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Selecting Four Distinguished International Scholars
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13

The Office of the Provost announces the first four Distinguished International Scholars: Dr. Christopher Ballanti from the University of Kwasulu in Natal, South Africa; Dr. Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Dr. Peter Van Nguyen from the University of Alberta; and Dr. Karan Singh from the University of Toronto.

The Distinguished International Scholars program offers grants of up to $20,000 to bring a distinguished scholar to campus in order to contribute significantly to an undergraduate course. The program is designed to further global engagement in undergraduate education and deepen Penn’s ties to the world’s leading universities and scholars. The awardees were chosen from a pool of applications submitted during the spring term of 2006.

The next application cycle has a deadline of December 8, 2006. Contact Rob Nelson at assocprv@pobox.upenn.edu or (215) 898-7227 for more information.

Here is a list of the first four awardees:

• Dr. Christopher Ballanti, a scholar of South African jazz, will be hosted by Dr. Carol Muller of the Department of Music, SAS. Dr. Ballanti will be involved in teaching Music and Performance of Africa, Music 253 in the spring term of 2008.

• Dr. Martin McKee, an expert on health and health care issues in Europe, will be hosted by Dr. Julie Sochalski of the School of Nursing. Dr. McKee will be involved in teaching advanced undergraduate courses in the School of Nursing and teaching healthcare management courses in The Wharton School during the 2006-2007 academic year.

• Dr. Peter Van Nguyen, who studies brain functions in mammals, will be hosted by Dr. Ted Abel of the Department of Biology and the Biological Basis of Behavior Program, SAS. Dr. Nguyen will be involved in teaching Cellular Neurobiology, BIOL/BIBB 251 and Introduction to Brain & Behavior, BIBB 109 during the 2006-2007 academic year.

• Dr. Karan Singh, an award-winning computer animator, will be hosted by Dr. Norman Badler of the Department of Computer & Information Science, SEAS. Dr. Singh will be involved in teaching a computer animation course, Virtual World Design, CSE 377 in the spring term of 2007.

Almanac - November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13