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More Penn-made Presidents

In addition to the many people who preceded Vice President Stephen Schutt in his path from Penn to presidency who were mentioned in last week's issue, there are at least two more who have ties to the University. Those listed were primarily faculty or administrators here before they left to lead other institutions.

Dr. Orvill Kean, became president of the University of the Virgin Islands in 1991, after earning his Ph.D. in math at Penn in 1971.

Dr. Nannerl Overholser Keohane, a visiting lecturer in political science here in spring 1973, then presided over Wellesley College before being named president of Duke University in 1993.

For additional Penn-made presidents, see Almanac, February 27, 2001.

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Celebrating Spirituality and the Arts -- C.A. Open House: February 25

The Christian Association invites members of the Penn community to join in the inaugural celebration of its new home, located at 118 South 37th Street, on Sunday, February 25, from 5-7 p.m. The honored guest that day will be Penn alumnus and C.A. friend Sam Maitin, a celebrated Philadelphia artist who created a mural for the C.A.'s original building (now known as "the ARCH") and "whose life exemplifies the spiritual power of the fine arts." Mr. Maitin was commissioned to do a mural for the new third floor chapel similar to the one in the Chapel of Reconciliation at 3601 Locust Walk. It is now on display in the "Great Room" of the new facility.

"We are pleased to grow from these historical roots and to welcome people of all faiths, and those questioning how faith might influence their lives," said Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale, executive director of the C.A.

The ecumenical campus ministry, which has been on Penn's campus since 1891, recently sold its historic building to Penn in order to move into what was known as the Westminster House beside Tabernacle United Church. "It is an historic time for the C.A. and I know many on campus will be delighted at the way this move will strengthen the voice of the ministry. We have always been advocates for justice at Penn and will continue to be so, only much more strongly now," said Dr. Louise Shoemaker, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work and chair of the C.A.'s Board of Trustees.

Plans for the inaugural event are being coordinated by Dr. Mimi Collins, formerly head of Penn Student Health, and include a tour of the recently renovated space along with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be a panel discussion by local artists on Social Transformation Through the Arts from 6 to 7 p.m. The panel features novelist Lorene Cary, of the English Department, Gerry Givnish, the former executive director of the Painted Bride Theatre and Heath Allen, a well-known local jazz pianist.

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale (215) 746-6350 or Rev. Douglas Fauth at (215) 386-1530.

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Alzheimer's Disease Center Core Pilot Study: April 15

Penn's NIH-funded ADCC in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) will fund two pilot projects on biomedical, epidemiological or behavioral research in basic science or clinical areas each at a level of up to $20,000 per year (for personnel and supplies costs, but not equipment). These one-year, non-renewable grants support pilot research projects on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis or management of dementia of the Alzheimer's type or related conditions. The purpose is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data to serve as the basis of a grant application to the NIH or other public or private agencies concerned with this medical and social problem (see the CNDR website: www.med.upenn.edu/cndr/ADCCPilot.html).

A committee will review the proposals and funding depends not only on scientific merit, but also on the likelihood that the pilots will lead to independent investigator-initiated proposals.

Priority will be given to:

  • faculty in the early stages of their career who seek to enter the Alzheimer's Disease research arena
  • senior faculty who intend to shift their research emphasis towards neurodegenerative diseases.

Applications should use the NIH PHS 398 form with a limit of 10 pages (exclusive of literature cited). Approved University applications for human subjects or animals, if applicable, should be completed and attached. The application submission deadline is April 15, 2001 and questions may be directed to Gayle Viale, CNDR, (215) 662-4708 or e-mail: viale@mail.med.upenn.edu.

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Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 23, February 20, 2001