Penn's top behavioral scientists are getting closer to discovering how to make lasting positive change in people's lives. In September, the Behavior Change for Good Initiative received a $2 million donation from 1983 Wharton graduate Marc J. Leder. Executive Director Dena Gromet said the leaders of BCFG are thrilled about the donation. The initiative, which was started two years ago by well known professors Angela Lee Duckworth and Katherine Milkman, aims to learn how behavioral science can teach people to be healthier, better educated, and more responsible with their finances. Read more here and here.
Angela Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the Baccalaureate Ceremony address during Penn’s 2017 Commencement. The Baccalaureate Ceremony is a 50-minute interfaith program that includes music, readings, prayers and a guest speaker. There will be two ceremonies held on Sunday, May 14, in Irvine Auditorium to accommodate all who wish to attend, at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Read more in Penn Today.
Angela Duckworth is cited in New York Times article "What Does It Take to Climb Up the Ladder?"
Angela Duckworth is interviewed in Forbes "A passion is more developed than it is discovered".
Dean Steven J. Fluharty is pleased to announce the appointment of two faculty members in Penn Arts and Sciences to endowed chairs.
Camille Charles, professor of sociology, Africana studies, and education, has been appointed Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences. Charles is a distinguished scholar of the sociology of race and education. Her seminal book, Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Race, Class and Residence in Los Angeles, serves as a frequently-cited resource for scholars and students of racial residential segregation. Her coauthored works, The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities and the follow-up study, Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities, examine the educational origins of inequality and the possibilities for higher education to counteract social disadvantage. Her expertise as a quantitative researcher has positioned her to advise institutions of higher education on issues of inequality and its metrics. Charles has served as chair of the University Faculty Senate and the Department of Africana Studies, as the director of the Center for Africana Studies, and as a member of the Provost’s Faculty Council on Access and Achievement and the Penn Arts and Sciences Planning and Priorities Committee, Diversity Council, and Africa Planning Group.
Angela Duckworth has been named Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Duckworth is an internationally-recognized scholar of positive psychology and the psychology of achievement. She is widely known for her role in developing and advancing the concepts of grit—the ability to maintain effort toward long-term goals—and self-control as factors in the pursuit and attainment of valued goals. Duckworth’s own passion is to use psychological science to help children thrive. She is a prolific author whose research is published in leading scientific journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Psychology, and the Journal of Positive Psychology. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted as an immediate New York Times bestseller, reaching #1 on both the Education and Business lists. Duckworth is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship. She is also founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit located on Penn’s campus whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.
Angela Duckworth's research is mentioned in an article about small but important interventions in K-12 education.