Penn Law’s Quattrone Center: New Research on Reforming, Improving Criminal Justice System with $2.2 Million from Charles Koch Foundation
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School will expand upon its work producing innovative new research that improves American criminal justice policy with the support of up to $2.2 million over four years from the Charles Koch Foundation.
This gift will enable the Quattrone Center to produce innovative new research that improves criminal justice policy in jurisdictions across the United States.
The Quattrone Center takes an interdisciplinary, data-driven, scientific approach to identifying and analyzing the most crucial problems in the justice system and proposing solutions that prevent error and improve fairness. Its research and programs are independent and unbiased, engaging all system stakeholders to effect change for the better.
“With the generous support of the Charles Koch Foundation, the Quattrone Center will expand on its groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary work advancing the study of criminal justice,” said Ted Ruger, dean of Penn Law and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “These efforts will help victims of injustice caught within the criminal justice system.”
The Charles Koch Foundation provides support for a variety of academic and nonprofit initiatives that seek to explore the criminal justice system, including research on access to justice for those of limited means, alternatives to incarceration, and the challenges facing formerly incarcerated individuals.
The funding for the Quattrone Center will create a research initiative overseen and administered by the Quattrone Center’s academic director, Paul Heaton, an economist who uses quantitative methods to study issues in legal and criminal justice policy.
“Improving the criminal justice system requires the work of scholars from a diverse group of fields, not only law, but also fields such as psychology, sociology and medicine,” said Dr. Heaton. “This new research initiative will allow us to broaden and deepen our study of key areas of criminal justice, while training a new generation of scholars in the field.”
The new initiative will include faculty-led research projects focusing on the causes of crime and effective public policies to address crime. The initiative will also fund visitors to Penn Law to conduct joint research with Penn faculty on crime and criminal justice policy. Visiting scholars will present their own work and collaborate in developing research projects with the Quattrone Center.
The Quattrone Center’s post-graduate fellowship program, which currently supports four fellows, will be expanded, and fellows with primarily legal training will gain exposure to data and empirical analysis, while those with social science training will gain deeper expertise in the legal and institutional features of the criminal justice system.
In addition, the gift will support the Quattrone Center’s effort to bring together prominent thought-leaders among the academic, judicial and practitioner communities for events and symposia to discuss key issues related to criminal justice policy and practice.
New Penn Vet Mobile Clinic to Serve the Community and Area Shelters
Penn Vet has successfully raised $1.5 million to launch its Mobile Unit Initiative, thanks to support from foundations including the Bernice Barbour Foundation, PetSmart Charities and the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, as well as generous individual donors. Run by Penn Vet’s Shelter Medicine Program, the initiative will provide advanced care for animals in shelters and underserved areas in the Philadelphia region, as well as opportunities for community engagement. The state-of-the-art, 40-foot mobile unit will be operational in fall 2017.
“Penn Vet has a rich history of service to animals and communities, and the Mobile Unit Initiative ensures that we continue to increase access to exceptional care for pet owners and shelters in need,” said Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of our donors. Their support enables us to significantly expand the medical, teaching and community service capabilities of our pioneering Shelter Medicine Program.”
The lead grant of $600,000 from the Bernice Barbour Foundation provides support for a full-time veterinarian—to be named the Bernice Barbour Lecturer of Shelter Medicine—and a full-time veterinary technician dedicated to the unit for a period of three years. In honor of this commitment, Penn Vet has named the outreach component of the initiative the Bernice Barbour Foundation Shelter and Community Outreach Program for the duration of the grant.
“Years ago, one of our earliest grants as a foundation went to the support of Penn Vet’s mobile blood donor unit, the first of its kind in the United States,” said Katy Champ, executive director of the Bernice Barbour Foundation. “As an urban veterinary school, Penn Vet is in a unique position to bring their top-notch expertise directly to the source—large numbers of companion animals in need. That’s the kind of research grant the Bernice Barbour Foundation is proud to support. This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with Penn Vet in leveraging their teaching capabilities to influence generations of future veterinarians while maximizing the benefit to companion animals.”
PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, also supported the Mobile Unit Initiative with a grant of $210,000. In addition, they provided $474,000 for three years of funding for spay and neuter surgical outreach in shelters and the community, a large portion of which will take place in the mobile unit.
“By funding Penn Vet’s Mobile Unit Initiative, we are supporting a unique opportunity for students to train on-the-job and in the field, exposing them to critical animal welfare issues they may encounter as professionals in the industry,” said David Haworth, president of PetSmart Charities. “Students will be able to make an impact early in their careers by helping pets in need through this initiative, and we hope this experience will inspire them to continue to be advocates for stray and shelter pets throughout their careers. We are proud to support Penn Vet and its students in these efforts.”
The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation kicked off the Mobile Unit Initiative fundraising campaign with a $150,000 challenge grant.
The mobile unit will provide advanced care for shelter animals and at-risk pets in communities without access to veterinary care. It also will offer trap-neuter-vaccinate-return programs. In addition, it will serve as a real-world classroom for Penn Vet students and the community. When needed, the mobile unit can be deployed to disaster areas to provide emergency relief and to respond to animal cruelty situations.
The unit will house a state-of-the-art surgical suite and will be equipped with advanced equipment and tools not readily available in most shelters. With the addition of the mobile unit, Penn Vet’s Shelter Medicine Program and its shelter partners will be able to make more animals adoptable more quickly—a life-saving outcome for the many homeless animals in the Philadelphia region.
The mobile unit also will allow the Shelter Medicine Program to implement a comprehensive humane education and community outreach initiative with enriching experiences for local middle schools and high schools in Philadelphia.
Established in 2006, Penn Vet’s Shelter Medicine Program provides consultative, educational and veterinary support to regional shelters and residents of the Greater Philadelphia community. The program has a significant impact on how many homeless animals are given quality care and placed into permanent homes. In addition, the program provides interdisciplinary and authentic instruction to veterinary students through the lens of shelter medicine, by integrating best practices in educational techniques and research with community outreach, collaborative partnerships and service learning.
New Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy and Pottruck Fellows
The University of Pennsylvania has announced a $1 million commitment from alumnus David S. Pottruck to establish the Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy. This innovative new program—a partnership between the athletics department and the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School—was conceived by Mr. Pottruck to foster the leadership abilities of Penn student-athletes. In addition, Kindred Healthcare president and CEO Benjamin Breier, a former baseball student-athlete at Penn, made a $500,000 gift to support the Leadership Academy. Mr. Breier has also been a key supporter of the Academy’s launch.
“Dave Pottruck has continued his extraordinary record of philanthropy toward Penn by envisioning and funding this innovative program,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “The Leadership Academy will enable generations of talented student-athletes to build on the outstanding leadership skills they’ve acquired at Penn, both academically and athletically, expanding the ways they can have a positive impact on the world.”
“What Dave Pottruck has identified so successfully with this program is that the culture of leadership that is inherent in a competitive team setting provides an excellent ‘laboratory’ for training future leaders,” said Jeff Klein, executive director of the McNulty Program. “His gift enables us to adapt our integrated, experiential approach to leadership development, extending the work we have done with students, managers and executives at all levels to now include scholar-athletes.”
The Leadership Academy program is a capstone of sorts for Mr. Pottruck, a business leader who is keenly aware of the unique abilities such a career requires. After many years as CEO of Charles Schwab, he is now chairman of HighTower Advisors, a wealth management firm he launched with other investors in 2008. In addition, he is the author of such bestselling business books as Stacking the Deck and has taught a popular course on “Leading Transformational Change” at Wharton for a decade.
This latest in Mr. Pottruck’s long line of gifts to his alma mater reflects his deep commitment to Penn Athletics and Wharton.
“My years in business have repeatedly demonstrated to me how important it is to develop future leaders,” Mr. Pottruck said. “Leadership is a quality that can, and should, be taught. The combined stamina, discipline and team spirit that Penn’s athletes show so consistently demonstrates their enormous potential as world leaders. The Leadership Academy program will help them move seamlessly and successfully into the future.”
Once a standout student-athlete himself in wrestling and football, Mr. Pottruck has long credited his experiences at Wharton and on Quaker athletic teams as key factors in his success.
The Wharton School continues to set the global standard in business education. The combination of Division I athletics with the nation’s first and pre-eminent school of business is unique to the collegiate athletics landscape and differentiates Penn from its Ivy League and national peers in providing a world-class student-athlete experience.
The Academy’s curriculum will include lectures, workshops and experiential sessions generated through the collaboration of the athletics department and Wharton. Initial plans call for enrolling all incoming freshmen student-athletes in the program. After freshman year, student-athletes will continue based upon their interest and demonstrated leadership potential. Team captains and coaches will also participate in leadership development, creating a culture in which student-athletes and staff members share a common vocabulary and work symbiotically toward a common objective, in competition and beyond.
At the end of the four-year cycle, a dozen senior scholar-athletes who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the Leadership Academy will be named Pottruck Fellows. Upon receiving this honor, members of this fellowship program—“the best of the best,” in Mr. Pottruck’s words—will commit themselves to mentoring Academy participants during the next three years.
“The construct and purpose of the Pottruck Fellows program is the perfect marriage of Mr. Pottruck’s passions and the values of Penn Athletics,” M. Grace Calhoun, director of athletics and recreation, said.
Both Mr. Pottruck and Mr. Breier plan to continue their fruitful, ongoing involvement with the Academy, working closely with leaders from Penn Athletics and Wharton to ensure their continued success.
Penn’s Grad School Rankings 2018
Each year, US News & World Report ranks graduate and professional schools in business, medicine, education, law, engineering and nursing. Five of Penn’s schools are in the top 10 list.
In the latest rankings (2018), Wharton is up to #1 among MBA programs in a tie with Harvard. The Graduate School of Education moves up from #6 to #3 in a three-way tie with UCLA and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Penn’s School of Nursing is at #3 among master’s programs in nursing. The Perelman School of Medicine dropped to #5 among top medical schools for research and moved up to #8 among top medical schools for primary care in a four-way tie with the Baylor College of Medicine, University of Colorado and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Penn Law remains at #7. Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Science remains at #19 in a four-way tie with Johns Hopkins, Northwestern and UC-Santa Barbara.
US News does not rank all schools every year, nor does it rank Arts & Sciences as a unit; however, it ranks selected individual disciplines.
Excerpts of the annual rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools are in the magazine. The complete survey is in the newsstand book, Best Grad Schools. For more, see www.usnews.com
Graduate School of Education
Higher Education Administration
School of Nursing
Adult/Gerontology, Primary Care
Pediatric, Primary Care
Psychiatric/Mental Health, Lifespan
Adult/Gerontology, Acute Care
Perelman School of Medicine
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Intellectual Property Law
School of Engineering & Applied Science
(-) Indicates not ranked in last year’s edition.
Harlan Sands: Vice Dean of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Wharton School
Geoffrey Garrett, dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has announced that Harlan Sands has joined the School as vice dean of finance and administration, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Mr. Sands, W’84, who received his undergraduate degree from Wharton, will lead all finance and administrative functions including Facilities and Operations, Wharton Computing, Human Resources and WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services). He will work collaboratively across the University representing the School with Penn executive and financial leadership and will support Wharton’s Executive Boards of volunteer leaders in the formulation and execution of the School’s strategic priorities.
“I am extremely happy to welcome Harlan back to his alma mater. His outstanding expertise, experience and leadership will be a great asset to all Wharton does,” said Dean Garrett.
Mr. Sands previously served as senior vice president, finance and administration, chief financial officer/chief operating officer at the University of Louisville. He was responsible for University-wide, day-to-day functions related to financial affairs, business affairs, human resources, information technology, internal audit/institutional compliance and other campus operations.
Prior to his position at Louisville, Mr. Sands was vice provost for administration and quality improvement at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. There, Mr. Sands served as the senior operations administrator for the Provost. His responsibilities included budget and finance, enrollment management, and student support operations. He also spent eight years at Florida International University as an associate vice president for research, research center executive director, associate dean of the College of Health and Urban Affairs and faculty member/lecturer in the department of criminal justice.
Mr. Sands has over 10 years of military service including positions as a Naval Reserve intelligence manager and special assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence for Technology. He received two Naval Commendation Medals during Operation Desert Storm and a Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for the Space Shuttle Challenger recovery. Mr. Sands has also served as an assistant public defender in Miami.
Besides his Wharton undergraduate degree, Mr. Sands holds a JD from George Mason University and an MBA with a major in finance from George Washington University.
Heather Gibson Moqtaderi: Arthur Ross Gallery’s Asst. Director
Arthur Ross Gallery director Lynn Marsden-Atlass, announces the appointment of Heather Gibson Moqtaderi as assistant director and associate curator of the Arthur Ross Gallery. Since 2011, Ms. Gibson Moqtaderi has been the associate curator and collections manager, Office of the Curator, where among other responsibilities, she researched two important gifts to the University Collection and co-curated The Myron A. and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection, Courtly Treasurers: The Thomas W. Evans Collection, Surgeon Dentist to Napoleon III, and curated the current exhibition, Landscape/Soundscape, at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
Recent exhibitions she independently curated were Duality at the Delaware Art Museum, Perception Shift at Stockton University and Patterns of Consumption at Temple University.
Since 2010 Ms. Gibson Moqtaderi has served as adjunct associate professor at Drexel University and in 2011 was an as instructor at Temple University. Previously she was a research assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and collections manager for the Irvin and Anita Schorsch Collection.
Ms. Gibson Moqtaderi received her MA in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum, and a BA from the University of Delaware. In 2011 she was a Royal Oak Scholar at the Attingham Summer School in England. She is a member of several professional organizations.
Penn Global’s Launch of the 2017-2018 Global Seminars Program
Penn Global is pleased to announce the continuation of the Penn Global Seminars (PGS) program, an initiative that combines an intensive semester-long seminar with a short-term travel component, giving students an unmatched global experience. PGS courses complement Penn’s existing study abroad programs and are ideal for students who wish to explore an academic subject in depth under the guidance of a Penn faculty member.
Ten PGS courses will be offered in partnership with the four Penn undergraduate schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.
1. Chile (Santiago)—Health and the Healthcare System in Chile; led by Dr. Eileen Lake (Nursing)
2. India (Tamil Nadu)—C.U. in India: Religion and the Performing Arts in South India; led by Dr. Davesh Soneji (SAS)
3. Indonesia (Java)—Hindu and Buddhist Worlds: Architecture, History, and Religion in Central Java; led by Dr. Luther Obrock (SAS)
4. Israel (Tel Aviv and Herzliya)—Operations Strategy Practicum; led by Dr. Morris Cohen (Wharton)
5. China (Beijing and Shanghai)—SEAS Global Immersion; led by Dr. Howard Hu (SEAS)
6. China (Shanghai)—Environmental Health and Global Implications; led by Dr. Jianghong Liu (Nursing)
7. Jordan/Israel—Freshman Seminar: Wars in the Middle East; led by Dr. Samuel Helfont (SAS)
8. Lebanon (Beirut)—Human Rights Perspectives on Forced Migration; led by Drs. Eileen Doherty-Sil (SAS),
Fernando Chang-Muy (Law), and Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (GSE)
9. Spain (multiple cities)—Muslims, Christians, and Jews: Pilgrimage, Memory, and History in Spain; led by Dr. Anthea Butler (SAS)
10. Tanzania (Zanzibar)—Cosmopolitan Africa: Understanding Conflict and Cooperation in Zanzibar; led by Dr. Keren Weitzberg (SAS)
* Course details are subject to change.
Travel for Fall courses occurs over the winter break. Spring course travel happens over spring break or in May. Descriptions of each course and application information can be found at https://global.upenn.edu/global-seminars Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 courses and are due this Friday, March 24.
The PGS program is made possible by contributions from the Provost’s Global Engagement Fund and by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund. Thanks to these generous funding sources, program participants only pay for the cost of airfare to the program site, and any personal expenses such as immunizations and travel visas. All on the ground logistical costs are covered through Penn Global’s funding.
Penn Global partners with Student Financial Services to reevaluate students’ aid packages to offset the cost of airfare and other student expenses when appropriate. Penn Global is committed to making the Global Seminars accessible to all students, regardless of financial background.
Contact Nigel Cossar, director, Penn Abroad at email@example.com for more information.
Matching Fund for Pennovation Center Memberships for Penn Schools
Vice Provost for Research Dawn Bonnell announced a membership program in partnership with Penn’s Schools to make the Pennovation Center and its programming available to the broader Penn community.
The Pennovation Center’s mission is to support innovators as they translate their discoveries into new solutions and to help them more easily bring their work to the market and to people who need it. This work needs facilities and programming in an atmosphere conducive to innovation. The Pennovation Center is about building relationships and creating an atmosphere for exchanging ideas.
A $50,000 fund was created to support 50% of School purchased memberships for faculty members, post-doctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students and/or recent alumni.
A number of membership options offer flexible access to the Pennovation Center with substantive benefit in supporting commercialization of Penn ideas through programming and incubation services.
“Pennovation Center is a collaborative space that allows innovators to encourage one another, share best practices, and build and deepen their networks during and after their time in the incubator,” said Dr. Bonnell. “This community of peers is highly beneficial to new venture success.”
Examples of those who may benefit from this program:
• Faculty and graduate students with new discoveries that could lead to products
• Junior or senior design projects focused on market-driven applications
• Project based teams within technology or business courses
• Winners and runners up in business plan or technology competitions
• Post docs or research associates wanting to spin out a company
• Recent graduates continuing projects started at Penn
Schools can participate in the program via a short application requesting the number of memberships, describing the proposed activities, and suggesting the benefit from the Pennovation community. Interested individuals should contact their department or school representatives to get more information about this program.
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Research Alliance with Incyte
The University of Pennsylvania and Incyte Corporation, a Delaware-based biopharmaceutical company, have announced a research alliance to propel advances in cancer biology and immunotherapy. Steven M. Albelda, the William Maul Measey Professor of Medicine, and Gregory L. Beatty, an assistant professor of hematology-oncology, both in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, will co-lead a new oncology research alliance.
The multi-year collaboration will bring together drug-discovery and development scientists from both Penn and Incyte to better understand immune responses to cancer and drive innovations in immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, which has become a leading edge method for cancer treatment during the past decade, is a type of treatment that boosts the ability of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer.
“This exciting new alliance between Penn and Incyte is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to support and enhance innovation at Penn and develop strong research and development partnerships with industry,” said John Swartley, associate vice provost for research and managing director of the Penn Center for Innovation.
“Both partners are committed to improving and extending the lives of patients with cancer. Dr. Albelda and Dr. Beatty are outstanding scientists who bring superb collaborative skills to this important effort.”
As part of the relationship, Penn researchers will use their expertise in preclinical biology and translational science to assess new therapeutics under development at Incyte—enhancing, for example, the ability to select the patients who are most likely to respond to combination therapies. In combination therapy, patients receive two or more drugs (or other forms of treatment, such as radiation) for a single disease.
Additionally, Incyte and Penn will develop a bioinformatics program in clinical immunotherapy to develop and support new types of treatment based on immune cell infiltration. When immune cells are infiltrated into tumors, tumor cells are often destroyed, resulting in better patient prognosis. But studies have found that in some cases, infiltration of immune cells into tumors or normal tissue may speed up tumor progression and the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Incyte will supply financial support for these research programs and may also carry out grant-funded, collaborative research with Penn experts in other areas of cancer immunology.
2017 Performance and Staff Development Program
Open and effective communication is essential when it comes to enhancing performance and achieving goals. The Performance and Staff Development Program (the annual performance appraisal program) provides staff and supervisors with a formal process to enhance communication and promote a productive work environment.
The performance appraisal process provides benefits for both the staff member and the supervisor, such as:
• Providing documented feedback on job expectations, performance and accomplishments from the past year
• Offering positive reinforcement as well as developmental feedback
• Allowing staff members to participate in goal-setting
• Setting performance expectations and goals for the upcoming year
• Encouraging open communication between staff and supervisors
• Promoting discussion of professional development opportunities and the competencies required to be successful in their job
• Ensuring that job performance and accomplishment information is recorded in each staff member’s official personnel file
Staff and supervisors should use the Online Performance Appraisal System to complete self-appraisals and annual performance appraisals. Performance appraisals for all eligible regular staff should be completed and entered into the Online Performance Appraisal System by June 1. The Online Performance Appraisal System can be accessed at https://portal.hr.upenn.edu/
Valuable information on the performance appraisal process can be found on the Human Resources website at https://www.hr.upenn.edu/myhr/payandperform/appraisal/performance-management-programs A variety of materials is available to guide employees in completing quality appraisals and providing effective performance and professional development feedback.
For more information on the Performance and Staff Development Program, contact your school or center’s Human Resources professional or the Division of Human Resources at (215) 898-6093.
Discussion Leaders Wanted for PRP 2017–The Innovators
Penn faculty and senior academic administrators are invited to become discussion leaders for the Penn Reading Project (PRP) 2017. This year’s text is Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. The book was chosen by Penn students, faculty and staff in support of the Year of Innovation. On Friday, August 25, groups of first-year students and faculty leaders will discuss the book as part of New Student Orientation (NSO) for the Class of 2021.
This year is the 27th PRP, which was created as an introduction for incoming freshmen to academic life at Penn.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It is also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators is “a sweeping and surprisingly tenderhearted history of the digital age” according to The New York Times.
This year’s PRP will spotlight innovation in both form and content. For the first time, the text will be available online, in a format that will allow both students and discussion leaders to annotate and comment, and discussion groups will form over the summer and be able to communicate together before arriving on campus for the discussions on August 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Leaders are also invited to attend a prep session earlier in the day, and a reception following the PRP. Upon signing up, they will receive a printed copy of the book; early in the summer, they will also gain access to the online site.
To sign up for PRP 2017, visit www.prpleaders.org or contact: David Fox, director of NSO and Academic Initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 573-5636.