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Associate Provost: Andrew Binns
September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2

Andrew Binns

Dr. Andrew N. Binns, biology professor and former department chair, has been appointed Associate Provost, effective September 1, Provost Ronald J. Daniels announced.

In his new role, Dr. Binns will oversee graduate and undergraduate education as well as the Graduate Student Center, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of College Houses and Academic Services, and the Weiss Tech House. He will chair the Council of Undergraduate Deans, the Council of Graduate Deans, and the Graduate Council of the Faculties. “He also will advise me on some of the larger strategic educational issues that we confront in the Provost’s office and throughout the University,” Provost Daniels added.

Dr. Binns came to Penn as an assistant professor in 1980. In his 26 years of service, he has combined an active research program with extraordinary commitment to the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, winning the Biology Department Teaching Award in 1998 and the SAS Dean’s Award for Mentorship in Undergraduate Research in 2000. The Carolyn Hoff Lynch Term Professor in Biology, he served as the associate department chair from 1992 to 1995, and department chair from 1995 to 2004.

His research interests include signal perception and transduction in the control of virulence gene expression in Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and he remains an active mentor to Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral students in his lab.

Dr. Binns received his Ph.D. in developmental biology from Princeton University in 1979.  He graduated from Lawrence University magna cum laude with a B.A. in biology in 1971.

Almanac - September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2