Regina Cunningham: Senior Vice President and UPHS Chief Nursing Executive
Regina Cunningham has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, effective July 1. Dr. Cunningham will continue her previous role as the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s chief nursing executive.
“Regina’s expanded portfolio reflects the broad impact and crucial importance of nursing as Penn Medicine continues to expand and innovate across the continuum of care,” said University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph W. Muller. “During her tenure thus far at Penn Medicine, Regina has forged strong partnerships to deepen nursing’s role across the health system.”
Dr. Cunningham began her tenure at Penn Medicine as associate chief nursing officer of Cancer Services at the Abramson Cancer Center in September 2011, a role followed two years later as chief administrative officer of the cancer service line in the ACC, before she assumed her most recent position later in 2013. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing since April 2012.
In her new role, she will provide leadership to nursing colleagues from each entity throughout UPHS. Her close collaboration with chief medical officer and senior vice president Patrick J. Brennan to advance interprofessional collaborations across the system will continue, and she will partner with Antonia Villarruel, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, to advance scholarly platforms for nursing across Penn Medicine.
Dr. Cunningham will also provide leadership to nursing colleagues from each entity throughout UPHS, and continue to partner closely with physician leadership to advance interprofessional collaborations across the health system. She will also work together with the School of Nursing to advance scholarly platforms for nursing across Penn Medicine.
“Regina’s leadership has brought HUP Nursing’s patient and quality outcomes to best practice levels and set new patient care standards of which we can all be proud,” said Garry Scheib, UPHS chief operating officer.
Prior to Penn, she held nursing leadership posts at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where she served as both senior director of oncology and nursing research, and as the chief nursing officer at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She has taught at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned a BSN from College of Mount Saint Vincent, a master of arts in nursing from New York University, and a doctorate in nursing from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Dr. Cunningham is broadly published in nursing and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journals, and is currently principal investigator of an NIH-funded multi-site study aimed at developing knowledge and skills to support implementation of clinical trials.
Dr. Cunningham was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014, and is certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and she is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow.
$3 Million Gift to Establish Unique Pulmonary Program for Penn Medicine Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other Neurodegenerative Diseases
A $3 million gift from University of Pennsylvania alumnus Jay Fishman, and his wife, Randy, will support comprehensive at-home respiratory care for adult Penn Medicine patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency due to neurological, muscular, skeletal or chronic respiratory diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
The multidisciplinary Randy and Jay Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation will reside within Penn’s Harron Lung Center as part of the division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn Medicine is partnering with The ALS Association to have the program recognized as an ALS Association-approved program in pulmonary care. Such a designation would be a first for a specific medical practice within the broad ALS clinical arena. The intent of the program is to deliver the benefits of rapidly emerging new technologies and related data to physicians caring for patients whose breathing is compromised.
“It is most fitting that Jay, who has had a tremendously positive impact as a long-time member of our Board of Trustees, would help Penn Medicine provide a service that will give meaningful hope to patients suffering from these very difficult symptoms,” said University President Amy Gutmann. “It demonstrates his deep commitment to the ALS and Penn Medicine communities by bringing comfort to so many.”
John Hansen-Flaschen, founding director of Penn Medicine’s Harron Lung Center, will lead the new program. “In the past, adults who lost the strength to breathe on their own died or required a tracheostomy for long-term mechanical ventilation. Most survivors lived away from home in specialized nursing facilities,” he said.
“Thanks to dramatic recent advances in clinical care and technology, many patients with diseases such as ALS and muscular dystrophy can now avoid tracheostomy and live at home,” said Dr. Hansen-Flaschen. “However, there are few specialized centers specifically devoted to the care of these patients in the United States. Now, through the exceptional generosity of the Fishmans, we will be able to help more people continue to breathe comfortably, speak, eat by mouth and live in their own homes.”
Working in close collaboration with neurologists who staff the Penn Comprehensive ALS Center and the Penn Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, the physicians who lead the Home Assisted Ventilation Program will coordinate the efforts of a wide array of multidisciplinary specialists, including respiratory therapy, speech therapy, gastrointestinal medicine and surgery, nutrition, physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine. The Fishman Program will also focus on medical education, providing a one-year advanced fellowship training program in the care of adults who need home-assisted ventilation.
Mr. Fishman, executive chairman of the board and former chief executive officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc. and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. [Ed. Note: He passed away on August 19; see here.]
“I sought pulmonary treatment at Penn,” Mr. Fishman said, “and it was through my relationship with Dr. Hansen-Flaschen that I became excited by the opportunity to work with Penn Medicine in bringing the most recent technological advancements in non-invasive ventilation therapy to the ALS community. John’s commitment, passion and thoughtfulness to help patients ‘lean into’ these difficult diseases is remarkable. Randy and I are privileged to support his vision.”
The new program will also benefit patients with other respiratory-related diseases—including muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, thoracic skeletal disorders and advanced chronic lung disease.
“By bringing comfort to these patients in their homes, the Fishmans are giving them a remarkable gift,” said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “The significance of their advocacy on behalf of so many patients is extraordinary.”
“With great selflessness and compassion, Randy and Jay have taken their own personal challenge and turned it into something positive that will impact thousands of patients,” said J. Larry Jameson, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System. “New technology for the complex area of pulmonary medicine is emerging very quickly. These wonderful resources will allow Penn Medicine to maintain its position as a leading expert in both the Philadelphia region and around the world.”
Rosemary Polomano: Associate Dean for Practice at Penn Nursing
Rosemary Polomano, professor of pain practice, has been appointed Associate Dean for Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing).
Dr. Polomano will provide strategic vision and leadership for practice and community engagement. She will work closely with the School’s Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and the Associate Deans for Academic Programs and Research/Innovation, as well as the Department Chairs, to ensure the integration of practice, education and research. Dr. Polomano will also collaborate with the Chief Nursing Officers at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Veteran’s Administration to advance clinical practice priorities.
Dr. Polomano is a well-recognized researcher, clinician and educator. She has a national and international reputation for advancing the science of understanding and treating pain. Her research focuses on clarifying and identifying mechanisms for neuropathic pain, and the impact of pain prevention strategies on short- and long-term pain outcomes for active military service members and veterans, and on the treatment-related pain of cancer patients. She also has programs of research in measurement science. One outcome of her research has been the development and testing of a patient-reported outcomes measurement tool for pain (the American Pain Society-Patient Outcomes Questionnaire–Revised (APS-POQ-R)) with a team of investigators, which she co-led. This instrument is being used around the world and translated into numerous languages. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Department of Defense.
Dr. Polomano’s research is grounded in her clinical practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and as a clinician educator. As a nurse scientist, she collaborates with nurses and physicians to translate research and evidence-based practice guidelines into clinical care. She has co-authored numerous national evidence-based guidelines and expert consensus reports to advance care for patients and serves as a magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, further assuring the highest quality nursing care in our nation’s hospitals.
She serves as co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s NIH-designated Center of Excellence in Pain Education, where she leads an interprofessional course on pain science and practice with the schools of nursing, dentistry and medicine, as well as with schools of pharmacy.
Dr. Polomano is a senior nurse scientist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and also holds a secondary appointment as professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the Perelman School of Medicine.
Nancy A. Speck: Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
Nancy A. Speck has been named the chair of the department of cell & developmental biology. One of Penn Medicine’s pre-eminent thought leaders, she also serves as co-leader of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the Abramson Cancer Center, an investigator at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and associate director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Her leadership positions beyond the Penn campus include study sections on which she has served and chaired at the National Institutes of Health, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Society of Hematology.
For 30 years, Dr. Speck has made innovative contributions to the field of blood-cell development, expanding knowledge with a translational impact for understanding leukemia, including identification of the proteins Runx1 and CBFβ.
“Dr. Speck, an internationally renowned scientific leader, is a thoughtful, inclusive, collaborative investigator, with a discerning eye for elegant work,” said J. Larry Jameson, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president for the Health System. “She is also a devoted teacher much respected for her mentoring and dedication to developing the careers of young investigators.”
Dr. Speck earned her PhD in biochemistry from Northwestern University in 1983. She completed postdoctoral research fellowships in retroviral pathogenesis and eukaryotic gene regulation at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT. Subsequently, she started her own laboratory at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, where she was serving as the James J. Carroll Chair of Oncology, before her recruitment to Penn in 2008.
Her predecessor, Jonathan A. Epstein, now the executive vice dean and chief scientific officer of Penn Medicine, said, “Dr. Speck is a bold, creative researcher who excels as a scientist, leader, role model and mentor. She is the ideal person to direct the talented faculty of cell & developmental biology.”
Dr. Speck’s work has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed academic journals. She also serves as a reviewer for leading journals such as Blood, Nature, Nature Genetics, Cell, Stem Cell, Cancer Cell, Science and PNAS. Among numerous awards and accolades, she has received the Leukemia Society of America Scholar Award, the Fogarty International Center Senior Fellow Award and the 2015 Henry M. Stratton Medal for Basic Science from the American Society of Hematology.
Tony Sorrentino: Assistant Vice President, Office of the EVP
Tony Sorrentino has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Office of the Executive Vice President. EVP Craig Carnaroli said, “This well-deserved promotion is based on Tony’s stellar contributions in developing and executing marketing and communications strategies to promote key elements of the Penn Compact and Penn Compact 2020 as well as his strong support in managing the Office of the Executive Vice President.” Mr. Sorrentino joined the Office as director in 2006, was promoted to executive director in 2009, and has assumed increasing responsibilities related to goal setting/evaluation and organizational development.
Mr. Carnaroli added, “With respect to marketing and communications, Tony has played a valuable role in developing and coordinating strategies both within the EVP divisions as well as more broadly across the University. In 2006, Tony formed the EVP Communications Group (consisting of the marketing and communications professionals across the EVP divisions) to coordinate the timing and consistency of communication strategy to promote Penn as a well managed institution, and a good institutional citizen. This group has evolved into a very effective body that now includes communications professionals from areas outside the EVP Division. Through the collaborative efforts of this Group, Tony annually produces a comprehensive EVP Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs Plan.”
In addition, Mr. Sorrentino has had a leadership role in developing communication strategy for a number of University initiatives including Penn Connects and the Climate Action Plan. In both 2011 and 2015, he led the production and developed messaging for the widely heralded University Economic Impact report. He is also an effective collaborator, having contributed positively to a wide variety of initiatives ranging from the University-wide Staff Engagement Survey to the Provost’s Council on the Arts. In the past year, he built a unique partnership between Visit Philadelphia and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to help showcase Philadelphia as an asset in recruiting students to Penn, including the creation of the Penn’s first emoji as part of Quaker Days.
Mr. Sorrentino has a passion for city planning and economic development, and holds a Master of City Planning degree from Penn Design. He is a strong collaborator with the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and developed an anchor institution summit that brought together leaders from peer universities to share best practices and challenges. He, along with his colleagues from Penn’s Netter Center, also represents Penn on the Anchor Institutions Task Force, which advises the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on ways HUD could increase its impact and strategically leverage anchor institutions, particularly higher education and medical institutions, to improve communities and help solve significant urban problems.
In addition, Mr. Sorrentino has played a critical role in advancing the University’s innovation strategy through both his role on the initial working group studying the potential uses of the former Dupont Marshall Labs and, most recently, in the development and promotion of the Pennovation Works campus.
Finally, “Tony consistently demonstrates a wide range of skills including media relations, developing and producing executive level presentations and videos, and the negotiation of sponsorships and advertising contracts. He also effectively administers and coordinates the activities of the EVP office. Whether speaking to student groups or alumni gatherings, Tony is the consummate Penn promoter and advocate,” Mr. Carnaroli noted.
Sarah Reidell: Margy Meyerson Head of Conservation
Penn Libraries is proud to announce another great step forward in the enrichment of its conservation program: the hiring of Sarah Reidell as the Margy Meyerson Head of Conservation. A conservator of rare books, paper and parchment, Ms. Reidell comes to Penn Libraries from the New York City Public Library, where she most recently held the position of associate conservator for rare books and paper. She has also held positions at Harvard University’s Weissman Preservation Center and Philadelphia’s Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Recently nominated to be a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Ms. Reidell serves as the publications committee chair of the AIC (the only national membership organization of conservation professionals that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural materials) and has held other elected positions within the Book and Paper Group specialization. Ms. Reidell has also lectured and led hands-on professional development workshops for conservators at leading national cultural institutions on areas of technical expertise and conservation practice.
As Head of Conservation, Ms. Reidell will be responsible for care and treatment of the special collections of the Penn Libraries, consisting of about 300,000 rare books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts. Working with the MacDonald Curator of Preservation, Ian Bogus, Ms. Reidell will develop and implement conservation plans for the long-term sustainability of the Libraries’ special collections holdings. “Sarah Reidell is a wonderful addition to the Penn Libraries team,” said Mr. Bogus, “She is an experienced conservator who is well respected in the field for exploring new and effective ways that institutions can perform conservation.” Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Will Noel, feels that Ms. Reidell’s skills and experiences make her the perfect person to head the conservation team, ensuring that Penn’s extraordinary holdings are used by researchers and students not only today, but far into the future. According to Dr. Noel, “Sarah and her staff will be essential for, and add luster and expertise to the many research projects, digitization programs and pedagogical activities that take place in the Penn Libraries.”
The recruitment of Head of Conservation was made possible thanks to an endowment in honor of longtime advocate and ambassador of the Penn Libraries, Margy Ellin Meyerson, G’93. Ms. Meyerson has built an incredible legacy at the Libraries and the University together with her late husband, Penn President Emeritus Martin Meyerson, since the 1970s. Serving on the Penn Libraries’ Board of Overseers since 1993 and as honorary co-chair of the Orrery Society, Ms. Meyerson is an exceptionally engaged, generous and forward-thinking supporter of the Penn Libraries.
Penn Libraries’ New Penn Website Archive
Because the Internet is now the primary medium for publishing news, announcements and university reports much of Penn’s history is at risk of being lost without systematic archiving. When Richard Griscom, Penn Libraries director of collections and liaison services, learned that no office on campus was archiving Penn website content, he knew it was time for the Penn Libraries to step up and address the issue. As a result of Mr. Griscom’s efforts, the Penn Libraries is engaging in an exciting archiving initiative to make sure Penn website content will be available for study by future researchers and historians.
The sites being archived include Penn’s main website (www.upenn.edu) as well as the websites of the Penn Libraries, the Penn Museum and the University Archives. To harvest content, the Libraries has scheduled quarterly “crawls” using Archive-It, a service affiliated with the Internet Archive.
The results of these “crawls” are archived and available for browsing on the following website: https://archive-it.org/collections/6738
For more information on the project, contact Mr. Griscom at email@example.com
Penn Joins in $40 Million Grant to Establish Simons Observatory
The Simons Foundation has awarded a $38.4 million grant to establish the Simons Observatory, a new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert that will merge and expand existing efforts to explore the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments to today. An additional $1.7 million of support is being provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
The project is a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania; Princeton University; the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, all of which are also providing financial support.
This project will investigate cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation to better understand the physics of the Big Bang, the nature of dark energy and dark matter, the properties of neutrinos and the formation of structure in the universe.
“A key target of this observatory is the earliest moments in the history of the universe,” said Mark Devlin, the Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and current project spokesperson.
“While patterns that we see in the microwave sky are a picture of the structure of the universe 380,000 years after the Big Bang, we believe that some of these structures were generated much earlier, by gravitational waves produced in the first moments of the universe’s expansion,” he said. “By measuring how the gravitational waves affect electrons and matter 380,000 years after the Big Bang, we are observing fossils from the very, very early universe.”
Dr. Devlin’s research is primarily in the area of cosmology and the evolution of structure in the universe as well as extra-galactic and galactic star formation. His group specializes in the design and construction of novel telescopes and cryogenic receivers operating at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths. Dr. Devlin is the co-director of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the primary investigator for the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Telescope, or BLAST, and the MUSTANG instrument in the Green Bank Telescope.
The extraordinarily rapid expansion of space during “inflation,” an epoch posited in the most popular cosmological theory, generated gravitational waves. These would have induced a very small but characteristic polarization pattern in the CMB at radio wavelengths that can be detected by specially designed telescopes and cameras.
A detection of this type of signal, known as “B-mode polarization,” would measure the energy scale associated with inflation, which could be as much as a trillion times higher than the energy accessible in the largest particle accelerators. A detection could also provide evidence for a link between quantum mechanics and gravity. Understanding the link between these two powerful theories is the focus of string theorists and others studying fundamental physics.
“The generosity of this award is unprecedented in our field and will enable a major leap in scientific capability,” said UC San Diego astrophysicist Brian Keating, the project director. “People are used to thinking about mega- or giga-pixel detectors in optical telescopes, but for signals in the microwave range, 10,000 pixels is a lot. What we’re trying to do—the real revolution here—is to pave the way to increase our pixels number by more than an order of magnitude.”
In addition to searching for B-mode polarization, the Simons Observatory will study how the light from the CMB is deflected by the intervening structure in the universe. These measurements will provide unique insights into basic questions including the masses of the neutrinos, the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the physics that governed the formation of cosmic structure as the universe evolved after the Big Bang.
The Simons Observatory will also identify thousands of clusters of galaxies, the largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe. Where and when these massive objects formed is a strong function of the same set of cosmological parameters, providing an independent check of their values.
The Simons Observatory is designed to be a first step toward an ultimate experiment aimed at extracting the full measure of cosmological information in the cosmic microwave background fluctuations accessible from the ground. The experiment is called CMB-Stage 4, or CMB-S4, referring to the fourth stage or generation of experiment. This next-generation experiment builds on years of support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy has recently announced its intent to participate in CMB-S4. It is envisioned to have telescopes at multiple sites and draw together a broad community of experts from the United States and abroad. The Atacama site in Chile has already been identified as an excellent location for CMB-S4, and the Simons Foundation funding will help develop it for that role.
The site in Chile is located in the Parque Astronómico, which is administered by the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, or CONICYT. Since 1998, US investigators and the NSF have worked with Chilean scientists, the University of Chile and CONICYT to locate multiple projects at this high, dry site to study the CMB.
Wendy Grube: Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health
Wendy Grube, practice associate professor effective July 1, has been appointed Director of the Center for Global Women’s Health. She has a long-standing commitment to global women’s health as demonstrated through her leadership in women’s health research, teaching and practice.
Dr. Grube’s research has focused on promoting access to essential preventive health care for underserved populations, and has informed state and regional providers and advocacy groups in the development of culturally-appropriate strategies to decrease preventable deaths from cervical cancer in rural Appalachia. This work created a foundation for development of a community collaboration and a sustainable government-subsidized cancer screening site for uninsured women in West Virginia. This screening program has allowed hundreds of never- or rarely-screened women residing in an economically depressed rural region access to high quality, no-cost care provided by advance practice registered nurses. The project was recognized regionally and nationally as a best practice model, and internationally (through the World Health Organization) as an exemplar of nurses working with communities to improve health.
Internationally, Dr. Grube has directed a team of health care professionals from IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) to develop an evidence-based, allopathic clinical education program to expand the diagnostic and treatment capacity of traditional non-allopathic Indian practitioners in rural areas. This Bridge Training Project in Tamil Nadu, India, trains AYUSH (non-allopathic traditional Indian health practitioners) college graduates to provide quality, affordable, accessible and culturally appropriate primary health care for rural peoples of India and serves as a model for critically needed basic health care throughout rural India.
As director of Penn Nursing’s Women’s Health/Gender Related Care Nurse Practitioner program, Dr. Grube prepares students to become nurse practitioners and to explore the social determinants that affect women’s lives locally and globally through public policy, advances in practice and technology and ongoing research. She teaches courses on women’s health and primary care and a course on complementary and alternative therapies and is director of the Comparative Health Systems course in Thailand.
Since 2002, Dr. Grube has worked as a nurse practitioner at the Allentown Women’s Center, where she is a preceptor for Penn nurse practitioner and midwifery students. Before that, she ran a private nurse practitioner practice in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, where she was among the first nurse practitioners in the US to perform colposcopy, a procedure done after an abnormal Pap test to closely examine the cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease.
“Dr. Grube has dedicated her career to the health and well-being of women around the globe and, as a result, is eminently qualified to direct the Center for Global Women’s Health,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel.
Award for Excellence in Promoting One Health: September 23
The deans of the health schools of the University of Pennsylvania (Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine) announce an Award for Excellence in promoting One Health initiatives and education.
The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in all aspects of healthcare. Interdisciplinary One Health efforts arose with the goal of sharing knowledge of healthcare and preventive measures to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Government, professional and academic institutions around the world have committed to promoting these important One Health efforts to improve global health. For more information about One Health, visithttp://www.onehealthinitiative.com/
The four-school One Health Committee invites nominations for candidates who are full-time staff or faculty members engaged in professional education that bridges two or more of the Schools with outreach/innovation in training and service in clinics or to the community. Collaborative research focused on healthcare education, clinical outcomes or real-world impact will receive more favorable consideration than strictly laboratory collaborations. The winner(s) will be awarded the prize at a reception on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
• Developing a multi-School clinical service/teaching program
• Providing training in communications/outreach to more than one School’s professional students and/or interns/residents
• Including more than one School’s students in a clinical experience
• Building bridges between healthcare specialties in animals and humans
• Creating multidisciplinary programs that improve healthcare or prevent famine or disease outbreaks
• Developing a research program or project that crosses Schools to increase the impact of a promising line of discovery
To nominate a staff or faculty member from the Penn community, please send a letter of recommendation that describes the candidate’s contributions to One Health to Cerie O’Toole at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 23, 2016.
Report of the Office of Student Conduct
To the University Community:
Each year the Offices of Student Conduct and the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer prepare a report to the University community that includes the nature of violations of University rules and regulations and the sanctions imposed. This year our offices changed the method of reporting data. For the first time, this year’s report includes cases that were opened prior to June 30, 2016, but were resolved during academic year 2015-2016. For more information, visit https://secure.www.upenn.edu/osc/
—Deb Harley, Sexual Violence Investigative Officer
—Julie Nettleton, Director, Office of Student Conduct
Report of the Office of Student Conduct
Academic Year 2012-2013
Academic Year 2013-2014
Academic Year 2014-2015
|Academic Year 2015-2016|
Incident Type (by respondents)
|Academic Integrity (total)||148||160||185||201|
Student Conduct (total)
Academic Integrity and Student Conduct (total)
|Group Cases |
*Group Cases include several individuals but are being counted as one respondent.
Case Investigations: Academic Integrity**
Unauthorized collaboration/ use of performance of another person’s work
Misconduct during an exam
Submission of false data
Falsification of grades or transcripts
Other academic violation
Altering of exam/paper for re-grade
Misrepresentation of academic records
Provided infromation to another student
Facilitating academic dishonesty
Unfair advantage over fellow students
|Case Investigations: Student Conduct**|
| Alcohol violation: First offense||20||42||15||12|
| Alcohol violation: Other||7||2||4||21|
| Attemped theft||0||3||3||0|
| Criminal mischief||1||0||0||0|
| Disorderly conduct||37||14||36||54|
| Drug violation||9||15||6||3|
| Fire code violation||11||3||18||5|
| Fraudulent use of Penn ID||0||0||0||1|
| Sexual Violence||8||7||9||9|
| Indecent exposure||3||1||0||0|
| Malicious mischief||0||0||0||0|
| Miscellaneous security violations||3||1||0||0|
| Dirsturbance/investigation of person||0||2||0||0|
| Relationship Violence||***||***||10||4|
| Retail theft/shoplifting||2||5||1||1|
| Other conduct violation||2||5||2||19|
| Propulsion of object||12||0||2||0|
| Receiving stolen property||0||1||0||0|
| Use or possession of fake ID card||1||0||0||0|
| Recklessly endangering another person||3||1||0||7|
| Terroristic threats||0||1||1||1|
| Ethnic intimidation||0||0||1||0|
| Use or possession of air guns/firearms/dangerous articles||1||0||0||0|
| Violation of safety regulations||1||2||1||7|
| Dangerous articles in residences||0||0||1||0|
| Posession of stolen property||0||0||0||0|
| Misappropriation of funds||0||0||0||0|
| Noise violation||14||2||1||6|
| Threats with dangerous article||0||0||0||1|
| Comuper violation/violation of ethical behavior in the digital environment||47||38||60||92|
| Violation of agreement||0||2||0||0|
| Misrepresentation of status to the University||0||1||0||0|
| False identify||1||0||0||0|
| Sexual harassment||1||2||0||1|
**Number of Case Investigations does not equal the number of respondents because some cases involve more than one type of misconduct.
***Sexual Violence, Stalking and Relationship Violence were specifically outlined in the University’s new policy in June 2014 under the now Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy. Prior handlings of related cases were all categorized under indecent/sexual assault and harassment.
|Sanctions: Academic Intergrity****|
| Acadecmic support||14||14||30||79|
| Community service||0||1||0||0|
| Deferred dismissal||0||0||0||0|
| Meet with appropriate person related to charge||6||0||1||0|
| Notation on transcript||2||1||2||1|
| Other (specialized)||5||1||1||2|
| Suspension not imposed||15||29||23||28|
| Suspension not imposed and imposed||14||12||2||4|
| Withdraw permanently from the University||3||0||2||0|
| Withhold/delay diploma||0||2||4||5|
|Sanctions: Student Conduct****|
| Academic support||0||1||0||0|
| Alcohol and drug education/evaluation||18||14||17||9|
| Alcohol/drug fine||6||17||2||0|
| CAPS substance abuse evaluation||3||6||2||1|
| Community services||17||12||11||26|
| Deferred dismissal||0||0||0||0|
| File sharing educational module||28||3||58||92|
| File sharing fine||20||3||0||0|
| Meet with appropriate person related to charge||2||0||0||7|
| No contact||8||1||2||7|
| Notation on transcript||1||0||1||0|
| Other (specialized)||10||22||3||9|
| Suspension not imposed||3||4||5||1|
| Suspension not imposed and imposed||2||4||0||0|
| Withdraw permanently from the University||3||0||1||1|
| Withhold/delay diploma||1||0||0||3|
|****Number of Sanctions does not equal the number of respondents because some cases result in more than one type of sanction.|
|Mode of Resolution of Cases|
| Signed Agreement||223||128||216||267|
| Resolved by Hearing||3||3||7||7|
| No formal disciplinary action/ unfounded complaint or informal resolution||87||85||39||28|
| Required educational module (electronic file sharing only)||##||##||58||91|
*****Unresolved can mean that a student is no longer a member of the Penn community, that the investigation is on-going, or that a conclusion has been reached but an agreement has not been reached.
# The OSC has created an education-based response to File sharing cases.