Dr. Ralph D. Amado, a leading scholar of nuclear theory who has been on the physics faculty since 1959, has been named Acting Vice Provost for Research, Provost Stanley Chodorow has announced. A search is expected to begin shortly for a long-term successor to Dr. Barry Cooperman, who has stepped down as vice provost but continues on the faculty (see Almanac June 20).

A Stanford alumnus, Dr. Amado attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, taking his D. Phil. in 1957. He joined Penn that year and became a consultant to the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory shortly afterward. After being named assistant professor in 1959 he rose through the ranks to full professor in 1965. He has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a visiting staff member of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Physics.

Dr. Amado is a former Faculty Senate Chair (1975-76) who has served frequently on campus-wide budget and planning committees over the years. He has just completed a three-year term as a member of the advisory board of the University's Center for Technology Transfer

In addition to chairing the physics department in 1983-87, and again two years ago on an acting basis, he has been director of the General Honors Program, director of the University Scholars Program, faculty advisor to Arts House, associate dean of SAS for natural sciences, and president of Penn's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. He also served as a trustee of the Consortium for Scientific Computing of the Jon von Neumann Center, and is on the boards of the Merion Botanical Society and the Maurice Amado Foundation.

Dr. Amado is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a former director of the Natural Science Association; and member of many other national committees and editorial boards in the U.S. scientific community. (For a brief statement on the current work he is doing in theoretical nuclear physics, see Dr. Amado's entry under the Physics Department Home Page on the web--from which the graphic scan above is taken.)

Acting Chaplain: Fred Guyott

The Rev. Frederic Guyott, III, a Penn alumnus has been assistant to the vicar of the near-campus Church of St. Andrew & St. Monica for the past two years, has been named Acting Chaplain of the University.

Provost Stanley Chodorow announced the naming of an interim chaplain and a coming search for a successor to the Rev. Stanley E. Johnson, who retired this summer. The decision followed a review of the role of the chaplaincy at Penn, initiated by President Judith Rodin and led by Dr. Jane Isaacs Lowe, assistant professor of social work.

Rev. Guyott took his A.B. from The College in 1971, majoring in American civilization. After a stint in restaurant management and directing an athletic club, he became a stockbroker in 1977 and a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 1979. He continued in the securities industry until 1990, but was also active throughout as a lay embarked on a new career path.

During his study at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., where he took his M.Div. in 1993, he also did fieldwork at St. Paul's Church in Andover and at Massachusetts General Hospital. He returned to Philadelphia for his ordination at the Cathedral Church of the Saviour, and accepted the call to St. Andrew & St. Monica in 1993. His work there has included outreach to both the Penn and Drexel campuses.