Firm Gives $10 Million for Research
School of Medicine has been tapped to receive a $10
million grant to support academic research from GlaxoSmithKline
(GSK), the Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical company. According
to Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, dean of the school and Penns
executive vice president for the Health System, the unrestricted
grant will permit our researchers to continue to aggressively
pursue the translational nature of our workwhich seeks
to transform knowledge gained at the benchside into safe
and effective therapies and treatments that improve patient
Dr. Tachi Yamada, GSKs chairman of research and development,
added: We are hopeful that this grant will further the
important research being done at Penn and facilitate scientific
interchange between its scientists and our own.
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who would invent Iraq the way it is? Dr. Brendan OLeary asked. It was
a rhetorical question, with a clear answer. No one. Continued...
and Covenants Lead to a Scholarly Marshall Plan
Adam Zimbler knew he should have
been studying for his finance midterm.
It was three o clock in the morning; the exam was loomingand he needed
a break. So he turned on the TV and flipped through the stations until
he hit the History Channel. Now, more than two years later, he doesnt
remember the name of the program, but he knows that the segment he watched
was about Blackbeard, the pirate. Continued...
Dean to Emphasize Wholesale Social Work
the eyes of Dr. Richard Gelles, the
School of Social Work was already positioned to make a great leap forward
by the time he took over the deans office on an interim basis in September
Out of Hiding, Yearning for Anonymity
live in a day when your books
can be quite famous and you can remain completely anonymous seems to me
Salman Rushdie was saying before a standing-room-only audience in Irvine
Auditorium last February. Now, its too often the other way round. People
get to know the names of writers without really feeling the need to read
their books. Continued...
to Succeed in Hollywood
By Really Trying
KELLY WRITERS HOUSENIGHT.
packed audience stares intently at a television set on a wheeled metal
stand at the front of the room. On the screen a nighttime shot of a glittering
city skyline gives way to a gritty urban street scene as the camera pans
down to follow a young woman the actress Rosie Perez, quickly established
as a crack-addicted prostitutewho buys drugs and, in the dark, narrow
stairwell of a crack house, is brutally robbed, her face slashed when
she tries to resist. As she crumples to the floor, and a crack-dealer,
coming upon her body, steps over it to flee the scene, the films title
Self Image? Avoid Mirrors, Watch TV
just found out that youve
done badly on an intelligence test.
Very badly, in fact. Your self-image has just taken a major hit. How do
you cope? Continued...
Many Faces of the Quran
Penn art-history scholars
were given a challenge last November:
Put together an exhibition on the Quran in three months. Despite the
lack of lead time, they managed to assemble a rich trove of texts from
local sources. The exhibition at Van Pelt Librarys Rosenwald Gallery,
The Quran: Revelation, Illumination, and Tradition, also brought
to light numerous objects that had been languishing in storage for years.
AND THE CITY Praxis
Makes Perfect at Penns Landing
Graduate School of Fine
Dean Gary Hack and architect Harris Steinberg C78 GAr82 were discussing
a new program that would combine classroom education and professional
experience, they hit upon the analogy of a clinical practice in medicine,
where the work includes both patient-care and medical research. Continued...
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2003 The Pennsylvania Gazette Last
the February 26-27 vote on graduate unionization,
the ballots remain sealed and uncounted, pending the outcome
of the Universitys appeal of the National Labor Relations
Boards decision that some graduate students who work
as teaching and research assistants are employees, and
thus eligible for unionization. Both sides claimed victory,
Wont Face Trial
dropped or reduced charges against the five Penn students
accused of assaulting a Princeton debate-team member who
was visiting campus last November. With the victims consent,
felony charges for College sophomore Thomas Bispham Jr.
and College freshman David Hochfelder were reduced to
misdemeanors, and the students were allowed to enter a
pre-trial probationary program in March. Its requirements
include anger-management and alcohol counseling, as well
as the payment of $1,250 in fines by each. If they complete
the program successfully, their records will be wiped
All charges against College freshman Philip Balderston,
Wharton sophomore Tavraj Banga, and College senior Steven
Stolk were dropped. The prosecutor said they were present
for the assault but did not participate, according to
The Philadelphia Inquirer. Originally, all five
were accused of entering the Quadrangle lounge where Princeton
student John Brantl was sleeping on November 16, kicking
him, pouring motor oil on him, and threatening to set
him on fire.
Although the University conducted its own judicial investigation,
the results of such probes are confidential, according
to University spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman.