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Glenn McGee on Brits,
Last fall, Dr. Glenn
McGee, assistant professor
of bioethics and associate director for education at Penns Center for
Bioethics, traveled to Britain as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy.
There he found himself straddling the fault lines of an ever-shifting
field in which the very essence of life is subject to cloning, patenting
and politics. Continued...
Hardly Knew Ye
Just four months after being named
the permanent CEO of the Universitys Medical Center and Health System,
Dr. Peter G. Traber announced that he would be leaving Penn to become
head of clinical pharmacology and experimental medicine at GlaxoSmithKline,
the health-care company that will represent the proposed merger of SmithKlineBeecham
and Glaxo Wellcome. Continued...
AND THE INTERNET
Ask Your Kids (and Offer a Gift)
that the phrase generation gap
isnt used much anymore does not mean that the phenomenon has disappeared.
In a recent study for the Annenberg Public Policy Center titled The Internet
and the Family 2000: The View from Parents/The View from Kids, Dr. Joseph
Turow found that when it comes to the intersecting realms of family privacy
and the Internet, a significant generation gap exists. Continued...
AND THE MEDIA
The Media, the Message and the Meaning
Millions of television viewers
will tune in this fall to watch Vice
President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush match rhetorical wits,
and will stay tuned as the networks report who won each debate. What they
probably wont realize is that the polls designed to gauge a winner are
rigged, says Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of the Annenberg School
for Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
The Substance of Style
n. 1. The way in which something is said, done, expressed,
or performed. 2. The combination of distinctive features of literary
or artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular
person, group, school, or era. 3. Sort; type. 4. A quality
of imagination and individuality expressed in ones actions and tastes.
Another Warning from FDA
Penns Institute for Human Gene
Therapy (IHGT), under fire
since an 18-year-old man died while participating in a clinical study
last September, received another warning letter from the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) in July. Continued...
Give Them a Place to Boot Up
and Theyll Wire the World
If a journey of a thousand
miles begins with a single
step, as the old saying goes, then the journey to wire the world to the
Internet begins with a single town. In recent months, two groups of Penn
studentsconnected, to varying degrees, with the School of Engineering
and Applied Sciencehave taken that first step, building technology centers
in the West African city of Bamako, Mali, and the Indian city of Pune.
To do so, they braved cultural divides, sweltering heat, intestinal parasitesand,
in some cases, malaria. Continued...
They Came, They Saw, They Digitized
What do you
get when you cross Roman
ruins with modern-day computer technology and painstakingly precise surveying
data? An archaeological Web site that boasts almost as many special effects
as the blockbuster Gladiator. Continued...
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Martin Rapisarda, director of alumni relations since November 1998,
has left the University to become assistant dean for executive MBA
programs at Vanderbilt Universitys Owen Graduate School of Management.
His wife, Elizabeth, has also left her position as director of strategic
corporate and foundation initiatives for a similar position at Vanderbilt.
Clark, vice president of development and alumni
relations, praised the vital contributions of the Rapisardas,
adding: Martins leadership in building alumni relations on-line
community and extending ARs outreach through the Global Alumni
Network have moved Penn forward in realizing its new model for alumni
involvement in the 21st century.
search for his successor is under way. Marilyn Lucas, executive
director of medical center development and alumni relations, has
been appointed interim director
for Ailing Hearts
made from specially designed polyester, and it fits snugly around
the human heart. Its known as a Cardiac Support Device, and it
is stitched into place to prevent diseased heart muscle from further
enlargement. And in June, a mother of three became the first person
in the United States to try one on, with the help of Dr. Michael
A. Acker, associate professor of surgery and surgical director of
the heart-transplantation and mechanical-assist program at the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania. The woman was the first American
participant in a multi-site clinical trial sponsored by ACORN Cardiovascular,
Inc., the jackets manufacturer. And she is reportedly recovering
heart jacket had been used in Germany, where a clinical safety trial
has reportedly shown encouraging results in patients with chronic
heart failures. (A continual balloon-like expansion of heart muscle
is a characteristic symptom of cardiomyopathy, which results in
a steady deterioration of heart-muscle function.) Acker had participated
in one such implantation procedure at a Berlin hospital before performing
the operation at HUP.
U.S. trial is structured to assess the safety and effectiveness
of the jacket by observing two randomized patient groups: one treated
with the jacket, the other treated without it.
is our belief, based on extensive studies, that those patients in
whom the jacket is implanted will have improved heart function,
said Acker. If we can sustain the clinical improvement for an appropriate
length of time, the heart jacket may prevent the need for transplantation
in some patients.