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Conductor: Ms. Lemon

The Music Department has announced the appointment of J. Karla Lemon as the new conductor and director of the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Wind Ensemble.

J. Karla Lemon has stepped up to the conductor's podium this month. Fresh from her tenure at Stanford University where she had been director of Orchestras and associate professor of performance for the past five years, Ms. Lemon brings her unique grasp of both early and new music to the Philadelphia concert stage.

Ms. Lemon earned her bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in conducting from the Stätliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Her mentors have included Gunther Schuller, Denis de Coteau, Michael Senturia and Stuart Sankey. She also attended the Conductor's Institute at the Festival at Sandpoint and the Aspen Music Festival.

In addition to her work with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Lemon conducted the Alea II Ensemble for Contemporary Music. She served as principal guest conductor of the Women's Philharmonic and as principal guest conductor of the highly regarded new music ensemble EARPLAY from 1985-1991.

Ms. Lemon is also the new music director and conductor of The Delaware County Youth Orchestra--now in its 31st season--a highly selective ensemble of nearly 100 talented young musicians through senior year of high school.

Ms. Lemon will debut with the University Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 23, in a performance of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," Debussy's "Nocturnes," and Chen Yi's "Ge Xu." The concert will take place in Irvine Auditorium, at 8 p.m.

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Director of Trustee Affairs Ms. Roth

Molly Roth has been named Director of Trustee Affairs in the Office of the Secretary. Ms. Roth has had the opportunity to work with a number of departments over the course of the last year in her tenure as Planning Coordinator in the Office of the Secretary. She has an extensive background in development and not-for-profit administration, having been Associate Director of Development at the San Francisco Zoo and having worked in corporate, foundation, and government relations at the San Francisco Opera. She is an honors graduate of Swarthmore College.

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Center for Organizational Dynamics

Dr. Larry M. Starr has been appointed executive director of the Center for Organizational Dynamics and director of the Organizational Dynamics degree programs. He was previously director of the Organizational Development and Leadership program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and had taught at Villanova University for 17 years.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Penn's Organizational Dynamics program offers graduate degrees to working professionals through SAS.

Dr. Starr said the Center and degree program will provide important but often missing competencies to managers and leaders: the strategies to understand and apply knowledge from the humanities, social sciences and professional disciplines to organizational challenges.

"My vision for this program concerns creating and communicating knowledge about the art and science of organizations particularly within the workplace," Dr. Starr said.

"This goes beyond traditional skills gained from technical schools, courses or job responsibilities; rather it's about how to blend and apply a wide range of intellectual resources in creative solution-oriented ways," he said.

Dr. Starr took his Ph.D. from the University of Windsor, Canada in 1980. He is the recipient of the 2002 Meritorious Service Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, an international medical society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental physicians. He is also the lead author of ACOEM's guideline on Automated External Defibrillation in the Occupational Setting.

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Timothy Fournier: Institutional Compliance Officer

Timothy Fournier has been joined the Office of Audit and Compliance as Penn's Institutional Compliance Officer. In this position, he said that he will be "implementing a vision for the compliance function at Penn that builds on the foundation of integrity and good business ethics, strengthening the bonds between the Compliance Office and the Schools, Centers, Institutes, and Central Administration. The Compliance Office will provide support to operations affected by Penn's compliance commitments, chronicling the compliance universe to better communicate responsibilities for compliance activities."

He has spent the last eight years as director of the Huron Consulting Group and senior manager at Arthur Andersen in Chicago where he developed comprehensive compliance programs that address research and other regulatory compliance requirements for research universities. He also created strategic plans to help healthcare and educational organizations enhance revenue through externally funded research.

Mr. Fournier took his B.S. in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1987 and an MBA from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, in 1994.

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Albert Black: HUP COO

Albert P. Black Jr. has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Mr. Black, formerly Associate Hospital Director at Temple University Hospital, joined HUP in May.

In addition to providing operational leadership for clinical, administrative and support departments within the hospital, Mr. Black will also partner with Garry Scheib, Executive Director of HUP and Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for the Health System, to develop strategic, operating and financial plans that support the missions of the Penn Health System. He will also be responsible for creating and sustaining a patient-focused organization designed to support the delivery of high-quality care.

Throughout his career, Mr. Black has developed and implemented several innovative, hospital-based programs in long-term care, behavioral health, and community health.

Mr. Black earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University in 1972 and his MBA in 1978. He has earned dozens of national and local community service awards, including the 1996 "Men Making a Difference" Award, and the Black Leader of Tioga and Nicetown Award in 1999.

He has received honors from the National Association of Health Service Executives and the Greater Philadelphia Health Assembly. Mr. Black is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives; is Program Chair in the National Association of Health Services Executives, and is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Mr. Black is a also a member of the Philadelphia Tribune Charities, which raises awareness for community-based educational and healthcare programs. He is also founder and director of "Opportunities in Health Care," a program which introduces high-school students to career opportunities in the healthcare field. Since its inception ten years ago, the program has successfully acquainted approximately 400 students with the many diverse career options available to them in clinical care, medical education and biomedical research.

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Andrew Schafer: Chair of Medicine

Dr. Andrew I. Schafer, Penn Med '73, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine and the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Schafer came to Penn from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he was chair of the department of medicine since 1998 and the Bob and Vivian Smith Professor of Internal Medicine, and chief of the internal medicine service at the Methodist Hospital there.

As chair, Dr. Schafer will have administrative responsibility for the School of Medicine's largest and most complex department--which includes 13 clinical divisions and 500 faculty. "I am eager to help build on the significant gains Penn Medicine has made in the past, and help forecast and meet the challenges of the future," said Dr. Schafer.

One of his priorities will be to further integrate researchers with clinicians in order to build meaningful collaborative relationships. "A current challenge of academic medicine is to reacquaint practicing physicians with the value of partnering with like-minded scientists in the pursuit of knowledge that will have a positive impact on patient care. To that end, it will be necessary to create and maintain an environment that stimulates a smooth and seamless integration of clinicians with researchers," Dr. Schafer said.

As an educator, Dr. Schafer believes that students, residents, and fellows should be introduced to the practical applications of theoretical principles, especially in the areas of medical ethics, healthcare policy, and humanism. "To create the next generation of leaders in medicine, our educational experience must involve students in current and future financial, ethical, and culture-of-care challenges faced by physicians and their patients," he said.

A nationally recognized hematologist, Dr. Schafer's clinical and research areas of expertise are in thrombosis, homeostasis, coagulation, and vascular cell biology. He has been the principal investigator of two NIH research grants in the area of platelet and vascular cell biology.

The author of over 180 original articles and the editor or co-editor of five textbooks, Dr. Schafer is also a member of the American Heart Association's executive committee, is on the Board of Extramural Advisors of NIH and serves on the editorial board of several major journals.

Dr. Schafer joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1981 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1987. He was chief of hematology and oncology at both West Roxbury and Brockton Veterans Administration Hospitals in Massachusetts from 1984-1989. He earned Harvard University's Milton Fund Research Award and was Established Investigator of the American Heart Association for work in platelet and vascular cell biology.

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John Trojanowski: Institute on Aging

Dr. John Q. Trojanowski, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine has been appointed director of Penn's Institute on Aging. He has been serving as interim director since the departure of Dr. Risa Lavizzo Mourey, to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His main research/clinical interests as a senior fellow at the Institute are neurode-generative diseases, dementia, and memory loss.

"As co-director of the Center for Neuro-degenerative Disease Research, Dr. Trojanowski has demonstrated how much can be accomplished by investigators working synergistically," said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, EVP of UPHS and Dean of the School of Medicine, "I have every confidence that he will have the same extraordinary level of success heading our Institute on Aging, whose stated mission is to improve the physiological, psychological, and social well-being of the elderly through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research, education, and clinical services."

Dr. Trojanowski has been a member of the faculty since 1981. In 1990, he was awarded a five-year $3,500,000 Program Project grant by the National Institute on Aging to pursue multidisciplinary studies of molecular substrates of aging and neuron death associated with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. In 1991, he became director of Penn's Alzheimer's Disease Center, funded by a $3 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, which designated it a comprehensive center--the only one in the Delaware Valley. In 1992 with Trojanowski and Dr. Virginia M.-Y. Lee, as co-directors, the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research was established .

Dr. Trojanowski's current research centers on the molecular mechanisms underlying neuron dysfunction, degeneration, and death in normal aging as well as neurodegencrative diseases. In his research, he uses immunological, biochemical, molecular, and morphological methods.

He has won numerous awards for his contributions to the advancement of the understanding of Alzheimer's disease, including in 1998, Dr. Trojanowski shared the Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Diseases. He was recognized for his contributions to the advancement of the understanding of the nourofibrillary "tangles." A member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, he has served on the medical and advisory boards of the National Alzheimer's Association and the NIH's National Advisory Council on Aging, he has also served as president of the American Association of Neuropathologists.

Dr. Lee, who has served with Dr. Trojanowski as co-director of the Center for Neuro-degenerative Disease Research, is now the Center's director, and Dr. Trojanowski will become associate director.

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Edwin Rosenberg: Post-doc Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Dr. Edwin S. Rosenberg has been appointed Director of Post-Doctoral Periodontics and Graduate Implant Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Rosenberg received his degree in dentistry from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa as well as degrees in Periodontics and Prosthodontics from Penn. Immigrating to the U.S. in 1974, he earned certificates in Periodontics and Perio-Prosthesis from the School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Rosenberg formerly served as Director of Post-Doctoral Periodontics at Penn for a period of ten years and has recently returned after serving as chairman and professor of the department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at Temple University School of Dentistry. He has also served as of consultant to the Dental Implant Center at Graduate Hospital as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Surgery at MCP. Dr. Rosenberg was the first Director of the Brane-mark Implant Center at the Penn School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Rosenberg is also professor of implant dentistry and clinical professor of surgical sciences at NYU, as well as clinical professor of periodontics at USC and the Saul Schluger Professor of Periodontics at the University of Washington.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the leaders in the field of Periodontics, Perio-prosthesis and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Rosenberg has written over 250 books, research abstracts and book chapters that have been widely published. He actively participates in research involving microbiology, implant therapy and various areas of periodontics. He is a sought-after lecturer throughout the world at professional and scientific courses

Currently a Diplomat and a Director of the American Board of Periodontology and Pennsylvania Society of Periodontists, he has served as past president for the Philadelphia Society of Periodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration and the Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies throughout the U.S. and the world.

A recipient of many awards and recognitions, both by his peers and his students, Dr. Rosenberg has been honored by the School as the recipient of the Lester Burkett Lecture Award and the J. George Coslett Award for Teaching Excellence.

He has held fellowships in the College of Physicians, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Rosenberg is a fellow and Diplomat of the American Society of Osseointegration and the International Congress of Oral Implafitologists.

Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 5, September 24, 2002


September 24, 2002
Volume 49 Number 5

The Annenbergs enhance Penn's Annenberg School for Communication with a new $100 million endowment.
A Sesquicentennial Celebration--celebrating 150 years of Engineering at Penn, this week.
LGBT Center celebrates new home and 20th anniversary on Thursday.
A White House Town Hall Meeting on Securing Cyberspace will be held on campus next Thursday.
Alumna on Jeopardy! tonight.
Speaking Out: Compensation; Safe-guarding Labs, and Arms of University.
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center--a state-of-the-art facility--gives new meaning to recreation.