$50 Million Gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos to SAS for Energy and Technology Building
In support of the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign, Roy Vagelos (C’50, PAR’90, HON’99) and Diana T. Vagelos (PAR’90) have made a gift of $50 million to Penn Arts & Sciences for a new science center to house researchers focused on energy science. The gift is the largest in the School’s history.
The new building will be named in honor of Roy and Diana Vagelos and located at 32nd and Walnut Streets. It will provide state-of-the-art research space that connects physical scientists and engineers. The new Penn Arts & Sciences and Penn Engineering facility will house the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, which brings together researchers from both Schools to solve scientific and technological problems related to energy. It will also be a home for the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), an undergraduate dual degree program run jointly by Arts & Sciences and Engineering.
“Roy and Diana are extraordinarily strong, prescient and generous supporters of Penn’s highest priorities,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Sustainable energy solutions are among our nation’s most pressing needs. Supporting pathbreaking energy research is a key priority of the Power of Penn Campaign. We know that Penn’s distinctively interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to energy solutions provides the path to progress. I am deeply grateful for Roy and Diana’s longtime partnership and this exceptional support of our stellar researchers in energy science.”
The new building represents Penn’s commitment to energy research and capitalizes on growing momentum across the University. It will be an incubator for scientists and engineers to engage in cross-disciplinary work and train postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates as future leaders in the field.
Steven J. Fluharty, SAS Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr., Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, said, “At this critical moment for energy research, I am delighted by the generous gift from Roy and Diana. Creating a sustainable planet is a priority for the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign and the new building is a vital part of that effort. It will be host to the forward-thinking, creative work of Penn’s scientists and engineers and facilitate the collaborative solutions that the problem demands.”
“This transformative gift will supercharge Penn Engineering’s interdisciplinary and innovative culture, while nucleating new collaborations with Penn Arts & Sciences,” said Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering. “There is no bigger challenge for our planet than the creation, storage and conversion of energy in a clean, efficient and cost-effective way. Penn engineers and scientists are partners in working toward a sustainable future.”
“Energy research has been important to me and to Diana for years,” said Dr. Vagelos. “We’ve seen students and faculty doing extraordinary work, and our hope is that this new building will provide the home and resources that this effort needs to create solutions.”
Dr. Vagelos, a chemistry major who graduated from Penn in 1950 before going on to receive a medical degree from Columbia University, is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co. He currently serves as chairman of the board at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Vagelos served as Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999, and he is a former member of the Penn Arts & Sciences’ Board of Overseers and the founding Chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Financial Aid. Mrs. Vagelos is a former overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
The Vageloses’ longtime support of Penn Arts & Sciences includes the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, the Vagelos Professorships in Energy Research, VIPER and several other science-related programs, undergraduate scholarships and endowed professorships.
Megan S. Ryerson: UPS Chair of Transportation
Megan S. Ryerson, associate professor of city and regional planning and electrical and systems engineering, and associate dean for research at the Weitzman School of Design, has been appointed the endowed UPS Chair of Transportation. This named professorship recognizes an outstanding scholar-teacher in transportation for a term of five academic years.
Dr. Ryerson’s research in transportation planning focuses on aviation systems, critical infrastructure, and pedestrian and bike safety. Her work has been published in the leading transportation and planning journals and received support from the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.
School of Engineering and Applied Science 2019 Teaching Awards
The recipients of the annual Penn Engineering teaching and advising awards are selected directly by Penn Engineering students after thoughtful consideration.
S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award
Igor Bargatin, the Class of 1965 Term Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body and the Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.
One student remarked, “Dr. Bargatin wove vivid examples into his classes and opened my eyes to the field of thermodynamics. Whether it is in an aircraft, the human body, or the weather, I can now see applications of Dr. Bargatin’s teachings all around me.”
Dr. Bargatin received a BS in theoretical physics at MV Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2000. He subsequently earned a PhD in physics and electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2008.
Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising
David F. Meaney, Solomon R. Pollack Professor and chair of Bioengineering, has been awarded the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising. This award recognizes dedication to
helping students realize their educational, career and personal goals.
One student remarked, “Dr. Meaney personally values how students in BE are being supported by the department and helps students to the best of his abilities. He also cares about students’ success and how this will impact the community outside of Penn. In addition to being the chair of Bioengineering, he teaches or is involved with several of the courses, and cares about how well these courses prepare students for real applications.”
Dr. Meaney received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987. He went on to earn M.S.E. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in
1988 and 1991, respectively.
Learn more about Dr. Meaney by visiting his faculty profile.
Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track
Swapneel Sheth, Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Science, has been awarded the
Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track. This
award recognizes outstanding teaching ability, dedication to innovative undergraduate instruction, and exemplary service to the School in consistently inspiring students in the engineering and scientific profession.
Describing Dr. Sheth, a student remarked that “he is very energetic in each class and is really into his field. He wants to get to know as many students as possible and is always open to helping them. You can tell that he loves teaching and I always come to his class with enthusiasm and excitement.”
Dr. Sheth received a B.E. in Computer Engineering from the Sardar Patel College of Engineering of Mumbai University in 2006. He later earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Call for Innovation MOOC Projects: June 1
The Online Learning Initiative is announcing a call for Innovation MOOC proposals.
Since 2012, the Online Learning Initiative (OLI) has supported the development of online learning across Penn. Provost-funded online projects receive financial, design and production support for creating online learning experiences, such as MOOCs, course series and microcredentials. Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for development of the newly launched Innovation MOOC.
What is an Innovation MOOC?
OLI’s Innovation MOOCs are standalone courses that promote experimentation in online learning by focusing on incorporating new pedagogical strategies, technologies or approaches to content. Proposals should address one or more of the following approaches:
- Promote interdisciplinary collaboration
- Incorporate active learning, authentic assessment and/or novel course design
- Strive for high social impact, activating and engaging a community (or communities)
- Employ emerging technologies
OLI provides assistance throughout the proposal process, including online course design support. Innovation MOOCs are fully funded by the Office of the Provost and do not require school cost-sharing for faculty and teaching assistant stipends. OLI will support the production of two Innovation MOOCs each year.
Please contact OLI at email@example.com to schedule a brief consultation to review the proposal form. Proposals are due no later than June 1, 2019. Only proposals that use OLI’s form can be considered.
The Online Learning Initiative operations team will be hosting consultation hours on Tuesday, April 23 from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22 from 1-5 p.m. in Room 134, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library to provide more information about online opportunities across Penn and answer any proposal questions. The OLI team is always available to meet with faculty members and school online teams to discuss ideas, proposals and future projects.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or to schedule an individual consultation with the OLI team.
For additional information and resources, please visit: onlinelearning.upenn.edu
New Penn SP2-Wharton Professional Certificate Program—From Direct Practice to Social Work Leadership
A new interdisciplinary collaboration between Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the Wharton School will soon provide current SP2 students and alumni a flexible opportunity to chart their own learning path, become effective leaders and generate enduring social impact.
On May 1, the Schools will launch a new online professional certificate program, Organizational Leadership in Social Work. Those who complete the program will gain social work and business acumen needed to start or optimize agencies or other social service-based organizations as well as become transformational leaders.
The learning experience features four online courses—video, in-depth readings and other online tools—that encompass organizational management, core social work values, fundraising, financial analysis and viral marketing tactics. Successful completion of all four online courses will result in a professional certificate from both Schools. Enrollment will be limited to current SP2 students and alumni.
The self-paced courses also delve into strategic thinking for long-term change, leading human service organizations, using a social work perspective as a management guide, social networks, branding and linking non-financial metrics to financial performance.
At the helm of the course are four instructors and faculty members from SP2 and Wharton: Jason Miller, Jonah Berger, Christopher D. Ittner and Richard Lambert.
Course content was developed using critical job market research and feedback from social work practitioners and alumni, many of whom have hailed the upcoming offerings as not just practical, but essential for anyone establishing themselves as leaders looking to create true societal change.
The forthcoming program is one of the many ways SP2 is demonstrating its commitment to continuing education and innovative instruction designed to give learners the edge needed to influence real change in the real world.
“We are incredibly eager to announce this unique partnership and learning opportunity between Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice and Wharton,” said SP2 Dean Sally Bachman. “Designed with the tenets of the Penn Compact 2020 in mind—Impact, Inclusion, Innovation—this professional certificate program masterfully combines the nationally-renowned rigor and expertise from both Schools and will undoubtedly give our students, alumni and lifelong learners the transdisciplinary skills and resources needed to become the world’s foremost leaders of social change.”
For more info, visit: www.sp2.upenn.edu/opensp2/orgleadership
Bruno Nouril: ICA’s Director of Development
Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, announced the appointment of Bruno Nouril as the ICA’s new director of development. Mr. Nouril comes to Philadelphia from New York where, since 2017, he served as development director at The Drawing Center.
During his tenure there, he managed a diverse range of fundraising initiatives, including institutional giving, annual fund and membership, board development and exhibition campaigns. He also oversaw all special events, including the Spring Benefit Gala and Fall Benefit Auction in 2018, both of which far exceeded their fundraising goals. Formerly of the Queens Museum, Art21 and the Museum of Biblical Art, all in New York, Mr. Nouril has devoted much of his career to fundraising for the arts. Mr. Nouril joined the ICA in March.
As ICA’s Director of Development, Mr. Nouril will work collaboratively alongside Ms. Sadao and Penn’s central development and alumni relations department to plan, execute and strategize philanthropic goals for the institution. He will also continue to strengthen and build on the momentum of ICA’s “Encounter the Unexpected” campaign within the University’s Power of Penn campaign.
“Bruno is a proven leader whose ability to identify funding opportunities that respond to changes and trends in arts philanthropy demonstrates both impressive fundraising skills and a natural gift for relationship-building,” said Ms. Sadao. “Bruno’s broad experience in philanthropic fundraising will be a strong asset to ICA, building on the strength of our past and profoundly impacting future growth. I am excited by the new energy and vision he will bring to our leadership team, institution and Penn.”
“Supported by Penn’s incredible resources and stimulating intellectual environment, ICA is impressively bold in the contemporary art it presents and forward thinking in how it makes that art accessible to the Penn and wider Philadelphia communities,” said Mr. Nouril. “I am honored and excited to join and begin fundraising to support its vital programming.”
Mr. Nouril earned an MA in arts management from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and holds a BA in religious studies from NYU.
McCabe Fund Awards for FY2020: Call for Applications
The McCabe Fund Advisory Committee is calling for applications from junior faculty in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) for the annual Thomas B. and Jeannette E. Laws McCabe Fund Fellow and Pilot Awards. The McCabe awards were established in 1969 by a generous gift from Thomas B. and Jeannette E. Laws McCabe to the Perelman School of Medicine. The purpose of this gift is to support junior faculty who initiate fresh and innovative biomedical, clinical and surgical research projects. Eligible faculty are those who have received either limited or no departmental start-up funds, and limited or no external research funding while in their first through third years on the faculty at the PSOM or the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn. Junior faculty in these schools should contact their department chair for information and application forms. The guidelines and instructions to determine eligibility are also available on the PSOM website at www.med.upenn.edu/evdresearch/mccabefundawardprogram.html
The deadline for submission is Monday, May 13, 2019. The McCabe Fund Advisory Committee will select the winners at its annual meeting in June.
Changes to Managing Your FSA and HSA Accounts
Penn’s transition to Workday@Penn, the University’s new human resources and payroll system, is fast approaching. As part of the launch, the way you manage your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and your Health Savings Account (HSA) will change.
Through June 30, you will continue to manage your FSA using the current ADP enrollment platform, but effective July 1, Penn’s Health Care and Dependent Care FSA accounts administration will be handled on the new, enhanced WageWorks platform.
The platform upgrade will make it easier for you to submit receipts, verify expenses and manage your accounts. It will also provide a better mobile experience with access to FSA apps and improved tools.
Even though Penn is updating the FSA platform, the rules for using these accounts will remain the same. You may still need to provide receipts to verify that your claims are qualified expenses according to IRS guidelines.
Also, effective July 1, Penn’s Health Savings Account administration will move from Aetna/Payflex to WageWorks.
Here are additional details about the changes for each type of account and what you can expect before and after the transition to Workday@Penn.
Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
If you are enrolled in a Health Care FSA and your silver ADP-branded card expired in March, you may have received a silver WageWorks branded card to use in its place. Activate the card when it arrives. You can use the new WageWorks-branded card for qualified health care expenses through June 30, 2019.
You are encouraged to spend down your FSA balances and submit any outstanding claims before June 30. If you do submit claims after June 30 for services performed during the 2018-2019 plan year, you will need to submit those claims on the new WageWorks platform. All claim submissions for the 2018-2019 plan year are due by September 30, 2019.
To help facilitate the upgrade to the WageWorks platform, a blackout period will take place from July 1, 2019 through July 12, 2019 so that any remaining balances left in your FSA accounts can be moved to the proper locations.
Additionally, as a part of the upgrade, Health Care FSA participants will receive a new orange and blue debit card co-branded with the WageWorks and Penn logos to replace the current card. You can only use the new card for health care expenses incurred after July 1, 2019. After June 30, your current card will be deactivated.
Please remember that you can only rollover $500 to the next plan year, so make sure you submit your claims for the current plan year in a timely fashion.
Dependent Care plans do not offer a card option and any unclaimed funds will be moved to the new platform. You have until September 15, 2019 to incur plan expenses and may submit claims up until September 30, 2019. After July 1, 2019 claims for the Dependent Care account will need to be submitted using the new platform.
Health Savings Accounts for High Deductible Health Plans
If you are enrolled in a High Deductible Health Plan with an HSA, Wage Works will be the administrator of this plan and BNY Mellon will be the custodial bank. A new account will be opened for you at BNY Mellon. In order to establish this new account, HDHP plan participants must agree to the BNY Mellon Terms and Conditions, and can do so during the Open Enrollment period from April 22-May 3 by going on line and completing their enrollment process. Even if you do not wish to make a change to your coverage you must review the terms and conditions.
If you have funds in your HSA at the end of the 2018-2019 plan year, WageWorks will transfer the money to BNY Mellon by early August, adding these funds to your new HSA. If you don’t want the funds to be moved, you will receive instructions to opt out of the transfer and you will be responsible for managing any ongoing monthly service fees.
HDHP plan participants will also receive a new orange and blue debit card to use in the 2019-2020 plan year. Your current card, which is branded with the PayFlex logo, will be deactivated after June 30, 2019.
For more information about Penn’s FSA and HSA, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/fsa and www.hr.upenn.edu/hdhp-hsa
—Division of Human Resources