- November 27, 2013
With a gift of $15 million, University of Pennsylvania trustee emeritus P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, Hon’99, and his wife, Diana, both PAR’90, are continuing to ensure Penn’s leadership in energy research by endowing two professorships dedicated to this critically important field.
“Energy use and its impact on the world is one of the most challenging problems that we face today, and Penn is committed to being part of the solution,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Roy and Diana Vagelos are helping us to lead the way by supporting the expansion of a dynamic, interdisciplinary energy research environment at Penn—from a new program in undergraduate education to the recruitment of top faculty. We are grateful to Roy and Diana for partnering with us on this critical priority.”
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- November 21, 2013
Gary Claar, W’88, and Lois Kohn-Claar, C’88,
Lois Kohn-Claar, C’88, GED’88, and Gary Claar, W’88, agree that the Graduate School of Education (GSE) produces educators of the highest caliber who are dedicated to improving student achievement. A GSE alumna and Overseer, Lois is keenly aware that to build on this mission, GSE cannot miss out on talented applicants due to their financial circumstances.
Thanks to the Kohn-Claar Family Endowed Scholarship—and a matching gift from the Abramson/Weiss Scholarship Challenge—Lois and Gary are strengthening GSE’s ability to shape leaders in education for years to come.
“I think we all realize how important education is to our country’s future,” Lois declares. “Financial aid is indispensable to keeping our University the first-class and diverse institution that it is. It is a win-win situation to enroll the most qualified candidates, who will go on to represent Penn and GSE in the greater world.”
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- November 14, 2013
Dr. Reed E. Pyeritz
Reed E. Pyeritz has been named the inaugural William Smilow Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.
The professorship was established as part of the contribution from William Smilow, who, with his father Joel, made an extraordinary gift to name Penn Medicine’s Smilow Center for Translational Research.
Dr. Pyeritz is a distinguished clinician and translational research scientist whose career focus has been hereditary disorders that affect the cardiovascular system, especially the aorta. He also studies the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic research and testing.
“The Smilow professorship is just one example of how our accomplished physicians inspire meaningful, impactful philanthropy,”said J. Larry Jameson, Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. “We are tremendously grateful for this gift, which will accelerate our work in cardiovascular disease.”
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- November 1, 2013
Here at Penn, it is the people who make the difference. With the support of a loyal community of alumni, parents and friends, our University is teaching, discovering, and achieving more than ever.
We invite you to explore People Supporting Penn, the interactive website recognizing all those who made gifts to the University during fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013).
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- October 25, 2013
Kids in West Philadelphia sure do have a reason to smile.
For more than a decade, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, in partnership with Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, has been providing oral health education, screenings, and primary dental care to children at local schools and community agencies.
Penn Dental Medicine’s Division of Community and Oral Health oversees PennSmiles, an educational outreach and dental treatment program that targets children in kindergarten through eighth grade in West and Southwest Philadelphia.
PennSmiles gets around Philadelphia via its own mobile dental clinic.
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