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The preliminary hearings ended
in March. The final briefs were filed by mid-April. And sometime in May,
the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to issue a ruling.
of the Frying Pan
February, Executive Vice President John Fry announced that he would be
leaving Penn at the end of June to become president of Franklin and Marshall
College in Lancaster, Pa. Continued...
by Tommy Leonardi
Sitting in the Owners Box: Fans?
Jesse G. Spector was crunching
It was late February, and the senior history major had just been informed
that our story about his scheme to buy the Montreal Expos would appear
in the May/June issue of the Gazette. Continued...
Internet Grandfather on its Past, Present, Future
constantly asked to predict
whats going to happen in the computer field, said Dr. David Farber,
the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Systems, during
his talk for the Provosts Lecture series in February. Several years ago,
he recalled, he was asked to make a 20-year projection. I said, Thats
nonsenseif Im lucky I can do five years. Continued...
the Regeneration Gap in Spinal-Cord Injuries
Scar tissue is
one of the bodys
responses to injury. In certain cases, it can also be an impediment to
the Book of Life
Craig Venter has never been a man to waste
Dr. Samuel Preston, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, as he introduced
the pioneering and often controversial genomics researcher to a packed
Irvine Auditorium in February. Continued...
and Chance Lead to $100 Million Gift for Penn Medicine
In March 2001,
W52 L55 happened
to be sitting next to Penn President Judith Rodin CW66 at a Penn alumni
brunch in Florida. As they talked, they discovered that they shared, in
his words, a mutuality of interests. Continued...
by William Hood
the very end of the panel discussion
on Ethics and Integrity in the Historical Profession: Plagiarism, Business
and the Media, history-department chairman Dr. Jonathan Steinberg turned
to his fellow panelist and said, You have the last word. You started
ON CAMPUS Lessons
to be Learned
never provides direct analogies,
Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, was saying
to an audience in Irvine Auditorium last February as part of the Fox Leadership
Spring Forum. But, she added, there are lessons to be learned by looking
back to leadership during previous crises. Continued...
two institutions had a request. They wanted Philadelphias Court
of Common Pleas to approve a petition to confirm the removal of
448 unidentified human skeletal remains and numerous anatomical
specimens unearthed at a construction site last year. Then they
wanted permission to move said remains to a nearby cemetery, and
move the anatomical specimens to a museum.
The institutions were the University and Childrens Hospital of
Philadelphia (CHOP). The construction site was part of the old Philadelphia
Civic Center, on which a new Cancer Center is rising. The 448 skeletal
remains discovered there were some of 19th-century Philadelphias
poor and indigent, who spent their last days at the Blockley Almshouse,
later replaced by Philadelphia General Hospital (and, later still,
by CHOP and other medical buildings). The cemetery in question is
the Woodlands Cemetery; and the museum slated to receive the anatomical
specimens is the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia.
The court approved the request this past March.
was an undocumented burial ground, explains Dr. Thomas Crist, a
forensic archaeologist and anthropologist (and adjunct assistant
professor in the dental schools pathology department) who was working
for the firm of Kise Straw & Kolodner when the remains were
discovered in February 2001. But while there was nothing extraordinary
about the remains themselves, he said, both Penn and Childrens
Hospital should be commended for doing the right thing. They found
a large number of human remains on the property, and spent a considerable
amount of money to disinter them. They could have looked the other
way, and they didnt. We thought what they did was most respectful.
Even the judge mentioned that.
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I F T S
Million for Bioengineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science will soon have a new
bioengineering facility: Skirkanich Hall, courtesy of a $10
million gift from J. Peter Skirkanich W65 and his wife, Geri.
The 58,400-square-foot bioengineering laboratory facility will
be located near the School of Medicine, and will house faculty,
staff, students, and researchers. The gift, the largest by an
individual donor in SEASs history, is part of the schools
$57 million bioengineering initiative.
Noting that the funding for Skirkanich Hall is the latest in
a series of gifts that include the Skirkanich Professorships
of Innovation and the Peter and Geri Skirkanich Endowed Scholarships
for engineering undergraduates, SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt GCh75
Gr77 said the Skirkaniches generosity and vision have provided
Penn Engineering with the opportunity to grow and prosper like
never before in its history. President Judith Rodin CW66 called
the gift a vote of confidence in Penns groundbreaking bioengineering
efforts, noting that close collaboration between the engineering
and medical-school faculty provides a huge basis for these
The gift follows a $14 million five-year Leadership Development
Award from the Whitaker Foundation [Gazetteer, September/October]
to support programs and faculty in bioengineering. Seven new
faculty will be added over the next seven years in the core
areas of injury bioengineering, neuroengineering, orthopedic
bioengineering, and cardiovascular bioengineering, while the
number of bioengineering graduate students will rise from 18
to a target level of 35 a year.
Skirkanich, a Penn trustee and overseer of SEAS, is founder
and president of Fox Asset Management, a New Jersey investment-management
and counseling firm.