SAS Dean's Blog

A Solid Season

Steven J. Fluharty

Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

With February drawing to a close, we're beginning to see some signs on campus that this long winter just might end soon. Despite the weather challenges of the last few months, the rhythms of the academic calendar have asserted themselves and we have a number of season highlights to celebrate.

Dialogue and Discovery

Steven J. Fluharty

Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

It’s been just over three months—among the shortest months I’ve ever experienced—since I welcomed everyone to campus for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. In many ways the semester has been a crash course for me, deepening my knowledge of the School and also confirming many things that I suspected before becoming dean.

Celebrating Our Accomplishments

Steven J. Fluharty

Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

Whenever I meet with alumni and friends and want to highlight recent goings-on at Penn Arts and Sciences, my main challenge is choosing which of hundreds of initiatives and accomplishments to talk about on any given day. In just the past two weeks, for example, we saw a wealth of undergraduate research showcased during Family Weekend.

New Faces, New Directions

Steven J. Fluharty

Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

Greetings as the 2013-2014 academic year begins at Penn Arts and Sciences. Over the summer my desk moved a few dozen yards to the east in College Hall, as I made the transition from the Provost's office to the deanship of SAS. I am honored to be in the distinguished company of the School's faculty, students, and staff.

Dean's Blog: Exploring, Connecting and Imagining

Steven J. Fluharty

Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience

As a kid who grew up coming to Penn for basketball games and visits to the museum, it’s fair to say that Penn has always been an important part of my life. Even so, when I stepped onto campus in the 1970s as a new undergraduate with visions of majoring in English, I had no idea what doors would be open to me.

A New Beginning

Rebecca Bushnell

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of English

In my journeys as dean, I have amassed a collection of tokens of good fortune: for example, figures of Ganesh, the big-bellied elephant-headed god, from India, and Chinese New Year decorations from every visit I’ve made to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Endnotes

Dennis DeTurck

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor and Professor of Mathematics

The past week has been a busy one in the College! For our underclassmen, it has been a week of midterms, papers, and advance registration for Fall classes. Meanwhile, graduation day is looming over the horizon for our seniors as they complete and present capstone projects and theses and begin to reflect on the four years they have been with us at Penn.

Our Time to Shine

Rebecca Bushnell

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of English

I’m willing to bet that if you’re a visitor to this website, you probably already know what an exciting time this is for the School, and for all of Penn. Last night, President Gutmann announced Penn’s extraordinary success in the Making History Campaign, which raised an astounding $4.3 billion. I’m happy to say that the School of Arts and Sciences shares fully in this larger success story.

Making it Real

Dennis DeTurck

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor and Professor of Mathematics

Every fall, when we welcome the newly admitted freshman class to the College of Arts and Sciences, we emphasize the fact that Penn is classified as an “urban research university.” In other words, research is our middle name.

A New Year and a New Era for SAS

Rebecca Bushnell

Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of English

The spring semester has begun, though in Philadelphia in January it hardly feels like spring. I feel the cold more acutely right now, since I have just returned from my annual winter trip to Asia, this time to India and Singapore. There the weather was warm and humid, and exotic flowers bloomed everywhere.

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