criteria for this award include exceptional service in responsiveness to requests for review, timeliness in submitting completed reviews and quality of written reviews. Dr. Cnaan will receive the award in October.

Dr. Kohli: Rita Allen Foundation
Dr. Rahul M. Kohli, assistant professor of medicine and biochemistry & biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine, has received a $500,000 grant from the Rita Allen Foundation. He will receive $100,000 per year for five years as a 2011 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar. Dr. Kohli’s lab is exploring the idea that DNA cytosine modifying enzymes can be used to introduce an added layer of complexity by muffling, amplifying or even rewriting parts of the genome. Understanding the dynamic genome has implications for advances in infectious diseases, stem cell biology and oncology, among other fields. The Rita Allen Foundation’s mission includes supporting “transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems.”

Dr. Lewis: Funding for Hypertension

Dr. Lisa Lewis, assistant professor of nursing, has received funding from the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation, Inc for her proposal “Spiritual Vignettes to Increase Medication Adherence among Hypertensive Black Church Members.”The primary purpose of the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation is the study, prevention, early diagnosis and alleviation of diseases of the cardiovascular system.






Dr. McLellan: Livengrin Honor
Dr. Tom McLellan, professor in the department of psychiatry and director of the Penn Center for Substance Abuse Solutions in the Perelman School of Medicine, will receive the S.F. Hansell Award for Excellence in Addiction Treatment from the Livengrin Foundation later this month. Livengrin is a nonprofit that provides treatment and recovery from substance abuse in the Philadelphia region.


Ms. Rosqueta: Brava! Award
Ms. Katherina Rosqueta, the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, housed at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is a recipient of a 2011 Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine Brava! Women Business Achievement Award. The Brava! Awards honor the contributions of female CEOs, presidents, business owners and executive directors in the Philadelphia area who have exhibited dedication to overseeing successful businesses and also giving back to the community through philanthropic endeavors.  Honorees were profiled in the July issue of Philadelphia SmartCEO magazine.





Dr. Rozmiarek: ICLAS Secretary
Dr. Harry Rozmiarek, professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine, was elected Secretary-General of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).  He will serve a four-year term (2011-2015). ICLAS is an international scientific organization advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide.

Dr. Seider: Van Antwerpen Award
Dr. Warren D. Seider, professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, is the 2011 recipient of the F.J. and Dorothy Van Antwerpen Award for Service to the Institute presented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is recognized for contributions in phase and chemical equilibria, azeotropic distillation, semi-continuous operations, chemical reaction systems, heat and power integration, Czochralski crystallization, nonlinear control, safety and risk analysis and applied numerical methods.

Honors for GRASP Lab
Research conducted by the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab was recognized in the categories of “Best Conference Paper,” “Best Manipulation Paper,” “Best Video” and First place in the Modular Robotics Challenge at the 2011 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) held in Shanghai, China. The GRASP lab integrates computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in a collaborative environment that fosters interactions between students, research staff and faculty. Details on these honors are on SEAS website, www.seas.upenn.edu/media/news/icra-11.php


Almanac - September 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 02