April 3, 2001
Volume 47
Number 28

SENATE From the Senate Office

Under the Faculty Senate Rules, formal notification to members may be accomplished by publication in Almanac. The following is published under that rule.
TO:  Members of the Faculty Senate 
FROM:  Larry Gross, Chair 
SUBJECT: Senate Nominations 2001-2001 

1. In accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules, official notice is given of the Senate Nominating Committee's slate of nominees for the incoming Senate Officers. The nominees, all of whom have indicated their willingness to serve, are:

Chair-elect: Mitchell Marcus (prof computer & info sci)

Secretary-elect: Louis A.Thomas (assoc prof management)

At-large Members of the Senate Executive Committee

(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Sydney M. Evans (assoc prof radiology/vet)
  • Peter J. Kuriloff (prof education)
  • Martin Pring (assoc prof physiology/med)
  • Eileen Sullivan-Marx (asst prof nursing)

At-large Member of the Senate Executive Committee

(to serve a 1-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Gerald J. Porter (prof mathematics)

Two Assistant Professor Members of the Senate Executive Committee

(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Eileen V. Lake (asst prof nursing)
  • Jerome Maddox (asst prof political science)

Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility

(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Rosalyn Eisenberg (prof pathobiology/vet)
  • Seth Kreimer (prof law)
  • Eric W. Orts (prof legal studies)

Senate Committee on Conduct

(to serve a 2-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Charles Bosk (prof sociology)
  • Charles W. Mooney, Jr. (prof law)
  • David M. Stern (prof Asian & Middle Eastern st)

Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty

(to serve a 3-year term beginning May, 2001):

  • Eric T. Bradlow (assoc prof marketing)
  • Richard E. Kihlstrom (prof finance)

2. Again in accord with the Senate Rules you are invited to submit "additional nominations, which shall be accomplished via petitions containing at least twenty-five valid names and the signed approval of the candidate. All such petitions must be received no later than fourteen days subsequent to the circulation of the nominees of the Nominating Committee. Nominations will automatically be closed fourteen days after circulation of the slate of the Nominating Committee." Pursuant to this provision, petitions must be received by mail at the Faculty Senate, Box 12 College Hall/6303, or by hand at the Faculty Senate Office, 109 Duhring Wing by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2001.

3. Under the same provision of the Senate Rules, if no additional nominations are received, the slate nominated by the Nominating Committee will be declared elected. Should additional nominations be received, an election will thereafter be held by mail ballot.

 William Smith Term Professor: Dr. Kamien

Dr. Randall Kamien, associate professor of physics and astronomy, has been named the William Smith Term Professor in SAS. He came to Penn in 1995 from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He took his B.S. and M.S. at Caltech and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Kamien's research interests center on problems in liquid crystals, biologically inspired physics and soft materials.

After receiving a Career Award from the NSF in 1998, Dr. Kamien became a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1999. He is an associate editor of Physical Review E and the author of many articles in peer reviewed publications.

Named in honor of the first provost of the University of Pennsylvania, the William Smith Term Chair has been established with a generous gift from Martin Lipton, Esq. A 1952 graduate of the Wharton School, Mr. Lipton is a senior partner and director of the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He is an active philanthropist and volunteer who has supported education and the arts for many years and who has served Penn as a University trustee and an SAS overseer.

Merriam Term Professor of Chemistry: Dr. Winkler

Dr. Jeffrey D. Winkler, professor of chemistry, has been named the Merriam Term Professor of Chemistry in SAS. He came to Penn in 1991 from the University of Chicago. He took his A.B. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Columbia. His research looks at the total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds with important biological activity, the development of new reactions and strategies in organic synthesis, the design and synthesis of small molecules that mimic the functions of biological catalysts, and the preparation of macromolecular structures with well-defined structures and functions such as conducting or non-linear optical properties.

Last year, Dr. Winkler was the recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. In 1989 Dr. Winkler received the American Cyanamid Young Faculty Award; in 1988 he received the NIH-NCI Research Career Development Award; and in 1987 he was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow. He is the author of many articles and papers. He is a member of the Cancer Center and a founding member of the Center for Cancer Pharmacology.

The Merriam Term Chair in Chemistry was created from the late John W. Merriam's generous bequest to Penn. Mr. Merriam received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Wharton School. He began his entrepreneurial career during the Depression when he developed his first apartment complex and went on to become one of the Delaware Valley's leading real estate developers. Mr. Merriam was also very active in the Philadelphia arts community and served on the boards of the Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

U.S. News Rankings: Four Penn Schools in Top 10

The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools" in the magazine's April 9 issue show four of Penn's schools in the top ten with two schools, Education and Law, joining Wharton and Medicine (last year's rankings are in parentheses).

#4 School of Medicine (#3)

#4 Wharton (#3)

#8 School of Education (#11)

#10 School of Law (#12)

U.S. News began ranking graduate programs in 1987 which are based on a combination of objective and reputational measurement.

Within the specialty programs of Wharton:

  • #1 Finance
  • #2 Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing
  • #3 International Business, Executive M.B.A.
  • #5 General Management and Quantitative Analysis
  • #6 Nonprofit Organizations
  • #7 Management Information Systems and Production/Operations Management

The programs within the School of Medicine ranked:

  • #3 Women's Health, and Pediatrics
  • #6 Internal Medicine
  • #9 Drug/Alcohol Abuse
  • #10 Geriatrics

The School of Engineering program ranked #30 (#33) this year tied with Columbia and Duke with a program specialty in the top ten:

  • #8 Bioengineering/Biomedical
  • Specialties within the Ph.D. programs received high ranking this year as well.

#9 Economics with program specialties:

  • #9 Microeconomics
  • #10 Industrial Organization and International Economics

# 10 English with specialties:

  • #4 Medieval/Renaissance Literature, 18th to 20th Century British Literature, and African-American Literature
  • #7 Colonial American Literature

# 11 Sociology with specialties:

  • #7 Social Stratification
  • #8 Economic Sociology

#13 History with one specialty:

  • #6 U.S. Colonial History

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 28, April 3, 2001