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Vice Provost for Research: Steven Fluharty
October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9

Steven Fluharty

Provost Ron Daniels announced that Dr. Steven J. Fluharty has been appointed Vice Provost for Research, effective November 1, 2006. In this position, Dr. Fluharty will shape policy and advance administrative initiatives for the University’s $750 million research enterprise. He will play a leadership role in strategic planning for research and coordinate the development of new research facilities. He will also help to oversee campus-wide research planning efforts, develop linkages between the University and industry, and facilitate the transfer of technologies from University laboratories to the public sector.  In addition, he will support and facilitate the research activities of Centers and Institutes, particularly those involving interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Dr. Fluharty has been serving as Interim Vice Provost for Research since July 1, 2006 while continuing to serve as Associate Vice Provost for Research, a position he has held since October 2005. “I have had the great pleasure of working with Steve since he joined the Provost’s Office last year. During this time, he has been enormously energetic in championing a number of different initiatives. He is a simply extraordinary academic leader and I am delighted that he has agreed to accept this appointment,” said Provost Daniels. “After discussions with the search committee, we share the view that this is a vital office at the university, and I will be setting out an ambitious agenda to advance significantly our activities in the research arena. Steve will be charged with providing the sustained and vigorous leadership that will be required to take Penn’s research enterprise to the next level.”

Dr. Fluharty’s cross-disciplinary background is one of the many assets that he brings to this position. A professor of pharmacology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, he holds secondary appointments in both the School of Medicine and SAS. He has a thorough understanding of the University’s research practices, proven administrative experience, and a deep commitment to Penn, as well as a strong personal record of funded research. Dr. Fluharty is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his research including the Louis Flexner Prize in neuroscience, the Beecham Award for Research Excellence, and in 1996, he was designated an Astra Merck Scholar by the American Heart Association. In addition, he has received several teaching awards.

Dr. Fluharty was the director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program from 1994 until 2005. He served as the associate director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences from 1995 to 2003. He has also served the University on numerous search, planning, research, advisory, and budgetary committees, including the Search Committee for the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Academic Planning and Budget Committee, and he chaired the Provost’s Strategic Planning Committee on undergraduate education in 2002.

Dr. Fluharty has extensive experience administering grants. For ten years he served as the director of a university-wide Program Project grant in behavioral neuroscience as well as an institutional training grant, and several individual grant awards form the NIH. He has additional experience reviewing grants for organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the NIH. He is the author of over 90 publications, the co-editor of Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology and has trained over 25 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during his years on the Penn faculty. 

Dr. Fluharty received his three degrees from Penn as a University Scholar; his B.A. in psychology in 1979, his M.A. in psychobiology in 1979, and his Ph.D. in psychobiology in 1981. After postdoctoral work, he returned to join the Penn faculty in 1986.

Almanac - October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9