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Penn President Amy Gutmann has been chosen to serve on yet another national commission.

In Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17, Leslie Berlowitz — president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences — named Gutmann and Annenberg Public Policy Center director Kathleen Hall Jamieson to the academy’s new Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The commission, formed at the request of some U.S. senators, will aim to boost research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences. It will be chaired by Duke University President Richard Brodhead and John Rowe, chief executive officer of Exeleon Corporation, an energy generation and distribution company.

In November 2009, Gutmann was chosen by President Barack Obama to serve as chairwoman for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The bioethics comission released its first report last December.

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