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HEALTH ECONOMICS
Rx for Health System: Keep Hospitals and Take a 501(c)(3)
Following months of speculation about the future of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), a joint committee of medical faculty and University trustees presented its formal recommendations to the board of trustees at their February meeting.
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COMMUNICATION
Reducing Risky Behavior
No one ever said that trying to convince teenagers to refrain from risky behavior was simple. But trying to convince large numbers of adolescents to do so through a mass-media campaign is more complicated still. Continued...

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Snagging the Big Scholarships
Maybe it was just a coincidence that a pair of Penn students won a Rhodes Scholarship and a Marshall Scholarship last fall, a few months after the new Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) opened. Continued...

EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
Penn Researcher Could Lose Drug-Testing Privileges
Charging that he “repeatedly or deliberately violated regulations governing the proper conduct of clinical studies” of experimental drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun proceedings to disqualify Dr. James M. Wilson, the director of Penn’s Institute for Human Gene Therapy (IHGT), as a clinical investigator. Continued...

ARCHAEOLOGY
Early Amazon Fish Stories
“I’ve always been interested in indigenous technology,” Dr. Clark Erickson was saying. As an anthropologist (associate professor of anthropology) and archaeologist (associate curator of the American section of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), he describes his approach as one that studies “people in the past and how they were responsible for creating the landscape that we have today.” Continued...

THE GLOBAL CAMPUS
If You’re Going to San Francisco,
Be Sure to Wear a Cell Phone
in Your Hair
Starting this fall, business students interested in earning an MBA from the Wharton School will be able to attend a lecture, grab lunch at the Fog City Diner and cruise down to the Silicon Valley for an afternoon meeting with a start-up. Continued...

GIFTS
Saying Yes to $20 Million
“I want to make a difference in the lives of students because I want them to make a difference in the world,” said George A. Weiss W’65, explaining why he had given $20 million to the University to help provide for student life, faculty support and financial aid. Continued...

PENN AND THE CITY
Hack on Planning
Back in December, Dr. Gary Hack, dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts and the Paley Professor of Architecture and Planning, was named chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Continued...

GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Dr. DiIulio Goes to Washington
Dr. John J. DiIulio Jr. has taken leave from his position as the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society and professor of political science to run the first White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. The office will channel as much as $10 billion a year to faith-based groups to provide social services traditionally carried out by the government. Continued...

EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
Deeply Stimulating Brain Surgery for Parkinson’s Patients
And so, having come this far, you find yourself lying on a table in the operating room, waiting for a man to drill into your skull and insert two metal stimulators into your brain. You undoubtedly wish you were someplace far away. But since your head is locked in a stereotactic headframe, and since you are paying a lot of money to go through all this, you can’t leave, and you probably won’t complain. Continued...


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BRICKS AND MORTAR

The Palestra’s front lobby and concourses got a $2 million museum-quality facelift last fall, complete with displays, exhibits and photographs celebrating the legendary arena’s 75-year history. Steve Bilsky W’71, Penn’s athletic director, described the newly renovated areas as “part museum, part hall of fame.”