News Releases

Scientists Pinpoint a Protein Critical to the Function of the Ebola Virus, Offering Hope of Novel Drugs to Stop It
December 4, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a sequence of just four amino acids in a key viral protein that may be critical to the spread of the Ebola virus. Their findings, reported in the Dec. 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer the promise of future treatments for Ebola outbreaks that now prove fatal for up to 90 percent of victims.
University of Pennsylvania Professor Writes Book on the City in the 21st Century
December 1, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Planning for a New Century: the Regional Agenda by Jonathan Barnett is a new book that brings together leading thinkers in the fields of planning, urban design, education, welfare and housing to consider ways to solve the problems facing many communities.
A Statistician's View on Ballot Recounts: More Is Better
November 17, 2000
PHILADELPHIA As the Bush and Gore campaigns debate whether further ballot recounts in Florida will yield a more or less exact result, Dennis M. DeTurck, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, says that more ballot recounting not less is most likely to produce a statistically accurate outcome in the Florida election. Dr. DeTurck analysis indicates that to reach 95 percent certainty of the results in Florida, the votes would actually need to be counted roughly 16 times, with the 16 separate results then averaged.
New Book Explores the Importance and Volatility of Moral Education
November 15, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - Two University of Pennsylvania professors have written a book that explores the often overlooked centrality of moral education in public schools and the controversies that surround both its premises and pedagogy. "The Moral Stake in Education: Contested Premises and Practices" by Joan Goodman and Howard Lesnick will be released in early December by Allyn and Bacon.
University of Pennsylvania Library Collection Reaches Five Million Volumes with Donations from World Leaders
November 14, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania Library's newest volumes include books donated by more than 50 world leaders, including Pope John Paul II, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The works range from a modern CD to historic literature several hundred years old.
Penn Chemist Ralph F. Hirschmann Among 12 Scientists Selected to Receive the 2000 National Medal of Science
November 13, 2000
PHILADELPHIA President Bill Clinton announced today that University of Pennsylvania chemist Ralph F. Hirschmann, Ph.D., is among 12 recipients of the 2000 National Medal of Science. Hirschmann and his fellow honorees will receive their medals at a White House dinner Dec. 1.
NIH Director Named Vice Provost for Research
November 13, 2000
PHILADELPHIA --- Dr. Neal Nathanson, a renowned microbiologist and until recently the director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health, has been named vice provost for research at the University of Pennsylvania, according to an announcement today by Provost Robert L. Barchi. In September, Nathanson stepped down from his position with the NIH, where he had served as director of the Office of AIDS Research since 1998. He will assume his position with Penn Dec. 1.
Fernando C. N. Pereira Named Rachleff Professor and Chair of Computer and Information Science at Penn
November 3, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Fernando C.N. Pereira, Ph.D., has been named Andrew and Debra Rachleff Professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1, 2001.
Penn, Drexel Scientists to Lead State's $10.5 Million Push to Reinvent the Delaware Valley as 'Nanotech Valley'
October 26, 2000
PHILADELPHIA The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has awarded a $10.5 million grant that aims to establish the Philadelphia region as a high-tech hotbed of nanotechnology an atom-by-atom approach to building products that many scientists believe has the potential to inspire a technological revolution. The grant, from the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority (PTIA), establishes a Regional Nanotechnology Center with the goal of remaking the Delaware Valley as "Nanotech Valley."
University of Pennsylvania, Fannie Mae, Trammell Crow, University of Sciences in Philadelphia and First Union National Bank Announce New Partnership to Develop Rental Housing Opportunities in University City
October 19, 2000
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia today joined Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE), the nation largest source of financing for home mortgages, and the Trammell Crow Company to announce an innovative new partnership to preserve and develop moderate-cost rental housing opportunities for the entire University City community. "The Partnership for Quality Housing Choices in University City" will focus on improving management and maintenance of rental units.