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Honors & Other Things

February 14, 2012, Volume 58, No. 22

Global MBA Rankings
The Wharton School ranked #3 in this year's Global MBA Rankings by Financial Times. For the full listing of rankings, see http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/rankings

Berry Prize Book Award: Dr. Day
Strategy from the Outside In: Profiting from Customer Value by Dr. George Day, Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, professor of marketing in the Wharton School (with Christine Moorman of Duke University), was the joint winner of the AMA-Berry Prize for the Best Book in Marketing for 2011. The award recognizes books whose innovative ideas have had significant impact on marketing and related fields.

Chauvenet Prize
Dr. Dennis DeTurck, dean of the College; Dr. Herman Gluck, professor of mathematics; and alumni, Mr. Daniel Pomerleano, C'06, and Dr. Shea Vela-Vick, GR'09, have been selected by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) as the winners of the 2012 Chauvenet Prize for their article, "The Four Vertex Theorem and Its Converse." The prize is given to the author or authors of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic.

Dr. DeTurck also serves as the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, a professor of mathematics and the faculty master of Riepe College House.

Dr. Gluck studies differential geometry, dynamical systems and topology of manifolds.

Kovács Book Award: Dr. Corrigan
T. CorriganThe Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker, by Dr. Timothy Corrigan, professor of English and cinema studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has won the Society for Cinema and Media 2012 Kovács Book Award.  The award will be presented at the SCMS 2012 Conference in Boston in March.

Published in July 2011 by Oxford University Press, the book offers a global perspective of the essay-film genre and includes discussions of popular nonfiction films like "Grizzly Man," "The Fog of War," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "The Gleaners and I."

The selection committee hailed The Essay Film as "well-written, articulate and intellectually engaging," saying "the book moves fluidly back and forth between an in-depth discussion of the essay film and its subtypes and detailed and insightful close readings of specific films…. He astutely remarks that what these films do is ask the film viewer to become a thinker, which is also, in fact, what his book does. This is a defining study of a vital and creative genre, a study that future books on the subject will have to cite."

Dr. Corrigan's work focuses on modern American and contemporary international cinema. 

PGC Commendation: Ms. Heagy
R. HeagyMs. Robin Heagy, a third-year student at the School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), received a commendation for her work with the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Ms. Heagy worked with the PGC from June to December 2011 to create a Wildlife Disease Reference Library. The library was recently posted on the PGC's website, www.pgc.state.pa.us

The commendation read, in part, "As a result of Robin's diligence and hard work, at the end of a comparatively short period of time, the Game Commission has a Wildlife Disease Reference Library in finished form, ready and available on the website…The Commission commends Robin for this significant contribution to the health of Pennsylvania's wildlife resource."

While Ms. Heagy looked to other such reference libraries as models, she was responsible for developing the format of the current PGC online library. "I researched 48 wildlife diseases," she explained, "and created an information sheet about each one." The sheets include causes, significance, distribution, transmission and species involved, among other information.

Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame: Mr. Maloney
The Philadelphia Big 5 has announced its Hall of Fame class for the 2011-12 basketball season, and the University of Pennsylvania's Matt Maloney, C'95, is among the five inductees.

The Big 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at a luncheon on Tuesday, February 21 at The Palestra. This luncheon is traditionally attended by all of the city's Division I head coaches as well as previous Big 5 Hall of Fame inductees.

Mr. Maloney played three seasons at Penn and never lost an Ivy League game, going a perfect 42-0 as the Quakers racked up 48 straight conference wins during a five-season stretch. Overall, Penn went 69-14 during Mr. Maloney's time and played in three NCAA Tournaments. The Quakers' last NCAA win came during Mr. Maloney's junior season, a 90-80 first-round victory over Nebraska.

Mr. Maloney was a two-time first-team All-Big 5 selection in 1992-93 and 1994-95, and he earned second-team honors as a junior in 1993-94. The guard was also a three-time first-team All-Ivy selection and was the Ivy League's Player of the Year his senior season.

Nearly 20 years after his Penn career ended, Mr. Maloney is still scattered throughout the Quakers' record book. He had a 37-point game his sophomore year against American and a 36-point game his senior year vs. Brown. In that same game, Mr. Maloney hit 10 three-point shots which is a Penn single-game record, while in the American game he hit eight which is tied for second in program annals.

Following his career at Penn, Mr. Maloney enjoyed a six-year career in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks.

Student All-Ivy Honors
Eight students from the College of Arts and Sciences were named among the Ivy League's list of athletes selected for academic All-Ivy performers for the fall of 2011. The chosen students were starters or key reserves on a recognized varsity team and maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Todd Busler, C'12, is an urban studies major, a two-time team captain for the sprint football team and was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team as a junior.

Ryan Calvert, C'11, is also a football player and is recognized for the eighth-highest single season reception total in Penn history. He is an economics major.

Matt Cuccinello, C'12, defensive captain from Penn's football team, majors in economics.

Erin Beck, C'13, is a junior captain for the women's soccer team and helped lead the team to its best record in program history. Ms. Beck is a visual studies major.

Margaret Diacont, C'13, runs Penn track and field and concluded her season with a top-three finish in every meet. Ms. Diacont studies fine arts.

Mandy Epstein, C'13, is tied for seventh-best in the Ivy League in defensive saves. A member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Associate Academic Squad, Ms. Epstein is a psychology major.

Adrienne Lerner, C'12, is a captain of the women's soccer team and contributes to a defense that is a nationwide leader in its shutout percentage. Ms. Lerner participates in Penn in Washington, a summer mentorship program, a complementary tool for her political science studies.

Dani Shepherd, C'14, a member of the women's volleyball team, leads the Ivy League with 32 aces for the season. She has not yet declared her major.

UCD Finalist for Creative Placemaking Grants
University City District (UCD) has been named a finalist for support from ArtPlace, an unprecedented private-public collaboration of nine of the nation's top foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation's largest banks. ArtPlace supports creative placemaking with grants and loans, research and advocacy. UCD is seeking support for art at a vibrant new public space at The Porch at 30th Street Station (Almanac November 15, 2011), the nation's second busiest train station and one of the city's busiest crossroads. UCD joins 128 other organizations in 68 cities working to transform their communities by driving vibrancy through investments in the arts.

Finalists were chosen for their potential to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Proposed projects run the gamut from temporary art spaces to permanent performance venues, from music festivals to art walks and from streetscaping to artist residencies.

ArtPlace expects to distribute $15 million in 2012. This year's grant recipients will be announced in May.


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