College House Appointments
as fall signals both tradition and change on campus, the College
Houses undergo their annual ritual of renewing commitments and creating
new ones. According to Director David B. Brownlee, 10 of the 12
current Faculty Masters and House Deans are returning.
Dennis DeTurck, chair of the math department, will serve for one
year as interim Faculty Master of Stouffer College House for Dr.
Philip Nichols who is on academic leave. Dr. DeTurck is a nationally
recognized leader in interdisciplinary math/science programs with
an integrated calculus/physics course to his credit in addition
to being the principal investigator of the major NSF-funded project,
the Middle Atlantic Consortium of Mathematics and its Applications
throughout the Curriculum, which EPADEL featured at its 1998 spring
meeting at Villanova. In addition to his traditional teaching responsibilities,
Dr. DeTurck has taught in the pre-freshman Penn Summer Science Academy,
he has been a pioneer in web-based distance learning, and he has
spearheaded two major partnerships with public schools in West Philadelphia.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Drexel and his Ph.D. at
Srilata Gangulee, currently an Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
in the College of Arts and Sciences, is appointed to Harrison College
House as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Brownlee also noted the addition of
Alton C. Strange, a longtime graduate associate in Du Bois. Mr. Strange
is now the House Dean of Spruce College House.
Srilata Gangulee has been at Penn since 1994, serving first
as an advisor in the Office of International Programs and then as
an Assistant Dean for Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Before coming to Penn, she was a financial program coordinator at
Bryn Mawr College (1985-1994). Dr. Gangulee holds an M.A. in economics
from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University,
and a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. She has taught
economics at the Ecole Active Bi-langue in Paris and New York University,
and served as a reader for a research project on international communism
at MIT. Her academic interests focus on welfare economics and sustainable
development. Each fall for the last six years at Penn, she has taught
a course on the economics of immigration that analyzes the impact
of transnational Asians on the economies of their home/old and host/new
countries. Her publications include articles in the Tata Energy
Research Institute (TERI) Journal and Journal of Comparative
Economics. She has participated in several conferences, among
them the TERI Conference on Sustainable Development in February,
2001 in New Delhi, India; the 1999 Conference of the Association
for Asian American Studies in Philadelphia; and one at the United
Nations on economic development in New York in 1997. She works closely
with Penn's Puente Group for Crossing the Digital Divide, and she
is a founder of The Bengali School of Philadelphia.
C. Strange has been a member of the Penn community since 1994.
He received a B.A. in history from Morehouse College in 1991 and
is currently a doctoral candidate at GSE where his primary research
focus is in career development for non-college-bound high school
students. Most recently, Mr. Strange has coordinated the Penn Pre-Freshman
summer program within the Department of Academic and Support Services.
He has also been a Graduate Associate at the W.E.B. Du Bois College
House since 1997. Mr. Strange has taught under many programs and
served as a presenter at the 1999-2000 Urban Ethnography Conference
at Penn. For the past three years, he has been a co-coordinator
of the Coca-Cola Mentorship Project which assists University City
High School seniors in developing career and educational goals after
graduation. Also at Penn, Mr. Strange was a facilitator for the
Coping Skills program at Shaw Middle School (1998); for the Multicultural
Project on Diversity and Race Relations (1996); and a career consultant
for the Center for Community Partnerships from 1996-97. In 1994,
he taught for Project C.A.R.E.S. at Georgia State University and
the Clifton Child Care Center at Emory University's Center for Disease
Control. Mr. Strange also served as a student leader in GSE's Association
of African-American Graduate Students from 1994-96.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 6, October 2, 2001
October 2, 2001
Volume 48 Number 6