Newsmakers Week of 11/21/12


Amy Gutmann, president of the U of P, will be receiving the Vision for Philadelphia Award from Philadelphia Hospitality Inc. on Dec. 17 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.  

At the 20th anniversary celebration of the establishment of its College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University honored former Gov. Edward Rendell with its Distinguished Friend of the College of Arts and Sciences and Arthur B. Shostak, emeritus prof of sociology at Drexel, with its Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Joseph Subotnik, assistant prof of chemistry in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, has received a 2012 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. 

Michael Uram, Brian Roberts and Ezekiel Emanuel have been named to the “Forward 50,” the annual list of prominent Jewish movers and shakers put together by the Forward newspaper. Uram, Penn Hillel director, is cited for his activity trying to staunch the impact of the BDS Conference held on Penn’s campus; Roberts for his work as chairman/CEO of Comcast; and Emanuel for his efforts as a bioethicist in the role of the Diane and Robert Levy University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 

David Dinenberg is the new president of the Jewish National Fund’s local outlet. 

Eve Levinson, former head coach of women’s lacrosse at Penn State/Abington, has been named the coach of the first women’s lacrosse team at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. In 2010 and 2011, Levinson, who had played in high school at Germantown Academy and then went on to Penn before assaying a coach’s role at Bryn Mawr College, had coached the women’s lacrosse teams representing Philadelphia to medals in the JCC Maccabi Games.

Dr. Ted Eisenberg, head of the East Coast Center for Cosmetic Breast Surgery in Philly, who has spent the past 13 of a three-decade career devoted to cosmetic breast surgery, penned the book The Scoop on Breasts with wife, writer Joyce Eisenberg. He not only excels at putting people under the knife; the doc is a member of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame. 

David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal and Barry Zubrow of JPMorgan Chase — both members of the class of ’75, Haverford College — returned to campus in a program on “The Day After the Election: The View From Washington & Wall Street.” 

Entertainer Stu Weitz, celebrating his 36th year of providing fun and sustenance to the Variety Club, recently helmed his second Old Newsboys Day benefitting the charitable organization.