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Neal Nathanson Lectureship:
Nobel Laureate Dr. Prusiner

The Departments of Microbiology and Neurology are jointly sponsoring a lectureship to honor Dr. Neal Nathanson, Vice Provost for Research. Dr. Nathanson has made numerous fundamental contributions to the field of viral pathogenesis and has edited the definitive text on this subject. He chaired the Department of Microbiology for 15 years after which he served as the director of the Office of AIDS Research at the NIH for two years prior to his return to Penn in 2000 (Almanac November 14, 2000).

The first annual Nathanson Lectureship will be given by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Prusiner discovered prions, a new class of pathogens that replicate without nucleic acids. Prions cause scrapie in animals--a usually fatal virus, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Dr. Prusiner, who received his undergraduate and medical training at Penn, has won numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1997 (Almanac October 7, 1997). Dr. Prusiner will deliver his lecture, Prion Biology and New Approaches to Therapeutics, at 4 p.m. in BRB II/III auditorium on Wednesday, February 13.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 21, February 5, 2002


February 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 21

The first Neal Nathanson Lecture will be given next week by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Laureate and Penn alumnus.
After four years at the helm of the College House Program, Dr. David Brownlee steps down as director and turns over the wheel to a fellow faculty master.
When is Spring Recess? Well, now it is Spring Break--at least on the Academic Calendar--to be consistent with Fall Break.
Mix more than a dozen committees, a multi-year timeline, five institutional goals, six academic priorities, and several organizational priorities and the result is a new Strategic Plan which will soon be published For Comment.
The Council Committee on Communications reports on its findings from a one-year review of the Policy on Privacy in the Electronic Environment.
Improving pedestrian safety is a multi-step challenge.
Environmental Health and Radiation Safety offers information, thermometer exchange, and training for employees who handle hazardous substances.
Researchers make discoveries concerning King Midas, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, immune system and major depressive disorder.
The University Research Foundation's latest awards go to 48 projects--from The Art of Urbanism in Feudal Aquitaine to Evaluating a Hospital Quality Improvement Model for Developing Countries.
Discounted tickets are available to attend Annenberg Center events and a Basketball Game at the Palestra.
Penn Public Safety Institute provides the community with a glimpse of police work from behind-the-scenes; the next program begins tomorrow. Apply now.