Michael Weisberg Named Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor

Michael Weisberg, Professor of Philosophy

Michael Weisberg, Professor of Philosophy, has been named Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. Weisberg is an expert on the role of models in scientific inquiry and social ecology. He is the author of Simulation and Similarity and Galápagos: Life in Motion, as well as two edited volumes and many articles and book chapters. Weisberg's research has been supported by several National Science Foundation awards. In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biology and Philosophy, he co-directs the Galápagos Education and Research Alliance, and serves as an advisor to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Nairobi Work Programme and the Republic of Maldives. At Penn, he is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of Postgraduate Programs at Perry World House.

Stephen J. Heyman, W’59, parent, established the Bess W. Heyman President’s Distinguished Professorship. Heyman is a University of Pennsylvania Trustee Emeritus and a member of the School of Nursing Board of Advisors. He is a 2000 recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit, the University’s highest alumni honor.


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