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the view of Provost Robert
Barchi Gr72 M72 GM73, the burgeoning field of genomics is the biggest,
most exciting transition to hit the biological sciences since the advent
of molecular biologyand in many ways I think it will be more profoundly
altering to the field than molecular biology. Continued...
Smell of Success
Tuesday, March 6, while
a few stray snowflakes from
the Winter Storm That Wasnt fell outside the windows of Kelly Writers
House, writer and humorist David Sedaris was interviewed by Dr. Alan Filreis,
the Class of 1942 Professor of English and faculty director of the Writers
Ashes, A First Home
for Fine Arts
the former Asbury Methodist
Episcopal Church at 33rd and Chestnut Streets burned down in March 1997
[Gazetteer, April 1997], in the midst of renovations to turn it into
the headquarters of Penns fine-arts department, it looked like one more
disappointing chapter in the programs long search for a permanent home.
Fragments and Shifting Notions
somehow seems appropriate that
a new exhibition at the Arthur Ross GalleyTransformation: Jews and
Modernityhas been described by its curators as being comprised of
fragments from a history of modern Jewish art. Continued...
any political junkie knows, theres
room for argument after every electionthough not usually about who won.
Not, that is, until last year. Continued...
The First 125 Years
want to celebrate 125 years
of achievement for women at Penn, says Judith Roth Berkowitz CW64. To
say, How did women get to Penn, why did they come, what did they do while
they were here, and what were the results? Was it worth it to go through
all this aggravation to educate women? Because it certainly wasnt easy.
Nobody wanted to let them in, [but] once they got here, they did very
Gives $16 Million to
kick off the University of
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologys six-year,
$55 million fundraising campaign, Dr. Charles K. Williams II Gr78
Hon97, the campaigns chairman, put his own mark on the process:
by giving $16 million. The gift, announced in February, will be
used to improve the climate-control and other infrastructure needs
of the museums venerable building. An additional $9 million has
been raised so far for endowment and programs.
Williams magnanimous gift$16 million, earmarked to go to the unglamorous
but ultimately vital renovation of the general utilities and air
conditioning of the museums historic buildingsis a tremendous
statement of support, and, I believe, a call for all of us who believe
in the museums mission and vast potential to step forward and make
our vision a reality, said Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff C64, the museums
director. In addition to helping turn our grand but aging Victorian-era
building into an asset instead of a liability, Sabloff added, the
museum needs to remain active and flexible in its international
research efforts and to disseminate information to wider and more
diverse publics in dynamic new ways.
come to realize that in order to do the exciting research, publications,
and exhibition programs that are so valuable, you need to have a
good base, said Williams, a classical-world scholar and term trustee
of the University who is passionate about the museums excavation
and discovery work. I just decided, since Im dedicated to the
programs of this museum, I could give for the things that are absolutely
important to the long-term success of the institutionand the things
that, from a fund-raising perspective, are usually the hardest to
raise money for.
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Ground in Education
is not every day that a new public school is built in
an American cityespecially a groundbreaking public school that
will benefit thousands of neighborhood schoolchildren in the years
to come, said Penn President Judith Rodin, as ground was indeed
broken for the new pre-K-8 public school in University City. The
school, at 42nd and Locust streets, is a collaborative effort by
Penn, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia
Federation of Teachers. It will open this September for kindergarten
and first-grade students, and will eventually serve up to 700 neighborhood
addition to making the site available to the School District for
$1 a year, Penn is providing up to $700,000 in annual operating
support for at least 10 years, and its faculty and students will
be involved as student teachers, teachers, tutors, consultants,
Picks Rodin to Head New Economy Board
would argue the fact that Penn has become one of the
most powerful high-tech engines of the Philadelphia regions economy.
In February, Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street confirmed that
impression when he named President Judith Rodin CW66 as chair
of the fledgling New Economy Development Alliance, which is designed
to attract high-tech businesses to the region.
mayor understands how important local colleges and
universities will be to the success of the Citys economic development
future, and has asked me to bring together academic and business
leaders to help with New Economy enterprises in Philadelphia,
said Rodin. I have accepted the challenge because I believe we
can succeed. Other members of the board of directors include
Jean-Pierre Garnier, CEO of Glaxo-SmithKline, and Brian L. Roberts
W81, CEO of Comcast Corporation.
told the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that the city
must forge new relationships with colleges, universities, businesses,
and government to combine regional resources to create jobs and
a high quality of life that becomes the foundation for economic
prosperity. The Alliance, Rodin said, would develop a coordinated,
overall strategy that involves all of the research institutions
in Philadelphia and the region, adding that university research
provides the leverage that convinces businesses to locate in
Philadelphia. (One of the high-tech hubs envisioned by both Street
and the University would be developed on the site of the U.S.
Post Office at 30th and Market streets.) The Alliance will also
encourage companies to locate in Keystone Opportunity Zones, which
are exempt from most state and local business taxes.