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James Wilson Stepping Down

Dr. James Wilson, director of the Institute for Human Gene Therapy since it was founded in 1992, will step down as director July 1. He will dedicate more of his time to "teaching and research in the development of novel gene delivery vehicles and their application in the treatment of diabetes, cystic fibrosis and infectious diseases."

Dean Arthur Rubenstein announced that he has accepted the findings and recommendations of the eight-member faculty committee which was charged in August 2001 with reviewing IHGT's focus as well as the state of gene therapy research. They recommended that IHGT broaden its scientific focus to include cell-based therapies, as well as stem cell biology and molecular virology.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 31, April 23, 2002


April 23, 2002
Volume 48 Number 31

James Wilson, director of IHGT, is stepping down as institute broadens it focus.
The School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing each recognize four of their finest for excellence in teaching.
The guidelines for faculty and staff salary increases for 2002-2003 stress merit and performance as the basis for any increases.
An invitation to commencement is extended to the University community.
The deaths of two former deans (Wharton & GSFA), an emeritus professor and an emeritus trustee.
University Council committee reports on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting include: Personnel Benefits, Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, and International Programs.
The Penn Reading Project has chosen the text for the incoming freshmen class; faculty members are encouraged to lead a small discussion group in September.
The A-3 Assembly seeks volunteers (weekly-paid employees) to serve on the Executive Board; 20 positions are available.
Penn faculty and staff are invited to the Children's Festival Opening Night Picnic and Performance, as well as a lunchtime party at the Museum to celebrate its new wing and courtyard garden.
The schools announce their graduation ceremonies and speakers.