Newsmakers week of June 20, 2013

David Ghalili, son of RoseAnn and Kourosh Ghalili, finished in second place in the recent 65th annual Spelling Bee sponsored by the Norristown Times Herald. The youngster attends McKinley Elementary School
in Elkins Park.
Debra F. Fickler has been appointed vice president and general counsel of Villanova University.
Previously named a “Rising Star,” Michael S. Friedman, an employment and labor attorney with Jackson & Lewis, is now a 2013 “Super Lawyer,” dubbed so by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. 
Michael Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and research associate at Penn’s Population Studies Center, is a newly elected member of the American Philosophical Society.
Scott L. Vernick, a partner at the law firm of Fox Rothschild, discussed the Verizon/NSA ­imbroglio on a recent KDKA “Morning Show” episode aired in Pittsburgh.
Marvin Rosen, a 1975 music education graduate of the College of New Jersey, has been honored with a Distinguished Musician Alumni Award at a reunion celebration at the school. The Princeton, N.J., resident currently is a teacher at both the Westminster Choir College and the Westminster Conservatory of Music.
Health care guru and author of Ethical Challenges in Health Care, Vicki D. Lachman is now on the job  as new board chairman of Chestnut Hill ­Hospital. 
Ronald Eisenberg, a deputy district attorney working the Law Division of Philly’s D.A.’s office, was part of a panel discussing “Criminal Law Society & the Supreme Court Term,” at a session sponsored by and held at the Earle Mack School of Law of Drexel University.
Entrepreneur Mindy M. Posoff has been chosen a member of the board of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Not skipping a beat, the Heart Transplantation Program of Penn Medicine recently marked its 25th anniversary by performing its 1,000th heart transplant. The announcement was made by Dr. Lee R. Goldberg, medical director of the program.
Alison Berg has been named recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Jewish Community Youth Foundation, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at a philanthropy fair and check presentation held at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South in New Jersey.
Deborah R. Willig, a much-honored ­labor and employment lawyer hailing from the firm of Willig, Williams & Davidson, has been ­selected for a position on the board of directors of the Juvenile Law Center. 
NASA has chosen a team of pro­fessors from Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy to take part in the agency’s European Space Agency Euclid project, targeting the unknown about dark energy and mass: Gary Bernstein, the Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Bhuv­nesh Jain, ­Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Natural Sciences. 


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