Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh Annual Dinner

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: The Duquesne Club, 325 6th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Speaker: Dr. James V. Maher

5:15 P.M. Cash Bar   |   6:00 P.M. Dinner

Please join us for our Annual Dinner at The Duquesne Club on January 19th when we will welcome guest speaker Dr. James V. Maher, Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, Senior Science Advisor, Provost Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh.

A public research university plays a major role in the economic development of its region by educating undergraduates to be highly sophisticated employees and voters, by educating graduate and professional students to provide the most advanced experts for key technical and leadership roles, by the economic activity resulting from the intellectual property and other innovations emerging from its research laboratories, and by the direct revenue brought into the state through its research activity. During the past seventeen years, Pitt has materially improved its performance in all these areas of endeavor, and it plans further improvement despite the constraints posed by the national recession and the national and local trends to reduce public support.


Dr. James V. Maher, Provost Emeritus, Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, and Senior Science Advisor, served as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from July 1, 1994, to August 15, 2010; he has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for forty years.

Dr. Maher earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 1964. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty as an assistant professor in September 1970, Dr. Maher served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Physics Division of the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois.

During his tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Maher has served as director of the University’s Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory, as a longstanding resident fellow in the University’s Center for the Philosophy of Science, and as a visiting scientist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut in Groningen, the College de France in Paris, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. Elected a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Maher has published numerous papers in refereed journals on the fields of nuclear physics (up through 1980) and statistical condensed matter physics (since 1980). He has presented numerous invited talks at topical conferences and physical society meetings.

Dr. Maher is a member of the Board of Trustees’ Information Technology Committee at the University’s partner institution, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and serves on numerous national and local professional society committees and boards, including St. Vincent Seminary’s Board of Regents, the Carnegie Science Center Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of BioOne.

He served as chair of the Council of Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and was a member of the Association of American University’s (AAU) Intellectual Property Task Force that authored the formative 1999 report “Intellectual Property and New Media Technologies: A Framework for Policy Development at AAU Institutions.” He served on the AAU/National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Task Force on Accreditation, which developed a set of principles adopted by the AAU and NASULGC and accepted in modified form by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. He was invited by the AAU and Association of Research Libraries to participate in writing the influential Tempe Principles on Scholarly Communications, a set of principles designed to guide the transformation of the scholarly publishing system.


  • Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh (2011-Present)
  • Senior Science Advisor, University of Pittsburgh (2010-Present)
  • Provost and Senior Vice-Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh (1994 - 2010)
  • Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1980-Present)
  • Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh (1983-Present)
  • Chair, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh (1991-1994)
  • Associate Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1974-1980)
  • Director, Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh (1979-1980)
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh (1970-1974)
  • Postdoc Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory (1968-1970)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • American Physical Society, Fellow
  • Sigma XI (Vice President of University of Pittsburgh Chapter, 1987-1990)
  • American Association for Crystal Growth (Treasurer of Pittsburgh Chapter 1985-1988; President 1988-1991; Researcher of the Year Award, 1996)


  • Association of American Universities (AAU) Intellectual Property Task Force of Chief Academic Officers, 1998-1999
  • NASULGC/AAU Task Force on Accreditation, 1999-2001
  • President and Chair of Board, MPC Corporation, 1994-96, 1998-00, 2002-2004, 2006-2008
  • Magee-Womens Health Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, 1996-2005
  • Chair, American Physical Society Membership Committee, 1999-2000; Member 1997-2000
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Chief Academic Officers 1995-2009; Executive Committee 2003-2009
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Commissioner, 2003-2009; Chair, External Review Committee Stony Brook University, 2004; Chair, External Review Committee Rutgers University, 2008
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, Inc., 1996-2010
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Technology Council, 2000-2010
  • Board of Directors, Carnegie Science Center, 2007-Present
  • Board of Directors, BioOne, 2006-Present
  • Board of Regents, St. Vincent Seminary, March 1999-Present
  • Board of Directors, WQED Multimedia, 2003-2009
  • Board of Editors, Fractals (World Scientific), 1993-1997
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, 1995-2001
  • Executive Committee, Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs, 1996-98

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Measurement of the Second Virial Coefficient for the Interaction of Dilute Colloidal Particles in a Mixed Solvent, M.L. Kurnaz and J.V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E55, 572 (1997).
  • Capillary Wave Studies of Polystyrene-b-poly (methacrylic acid) Diblock Copolymer Films at the Air-Water Interface, J.V. Gandhi, J.V. Maher, K.A. Shaffer and T.M. Chapman, Langmuir 13, No. 6, 1592 (1997).
  • Capillary Wave Studies of Mutiblock Polypeptide Copolymers at the Air/Water Interface, J.V. Gandhi, J.V. Maher, K.A. Shaffer, and T.M. Chapman, Langmuir 13, 5933 (1997).
  • Deposition Rate Effects on Rough Surfaces Formed by Sedimenting Particles, K.V. McCloud, M.L. Kurnaz, and J.V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E56, 5768 (1997).
    Dissolving Interfaces in the Presence of Gravity, D. H. Vlad and J. V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E59, 476 (1999).
  • Effect of Lattice Defects on Hele-Shaw Flow over an Etched Lattice, E. L. Decker, Jordi Ignes Mullol, A. Baratt and J. V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E60, 1767 (1999).
  • Velocity Jump Instabilities in Hele-Shaw Flow of Associating Polymer Solutions, D. H. Vlad, Jordi Ignes Mullol and J. V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E60, 4423 (1999).
  • Tip-splitting Instabilities in the Channel Saffman-Taylor Flow of Constant Viscosity Elastic fluids, D.H. Vlad and J.V. Maher, Phys. Rev. E61, 5439 (2000).
  • Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment, ed. Adrianna Kezar, Deborah J. Hirsch, and Cathy Burak. Reviewed by J. V. Maher, Journal of College Student Development. 44.891: 568-71 (2003).


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