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Mapping Human Geography
“Properties and people—that’s the way I think about the two types of data we have here,” Dr. Dennis Culhane is saying. “There’s property-specific data, and there’s data about people.” Continued...

Nathanson Tapped for Research Post
Dr. Neal Nathanson, the former chair of microbiology in Penn’s Medical Center and, more recently, director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was named vice provost for research, effective December 1. Continued...

Ex-Inmates Sue Penn and Kligman over Research
A group of nearly 300 former prisoners at Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia has filed a civil suit against the University and Dr. Albert M. Kligman Gr’42 M’47 Int’51, emeritus professor of dermatology, for carrying out experiments on them between 1961 and 1974. Continued...

Ancient Cats, Kings and Goddesses Return
After three years, six cities, 650,000 visitors and tens of thousands of traveling miles, the 155 pieces that comprise the traveling exhibition “Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum” have come back to Philadelphia. Continued...


A Home in the Carriage House
David Goodhand C’85 and Vincent Griski W’85 met at Penn in 1983, began dating, and lived together in Stouffer House as undergraduates. Now they are life partners—financially successful ones at that—and this past fall they returned to announce a $2 million lead gift for a new home for Penn’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center. Continued...

What Should I Wear?
Queen Marie Antoinette of France—known for her extravagance and her lack of sensitivity towards the masses—wore a “saintly” white gown to her execution, said Dr. Caroline Weber, assistant professor of Romance languages. The queen had smuggled it into prison for the occasion. Continued...

Gelsinger Family and University Settle
Six weeks after filing a lawsuit against the University and other parties over the death of 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger [“Gazetteer,” November/December], the Gelsinger family agreed to an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum. The family had filed its suit on September 18 for wrongful death, assault, battery, lack of informed consent and fraud; the agreement to settle was announced November 3. Continued...

Investing in Reasonable Rents
In order to keep housing rents reasonable in its back yard—and maybe do a better job on the upkeep of those buildings—Penn has entered into the Partnership for Quality Housing Choices in University City. Continued...

A Tangled Web, In More Ways Than One
This past fall, Dr. M. Susan Lindee
, associate professor of the history and sociology of science, found herself in the middle of one of the biggest controversies to rock the scholarly and scientific world in recent memory. Continued...

Sophisticated Dummies
Help Make Smart Nurses
You might call SimMan a glutton for punishment. Go ahead—give him an injection, using real IV fluids: his arm has all the anatomically correct veins, and when they get worn out, well, there are more where that patch of skin came from. Continued...

Gifts That Speak Volumes
It began in 1784, when King Louis XVI of France gave 100 bound volumes to what was then known as the University of the State of Pennsylvania. Last year, a new round of bookish gifts to Penn from heads of state coincided with the Library’s 250th anniversary and the acquisition of its five-millionth volume. Continued...

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Changing Partners for Sundance?

The Sundance Cinema complex at 40th and Walnut Streets has been put on hold since October, when General Cinemas, which was providing most of the financing, filed for bankruptcy. The University is attempting to find another financial partner for the complex, which included plans for a restaurant, café and other amenities. According to Tom Lussenhop, Penn’s managing director of institutional real estate, “Penn and Sundance are both interested in an ongoing role for Sundance,” which is the creation of film legend Robert Redford.



As part of the University’s plan to revamp Locust Walk [“Gazetteer,” July/August], the Pan Asian-American Community House celebrated its grand opening at 3601 Locust Walk on November 11. (Among the celebrants were Clifford S. Lee GEd’98, above.) Joining PAACH in that space will be La Casa Latina, UMOJA, the Performing Arts Council, Student Performing Arts, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and a satellite office of the Greenfield Intercultural Center.


New Class Enters the
Athletic Hall of Fame

Twenty-three former student-athletes and coaches were inducted into Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony over Homecoming Weekend in November. According to Steve Bilsky W’71, Penn’s athletic director, the new class of inductees “spans 88 years of outstanding athletic achievement on the playing fields, swimming pool and basketball courts, and by inducting them into our Hall of Fame, we will be able to celebrate their greatness in the spirit and proud tradition of Penn Athletics.”

This year’s inductees are:

  • DeBenneville “Bert” Bell C’20 (football)
  • Eliot W. Berry C’71 (football, squash, tennis)
  • Doris Beshunsky Ed’47 GEd’48 (swimming)
  • Lawrance A. Brown W’22 (track & field)
  • Barbara Cantwell-Wheeler W’82 (gymnastics)
  • Nathaniel “Nate” J. Cartmell W’07 (track & field)
  • Sean P. Colgan C’77 (crew)
  • Robert L. Cragg Jr. C’75 (diving)
  • Elizabeth Crothers Hawthorne Ed’46 GEd’48 (basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis)
  • Denis Elton Cochran-Fikes C’74 WG’79 (cross country, track & field)
  • Elizabeth “Nicky” Hitchens C’89 (field hockey)
  • Louis Kozloff C’65 M’69 (swimming)
  • John “Jack” W. McCloskey Ed’48 GEd’52 (baseball, basketball,
    football, baseball coach 1955-65 and basketball coach 1956-66)
  • Josiah C. McCracken M’01 Hon’27 (football, track & field)
  • Andrew Muhlstock W’75 (baseball)
  • Jeffrey L. Neuman W’66 WG’67 (basketball)
  • Donald M. Norbury W’60 (golf)
  • Robert K. Parmacek W’53 (fencing)
  • Stanley V. Pawlak C’66 (basketball)
  • David S. Pottruck C’70 WG’72 (football, wrestling)
  • Lawson Robertson (track & field coach 1916-47)
  • Lisa Romig Atkins C’82 (field hockey, lacrosse)
  • Anne Townsend Ed’27 (basketball, field hockey, lacrosse)

The new class is the third to be inducted into the Hall since it was founded in 1996 by Bilsky, who himself became a member in 1998. The Hall was established in the memory of Jerome S. Shenker W’38 and is located in the Donaldson Room of Weightman Hall.