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The speakers are listed in alphabetical order:

Elijah Anderson
Elijah Anderson is the Charles and William L. Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the classic work, “A Place on the Corner: A Study of Black Street Corner Men”; “Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community”, for which he was honored by the American Sociological Association with the Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and “Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City,” winner of the Komarovsky Award of the Eastern Sociological Society. He is a winner of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn, and he has served as visiting professor at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Yale University. He also has made appearances on the "Jim Lehrer Newshour", and has written for the New York Times Book Review and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. Professor Anderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and past vice president of the American Sociological Association. He is director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project, and his current work concerns how Philadelphians live “diversity” in everyday life.

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K. Anthony Appiah
K. Anthony Appiah was born in London, but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. He was educated at Cambridge University in England, where he earned both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. His current interests range over African and African-American intellectual history and literary studies, ethics and philosophy of mind and language. He has also taught regularly on African traditional religions. His major current work focuses on the philosophical foundations of liberalism.

Professor Appiah joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 as Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values. His published works include “Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race” with Amy Gutmann and the “Dictionary of Global Culture,” co-edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr. With Professor Gates he also edited the “Encarta Africana” CD-ROM encyclopedia, which was published in book form as the “Perseus Africana Encyclopedia.” In 2005, Princeton University Press will publish his most recent book, “The Ethics of Identity.”

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Ralph L. Brinster
Ralph L. Brinster was raised on a farm in New Jersey and studied agriculture and animal development while a student at Rutgers University. Following military service during the Korean War, he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where he became interested in germ cell biology, which influenced the direction of his scientific career. Since graduation, Dr. Brinster has been a pioneer in this field and established innovative approaches to understand the development and differentiation of germ cells and early embryos. His contributions include methods to culture and manipulate fertilized eggs and spermatogonial stem cells, which laid the foundation for such powerful techniques as transgenesis, cloning, in vitro fertilization, and stem cell transplantation. His experiments with transgenic mice dramatically altered our understanding of gene regulation and function in animals. Dr. Brinster is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been recognized by a number of international awards including the 2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine.

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Judith Ann Buchanan
Judith Ann Buchanan received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Science. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, she entered dental school and received her D.M.D. degree, graduating first in her class. Dr. Buchanan began her career in dental education at the University of Mississippi, later becoming director of research for the School of Dentistry. She moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago to take a position as associate dean for academic affairs and came to the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 as associate dean for academic affairs, with the rank of associate professor. Dr. Buchanan’s research began in the area of gene expression, and more recently her research has focused on topics within education related to advanced simulation technology, learning styles, and the impact of computer literacy on learning. She has received funding from NIH and HRSA. Dr. Buchanan has served on numerous national committees including NIH study sections, the ADA Commission on Accreditation, and the ADA Commission on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for All Americans. She has also served as a private consultant in the area of accreditation.

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Arthur L. Caplan
Arthur L. Caplan is currently the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics, and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of 25 books and more than 525 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics, and health policy. He has served as chair on a number of national and international committees including the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning and the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability. He has also served as a member of numerous committees, including the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, the Special Advisory Committee to the International Olympic Committee on Genetics and Gene Therapy, the American Chemistry Council and the Special Advisory Panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on Human Experimentation on Vulnerable Subjects. He is a member of Dupont's biotechnology advisory panel, is on the board of directors of the Keystone Center, and consults with many corporations and consumer organizations.

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Howard F. Chang
Howard F. Chang has been a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 1999. Before joining the Penn Law faculty, he was a professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School, where he began teaching in 1992. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, where he served as supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and his A.B. in Government from Harvard College. He teaches and writes on a wide variety of subjects, including immigration law, and served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

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Dennis Culhane
Dennis Culhane is a professor of social welfare policy and psychology. His current research examines the role of social welfare institutions in producing homelessness, and the impact of homelessness and various housing policy interventions on the utilization of those institutions. His primary methodological interest is in the application of spatial analysis techniques to administrative records as a means of modeling the built and social environments in social science research. He was the recent chair of the University Council’s Committee on Pluralism and is the current chair of the University’s Public Safety Advisory Board.

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John J. DiIulio, Jr.
John J. DiIulio, Jr. is a Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science at Penn, and non-resident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. At Penn, he directs the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society. He joined Penn’s faculty in 1999 after 13 years as a professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. In 2001, he served as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Since 1997, he has worked with a diverse array of non-profit organizations to research, organize, capacity-build, and fund diverse community-serving programs (mentoring children with incarcerated parents; proliferating neighborhood after-school and summer education program; reducing youth violence; obtaining earned-income tax credits; supplying inner-city schools with up-to-date computer technologies; and others). He has worked extensively with national and local government agencies, grant-making foundations, and other organizations to develop, preserve, or expand such programs via public-private and religious-secular partnerships.

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Thomas Donaldson
Thomas Donaldson is the Mark O. Winkelman Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Wharton Ph.D. Program in Ethics and Law. He has written broadly in the area of business ethics, values, and leadership. Books that he has authored or edited include: The “Ties that Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics ”, co-authored with Thomas W Dunfee; “Ethical Issues in Business, 7th Edition”, co-edited with Patricia Werhane; “Ethics in Business and Economics-2 Volume Set”, co-edited with Thomas W. Dunfee; “Ethics in International Business”; and “Corporations and Morality”. His book “The Ethics of International Business” was the winner of the 1998 SIM Academy of Management Best Book Award. He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics. He is currently the associate editor of the Academy of Management Review, and a member of the editorial boards of a number of journals, including the Business Ethics Quarterly and Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Ethics, and Economics and Philosophy. He has consulted and lectured at many organizations, including Walt Disney, Microsoft, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Shell International, IBM, the United Nations, and the World Bank. In the summer of 2002, he testified in the US Senate regarding the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform legislation.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and chair of Afro-American Studies and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard. Professor Gates is the author of several works of literary criticism, including “Figures in Black: Words, Signs and the ‘Racial’ Self,” “The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism,”, and “Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars.” He has also authored “Colored People: A Memoir,” which traces his childhood experiences in a small West Virginia town, “The Future of the Race,” co-authored with Cornel West, and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man.” Professor Gates has edited several anthologies, including “The Norton Anthology of African American Literature,” and “The Oxford-Schomburg Library of Nineteenth Century Black Women Writers.” He is also the author of “Wonders of the African World ” , the book companion to the six-hour BBC/PBS television series of the same name. In addition, Professor Gates co-edits Transition magazine and has written for Time magazine and The New Yorker, among other publications

Professor Gates earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Clare College at the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Yale. His honors and grants include a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant”, the George Polk Award for Social Commentary, a National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Sarah Barringer Gordon
Biography to come.

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Jon Huntsman
Jon Huntsman (W'59, HON'96) is Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, the company he began 30 years ago. Today, Huntsman Corporation is the largest privately held petrochemical and plastics business in the world, with major operations at 121 locations in 44 countries. In 1994, Mr. Huntsman received the prestigious Kaveler Award as the chemical industry’s most outstanding chief executive officer. Mr. Huntsman is a former US Naval Gunnery Officer. He served under President Nixon as both special assistant to the President and as White House staff secretary and is international chairman for the American Red Cross. He has been widely recognized for his philanthropy and public service. In 2000, he was distinguished as one of the three most generous Americans and he was selected as one of the 10 Utahans who most influenced the state during the 20th century. At Penn, Mr. Huntsman is vice chair of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee and chair of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Wharton Campaign for Sustained Leadership. He received the University Alumni Award of Merit in 1999 and was named Most Outstanding Alumni of the Wharton School. Mr. Huntsman is former co-chair of the Campaign for Penn and former chair of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Center for Global Competition and Leadership.

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on political campaigns, Dr. Jamieson has received numerous teaching and service awards including the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award. She is the recipient of many fellowships and grants including support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Ford Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, and The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Dr. Jamieson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. She is the author, co-author or editor of 13 books including: “The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics”; “The Press Effect”; “Everything You Think You Know About Politics...and Why You’re Wrong”; “Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction and Democracy”; “Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership”; and “Spiral of Cynicism: Press and Public Good”. She received the Speech Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Book Award for “Packaging the Presidency” and the Winans-Wichelns Book Award for “Eloquence in an Electronic Age”.

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Sarah H. Kagan
Sarah H. Kagan, the Doris R. Schwartz Term Associate Professor in Gerontological Nursing in the School of Nursing, is committed to clinical excellence and original scholarship, and dedicated to teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level. Professor Kagan melds her passion for all three domains of academic life to improve understanding and care for older, frail, and vulnerable cancer patients. As a researcher, Professor Kagan gives shape to and participates in a variety of collaborative research projects directed at knowing more about older people with cancer and other chronic illness. As a teacher, she strives to inspire students to think differently about nurses and patients. Professor Kagan’s clinical and academic appointments include gerontology clinical nurse specialist in medical nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, secondary faculty in Penn’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, fellow of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania, and member of the Abramson Family Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Kagan received an A.B. (1984) from the University of Chicago, a B.S. (1986) from Rush University, and an M.S. (1989) and a Ph.D (1994) from the University of California, San Francisco, and joined Penn’s faculty in 1994.

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Michael L. Klein
Michael L. Klein received his formal education in the United Kingdom and after postdoctoral periods in the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States began an independent research career at the National Research Council of Canada. In 1987 he joined the University of Pennsylvania, where since 1993 he has been Hepburn Professor of Physical Science and Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter. In the latter capacity he is responsible for nurturing collaborative interdisciplinary materials research involving faculty from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Medicine. His research is focused on the computer modeling of physical and biological systems from a molecular perspective. He serves on many academic and government review panels and advisory boards internationally and is a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Ania Loomba
Ania Loomba is Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches and researches in Early Modern literature and culture, the history of colonialism and race, and post-colonial societies and literatures, with a special focus on India. Her publications include “Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama”, “Colonialism/Postcolonialism”, and “Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism”, as well as articles on Renaissance theatre, contemporary India, and feminist theory. She did her graduate work in India and the United Kingdom. Loomba taught for many years at the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, both in New Delhi, India, where she was also active in the women's movement in India. She has also taught at the University of Tulsa and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and held a visiting appointment at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. She is currently editing (with Jonathan Burton) a documentary companion to the history of race in early modern England, and she is also working on a book on contact between England the East in the early modern period.

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Andrea Mitchell
After serving as program director at WXPN while at Penn, Ms. Mitchell (CW'67) began her career in broadcast journalism by covering Philadelphia's City Hall for KYW Radio from 1967 to 1976. She moved to Washington, DC, in 1976 to join WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the local CBS affiliate, and then in 1978 joined NBC News as a network correspondent. She covered the White House for NBC from 1981 to 1988, and was appointed NBC's chief congressional correspondent in December 1988. Ms. Mitchell was named chief White House correspondent in 1992, and now serves as chief foreign affairs correspondent. She reports on evolving political and foreign policy issues in the U.S. and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts—including "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" and "Today"—and for MSNBC. A frequent speaker at University events for students and alumni, Ms. Mitchell is a charter trustee of the University and a member of its Executive Committee. She is also chair of the Annenberg School Alumni Advisory Committee and a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women. She is a former member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences.

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Mary D. Naylor
Mary D. Naylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary team of scholars in a program of research designed to enhance the quality of life of vulnerable older adults and their caregivers. Findings from NIH-funded randomized clinical trials testing a model of discharge planning and home follow-up by advanced practice nurses have consistently demonstrated improved health outcomes and decreased costs for high risk cognitively intact elders compared to standard care. Supported by the Commonwealth Fund and the Langeloth Foundation and in partnership with a major insurer, efforts are underway to promote widespread adoption of this evidence-based model of care coordination. As part of Penn’s Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program, Dr. Naylor is leading a team of clinical scholars in the implementation and evaluation of a similar care model aimed at enhancing the quality of care of cognitively impaired elders and their caregivers.

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Laurie D. Olin
Laurie D. Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. He is currently practice professor of landscape architecture in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Olin’s numerous award winning design projects include campuses, urban design, and parks. His work extends to Bryant Park and Battery Park City in New York, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and social housing in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Olin’s major planning and design projects at academic institutions include the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Stanford University, MIT, and most recently a new campus for Harvard University in Allston, MA. Mr. Olin is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an American Academy of Rome Fellow, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 1999 Wyck-Strickland Award recipient, and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Fernando Pereira
Fernando Pereira is the Andrew and Debra Rachleff Professor and chair of the department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. Before joining Penn, he held a variety of industrial research positions in text and speech processing, machine learning, and information retrieval. His main research interests are in machine-learnable models of language and other natural sequential data such as biological sequences, and their use in information access, integration, and mining. He has 78 research publications on computational linguistics, speech recognition, machine learning, bioinformatics, and logic programming, and several issued and pending patents on speech recognition, language processing, and human-computer interfaces. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence in 1991 for his contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, and he is a past president of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

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David S. Roos
David S. Roos is the Merriam Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Penn Genomics Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, a Ph.D. at The Rockefeller University, and joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 after a post-doctoral position at Stanford University. Dr. Roos' research integrates diverse disciplines, from molecular cell biology and pharmacology, to computer science, to international public health. Current interests focus on protozoan parasites, including Toxoplasma (a prominent congenital pathogen and opportunistic infection associated with AIDS), and Plasmodium (the causative agent of malaria). Work in Dr. Roos laboratory has yielded genetic tools for the dissection of parasite pathogenesis and drug resistance mechanisms, new insights into the evolution of subcellular organelles, and computational databases that make genomics-scale datasets available to researchers worldwide. Dr. Roos has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Scholar Award, and the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases. He has published over 100 research reports in leading scientific journals, and travels widely as a lecturer and consultant for the WHO and other organizations.

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Barbara D. Savage
Barbara D. Savage is a professor of history and the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Her research and her teaching center on African-American history, the historical relationship between media and politics, and African-American religious history. She has a Ph. D. in history from Yale, as well as a J. D. from Georgetown and a B. A. from the University of Virginia. Her publications include “Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948” which won the Hoover Book Award for the best book in American history in the period 1916-1966. She is currently completing a book on religion and African-American political culture in the 20th century. She has held fellowships at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture at the New York Public Library; at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton; and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2004-2005, she will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

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Margaret Beale Spencer
Margaret Beale Spencer holds the Board of Overseers Professorship of Human Development and Education in the Graduate School of Education and a secondary appointment in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She directs the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development specialization in GSE as well as the programming and research of the W. E. B. Du Bois Collective Research Institute. Additionally, she is responsible for the direction and research efforts of the Center for Health Achievement Neighborhoods Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES). Spencer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development. Her basic developmental research and its application with diverse youth focus on resiliency. She has designed, implemented, and evaluated numerous community-based programming efforts. Spencer’s scholarship includes more than 90 published articles and chapters, four co-authored volumes, 40 grants from federal agencies and foundations, and numerous awards in recognition of her research and its application.

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Dennis F. Thompson
Dennis F. Thompson, the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard University, is the founding director of the University Center for Ethics and the Professions. He served as the associate provost from 1996-2001, and as the senior adviser to the president of the University from 2001-2004. His books include: “Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business and Health Care, Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States, Why Deliberative Democracy?” (co authored with Amy Gutmann) and “Democracy and Disagreement” (also with Amy Gutmann), “Political Ethics and Public Office, and Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption.” He has served as a consultant to the Joint Ethics Committee of the South African Parliament, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Michael Useem
Michael Useem is William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School. He teaches management and leadership, offers programs on leadership and change for managers in the U.S. and abroad, and works on leadership and governance with many organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is the author of “The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All,” and, to experience such moments, he organizes treks up the slopes of Mount Everest, trips to Civil War battlefields, and other learning events for leadership development. He is the author of “Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win,” and “Investor Capitalism: How Money Managers Are Changing the Face of Corporate America.” And most recently, he is co-author and co-editor of “Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits.”

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Barbara L. Weber
Barbara L. Weber is an international leader in the field of breast cancer genetics. She is a professor of medicine and genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. She developed the Breast Cancer Program at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center in 1995 and has served as the director since that time. In this capacity, she implemented and directs the Breast Cancer Risk Evaluation Program, a clinical service designed to provide comprehensive risk assessment and counseling services to women with a strong family history of breast cancer. This program was among the first of its kind in the world and has served as a model for developing programs throughout the US. Dr. Weber also is the director of cancer genomics at the University of Pennsylvania and has developed a program to fully utilize the newly released human genome sequence for breast cancer research. This includes enhanced microarray capabilities, with the addition of genomic clones for deletion mapping of tumors and premalignant tissue as well as enhanced sequencing and genotyping capabilities. Her ongoing research is focused on identifying genetic abnormalities that play a critical role in the initiation and progression of human cancer and that may serve as novel therapeutic targets.

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