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November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13
Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University.
For building locations, call (215) 898-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or see www.facilities.upenn.edu or the University’s website, www.upenn.edu. Listing of a phone number normally means tickets, reservations or registration required.
Academic Calendar Children's Activities Conferences Exhibits Films Fitness/ Learning Holiday
Meetings Music On Stage Readings/ Signings Special Events Sports Talks Volunteer

Holiday Garden Railway Display
Eileen Ivers
The Holiday Garden Railway Display has become one of Morris Arboretum’s most beloved attractions since it opened in 1998. It features a quarter mile of track with seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling G-scale model trains, all set within Morris Arboretum’s picturesque winter garden. The Railway opens November 24 and runs through December 31. Visit www.morrisarboretum. org for more information. Closed December 24, 25 and January 1.
The Penn Singers mark their 50th Anniversary with the performance of Voltaire’s Candide on December 1 & 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the Iron Gate Theater. Eileen Ivers will bring her grand holiday show, An Nollaig—An Irish Christmas, to the Zellerbach Theatre on December 16 at 8 p.m., with such favorites as “Do You Hear What I Hear” and Irish classics like “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake.” For tickets and information, visit www.pennpresents.org.

Philadelphia Boys Choir

The Philadelphia Boys Choir will perform their 2006 Holiday Concert, 'Tis The Season, on December 16 at
8 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium.

Peace Around The World



Peace Around The World, Penn Museum’s annual free holiday offering, a family afternoon of fun featuring multicultural entertainment with a focus on children around the world. December 3, 1-4:30 p.m.; Penn Museum. Left: Penn Museum's mascots.


8 Fall Term Classes End.
9 Reading Days. Through December 12.
13 Final Exams. Through December 20.
20 Fall Semester Ends.


2 Decorative Dashiki; decorate a Dashiki skirt to wear or give as a gift; ages 7+; 10 a.m.; Penn Museum; $10, $5/members; register: (215) 898-4016 (Museum).
5 Garen Thomas—Disney/Pixar Storybook Collection & Santa’s Kwanzaa; Penn Bookstore; 11 a.m. (Bookstore).
9 Kids’ Holiday Centerpiece; design a centerpiece for your family’s holiday table; ages 5-12; 10-11:30 a.m.; Morris Arboretum; $31, $28/members; register: (215) 247-5777, ext. 125 (Arboretum).

Peanut Butter and Jams: World Cafe Live
Shows begin 11:30 a.m.; $10/adults, $7/children. Info.: www.worldcafelive.com.

2   Trout Fishing in America; Christmas album songs plus familiar favorites; 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; $18, age 1 and under: free.
9   They Might Be Giants; Grammy-winning band popular with kids and adults; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; $20, $15/children.
16  Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band; zany family favorites.

conferences Index 

1 The G8’s Response to Africa: Is It Making a Difference? 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Houston Hall; register: www.gsc.upenn.edu/programs/ip.php#g8 (Graduate Student Center).
2 Traces and Symbols in Italian Neorealism; celebrates the centenary of the birth of Italian filmmakers Roberto Rossellini and Luchino Visconti; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; rm. 401, Fisher-Bennett Hall; info: (215) 898-8782 (Center for Italian Studies).
  Chinese Art: New Directions in Yuan Painting; senior scholars discuss current research on this extraordinary century of Chinese art (1267-1368 CE); 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Penn Museum; register: (215) 898-4890 (Museum).

exhibits Index 

Admission Donations and Hours
Annenberg Center; free; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Burrison Gallery, University Club at Penn, Inn at Penn: free; Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Esther Klein Gallery: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Graduate School of Education (GSE), Student Lounge: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
ICA: $6, $3/artists, seniors, students over 12; free/members, children 12 & under, w/PennCard; Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
International House; free; for hours call (215) 387-5125.
Kelly Writers House Gallery: free; Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 6-11 p.m.
Kroiz Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., appointment only.
Meyerson Gallery, Meyerson Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Morris Arboretum: $10, $8/seniors, $5/students & youth 3-18, free w/ PennCard, children under 3; Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.   
Penn Museum: $8, $5/seniors, children 6-17, full-time students w/ID, free/members, w/PennCard, children under 6; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Slought Foundation: free; Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: free; for hours see: http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi.


1 The Architect’s Eye: Master Drawings From the Collection of the Architectural Archives; original sketches and renderings by Louis I. Kahn, Robert Venturi, and Frank Lloyd Wright; Kroiz Gallery. Through March 30, 2007.
  Undergraduate Thesis Preview; Charles Addams Gallery; reception: December 6, 5 p.m. Through December 11.
8 MFA Final Critiques; Meyerson Gallery. Through December 10.
9 Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa; British photographer James Morris’ visual survey, from monumental mosques to family homes; Penn Museum. Through March 3, 2007. See December AT PENN Extras!

ICA Programs/Events
Info.: www.icaphila.org.

1 Armleder and Marclay; performance blending different artistic disciplines; 7 p.m.
3 Free Sunday Tour; the role of myth in shaping real historical narrative  among the artists displayed in Fables; 1 p.m.

Penn Museum Tours
Meet at Trescher Main Entrance; 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted; free with admission donation. Info.: www.museum.upenn.edu.

2 Year of Egypt: The Everyday Life of Egyptian Peasants; 11:30 a.m.
  African Music and Masks.
9 Mesoamerica: Ancient Ball Game.
10 Native Americans of the Southwest.
16 Daily Life in Ancient Egypt.
17 Highlights of the Collection.


MFA 2nd Year Exhibition and Auction; Meyerson Galleries. Through December 6. See December AT PENN Extras!
Crises; film, digital video and experimental multimedia to commemorate the anniversaries of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; Plaza Lobby, Annenberg Center. Through mid-December. See December AT PENN Extras!
Gulliver’s Reading: Jonathan Swift’s Library and Reading; reconstructs a large portion of books owned or read by Swift; Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 15.  See December AT PENN Extras!
Military Psychology Photo Exhibit; from Military Psychology, Clinical & Operational Applications by Drexel professor Eric Zillmer; International House. Through December 15.
About Nothing; works on paper by John Armleder from 1962-2007; ICA.  Through December 17. See December AT PENN Extras!
Fables; the urge to tell a story merges with the desire to dismantle one in works that represent a range of media; ICA. Through December 17. See December AT PENN Extras!
Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman; reminiscent of several key elements of the partners’ many unbuilt projects; ICA. Through December 17. See December AT PENN Extras!
Ramp Project: Irene Fortuyn; bronzed tree branches create abstract patterns on the walls and form spaces where psychological & emotional effects can be loosened; ICA. Through December 17. See December AT PENN Extras!
Benjamin Pierce: Photographs, 2003-2006; Burrison Gallery. Through December 22. See December AT PENN Extras!
The Figurative; works by artists Betty Schaefer and Shirley Steele; Kelly Writers House. Through December 22.
Views from the Penn Lens II; images by Penn students who studied abroad and international students who are studying in Philadelphia; International House. Through December 22.
Primal Secretions: A Günter Brus Retrospective; photos and videos of the artist’s past performances; Slought Foundation. Through December 23. See December AT PENN Extras!
In Search of Israeli Art; photographs by Israeli artist Dani Shoshan; Slought Foundation. Through December 23. See December AT PENN Extras!
Art Within Reach; in collaboration with ArtReach, helping underserved audiences experience arts and culture by increasing accessibility; Esther Klein Gallery. Through December 29. See December AT PENN Extras!
Holiday Garden Railway Display; lights and holiday décor adorn the Garden Railway for the holiday season; Morris Arboretum. Through December 31. See December AT PENN Extras!
Trouble in Paradise: The Art of Polynesian Warfare; considers the functions and decorative elements of war clubs; Dietrich Gallery, Penn Museum. Through December 31. See December AT PENN Extras!
Francisco Goya y Lucientes: Los Caprichos: An Early Edition from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ross; celebrates the 25th anniversary of association between the Arthur Ross Foundation and Penn; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through January 7, 2007. See December AT PENN Extras!
Literae Humaniores: Treasures from the University of Pennsylvania Library; books & manuscripts; Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through February 16, 2007. See December AT PENN Extras!
Under European Eyes: Conquistadors & Arts of the New World; artifacts that reveal how Europeans perceived the arts of their newly conquered subjects; Penn Museum. Through February 26, 2007. See December AT PENN Extras!
Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; artifacts from the period of King Tutankhamun and from the 1920s excavations of Amarna; Penn Museum. Through October 2007. See On Stage. See December AT PENN Extras!
Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy & Television; Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Ongoing. See December AT PENN Extras!
meta Metasequoia; see the world from among a canopy of redwood limbs; Morris Arboretum. Ongoing. See December AT PENN Extras!
A Wonderful Life: A Daughter’s Tribute to a Family of Educators; Joan Myerson Shrager’s digital art; Student Lounge, GSE. Ongoing. See December AT PENN Extras!

Ongoing at the Penn Museum

Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans; Canaan & Ancient Israel; Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; Mesoamerica; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets & Science; Raven’s Journey: The World of Alaska’s Native People; Buddhism: History & Diversity of a Great Tradition; Africa: The Cradle of Humankind; Polynesia: ‘ahu’ula + lei niho palaoa.

films Index 

6 Gespenster; 8 p.m.; Class of 1925 TV Lounge, Gregory College House (German Film Series).
  Y Tu Mamá También; 9 p.m.; Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House (Cinema Studies).
7 Ground Truth; 7 p.m.; rm. B21, Stitler Hall (PFSAWI).
11 Il Gattopardo; 9 p.m.; Class of 1925 TV Lounge, Gregory College House (Italian Film Series).

Film Culture Program
Screenings 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted; Film Lounge, Van Pelt Manor. Free w/PennCard.

3 City of God; 8:30 p.m.
5 The Royal Tenenbaums; 8 p.m.

International House
Screenings w/English subtitles. Tickets: $7, $5/members, students, seniors unless otherwise noted.
Info.: www.ihousephilly.org.

7 The Pact; with special guests and post-film discussion.
9 Lunacy; 6 & 8:30 p.m.
16 Galaxy of Terror followed by Battle Beyond the Stars; 8 p.m.; $10.

Italian Film Festival
Screenings at 5 p.m.; International House; free admission.

1   Fire at My Heart followed by Santiago and What the Hell Am I Doing Here.

fitness / learning Index 

Class of 1923 Arena; 3130 Walnut St.; admission: weekday $5.50, weekend $6.50, $1 off w/PennCard; skate rental $2.50; public skating: Mon.-Thurs., 1-3 p.m.; Sat. 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-2:30 p.m.; group rates and skating lessons offered; info.: www.upenn.edu/icerink.

Jazzercise; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays; Newman Center; first class free; $7/class, $5/students; contact Carolyn Hamilton: (215) 662-3293 (days) or (610) 446-1983 (evenings).

14 Penn Knitters; noon-1:30 p.m.; The ARCH.

Christian Association
Info: www.upennca.org.

1 Christian Activist Power Lunch; representatives of all campus groups share programs and initiatives and build a more powerful network; noon. Also December 8.
5 Christians in Dialogue: The Model Life; focusing on inter-religious dialogue; noon.
  SLANGuage; practice speaking English; 3 p.m. Also December 12.
  Queer Christian Fellowship; fellowship and conversation with dinner; 6 p.m.

College of General Studies
Adult non-credit courses. Register: www.pennclasses.org.

5 A Season of Ballet in Philadelphia; preview the Pennsylvania Ballet with video recordings, discussions and commentary; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $55.

Learning and Education: HR
Open to faculty and staff. Register: www.hr.upenn.edu/training_coursecatalog/.

6 Brown Bag Matinee–Straight Talking; noon-1 p.m.
14 Career Focus Brown Bag–Negotiating a Salary; noon-1 p.m.

Morris Arboretum
Register: (215) 247-5777, ext. 125.

2 Creating Illuminated Paper Sculptures; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; $60, $54/members.
3 Terrariums: Create a Miniature Greenhouse; 1:30-3 p.m.; $17, $15/members.
6 Maintaining Tree Health; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $85.
7 Festive Fragrant Holiday Wreath; noon-2 p.m.; also 6:45-8:45 p.m.; $45, $40/members.
9 Holiday Wreath Making; 12:30-3:30 p.m.; $45, $40/members.
12 Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights; 6:45-8:45 p.m.; $48, $43/members. Also December 17, 1-3 p.m.
19 Holiday Table Centerpiece; 10 a.m.-noon; also 6:45-8:45 p.m.; $45, $42/ members.

PennFit: Department of Recreation
Free to Penn students, faculty & staff. Events take place at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, noon-1 p.m.
Register: www.upenn.edu/recreation or (215) 898-6100.

1 Body Composition Measurements.
5 Keeping Off the Winter Pounds, Part I.
7 Keeping Off the Winter Pounds, Part II.

Quality of Worklife: HR
Open to faculty and staff. Register: www.hr.upenn.edu/training_coursecatalog/.

6 Helping Your Kids Manage Asthma; noon-1 p.m.
7 It Takes a Village: Elder Care; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Technology Training Services
Classes at ISC labs, 3650 Chestnut St., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Open to faculty, staff & students.
Register: www.tts.isc.upenn.edu.

1 Excel Introduction;  $190.
4 FilemakerPro Introduction; $260.
5 Dreamweaver 8: Introduction; $570. Continues December 6.
7 Access Advanced; $448. Continues December 8.
11 Word Intermediate; $190.
12 Access Introduction; $357. Continues December 13.
14 Excel Intermediate; $190.
15 Business Objects Introduction; $380.
18 PowerPoint Introduction; $190.
19 Visio Introduction; $224.

Meetings Index 

8 PPSA Board;  noon-1:30 p.m.; Class of ’42 Conference Room, Sweeten Alumni House; RSVP: ppsa@pobox.upenn.edu.
12 WPSA Board; 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Political Science Lounge, Stiteler Hall.

music Index 

8 Spiritual Unity; group dedicated to re-imagining the music of Albert Ayler, one of the pillars of modern jazz; 8 p.m.; International House; $30, $22.50/students; $28/members & seniors (I-House). See December AT PENN Extras!
16 Philadelphia Boys Choir Holiday Concert: ‘Tis The Season; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $25-$40.
  Eileen Ivers: An Nollaig—An Irish Christmas; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre; Annenberg Center; $22-$46; info./tickets: www.pennpresents.com (Penn Presents). See December AT PENN Extras! Audio Video Extras

Music Department
$5 unless otherwise noted; free w/PennCard. Info.: www.sas.upenn.edu/music.

1 Penn Wind Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.
2 Penn Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.
3 Ancient Voices; 3 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.
5 Penn Chamber I; 8 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.
7 Penn Chamber II; 8 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.
8 University Choral Society; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.

World Cafe Live
Performances daily.  For a complete listing, see www.worldcafelive.com.


1 Baby with the Bathwater; 6 p.m.; $5; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center. Also December 2, 2 & 8:30 p.m. (Quadramics).
  Candide; 8:30 p.m. ; Iron Gate Theatre. Also December 2, 8:30 p.m.; $7 (Penn Singers).
2 Theater-in-the-Galleries: Vagabond Acting Troupe; original short theatre program to complement the new Amarna exhibit; multiple performances beginning after 1 p.m.; Lower Egyptian Gallery, Penn Museum; free with admission. Also December 3 (Museum). See Exhibits.

readings / signings Index 

Kelly Writers House
Events in the Arts Café unless otherwise noted. RSVP where noted: wh@writing.upenn.edu.
Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/.

4 Aaron Dorfman—American Jewish World Service; 5:30 p.m.
5 Arthur Sze, poet; 6 p.m.
6 Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes!; 8 p.m. Also December 20.
7 Yaacob Dweck & Nicholas de Lange, translators; 6 p.m.

Penn Bookstore
Info.: www.upenn.edu/bookstore.

4 Valerie Joseph-Darden—Reflections on Valerie’s World; noon.
  Joan Saltzman—Mr. Right and My Left Kidney; 5:30 p.m.
11 Lisa Roberts—Antiques of the Future; 5:30 p.m.

special events Index 

1 Holiday Shopping Days; Museum shops offer three days of discounts; 15% w/PennCard, HUP or CHOP ID; focusing on items reflecting Egypt, including reproductions of artifacts from the collection and the new Amarna exhibit; view new shop items at: www.museum.upenn.edu/new/shop/r_egypt.shtml; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;  Penn Museum. Through December 3 (Museum).
  Women of Color at Penn Annual Arts & Crafts Fair; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Houston Hall (AARC).
3 Peace Around the World; multicultural entertainment featuring choral music, games, face-painting holiday craft workshops, food and international music; 1-4:30 p.m.; Penn Museum (Museum).
13 University Club at Penn Annual Holiday Dinner Buffet; 5:30-8 p.m.; University Club; reservations: (215) 898-4618 (University Club).

sports Index 

Info./tickets: www.pennathletics.com.

2 (M) Basketball vs. Villanova; 7 p.m.
3 (W) Basketball vs. Villanova; 1 p.m.
8 (W) Swimming vs. Columbia; 6 p.m.
9 (M) Basketball vs. Fordham; 7 p.m.
10 (W) Basketball vs. American; 1 p.m.
21 (W) Basketball vs. Drexel; 1 p.m.
  (M) Basketball vs. University of Illinois at Chicago ; 7 p.m.
29 (W) Basketball vs. Temple; 1 p.m.

Talks Index 

1 Aerial Robotics: What’s Ahead and What Have We Left Behind?; Eric Feron, Georgia Tech; 11 a.m.; rm. 307, Levine Hall (GRASP Laboratory).
  Bacterial Fatty Acid Synthesis; Violation of the E. coli Paradigm; John Cronan, University of Illinois; noon; rm. 209, Johnson Pavilion (Microbiology).
  The Structure of Adolescent Sexual Networks; Peter Bearman, Columbia University; noon; auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (LDI).
  The Formation of a Mercantilist State and the Economic Growth of the United Kingdom 1453-1815; Patrick O’Brien, London School of Economics; 2 p.m.; Lea Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library (Penn Economic History Forum).
  Gaia Revisited: The Interplay of Climate and Life on the Early Earth; Jim Kasting, Penn State University; 4 p.m.; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth and Environmental Science).
4 Function Neuroanatomy of Memory in Young and Older Adults; Roberto Cabeza, Duke University; noon; Institute for Research and Cognitive Science (Psychology).
  Preliminary Transfer Function Coseismic Subsidence Estimates from the 1700 A.D. Earthquake in Oregon; Andrea Hawkes, earth and environmental science; noon; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth and Environmental Science).
  Stroma-Derived 3D System; Microenvironmental Effects on Cell Behavior; Edna Cukierman, Fox Chase Cancer Center; 2 p.m.; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Pennsylvania Muscle Institute).
  Nipah and Hendra Viruses: Different and Dangerous; Christopher Broder, Uniformed Services University; 4 p.m.; rm. 321, Rosenthal Bldg. (Microbiology).
5 Cross-Catalytic Architectures; Cecil Balmond, architecture; Peter Lloyd Jones, pathology and laboratory medicine; 6 p.m.; Slought Foundation (Slought).
6 Host Factors Involved in Viral Pathogenesis: Lessons Learned From Drosophila; Sara Cherry, microbiology; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Microbiology).
  Incorporating Green: Opportunities for Pursuing Sustainability in Conventional Disciplines; Master of Environmental Studies Program students: Mayosha Mendis; Lydia Loh; Matt Kondratowicz; Nick Tichich; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Cret Wing, Chemistry Labs (Earth and Environmental Sciences).
  Title tba; Marcia Brose, otorhinolaryngology, SOM; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III; info.: (215) 573-5446 (CRRWH).
  Prospects for Expressing Membrane Proteins as Drug Targets: Water, Glycerol, and Ammonia Onwards; Robert Stroud, University of California–San Francisco; 12:30 p.m.; Reunion Auditorium, John Morgan Bldg. (Biochemistry and Biophysics).
  Proteomics Technologies in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease; Kelvin Lee, Cornell University; 3:15 p.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).
  Measles: Insights into Protective Immunity and Virus Clearance; Diane Griffin, Johns Hopkins University; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).
  The Santa Fe-ing of America? The Impact of Transportation Technology on Cities; Joel Garreau, Washington Post; 5 p.m.; rm. 200, College Hall; register: (215) 573-8280 (Penn Humanities Forum).
  Ruin’s Wheel; G. Jan Colijn, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; 6:30 p.m.; International House; RSVP: (215) 895-6536 (I-House).
7 Human Rights Dimensions of HIV/AIDS Research and Their Relationship to Bioethics and Health Law; George Annas, Boston University; 1 p.m.; auditorium, BRB II/III (Center for AIDS Research).
  Rationing HIV/AIDS Treatment in Africa: Ethical and Human Rights Dimensions; George Annas; Boston University; 1 p.m..; auditorium, BRB II/III (Center for AIDS Research).
8 An Ethical Seesaw: Complex Living Kidney Donors; Peter Reese, renal division; noon; Center for Bioethics (Center for Bioethics).
  Regulation of Bacterial Heme and Iron Metabolism; Mark O’Brien, SUNY Buffalo; noon; rm. 209, Johnson Pavilion (Microbiology).
  Managed Care, Drug Benefits and Mortality: An Analysis of the Elderly; Gautam Gowrisankaran, Washington University in St. Louis; noon; auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (LDI).
9 The War Club: An Important Moche Symbol; Elizabeth Benson, Institute for Andean Studies; 1:30 p.m.; rm. 345, Academic Wing, Penn Museum (Museum).
12 How the Success and Failure of Prenatal Care Changed the Way We Think About Pregnancy; John Lantos, University of Chicago; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 350, Jon M. Huntsman Hall; RSVP: (215) 898-7136 (Center for Bioethics).
13 Gained in Translation: Generation of MHC Class I Peptide Ligands From Newly Synthesized Viral and Cellular Gene Products; Jonathan Yewdell, NIAID/NIH; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Microbiology).
  Women of Color Networking Series; Afaf Meleis, nursing; noon; Penn Women’s Center (Penn Women’s Center).
  Placental Inflammation: Role for Fetal Programming of Obesity; Sylvie Hauguel-de Mouzon, Case Western Reserve University; noon; rm. 252, BRB II/III (CRRWH).
  Transport of Proteins In and Out of the Endoplasmic Reticulum; Tom Rapoport, Harvard University; 12:30 p.m.; Reunion Auditorium, John Morgan Bldg. (Biochemistry and Biophysics).
  Theory and Experiments for Advancing Transition Metal Catalysts Design; Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 3:15 p.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).
14 From Neuroscience to Politics—Without a Soul; Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary; 4 p.m.; Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall; RSVP: smithel@psych.upenn.edu (Psychology).

Penn VIPS Christmas Drive: November 28 through December 15

Please join us in the Annual Penn Volunteers In Public Service Holiday Drive. As you buy toys and presents for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to deserving members of our community.  All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the People’s Emergency Shelter, Bridges To The Community, Potter’s Mission, Carroll Park Community Council, Intercultural Family Services and many more. All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used, and please indicate the gender and age appropriateness of all gifts. Below are locations to drop off donations:

Abramson Cancer Center 16 Penn Tower Adina Lieberman 662-3167
Af-Am Resource Center 3537 Locust Walk Afi Heywood 898-0104
CCP 133 South 36th/5th Floor Isabel Mapp 898-2020
Cell & Dev. Biology 1157 BRB II/III Kim Walls 898-8045
Engineering 107 Towne Bldg. Ellen V. Russell 898-7244
Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk DeAnna Cheung 746-6868
Houston Hall Information Desk Tara Carroll 573-5011
Human Resources 3401 Walnut St., Suite 538A Darcell Griffith 898-6884
ISC 265C 3401 Walnut St. Doris Pate 573-6803
ISC 203A Sansom West Kathy Ritchie 573-3561
Law School Silverman, Rm. 145 L’Tanya Nelson 898-7144
Linguistics 619 Williams Hall Amy Forsyth 898-6046
Museum Reception Desk Near Kress Gallery Bonnie Crossfield 898-4001
Claire M. Fagin Hall 4th Floor Mailroom Donna Milici 573-0747
Off Campus Living 4046 Walnut St. Pam Carr 898-7422
Political Science 217 Stiteler Hall Marcia Dotson 898-7641
Renal Division 700 Clinical Research Yvonne McClean Florence 898-1018
SAS 120 Logan Hall Kristin Davidson 573-3416
School of Medicine 233 Blockley Hall Larissa Mogano/Sharon Connelly 898-2876
ULAR 220 South 40th St. Mary Jo Pauxtis 898-4902
University Club 3611 Walnut St./Inn at Penn Natalka Swavely 898-4618
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Shared Catalogue Dept. Rachelle Nelson 898-9048
Wharton 1000 SH-DH Jennifer O’Keefe 898-1092
Women’s Center 3643 Locust Walk Gloria Gay 898-8611
VPUL 3611 Locust Walk Patricia Ravenell 898-5337

Penn VIPS Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

Won’t you consider adopting a family during the Holidays? Several departments have adopted a deserving family for the holidays and will be providing the family with toys and gifts so that they too can have a joyous holiday. Families are selected from the Carroll Park Community Council Housing program and from SunnyCrest Family Agency. Share some joy this holiday by making life a little more merry for deserving families. Call Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or e-mail sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu for additional information about this program.

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services, Director, Penn VIPS, CCP

Operation Santa Clause

Operation Santa Claus

The plans for this year’s 19th Annual Operation Santa Claus are underway. The party is held each year for the young and senior citizens. The Sheraton Hotel is again generously hosting the festivities. The guests of honor will be the Penn Center for Rehabilitation & Care (Ralston House) and St. Mary’s Villa for Abused & Neglected Children. Gifts will also be collected and distributed to St. Vincent’s and the People’s Emergency Center. Our senior citizen friends & the children will again be treated to a holiday luncheon, gifts from Santa, a magician/clown and a special musical performance on Tuesday, December 12.

Last year’s party was an overwhelming success, over 500 gifts were donated along with monetary donations to pay for the party expenses. The gifts were distributed to all the guests, as well as enough to be sent back to the children and elderly not able to attend. We’re asking for your help again. We are in need of gifts as well as monetary donations to cover the cost of the party. Monetary donations are extremely appreciated. This is used to cover the cost of transportation, entertainment and additional gifts that are always needed.

 For further information on how to donate or participate, please call Yvonne at (215) 898-9997.  You may also contact George Reale (Facilities) at (215) 898-7171, Anne Marie Pitts (English) at (215) 898-7341, Phyllis Vizzachero (Mailroom) at (215) 898-4545 or Maureen Stridick (Programs and Special Events) at (215) 898-6163.

We will be supplied lists of each child and senior citizen attending the partywe would appreciate your call if you would like to purchase a gift more personally. You will be given the name of a senior or youngster, and their gift wish. Simply wrap your gift addressed to them from Santa and drop it off to one of us no later than Monday, December 11. Or if you prefer, choose from these gift suggestions: gift cards to department stores or toy stores; children’s board games/electronic games/radio control cars/barbie dolls; sweatshirts/pants (men’s & ladies’ sz. medium–2X); socks (men’s white and dark and ladies’ knee socks & knee highs); perfume, cologne and dusting powder for ladies; men’s and ladies’ sweaters, t-shirts, undershirts & thermals (medium–2X); men’s & ladies’ slippers with back out (slip-ons).  Wrap it, & place a label/tag on the outside marked with what the item is, whether for a man or woman, girl or boy and the size, if applicable. Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in participating so we can be sure that all the children and senior citizens attending will receive a gift.

There has always been a lot of interest from our staff and friends around campus. We are hoping that you will again be able to help. Please help make this another successful holiday project full of joy and giving for the less fortunate children and elderly.

A special thank you to Ken Kapikian, Mike Baldino and their staff at the Sheraton Hotel for their generosity and assistance in making such a wonderful day for these children and seniors. A special thank you as well to Local 835 who help us each year with a donation from the Bobby Null Memorial Fund. And as always our appreciation to all the volunteers who come and help us each year.

—Yvonne Giorgio, Manager of the Student Financial Services Call Center

2006-2007 Holiday Hours for University Services and Facilities

Accounts Payable/Comptroller’s Office Closes December 22, noon. Open December 26-29, 9 a.m.-noon. Regular hours resume January 2, 9 a.m.

Annenberg Center Box Office Closes December 22, 2 p.m.  Reopens January 2, 10 a.m.

Arthur Ross Gallery Closed December 24-January 1. Reopens January 2, 10 a.m.

Cashier’s Office Closes December 22, 2 p.m. Open December 27-29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Christian Association Closed except by appointment December 23-January 1. Regular hours resume January 2, 9 a.m.

College Houses and Academic Services Closes December 22, 2 p.m. Reopens January 2, 9 a.m.

Community Housing and Conference Services Closes December 22, 5 p.m.  Reopens January 2, 9 a.m.

Computer Connection  Closes December 24, 4 p.m. Open weekdays and Saturdays December 26-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. December 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 25 & January 1. Open January 2-5, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Regular hours resume January 6. See www.upenn.edu/computerstore/.

Gifts Accounting & Administration  Open December 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Closed December 25. Open December 26-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hillel Closed December 25 and January 1.

Houston Hall Closed December 23-January 1. Open January 2-5, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed January 6. Open January 7, noon-11 p.m. Regular hours resume January 8.

ICA  Galleries close December 17, 5 p.m. and reopen January 19, noon. Open for administration December 18-22; re-opening January 2.

Information Systems & Computing Operators will be answering main calls (215) 898-5000 December 26-29. No operator service
December 25. Networking and Telecommunications staff will be on-call and responding to critical networking and telephone emergencies. Critical networking problems should be reported via First Call automated hotline (215) 573-4778. Telephone emergencies should be reported via Telecommunications Customer Service Center at (215) 746-6000. The Data Center will operate its normal 24x7 schedule.

Jazzercise Closed December 26 & 28.

Kelly Writers House  Closes December 22, 5 p.m. Open for administration hours December 18-22 and January 3-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours and programs resume January 8.

Levy Tennis Pavilion Open Mon. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. December 24 & 31: 9 a.m.-noon. Closed December 25 & January 1.

Morris Arboretum Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed December 24, 25 & January 1. Regular hours resume January 2.

Newman Center Closes December 20, 1 p.m. Reopens January 8, 9 a.m.

Penn Bookstore  Open December 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed December 25. Open December 26-29, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; December 30, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; December 31, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; January 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.            

PennCard Center Closes December 22, 2 p.m. Reopens January 2, 9 a.m. See www.upenn.edu/penncard.

Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena  Closed December 23-26. Reopens December 27, 1 p.m.; Closed December 30-31. Closed January 1; reopens January 2, noon. See www.upenn.edu/icerink.

Penn Museum Galleries: Closes December 24, 4 p.m. Closed December 25. Open December 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and December 31, 1-4 p.m. Open regular hours December 26-29 and January 2 onward.

Penn Transit Service  Closed December 24. Reopens January 2. During Winter Break, limited transportation will be provided in cooperation with Public Safety, call (215) 898-RIDE (7433).

Recreation Department–Pottruck Center & Hutchinson Gym Pottruck Center: Open December 11-19: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-midnight; Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-midnight; December 20-22, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Closed December 23-25. December 26-29: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.. Closed December 30-January 1. Open January 2-5: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; January 6: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; January 7: 8 a.m.-midnight. Hutchinson Gym: Open December 11-19: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: noon-6 p.m.; Open December 20-22: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed December 23-January 1. Open January 2-5: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; January 6-7: noon-6 p.m. See www.upenn.edu/recreation.

Registrar’s Office Closes December 22, 2 p.m.  Reopens January 2, 9 a.m.  See www.upenn.edu/registrar

Residence Halls Sansom Place East, Sansom Place West, Harnwell College House, Harrison College House and Rodin College House will remain open.  All other houses will close on December 21 at noon, and will reopen January 4 at 9 a.m.

Student Financial Services Closes December 22, 2 p.m. Reopens January 2, 9 a.m. See www.sfs.upenn.edu.

Student Health Service Closed December 24, 25, 31 & January 1. Open December 20-21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; December 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; December 23, 9-11:30 a.m.; December 26-30, 9-11:30 a.m.

University Club at Penn Closed December 25 through January 1 for Winter Break. Regular hours resume January 2.

Van Pelt-Dietrich/Lippincott Libraries and Rosengarten Reserve December 3-19 extended hours—Van Pelt-Dietrich/Lippincott:Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Rosengarten/USG: Mon.-Thurs., 24 hours; Fri. closes 2 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. open 10 a.m.; Library Center–December 20, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; December 21-22, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 23-25; December 26-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed December 23-25. December 26-29, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 30-January 1; January 2-7,  8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-midnight. For updates and hours information for other Penn Libraries, see hours on www.library.upenn.edu.