Dr. Virginia A. LiVolsi, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at PennMed and vice chair of the Division of Anatomic Pathology, has been elected president of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology. She will serve a two-year term as head of the organization, created in 1989 to speak to the needs of the subspecialty within an academic setting. Dr. LiVolsi's work is in cancer of the thyroid, breast and cervix, and she is a the principal investigator for the Cooperative Human Tissue Network, Eastern Division.
Dr. John Q. Trojanowski, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of Penn's Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, will begin next month his one-year term as president of the American Association of Neuropathologists. Dr. Trojanowski, who also directs the National Institute of Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Center here, is the fourth Penn scientist to head the organization; his three predecessors are Dr. Nicholas Gonatas, Dr. Lucy Rorke and Dr. William Schlaepfer.
The individuals selected are: Don Lash (Indiana '37, unattached '38) who set a four-mile Carnival Record that lasted 21 years; Lennox Miller (Kingston College Jamaica High '65) the star of the first Jamaican team to compete at Penn; Bruce Collins (Chester PA High '69; Penn '74, Philadelphia Pioneer Club '76) a hurdler and sprinter who anchored winning shuttle hurdle teams in his three varsity years at Penn; and Randy Givens (Florida State '84) who set a pair of Carnival Records, earned seven watches in her career and was the women's star of the 1983 Carnival.
This year's Ivy Stone is by Rebecca Waranch, C'97, a Design of the Environment major who is treasurer of the Senior Class Board.
Ms. Sherin was a religious studies major, C '87, active in the poetry scene, who with a few friends ran a funded weekly reading series called Fresh Fish (bringing to campus Margaret Atwood, Amiri Baraka and Olga Broumas, among others). She also edited 34th Street's book review section and produced a national newsletter on computers in the arts. After graduating, she took an M.A. at the special writing program at Hollins College, and then a second M.A. when she joined the graduate program at Temple. As a graduate student she has taught a number of writing seminars, winning a Temple Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. She also won the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Award for Poetry in 1990.
Her publications include reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer; poems such as the four published recently in Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas; and fiction including "A True Story" published in the book From Elvis to Oz. In addition to teaching a poetry writing workshop at Temple she has for several years taught a special evening course there called "Calling All Fiction Lovers," in which students discuss novels by writers appearing in Philadelphia. Before joining Temple's program she worked as an assistant to the film director Jim Jarmusch in New York City, helping particularly with the film Mystery Train and arranging for Jarmusch's showing at the Cannes Film Festival. Faculty advisor to Temple's student literary journal, Parable, she has served as judge in best screenplay contests, at student film festivals, and this term in the undergraduate essay contest at Penn.
For Philadanco's 28th Annual Spring Concert Thursday through Saturday, two of the matinees are sold out (Thursday and Friday) but tickets are available for the 8 p.m. shows each evening and for Saturday's 2:15 matinee at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre.Tickets are $25 for the evening performances on May 15-17; $20 with PENNcard. Tickets for this Saturday's "Family Matinee" are $15 for an adult and child combo; each additional adult or child is $8. Call the box office at 898-6791 for tickets.
The $185,000 grant, which will support the use of interactive television and the World Wide Web to introduce Philadelphia-area teachers to East African history, languages and culture, is one of the first to be funded under NEH's three-year Teaching with Technology Initiative. Dr. Sandra Barnes, professor of anthropology and director of the African Studies Center, will administer the grant, one of only twelve such projects the NEH funded out of a total of 310 applications.
The research is to investigate the causes and treatment of Progressive Osseous Heteroplasia (POH), a genetic disorder that strangles normal tissue and turns it to bone, leading to the permanent immobilization of muscles and joints. The Ian Foundation is named for Ian Wheeler, the six-year-old son of Sandra and Richard Wheeler, who set up the foundation in 1995 after their son was diagnosed with POH. Dr. Frederick S. Kaplan, chief of metabolic bone diseases and molecular orthopedics here--and the first to identify POH--called the students fund-raising "testimony not only to the commitment of these young men and women, but also to their foresight and vision."
Volume 43 Number 34
May 13, 1997
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