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November 4, 1997

Volume 44, Number 11

Resignation of the Provost, Effective December 31

As the University of Texas announced Friday that Provost Stanley Chodorow is a finalist for the presidency of UT Austin, Dr. Chodorow simultaneously announced that, after "serious reflection," he has decided to resign as Penn's Provost effective December 31, 1997.

"It has been a great privilege to serve Penn as its Provost," Dr. Chodorow said. "Penn is a truly world-class institution, and it has been a great learning experience for me over the past three-and-a-half years, working with President Rodin, the deans, faculty, staff and students."

Dr. Chodorow said that he reached his decision after it became apparent that the presidential search at UT Austinwhere a decision is expected within the next five weeks would necessarily distract him from giving his full attention to his responsibilities as Provost.

"I've had the benefit of a marvelous experience at Penn, and it has prepared me well to pursue other opportunities for academic leadership," he said. "That is what I must do now. I think it is necessary and appropriate for me to step down as Provost, so that President Rodin can identify my successor to work with her on the ambitious goals of Agenda for Excellence that are already well underway, especially the 21st Century Project for the Undergraduate Experience.

"I feel a large measure of regret at the prospect of leaving this terrific institution," he said, "but I will carry with me all that I've learned from my time here, and particularly from the fine people who define this place."

Said President Judith Rodin: "Stan and I have had three great years, working together to advance Penn, and we have accomplished a great deal. There is much yet to be done, and we will miss him. Stan's loyalty to Penn, and his great concern for its best interests, are exemplified in his decision today. He appreciates the importance of committed leadership in the Office of the Provost, something he has concluded, after a great deal of personal reflection, that he can no longer provide while he is a candidate for the presidency of another major American university.

"I wish Stan all the best in the weeks ahead, and I have every expectation of addressing him as `President Chodorow' in the very near future." Dr. Rodin is expected to name an acting provost and set up a search committee before the end of this semester.


What's Goes on at the IAST?

Above right:The new building, seen from across 34th Street with Smith Walk in the foreground, Hayden Hall just beyond it, and at far right, the Chemistry Building to which the IAST's Vagelos Labs are attached.
Above left: The IAST just before its completion. The wire cage protected the statue of Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith, one of the great scientists in Penn's history.

Right: Diana and Roy Vagelos at the groundbreaking for the IAST's Vagelos Labs in 1995. Dr. Roy Vagelos took the chair of Penn's Trustees in 1994, retiring that year as CEO of Merck. Scientists from Merck provide one of the two celebratory symposia being held Monday for the Labs' opening. Please see page 2 for the day's schedule, which ends with an Open House at 34th Street and Smith Walk, open to all.

The Dedication Events: November 10

Open to all members of the University are two symposia, and at day's end a reception and open house.

The Morning Symposium

8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Chemistry Lecture Hall, Room 102,
Chemistry Building

Basic Science Contributions to World Health: A Case Study at Merck
Moderated by Ralph F. Hirschmann,
University of Pennsylvania Chemistry.

Featuring, from Merck & Co., Inc.:
William C. Campbell, Ivermectin: The Emergence of a New Class of Antiparasitic Drug, 8:45 a.m.
Burton G. Christensen, Round Five: The Battle Against Infectious Disease, 9:15 a.m.
Alfred W. Alberts, Discovery and Development of Lovastatin and Simvastatin, 9:45 a.m.
Arthur A. Patchett, Enalapril, 10:15 a.m.
Maurice R. Hilleman, The Conquest of Hepatitis Through Vaccination, 11 a.m.
Gary H. Rasmusson, Of Pimples, Pates and Prostates? the Path to Proscar,® 11:30 a.m.
Emilio A. Emini, The Treatment of HIV-1 Infection: Crixivan® and the New Paradigm, 12 p.m.

Closing Remarks, 12:30 p.m.

The Afternoon Symposium
3:15-5 p.m., Alumni Hall, Towne Building
Horizons at the Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Moderated by Ralph D. Amado,
Vice Provost for Research

Michael S. Brown, University of Texas, Heart Attacks Gone With the Century? 3:15 p.m.
Mildred S. Dresselhaus, MIT, Carbon Nanotubes: A New and Old Direction for Materials Science, 3:45 p.m.
George M. Whitesides, Harvard University, Determining the Charge of Proteins Electrostatic Effects in Biochemistry, 4:30 p.m.

The Reception and Open House
5-6:30 p.m.,
34th Street and Smith Walk
Remarks, 5:30 p.m.