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Eight Penn professors received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is given by the University every year.

Established in 1961, the Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching, honor faculty members at colleges and universities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Penn typically awards eight professors – four from health-related disciplines and four from other departments. 

As reported in the Almanac on March 27, this year’s award recipients are professors Paulo Arratia, Rita Copeland, Nicolaj Siggelkow, Steve Zdancewic, Faizan Alawi, Robert Doms, Ronald Harty, and Misha Rosenbach. Each recipient is given a Lindback Foundation scroll along with $3000.

Winners are determined by two committees after being nominated by students and faculty in December. The criteria for the awards include teaching that is "intellectually demanding, unusually coherent, and permanent in its effect," influence extending beyond the classroom, and considerable skill in directing and supervising students.

Professor Arratia, a MEAM Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, teaches mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in the School of Engineering. Professor Copeland, a Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities, teaches Classical studies, English and comparative literature in the College. Professor Siggelkow, a David M. Knott Professor and Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, teaches management in Wharton. Professor Zdancewic teaches computer and information science in the School of Engineering. 

Other honored faculty include Associate Professor Alawi, who is the Dental Medicine Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and teaches pathology in the School of Dental Medicine. Professor Doms, Pathologist-in-Chief at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, teaches pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine. Professor Harty, Lab Head for Infectious Diseases & Immunology, teaches pathobiology and microbiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Associate professor Rosenbach teaches dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The awards will be presented by Provost Wendell Pritchett at a reception in late April.