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.


Arts & Sciences News

Penn to Make Sweeping New Investments in Science

The funding includes includes major new commitments in support of key priorities at the School of Arts & Sciences.

View Article >
Layla Murphy, C’23, Receives Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

The award recognizes Murphy’s work supporting the repatriation of Sierra Leonean domestic workers who had been trafficked to and/or exploited in Oman.

View Article >
2022 Penn Grad Talks

The annual program is seeking submissions from Penn Arts & Sciences doctoral and master's students.

View Article >
Max Wragan, C'22, named George J. Mitchell Scholar

She is the fifth Penn student to receive the scholarship since the inaugural class of Mitchell Scholars in 2001.

View Article >
Nicholas Thomas-Lewis, C’22, Named Rhodes Scholar

The Rhodes is highly competitive and one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

View Article >
School of Arts & Sciences Launches New Initiative in Data Driven Discovery

The initiative will be directed by Bhuvnesh Jain of Physics and Astronomy and Greg Ridgeway of Criminology.

View Article >