News Releases

Scientists Decipher the 'Zip Codes' That Direct Cells in the Bloodstream to Bodily Tissues Where They are Needed
September 26, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University have pinpointed a fundamental mechanism that controls how cells coursing through our blood "know" when to exit the bloodstream and go to work in the body tissues. The secret, they report in the Sept. 26 is-sue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, are so-called "Goldilocks molecules" that bind blood cells to the walls of veins and arteries neither too strongly nor too weakly, but with just the right level of adhesion.
John Dixon Hunt Awarded Cultural Honor by the Cultural Ministry of France
September 12, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Prof. John Dixon Hunt, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named a member of the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier Des Artes et Lettres) by the Cultural Ministry of France for his exceptional endeavors in landscape architecture.
Leslie Kruhly Named Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania
September 11, 2000
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Leslie Kruhly, associate director of development and special events at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will become Secretary of the University on September 18, Penn President Judith Rodin has announced.
Chalk Up Another Coup for Carbon Nanotubes: Penn Scientists Find the Tiny Cylinders of Pure Carbon May Top All Other Known Materials in Heat Conduction
September 8, 2000
PHILADELPHIA New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that carbon nanotubes, filaments of pure carbon less than one ten-thousandth the width of a human hair, may be the best heat-conducting material man has ever known. The findings suggest that these exotic strands, already heralded for their unparalleled strength and unique ability to adopt the electrical properties of either semiconductors or perfect metals, may someday also find applications as miniature heat conduits in a host of devices and materials.
James Corner Named Chair of Landscape at University of Pennsylvania
September 6, 2000
PHILADELPHIA James Corner, associate professor of landscape architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named chair of the Landscape Architecture Department and is also the recipient of the prestigious 2000 DaimlerChrysler Award. Prof. Corner, an internationally known designer and theorist, is the first landscape architect chosen for the DaimlerChrysler Award, which recognizes and promotes innovative design.
Penn Researchers Win $2.2 Million for Efforts to Boost Reliability of Computers Embedded in Devices of All Types
August 21, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have received a $2,184,300 grant to boost the reliability of the specialized miniature computers found in electronic devices all around us. The award, from the federal government Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), will support the researcherswork over the next three years.
Penn Names New Director of Special Services
August 14, 2000
PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- Patricia Brennan, who has served as acting Director of Special Services for the University of Pennsylvania Police Department since July 1999, has been named the new Director of Special Services, according to an announcement by Vice President for Public Safety Thomas M. Seamon. Her appointment will become effective August 15, 2000. As Director of Special Services, Brennan will be responsible for all support services for victims of crime, and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the special services team.
University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Will Move to Glaxosmithkline
July 26, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Peter G. Traber, M.D., interim dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, has accepted an appointment as head of clinical pharmacology and experimental medicine at GlaxoSmithKline, the health care company to be formed upon the merger of SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome, according to an announcement today (July 26) by University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin.
Dr. Neville Strumpf Named Interim Dean of The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
June 6, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Neville E. Strumpf, Ph.D., R.N., the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology and Director of the Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named interim dean of Penn's School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1, according to an announcement today (June 7) by President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi.
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Dean Norma Lang Steps Down; Assumes Endowed Professorship and International Role
May 1, 2000
PHILADELPHIA ---University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin today (May 1) announced that she had accepted with regret the decision of School of Nursing Dean Norma Lang to step down as dean, effective this summer. Professor Lang, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, is a world-renowned nursing leader, educator and researcher. She has served as Dean since 1992 and will assume an endowed nursing professorship in the faculty.