Joshua Plotkin named Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences

dr. Josh Poltkin

Dr. Plotkin is a Professor of Biology and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Mathematics (SAS) and the Department of Computing and Information Science (SEAS). He is a leader in the field of molecular evolution and mathematical biology. His work leverages mathematical models of populations as a framework for understanding broad patterns of biological, cultural, and social evolution. He has an extensive publication record in some of the most prestigious journals in his field, and his many honors include election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as Packard, Sloan, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career fellowships. Plotkin has served on the editorial boards of Science MagazineTheoretical Population Biology, and Cell Reports, as well as on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.  At Penn, he has been a Penn Fellow and a member of the Faculty Senate and the Penn Arts & Sciences Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility.

Roxanne L. Euben, Professor of Political Science, has also been appointed Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences.

The late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg received Penn’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1991. He and the late Honorable Leonore Annenberg were both emeritus trustees of the University. The Annenbergs endowed many chairs in Penn Arts & Sciences and made countless generous contributions to the University. They also founded the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 1958.


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