Nobel Laureate Dr. Prusiner
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).
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
Nathanson Lecture will be given next week by Dr. Stanley
Prusiner, Nobel Laureate and Penn alumnus.
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.
Spring Recess? Well, now it is Spring Break--at least on the
Calendar--to be consistent with Fall Break.
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.
Committee on Communications reports on its findings from a one-year
review of the Policy on Privacy in the Electronic Environment.
safety is a multi-step challenge.
Health and Radiation Safety offers information, thermometer
exchange, and training for employees who handle hazardous substances.
make discoveries concerning King Midas, kidney disease,
Alzheimer's disease, immune system and major depressive disorder.
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.
tickets are available to attend Annenberg
Center events and a Basketball
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Public Safety Institute provides the community with a glimpse
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