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APRIL 28 , 2008
  Six University of Pennsylvania Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA – Six University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 190 new Fellows and 22 Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in science, arts and humanities, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector.

The new AAAS Fellows at Penn are:

  • Mitchell A. Lazar, professor of medicine and genetics in the School of Medicine.
  • Marsha I. Lester, professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Tom C. Lubensky, professor of physics and astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Diana Carole Mutz, professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of communication in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics in Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.
  • Jean-Michel Rabaté, professor of English and comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Robert A. Rescorla, professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

The complete list of newly elected members and their affiliations is available at


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Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 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 (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties


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