Penn Alexander School: National Blue Ribbon Award

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(left to right) Penn Alexander Principal Michael Farrell, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Former Principal Sheila Sydnor and Penn GSE Director of School & Community Engagement Caroline Watts. 

Penn President Amy Gutmann, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, Penn’s Graduate School of Education Director of School & Community Engagement Caroline Watts and others gathered last Wednesday to celebrate a remarkable accomplishment—the naming of the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School (Penn Alexander School) as a National Blue Ribbon School. It is one of only a few hundred schools to receive the coveted annual distinction, and the first Philadelphia District school in West Philadelphia to ever receive the honor.

Public and private elementary, middle and high schools that attain Blue Ribbon status are those where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Penn Alexander was honored for its work narrowing the achievement gap.

Leaders from the Penn Alexander School and Penn, including GSE, were joined by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and the Mayor’s Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney to watch US Secretary of Education John King announce this year’s Blue Ribbon Schools via a live webcast. 

Both the recently-retired founding principal Sheila Sydnor (Almanac July 17, 2001) and the new principal Michael Farrell (Almanac July 12, 2016) were there to celebrate the accomplishment, and will attend a Department of Education event in Washington, DC with Dr. Hite in November. 

“I will be thinking of you when we accept the award,” Ms. Sydnor said to the school’s children and staff. “Cherish the moment, roll up your sleeves and continue your journey to academic excellence.”

Mr. Farrell is planning a special Blue Ribbon Day for the school after the DC event. He ended the announcement event with a bang—teachers shot off blue confetti cannons for the children.

The Penn Alexander School opened in 2001 (Almanac October 15, 2002) as the result of a historic partnership among the University of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to build a model university-assisted, public school for West Philadelphia children. Penn’s Graduate School of Education maintains the partnership.

Serving approximately 550 students, Penn Alexander provides high-quality public education through a child-centered, research-based program. The mission of the diverse West Philadelphia school is to “maximize the academic and personal competence of all its students to become successful lifelong learners and productive citizens in a diverse and highly technological society.”

Befitting a leading public-private partnership school, Penn Alexander is named for Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, a trailblazing University of Pennsylvania graduate and a woman of many firsts (Almanac September 3, 2002). True to its namesake, the school was dubbed a City Leader among K-8 schools on the 2014-2015 School Progress Report and continues to enrich and empower diverse young students through a dynamic academic program and vital community ties.

Robert Mauck: Mary Black Ralston Professor for Education and Research in Orthopaedic Surgery

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Robert Mauck

Robert L. Mauck has been named the inaugural Mary Black Ralston Professor for Education and Research in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also a professor of bioengineering and the director of the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania as well as co-director of the Translational Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

The Penn Medicine orthopaedic research program dates back to 1960 and was established as the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in 1979. The Ralston chair was made possible through a bequest by Dr. Edgar Ralston, chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery from 1960 to 1977 (Almanac January 28, 2003). The gift was made to honor his wife of 59 years, Mary Black Ralston, a longtime volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who also served on its Social Service Committee. The chair is a testament to the Ralstons’ generosity and the significant role the family played in the history and evolution of Penn.

Dr. Mauck’s research program is focused on the engineering and mechanobiology of musculoskeletal tissues, with a particular interest in restoring articular cartilage, the knee meniscus and the intervertebral disc. His work specifically explores why dense connective tissues fail to heal, and how scientists might use this knowledge to develop treatment options to accelerate repair, using biomaterials created in the lab. This area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine requires collaboration across Penn’s schools, institutes and centers.

“A gifted teacher and investigator, Dr. Mauck is the ideal person to direct our orthopaedic research program,” said J. Larry Jameson, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president for the Health System. “His research is truly leading-edge work, and he and his team are revolutionizing the way we will look at joint replacement, transforming repair into regeneration.”

Dr. Mauck earned his PhD in 2003 in biomedical engineering at Columbia University, where he previously obtained a BA in biochemistry as well as a BS and MS in biomedical engineering. After completing postdoctoral studies in 2005 at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Mauck was recruited by the University of Pennsylvania where he has since developed a new research program in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory.

In just the last year, five articles by Dr. Mauck and his team have been published in leading medical and scientific journals, including one in Nature Communications, two in Nature Materials, one in Science Translational Medicine and one in Nature Scientific Reports. He has also published more than 100 articles in the field of orthopaedic tissue engineering and mechanobiology.

Dr. Mauck is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity: November 15

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The Vice Provost for Research, in partnership with the deans, established the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity to encourage a broad spectrum of candidates to pursue research careers in academia.

Now in its sixth year, the program seeks to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to the University’s academic mission. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at Penn.

Fellows receive a stipend of $50,000 in year 1, with $2,000 increments in years 2 and 3, as well as annual allowances for travel ($2,000) and research ($5,000) and a one-time relocation allowance of $5,000. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits package. Successful candidates will receive highly mentored scholarly and research training, as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills.

The application deadline is November 15, 2016. Complete details about the program can be found at:


Herbert Blough, Ophthalmology

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Herbert Blough

Herbert Allen Blough, a former Penn professor of ophthalmology, died on September 14 at the age of 86.

Dr. Blough was born in Philadelphia on December 18, 1929. He received a BS from Pennsylvania State University, an MD from Chicago Medical School and a PhD from Cambridge University in England. He married Racelle Miller in 1954 in Chicago.

Dr. Blough spent his career as a medical doctor and research scientist. He joined Penn as an assistant professor of microbiology in 1963 and became an associate professor of ophthalmology in 1970. He was appointed a postdoctoral fellowship from 1971-1972. He retired in 1992 and became professor emeritus in 1999. In addition to his work at Penn, he also worked with Nobel prize winner Luc Montagnier at Institute Pasteur in Paris, France, during the start of the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Blough devoted his life to helping others and finding a cure for AIDS and other infectious diseases.

Dr. Blough was named Outstanding Alumnus from Chicago Medical School, and he was the keynote speaker at the AIDS Conference at the Medical College in Florence, Italy in 1981. He was also an officer in the United States Navy with the rank of captain and served in the Gulf War.

Dr. Blough is survived by his wife, Racelle Blough; daughters, Linda Shuffman, C’79 and husband David, and Beth Blough, C’83, SW’84; his sons, Colin Blough and wife Kathy Barnes, and Lawrence Blough and wife Alison Moore; grandsons, Matthew Blough, Douglas Shuffman, Craig Blough and Noah Brown; granddaughters, Carey Shuffman, C’12 and Josephine Blough; brother-in-law, Barry Litwin and wife Barbara; and sister-in-law, Merrice Spielman.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,

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Ari Frosch, Penn Medical Student

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Ari Frosch, a second-year medical student in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, died on September 22 in Newton, Massachusetts. He was 26 years old and had been home on a leave of absence from his medical studies.

Mr. Frosch earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 2012. Before enrolling at Penn, he did post-baccalaureate work at Bryn Mawr and worked at the National Cancer Institute. He spoke fluent Spanish and had worked in Mexico and volunteered at Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latino community. He loved rock climbing and also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Frosch was part of a Penn family: his brother, Zach, graduated from the Perelman School of Medicine in 2014 and their father,  James, earned his medical degree from Penn in 1976.

Robert P. Kuniewicz, Biology

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Robert Kuniewicz

Robert P. Kuniewicz, a resident of Haddonfield, New Jersey, died on June 20 at age 80.

Mr. Kuniewicz worked in Penn’s biology department for over 40 years. He received a BA from Penn in 1963.

After working as a research assistant and a teaching assistant during his time as a  Penn student, he joined full-time as a research specialist II in 1972. He became a coordinator/instructor for the biology laboratories in 1988. In 2002, he became administrative assistant in the biology academic office, a position he held until his retirement in 2013.

During his time at Penn, Mr. Kuniewicz developed many new lab modules and published four laboratory course manuals. He also edited the biology department’s alumni newsletter, organized the annual Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Biology and promoted biology and Penn to visiting high school students and parents.

Mr. Kuniewicz was the official scientific historian of the biology department and established the Edward Drinker Cope Society, an informal intellectual and social gathering of biology faculty named after a Penn paleontologist and featuring discussions and unique awards.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, Nu’70  G’87; two daughters, Alexia Gottschalch, C’93 (Christian) and Tegan Crouch (Gantt); and five grandchildren, John Alexander Gottschalch, Philip James Gottschalch, Finley Augustin Crouch, Callie Crouch and Chesney Crouch.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Kuniewicz’s memory may be made to Penn at


University Council Agenda

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University Council Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 4 p.m.
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

I. Announcement of the Appointment of a Moderator. 1 minute

II. Announcement of the Appointment of a Parliamentarian. 1 minute

III. Approval of the Minutes of April 20, 2016. 1 minute

IV. Follow-up Comments on Status Reports. 5 minutes

V. Presentation and Scheduling of Focus Issues for University Council for the Academic Year. 5 minutes

VI. Presentation of Council Committee Charges. 10 minutes

VII. Announcement of Open Forum Sessions. 5 minutes

VIII. Discussion of the Programs Planned for the 2016-2017 Academic Theme Year: The Year of Media. 15 minutes

IX. New Business. 2 minutes

X. Adjournment.


Janet A. Deatrick: Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award

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Janet Deatrick

Penn Nursing recently announced Janet A. Deatrick, professor emerita of nursing and formerly the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practice and director of the Center for Health Equity Research at Penn Nursing, will receive the Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award. The biennial award honors the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third dean, exemplified. It is given to a Penn Nursing faculty member, or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program, who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship.

Dr. Deatrick is internationally known for her contributions to the science of family caregiving. Her groundbreaking research pioneered the use of innovative qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches to better understand how families integrate the care of youth who have serious chronic conditions and who have survived brain tumors. She and her research partners at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia discovered that families who integrate the care of their children into ongoing family life have better outcomes than those whose family life focuses on the condition. Their Family Management Styles Framework is used throughout the world to guide family research and has been adapted for use across the life span for a variety of health conditions. The Family Management Measure has been translated into 10 languages.

Dr. Deatrick’s research has focused on a family-centered approach to care that supports family management and encompasses family strengths through provider-family partnerships. Her work was a catalyst to the development of family nursing and to the standards of clinical care for vulnerable families and their children. She has published 125 peer-reviewed articles in 46 different journals and in 16 book chapters.

Dr. Deatrick will deliver a lecture on the science of family caregiving at 3 p.m. on October 26 in Claire Fagin Hall. For more information or to RSVP, visit

David Hollenberg: Master Builders’ Award

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David Hollenberg

The Carpenter’s Company of the City and County of Philadelphia has chosen David A. Hollenberg, GAr’75, as the recipient of its Master Builders’ Award. Mr. Hollenberg has been the university architect for University of Pennsylvania since 2006 and is also an adjunct professor at PennDesign.

He will be honored at the Master Builders’ Award Gala, “A Night at the Museum — Where Art Meets Architecture” on October 29 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Carpenters’ Company’s Master Builders’ Award honors leadership and recognizes organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the construction industry.

Ed. Note: See here, for information about an upcoming talk Mr. Hollenberg will give on Thursday.

Jordan Fairman, Enoch Kraycik and Benjamin Luksic: Commonwealth One Health Scholarships

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Penn Vet has announced three first-year recipients of its Commonwealth One Health Scholarship, which provides a full tuition subsidy for four years at Penn Vet. The Class of 2020 recipients—all of whom are from Pennsylvania—are Jordan Fairman, from Dubois; Enoch Kraycik, from Bethlehem; and Benjamin Luksic, from Bernville.

“Penn Vet recognizes the important role of veterinarians in production agriculture, especially here in Pennsylvania,” said Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “The Commonwealth One Health Scholarship helps us attract the best and brightest to Penn Vet. The scholarship also helps us in our mission to train the next generation of large animal veterinarians, allowing them to follow their dreams of serving farmers without concerns about educational debt.”

Ms. Fairman received an undergraduate degree in animal science from Penn State University this year and is interested in food animal medicine and research in reproductive biology, particularly dairy reproduction.

Mr. Kraycik received a BS in biology from Delaware Valley College in 2013 and plans to pursue a career in livestock medicine, specifically dairy and swine.

Mr. Luksic received a BS in animal science from Penn State University in 2016 and is interested primarily in dairy, poultry and small ruminants.

Ernest Madu: Global Health Champion Award

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Ernest Madu

The Center for Global Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania honored Ernest Madu, chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, with its first annual Global Health Champion Award. Dr. Madu was presented with the award on September 15.

Dr. Madu is an internationally recognized authority on cardiovascular medicine and innovative health care solutions. He has led multiple transformational health care projects that bridge gaps in access to quality health care delivery in Africa and the Caribbean.

“We are thrilled to bestow Madu with our inaugural Global Health Champion award,” said Glen Gaulton, vice dean and director of Global Health in the Perelman School of Medicine. “Madu’s commitment to health care quality and access is truly remarkable. His tremendous achievements in global health serve as an inspiration to our students and faculty as we continue to build upon our mission to advance worldwide health equity through enhanced awareness and access to care.”

Dr. Madu founded the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) in Kingston, Jamaica in 2005. The revolutionary health clinic serves as the center of excellence for cardiovascular diseases, occupational health, diabetes care and general internal medicine in the West Indies.

“This award is a true honor and signifies the increased efforts from the global health community to prioritize non-communicable diseases,” Dr. Madu said. “Today, cardiovascular disease is second only to HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa. I look forward to a continued partnership with the Penn Center for Global Health to combat this growing epidemic and help improve the health and lives of people in need around the world.”

Dr. Madu has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and was most recently awarded the fellowship of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Madu is also the Managing Partner of IHS Group, Nashville.

Penn Museum, Ryan Hospital: Best of Philly 2016

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Penn Museum and University of Pennsylvania Ryan Veterinary Hospital have been listed among Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly 2016 winners. The Museum was recognized with the museum award for “Best Fun for History Nerds.” Ryan Veterinary Hospital was chosen for “Best Emergency Vet.” The Best of Philly list is published each August.

Penn: High Rankings Among Schools for Women Founders

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University of Pennsylvania is tied for second place in a ranking of schools that have graduated the most venture capital-backed female entrepreneurs out of the top 20 schools for women founders.

In a study conducted by PitchBook, a venture capital and private equity research firm, Penn and UC Berkeley both produced 104 venture capital-backed female entrepreneurs. Stanford University took first place with 125 graduates.

Among graduate business schools, Penn’s Wharton School took the fourth-place slot with 63 venture capital-backed female entrepreneurs.

Companies that qualify for inclusion must have at least one female founder who is an alumna of the school’s undergraduate or MBA program.

Inn at Penn: Four Diamond Award

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For the 16th consecutive year, the Hilton Inn at Penn has received the four-diamond award from the American Automobile Association (AAA). The status associated with the four-diamond award offers travelers the confidence that a hotel features upscale attributes, extensive amenities and superior hospitality, as well as attention to detail. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels approved by AAA, only 5.75% have achieved the four-diamond rating.


Twenty-Five Year Club: New Members for 2016

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Since 1956, Penn has celebrated a rite of passage each year for faculty and staff of all ranks who meet only one common requisite: they have been members of the University community for 25 years. Another 174 new members crossed the 25-year mark in 2016 and will be welcomed at the University of Pennsylvania annual 25 Year Club celebration on October 6.

As a reminder to new and current members who have not already done so, please register here:

At the 25 Year Club Annual Lecture—preceding the October 6 celebration— University Architect David Hollenberg will give a talk on the evolving Penn campus in the lecture Penn Transformed: The Last Ten Years and What’s to Come. Mr. Hollenberg’s talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of Houston Hall in the Class of ’49 Auditorium and is open to the Penn community. His lecture is sponsored by the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).

New Bolton Center will have a separate celebration on October 19.

Twenty-Five Year Club: New Members for 2016

Michelle Albright, University Laboratory Animal Resources, Provost’s Center

Dr. Tajmah Assefi-Shirazi, Penn Language Center, SAS

Dr. Linda J. Bagley, Radiology, HUP

Dr. Elizabeth E Bailey, Business & Public Policy, Wharton School

Dr. Laura J. Balcer, Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Philip Lee Ballard, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Roberta A. Ballard, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Joyce A. Barnett-Morgan, Information Technology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Kurt Barnhart, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

Broderick S. Barnville, Housekeeping, FRES

Lajuna B. Bass, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Marie Bellini, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Douglas C. Bigelow, Otorhinolaryngology, HUP

Dr. George E. Biron, Endodontics, School of Dental Medicine

Sharon Black, Annenberg School for Communication Library, University Libraries

Dr. Jonathan Block, Mathematics, SAS

Dr. Toni Bowers, English, SAS

William D. Branan, Applications & Information Services, Information Systems & Computing

Rebecca Brooks, Dining Services, Business Services

Silvana C. Burgese, Law School

James Cackovich, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Donald A. Calcagni, Facilities and Events Management, Vice Provost for University Life

Celestine Tyree Campbell, University Laboratory Animal Resources

Frank Campbell, Biomedical Library, University Libraries

Marion Campbell, Administrative Systems Project Office, Information Systems & Computing

Virginia Carr, Gene Therapy Program, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Margret Casal, Clinical Studies-Philadelphia, School of Veterinary Medicine

Michelle A. Cavallaro, Medical Ethics, Perelman School of Medicine

Ernesto Chieffo, Information Systems & Computing

Dr. Cindy Christian, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Michael D. Cirigliano, General Internal Medicine, HUP

Marianne Contino, Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine

Aaron P. Cook, Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Valerie T. Cotter, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Dr. George Coukos, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

David R. Dager, Penn Police, Division of Public Safety

Susan M. Day, Cardiovascular Institute, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. William F. DeGrado, Biochemistry and Biophysics, Perelman School of Medicine

Abby Dipietro, Psychiatry Business Office, Perelman School of Medicine

Allen Downing, University Laboratory Animal Resources, Provost’s Center

Dr. Gary Dubin, Infectious Diseases, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Lillian E. Duda, Clinical Studies, School of Veterinary Medicine

James W. Effrece, Student Health Services

Dr. John T. Farrar, Epidemiology Division, HUP

Carmen Favano, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Carolyn Ann Felix, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Kim A. Fersner, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Office of Animal Welfare

Dr. Stuart L. Fine, Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine

Danielle Fiore, Addictions HIV-AIDS Prevention Research, Perelman School of Medicine

Shawn Flack, Office of the General Counsel

Richard F. Gardner, Housekeeping, FRES

Rose Giardine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Joan I. Gluch, Community Oral Health, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Stephen M. Goldman, Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine

Timothy R. Grogan, Trades, FRES

Diane Harvey, Executive MBA, Wharton School

Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein, Germanic Languages and Literatures, SAS

Anthony Henry, Financial Aid, Law School

Dr. Richard W. Hole, Jr., Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Erika Holzbaur-Howland, Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Michael R. Hugel, External Affairs, Wharton School

Samuel M. Hughes, Pennsylvania Gazette, Development & Alumni Relations

Raymond J. Incmikoski, Addictions, Perelman School of Medicine

Christopher D. Ittner, Accounting, Wharton School

Lorenzo Jackson, Housekeeping, FRES

Tracey M. Jackson, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Mariell Jessup, Cardiovascular Medicine, HUP and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Michelle T. Jester, President’s Office, President’s Center

Dr. Charles L. Kane, Physics and Astronomy, SAS

Leo Katz, Law School

Dr. David W. Kennedy, Otorhinolaryngology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Constance M. Killian, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Syngcuk Kim, Endodontics, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Stephen E. Kimmel, Cardiovascular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Rakesh K. Kohli, Chemistry, SAS

Dr. Harold Kolansky, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Samuel I. Kratchman, Endodontics, School of Dental Medicine

Gloria G. Kropiewnicki, Student Financial Services, Division of Finance

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Janet L. Lind, Application & Information Services, Information Systems & Computing

Dr. Robert P. Liss, Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute

Dr. Ronald A. Lohner, Surgery Administration, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Gordon Low, Statistics, Wharton School

Dr. Kevin Patrick Lucas, Orthodontics, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Selina Luger, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Ian Steven Lustick, Political Science, SAS

Dr. Mamle Mante, Preventive and Restorative Sciences, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Samuel Matej, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Niel McDowell, College of Arts and Sciences, SAS

Grover Mckenzie III, Library Technology Services, University Libraries

Dr. Judith Mclean, Biological Basis of Behavior, SAS

John Milano, Trades, FRES

Dr. Paul J. Moberg, Neuropsychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Constance L. Mood, Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, University Libraries

Dr. Zissimos Mourelatos, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, HUP

Sarah A. Nachmias, Computing, SAS

Lauris Olson, Social Sciences Collections, University Libraries

Dr. Donald M. O’Rourke, Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Eric W. Orts, Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management, Wharton School

Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Antoinette Oteri, Nursing Academic Affairs, School of Nursing

Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, Clinical Studies-Philadelphia, School of Veterinary Medicine Working Dog Center

Frances Mary Pack, Center for Sleep, Perelman School of Medicine

Eugenia Pagan, Housekeeping, FRES

James Alan Palka, Project Management, FRES

Walter D. Palmer, Social Policy & Practice

Joseph R. Passante, Industrial Hygiene Programs, Environmental Health & Radiation Safety

Dr. Peter C. Phillips, Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Stephen R. Phillips, Curatorial Research, University Museum

Anna Pietraszko, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Michael V. Pimsner, Mathematics, SAS

Dr. David Pollack, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel E. Polsky, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, Wharton School

Elaine Prescott, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. George Preti, Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Amy A. Pruitt, Neurology, HUP

Beth C. Quigley, Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Dr. Kristine Lynn Rabberman, Professional and Liberal Education, SAS

William G. Ramirez, Tech Services-Network Operations, Information Systems & Computing

Gwendolyn Rankin, External Dining, Business Services

Dr. Frank J. Rauscher, III, Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

Colleen Reardon, Strategic Sourcing and Sustainability, Penn Purchasing Services

Dr. Therese Richmond, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Kim Harris Ridley, Executive Education, Wharton School

Dr. Harold C. Riethman, Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Susan Roth, Radiology, HUP

Rosalyn Corvette Rucker, Pharmacology, Translational Research Center

Michael C. Schnur, Men’s Swimming Team, Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Dr. Seth Schulman, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. David B. Searls, Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

Daisy L. Serrano, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Shahnaz Shahinfar, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Judy A. Shea, General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dennis P. Shinners, Immunization/Insurance Compliance, Student Health Services

Dr. Eileen Shore, Orthopaedic Surgery Research, Perelman School of Medicine

Julie A. Shuttleworth, Administrative Affairs, Provost’s Office

Dr. Maury Silver, Psychology, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, SAS

Dr. Frank E. Silvestry, Cardiovascular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine and Penn Cardiac Care, Radnor

Susan Small, Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Donna Smith, Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine

Iren Sokolova, Logistics & Access Services, University Libraries

Dr. Hee Kwon Song, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Michael C. Soulen, Interventional Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Nancy B. Spinner, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Bethany E. Staley, Center for Sleep, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Michael E. Sulewski, Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute

Dr. Harold E. Sweetman, Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Leonor Garcia Tendido, Graduate School of Education

Lillian E. Thomas, Moore Business Offices, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Neal K. Thomsen, Clinical Studies-New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Stephen J. Tinney, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, SAS

Dr. Vladislav T. Todorov, Slavic Languages and Literature, SAS

Charles Dana Tomlin, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, PennDesign

Mike Trout, Tech Services-Network Operations, Information Systems & Computing

Dr. Bruce I. Turetsky, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Katherine Marie Urban, Professional Development, Development & Alumni Relations

Dr. David J. Vaughn, Hematology/Oncology, HUP

Dr. Yuri I. Veklich, Cell and Development Biology, Perelman School of Medicine

Lynette M. Vessels, Schoenberg Center, University Libraries

Patricia A. Volpe, Payroll, Cancer Center

Stephanie F. Waldman, Hematology/Oncology Office, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Robert M. Weinrieb, Psychiatry, HUP

Dr. Gregory S. Weinstein, Otorhinolaryngology, HUP

Dr. Susan P. Weinstein, Radiology, HUP

Marion Weiss, Architecture, PennDesign

Dr. Stuart J. Weiss, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, HUP and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Bonny Wilson West, Graduate Admissions, Wharton School

Abigail Whittington, Office of Academic Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Theresa M. Wible, Housekeeping, FRES

Berthilla M. Wiscount, Student Financial Services, Division of Finance

Dr. Elmer Yu, Addictions, HUP

Augustine A. Zampitella, Housekeeping, FRES

Seyed M. A. Zekavat, Pathology, School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Cynthia D. Zubritsky, Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research, Perelman School of Medicine

Voter Registration-Sixteen Timely Tips for 2016

  • October 4, 2016
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The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 11; online until midnight or paper forms must be postmarked by October 11.

• All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check their voter registration status, and remember to re-register if they have moved since the last election.

• PA residents can complete their voter registration online, then check their registration status and locate their particular polling place at

• PA residents can text ‘PA’ to 286-83 (2Vote) and receive all the information on their smartphones. This is a new service that Gov. Wolf started in September 2016.

• Pennsylvania permanent residents—as well as Penn students, both undergraduate and graduate students—are eligible to vote here if they are at least 18 years old by election day, have been a US citizen for at least one month and have lived in Pennsylvania and their election district for at least 30 days.

• Anyone who voted at Hill College House last year and is living in the same location as they were last year will be voting in Penn’s new polling location, the DiLorenzo Lounge in The ARCH building, at 3601 Locust Walk.

• If you voted in Hill College House four years ago and now live elsewhere, you should double check your voter registration status and make sure that you are registered under your new address. The same goes for anyone who is unsure of where to vote.

•Voters only need to show identification if it is their first time voting or if they have never voted at that location before.

• No documentation is needed to register with a PA address. People who are originally from out-of-state who are now registering with a PA address just need to check ‘change of address’ on their voter registration form, and complete the form as usual.

• If you’re a resident of Washington, DC, you can either vote with an absentee ballot, which can be found at, or you can change your current address to vote in Philadelphia.

• Once you have registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name, or political party affiliation.

Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV) is a student-run, nonpartisan, voter mobilization effort at the University of Pennsylvania. It is dedicated to increasing the number of registered students and encouraging them to go to the polls on Election Day. PLTV further institutionalizes a voting culture on campus by saturating campus with registration forms, reaching out to students through social media, staffing the on-campus polling locations, and decorating campus for Election Day; for more information see

• If you are a registered voter in Pennsylvania, your polling place will appear on your confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office. You can also locate your polling place online or check the list below.

• For more information contact Penn’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at

• All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license
  • PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the US Government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID (PennCard)
  • Employee ID (PennCard)

If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address. 

• In order to vote on election day, you must be registered and go to the correct polling place. If you live off-campus, check out PA Department of State’s voter database,

Penn Polling Places

Vote @ Penn Center for Rehabilitation & Care, 3609 Chestnut Street

The Axis
Chestnut Hall
Domus Apartments
Hamilton Court
The Radian
The Hub
King’s Court English House 
Sansom East  
Sansom West
Kappa Alpha Theta
Lambda Chi Alpha
Kappa Alpha Society
Sigma Delta Tau 
Sigma Nu 
Sigma Alpha Mu 
Tau Epsilon Phi

Vote @ Vance Hall, 3733 Spruce Street

Rodin College House 
DuBois College House
Psi Upsilon
Phi Gamma Delta 
Delta Phi 
Delta Psi
Phi Delta Theta 
Kappa Sigma
Kappa Alpha Society 
Sigma Chi 
Alpha Tau Omega

Vote @ The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 

The Left Bank
New College House
Hill College House 
(residents from last year)
Alpha Chi Rho  
Zeta Psi

Vote @ Harrison College House, 3910 Irving Street 

Gregory College House
Harrison College House

Vote @ Harnwell College House, 3820 Locust Walk 

Harnwell College House
Mayer Hall
Zeta Beta Tau

Vote @ Houston Hall Reading Room, 3417 Spruce Street

The Quad 
Stouffer Hall

Vote @ Civic House, 3914 Locust Walk 

The Woodland Terrace neighborhood 
(Ward 27, Division 5)

Vote @ Walnut West Library, 201 S 40th Street

Beta Theta Pi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
Pi Lambda Phi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Chi Omega 
Sigma Kappa 
Phi Kappa Psi
Delta Kappa Epsilon 
Alpha Sigma Phi 
Delta Delta Delta 
Alpha Delta Pi 
Sigma Phi Epsilon

Vote @ Robeson High School, 4125 Ludlow Street 

Alpha Phi  
Zata Tau Alpha

• In Pennsylvania, all polls are open on Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered voters who are in line at their polling place by 8 p.m. are allowed to vote.


Update: October AT PENN

  • October 4, 2016
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11 Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology; Doug Hill, author; 6:30 p.m.; Penn Book Center (Penn Book Center).


6    From Moral Concern to Moral Constraint: the Next Frontier of Neuroethics; Fiery Cushman, Harvard; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 240A, Silverman Hall; RSVP: (Neuroscience & Society).


AT PENN Deadlines:

The October AT PENN calendar is here. The deadline for the November AT PENN Calendar is October 11.

Info. is on the sponsoring department’s website; sponsors are in parentheses. For locations, call (215) 898-5000 or see


Related: University of Pennsylvania Employee Resource Fair: October 5

Related: Language is Culture: Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Films Series Kicks Off: October 9

Related: Penn Faculty & Staff Night at The Plough and the Stars: October 13

Related: Marian Anderson on the World Stage at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

Related: Small Abstractions at the Burrison

Small Abstractions at the Burrison

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Small Abstractions, oil paintings by Kathleen Shaver (see left) are now on display at The Burrison Gallery through October 26. Ms. Shaver aims to capture the mysterious, inexpressible aspects of human existence in paint. She hopes others grasp a revealed meaning and are enriched through her work. Kathleen Shaver is a graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She studied painting at the Moore College of Art & Design and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).

Her works have been included in exhibits at numerous museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA, the Woodmere Art Museum and the Michener Museum.  In 2011 she completed a permanent installation of 27 paintings, The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art, at Penn’s School of Nursing.

Marian Anderson on the World Stage at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

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Marian Anderson (1897-1993) was a Philadelphia born American singer, whose most famous performances took place in the United States—notably, her 1939 open-air concert in Washington, DC, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She also performed in nearly two dozen countries across the globe. She enjoyed world travel and found that some of her most appreciative audiences were outside the US.

The exhibit, Marian Anderson on the World Stage is now on display in the Marian Anderson Gallery on the fourth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. It presents photographs and memorabilia documenting her travels abroad, which spanned nearly 35 years of her long career. All materials are taken from the Marian Anderson Collection in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

(left) Marian Anderson and Franz Rupp. Japan, 1953.

Penn Faculty & Staff Night at The Plough and the Stars: October 13

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Annenberg Center Live invites Penn faculty and staff to a special night at the theatre on Thursday, October 13 for the Penn Faculty and Staff Night at The Plough and the Stars. Direct from Ireland’s famed Abbey Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings a new perspective to this provocative play about ordinary lives ripped apart during the Irish revolution of 1916. Ticketholders will enjoy a pre-show reception at 5:30 p.m. preceding the 7 p.m. performance. Visit or call (215) 898-3900 to purchase tickets; use code PENNPLOUGH to save 30%.

Language is Culture: Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Films Series Kicks Off: October 9

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(from left to right) Shown are scenes from Quechua: The Fading Inca Language (2010)—presented November 13; Chinese Restaurants: Canadian Plains (2005)—presented October 9; The Deadly Ponies Gang (2013)—presented December 11—all at the Penn Museum.


Our language and our culture are deeply intertwined, so much so that some may say language is culture. How is that? This fall through spring, the Penn Museum’s Second Sunday Culture Films Series explores aspects of translation, accents, culture and language through a range of documentaries that connect with extraordinary people and diverse locales around the world: from a Chinese-owned diner in the Canadian Plains to hip hop culture in New Zealand to Korean children at a school for the deaf in California. The Language is Culture series is co-sponsored by the 2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation:

Language is Culture films run the second Sunday of each month, from October through March (no January program). Each film or set of short films is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities and followed by open discussion. All programs, free with Penn Museum admission donation, begin at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Rainey Auditorium.

October 9: Chinese American Culture Program
Chinese Restaurants: Canadian Plains (2005)—Director Cheuk Kwan (27 min, Canada) 
The charming and gregarious Jim Kook became fluent in the language and culture of the plains of Canada in the process making himself essential to the life of the town of Outlook, Saskatchewan. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan is in attendance at this program, introduced by Josephine Park, Penn professor of English & Asian American studies.

University of Pennsylvania Employee Resource Fair: October 5

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This year’s University of Pennsylvania Employee Resource Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from noon-1:30 p.m., in Houston Hall’s Hall of Flags and Bistro.

Organized by Penn’s Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly and the Penn Professional Staff Assembly, in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and the Division of Human Resources, the annual event is open to all Penn staff.


Weekly Crime Reports

  • October 4, 2016
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The University of Pennsylvania Police Department Community Crime Report

About the Crime Report: Below are all Crimes Against Persons, Property and Crimes Against Society from the campus report for September 19-25, 2016. View prior weeks' reports. —Ed.

This summary is prepared by the Division of Public Safety and includes all criminal incidents reported and made known to the University Police Department between the dates ofSeptember 19-25, 2016. The University Police actively patrol from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue and from the Schuylkill River to 43rd Street in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police. In this effort to provide you with a thorough and accurate report on public safety concerns, we hope that your increased awareness will lessen the opportunity for crime. For any concerns or suggestions regarding this report, please call the Division of Public Safety at (215) 898-4482.


9:00 AM

3400 Spruce St


Laptop and DVD writer taken


9:47 AM

2929 Walnut St


Attempt fraud


5:04 PM

4000 Irving St


Complainant assaulted and cell phone taken/3 arrests made


1:29 PM

3300 Market St

Auto Theft

Vehicle taken


8:05 AM

51 N 39th St


Female wanted for scofflaw/Arrest


9:30 AM

3900 Chestnut St


Unauthorized charges made on credit card


2:00 PM

3900 Chestnut St


Seat taken from bike


4:04 PM

3900 Walnut St


Grill taken from backyard


6:45 PM

3400 Chestnut St

Sex offense



6:53 PM

4200 Spruce St

Other offense

Unauthorized male in building/Arrest


1:01 PM

3400 Spruce St


Cell phone taken


1:27 PM

140 S 36th St

Other assault

Threatening messages received


1:55 PM

3400 Spruce St


Purse and contents taken


1:43 AM

3200 Market St

Auto Theft

Vehicle taken from highway


9:55 AM

3700 Hamilton Walk


Window screens taken


1:18 PM

3737 Market St

Other offense

Complainant threatened by patient


11:38 AM

4200 Chestnut St

Other offense

Male wanted on warrant/Arrest


12:22 PM

3744 Spruce St


Complainant struck by ex-employee


12:24 AM

3700 Spruce St


Intoxicated male drove into subway


1:49 AM

3900 Spruce St


Male grabbed complainant’s phone/Arrest


9:24 AM

4000 Spruce St


Male attempted to take complainant’s phone


3:31 PM

3421 Chestnut St


Counterfeit bills received


5:08 PM

3100 Walnut St


Various property taken


6:18 PM

3800 Locust Walk


Secured bike taken


18th District Report

Below are the Crimes Against Persons from the 18th District: 11 incidents with 4 arrests (6 robberies, 3 assaults, 1 indecent assault and 1 domestic assault) were reported between September 19-25, 2016 by the 18th District covering the Schuylkill River to 49th Street & Market Street to Woodland Avenue.



6:20 PM

4043 Walnut St



12:30 PM

3411 Chestnut St

Indecent Assault


5:08 PM

41st and Locust Sts



2:22 PM

4709 Sansom St



11:26 PM

1243 S 47th St



11:19 PM

45th and Pine Sts



9:48 PM

4800 Hazel Ave



12:25 PM

3744 Spruce St



10:46 PM

4600 Sansom St



2:41 AM

3942 Spruce St



10:53 PM

241 S 47th St

Domestic Assault/Arrest


One Step Ahead: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

  • October 4, 2016
  • vol 63 issue 8
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Another tip in a series provided by the Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Stop by the Information Security table at the Employee Resource Fair on Wednesday, October 5 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, for more information about resources available to you.

During the Employee Resource Fair you will have the opportunity to bring personal papers to be shredded by DocuVault. Shredding your confidential personal papers that are no longer needed is one way to reduce your risk of identity theft. Another Penn vendor, Gigabiter, will also be on hand to securely dispose of personally owned computer hard drives and consumer electronics such as old TVs and monitors. These services will be made available to Penn employees at no charge during the Employee Resource Fair.

In addition to protecting your personal information by shredding  personal papers or securely disposing of hard drives, you should also consider other steps to protect your personal electronic data.

The University provides the following resources that you can use to protect your personal electronic data: The University’s supported anti-virus product, Symantec Endpoint Protection, is available for both MacOS and Windows at no cost. LastPass Premium, a password manager, is also available at no cost for desktop computers and mobile devices. LastPass Premium allows you to securely store, create and use complex, unique passwords. 

To learn more about these products:

Symantec Endpoint Protection:

LastPass Premium:


For additional tips, see the One Step Ahead link on the Information Security website:

Penn’s Way 2017 Raffle Prizes Week 2 (10/7 drawing)

  • October 4, 2016
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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University & Thermo Fisher Scientific: Two admission passes and a $50 gift certificate to Cheesecake Factory, value: $81

Philadelphia Theater Company: Two tickets, value: $100

Thermo Fisher Scientific: iTunes gift card, value: $50

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Shell Oil Company gas card, value: $50

QVC: Five-guest studio tour, value: $60

High Street Hospitality: Dinner for two at Fork, value: $100

* Drawing dates are estimated; actual drawings take place upon the notification from Payroll that all data has been entered from prior week.  Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday for inclusion in a given week’s drawing.

Q: Will my contribution via payroll deduction occur pre- or post-tax? 
All contributions made via payroll deduction will be deducted after taxes.

Q: How do I appropriately deduct my Penn’s Way 2017 contribution from my taxes?
 Penn’s Way 2017 contributions made via payroll deduction will occur in 2017 and should, therefore, be considered deductions for your 2017 taxes. Please consult your accountant or tax advisor regarding contributions made via cash, check or credit card.