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Rev. Calvin O. Butts to Deliver Baccalaureate Address at The University of Pennsylvania
April 17, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York, N.Y., and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, will be the keynote speaker at the Baccalaureate Service at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, May 21, according to an announcement by University President Judith Rodin. The Baccalaureate Service will begin at 3 p.m. at Blanche P. Levy Park (College Green) on campus. It will be preceded by a brass concert at 2:15 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania to Award Honorary Degrees to Seamus Heaney, Five Others, at May 22 Commencement
April 4, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- The University of Pennsylvania will confer honorary degrees on six men and women at the 244th Commencement on Monday, May 22, according to University President Judith Rodin. Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature for "...works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past," will deliver the Commencement address and receive the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa. Five other honorary degrees will be awarded at the ceremony:
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney to Deliver the Commencement Address at The University of Pennsylvania
March 28, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature for "...works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past," will deliver the commencement address at the 244th Commencement of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, May 22, according to University President Judith Rodin. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. A native of County Derry, Northern Ireland, Mr. Heaney is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence at Harvard University, and former professor of poetry at Oxford University.
Michael A. Fitts Named Dean of The University of Pennsylvania Law School
March 26, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Michael A. Fitts, Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of the Penn faculty for almost 15 years, has been named dean of the school, according to an announcement today (March 6) by University President Judith Rodin. The appointment will become effective upon confirmation by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania on March 23, 2000.
Increases in Total Student Charges, Undergraduate Tuition Lowest in Three Decades at The University of Pennsylvania
March 23, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Total student charges at the University of Pennsylvania will increase 3.4 percent for the 2000-01 academic year, the lowest percentage increase in more than three decades, according to an announcement today (March 23) by President Judith Rodin. This 3.4 percent increase raises total student charges from $31,902 to $32,996 for next year. Breaking down this number, tuition and fees for undergraduate students in FY '01 will increase 3.9 percent, from $24,230 to $25,170; average room and board 2.0 percent, from $7,672 to $7,826.
President Clinton to Speak at The University of Pennsylvania
February 17, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --President Clinton will deliver an address on "The New Economy" at the inaugural program of the University of Pennsylvania's Granoff Forum on Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 3 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium, 34th & Spruce streets on Penn's campus. Admission to the event is by invitation only.
New Leadership Team Named for The University of Pennsylvania Health System
February 17, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- A new leadership team has been named for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, according to an announcement today (Feb. 17) by University President Judith Rodin. She said that Peter G. Traber, M.D., chair of the department of medicine, has agreed to become the interim dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of the Medical Center and the Health System until "...we undertake a thorough, formal search for permanent leadership."
Institute for Human Gene Therapy Responds to FDA
February 14, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- The Institute for Human Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania today (Feb. 14) filed its response to Inspectional Observations made by the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 18, 2000, as the result of its investigation into the death of Jesse Gelsinger, an 18-year-old with a rare metabolic disease who was participating in an experimental gene therapy trial for the disease known as ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, an inherited disorder that in its most common form causes death in affected newborn males due to a genetic defect in the liver.
Patrick T. Harker Named Dean of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
February 7, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Patrick T. Harker, a distinguished member of the faculty of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 15 years, has been named dean of the school, according to an announcement today (Feb. 8) by University President Judith Rodin. The appointment will become effective upon confirmation by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania on Feb. 18, 2000.
William H. Danforth Will Chair Independent Review of Oversight and Monitoring of Clinical Trials at the Institute for Human Gene Therapy at The University of Pennsylvania
February 2, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- William H. Danforth, M.D., chancellor emeritus and vice chair of the board of trustees at Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as chair of an independent review panel that will conduct a comprehensive review of oversight and monitoring of clinical trials at the Institute for Human Gene Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, according to President Judith Rodin.