The University's memorial service for the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham,
Jr., is open to the University community on Wednesday, February 24, from
4 to 6 p.m. in Harrison Auditorium at the University Museum.
The ceremony is presented by an honorary committee of some three dozen
members including Trustees Chairman Roy Vagelos; President Judith Rodin
and her predecessors Sheldon Hackney and Martin Meyerson; and representatives
of the bar, the bench, and the city, state and nation. Judge Higginbotham,
a Penn trustee for more than 30 years, died December 8 at the age of 70.
- Four in SAS Chairs:
- Drs. Christianson, Farrell, Mailath, Urban
Dean Samuel H. Preston has announced appointments to four endowed term
chairs in the Arts and Sciences--three of them to new Edmund J. and Louise
Kahn chairs, and one to the Class of 1965 Endowed Term Chair.
- The Kahn Professors
SAS now has three Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Chairs--one
in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences and one in the Social Sciences,
established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Kahn--Mr. Kahn a 1925 Wharton
graduate who had a highly successful career in the oil and natural gas industry,
and his wife a Smith College graduate who worked for Newsweek and
owned an interior design firm. The couple were also supporters of Van Pelt
Library, the Modern Languages College House, and other projects in scholarship
and the humanities. The first holders of the three Kahn chairs:
- Dr. David W. Christianson, the new Kahn Professor in the Natural
Sciences, joined Penn as an assistant professor in 1988 and has been a
full professor since 1997. A Harvard alumnus who also took his Ph.D. there,
he is well known for his work in biological chemistry, focusing on the
relationship between structure and function of metalloenzymes, interactions
between proteins and other molecules, and alternative applications of enzyme
catalysis. He has been named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator,
an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, a Searle Scholar and a Camille
and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
- Dr. Joseph Farrell, the Kahn Professor in the Humanities, is
a professor of classics who has been at Penn for 15 years, teaching Latin
and Greek literature with emphases on poetry and on Roman culture and society,
comparative literature and cultural studies. He has published numerous
articles and several books, including Latin Language and Latin Culture
and Vergils' Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic. Under
technology grants from the NEH and the Pew Charitable Trusts, he has also
contributed to the advancement of teaching in the field. An alumnus of
Bowdoin College who took his Ph.D. from North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Dr. Farrell joined Penn as assistant professor in 1985 and became a full
professor last year.
- Dr. George J. Mailath, the Kahn Professor in the Social Sciences
is a specialist in game theory, mathematical economics, and micro-economic
theory who joined Penn in 1985 as an assistant professor and has been a
full professor here since 1995. After receiving his B.Ec. from the Australian
National University, he took his M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton. He has been
full professor since 1995. In addition to publishing numerous articles
in his field, he has served as the associate editor of the Journal of
Economic Theory and the International Economic Review, and on
the editorial boards of Economic Theory, International Economic Review,
and Games and Economic Behavior. His honors include an Econometric
The Class of 1965 Chair
Dr. Gregory P. Urban of anthropology is the new Class of 1965
Professor in SAS.
Dr. Urban, who took his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Chicago, joined Penn
in 1994 after 14 years at the University of Texas, where among other honors
he won the school's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1984 and a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 1993. Known for his work in cultural and linguistic anthropology,
he is the author of several major books including Native South American
Discourse; Semiotics, Self, and Society; Nation-States and Indians in Latin
America; and Natural Histories of Discourse. His most recent
book, Metaphysical Community: The Interplay of the Senses and the Intellect,
won the American Ethnological Society Senior Book Prize. This year he is
a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at
The Class of 1965 Endowed Term Chair is one of five created by the Class
in 1990--an unprecedented 25-year class gift that funded a chair for each
of the four undergraduate schools and one in honor of the College for Women.
SAS's 1965 Chair was held first by Dr. Malcolm Campbell of History of Art
and more recently by Dr. Eugene Wolf of Music.
Seminars on Publishing
The University of Pennsylvania Press offers two seminars next week on
publishing, free and open to the University community:
- February 24, Getting Published
- "Are you preparing your first manuscript or revising your dissertation
with an eye toward publication? What happens between submission and publication
date?" ask the staff at the University of Pennsylvania Press. "We
will take you through all the steps of publication, from selection of peer
reviewers, through copyediting, to decisions about printrun and pricing.
Learn how to enhance your chances at publication, and how to become an
informed partner in the publishing process."
- February 25, A Career in Publishing
- A seminar for both undergraduate and graduate students to help them
learn the breadth of the publishing profession. Staff at the University
of Pennsylvania Press discuss landing a job, career trajectories, and what
aspect of the publishing business is best suited for particular interests
Both sessions are at the Press, 4200 Pine Street, 4-6 p.m.; for more
information call 898-1671.