The International Communication Association (ICA), an esteemed academic association for scholars of human and mediated communication, today announced that Elihu Katz 's 1992 book (with Daniel Dayan of the French National Center for Scientific Research), Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History (Harvard University Press), was selected to receive the 2010 ICA Fellows Book Award. The award recognizes those books that have made a substantial contribution to the scholarship of the communication field, as well as the broader rubric of the social sciences, and have stood some test of time. Any book nominated must have been available for at least the immediate past five years prior to the conference at which the award is presented.
The Pew Charitable Trusts named Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, PhD, assistant professor of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. The program enables scientists to take calculated risks, expand their research and explore unanticipated leads. Scholars receive $240,000 over four years and gain inclusion into a select community of scientists that includes three Nobel Prize winners, three MacArthur Fellows, and two recipients of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award.
Mike Peisach is not your average student. This Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics freshman built a rare British sports car from the ground up and then sold it to benefit a nonprofit. (Penn Current)
PHILADELPHIA — Gene Janda, the chief of fire and emergency services for the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to a three-year term as a general member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation, which supports the Fireman’s Hall Museum in Old City.
Janda joined Penn’s Division of Public Safety in 2000. He oversees the day-to-day operations of a team of five safety specialists and sets the strategic direction of fire and emergency services. As the co-chair of the University City Emergency Preparedness Steering Team, Janda works in collaboration with nearby institutions and the city to advance emergency preparedness across campus.
“Chief Janda’s 23-year career within the Philadelphia Fire Department, along with his decade of service here at Penn and his passion for public safety, makes him the ideal candidate to serve on the board of the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation,” Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety at Penn, said.
Located in a restored firehouse built in 1902, the Fireman’s Hall Museum celebrates the history and heroic moments of Philadelphia firefighting through its exhibits and public programs. The museum preserves and displays historical fire-fighting artifacts. Its collection includes fire-fighting tools, apparatus, uniforms, photographs and fire marks.
Last year, it was a pair of titles at the USRowing Club Nationals. This past weekend, it was the Donalds' championship row in double sculls at the under-23 World Championships Trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. As a result, the Donalds will represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Under-23 Championships, to be held July 22-25 in Brest, Belarus.
PHILADELPHIA — Sharon Ravitch, a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, will lead a team of researchers to Haiti on July 15 to launch an educational-redevelopment project aimed at helping to rebuild the country’s academic infrastructure.
January’s earthquake in Haiti killed nearly 1,300 teachers, leaving a massive void in educational leadership.
As a part of this long-term project, the Penn GSE team will conduct a community-needs assessment focused on education in Port au Prince and surrounding areas. The team will assess a variety of educational institutions in Haiti, including private, public and religious- and community-based schools, in order to get a picture of the state of education in the country.
The team will focus on leadership development at the school and community levels to determine where the greatest needs lie, and where to focus their efforts and actions during the next three years.
In addition, they will build partnerships with the Haitian Ministry of Education and relief agencies working to rebuild after the earthquake.
“Our goal is to create partnerships that lead to in-country capacity building and sustainability, “ Ravitch said. “We are customizing our work to the cultural context and collaborating with the local community.”
GSE’s team is comprised of three students and alumni. Two of them, Ralph Bouquet and Wagner Marseille, were born in Haiti.
PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania reduced its electricity usage by some 13 megawatt hours during last week’s hour-long Power Down Challenge. This is equivalent to a nearly 21 percent reduction in the typical campus electrical load at this time of year, yielding substantial cost savings.
“This was obviously a success and exceeded our expectations,” Anne Papageorge, vice president of facilities and real estate services, said. “We knew we could reduce by three megawatt hours but were cautiously hoping for a five to six megawatt reduction.”
Instead, Penn’s efforts saved more than three times the estimates, an amount that could service an estimated 10,000 households -- nearly 60 percent of the homes in University City -- with an hour of electricity use.
The event, conducted by Penn’s Green Campus Partnership in collaboration with the University’s Division of Facilities Services, was held in cooperation with the regional electric grid operator PJM, which conducts a test of its emergency electricity load shedding system annually.
When electricity use is very high, such as on hot, humid summer afternoons, the grid operator asks Penn and other large power consumers to reduce their electricity consumption, ensuring that enough is available to meet the regional demand and to avoid the need to turn on inefficient power plants.
“While a significant part of this energy reduction came from operations, such as turning off the campus chiller plants and shutting down air handlers on a rolling basis,” Ken Ogawa, executive director of operations and maintenance, said, “much of the conservation was due to simple behavior changes in the Penn community.”
Many departments participated in the Challenge by turning off lights and powering down electrical devices, in efforts led by Penn’s Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps, a group of more than 100 employee volunteers who train their co-workers to help Penn meet its sustainability goals.
“The Power Down Challenge showcased opportunities for the University community to conserve energy, enact behavior change on a regular basis and support Penn’s commitment to reduce energy use by 17 percent by 2014, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan,” Papageorge said.
A portion of the financial savings from this energy test will be invested into Penn’s Green Fund, which provides grants for innovative sustainability ideas from faculty, students and staff that can help the University meet its sustainability goals through policy development and operations.