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Ennis Professor of
Bioengineering: Dr. Hammer

Dr. Daniel Hammer, professor and chair of bioengineering, has been named the Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor of Bioengineering. Dr. Hammer received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1982 and his masters and Ph.D. degrees from Penn in 1985 and 1987 respectively. After beginning his professional career at Cornell University in 1988, he joined the faculty of Penn Engineering in 1996 in the Department of Chemical Engineering, with a secondary appointment in Bioengineering.

He is a member of the Institute for Medicine and Engineering and was named Chair of the Bioengineering Department in 2000. He has received a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Hammer is the principal investigator of Penn's $14 million Whitaker Foundation Leadership Development Award (Almanac July 17, 2001).

Dr. Hammer's research focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of cell behavior, specifically cell contact phenomena. Areas of interest are cell-substrate adhesion, cell mechanotransduction, cell motility, artificial cells and vesicles, and biologically-inspired self-assembling materials. "The caliber of Dan's scholarship brings honor to our School," says SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 30, April 16, 2002


April 16, 2002
Volume 48 Number 30

Both the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine announce the recipients of their annual teaching awards.
Gearing up for Open Enrollment means thinking about how the changes in benefits could influence which medical or dental plan is most cost-effective.
President Judith Rodin protects and defends free speech on campus, reiterating a message from her January 1995 Welcome Back which is still relevant today.
SEAS announces a new Ennis Professor, named for Dr. Alfred Ennis (Moore School '28).

Penn participates in the Franklin Institute Laureates Symposium, hosting four symposia on campus which are open to the University community.