Giving Across Generations

From a member of the Class of ‘49 to students right here on campus, a proud Penn family shows that when it comes to scholarships, generosity spans generations.

The Jaffe family has a long history of making transformational gifts in response to the School of Arts and Sciences’ greatest needs—from facilities to faculty positions to their latest extraordinary commitment: scholarship support. This loyal Penn family, which recently endowed a Men and Women of Pennsylvania scholarship for College students, includes former Overseer Elliot Jaffe, W’49, and his wife Roslyn; their sons David, C’81, W’81, and Richard, C’79, G’79; their daughters-in-law Helen and Lynette; and grandchildren Alexandra, C’14, and Spencer, C’16. Longtime supporters of the School, they have also made generous gifts to fund the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe History of Art Building and the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professorship in Film Studies.

“Now we thought, ‘Let’s make it possible for more people to attend Penn,’” Elliot Jaffe says. For him, the motivation to establish a scholarship dates back to the 1940s, when he came to the University on the G.I. Bill. Wanting to make up for lost time after his Army service, he says he rushed through his requirements without taking humanities courses. Today, he wants to give students the liberal arts education he missed.

But he wasn’t alone in wanting to make a gift to Penn. His entire family was involved in the discussion, and it was his grandchildren who helped steer them toward scholarship support. Alexandra and Spencer had seen how many students have to juggle part-time jobs along with courses and extracurricular activities, and they hoped their family could help change that for someone. Their father David, a member of Wharton’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Industry Advisory Board, also wanted to relieve that burden. “This is a way to help them focus on their academics so they don’t have to take a job or don’t have to walk out of college in debt,” he says. Elliot Jaffe echoes this. “We want to be the bridge over economic problems,” he says.

Arts & Sciences News

The Power of Penn Arts & Sciences

On April 12, 2018, the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences fundraising campaign was announced by the Board of Overseers. Launched in conjunction with the University’s Power of Penn campaign, it aims to raise $550 million for the School of Arts and Sciences.

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2018 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholars

Penn Arts and Sciences has named 20 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Graduate Division as Dean’s Scholars. This honor is presented annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise.

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Joseph Subotnik Named Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor

Joseph Subotnik, Professor of Chemistry, has been named Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Chemistry. A theoretical chemist who focuses on electronic processes in the condensed phase, Dr. Subotnik has made key contributions in electronic structure theory, chemical dynamics, and statistical mechanics.

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Two Penn Arts and Sciences Professors Named Guggenheim Fellows

Charles L. Bosk, Professor of Sociology, and Charles Yang, Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, have been awarded 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships.

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Ahmad Family Endowment Supports Penn Global Seminars

Hyder Ahmad, W’90, and his family have made a generous gift to establish the Ahmad Family Endowment for Penn Global Seminars in Arts and Sciences.

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Abraham Nitzan Named Donner Professor of Physical Sciences

Abraham Nitzan, Professor of Chemistry, has been named Donner Professor of Physical Sciences. Nitzan’s research focuses on the interaction of light with molecular systems, chemical reactions in condensed phases and interfaces and charge transfer processes in such environments.

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2018 Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences, and Paul Sniegowski, Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, have announced the recipients of the 2018 awards for distinguished teaching in the School.

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College Graduation Speakers for 2018 Revealed

Angela Duckworth, G’03, GR’06, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, will address the Class of 2018 at the graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences on Sunday, May 13, 2018. She will be joined by student speaker Helena von Nagy, C’18.

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Individualized Care Will Become the Standard for Depression Patients

In a new paper for the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, researchers Robert DeRubeis, Samuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences, and Zachary Cohen of Psychology, address precision medicine, also known as customized-care, in the context of treatment for depression.

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Restoring Vacant Lots Reduces Gun Violence and Crime

In cities across the U.S., about 15 percent of land is considered vacant or abandoned. These areas can foster criminal activity, and urban residents, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, often view vacant land as a threat to their health and safety.

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Robert DeRubeis: Samuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences

Professor of Psychology Robert DeRubeis has been named the Samuel H.

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