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From the banks of the Schuylkill River out to 40th Street, a mix of renovation projects is reshaping the University's academic, residential and commercial spaces.
"Work in Progress"

From the Quad to the high-rises, Penn undergraduates who live on campus have the opportunity to mingle with professors, get help on math homework, attend concerts—and even classes—without stepping outside their residences.
"The Dorm Transformed"

Two experts on Penn's architecture talk about the evolution of its West Philadelphia campus—the delights, the dinosaurs and the duds.
"Treasures & Travesties"


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Dinosaurs Lost and Found
In June, a team led by a Penn graduate student announced the discovery of a new dinosaur species in Egypt, prompting media coverage around the world. Here’s how they did it. By John Prendergast

The BioPond is Back
Following an extensive renovation project, the beloved refuge just off Hamilton Walk has returned with the Spring. Photos by Greg Benson

Noam Chomsky was about to drop out of Penn when he encountered linguistics professor Zellig Harris. It was arguably one of the most important intellectual meetings of the century. By Samuel Hughes

Alumni Weekend 2001
Our annual photo essay, plus a special report on the first-ever War Years
Reunion, “Life Was Not Carefree,” by Helene Hollander Lepkowski

Sprawl and the City
In Planning for a New Century, Penn-affiliated experts diagnose a series of urban ills and propose a few possible cures. By Virginia Fairweather


From the Editor

Classroom discussion, rejected invitation, cutting remark, letters on letters.

Notes From the Undergrad
Feeling the animals’ pain.

Alumni Voices
Education of a surgeon.

John McCain … and lots of rain Bob Alig C’84 WG’87 named head of alumni relations “You open a hole in the wall and see the other room” Students sail the high seas (well, the Delaware) Tom Wolfe on how to spot a Silicon Valley billionaire Candide best of all possible choices for Penn Reading Project Martin CEO appointment made permanent

Off the Shelf
The Seduction of Place. Why we love the cities we do.
Misgivings. A poet’s memoir of family life.

Women’s tennis takes first-ever Ivy crown. Plus: Scoreboard

Events of interest—on campus and around the world.

Alumni Profiles
A more in-depth look at some of Penn's outstanding alumni.

Alumni Notes
Comings, goings, appointments, promotions, accolades
and other personal news



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Vol.99, No. 6

Cover: Illustration by Anastasia Vasilakis.
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