Alumni Professional Achievement Awards

Career Month Opening Celebration

Cost: Free
Registration Required

The Professional Achievement Awards honor alumni whose achievements in their vocational fields have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the University, and real benefit to their communities.

7:30 p.m. Registration and reception
8:30 p.m. Awards presentation and program
9:30 p.m. Networking reception and cocktail buffet

Eugene Van Scott, SB’45, MD’48, is a Philadelphia based recipient who is a pioneering dermatologist and skin biologist that started his scientific career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) immediately after completing his residency in dermatology.  He founded and became the first chief of the dermatology branch at NCI and, among other accomplishments, developed the first effective treatment for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, an achievement that resulted in him receiving the Lasker Award. Both at NCI and in his subsequent career at Temple University, he trained many of the brightest lights in dermatology. Along with his longtime collaborator, dermatopharmacologist Ruey Yu, Van Scott founded the entire science of alpha hydroxy acids. These compounds underlie hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and cosmeceuticals, and formed the basis for Van Scott and Yu’s very successful commercial venture in these areas, NeoStrata. Among many other honors, Van Scott was named a Master in Dermatology by the American Academy of Dermatology in 1998 and received the Dermatology Foundation’s Distinguished Service Medallion in 2004.
The other 2016 Professional Achievement Award recipients include: 

Lawrence M. Friedman, AB’48, JD’51, LLM’53
Professor, Stanford Law School

Gary Haugen, JD’91
CEO, International Justice Mission

Gordon M. Quinn, AB’65
Artistic Director and Founder, Kartemquin Films

Elizabeth Smith, AM’71
Former Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation

The Alumni Association is pleased to present this event at no charge for alumni and friends.


Event Contact
Theresa Voigt
Staff Liaison