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Endowed Chairs in SAS for Dr. Beier and Dr. Kettl

E. Beier

SAS Dean Rebecca W. Bushnell has announced that Dr. Eugene Beier has been named the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics.

Dr. Beier, a scholar of experimental elementary-particle physics and nuclear astrophysics, has been a member of the department of physics and astronomy for over 35 years and was appointed as a full professor in 1979.   

Dr. Beier has spent the past 20 years using astrophysical sources and accelerators to study the interactions and properties of neutrinos. His latest project involves research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), an underground observatory in Ontario that allows scientists to determine whether or not neutrinos other than electron neutrinos are arriving from the sun.  Dr. Beier serves as the United States co-spokesman for this collaborative project that includes physicists from schools and institutions in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Before his participation in the SNO project, Dr. Beier made important contributions to our understanding of neutrinos while working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and at the Kamiokande Laboratory in Japan.

Dr. Beier has published over 60 articles in refereed journals such as Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Physics Letters, Physical Review Letters, and Physical Review.  In addition to his publications, he has shared his research at conferences and symposia held around the world. 

His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bruno Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society, and a distinguished Blyth Lectureship at the University of Toronto. In 2000, he was elected by the community of particle physicists to serve as chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society. 

He holds his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and B.S. from Stanford University. 

This chair was established in 2002 through the bequest of Eugene L. Langberg, who graduated from the College of Collateral Studies in 1942 (now CGS), G’45. An electrical physicist, Mr. Langberg held positions at the U.S. Naval Research Lab and at the Franklin Institute. He also served as a commissioner of Upper Gwynedd Township. Mr. Langberg’s wife, the late Fay Ruth Moses Langberg, was a member of the College for Women, Class of 1947.

D. Kettl

Dean  Bushnell also announced that Dr. Donald F. Kettl has been named the Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences. A leading scholar of public policy and public administration, Dr. Kettl joined the department of political science this academic year from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he served for 14 years as a professor of political science and public affairs in the University’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.  He has also taught at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University. At Penn, Dr. Kettl is teaching courses on public management, public policy, and American politics. 

In addition to his academic service, Dr. Kettl is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, executive director of the Century Foundation’s Project on Federalism and Homeland Security, and academic coordinator of the Government Performance Project, a multi-year initiative funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that seeks to assess America’s management capacity. He has delivered testimony for more than a dozen congressional hearings and continues to be widely consulted on contemporary political issues.

Dr. Kettl’s books include The Global Public Management Revolution: A Report on the Transformation of Governance; System Under Stress:  Homeland Security and the American Politics; and The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for the 21st Century.  The latter earned him the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration.  He is currently working on another book, The Next Government of the United States. 

Dr. Kettl has received honors from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association, among others. After graduating with his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College, he remained at Yale to earn his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D.

The Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Chair in the Social Sciences was established in 1986 by the late Stanley, W ’37, and Frances Sheerr, who also named the Sheerr Pool in the David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Stanley I. Sheerr served as chairman of Crown Textile Company, founded in 1895 by his father. Their son and daughter, Richard Sheerr, C ’69, and Constance Sheerr Kittner, CW ’61, remain active supporters of Penn.



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January 25, 2005
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