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Jose Arturo Bauermeister was appointed Penn's tenth Presidential Professor, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced Tuesday. 

Bauermeister is an expert in the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, especially among sexual minority populations, and will be an associate professor of nursing effective July 1. 

A professor at the University of Michigan since 2009, Bauermeister founded and directs the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities in the School of Public Health there. He is also a member of the International Academy of Sex Research and several major editorial boards, and has authored more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles. His research has been funded by the NIH, the CDC and the Ford Foundation. 

“To save lives through better treatment and prevention of HIV and similarly challenging diseases, we must first meet people where they live,” President Gutmann said in a statement. “Jose exemplifies this approach by grounding his prolific scholarly work in the specific needs of individuals and diverse populations. As a Presidential Associate Professor in Penn Nursing, Jose will join his expertise and energetic leadership with that of our superb faculty to further strengthen the educational experience of our students and to benefit our community and the world.”

The first Presidential Professorship was issued in 2011. The professorships are awarded to scholars who contribute to diversity across the University, and the program originated in the President's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence. 

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