News Releases

Ground Breaking Oct. 4 For New Hillel Center At Penn
September 18, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Local Jewish leaders, University of Pennsylvania officials and scores of students will take part in a ground-breaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 for a new $12 million Hillel Center on the campus. To be located on 39tth Street between Walnut and Locust streets, the 35,000-square-foot center will feature a dramatic two-story glass-enclosed entrance and recreation area, complete with coffee bar, and an outdoor terrace at the front of the building.
Penn Alumnae Celebrate 125 Years Of Accomplishments; To Gather From All Over The World No. 1-2
September 17, 2001
PHILADELPHIA For 125 years Penn has served as a launching pad for women. It has provided the career foundation for such outstanding alumnae as Andrea Mitchell, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent and Penn trustee; Ann Dore McLaughlin, former U.S. Secretary of Labor (1987-89); Susan Ness, former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission; and Mary Ellen Mark, photo journalist.
Penn's Palladino Honored By Academic Computing Group
September 10, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Michael Palladino, associate vice president of networking and telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the first recipient of the Leadership Award of the Association for Telecommunications Professionals in Higher Education. Addressing voice, data and video communications needs for higher education, the Association serves more than 800 institutions of higher education and 2,000 telecommunications professionals from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation: "The Most Hidden Form Of Child Abuse," Says Penn Professor
September 10, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of U.S., Mexican and Canadian children and youths become victims of juvenile pornography, prostitution and trafficking each year. So significant is the problem that even most law-enforcement and child-welfare officials do not realize its scope.
Afaf I. Meleis, Ph. D., Fann, Named Dean Of Penn's School Of Nursing
September 7, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, FAAN, RN, an internationally acclaimed nurse and medical sociologist, has been named dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn President Judith Rodin announced. She will begin her new position in January.
Biologists Find A Gene Required For Tolerance Of Heavy Metals, Previously Known Only In Plants, In An Animal
September 6, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered the first biochemical pathway in animals responsible for the detoxification of heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury and cadmium. They have established that the enzyme phytochelatin synthase, which had previously been found only in plants and some fungi, is also present in some animals.
Penn Engineers Develop Fuel Cell That Uses Liquid Diesel, The First Such Device To Run On A Widely Available Fuel
September 4, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Chemical engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a prototype fuel cell that the first to run on a readily available liquid fuel source, in this case ordinary diesel fuel. The work nudges fuel cells closer to viability, offering the promise of compact, portable power sources that offer much more bang for the buck than combustion engines or existing batteries.
Richard Gelles Named Interim Dean Of School Of Social Work At University Of Pennsylvania
August 30, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Richard Gelles has been named interim dean of the School of the Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. His appointment was announced today by Judith Rodin, Penn president, and Robert Barchi, the provost. Gelles, the Joanne T. and Raymond B. Welsh Professor in Child Welfare and Family Violence, is, Rodin said, "an accomplished scholar, outstanding researcher and experienced administrator."
Chilean Shantytown Leaders Visit Penn To Discuss Their Experience As Subjects Of Ethnographic Research
August 30, 2001
PHILADELPHIA Anthropology students rarely get to meet the people whose lives are documented in their professor books. But in September Julia Paley, an assistant anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will bring students face-to-face with some of her subjects. Four members of a grassroots health group from Chile who participated in Paley ethnographic study will join her from 3 to 6 p.m., Sept. 12, in a panel discussion on ethnographic research. The session will be in the Class of 1949 Auditorium of Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. in Philadelphia.
Penn-Assisted School Opens Doors To K-1 Students Sept. 6
August 29, 2001
PHILADELPHIA While its future home may be only an outline in red and white steel girders, the new University of Pennsylvania-assisted public school at 42nd and Locust streets will open Sept. 6 for some 120 students in kindergarten and grade one. While the new building is under construction, classes will be held in a wing of a now-closed divinity school that occupies the site. Students at the still-to-be-named facility will benefit from a school designed from the ground up to incorporate the "best educational practices" that have borne the tests of research and time.