RANKINGS

Ten-HUP!
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was recently named one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. (It came in 10th.) The magazine also listed HUP as one of only 13 hospitals in its "honor roll." To qualify, hospitals must achieve high rankings in at least six of the 16 specialties analyzed; HUP’s expertise was cited in 11 and credited with "unusual competence" in seven.

 


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LEADERSHIP
Riepe then...

Riepe Succeeds Vagelos as
Trustee Chairman

Whaterver else he may accomplish in his tenure, the new chairman of Penn’s board of trustees has already achieved one distinction: As far as we can tell, he’s the first to have appeared on the cover of the Gazette as an undergraduate. "Football Captain Jim Riepe" gazes from the front of the October 1964 issue. On June 18, 1999, the man he grew up to become—James S. Riepe W’65 WG’67, vice chairman of the Baltimore-based investment-management firm T. Rowe Price Associates—was elected to succeed Dr. P. Roy Vagelos C’50 Hon’99 as head of the University’s top decision-making body. Continued...

PERSONNEL / ARTS
Gould Takes Over at ICA
Claudia Gould, executive director of Artists Space, a Manhattan-based arts organization and exhibition space, has been named the new director of the Institute of Contemporary Art. She starts September 7, succeeding Patrick T. Murphy, who announced last fall that he was returning to his native Dublin as director of exhibitions for the Royal Hibernian Academy after almost nine years at the helm of the ICA. Continued...

Illustration by Jon SarkinRESEARCH
My Shrink’s OK,
Your Pill’s OK

When Dr. Robert DeRubeis began writing up the results of a recent study about the effectiveness of cognitive therapy for severely depressed patients, he and the two graduate students assisting him found themselves approaching the task with even more than the usual professional caution. Continued...

 

RESEARCH
Plant’s Taste for Heavy Metal is in the Genes
Picture a landfill, rife with toxic heavy-metal wastes like cadmium, arsenic and mercury. (This does not require an overly active imagination: there are thousands of such sites in the United States today.) Now picture that same landfill covered with genetically engineered plants that absorb that waste and store it in what Dr. Philip Rea, associate professor of biology, refers to as their "intracellular landfills." Then picture those plants being harvested, the metals recovered or safely disposed of–and the landfill being removed from the EPA’s list of dangerously toxic sites without bankrupting the Treasury. Continued...

AROUND CAMPUS
EEOC Says Penn Engaged in Gender Discrimination
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined that the University engaged in gender discrimination two years ago when it hired a woman crew coach without considering a male coach who wanted the job ["Gazetteer," March 1998]. The ruling carries no legal penalty, though the EEOC has the option of filing a federal suit against the University, as does the aggrieved coach. Continued...

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WEST PHILADELPHIA

Growing
a Garden

A vacant courtyard behind the Henry C. Lea School at 47th and Locust streets has been transformed into a garden that doubles as an outdoor biology lab, thanks in part to the efforts of some Penn students, faculty and administrators. The Lea School Garden features a dozen raised planters (donated by Home Depot) filled with flowers, shrubs and trees; a small raised pond; and murals. Dr. Vivianne Nachmias, the emeritus professor of cell and developmental biology who serves as a faculty fellow at the school, said the garden would be a source of peace and relaxation, a place for students to "learn and observe," and a way to "unite us." Penn President Judith Rodin told the Lea students that they would become "cherished caretakers" of the garden.