Dennis Sourvanos awarded the 2022 American Society for Photobiology Frederick Urbach Student Travel Award
The Penn Dental Medicine postdoctoral student was awarded the award, enabling him to present at the ASP Biennial Meeting. His research explores photobiomodulation treatment after dental surgery, with an emphasis on calculating dose and related mechanisms to induce tissue regeneration.
Christina Roberto wins 2022 Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship
Roberto is the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine and associate director with the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics. She is awarded by the Obesity Society for her dedication to the growth and career development of her mentees.
Peter Reese wins Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Society of Nephrology
Reese is an NIH-funded transplant nephrologist and epidemiologist and a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, whose accomplishments include co-leading the first kidney and heart trials of transplanting organs from donors with hepatitis C virus infection into uninfected recipients, followed by treatment with antiviral agents.
Zena Harrison joined Mercy Philadelphia Hospital—now HUP Cedar—as a clinical dietitian in 2016. After Mercy became HUP Cedar in the spring of 2021, Harrison and her manager at the time joined discussions with Sofia Carreno, HUP’s nursing professional development specialist for community engagement, about bringing the HUP food pantry to the Cedar community. This planning is still underway.
A new installation of objects from the Penn Museum on the HUP Pavilion’s ground floor are artifacts showing some of the ways humans around the world have addressed healing, nourishment, and protection from illness from the ancient past to the present.
In an episode of her podcast series, “Leading Diversity at Work,” Wharton dean Erika James speaks with Lori Tauber Marcus, a Wharton graduate, corporate board member, and executive coach, and David Rivera, a professor of counselor education at Queens College-City University of New York, whose research focuses on cultural competency development, the effect of discrimination on the well-being of people from underrepresented groups, and microaggressions.
Neighborhoods with more tree cover have fewer shootings
A new study from LDI senior fellow Eugenia South and colleagues examines whether neighborhoods with greater privilege and more tree cover have less firearm violence across six U.S cities. Researchers believe that tree cover could reduce stress, mitigate intense summer heat, and encourage positive social engagement which collectively could decrease conflict and violence.
To celebrate Pennovation Works’ 6th Anniversary and PCI Ventures’ 12 years of service to the Penn community, the Showcase brought together entrepreneurs, faculty members, investors, and industry leaders for an evening of education and networking last month.
Kevin Volpp named American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist
The LDI senior fellow and professor with appointments at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School has been awarded for developing the science of application of behavioral economics to health care settings. Among other contributions, his research found that patients who received a monetary incentive to quit smoking had three times the success rate of patients who did not receive an incentive.