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Berkowitz Chair: Marvin Lazerson

Dr. Marvin F. Lazerson, has been named to the Howard P. and Judith R. Berkowitz Chair in Education "in recognition of his stellar achievements in advancing research, practice and dynamic activity overall in graduate education."

He has been the Carruth Family Professor of Education since 1995. Dr. Lazerson joined Penn as Dean of GSE in 1987 and served in that post until 1994. In 1989 the deanship was endowed and he became the first Diane and George Weiss Professor of Education and Dean at GSE; in 1993-94 he served as Interim Provost.

A member of the Institute for Research on Higher Education, Dr. Lazerson’s current interests include the history and administration of higher education and the reform of teaching and learning in postsecondary education. In addition to research grants from the Spencer Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, he is also the recipient of a Spencer Foundation Mentoring Award (1996-98) and of GSE’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1997).

Dr. Lazerson, an education historian, is the author and co-author of five books and numerous articles. His publications include "Teaching and Learning the Unfamiliar" with Ursula Wagener in Change (1999), as well as "The Disappointments of Success: Higher Education Since World War II" in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (1998).

The Judith R. and Howard P. Berkowitz Endowed Chair in Education was first established in 1995 with the designation "to provide a unique blend of a lifetime devotion to the notion of equality, tolerance, protection of civil rights, and anti-discrimination in all its forms."

Judith R. Berkowitz, CW ’64, chair of the GSE Board of Overseers, just completed a ten-year term on Penn’s Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the UPHS Board, the Trustees Council for Penn Women, the Brister Society and the Alumni Society Board. She is president of Jarby, Inc. Howard P. Berkowitz, W ’62, serves as a member of the Undergraduate Board at Wharton. He is founder and managing partner of HPB Associates, L.P.

The Berkowitz’s generosity helped successfully complete GSE’s recent renovation.

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 1, July 16, 2002


July 16, 2002
Volume 49 Number 1

Dr. Marvin Lazerson gets a new Endowed Chair in Education.
The annual GSE Awards are presented.
The Penn Cancer Center is renamed.
The Faculty Senate's Slate of nominees for the Senate Executive Committee.
PPSA's 2002-2003 Board has been elected.
The A-3 Assembly's officers invite all A-3 employees to a July meeting.
The Trustees held their full board meetings last month.
The report of the Council Committee on Facilities deals with classrooms, Campus Development Plan, and Transportation.
Graduate Medical Education has a new director.
Speaking Out about the future of the BioPond and protecting personal privacy.
Honors for faculty, staff, students, and HUP
Research Foundation Awards for Spring 2002.
Research Roundup: Sumerian Dictionary, Smallpox, Alzheimer's Disease, and Schizophrenia.
New challenges, more efforts to conserve energy and control energy costs.
Business Services: Parking Rates; Children's Center; Mail Service; Dining Services; Customized Penn merchandise; Directory Update; Computer Connection.
New Security Measures for Penn's Networked Systems will require replacing PennNet ID and password PennKeys and passwords.