DelNero and student awarded Spencer Prize Portfolio honorable mention
Congratulations to recent Meinig School doctoral graduate Peter DelNero who, with CALS undergraduate student Nancy Qin, was awarded the Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award honorable mention.
Offered through Cornell’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, the award recognizes Qin’s outstanding achievement developing a portfolio of essays under DelNero’s guidance as part of his First-Year Writing Seminar, “BME 1130, Dimensions of Cancer.” The award highlights his success in assisting Ms. Qin in her growth as a writer over the course of the semester. Also involved in planning the seminar, which was supported by a Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship from the Knight Institute, were Prof. Bob Weiss (Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences) Alex McGregor (a Ph.D. student, Lammerding Lab), and Jason Hungerford (Board Member, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes).
“Nancy is an outstanding candidate for the award,” said DelNero. “[Her] writing portfolio included fact sheets on cancer prevention research, a website about healthy eating choices, and a blog chronicling her effort to live a healthier lifestyle.”
“Instead of just writing about cancer prevention,” DelNero added, “Nancy dedicated herself to putting her ideas into action. To Nancy, writing about cancer prevention is not a neutral activity; her projects were intended to make real changes in people's health. By taking her projects beyond the classroom, Nancy showed that effective writing is more than a collection of essays; writing is a tool for making a positive difference in our community.”
Peter DelNero received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering this past fall from the Meinig School, where he focused on microfluidic biomaterials and cancer as part of the Fischbach Lab. Peter is an active leader in the Cancer Patient-Researcher Partnership, which fosters dialogue between scientists and community members. In addition to teaching the Dimensions of Cancer writing seminar, he organized the Cornell Participatory Action Research Network, the Cancer Brainstorming Club, and Cornell Flotilla. Peter is a recipient of the Engaged Cornell Graduate Student Grant and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) K. Patricia Cross Award. He will join the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program in June 2018.
The Gertrude Spencer Portfolio Award is awarded each semester to a student and instructor in recognition of excellence in the development of a portfolio of the student's essays. A portfolio (including a minimum of four essays and no more than seven) displays the growth in the student's writing ability over the course of the semester, the excellence of the student's work in a variety of modes of writing, or the excellence and development of a student's work with a particular topic. The award is offered through Cornell’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.