Term Chair: Dr. Richards
Samuel H. Preston has also announced that Dr. Virginia M. Richards,
professor of psychology, has been appointed to the Edmund J. and
Louise W. Kahn Term Professorship.
Richards' teaching and research interests include auditory perception
and cognitive psychology. She has published extensively, authoring
or co-authoring numerous journal articles and book chapters. She
earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California
at San Diego in 1979 and her Ph.D. at the University of California
at Berkeley in 1986. She was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the
University of Florida before coming to Penn in 1990. She has received
several awards, including research grants from the NIH, the Troland
Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and funds for educational
innovations in curriculum as part of a grant to the University
from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Kahn, a 1925 Wharton graduate, had a successful career in the
oil and natural gas industry. Louise Kahn, a Smith College graduate,
worked for Newsweek magazine and owned an interior design
firm. The Kahns were dedicated philanthropists whose support of
Penn has included Van Pelt Library, the Modern Languages College
House, and the School of Arts and Sciences. The Kahns' generosity
to SAS includes several named professorships, a departmental prize,
and fellowships in the Penn Humanities Forum.