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Steven Fluharty: Associate Vice Provost for Research

Steven Fluharty

Vice Provost for Research Perry Molinoff announced that Dr. Steven J. Fluharty has been appointed Associate Vice Provost for Research. In this position, Dr. Fluharty will work with Dr. Molinoff to promote research excellence across the University and to maintain and improve the infrastructure that supports research across the campus. Dr. Fluharty will identify new areas for research and research support, particularly when a potential sponsor has limited the number of permissible applications. He will also help to oversee campus-wide research planning efforts, develop linkages between the University and industry, and facilitate the transfer of technologies from University laboratories to the public sector.  In addition, he will support and facilitate the research activities of Centers and Institutes, particularly those involving interdisciplinary collaboration. 

“I am delighted that Steve has agreed to accept this appointment,” said Dr. Molinoff.  “He is a distinguished neuroscientist and educator who has already made numerous contributions to our community. His perspective and the breadth of his background have prepared him to make important contributions to the work of the office of the Vice Provost.”

Dr. Fluharty’s cross-disciplinary background is one of the many assets that he brings to this position. A professor of pharmacology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, he holds secondary appointments in both the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. He has a thorough understanding of the University’s research practices, proven administrative experience, and a deep commitment to Penn, as well as a strong personal record of funded research.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Perry Molinoff and the Vice Provost for Research staff to strengthen Penn’s campus-wide research programs, and to identify new and unique opportunities for continued growth,” said Dr. Fluharty.

Dr. Fluharty has been the director of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program since 1994. In addition, he served as the associate director of the Institute of Neurological Sciences from 1995 to 2003. He has also served the University on numerous search, planning, research, advisory, and budgetary committees, including the Search Committee for the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Academic Planning and Budget Committee and the Faculty Research Retreat Committee. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Class of 1999 Teaching Award.

Dr. Fluharty has administered over $15 million worth of grants in his years as a researcher. He currently is the principal investigator on several National Institute of Health grants. He has additional experience reviewing grants for organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. He is the co-editor of Progress in Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of the Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology. 

Dr. Fluharty received his three degrees from Penn; his B.A. in psychology in 1979, his M.A. in psychobiology in 1979, and his Ph.D. in psychobiology in 1981.

He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 6, October 4, 2005


October 4, 2005
Volume 52 Number 6


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