Bonnie Ky: Editor of JACC: CardioOncology
Bonnie Ky, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the American College of Cardiology’s newest journal, JACC: CardioOncology. Dr. Ky begins her five-year term this month; the new journal will launch in September.
Dr. Ky, the founding director of the Penn Cardio-Oncology Center for Excellence, leads research efforts to better understand the cardiotoxic effects of various cancer therapies, focusing on the detection, prevention and treatment of heart disease in cancer patients. In her research, Dr. Ky studies advanced imaging, biomarker tools and deep phenotyping techniques to identify cancer patients who are at increased risk for cardiotoxicity and to develop strategies to prevent injury while delivering necessary cancer treatments.
Penn sophomore Claire Sliney (C’21) received an Oscar at this year’s 91st Academy Awards as an executive producer of the winning documentary short, Period. End of Sentence. The film, now on Netflix, is about the stigma of menstruation for girls in rural India and the efforts of The Pad Project, a non-profit Ms. Sliney co-founded in high school, to address the issue. She received the award alongside her fellow executive producers and the film’s lead producer, Melissa Berton, and director, Rayka Zehtabchi.
The film grew out of a project Ms. Sliney and her friends started through a high school club. After learning that the stigma of menstrual periods in some cultures stops girls from attending school, Ms. Sliney and her friends founded The Pad Project to raise money to purchase a machine that makes sanitary pads and supplies to install in a rural Indian village outside New Delhi, partnering with Action India, a women’s rights non-profit. Their efforts also funded the production of the documentary.
Penn Nursing: #1 World Ranking
Penn’s School of Nursing remains the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2019) based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. This is the fourth consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.
These rankings aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field. Each of the subject rankings is compiled using four sources. The first two are QS’s global surveys of academics and employers. The second two assess research impact, based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. These four components are combined to produce the subject rankings, with weightings adapted for each discipline. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings by Subject were based on responses from more than 83,000 academics worldwide.
Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen are pleased to announce the appointment of the eleventh cohort of Penn Fellows.
The Penn Fellows Program provides leadership development to select Penn faculty in mid-career. Begun in 2009, it includes opportunities to build alliances across the University, meet distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about University governance and consult with Penn’s senior administrators.
Tami Benton, associate professor of psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, studies pediatric psychosomatic illnesses and minority health, specifically Sickle Cell Disease and HIV, and comorbid depressive disorders.
Julia Hartmann, professor of mathematics in the School of Arts & Sciences, focuses on algebraic structures and their symmetries. She is now the faculty sponsor of Penn’s Association for Women in Mathematics chapter.
De’Broski Herbert, associate professor of pathobiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, researches regulatory networks, immunity, inflammation, tissue repair and mucosal interface.
Rebecca Hubbard, associate professor of biostatistics in the Perelman School of Medicine, focuses her research on development and application of statistical methodology for studies that use observational data from clinical medical practice.
Daeyeon Lee, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, focuses his research on developing deep understanding of the interactions between soft materials.
Christopher Lengner, associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, is the associate director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a faculty director of the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research. His lab is broadly interested in the mechanisms by which stem cells acquire and maintain developmental potency.
Julia Lynch, associate professor of political science in the School of Arts & Sciences, focuses her research on the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States.
Matthew McHugh, professor and Independence Chair for Nursing Education in the School of Nursing, has advanced the field of nursing outcomes and policy research by showing the value of investing in nursing as a vehicle to achieve a higher functioning health-care system.
Raina Merchant, associate professor of emergency medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, conducts research at the intersection of digital media and health. Much of her work also bridges new technologies in the field of cardiovascular health and resuscitation science.
Masao Sako, associate professor and undergraduate chair of physics and astronomy in the School of Arts & Sciences, focuses on observational cosmology with supernovae (SNe). He is also interested in several aspects of high energy astrophysics including X-ray spectroscopy and observations of gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, supermassive black holes and clusters of galaxies.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, associate professor in the Literacy, Culture and International Education Division of the Graduate School of Education, focuses on children’s and adolescent texts; the teaching of African American literature, history and culture in K-12 classrooms; and the roles that race, class and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction.
Franca Trubiano, associate professor of architecture in the Weitzman School of Design, conducts funded research in the areas of advanced energy retrofits and building information modeling.
Rachel Werner, professor of medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine, is a practicing general internist and a PhD-trained health economist. Her research seeks to understand the effect of health-care policies and delivery systems on quality of care.
2019 Thouron Award Winners
Seven University of Pennsylvania seniors and a 2018 graduate have each won a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition and stipends for as long as two years to earn a graduate degree there. The 2019 Penn Thouron Scholars are:
Sona Dadhania, from Voorhees, New Jersey, is majoring in materials science and engineering and minoring in engineering entrepreneurship in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. She researches polymers, works as a teaching assistant, and serves as a board member for Advancing Women in Engineering and the Penn MSE Society. She is also captain of the dance team, Penn Raas. Ms. Dadhania plans to pursue a master’s degree in advanced material science and engineering.
Nicholas Escobar, from Villanova, Pennsylvania, graduated in 2018, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in music and global medieval studies, from the School of Arts & Sciences. While at Penn, he completed a senior honors thesis that involved composing the first original score for an unfinished 17th-century semi-opera, and earned distinction on Ivy Day as co-founder of the student club Penn FilmAid. Mr. Escobar plans to pursue a master’s degree in music composition and a career as a music composer for film and theatre.
Nick Joyner, from San Antonio, Texas, is double-majoring in communication and cinema and media studies and minoring in English in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication. He is a 2019 Dean’s Scholar, a member of the Philomathean Society, an LGBT Center student mentor and the former editor-in-chief of 34th Street Magazine. He was a research fellow in the Penn Media Scholars in China program. Mr. Joyner plans to pursue a master’s degree in visual anthropology.
Carson Kahoe, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is majoring in modern Middle Eastern studies, with a concentration in Persian language and history, in the School of Arts & Sciences, and minoring in fine arts, with a concentration in photography. For his honors thesis, he is researching the dimensions of domestic politics and identity in Iran’s mid-20th century claims to Bahrein. He is a former photo editor at The Daily Pennsylvanian, and he is currently the director of Penn’s improv comedy troupe, Without a Net. Mr. Kahoe plans to pursue a master’s degree in conflict transformation and social justice.
Ryan Leone, from Farmingville, New York, is in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, majoring in the biological basis of behavior in the School of Arts & Sciences and concentrating in health- care management and policy at the Wharton School. Mr. Leone founded the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative Student Society and the Penn Health-Tech Student Board. He was president of Kiteand Key, a resident assistant in Ware College House and a running back on the varsity sprint football team. Mr. Leone plans to pursue a master’s degree in war and psychiatry.
Krishna Patel, from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, studying biology and business with a concentration in health-care management. He is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. A research assistant in the Betley Lab in the biology department, he is interested in better understanding survival drives like hunger and pain and how they contribute to chronic illnesses. He is a senior peer advisor and has also worked at the Wharton Small Business Development Center as both a research consultant and a management teaching assistant. Mr. Patel plans to pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social policy and intervention.
Libby Rockaway, from Nicholasville, Kentucky, is majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience in the School of Arts & Sciences and is working towards her master’s in nonprofit leadership at the School of Social Policy & Practice. While at Penn, she has trained diabetic alert dogs for children with type 1 diabetes, founded a nonprofit to provide free diabetic alert dog training resources and performed research through the University Scholars Program. She is interested in researching ways to utilize canine capabilities to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Ms. Rockaway plans to pursue a master’s degree in animal behavior and welfare.
Hannah Sweeney, from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations, and minoring in gender studies, religious studies and German, in the School of Arts and Sciences. A Questbridge Scholar, she interned with the US State Department, United Nations Human Rights Council, and the Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia’s largest refugee resettlement agency. Her work focuses on international human rights and refugee law. Ms. Sweeney plans to pursue a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies.
Established in 1960 and supported with gifts by the late John Thouron and his wife, Esther du Pont Thouron, the Thouron Award is a graduate-exchange program between Penn and British universities that aims to improve understanding and relations between the US and the UK.
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) serves as Penn’s primary information hub and support office for students and alumni applying for major grants and fellowships, including the Thouron Award.
Recognizing Outstanding Penn Staff Members with 2019 Models of Excellence Honors
Each year, the Penn community celebrates the exceptional work of staff members throughout our schools and centers at the Models of Excellence ceremony. This year is extremely distinctive because it marks the program’s 20th anniversary.
Since 1999, the Models of Excellence program has received 3,200 nominations, recognized over 1,100 honorees, and attracted an estimated 7,500 faculty and staff members to Irvine Auditorium to cheer on their colleagues. The 2019 ceremony will increase those numbers when Penn recognizes 92 outstanding staff members who play key roles in the University’s successes every day. We are pleased to announce the honorees.
President Amy Gutmann, Provost Wendell Pritchett, Executive Vice President Craig R. Carnaroli and Vice President for Human Resources Jack Heuer will present the awards to staff members. The awards are presented in three categories: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisors. Each winner, whether an individual or team member, will receive $500 and a symbolic award. Staff members who have earned Honorable Mentions will receive $250 and a symbolic award.
To celebrate two decades of staff recognition, audience members will receive a commemorative 20th Anniversary gift bag filled with mementos.
Please save the date because the entire Penn community is invited to join the 20th annual Models of Excellence award celebration on Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium.
For more information about Penn’s staff honorees and the exciting Models of Excellence ceremony, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/models
We would like to thank the 2019 Selection Committee consisting of people from across the Penn community: administrators, faculty, weekly-paid staff, supervisors and past Models of Excellence honorees for their thoughtful efforts. This year, the Selection Committee carefully reviewed 32 nominations, all submitted in support of worthy staff contributions. Honorees were selected based on their distinguished efforts and the impact they have made on the University.
Congratulations to all this year’s Models of Excellence honorees, honorable mentions and nominees!
—Division of Human Resources
Models of Excellence
The Models of Excellence Award recognizes staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency and a deep commitment to service.
The Admissions Branding Revitalization Team, Christine Clay, and Penn Marketplace Enhancements Team will be presented with the Models of Excellence award this year.
Admissions Branding Revitalization Team
Michael Guyer, Provost’s Center
Scott Kuchinski, Provost’s Center
Jenny Lackey, Provost’s Center
Justin Mazur, Provost’s Center
Louis Metzger, Provost’s Center
Christine Clay, PSOM
Penn Marketplace Enhancements Team
Sandra Ardis, Business Services
Kalyani Balasubramanian, ISC
Sarah Boyer, Division of Finance
Chris Bristow, SEAS
Brian Caputo, Business Services
LaTanya Carter, Business Services
Barbara Dilossi, Division of Finance
Janet Dwyer, Office of the President
Faina Goldman, ISC
Carol B. Henderson, Student Services
Vira Homick, Business Services
David Ishmael, Division of Finance
Jeanine Kleba, ISC
Bill Lockard, Wharton School
Mark Mills, Business Services
Ravi Musuku, ISC
Jason J. Nestor, PSOM
Grier Nori, Business Services
Renee Nowaczyk, Division of Finance
Kristy Owen, Division of Finance
Michael Popko, Division of Finance
Elyse Saladoff, SAS
Debbie Schmidt, Business Services
Ian Semmler, Law School
Michele Tollok, Business Services
Paul Weidner, Division of Finance
Models of Excellence Honorable Mentions
The Houston Market Renovation Team, Varvara Kountouzi, The New Wharton Undergraduate Experience Team, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics Project Team, and Stewardship Communications Team will receive Models of Excellence Honorable Mentions.
Houston Market Renovation Team
Douglas Berger, Business Services
Mariette Buchman, FRES
Heather Coyne, FRES
Michael Dausch, FRES
Ke Feng, FRES
William Gingrow, Business Services
Laurie A. Hall, VPUL Facilities & Events Management
Thomas Hauber, VPUL Facilities & Events Management
Monique Jerman, FRES
Mark Kocent, FRES
Pamela Lampitt, Business Services
Thomas MacDonald, Business Services
Varvara Kountouzi, University Library
The New Wharton Undergraduate Experience Team
Ufuoma Abiola, Wharton School
Kendal Barbee, School of Medicine
Bernadette Butler, Wharton School
Grace Conte, Wharton School
Frank De Francis, Wharton School
Andrea Dolph, Wharton School
Aman Goyal, Wharton School
Celina Gray, Wharton School
Anne M. Greenhalgh, Wharton School
Jonathan Katzenbach, Wharton School
Lee Kramer, Wharton School
Linda J. Lee, Wharton School
Xiumei Long, Wharton School
Taylor Plunkett-Clements, Wharton School
Jenny Reyes, Wharton School
Scott J. Romeika, Wharton School
Bethany Schell, Wharton School
Utsav Schurmans, Wharton School
Catherine Smith, Wharton School
Meredith Stone, Wharton School
Elizabeth M. Sutton, Wharton School
Teran Tadal, Wharton School
Jenna Tesauro, Wharton School
Maher Zerkani, Wharton School
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics Project Team
Edward Benfold, FRES
John J. Blankemeyer, FRES
Rennard Carmichael, ISC
Jeffrey Clark, ISC
Michael Dausch, FRES
Thomas Ewing, SAS
David Hollenberg, FRES
Christopher Kern, FRES
Sara King, SAS
John MacDermott, SAS
Pete Morgans, Student Services
Stewardship Communications Team
Valerie Harris, DAR
Mekhi Johnson, DAR
Stephen McElwee, DAR
Melissa Marshall Nevadomski, DAR
Tanisha Taylor, DAR
Andrew Wade, DAR
Nichole Wilson, DAR
Pillars of Excellence
The Pillars of Excellence Award recognizes the important support Penn’s weekly-paid staff members provide to promote the University’s mission. This year’s Pillars of Excellence awardee:
Lorenzo Jackson, FRES
Pillars of Excellence Honorable Mentions
Lapis David Cohen, University Library
Jose Colon, FRES
The Model Supervisor Award honors supervisors who are effective and productive leaders for the University. This year’s awardee:
Eugene “Gene” Janda, Division of Public Safety
Model Supervisor Honorable Mentions
Vicki J. Berkowitz, School of Veterinary
Chris Mustazza, SAS