Leaving: Kathryn Engebretson
Dr. Kathryn Engebretson, Vice President for Finance since September 1997,
will resign as of the end of the month. Dr. Engebretson is leaving Penn
"to pursue an extraordinary opportunity with an internet start-up venture
in Washington, DC. She is leaving Penn to assume the post of Chief Financial
Officer of BET.com, a portal aimed at attracting African Americans to the
Internet," said Executive Vice President John Fry in announcing Dr.
Engebretson's resignation. BET.com is a joint venture between BET (Black
Entertainment Television), Microsoft, News Corporation, USA Networks and
AT&T Liberty Digital, with $35 million in start-up funding. "We
wish Kathy well in this new and exciting role," Mr. Fry added.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
January 16 through 27 the University will sponsor the MLK Jr. Celebration
and Symposium on Social Change. This year's theme is "The Importance
of King's Philosophy and Action for the 21st Century." The goal is
to bring members of the Penn, West and Southwest Philadelphia communities
together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
See January AT
PENN for a schedule of events.
Racing Towards the Millennium
Are you having a baby in 2000? If so, register now for Penn
Special Delivery for perks and benefits throughout your pregnancy. Penn
Special Delivery is a free maternity membership program for employees and
spouses of the University of Pennsylvania and related institutions. If you're
expecting, call program director, Sue Stabene, at (215) 662-3243, or visit
our website at www.obgyn.upenn.edu/psd/psd_plus.html.
--Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
VP for Research
Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Ralph Amado will step down at the end
of this academic year to resume full-time teaching and research as professor
of physics. Dr. Robert Barchi said, "He has done a fantastic job for
us. We are all very grateful to Ralph for his contributions to Penn as the
VP for Research," continued Provost Barchi. "He led the office
during a time of enormous change and growth and did a terrific job as an
administrator and as a wise guiding force."
A leading scholar of nuclear theory who has been on the faculty here
since 1959, Dr. Amado was named acting vice provost for research in 1995
and was then selected to fill the permanent post July 1996. He will complete
a five-year term in the spring.
Penn has become one of the largest research institutions in the world.
The externally funded research budget totals nearly half a billion dollars
and has been increasing significantly in recent years.
The vice provost for research is responsible for pre- and post-grant
awards; regulatory and compliance areas, technology transfer, strategic
planning and research. The position, which has been a part-time one, is
being reconfigured as a full-time position. This is part of Dr. Barchi's
strategic plan to reorganize and strengthen Provost's office. A national
search is expected to begin shortly.
Academic Integrity TaskForce
Provost Robert Barchi has asked Deputy Provost Peter Conn to convene
a Task Force on Academic Integrity, the purpose of which is to review the
present work of all the interested parties on this subject and to recommend
new or revised ways to emphasize academic integrity at Penn. The Task Force
grew, in part, out of several conversations between members of the Honor
Council, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and senior members of the Provost's
Among other specific tasks, the Task Force will develop approaches that
could present academic integrity in a positive light to current and prospective
students; evaluate and expand the role of faculty in addressing matters
of academic integrity; propose appropriate models for integrating academic
integrity into the curriculum; and outline concrete measures to combat dishonesty.
Its focus will be restricted to the four undergraduate schools but this
does not preclude a further inquiry into the graduate/professional schools,
either by this or a subsequent committee.
This group has met several times this semester, and will conclude its
deliberations early in the next semester. Its report will be shared with
the University community, and specific recommendations will be placed before
the Council of Undergraduate Deans and other relevant bodies.
The Task Force on Academic Integrity:
- Peter Conn, Deputy Provost, Chair
- Andrew Abel, Professor, Finance
- Rick Beeman, Dean of the College,
- Professor, History
- Larry Gladney, Professor, Physics
- Michele Goldfarb, Director, Student Conduct
- Kathleen McCauley, Professor, Nursing
- Mark Metzel, Chair, IFC
- David Pope, Professor, Engineering
- Patricia Rose, Director, Career Services
- Rikki Tanenbaum, Co-Chair, Honor Council
- Cam Winton, SCUE
- Evan Thomas, NEC Representative
- Gaurab Bansal, NEC Representative
| 100 and Still Growing: As a new millennium rapidly approaches,
the University Museum approaches its own building centennial, even as it
makes plans for a new collections storage and study wing ground-breaking
in the year 2000. Founded in 1887, it wasn't until December 20, 1899 that
the Museum building--the University of Pennsylvania's Free Museum of Science
and Art, as it was first named--formally opened to the public at 33rd and
Spruce Streets. The building, which has since had four additions, boasted
the garden entrance and two floors of exhibition space featuring diverse
materials from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Borneo, Italy and the Mediterranean region,
Asia, Polynesia and the Americas. The cost of the first building, furnished,
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 15, December 14, 1999
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