Anil Vachani, MD, FCCP, Director of the CEET Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, was awarded a Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation for 2017 by the American College of Chest Physicians. The DCE designation honors members that have shown great commitment, involvement, and leadership in CHEST education programs and activities, and recognizes their achievements and long-term contributions to the design and delivery of CHEST education.
Ian Blair, Director of the CEET Affinity Group in Oxidative Stress and Oxidative Stress Injury, Director of the CEET Translational Biomarker Core, and Director of the Penn Superfund Research and Training Program has won the 2017 Founders’ Award from the Division of Chemical Toxicology of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes Dr. Blair’s “outstanding contributions to the field of chemical toxicology,” in particular, his work on biomarkers, which identify people at risk for certain diseases, increasing chances of successful treatment.
Trevor Penning, Director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.
An article from Environmental Health Perspectives explores how environmental exposures may influence age at menopause. Samantha Butts, MD, MSCE, an associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is quoted on evidence suggesting women who smoke begin menopause an average of 1–2 years earlier compared to nonsmokers.
Sarah Tishkoff, PhD, a member of the Gene-Environment Interactions Affinity Group of the CEET, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. NAS election is considered one of the highest honors accorded an engineer or scientist in the United States.
Dr. Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology. She studies human genetic diversity, specifically that of African populations, blending field, lab and computational approaches. Her work has not only elucidated African population history but also how genetic variation affects traits such as disease susceptibility or ability to metabolize drugs.
University of Pennsylvania Almanac
April 25, 2017, Volume 63, No. 32
Professor Richard (Rich) Pepino, lecturer in Earth & Environmental Science (EES), School of Arts & Sciences and Deputy Director, Community Outreach & Engagement Core, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Perelman School of Medicine, and his partners in the School District of Philadelphia are this year’s recipients of the Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award.
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships Faculty-Community Partnership Award is an annual award to recognize outstanding Faculty-Community Partnership projects in West Philadelphia/Philadelphia. The $5,000 award is split evenly between the faculty member and the community partner to develop and advance existing partnerships. The faculty member and community partner will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, 5-5:30 p.m., room 108, at the ARCH Building. This is the second presentation of this annual award.
Mr. Pepino has spent the last 11 years teaching academically-based community service (ABCS) courses that help students contribute to the solution of significant environmental public health problems in Philadelphia. He has partnered with public schools in West/South Philadelphia—Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), Lea and Comegys Elementary Schools, and Sayre and West Philadelphia High Schools—to develop projects that simultaneously enhance community environmental health literacy and environmental health education for K-12 and college students. Penn students in his courses collaborate with school teachers to educate students about environmental health risk factors, such as lead poisoning, asthma triggers, and indoor air quality. The Philadelphia school students then engage in outreach projects to bring what they have learned to their families and communities. Through these projects, he has further leveraged partnerships with various government and city agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia Department of Health, and Philadelphia Air Management Services, as well as Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has also mentored numerous Penn students who pursued additional research projects that built on their ABCS coursework.
Mr. Pepino and his partners have improved the quality of life in the community and the quality of learning and scholarship in the University through collaborative problem-solving, kindergarten through college. Their work reaffirms Ben Franklin’s belief that: “The great Aim and End of all Learning… is service [to society].” This partnership exemplifies the Netter Center’s efforts to develop courses that integrate research, teaching, learning and service in a meaningful and impactful way.
Health concerns prompt calls to end production and use of deadly substance in the U.S. and beyond
Dr. Marilyn Howarth, director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core for Penn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, has been working local communities to determine their exposomes and help them figure out what to do about it.
Sandy Bauers/ The Philadelphia Inquirer / February 3, 2017