Newsmakers the Week of February 5, 2015


The Koresh Dance Company turns its attention to a Bolivia native for its school cooordinator; a prominent local pharmacologist has been voted chair-elect of the Cardiovascular Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and  Experimental Therapeutics.

Karen and Joe Borish of Cherry Hill, N.J., have been honored by Lindsay and Joey Schottenstein of Columbus, Ohio, their daughter and son-in-law, through the donation of an ambucycle to the Ambucycle Unit of United Hatzalah, which calls itself “Israel’s largest independent, fully volunteer, emergency medical response organization.” The Schottensteins announced the gift during a visit to United Hatzalah headquarters in Jerusalem. Ambucycles make for speedier deliveries of medicine and needed materials in emergency situations.

Robert Zipkin, founder/scientific director of a contract medicinal chemistry company, has been voted a member of the board of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University.

They are No. 1 again: For the third straight year, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, which is based in Philly, has been named first in the country (second in the world) for think tanks budgeted under $5 million; for all such institutions in the United States, no matter budget, FPRI comes in at 33. The ranking is done by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Think Tank.

In other Penn news: Ralph Rosen, professor of classical studies, has been chosen as the Vartan Gregorian Professor in the Humanities, School of Arts & Sciences. His other honors include being named winner of the school’s Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching. Also: Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine has received a $3.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to research the increase of cervical cancers in Botswana. The grant is also targeted to the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, and will be headed up by Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, Perelman’s chair of radiation oncology.

Kenneth S. Goodkind of Flaster Greenberg has been elected to the law firm’s executive committee.

Bolivian native Natalia Velarde has been named school coordinator of the Koresh Dance Company. A dance major and alum of Goucher College, she has performed worldwide with such troupes as the National Ballet Company in Washington, D.C., and Deep Vision Dance Company in Baltimore. She is currently a student at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.

Robin Robinowitz of Campaign for Working Families, which she serves as manager of communications, has been named a trustee of Northern Children’s Services.

Walter J. Koch, whose many positions at the Temple University School of Medicine include chair of the Department of Pharmacology, as well as the Center for Translational Medicine, has been voted chair-elect of the Cardiovascular Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He is also the William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at the medical school.

Josh Rosenzweig has been chosen as director of marketing/strategy at the law firm of Berger & Montague.


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