(Philadelphia, PA) - Four professors at the University
of Pennsylvania are among the 195 members of the 2006 Class
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the
Academy is an independent policy research center that brings together
scholars, scientists, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic
leaders to study complex and emerging problems.
S. Walter Englander from Penn's School
of Medicine, and Charles Bernstein, Andrew Postlewaite,
and Amos Smith, from Penn's School of Arts and Sciences were nominated
and elected to the Academy by current members.
S. Walter Englander is the Jacob Gershon-Cohen Professor of Medical
Science and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Englander
is also a member of National Academy of Sciences as well as an Honorary
Fellow of The Biophysical Society and of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. His laboratory is interested in
biophysical studies of protein structure, function, folding, misfolding,
and amyloid. The study of protein folding in particular is expected
to shed light on the errors in the process that can lead to such
disorders as Alzheimers disease, Huntingtons-related diseases, and
Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English. He
teaches courses on poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on modernist
and contemporary art and performance. In addition to his teaching
activities, he is a co-director of PENNsound, the Center for Programs
in Contemporary Writing's digital poetry archive project. He has
published three collections of essays and more than 20 books of
poetry, and his poems have appeared in more than 350 literary magazines
and anthologies in North America. His recent works include the poetry
collections With Strings and Republics of Reality: 1975-1995, as
well as the pamphlet World on Fire. In addition, Bernstein has written
librettos for five operas, including Shadowtime.
Andrew Postlewaite is the Harry P. Kamen Professor of Economics.
His research and teaching focus on microeconomic theory, game theory,
law and economics, public economics, mathematical economics and
social choice. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a recipient
of numerous NSF grants and a Sloan Foundation grant.
Amos Smith is the William Warren Rhodes-Robert J. Thompson Professor
of Chemistry. Smith's laboratory focuses on bioorganic, medicinal
and materials chemistry, and he is highly regarded for his work
on synthesizing architecturally complex anticancer and antiviral
molecules. His many awards include the Order of the Rising Sun,
Gold Rays, with Neck Ribbon from the Government of Japan, the Yamada
Prize (Tokyo, Japan) and Penn's first Provost's Award for Distinguished
Teaching and Mentoring Ph.D. Students.
A complete list of newly elected members and their affiliations
is available at www.amacad.org.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is
consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center];
a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.