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Edmund and Louise Kahn Endowed Term Professors

J. Kim

Dean Samuel H. Preston has announced that three members of the SAS faculty have been appointed Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professors effective July 1.

Dr. Junhyong Kim, professor of biology,  joined the faculty in 2002 from Yale University, where he held appointments in the departments of ecology and evolutionary biology; statistics; and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology; as well as in the biomedical engineering program. He holds his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.S. from Seoul National University. 

In addition to teaching introductory and advanced courses on computational biology, Dr. Kim serves as an adjunct professor in the department of computer and information science and in the Penn Center for Bioinformatics.  Supported by a recent planning grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Kim is leading Penn's efforts to organize a center of excellence in biomedical computing. Aside from his service to Penn, he was a co-chair of the fourth annual Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics, which was held in Bergen, Norway, in September.

Dr. Kim's scholarly interests include computational biology, macroevolution, systematics, bio-statistics, developmental evolution, and theoretical biology. Distinguished contributions in these fields have earned him research awards from NIH and  NSF in addition to a Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award.

Dr.  Kim's work has been published in Bioinformatics, the Journal of Experimental Zoology, and Neuron, among others. His latest article, "Computational Challenges for Integrative Genomics," with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Paul Magwene, will appear in an upcoming Genomics and Informatics.

JM. Rabaté

Dr. Jean-Michel Rabaté, professor of English and comparative literature  came to Penn in 1992 from the University of Bourgogne, where he was on the English faculty for nearly 20 years. In addition to his former service as program director abroad for the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, Dr. Rabaté has enjoyed visiting appointments at the Universities of Manchester and of Montréal. He holds his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Paris-VIII.

Dr. Rabaté teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on such topics as modern and contemporary literature, textual criticism, literary criticism, literary theory, and cultural studies; and contemporary art theory. His commitment to teaching excellence has recently earned him the CGS Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Rabaté serves Penn as a member of several academic and admissions committees. He is also a senior curator of the Slought Foundation.

A scholar of literary theory and modernism, Dr. Rabaté has published extensively on Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce. He is the author of 20 books including, The Ghosts of Modernity, Jacques Lacan and the Subject of Literature, James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism, and The Future of Theory. His most recent edited collections are the Palgrave Advances: A Guide to James Joyce Studies and The Cambridge Companion to Lacan.  Presses based around the world have published more than 100 articles by Dr. Rabaté.

In addition to serving as senior editor of the Journal of Modern Literature, Dr. Rabaté is on the editorial boards of such publications as Modernism/Modernity, The European Journal of English Studies and the James Joyce Quarterly. 

D. Ringe

A professor of linguistics, Dr. Don Ringe has been at Penn since 1985 and was appointed full professor in 1996. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. from Yale University as well as a diploma in comparative philology from the University of Oxford, where he attended as a Marshall Scholar. 

In addition to serving as graduate chair in the department of linguistics, Dr. Ringe is also a member of the graduate groups in Classics and in German. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on language change, the comparative method, historical grammar, Greek dialects, and Tocharian, among others.

As an internationally-known linguist, Dr. Ringe has made important contributions to studies of historical linguistics, morphology, and computer modeling of language change. He also produced pioneering scholarship on Indo-European language relationships as co-principal investigator of the Computational Historical Linguistics Project. Funded by NSF, this project used computer modeling to reconstruct the evolutionary history of sets of related languages. More recently, Dr. Ringe addressed the historical problem of the Gothic genitive plural ending "–e" as plenary speaker of the New Ways of Analyzing Variation 32 Conference, held on campus last fall.

Dr. Ringe is the author of On Calculating the Factor of Chance in Language Comparison and the first volume of On the Chronology of Sound Changes in Tocharian. His work in progress includes a historical linguistics textbook with  Dr. Anthony Kroch, professor and chair of linguistics, a second volume of On the Chronology of Sound Changes in Tocharian, and a series entitled A Linguistic History of English

In addition to his service to Penn, Dr. Ringe is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philological Association, Linguistic Society of America, and Philological Society.

The Kahn endowed term chairs were established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a 1925 Wharton graduate who had a highly successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. His wife, a graduate of Smith College, worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The couple contributed to many programs and projects in the University including Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Modern Languages College House, and initiatives in scholarship and the humanities.



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October 26, 2004
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