Newsmakers the Week of July 24, 2014


The chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners just returned from a visit to the White House, invited to a special summit; an area eighth-grader has the rhyme and reason to be hailed a winner in the The New York Times Found Poetry Contest; and an area poet has been named a Pew Fellowship recipient.

Josh Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, recently spent some time at the White House, invited by the Obama administration to take part in a summit focusing on American apprenticeships.

Joanna Gerber, an eighth-grader at Bala Cynwyd Middle School and daughter of Emily and David Gerber, has been named a winner in the fifth annual New York Times Found Poetry Contest. One of 11 students honored from some 2,000 global submissions, Gerber’s winning entry was “Born Alive.”

The Hebrew Free Loan Society of Greater Philadelphia has appointed the following to its board: attorney Steven Stone of the Stone Law Office in Upper Dublin, Pa.; Douglas M. Leavitt, a lawyer who is partner at Danziger Shapiro & Leavitt, P.C.; and Justin Bell, managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Wayne, Pa., a worldwide commercial real estate advisory company.

Dr. Sherman Leis, a prominent transgender surgeon who founded the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, was one of three recipients of Presidential Citations presented by the American Osteopathic Association at its business meeting, held last week in Chicago.

Lori Shemtob of Shemtob Law, P.C., has been selected as a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer/Family Law. The honor is accorded by Super Lawyers Magazine through “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.”

Professor Benjamin Lev, of the decision sciences department at Drexel University LeBow College of Business, co-authored a paper about minimizing transportation costs in ferrying products to a variety of different sites, in the premiere issue of Operations Research Perspectives. The paper also had the distinction of being the first work published in the new journal, appearing on Page 1.

Area poet Laynie Browne has been named a 2014 Pew Fellowship recipient. Her works include Daily Sonnets; The Scented Fox; and The Desires of Letters.

Scott Kleinman, a partner in Apollo Global Management, LLC, and his wife, Wendy, have donated $10 million to the University of Pennsylvania for the establishment of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. Scott Kleinman is a 1994 Penn grad.

Yuri Gershtein has been honored by Rutgers University with a Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. Gershtein, of the Rutgers U School of Arts and Sciences’ department of physics and astronomy, was singled out for his efforts that helped lead to the revelation of the Higgs boson, a major event in particle physics. Also honored from the School of Arts and Sciences, but from its Center for Cognitive Science: Jacob Feldman, cited with Manish Singh, for research on the way our vision is integral to our interaction with the world around us.



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