Herbert Hovenkamp: 21st PIK University Professor
Herbert Hovenkamp has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 21st Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 2. The announcement was made on June 14 by Penn President Amy Gutmann and then-Provost Vincent Price.
A world-renowned scholar of antitrust law and policy, Dr. Hovenkamp is now the James G. Dinan University Professor, with joint faculty appointments in the Penn Law School and in the department of legal studies and business ethics at Penn’s Wharton School.
“Herb Hovenkamp is an exceptionally influential scholar of international renown who brings wide-ranging expertise at the intersection of law and business to Penn,” said President Gutmann. “He is a prolific, highly-cited author whose work informs key decisions in antitrust law and policy. His unique command of complex issues at the global interaction of law, business, patents and innovation will bolster Penn’s acknowledged leadership in these areas, presenting wonderful new opportunities to foster collaboration and integrate knowledge across disciplines. Professor Hovenkamp epitomizes the uniquely collaborative and multidisciplinary skill sets of our PIK professors, and we are thrilled he is joining Penn’s eminent faculty.”
Called “the dean of American antitrust law” by The New York Times in 2011, Dr. Hovenkamp received the John Sherman Award from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in 2008, awarded a few times a decade for “outstanding achievement in antitrust law, contributing to the protection of American consumers and to the preservation of economic liberty.” He has been the Ben and Dorothy Willie Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he has taught since 1986, and is coauthor of the landmark 21-volume Antitrust Law, which has been cited more than 50 times by the Supreme Court and more than 1,000 times by federal courts.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Hovenkamp has been a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies at Harvard Law School, Presidential Lecturer at the University of Iowa and the recipient of the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award. Among more than 100 articles and a dozen books, his Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937 (Harvard University Press, 1991) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association, and Science and Religion in America, 1800-1860 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978) received the Choice Award. He earned a JD, PhD in American civilization and MA in American literature from the University of Texas following a BA from Calvin College and taught from 1980 to 1985 at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
“Herb Hovenkamp will be a tremendous catalyst for our eminence in antitrust and patent law,” Dr. Price said. “He is not only a globally acclaimed scholar but also a renowned teacher and mentor. I am confident that his expertise will have a major impact on our students in law, in business and across the University.”
The Penn Integrates Knowledge program was launched by President Gutmann in 2005 as a University-wide initiative to recruit exceptional faculty members whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge across disciplines and who are appointed in at least two schools at Penn.
The James G. Dinan University Professorship is the gift of James G. Dinan, a 1981 graduate of Penn’s Wharton School. Mr. Dinan founded York Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm in September 1991 and is the chairman, the chief executive officer and a managing partner of the firm. He is a University trustee and a member of the Wharton Board of Overseers.
Paul Sniegowski: Dean of the College
Steven J. Fluharty, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences announced the appointment of Paul Sniegowski, professor of biology, as the Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, effective July 1.
“A distinguished evolutionary biologist and award-winning teacher, Paul has demonstrated a deep commitment to excellence in liberal arts education and to student well-being that positions him well to lead our undergraduate programs,” said Dr. Fluharty.
Dr. Sniegowki’s research on population and evolutionary genetics has been widely published in top journals and supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. He is also dedicated to public outreach on the implications of evolution and how it is taught.
Any look at his involvement in undergraduate education begins with his own teaching, which is hailed by students and faculty alike for its rigor and clarity but also his personal attention to students, whether in large lecture courses, in small seminars, or as a research mentor. He was recognized in 2005 with the School’s highest teaching honor, the Ira H. Abrams Award, and has twice won the department of biology’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Sniegowki’s thoughtful engagement on undergraduate matters has long made him sought after for roles around academic and student policy. From 2012 to 2016 he chaired the School’s Committee on Undergraduate Education; he has also chaired the Faculty Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy, served on the faculty advisory boards of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning, and chaired the SAS Teaching Awards Committee. Since 2011 he has served as the disciplinary hearing officer for the University’s Office of Student Conduct and Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer.
He has spent his entire faculty career, since 1997, at Penn. He is a member of the graduate groups in biology (which he chaired from 2005 to 2011), genomics and computational biology, and history and sociology of science. He received a bachelor’s degree. in violin performance from the Indiana University School of Music, an master’s degree in biology from Indiana University, and a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Sniegowki succeeds Dennis DeTurck, (Almanac January 11, 2005) who stepped down after 12 years as College Dean. Dr. Fluharty also expressed sincere appreciation to Andrew Binns, former vice provost for education, for his service as interim dean of the College this past semester.
Robert Vonderheide: Director of the Abramson Cancer Center
Robert Vonderheide, an internationally renowned cancer immunotherapy and translational research expert, has been named the new director of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Hanna Wise Professor in Cancer Research at the Perelman School of Medicine, and served as ACC’s associate director for Translational Research and executive director of its Translational Centers of Excellence program. He began his new role on July 1.
“Dr. Vonderheide’s career at Penn has been marked by continuous innovation in areas that were scarcely a possibility in the field when he arrived here in 2001,” said J. Larry Jameson dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and EVP of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System. “At each step, he has executed visionary ideas that have propelled translational research advances and made immunotherapy a crucial prong of the fight against cancer. He is uniquely qualified to lead the search for the next generation of treatments and cures.”
Dr. Vonderheide succeeds Chi Van Dang, who served as the ACC’s director since 2011 and became scientific director of the Ludwig Institute.
The ACC has continuously been designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since 1973, one of 45 such Centers in the United States. It is among the nation’s most highly ranked cancer centers, providing care during more than 230,000 outpatient visits annually, as well as delivering more than 37,000 chemotherapy treatments, over 66,000 radiation treatments and 230 stem cell transplants each year. In 2015, the ACC was rated as “exceptional” during a competitive research funding review, the highest possible rating for an NCI Cancer Center.
The ACC is also home to more than 400 basic, translational and clinical scientists who work in tandem to advance new treatments and cures for cancers of all kinds. With more than 7,500 patients involved in clinical trials, the ACC is home to the largest clinical research enterprise in the Philadelphia region. During the past five years, the ACC has distinguished itself as the nation’s leader for the development of personalized cellular therapies for cancer, and launched several marquee research and clinical care programs. The Basser Center for BRCA, for instance, is the nation’s first center devoted to research on new treatment and prevention options for individuals who carry BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian and other cancers. Experts in the ACC’s Center for Personalized Diagnostics, a joint effort with the department of pathology & laboratory medicine, work to uncover the genetic underpinnings of each patient’s individual tumor through advanced genomic testing, and provide tailored treatment options. And the Center for Precision Surgery, launched in 2016, is pioneering new methods to ensure that rogue cancer cells are able to be detected and removed during surgeries.
“A hallmark of the Abramson Cancer Center is its emphasis on collaboration across disciplines in both research and clinical care—bringing the best of each specialty together to provide patients with the most creative, effective treatment options,” said Ralph Muller, CEO of UPHS. “Dr. Vonderheide has made an important imprint as a strong collaborative leader, both within Penn and through unique research partnerships with other leading cancer centers across the nation, and we are confident these skills will enable him to launch the ACC to even greater achievements.”
Through a focus on novel immunotherapies for pancreatic cancer, melanoma, breast and ovarian cancers, Dr. Vonderheide has mapped new models for speeding translational—or “bench to bedside” research. He has led studies that demonstrated the role of agonist CD40 antibodies as a potential immune therapy for cancer, paving the way to ongoing late-stage clinical trials. His work on innovative vaccine-based approaches for cancer treatment and prevention has been supported by the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and the Basser Center for BRCA. He has also worked closely with collaborators in Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine on projects that have strengthened both human and canine health. Dr. Vonderheide has also served among leaders of an interdisciplinary team which defined a promising therapy employing both radiation and immunotherapy drugs that together mount a vaccine-like attack against cancer cells in patients with advanced melanoma. His research has appeared in Nature, Science, Cell, the New England Journal of Medicine and other leading medical journals.
At Penn, Dr. Vonderheide is also vice chair for research in the division of Hematology-Oncology, and he serves as co-director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Penn, which was founded in April 2016 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker to foster greater collaboration between the country’s cancer centers with the goal of accelerating immunotherapy research (Almanac November 1, 2016). He is also co-leader of the Stand Up to Cancer—Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Convergence Dream Team.
Dr. Vonderheide received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School, as well as Oxford University, where he earned a doctorate in immunology as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in medical oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Maria A. Oquendo: Ruth Meltzer Professorship of Psychiatry and Chair of Department
Maria A. Oquendo has been appointed as the third chairholder of the Ruth Meltzer Professorship of Psychiatry and chair of the department of psychiatry.
Dr. Oquendo is a leader of global eminence with an expertise in the diagnosis, pharmacologic treatment and neurobiology of bipolar disorder and major depression, with special emphases on suicidal behavior and global mental health. In 2003, when issues regarding antidepressants’ potential risk for inducing suicidal behavior first arose, Dr. Oquendo and colleagues were commissioned by the FDA to develop a classification system to examine suicide-related events in the data. This system is endorsed by the FDA and CDC and now used worldwide.
Dr. Oquendo first proposed suicidal behavior should be its own diagnostic category in 2008, and succeeded in adding it to DSM-5’s appendix in 2013. Critically, this conceptualization addresses the fact that suicidal behavior occurs in conditions from schizophrenia to autism, not only as a depressive symptom.
As chair of the department, one of Dr. Oquendo’s several goals is to bolster basic neuroscience research capacity, while also looking to combine efforts with internal medicine, family medicine and Penn Medicine’s Clinical Care Associates to develop a sustainable model for contributing to the mental health of the Penn community and beyond.
Dr. Oquendo is president of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the International Academy of Suicide Research, and past president of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatrists. She is also vice president of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a member of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Advisory Council. She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. She has authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Oquendo has received multiple awards for her work, most recently: honorary member of the Sociedad Colombiana de Psiquiatria Biologica, honorary member of the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatria Biologica, and the Virginia Kneeland Award for Distinguished Women in Medicine from Columbia University. Dr. Oquendo graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and completed her residency training at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The Ruth Meltzer (PAR’61, PAR’63) Professorship was established in 1992 to compliment the Leon Meltzer (W’23, L’26) Professorship of Law and foster the relationship between the department of psychiatry and the School of Law; the aim was to instruct both psychiatrists-in-training and law students in promoting the healthy growth and development of children.
Penn Dental Medicine 2017 Teaching Awards
The Basic Science Award
The Basic Science Award—presented for excellence in teaching within the basic sciences. This year’s recipient is Eric T. Stoopler, D’99, GD’02, associate professor of oral medicine and director of the Postdoctoral Oral Medicine Program. Dr. Stoopler earned both his DMD and certificate in oral medicine at Penn Dental Medicine and has been a member of the faculty since 2002. Dr. Stoopler was course director of Principles of Medicine and is currently course director of Biological Systems VI. He was previously recognized for his teaching with Penn’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013 and the Martin S. Greenberg Teaching Award in Oral Medicine in 2016.
The Robert E. DeRevere Award
The Robert E. DeRevere Award—presented for excellence in preclinical teaching by a part-time faculty member. Robert DeRevere was a member of the Penn Dental Medicine Class of 1945 and served on the School’s faculty. This year’s recipient is Joy Bockstein Abt, D’94, clinical assistant professor of restorative dentistry and course director of fixed prosthodontics. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Abt was assistant professor of restorative dentistry and director of operative dentistry. She returned to the faculty in 2007 as clinical assistant professor and was appointed course director of fixed prosthodontics in 2008. In addition to fixed prosthodontics, Dr. Abt also teaches in the first-year operative dentistry course, second-year complete removable dental prostheses and partial removable dental prostheses courses, and the third- and fourth-year restorative dentistry clinic. In 2012, Dr. Abt was the recipient of Penn Dental Medicine’s Award for Outstanding Service to Students. Dr. Abt also received the Robert E. DeRevere Award in 2013 and 2014.
The Joseph L. T. Appleton Award
The Joseph L. T. Appleton Award—presented to a part-time faculty/staff member for excellence in clinical teaching. This year’s recipient is Marianne Contino. Ms. Contino, a dental hygienist, has been instructing and lecturing students in the School’s predoctoral clinic since 2008, teaching dental hygiene techniques and preventive dental care. This is the second year in a row that she has received the Appleton Award. The Appleton Award is named in honor of Joseph Appleton, a 1914 alumnus of Penn Dental Medicine, who served as dean of the School from 1941 to 1951. The award was founded in 1979 by Dr. Abram Cohen, a member of the Class of 1923 and father of Dean Emeritus D. Walter Cohen, Class of 1950.
The Senior Outstanding Teaching Award
The Senior Outstanding Teaching Award–presented to a faculty/staff member who has gone beyond the scope of his/her responsibilities to significantly impact the class’s education at Penn Dental Medicine. This year’s Award was presented to Art Kofman, C.D.T. quality control coordinator and the Office of Laboratory Affairs supervisor for the clinical labs at the School. Mr. Kofman has been sharing his knowledge and expertise in dental lab work with students as a member of the School’s staff for the past 16 years. Among his responsibilities, he coordinates students’ lab work from the School to commercial laboratories and vice versa, guides dental students in lab-related technical issues and provides hands-on assistance as needed for minor adjustments to dental appliances at a chair-side setting.
The Earle Bank Hoyt Award
The Earle Bank Hoyt Award—presented for excellence in teaching to a faculty member who is a Penn Dental Medicine graduate. The award was established by a grateful patient in honor of Dr. Hoyt, a distinguished clinician and educator and member of the Class of 1918. This year’s recipient is Brian Ford, D’09, M’12, GD’15, instructor in the department of oral & maxillofacial surgery/pharmacology. Dr. Ford completed his DMD and oral surgery training at Penn Dental Medicine, joining the School’s faculty in 2016. Dr. Ford teaches students in the hospital setting as well as in the oral surgery clinic and he is a lecturer in the second year curriculum.
Two Penn Arts & Sciences Faculty: Endowed Chairs
Dean Steven J. Fluharty announced that two new faculty members joined Penn Arts & Sciences in January as endowed chairs. Sophia Rosenfeld has been named the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, and Kathleen D. Morrison the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology and curator of South Asia in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum).
A highly distinguished scholar of Enlightenment France and the Age of Revolutions, Dr. Rosenfeld was previously a professor of history at Yale University. She has published two widely-acclaimed books, Common Sense: A Political History (2011) and A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth Century France (2001), and currently serves as co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History. Dr. Rosenfeld has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, membership in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, the Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship and the American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship.
The late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg received Penn’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1991. He and the late Honorable Leonore Annenberg were both emeritus trustees of the University. The Annenbergs endowed many chairs in Penn Arts & Sciences and made countless generous contributions to the University. They also founded the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 1958.
Dr. Morrison was previously the Neukom Family Professor in Anthropology in the College at the University of Chicago. At Chicago, Dr. Morrison led the Paleoecology Laboratory, which focused on the analysis of human-environment interactions across the later Holocene, and also served as director of the Center for International Studies, the South Asia Language and Area Center, and the Anthropology Department.
One of the world’s premiere archaeologists, Dr. Morrison’s research is focused on governing regimes, agricultural development, and their environmental impacts in the Deccan Plateau of South India. Her books include Daroji Valley: Landscape History, Place, and the Making of a Dryland Reservoir System (2009), The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey (2007) and Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification (1995).
The Shoemakers established this professorship in 1989 in recognition of their strong commitment to the liberal arts at Penn and Sally Shoemaker’s service to the Penn Museum. Al Shoemaker, W’60, HON’95, has served Penn as a member and chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. In 1994, he received Penn’s Alumni Award of Merit.
Kelly Jordan-Sciutto: PSOM Associate Dean for Grad Ed and BGS Director
Kelly Jordan-Sciutto has been appointed as associate dean for Graduate Education and director of Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS). Dr. Jordan-Sciutto, chair and professor of pathology at the School of Dental Medicine, joined the department of pathology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2001, and was promoted to full professor in 2013.
Dr. Jordan-Sciutto received her BS cum laude from Villanova University, her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Thomas Jefferson University and performed postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jordan-Sciutto has played an exceptionally active and dedicated role in graduate education in biomedical sciences at Penn. She has membership in four of the seven graduate groups within BGS, and she has served on committees supporting the mission of three of these graduate groups, including academic review, curriculum review, executive committee, outreach, recruiting and admissions. She has also had the opportunity to serve on two BGS graduate group review committees, the BGS Admissions Committee and the Individualized Development Plan Development Committee. Throughout these experiences, Dr. Jordan-Sciutto has gained and contributed valuable insights into a wide range of issues important to graduate education and to the administration of BGS.
In addition to her commitments to BGS and as department chair, Dr. Jordan-Sciutto has extensive involvement at the PSOM. She is a member of the Center for AIDS Research and the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences and a fellow in the Institute of Aging. She has served as the co-director of the Penn Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program, has chaired two University Faculty Senate committees (Senate Committee for Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity and Senate Committee for Students and Educational Policy), and served as the Secretary for the Senate Executive Committee for the University. To further complement her administrative talents, she has also participated in two leadership-building programs, the Penn Fellows Program and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education Management Development Program.
In addition to these roles, Dr. Jordan-Sciutto is a prolific scientist. Her research laboratory investigates molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration associated with neuroinflammation during HIV infection. Currently, the lab is focusing research efforts on the role of cell cycle proteins, the endogenous antioxidant response and unfolded protein response in HIV associated neurocognitive dysfunction (HAND). Her work has led to a greater understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying neuronal damage and dysfunction in HAND with implications for identifying drugable targets for treatment of this and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Epstein, the William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research, extended gratitude to Michael P. Nusbaum, for his nearly four years of extraordinary service as associate dean and BGS director. Through Dr. Nusbaum’s leadership, and now continuing under Dr. Jordan-Sciutto’s guidance, BGS will continue to serve as a national model for interdisciplinary education in the biomedical sciences, nationally recognized for its commitment to developing and supporting a diverse student body through its various outreach programs at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate levels, extensive recruitment efforts and peer-mentoring programs for underrepresented trainees.
Launching Penn’s Human Capital Management Transformation Initiative
In early June, the Human Capital Management (HCM) Transformation Initiative was launched University-wide. Much more than a technology project, HCM is a full-scale re-visioning of how Penn manages critical resources that support Schools and Centers, from hiring and recruitment to benefits administration to time reporting and payroll.
Over the next two years, this innovative endeavor will streamline human resources—and payroll-related processes, modernize our systems and position the University for the future. Executive sponsors of the initiative are Jack Heuer, vice president for human resources; MaryFrances McCourt, vice president for finance and treasurer; Trevor Lewis, vice president for budget & management analysis; and Tom Murphy, vice president for information systems and computing and chief information officer.
Implementation of the HCM Transformation Initiative is led by the HCM Program Office, which includes program manager Manny Ramirez, functional managers Chris Blickley and Julie Shuttleworth, and technical manager Julie Meyer. A Steering Committee composed of representatives from across the University will help guide the initiative and ensure ongoing collaboration with Schools and Centers. After a rigorous evaluation process, Penn has selected Workday as the HCM software provider and Deloitte as the systems integration partner. Interra Consulting will continue to provide Program Management Office, process, and change management assistance.
Planning for HCM began in 2015, and more than 300 individuals from across the University have contributed valuable input and feedback. This collaborative effort included mapping processes, assessing current systems, reviewing a model for service delivery and evaluating the proposed technology solutions. Involving Schools and Centers is key to the initiative, and the team will continue to deepen engagement across the University to ensure success.
When complete, HCM’s streamlined processes and agile cloud technology will help us keep pace with the complex needs of a world-class educational and research institution. They will also help us better support faculty and staff, who bring to life the University’s commitment to inclusion, innovation and impact.
A town hall on the HCM Transformation Initiative was held on June 27. The town hall presentation and more information about HCM is online.
—Jack Heuer, Vice President for Human Resources
—MaryFrances McCourt, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
—Trevor Lewis, Vice President for Budget & Management Analysis
—Tom Murphy, Vice President for Information Systems and Computing, University Chief Information Officer
Proposals for Research Grants on Improving the Criminal Justice System
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration is a research center at Penn Law focused on preventing errors in the US criminal justice system. With affiliated faculty from across the University, the Center takes an interdisciplinary, data-driven, “systems approach” to understanding the most crucial problems in the criminal justice system and proposing solutions. The Quattrone Center is now accepting proposals to fund faculty research projects that would contribute to the Center’s mission to prevent errors and otherwise improve the US criminal justice system. Funding through the program can be used to support faculty time, research assistants or other support staff, data acquisition costs and other research-related costs. A short (three-page) written proposal and budget are required; proposals will go through an internal peer review process and the Center will begin reviewing and funding proposals in July. Links to more information about the grant program and how to apply can be found at Quattrone Center Grants for Penn Faculty.
The program is open to Penn faculty. For inquiries regarding this program, please contact the academic director of the Quattrone Center, Paul Heaton at email@example.com
Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF) 2016–2017 Annual Report
PASEF’s members are senior (age 55 and over) and retired standing faculty at Penn. Its mission is to organize programs and activities for its members and encourage them to continue to remain active in the intellectual and social life of the University, and to provide service to the University and the community. A major function of PASEF is to assist senior faculty in their transition to retirement by providing retirement planning seminars and information. PASEF was founded in 2004, and its current membership numbers approximately 900 senior faculty and 600 retired faculty. The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (ASEF–PSOM) is an analogous organization for faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine. The two organizations regularly cooperate in planning joint programs and activities. PASEF is a member organization of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE).
Governance and administration. PASEF operates under a set of bylaws and is governed by a Council which meets monthly during the academic year. The President, President-Elect and Past President form the Steering Committee. Council members for 2016-2017 are listed in Appendix A. PASEF receives an annual budget from the Provost and reports to Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen, who has been especially supportive. During the past year excellent assistance has been provided by members of the Provost’s staff, including Gearline Robinson-Hall, Julie Shuttleworth, and Kathy Swartz.
Facilities. PASEF has an office in Duhring Wing, next to the office of the Faculty Senate. Staff support is provided by a half-time employee, the PASEF coordinator, Sarah Barr. Through the efforts of Vice Provost Allen, PASEF has acquired a room adjacent to its current office. Both the current office and the new space can accommodate meetings of small groups. PASEF’s website is www.upenn.edu/emeritus
PASEF and ASEF–PSOM provide resources and give presentations to aid senior faculty in planning the transition to retirement. During the past year four informational events were given, and a reception to recognize newly emeritus faculty was held.
Reception for newly emeritus faculty. Recently between 50 and 60 standing faculty have taken emeritus status each year, and PASEF and ASEF–PSOM co-sponsor a reception in the fall to honor the retirees. This past year’s event was held at the Sweeten Center with Vice Provost Allen as the featured speaker. Tributes for each of the retirees were read. Retirees and their guests attended.
Road to Retirement programs and Hitchhikers Guide. Each spring, PASEF presents two Road to Retirement information programs and, with ASEF–PSOM, partners with Human Resources for a third presentation. In March, senior and retired faculty spoke about their retirement decisions and experiences in emeritus status. In April, Hilary Lopez and Vicki Mulhern, University staff experts on retirement, discussed retirement options and the details of retiree benefits. Representatives from Social Security and Medicare spoke in May at the event organized by Human Resources. A fourth event in March was sponsored by ASEF–PSOM, a presentation by a representative from Vanguard.
In January, PASEF published the tenth edition of its Hitchhiker’s Guide to Faculty Retirement under the editorship of Martin Pring. Sections on financial planning for retirement, transition to emeritus status, and retiree relations with the University are included, and the publication is available on the PASEF and ASEF–PSOM websites.
Activities and Events
Monthly lectures. PASEF sponsors lectures throughout the academic year. These are open to all members of the University community and span a wide range of topics which are of general interest. PASEF’s Program Committee was chaired by Jerry Porter. The Committee arranged eight monthly lectures and a featured lecture each semester. The Fall Lecture, given each year in October in conjunction with the 25-Year Club Dinner, was presented by University Architect David Hollenberg, and the Spring Lecture speaker was David Rudovsky, Senior Fellow at Penn Law. In addition, the Library Committee headed by Vivian Seltzer arranged four lectures on a variety of topics. All of these lectures are listed with their titles in Appendix B on the Almanac and PASEF sites. Links to video recordings of some of the lectures are on the PASEF website.
Spring outing. Each year PASEF schedules a spring outing to a location of cultural or historical interest in the Philadelphia area. This year’s event was a tour of Mural Arts installations in West Philadelphia and Fairmount, reprising a well-received event in 2014. In the interim, since the previous such tour, many new murals were added. After the tour, the group gathered at Belmont Mansion for lunch. This event was jointly sponsored with ASEF–PSOM.
Membership initiatives. The Membership Committee, chaired by Anita Summers, hosted three focus group meetings to seek feedback and suggestions from members. The Committee presented several recommendations which were approved by the Council. These include organization of special events such as attendance at concerts, a special table at the University Club where members can meet for lunch and conversation on a regular schedule, a second annual cultural outing in the fall, and additional planning for retirement presentations. The Committee also recommended a survey be conducted to assess the contributions of retirees to the University and the community. The Committee is constructing the survey questionnaire, and a fall distribution is planned.
Speakers Bureau. With encouragement and funding from Vice Provost Allen, PASEF launched its Speakers Bureau in the spring of 2016. This work was spearheaded by Jack Nagel as chair of the Speakers Bureau Committee. The Bureau enables community groups, including retirement communities, civic and religious organizations, and high schools, to identify and invite PASEF members to speak to audiences in the Philadelphia area. The current roster of speakers numbers 25 and includes both senior and retired Penn faculty from Schools across the University. Information about the Bureau and the speakers and their topics is on the PASEF website.
Library Committee. The Committee, chaired by Vivian Seltzer, presented four lectures during the spring (see Appendix B). In addition, several small-group technology workshops were offered by a Library staff member. These covered the use of computer and internet tools, and software.
For the last ten years, PASEF has sent a non-voting representative to the Senate Executive Committee (SEC). After discussions last year, the Senate leadership granted PASEF non-voting membership on four Senate Committees, starting in 2016–2017. The committees are the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Administration; the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission; the Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy; and the Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity.
PASEF Annual Election
Joan Goodman chaired this past year’s Nominating Committee. The Committee’s proposed slate was approved by email voting. Lois Evans was named President-Elect, Howard Hurtig Secretary, and Martin Pring the SEC Representative. New at-large Council members who will serve three-year terms are Janet Deatrick, Walter Licht and Ann Mayer. Marc Dichter and Murray Gerstenhaber will fill vacancies as at-large members for one-year terms.
—Paul Shaman, President (2016–2017)
Appendix A: PASEF Council Members, 2016-2017
Roger M.A. Allen, Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (SAS); President–Elect
David Balamuth, Professor Emeritus, Pysics & Astronomy (SAS); Representative to the University Council Committee on Personnel Benefits
Lois Evans, Professor Emerita, Family & Community Health (Nursing); Secretary
Joan F. Goodman, Professor Emerita, Literacy, Culture & International Education (GSE); Chair, Nominating Committee
Howard I. Hurtig, Professor Emeritus, Neurology (PSOM)
John C. Keene, Professor Emeritus, City & Regional Planning (Design); Representative to the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and Equity
Lynn Hollen Lees, Professor Emerita, History (SAS)
Roberto S. Mariano, Professor Emeritus, Economics (SAS)
E. Ann Matter, Professor Emerita, Religious Studies (SAS)
Marshall W. Meyer, Professor Emeritus, Management (Wharton); Representative to the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty and the Administration
Jack H. Nagel, Professor Emeritus, Political Science (SAS); Chair, Speakers Bureau Committee
Gerald J. Porter, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics (SAS); Chair, Program Committee
Martin Pring, Professor Emeritus, Physiology (PSOM); Representative to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Gino C. Segrè, Professor Emeritus, Physics & Astronomy (SAS); Representative to the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission
Vivian C. Seltzer, Professor Emerita, Human Development & Behavior (SPP); Chair, Library Committee
Paul Shaman, Professor Emeritus, Statistics (Wharton); President
Anita A. Summers, Professor Emerita, Business Economics & Public Policy (Wharton); Past President; Chair, Membership Committee; Representative to Faculty Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy
Past Presidents: Rob Roy MacGregor, Benjamin S. P. Shen, Neville E. Strumpf, Ross A. Webber
Appendix B: PASEF Lectures, 2016-2017
Andrew Feiler, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color: The Past, Present and Future of One Historically Black College
David Hollenberg, Penn Transformed: The Last Ten Years, and What’s to Come (Fall Lecture)
Jerome Singerman, Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads (Library Committee Lecture)
Yvonne Paterson, Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer
Kermit Roosevelt III, Allegiance
William Noel, Lost and Found: The Archimedes Palimpsest (Library Committee Lecture)
Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age
Beth Simmons, Human Rights and International Law
Jack Nagel, A Remedy for the Electoral College
Daniel Lee, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
Yvonne Paterson, Faculty or Entrepreneur? (Library Committee Lecture)
Bob and Molly Freedman, Jewish Sound Archive (Library Committee Lecture)
David Rudovsky, Criminal Justice Reform and Civil Rights (Spring Lecture)
Amy Gadsden and Rodolfo Altamirano, Immigration Trends and Policy at Penn