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University of Pennsylvania Deploys Supercomputer to Help Unravel Problems in Gene Therapy, Ozone Depletion
September 9, 1999
PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania has installed an IBM supercomputer to help solve some of humanity most perplexing problems, such as research on gene therapy, AIDS accessory proteins and atmospheric ozone depletion. The RS/6000 SP supercomputer is twice as powerful as the IBM Deep Blue supercomputer that defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
James S. Riepe Elected Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
June 18, 1999
PHILADELPHIA --- James S. Riepe, vice chairman of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., a Baltimore-based investment management company, will become chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, effective June 18, 1999, according to an announcement by P. Roy Vagelos, M.D., retired chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., who has been chairman of the Penn trustees since 1994 and a trustee since 1988. Mr. Riepe (W'65, WG'67) is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
New Leadership and a New Affiliation for Penn's Fels Center of Government
June 11, 1999
PHILADELPHIA - Samuel H. Preston, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has named leading criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman as the new Director of the Fels Center of Government. Sherman will also be appointed the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations in the Department of Sociology. The Fels Center, which will now become part of the School of Arts and Sciences, was previously associated with Penn's Graduate School of Fine Arts.
Gould Named New Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania
May 28, 1999
PHILADELPHIA --- Following an international search, Claudia Gould, Executive Director of Artists Space in New York City, has been named Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 7, 1999.
John J. DiIulio Jr. Joins University of Pennsylvania's Faculty as Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society
May 10, 1999
PHILADELPHIA - John J. DiIulio, professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, has been appointed the [Frederick] Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, according to Samuel H. Preston, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Dr. DiIulio, who also is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, senior counsel to Public/Private Ventures and founding director of the Center for Public Management at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., will begin his assignment at Penn July 1, 1999.
University of Pennsylvania Holds Groundbreaking for Sundance Cinema Center, Food Market and Parking Garage
May 10, 1999
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania will hold a groundbreaking for Hamilton Square, its newest retail and entertainment complex, on Wednesday (May 12) at the northwest corner of 40th and Walnut streets, adjacent to the Penn campus. Hamilton Square includes the nation's first Sundance Cinema, a fresh food market and an 800-car parking garage. Project construction will begin immediately following the groundbreaking and is expected to be completed within a year. The complex is scheduled to open in the spring of 2000.
National Survey Shows Parents Deeply Fearful About the Internet's Influence on Their Children
May 3, 1999
PHILADELPHIA - A national survey of parents in computer households indicates parents are deeply fearful about the Internet's influence on their children. The survey project - led by Dr. Joseph Turow of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania - shows 78% are "strongly" or "somewhat" concerned that their children might give away personal information on the Internet. An equal percentage fear children might view sexually explicit material.
Robert A. Fox Makes $10 Million Gift to the University of Pennsylvania
April 26, 1999
PHILADELPHIA --- Robert A. Fox has made a $10 million gift to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania to establish the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, according to an announcement today (April 26) by University President Judith Rodin. Mr. Fox, president and chairman of R.A.F. Industries, a private investment company based in Jenkintown, Pa., is a 1952 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the University.
Charles Schwab President David Pottruck Makes $12 Million Gift to the University of Pennsylvania
April 7, 1999
PHILADELPHIA --- David S. Pottruck, president and co-chief executive officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation, San Francisco, Calif., has made a $12 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania, according to an announcement today (April 7) by University of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin.
The University of Pennsylvania Will Award Honorary Degrees to Five at May 17 Commencement
April 5, 1999
PHILADELPHIA --- The University of Pennsylvania will confer honorary degrees on five men and women at the 243rd Commencement on Monday, May 17, according to University President Judith Rodin.