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November 20, 2007, Volume 54, 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 Meetings Music On Stage Readings/
Special Events Sports Talks Volunteer Opps Hours

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children and youth about the Arabic language and culture, will hold thier annual celebration and fundraiser on Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall. The Al-Bustan Campers (above) will present an Andalusian song and dance. See Special Events.


Academic calendar Index

7 Fall Term Classes end.
8 Reading Days. Through December 11.
12 Final Examinations. Through December 19.
19 Fall semester ends.

children's activities Index

8 Chinese Paper Cutting Family Workshop; artist and craft teacher Yu Yang introduces families to this tradition of making paper decorations including flowers, animals and ornaments; $5/member, $10/general; ages 7 and above; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; register: (215) 898-4016 (Penn Museum). 
14 My Heart is a Magic House; Julie Jacobs, author; Penn Bookstore; 11 a.m. (Bookstore). 

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

15 Kids’ Holiday Arrangement; learn about fresh flower arranging as you design a centerpiece to use on your family’s holiday table or to give as a gift; ages 5-12; 10 a.m.-noon; $31, $28/members; registration required.  

Peanut Butter & Jams: World Cafe Live
$10/adults, $7/children ages 1-12; 11:30 a.m; Info.: www.worldcafelive.com.

1 The Cat’s Pajamas; engaging imaginative award-winning recording artists.
8 Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band; a spirited, engaging and zany music performance.
15 Gustafer Yellowgold; this golden alien comes to life in a “moving book” of song and pictures.
29 Uncle Rock; catchy, rhythmically propulsive songs.
conferences Index

1 Inventing History: Italian Literature between Philology and Theory in Celebration of the Centenary of Italian Nobel Prize Giosue Carducci (1835-1907);9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall (Italian Studies).
10 Penn Town Meeting on Obesity; 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Colloquium Level, Jon M. Huntsman Hall; register: www.med.upenn.edu/idom/town_meeting/ (School of Medicine).
13 Cultural Heritage, Museum Ethics and the Law: Philadelphia Reflects the Global Debate;9 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; $189/attorneys, $125/arts professionals; register: (215)545-3385 (Penn Museum). 
15 One House—Many Doors: The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul; 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Studio Theater, Annenberg Center; info.: www.thepsalm.org (Middle East Center).

exhibits Index

Admission Donations and Hours

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.
Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, 3600 Market St.: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fox Gallery, Logan Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Graduate School of Education (GSE), Student Lounge: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art (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., 10 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., Tues., Wed., & Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 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.; Sun. 1-5 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.


7 Kenya; images from artist Julia Blaukopf’s travels in Kenya; reception: December 12, 5:30 p.m.; International House. Through January 4, 2008. eye
15 Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day; 60 of Greg MacGregor’s photographs retracing the journey across the American landscape; Merle-Smith Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Penn Museum. Through February 10, 2008. eye


Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940; 60 featured images from Schmidt’s collection; Merle-Smith Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Penn Museum. Through December 9. eye


In the Style of Jackson Pollock: A Family Exhibition; paintings by James Davis, professor emeritus of history, along with paintings by members of his family, which include Penn alumni; Burrison Gallery. Through December 15. eye


Ensemble; a group exhibition of works that make sound; ICA. Through December 16. eye


Eileen Neff: Between Us; 30 photographs by the Philadelphia artist; ICA. Through December 16. eye


Project Space: Jay Heikes; a unique installation which includes a cement and brass “bed of nails,” a digital cuckoo clock, a freezer wall, and a stylized rat trap; ICA. Through December 16. eye


Ramp Project: Taalman Koch, Fly Thru; Linda Taalman and Alan Koch’s installation based on their iT House, an aluminum and glass “kit” house, or pre-fab; ICA. Through December 16. eye


River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures From Sitio Conte; artifacts from Penn Museum’s 1940 excavation and  more than 120 extraordinary Precolumbian gold artifacts; Penn Museum. Through December 16. eye


Make Perhaps This Out Sense Of Can You; Rosenwald Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Through December 16. eye


Encaustic Paintings by Lorraine Glessner; Kelly Writers House. Through December 19.


InLiquid.com Video Installtion–Four by Four; video installations by various artists that explore themes of the body, cultural and personal identity, status and popular cultural; International House. Through December 28.


Frozen Architecture; photographic prints taken from snow research labs of the US Dept. of Agriculture; Esther Klein Gallery. Through December 29. eye


LabStudio; presented in conjunction with Frozen Architecture, this collaboration between PennDesign’s Non-Linear Systems Organization and Penn Institute for Medicine and Engineering features recent  research projects; Esther Klein Gallery. Through December 29.


Treasured Pages: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts from the Free Library of Philadelphia; Arthur Ross Gallery. Through January 6, 2008. eye


Lawrence Halprin: The Choreography of Gardens; Kroiz Gallery. Through February 1, 2008. eye


Emma Hamilton’s Path to Fame; the life of Lady Emma Hamilton through materials from the Jean Kislak Collection and Penn’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Deitrich Library. Through February 17, 2008.  eye


Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; artifacts from King Tutankhamun and the 1920s excavations of Amarna; Penn Museum. Extended through April 2008. eye


Coming to the Small Screen: Ormandy & Television; Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Ongoing.  eye


meta Metasequoia; see the world from among a canopy of redwood limbs; Morris Arboretum. Ongoing. eye
  A Wonderful Life: A Daughter’s Tribute to a Family of Educators; Joan Myerson Shrager’s digital art; Student Lounge, GSE. Ongoing.eye


The Jewish Book: Material Texts and Comparative Contexts; Van Pelt-Dietrich Library; virtual exhibition. Ongoing. eye


Photographs from the Field; ethnographic photographs by anthropology graduate students; Museum Library, Penn Museum. Ongoing.


Strokes of Genius: The Art of Annie G. Hunter; Museum Library, Penn Museum. Ongoing.

Ongoing at the Penn Museum
Treasures From the Royal Tombs of Ur; 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.

Penn Museum Tours
Meet at Trescher Main Entrance. Free w/ admission. Info.: www.museum.upenn.edu.

1    Divinity on the Nile; 1:30 p.m.
films Index

Center for Italian Studies
Info.: (215) 898-6040.


Il Mondo Nuovo; 7 p.m.; rm. G17, Logan Hall; Schneidman Lobby, Logan Hall.

Contemporary International Films
Screenings: Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House; 8 p.m. (Cinema Studies).


Lage Raho Munna Bhai (India).

German Film Series
Screenings: 8 p.m., TV Lounge, Gregory College House (Deutsches Haus).


My Leader: The Really Truest Truth about Adolph Hitler.

International House
With English subtitles: 7 p.m.; $7, $5/members, students, seniors unless otherwise noted. Info.: www.ihousephilly.org.

11 Reelblack Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan; preceded by Chief Rocker Busy Bee: The Architect Vol. 1.
15 Free Radical: The Films of Len Lye; Explosions into Coulour: New Zealand Experimental Film 1980-1984; 8:30 p.m.

Japanese Cinema Series
Screenings: 7 p.m.; rm. 231, Fisher-Bennett Hall (East Asian Studies).


Fire-works (Hana-bi).

Looking for Lola: A Film Series
Screenings: rm. 231, Fisher-Bennett Hall,  3 p.m. (Cinema Studies). 


Run Lola Run.

The Whole Nine Yards: A Film Series
Screenings: Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House at 9 p.m. (Cinema Studies).


Mulholland Drive.

fitness/learning Index

Jazzercise; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays; Newman Center; first class free; $8/class, $6/students; contact Carolyn Hamilton: (215) 662-3293 (days) or (610) 446-1983 (evenings).

Class of 1923 Arena; 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.

Christian Association
Info.: www.upennca.org.

4  SLANGuage; 2:30-5 p.m.; every Tuesday.
7  Networking Lunch; noon-1p.m.
10  Study Spot Tour; find a quiet place to study or meet with your small group; 3 -11 p.m.; also December 11



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

5 Brown Bag Matinee–Managing Stress; noon-1 p.m.
12 STAR Achievement Series: Certificate Program for Administrative Professionals; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
14 Career Focus Brown Bag-Negotiating A Salary; noon-1 p.m.



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

5 Dealing with Sibling Rivalries; noon-1 p.m.
6 Taking Charge of Your Children’s Health and Nutrition; noon-1 p.m.

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

2 Flowers in Metal Foil: A Little Bit of Spring; draw and emboss flowers in 36-gauge metal foil; 1-3 p.m.; $30, $28/members. 
4 Maintaining Tree Health; various techniques to increase a trees’ lifespan and preserve its natural beauty; 9 a.m. -4 p.m.; $85 (includes lunch).
6 Holiday Wreath Making; make a festive wreath from fresh loose boughs of greens; 1-3 p.m. or 6:45-9 p.m.; also December 8; $45, $42/members.
15  Boxwood Holiday Tree with Lights; design your own festive tree centerpiece; 1-3 p.m.; $48, $44/members.
16  Holiday Centerpiece; design a festive, fragrant arrangement for your home; 1-3 p.m.; $45, $42/members.



Department of Recreation
Events take place at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Register/info.: www.upenn.edu/recreation or (215) 898-6100.

3 Intramural Basketball Registration; open to students, faculty and staff; captain’s meeting December 5, 6 p.m.; info: Mike Reno (215) 746-7127.
5 Intro to Climbing; see website; $45, $30/members with PennCard.
7 Les Mills Body Pump Certification: register: www.lesmills.com. Through December 9. Info.:(215) 746-7127



Events take place at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. Register: www.upenn.edu/recreation or (215) 898-6100; Info: jmhunt@pobox.upenn.edu.

5 BodyPump Preview; noon; also December 7 and 18.
7 Body Composition Measurements; noon.
12 Staying Healthy Over the Holidays; noon.
Technology Training Services
Classes at ISC labs; 3650 Chestnut St.; 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted;  Open to faculty, staff and students; register: www.tts.isc.upenn.edu.
3  Maintaining and Troubleshooting Windows Vista Computers; $1,121; 3 days, see website. 
6  Supporting the Windows Vista Operating System and Applications; $746; 2 days.
   Photoshop CS2 Web Graphics; $494;  2 days.
10  Outlook 2007 Introduction—Hands On; 9 a.m.-noon; $41.
   Outlook 2007 Introduction—Fast Track; 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m.; $41.
   PowerPoint Introduction; $380.
11  Access Introduction; $357; 2 days.
   Windows Vista Introduction; $70.
12  Word Introduction; $190.
13   Moving to Office 2007—Hands On; 9 a.m.-noon; $41.
   Moving to Office 2007—Demonstration; 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m.; $41.
   Visio Beyond the Basics; $224.
14  Excel Intermediate; $190.
  Word Intermediate; $190.
17 Business Objects XI Desktop Intelligence Training; $380.
  Excel Introduction; $190.
18 Access Advanced; $448; 2 days.
19 Outlook 2007 Advanced; $70.
20 Word Intermediate; $190.

Meetings Index


WPSA Meeting; noon; 3rd floor, Houston Hall.

11 PPSA Board Meeting; noon; E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House; RSVP: ppsa@pobox.upenn.edu.

music Index

1 Full Measure Fall Show; Christian a cappella group; 7 p.m.; Dunlop Auditorium, Stemmler Hall; $7/advance, $8/door; (Full Measure). 
  Rock a Cappella Concert; 8 p.m.; Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum; $10, $8/students; info.: info@offthebeat.net  (Off the Beat). 
  RELACHE: Bits, Bytes, and Pieces; Grammy-nominated music ensemble with a unique sound; $15/members, $10/students, $20/general; 8 p.m.; International House (International House). 
  Penny Loafers (co-ed a cappella) Fall Show; 9 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; $7/ locust walk; $10/door (Penny Loafers). 
5 Marina Rosenfeld; composer and turntablist; ICA members & PennCard holders only; RSVP: rsvp@icaphila.org; 5:30 p.m.; ICA (ICA). 
22 Philadelphia Boys Choir 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert; 7:30 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; $25-$45; tickets: www.phillyboyschoir.org.



Music Department
Info.: music@sas.upenn.edu.

1 Penn Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert; 8 p.m. Irvine Auditorium; $5, free w/PennCard. 
2 Penn Flutes Fall Concert; 2 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall. 
  Ancient Voices; a capella vocal group performs Renaissance Christmas and Advent music; 3 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.
4 Penn Chamber II; chamber music by Penn undergraduates; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.
7 University Choral Society; Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.



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


WXPN Free at Noon Concert Series; Fridays at noon; World Cafe Live; info. and reservations: www.xpn.org.


1 Boy’s Life by Howard Korder; 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center (Quadramics). 


Ragtime: The Musical; 2 and 8:30 p.m.; Iron Gate Theatre (Penn Singers). 


Up On Stage; open mic; 7 p.m.; Platt Performing Arts House (Penn Collective).


Dance Like a Man; PenNaatak’s (South Asian Theater) Fall Show; 8 p.m.; Info.: http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~naatak. (PenNaatak).


Without a Net Fall Show; improvisational Comedy Troupe; 8 p.m.; Iron Gate Theater (Without a Net). 



Penn Presents
Info./ticket prices: www.pennpresents.org.

6 Josè Limón Dance Company; 7:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; $46, $39, $32; also December 7, 8 p.m. and December 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
14 The Whirling Dervishes of Instanbul; witness this 800 year old ceremony of Sufism that teaches personal development through worship of God, self-discipline and social responsibility; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; $55, $45, $40, $30; also December 15, 8 p.m. (Middle East Center; Penn Presents).

Jose Limon  
Josè Limón Dance Company
December 6, 7, and 8 at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center.
The Whirling Dervishes of Instanbul
December 14 and 15 at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center.


readings/signings Index

2 The Plants of Pennsylvania: An Illustrated Manual; Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block; Morris Arboretum; 2 p.m.; RSVP: (215) 247-5777 x109.


Kelly Writers House
Events in the Arts Cafe unless otherwise noted. Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/.
5 Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes!; 8 p.m.
6 Campus Publications Night; Kelly Writers House-affiliated campus publications; 5:30 p.m.

special events Index

Nov. 29 Holiday Shopping Saving Days: Beads Go Global; shop for merchandise this holiday season at discounted rates; Penn Museum; info.:www.museum.upenn.edu. Through December 2 (Penn Museum).
Nov. 30 Holiday Garden Railway Display; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed December 24 and 25; Morris Arboretum. Through December 31. eye
2 Free Annual Holiday Celebration: 12th Annual Peace Around the World: Passport to Culture; receive Museum “passports” and itineraries, visit International Classroom speakers to learn about holiday traditions around the world.  Crafts, regional children’s choirs, games, face painting and free treats for children; 1-4:30 p.m. Info.:www.museum.upenn.edu. ; Penn Museum (Museum).
  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s Annual Celebration/Fundraiser; youth and adult music/song/dance performances, demonstrations of henna/calligraphy/Arabic percussion, art display, and silent auction; dessert/refreshments served; 3-5 p.m.; $10/student, $25/adult, $50/family; RSVP: bbevan@albustanseeds.org or (267) 809-3668; www.albustanseeds.org; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall (Penn Arab Student Society; Al-Bustan).
5 Women of Color at Penn Annual Arts and Crafts Vendor Fair; 11 a.m. -4 p.m.; Houston Hall; info.: (215) 898-0104 (WOCAP). 
6 University Club at Penn: Annual Holiday Dinner Buffet; 5:30-8 p.m.; RSVP: (215) 898-4618 (University Club). 
  Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner; good food, live music and traditional Kwanzaa table setting ceremony; 6 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; RSVP: cagordon@pobox.upenn.edu (Makuu).
8 The Italian American Community in Pictures: People and Places; local filmmaker event with several films, photography exhibit, roundtable discussion and lunch reception; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; rm. G17, Logan Hall (Center for Italian Studies). 
11 Christian Association Holiday Open House; 5-7 p.m. (Christian Association).
13 Penn Bookstore Annual Holiday Sale; save 20% on a wide selection of holiday gifts, free gift wrapping, and hot chocolate and desserts served 4-6 p.m.; Penn Bookstore; also December 14 (Bookstore). 
14 International House Holiday Party;  seasonal music from the Curtis Institute of Music’s Brass Trio and traditions from around the world, holiday treats, egg nog and gingerbread house decorating with students from the Restaurant School; $5/members, students, seniors, $7/general; 6 p.m.; International House (International House). 

sports Index

Info./tickets: www.pennathletics.com.

1 (M) Fencing vs. Sacred Heart and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.
  (M) Fencing vs. Stevens Tech and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.
  (W) Fencing vs. Scared Heart and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.    
  (M) Fencing vs. Johns Hopkins and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.   
  (W) Fencing vs. Drew and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.
  (M) Fencing vs. Drew and Penn Multi-Meet; 11 a.m.  
  (M) Squash vs. Yale;noon.
  (W) Squash vs. Yale; noon.
2 (M) Squash vs. Brown; 11 a.m.
  (W) Squash vs. Brown; 11 a.m.
4 (M) Basketball vs. North Carolina; 7p.m.
5 (M) Squash vs. Franklin & Marshall; 6 p.m.
  (W) Basketball vs. Lafayette; 7 p.m.

talks Index

3 Making Global Data, Making Data Global: Climate Change and Meteorological Data Infrastructures; Paul Edwards, University of Michigan; 4 p.m.; rm. 337, Logan Hall (History & Sociology of Science).
4 Music Department Colloquia; Donna Buchannan, University of Illinois- Urbana; 5:15 p.m.; rm. 302, Music Bldg. (Music). 
5 Antibody-Mediated Neutralization and Escape in Subtype C HIV-1 Infection; Cynthia Derdeyn, Emory University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (CFAR).
  Steroid Production and Signaling in the Ovary: From Frog to Bedside; Stephen Hammes, University of Texas; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH). 
  Designing Radically Polymerizable and Degradable Biomaterials to Control Cellular Interactions; Jason Burdick, bioengineering; 3:15 p.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (Chemical & Biomedical Engineering). 
  Brain and Language Series; Brian McElree, New York University; 3 p.m.; suite 400A, IRCS (IRCS). 
  Chromosome Duplication, Segregation and Nuclear Patterning: Function Links Via ORC; Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar). 
  Regulation and Function of Neurogenesis in the Adult Mammalian Brain; Rusty Gage, Salk Institute; 4 p.m.; Barchi Library, rm.140, John Morgan Bldg. (MINS).
  Mesoamerican Civilizations; David Carrasco, Harvard Divinity School; 4:30 p.m.; Penn Museum; info (215) 898-4890 (Romance Languages; History; English; Center for Native American Studies).
  Remembering the Community: Bldg. Service into Your Life and Career; Rev. Chaz Howard, Associate Chaplain; 5:30 p.m.; Harrison Library, Steinhardt Hall; RSVP: (215) 573-3710 (Hillel). 
6 Grief Support Guest Speaker: Faith Hamilton; noon; rm. D-26, Castor Bldg.; info.: (215) 898-0104 (AARC). 
  Computer Simulation of Protein Folding, Reaction and Structural Change; Jeremy Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry & Biophysics).
  A Record of All Languages: Speakers, Scribes and the Making of the Linguistic Survey of Colonial India; Shahid Amin, University of Delhi; noon; rm. 551, Van Pelt-Deitrich Library (South Asia Studies). 
  Through A Different Lens: Middle Eastern History in Film; Eve Troutt-Powell, history; 5:30 p.m.; rm. 113, Jaffe Bldg. (Cinema Studies).
  Beyond the Land of Nod: Images of India and China in Syriac Literature; Annette Yoshiko Reed; 6 p.m.; RSVP: fhoffman@sas.upenn.edu (Oriental Club of Philadelphia). 
7 Robotic Technology for Neural Rehabilitation; Joel Burdick, California Institute of Technology; 11 a.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (GRASP).
  Protein Export by the Twin-Arginine Translocation Pathway of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis; Miriam Braunstein, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; noon; rm. 209, Johnson Pavilion, HUP (Microbiology). 
  Title TBA; David Hyman, University of Chicago College of Law; noon; Colonial Penn Center Auditorium (LDI). 
  Discourse Contrast and Interactivity in Language Comprehension; Daniel Grodner, Swarthmore College; noon; suite 400A, IRCS (IRCS). 
  The Portrait Business in Revolutionary France; Amy Freund, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington; 3:30 p.m.; Rich Seminar rm., Jaffe Bldg. (History of Art). 
10 Structural Plasticity in the Adult Brain; Elizabeth Gould, Princeton University; noon; suite 400A, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (CCN). 
  Structure and Function of the Human Retina Revealed with Adaptive Optics; Austin Roorda, University of California at Berkeley; noon; Barchi Library, 140 John Morgan Bldg. (Vision Research Center).
11 Peacemaking Through the Arts: Debriefing & Program Evaluation; 3:30 p.m.; Christian Association (CA).
12 Autophagy, Innate Immunity, and Microbial Countermeasures; Beth Levine, University of Texas; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Microbiology).
  The Complex Language of Histone and Factor Post-Translational Modifications in Transcription and Beyond; Shelley Berger, Wistar Institute; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH). 
  Mechanisms Underlying Prevention of Cognitive Impairment in Age-Dependent Neurodegeneration; Li-Huei Tsai, MIT; 4 p.m.; Barchi Library, rm. 140, John Morgan Bldg. (MINS).
  Whenever Wednesday: The Landscape of Photography; Darsie Alexander, Baltimore Museum of Art; 7 p.m. (ICA). 
13 Molecular Beacons and Nano-Beacons for Cancer Imaging and Therapy; Gang Zheng, radiology; 10:45 a.m.; Donner Auditorium, HUP (CFN).
  Immigration and Political Incorporation in Comparative Perspective; Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley; 4 p.m.; Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall (DCC).
14 Object Recognition by Scene Alignment; Antonio Torralba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 11 a.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (GRASP).
18 Tackling the Tyrosine Kinome: Development of Non-ATP Competitive Bcr-abl Kinase;  Nathaneal Gray, Harvard University; 3 p.m.; Reunion Hall, John Morgan Bldg. (Genomics). 
19 Asthma in the New Millenium; Reynold Panettieri, medicine; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (CRRWH).


Holiday Giving with Penn VIPS Holiday Drive: December 1–15

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 Annual Holiday Party sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, People’s Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter’s Mission, Bridges to the Community, Intercultural Family Services and more.  All items for the holiday drive must be unwrapped, new–not used–and please indicate the gender and age appropriateness of all gifts. Below are convenient locations for you to drop off your donations:

President’s Office 100 College Hall  Brenda Gonzalez 898-0447
Provost’s Office 353B 3401 Walnut Susan Curran 898-6841
Museum Reception Desk Near Kress Gallery Bonnie Crossfield 898-4001
Women’s Center  3643 Locust Walk Gloria Gay 898-8611
Af-Am Resource Center 3537 Locust Walk Rob Carter 898-0104
SAS 120 Logan Hall Stephanie Jones 898-7867
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Shared Catalogue Dept. Rachelle Nelson 898-9048
Renal Division  111 Clinical Research Bldg. Yvonne McLean Florence 898-1018
ISC 265C 3401 Walnut Doris Pate 573-6803
Wharton 1000 SH-DH Jennifer O’Keefe 898-1092
Nursing Fagin Hall: Room 213 Donna Milici 573-0747
Upward Bound 220 S. 40th/Suite 260 Afi Heywood 898-3185
Sansom Commons 203A Sansom West Kathy Ritchie 573-3561
VPUL 3611 Locust Walk Patricia Ravenell 898-5337
University Club at Penn 3611 Walnut/Inn at Penn Natalka Swavely 898-4618
CCP 133 South 36th/5th Floor Isabel Mapp 898-2020
Graduate Student Center 3615 Locust Walk DeAnna Cheung 746-6868
Cell & Dev. Biology 1157 BRB II/III Kim Walls 898-8045
Law School Silverman, Rm. 145 L’Tanya Nelson 898-7144
Human Resources 3401 Walnut, Suite 538A Darcell Griffith 898-6884
Linguistics  619 Williams Hall Amy Forsyth 898-6046
School of Medicine 335 Anatomy Chemistry Bldg. Larissa Mogano/Sharon Connelly 898-2876
BRB 421 Curie Blvd. Coral Haas 573-6796

Penn VIPS Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

During the holidays in December, departments from across the University “adopt” a deserving family. The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges.  The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis.

Families are assigned to departments based on request.  Departments choose the size of the family and may also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting. Departments may request a “wish list” from the family or  choose their own gifts for the family members. Departments choose the number and types of gifts they will provide. Departments are provided with size of the family, names, ages and sizes of each family member. Departments are encouraged to deliver gifts to the families, but they may also request to have gifts delivered.

Families are selected from the Carroll Park Community Council’s Housing Program and SunnyCrest Family Service Agency.  A small number of referrals are also accepted. Selection of families began in November and assignments are made in early December.

Contact Isabel Mapp at 898-2020 or send an e-mail: sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu; for more information and /or to vounteer.

Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

20th Annual Operation Santa Claus


First of all, thank you for allowing us to celebrate our 20th year. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide such a special event for these deserving children and seniors. The plans for this year’s “Operation Santa Claus” are underway! The party is held each year and the Sheraton Hotel is again generously hosting the festivities. Management at the hotel will be providing their ballroom and a lovely meal for the guests. 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, a magician/clown, face painters and of course, gifts from Santa, on Tuesday, December 11.  Last year’s party was an overwhelming success!  Over 500 gifts were donated along with monetary donations. 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. Feel free also to purchase gift cards to department stores or toy stores which we can be used by the children during outings at St. Mary’s.

To participate, please call Yvonne Giorgio at (215) 898-9997 or any one of the following individuals:

English Department
Anne Marie Pitts
(215) 898-7341
Phyllis Vizzachero
(215) 898-4545
Programs & Special Events
Maureen Stridick
(215) 898-6163

We have lists from each child and senior citizen attending with their gift wish – we would really appreciate your call if you would like to purchase a personal gift. You will be given the name of a senior or youngster and their gift wish. Simply wrap your gift, address it to them from Santa and drop it off to one of us no later than Friday, December 7.

There has always been a lot of interest from our staff and friends around campus.  Please help make this another successful holiday project full of joy and giving for less fortunate children and seniors.

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

2007-2008 Holiday Hours for University Services and Facilities

Accounts Payable Tentative hours subject to change: December 27, 28, and 31, 9 a.m.-noon; please call to confirm: (215) 898-1465.

Annenberg Center Box Office Closes December 21, 2 p.m.  Reopens January 2, 10 a.m.

Arthur Ross Gallery Closed December 25-January 1. Reopens January 2.

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

Class of 1923 Arena  Closed December 25. See www.upenn.edu/icerink.

College Houses and Academic Services Closes December 21, noon. 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 Sunday, December 23, 5 p.m. Open weekdays and Saturdays December 26-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. December 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed December 24, 25 & January 1. Open January 2-4, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Regular hours resume January 7. See www.upenn.edu/computerstore/.

Gifts Accounting & Administration  Closed December 24-25; December 26-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; December 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Closed January 1. 

Hillel Closed December 25 and January 1.

Houston Hall December 19-20, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; December 21, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed December 22-January 1; January 2-14, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m./weekdays, Closed weekends; Normal hours resume January 16. 

ICA  Galleries close December 16, 5 p.m.  Reopens January 2  Administrative hours December 17-21; Open January 17 6-8 p.m. for winter opening reception. 

Information Systems & Computing Operators will be answering main calls, (215) 898-5000, December 26-28.   Networking and Telecommunications staff will be on-call and responding to critical networking and telephone emergencies.  The ISC First Call and Provider Desk will be closed from 5 p.m. on Friday, December 21 through 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  Critical networking problems should be reported by dialing the First Call automated hotline (215) 573-4778 and following the instructions provided.  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 25 & 31.

Kelly Writers House  Closed December 21 through January 2. Open for administration hours December 17-20 and January 2-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours resume January 16.

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.-6 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 19, 1 p.m. Reopens
January 16.

Parking Office  Closes December 24.  Reopens January 2. Parking Lots will be closed on December 25 and will operate as normal during the rest of the holiday break: Parking lots/garages will be staffed and all existing rate structures will be in place. 

Penn Bookstore  Open December 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed
December 25. Open December 26-28, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; December 29, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; December 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m; December 31, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; January 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.            

PennCard Center Closes December 21, 2 p.m. Reopens January 2, 9 a.m. See www.upenn.edu/penncard.

Penn Museum Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21; Closed November 22, December 25 and January 1. 

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 10-18: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-midnight; Saturday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-midnight; December 19-20, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; December 21, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; December 22-23, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; December 24, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed December 25. December 26-28: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; December 29, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Hutchinson Gym: Closed December 22-29; See www.upenn.edu/recreation.

Registrar’s Office Closes December 21, 4:45 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 20 at noon, and will reopen January 12 at 9 a.m.

Student Financial Services Closes December 21, 4:45 p.m. Reopens January 2, 9 a.m. See www.sfs.upenn.edu.

Student Health Service December 19-21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; December 22, 9-11:30 a.m.; December 24, 26-29, 31, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Closed December 23, 25 and 30. 

University Club at Penn Closed December 24 through January 1 for Winter Break. Regular hours resume January 2.

Van Pelt-Dietrich/Lippincott Libraries and Rosengarten Reserve November 26-December 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: Mon.-Thurs., 24 hours; Fri. closes 2 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. open 10 a.m.; Holiday hours-Van Pelt/Lippincott/Rosengarten: December 20: 8:30 a.m.-5p.m.; December 21: 8:30 a.m. -5p.m.; December 22-25: closed; December 26-28: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 29-January 1: closed; January 2-5: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; January 6: closed.For additional hours,see the “hours” link on www.library.upenn.edu.