Stars of David Week of 10/18/12



The wisdom of Solomon: Carol Solomon can split her time between Haverford College, where she’s visiting associate professor of art history, and the Mideast, now that she’s been named a 2012-13 Fulbright Award winner in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program. She’ll be researching art in Tunisia and Morocco beginning in January.

Making tracks: Reading, Pa., native Albert Boscov, the guiding force behind Boscov’s Department Stores, was also grand marshal for Railfest 2012, which recently took place in Scranton at the Steamtown National Historic Site.

Professor Herbert Lipowsky of Penn State has won the 2012 Poiseuille Award for his work in blood studies while Adam Sorkin took home the Silver Award for poetry from ForeWord Reviews. Sorkin teaches at Penn State/Brandywine as a Distinguished Professor of English.

Rabbi Larry Kaplan, a former Philly guy now on the job in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award of the Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind.

Urology division head of the Perelman School of Medicine as well as director of the urology residency program at the Hospital of the U of P, Dr. Alan J. Wein was a lock for the Keyes Medal handed out by the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Divine intervention? Developer Eric Blumenthal has purchased the Divine Lorraine Hotel — along with its high-flying history — with plans to convert it into apartments.

Golden Slipper Camp alum Michael Demar is being toasted — without the marshmallows — now as its new president.

Look, up in the sky, it’s — well, it’s Warminster. And that’s home base for cartoonist Al Weisner, whose comeback kid, Shaloman, has just come out in Sequel 3: Purim and the X-Suit, in which our Captain Kosher Courageous must do battle with a human bomb. Kudos to Don Perkins, too, whose idea inspired the new story.

She’s a Pepper: Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Nina M. Gussack is heaven-sent. That’s what they must think at LMG Life Sciences 2012, which named the firm partner a Life Science Star.

An apple a day may be a good way to avoid illness so it’s appropriate that Dr. Joel Horwitz received a Golden Apple Award for his exceptional work as teacher in the Interdisciplinary Foundations of Medicine curriculum/second year at the Drexel U. College of Medicine.

Penn grad Joel Chasnoff — the comedian is also known as author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade, focusing on his year of living dangerously as a member of Israel’s army — is reportedly working on a pilot for Comedy Central.

“So, genius, what have you been up to?” If that question’s posed to Philly native Daniel Spielman, he has a great retort: Winning a “genius grant.” The Yale U. computer scientist was recently named winner of a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Sometimes, the name says it all: Lydia Sheckels has been added to the board of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.


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