on Classified Research
Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi have appointed a new
blue ribbon Committee on Classified Research, chaired by
Dr. Tom Lubensky, chair and professor of physics and astronomy
in SAS. This group of senior faculty will review the University's
policy on classified research in light of the many serious
issues raised by the current national and international climate
and by new Federal anti-terrorist legislation.
Patriot Act of 2001 and the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 have
important implications not only for Penn's future research
programs and policies, but for academic communities throughout
the nation," said President Rodin. "We need to
respond carefully to these new laws as we evaluate their
consequences for our research enterprise."
Barchi added that, "We expect the committee to examine
our existing University policies and to advise us which policies
should be reaffirmed, which policies might be revised or
rewritten, and whether any new policies should be promulgated."
Committee on Classified Research will consider the following
the University and its faculty be permitted to engage
in classified research? Should such research be conducted
our campus or elsewhere?
should Penn respond to the challenges created by new
Federal regulations regarding exclusion of researchers
in selected Federally-funded research projects because
of nationality or other personal history or attributes?
should Penn respond to potential constraints on open
communication of scholarly research in the name of
members of the committee include Clyde Barker, professor
of surgery, School of Medicine; Geoffrey Hazard, Trustee
Professor of Law, Law School; Lynn Lees, professor of history,
SAS; Peter Nowell, Gaylord P. Harnwell Professor of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine; David Pope,
professor of materials science and engineering, SEAS; and
Olivia Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit
Plans Professor of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton.
Wendy White, vice president and general counsel, Office of
the General Counsel, will serve on the committee in an ex
committee will work expeditiously in order to issue recommendations
as quickly as possible.