Stamp of Approval
FOR Dr. Ahmed Zewail
Gr74 Hon97 it was yet another mark of recognition
when the Egyptian government honored his contributions to molecular
science with the creation of two postage stamps bearing his portrait.
Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics and professor
of physics at the California Institute of Technology, who has
obtained numerous national and international awards for his research,
was touched greatly by the accolade from his birth country and
to be "in the company of stamps honoring the pyramids, Tutan-khamen
and Queen Nefertiti." Released last year, the stamps are
still in circulation.
Although he is now a U.S. citizen, Zewail grew
up and studied in Egypt before obtaining his doctorate in chemistry
at Penn. Zewail is known for his development of ultrafast lasers
and electrons for studies of dynamics in chemistry and biology.
His work has made it possible to study atoms and molecules in
motion during chemical reactions.
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Garden of Hedon
C/W94 calls himself "a chronic entrepreneur" an
accurate description considering his string of business ventures, which
have ranged from creating a "webzine" and launching a live-concert
site in cyberspace to becoming partner in Original Sin, a hard-cider
A Surprise Musical Prize
Wagner Gr86 was composing her latest piece when the telephone
rang one morning in April. She had turned off the ringer to avoid distractions,
but still heard the answering machine pick up in the next room. It was
her publisher. "He had been getting phone calls that were slightly
cryptic and was calling to see if I had received any," Wagner recalls.
"We finally put two and two together." Continued...
Murder, She Writ: A Conversation with
intelligent, loyal, impetuous,
tall, blond, Italian-American and Philadelphian. Those are the descriptors
one could use in depicting Bennie Rosato, protagonist of the sixth and
latest legal thriller by Lisa Scottoline C77 L81, Mistaken
Identity. Ask any of her legions of avid fans, and you will find
that many of the same adjectives come to mind as they describe Scottoline
Paris is for Pooches
photographer Michael Malyszko C73 and poet Judith Hughes CW73
took their two dogs with them to Paris and came away with enough off-beat
material to fill a rhyming photo album. Continued...
Former Quaker Football
Star Still Tough as Concrete
was November 1945. Chuck Bednarik Ed49
had just come out of the Army Air Corps at age 20 and enrolled at Penn
at the urging of his high school football coach. Having flown 30 missions
on a B-24 over Germany, the solidly built, 63 center
and linebacker was now going to transfer his "killer instinct" to the
Quakers football field. Continued...
Social Worker Exposes
Mental Health Abuses
adolescent boy screams, then whimpers, in pain as he is carried by his
arms and legs and strapped to the bed in a psychiatric hospital. Although
he is barely struggling with the aides trying to restrain him, one worker
has wrenched back the boys left arm into a leather cuff with such
force that he reinjures a damaged wrist. Continued...
Penns Past and Present
Sterling Howard CW68, president of the University of Pennsylvania
Alumni Society, remembers how frustrated she felt that her daughter
Heidi Howard Tandy C92 never got to meet any of her own classmates
children while attending Penn. Continued...
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