PRP Panel

This year's Penn Reading Project Panel for The Innovators and the Year of Innovation will take place on August 25, 2017. The panel will feature previous President's Innovation and Engagement Prize winners.

Meet the Panelists & Facilitator
Class of 2016 graduates Sade Oba and Alfredo Muniz of the School of Engineering and Applied Science will help Parkinson’s disease patients and therapists through XEED, a network of wearable devices that tracks the movements of limbs, syncs the data to a smart phone, and compares the results to benchmarks set by therapists. XEED will enable patients and their families to access accurate, up-to-date data as they actively fight against Parkinson’s. XEED provides a unique quantitative window into Parkinson’s and has the potential to improve the lives of millions affected by the disease. Oba and Muniz, who are both from Houston, Texas, are being mentored by Jonathan Smith, the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science.
Salas and Toro, Class of 2017 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences, and Arizmendi, a graduate of the School of Nursing, will design a community-based after-school program for Latino high school students in South Philadelphia. They will develop an experiential, bilingual, culturally inclusive curriculum to serve as the touchstone for the program, which will work with Latino immigrant families and members of the community. Their project, Lanzando Líderes, aims to bridge educational disparities and help students develop self-efficacy to reach their personal, educational and professional goals. Salas, Toro and Arizmendi are being mentored by Toni Villarruel, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing.
McCurry and Henderson, both Class of 2017 graduates of the School of Nursing, will integrate innovative healthcare case management into the current program of homeless services offered by the Bethesda Project, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that provides proactive case management and housing services to the homeless population. Through their work with Bethesda and other key partners, Henderson and McCurry seek to decrease health disparities and increase access to high-quality, person-centered healthcare for this underserved population. They are being mentored by Terri Lipman, assistant dean for community engagement and the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition in the School of Nursing.
Provost Pritchett, Presidential Professor in the Law School and the Graduate School of Education, began his tenure on July 1, 2017. An award-winning scholar, author, lawyer, professor, and civic and academic leader, he served from 2009-14 as Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden. He first joined the Penn Law faculty in 2002, serving as Interim Dean from 2014-15 and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-07.
His first book, Brownsville, Brooklyn: Black, Jews and the Changing Face of the Ghetto (University of Chicago Press 2002), traces the evolution of a working-class community as its population shifted from largely Jewish and working-class to largely African-American and poor, becoming in the process a microcosm of twentieth-century urban history and class aspiration.  His second book, Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer(University of Chicago Press 2008), explores the life of the first US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who was also the first African-American to be a US cabinet secretary, as a reflection of the changes in racial and urban policy that defined the twentieth century.
Provost Pritchett earned a PhD in History from Penn (1997), a JD from Yale Law School (1991), and a BA in Political Science from Brown University (1986).