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November 18, 2014
Volume 61 Number 14
APTA’s Lifetime of Academic
Distinction Award: Vukan Vuchic
Annenberg Public Policy Center: Celebrating 20 Years
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Annenberg
Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania is opening a new area of study, the Science of Science Communication, to investigate
how scientific evidence can be more effectively
conveyed to the public.
The new area will look at the failure to dispel
public controversy over such issues as climate
change, vaccinations and genetically modified
organisms despite the presence of valid, compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence.
“There’s a persistent gap between expert
knowledge of scientific issues and public perception on myriad issues,” said Kathleen Hall
Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). “Through empirical testing,
we will examine ways to close this gap and separate the issues in communicating science from
the evidence that is being presented.” She said
APPC also will study such issues as the selfcorrecting nature of science and whether corrections and retractions contribute to a perception
that the science itself is flawed.
In addition, APPC announced that its awardwinning project, which has focused on political speech, has received funding
from the Stanton Foundation to expand its mission to include monitoring the use and misuse of
scientific evidence in partisan communications.
The new area joins the other fields of study
to which the Annenberg Public Policy Center
is dedicated: political communication, health
communication, adolescent risk, and media and
the developing child.
Building on the
depth of Penn Dental Medicine’s research
is a recent faculty recruit to the department of anatomy & cell biology—Songtao Shi.
Dr. Shi, a highly respected researcher
and educator, joined
the School on November 4 as professor in the department of anatomy
& cell biology and
Songtao Shi
chair of the department of anatomy & cell biology.
Dr. Shi came to Penn Dental Medicine from
the University of Southern California (USC)
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, where he
has served as professor within the Center for
Craniofacial Molecular Biology since 2011. He
first joined the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2006 as assistant professor, advancing
to tenured associate professor in 2008. Prior to
joining the faculty at USC, he served as a principal investigator and clinical fellow for nine
years at the National Institute for Dental and
Craniofacial Research/NIH. Dr. Shi earned both
his DDS and MS at Peking University School
of Stomatology and holds a PhD in craniofa-
cial biology from USC. Clinically, Dr. Shi holds
Dental Licensure in the State of California and
has had experience working at the NIH Clinical Center and in private practice in California.
Dr. Shi leads an accomplished research program that focuses on the characterization of human mesenchymal stem cells and the relationship between mesenchymal stem cells and orofacial diseases at the molecule and cellular levels. Along with his collaborators, his lab has
isolated and identified several new populations
of mesenchymal stem cells, including dental
pulp stem cells, stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth, periodontal ligament stem
cells, stem cells from apical papilla and tendon
stem/progenitor cells. These discoveries are enabling further investigations of these oral-tissue-derived stem cells and their use in tissue engineering, disease modeling and clinical treatment. Dr. Shi and his collaborators were the first
to use mesenchymal stem cells to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), periodontitis and
regenerate pulp tissue in patients. Dr. Shi was
recognized for his research activities with the
2013 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for
Pulp Biology & Regeneration.
“Highly collaborative, Dr. Shi has extensive
connections internationally, particularly in China,” says Dr. Denis Kinane, Morton Amsterdam Dean of Penn Dental Medicine. “He brings
a passion for science and teaching that I know
will contribute greatly to our research and educational efforts across disciplines.”
Science Communication
Builds on Past Projects
The Science of Science Communication
builds on past APPC work, including the dissemination of media guidelines for suicide coverage,
which was undertaken in partnership with the
Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Surgeon General.
It builds as well on the Annenberg Health Communication wiki, a one-stop-shopping site that
helps health communicators make better use of
state-of-the-art social science. Both were funded
by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The first study in this new area was published in September 2014 in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences. The study,
conducted by Dr. Jamieson and APPC senior researcher Bruce W. Hardy, found it was possible
to overcome the effects of selectively presented
information in partisan media. The research focused on 465 self-identified conservatives who
were presented with an online Fox News story
about the extent of Arctic sea ice.
The study, “Leveraging scientific credibility
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Chair of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at
Penn Dental Medicine: Songtao Shi
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Vuchic, UPS Foundation
Emeritus of Transportation Engineering in the department of electrical
and systems engineering, has been
awarded the first
Lifetime of Academic Distinction
Award by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) at
its recent Annual
Vukan Vuchic
Meeting in Houston.
This award is a special one-time honor given to a university professor who has had tremendous influence on the urban public transportation industry.
During his 54-year career in transportation systems engineering and city planning, Dr.
Vuchic introduced many new concepts and processes in urban and particularly public transit
systems planning and operations, lifting them
from practice into an applied science. He has
worked on bridging the gap between academics
working on theoretical models and public transit operators. Dr. Vuchic’s initial focus on public
transit systems and highway traffic engineering
has broadened to the role of intermodal transportation in creating livable cities, formulation
of transport policies and planning of high-speed
rail systems.
Results of his research have been published in
about 130 publications, 33 technical reports and
five books. His Transit Trilogy books, which cover all aspects of public transit and urban transportation, have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Serbian and Turkish. He has lectured at over 100 universities and worked as a
consultant to mayors and transit agencies in New
York, Washington, DC, San Francisco Bay Area,
Naples, Istanbul and Moscow.
Dr. Vuchic’s contributions to transit and livable cities have been greatly enhanced by dozens of alumni. Penn’s Transportation Systems
Engineering Alumni Club (TSEAC) has members who are university professors, presidents
of consulting firms, engineers in transit agencies and departments of transportation throughout the country as well as abroad.
Senate Nominating Committee;
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Relations, Development
Honors & Other Things: PSOM Awards of Excellence
CCTV Locations
Penn Bookstore’s Benefits for Faculty & Staff; Financing Your Home; Safety Fair Winners; WOCAP Award Nominations; Volunteer Opps;
One Step Ahead: Security & Privacy Tip
Panel Discussion on Race Relations and Law Enforcement; Thanksgiving; Special Checks;
Update; Penn’s Way; CrimeStats
The State of University City 2014-2015 1
SENATE From the Senate Chair
Penn Dental Medicine
Alumni Relations, Development
SENATE: From the Senate Chair
Members of the Faculty Senate
Claire Finkelstein, Chair
SUBJECT: Senate Nominating Committee
1. In accordance with the requirements of the Faculty Senate Bylaws, notice is given to the
Senate Membership of the Senate Executive Committee’s nine-member slate of nominees for the
Nominating Committee for 2015. The Nominating Committee nominates candidates for election to
the Offices of the Faculty Senate, to the At-Large and Assistant Professor positions on the Senate
Executive Committee and to the Senate Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty and the
Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility. The nine nominees, all of whom have
agreed to serve, are:
• Karen Beckman (Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of the History of Art,
School of Arts & Sciences)
• Cristina Bicchieri (Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought &
Comparative Ethics, School of Arts & Sciences)
• Emily Blumberg (Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine)
• Joseph Cappella (Gerald R. Miller Professor of Communication,
Annenberg School for Communication)
• A. T. Charlie Johnson (Professor of Physics, School of Arts & Sciences)
• Charles W. Mooney (Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law, School of Law)
• Melissa Wilde (Associate Professor of Sociology, School of Arts & Sciences)
• Beth Winkelstein (Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering &
Applied Science)
• John Wolfe (Professor of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine)
2. Pursuant to the Bylaws, additional nominations may be submitted by petition containing at
least 25 signed names and the signed approval of the candidate. All such petitions must be received
by December 2, 2014. If no additional nominations are received, the slate nominated by the Executive Committee will be declared elected. If additional nominations are received, a mail ballot will
be distributed to the Faculty Senate membership. Please forward any nominations by petition via
intramural mail to the Faculty Senate, Box 9 College Hall/6303. Please forward any questions to
Vicki Hewitt by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (215) 898-6943.
Annenberg Public Policy Center: Celebrating 20 Years
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cal environment,” found that scientists can minimize the likelihood their message will be rejected
by avoiding advocacy, relying on trusted sources
and inviting the audience to understand the evidence that justifies the scientific conclusion.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center was
founded by Walter and Leonore Annenberg to
generate “research that matters.” The Center hosted its inaugural event in April 1994, welcoming
nearly 40 scholars and government officials from
around the world to a two-day conference on the
global drug problem. Since then it has informed
public policy in civics and mental health, adolescent development and political communication.
The Center’s work was instrumental in the
creation of the Federal Communication Commission’s “three-hour rule,” mandating that stations broadcast at least three hours of educational children’s programs per week. APPC has
worked to minimize teen smoking, reduce suicide and reduce teen pregnancy. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Center developed and distributed guidelines for media coverage of terrorism. project, founded in 2003, has
served as a consumer advocate for voters, reducing the level of deception and confusion in
politics and paving the way for others who monitor candidates’ political assertions. The policy
center has, as well, contributed to the debate
over campaign finance reform and studied civility in Congress.
APPC also houses the Leonore Annenberg
scholarship, fellowship and school funds, which
have awarded more than $13 million to arts fellows, students and underserved schools.
Current Projects
Recent and current work by the policy center includes:
• A series of studies published in Pediatrics that
look at the increasing violence in movies, particu-
larly gun violence in movies aimed at youth.
• The creation of the Civics Renewal Network,
an alliance of 26 organizations dedicated to civics education, including the Library of Congress,
the National Constitution Center, the National Archives and the US Courts, and the development of
a massive open online course on the Constitution
through Annenberg Classroom taught by Penn law
professor Kermit Roosevelt.
• The creation of a task force that studied the
dysfunctional oversight of the Department of
Homeland Security by Congress, and an ongoing
effort to urge Congress to improve national security by streamlining its supervision of DHS.
• The convening of a blue-ribbon group, including presidential campaign managers and debate coaches, to recommend ways to improve the
presidential debate process for 2016.
• A partnership with NBC News and the Wall
Street Journal to conduct surveys of the electorate on issues involving Congress, the president and
the judiciary.
The 20th anniversary was marked by a luncheon last month and a three-day conference
on the Science of Science Communication. The
day also was celebrated with the 2014 Annenberg lecture at the Annenberg School for Communication, delivered by lawyer Floyd Abrams,
one of the leading legal authorities on the First
Amendment and the US Constitution, on “The
First Amendment and Campaign Finance.”
The policy center is based on the University
of Pennsylvania campus in a four-story building
designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. It opened its doors in August 2009
(Almanac November 10, 2009).
For more information on the Annenberg
Public Policy Center, visit their website: http://
Follow APPC on Twitter (@APPCPenn) and
on Facebook:
Medicine (PDM) is
continuing to build
its Office of Development and Alumni
Relations, welcoming Liz Ketterlinus to
the new post of Senior Associate Dean
of Development &
Alumni Relations on
October 20. In this
new leadership role,
Ms. Ketterlinus is
Liz Ketterlinus
responsible for the
overall conceptualization, planning and execution of a coordinated
program of private source fundraising, alumni
relations and communications for Penn Dental
Medicine, supervising a staff of six.
Ms. Ketterlinus came to Penn Dental Medicine from the Rutgers Biomedical Health Science/Rutgers University Foundation, where
she served as interim vice president. Over the
past eight years, she was also the associate vice
president of the Rutgers University Foundation
and the vice president of the Foundation of the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey/New Jersey Health Foundation. Ms.
Ketterlinus has also held leadership positions
within development at Montgomery Hospital,
Gwynedd-Mercy College, Drexel University
and Georgetown University Medical Center.
She holds a BS in development economics as
well as an MA in Russian area studies: Soviet
economics from Georgetown.
“I am delighted to join the Penn Dental Medicine team at this time of transformation,” said
Ms. Ketterlinus. “There is a wonderful legacy of
philanthropy in place. Our department intends to
build upon this to help PDM shape the future of
dental education, research and care.”
As part of the
growth within the
Office of Development and Alumni
Gaughan has been
Dean for Leadership
Giving. In this new
role, Ms. Gaughan,
who has been with
Maren Gaughan
Penn Dental Medicine since 2010, is
responsible for the creation and management of
the leadership and major gift prospect pool at
the school.
To Report A Death
Almanac appreciates being informed
of the deaths of current and former faculty and staff members, students and other
members of the University community.
Call (215) 898-5274 or email [email protected]
However, notices of alumni deaths
should be directed to the Alumni Records
Office at Room 517, Franklin Building,
(215) 898-8136 or email [email protected]
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Honors & Other Things
Perelman School of Medicine Awards of Excellence
Gerd A. Blobel,
The Frank E. Weise
III Professor of Pediatrics, is the winner
of this year’s Stanley
N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award,
which recognizes a
member of the Perelman School of Medicine faculty for a
body of work with
an emphasis on bioGerd Blobel
medical research. His
groundbreaking research, linking chromatin biology and chromosome structure to normal and
malignant hematopoiesis, has potential clinical
applications to the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease and other significant medical disorders. His
proof of concept demonstration that chromatin
looping can be manipulated to mitigate the devastating impact of Sickle Cell Disease is a testament to the importance of Dr. Blobel’s work.
Equally impressive is his dedication to the development of young scientists, both in his research group and in the greater Penn community. Numerous graduate students who have been
mentored by Dr. Blobel have gone on to successful scientific careers. He is one of the most
sought after scientists at Penn by faculty and
students alike as a teacher and scientific advisor.
His colleagues consider him to be an innovative
force in the competitive field of chromatin biology as his work is incisive and definitive and
sets paradigms for others in the field.
James M. Wilson,
director of the gene
therapy program, interim director of the
Center for Orphan
Disease Research and
Therapy and a professor in the department of pathology &
laboratory medicine,
is the winner of this
year’s William Osler
Patient Oriented ReJames Wilson
search Award. This
award is granted to a
member of the Perelman School of Medicine
faculty for a body of work with an emphasis on
clinical research. During his 21 year career at
Penn, Dr. Wilson revolutionized the preclinical use of gene transfer as a biological tool in
basic and translational research, which rapidly
advanced the progress of clinical gene therapy.
His discovery of novel adeno-associated virus
(AAV) serotypes and demonstration of the ability of gene transfer vectors to provide remarkably high transduction efficiency and stability
of expression, with little to no immunogenicity,
has changed the field of clinical gene therapy.
His most recent contribution is the discovery of
an expanded family of AAVs from primates, including humans, and their development as gene
therapy vectors. Of the AAV gene therapy trials
submitted to the NIH’s Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee over the last two years, 75%
of them involved vectors discovered by Dr. Wilson. Dr. Wilson is the epitome of a physicianALMANAC November 18, 2014
scientist who has transformed clinical research
and the treatment of many diseases.
Rachel M. Werner, associate professor of
medicine and associate professor of health care
management, is the
winner of this year’s
Samuel Martin Health
Evaluation Sciences
Award. This award
is granted to a member of the Perelman
School of Medicine
faculty for a body of
work with an emphasis on health services
research. Dr. Werner
is one of the few physician scientists in the
Rachel Werner
nation who is trained
as an economist. Her
research focuses on the use of quality measurement and incentives, such as public reporting
and pay-for-performance, to improve health
care quality. Her research has informed national
health care policy surrounding the planning, implementation and use of these measures and incentives in health care. Because of her research,
public reporting and pay-for-performance programs now undergo more rigorous evaluation
and are more evidence-based. Dr. Werner routinely advises high-level officials in the Department of Health and Human Services regarding
the ongoing implementation related to payment
reform under the Affordable Care Act. Few investigators, at any career stage, can lay claim
to such a profound and immediate impact on
health policy.
Ekaterina L. Grishchuk, assistant professor
of physiology, is the
winner of this year’s
Michael S. Brown
New Investigator Research Award, which
recognizes emerging faculty investigators engaged in innovative discoveries. With a combination of cellular, molecular and biophysical approaches, Dr.
Ekaterina Grishchuk
Grishchuk has made
outstanding contributions to the understanding of mechanisms that
drive chromosomal motion during mitosis. Her
work at Penn has focused on three themes. The
first explores different molecular tethers that
couple kinetochores to microtubules in the mitotic spindle and how these protein complexes
allow the cell to use the energy released by microtubule depolymerization to drive chromosome motility. The second focus of her work
incorporates single molecule approaches to investigate the kinetochore kinesin motor protein
CENP-E. Finally, she has developed detailed
quantitative models for kinetochore dynamics
during mitosis. Her work in these areas has produced some of the most mechanistic modeling
of kinetochore-microtubule interface.
James L. Riley, research associate professor of microbiology is this year’s Lady
Barbara Colyton Autoimmune Research
Award. This award
recognizes a Perelman
School of Medicine
faculty member who
has been engaged in
innovative discoveries and outstanding
research in the area of
James Riley
autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Riley’s basic and translational contributions
to autoimmune disease research and therapies
have established him as a leader in the field.
He has developed an international reputation
through his almost exclusive use of primary human T cells to unravel the connection between
autoimmune disease and T regulatory cells. An
important feature of Dr. Riley’s impact in autoimmune research is his tremendous collaborative approach and ability to translate results to
the clinic. His work will lead to new modalities
to treat patients with autoimmune disease.
Victoria A. Miller, assistant professor of pediatrics, is the winner
of this year’s Marjorie A. Bowman New
Investigator Research
Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member whose
research has illuminated a fundamental clinical problem
or improved the organization and delivery of health care.
Dr. Miller’s research
Victoria Miller
and relational aspects of child, parent and family decision making. One focus of her work is independent selfmanagement of chronic illness, with an emphasis on the parent-child relationship as an important context in which decision making independence and competence develop. The second focus of Dr. Miller’s research is on informed consent and assent for medical research. She has developed two new measurement tools to assess
aspects of decision making in these areas. The
Decision Making Involvement Scale (DMIS)
measures children’s involvement in decisions
about chronic illness management, and the Decision Making Control Instrument (DMCI) assesses the voluntariness of parents making decisions for their seriously ill children. Dr. Miller is the director of research in the division of
adolescent medicine at CHOP, associate editor of AJOB Empirical Bioethics and an editorial board member of the Journal of Pediatric
Psychology. She has had continuous funding
from NIH since 2007, as PI on K23, R01 and
R21 grants. Dr. Miller has established herself as
a nationally-recognized investigator who will
continue to shape the direction of thought, investigation and clinical practice related to child,
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Honors & Other Things
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David Asch
Perelman School of Medicine Awards of Excellence
Kevin Volpp
parent and family decision making in pediatric
medical settings.
David A. Asch and Kevin G. Volpp are the
joint recipients of this year’s Luigi Mastroianni, Jr., Clinical Innovator Award for their joint
development of the Way to Health technology
platform. This award recognizes a clinician who
has pioneered the invention and development
of new techniques, procedures and approaches
which change medical practice. Together, Drs.
Asch and Volpp created a platform that incorporates principles from behavioral economics in interventions to improve patients’ health.
The premise of the program is that most patients want to be better stewards of their health,
but may need help along that path. The Way to
Health program guides patients toward better
compliance in their own care with regard to taking their statins, beta blockers and aspirin after
a heart attack and provides support for those attempting to quit smoking; exercise more; lose
weight; reach their blood sugar goals and use
their CPAP machines. Drs. Asch and Volpp have
blended clinical medicine with an understanding of human behavior and technology. In doing so, they have created a truly foundational
change in health care, one that extends the reach
of health delivery systems beyond their four
walls and into patients’ lives.
Daniel M. Feinberg, associate professor of
clinical neurology and
chief medical officer
at Pennsylvania Hospital, is the winner of
this year’s Alfred Stengel Health System
Champion Award. This
award is granted to a
physician who has contributed significantly
to the clinical integration of the Health System. Dr. Feinberg is an
expert in patient safety,
quality improvement
Daniel Feinberg
and medical informatics. He has been nominated in recognition of his
impressive administrative performance as chief
medical officer and for his ability to efficiently form and streamline risk reduction initiatives
at Pennsylvania Hospital. His ability to incorporate the real world of hospital operations with the
knowledge of how organizations function best and
merge them to establish effective risk reduction
initiatives across the system makes him the perfect
recipient for this award.
L. Scott Levin, Paul B. Magnuson Professor
of Bone and Joint Surgery, professor of orthopaedics and chair of
the department of orthopaedic surgery and
professor of surgery,
division of plastic surgery, is the winner of
this year’s I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician
Award. This award recognizes an active clinician who is regarded
by his colleagues as a
Scott Levin
masterful practitioner.
Dr. Levin was instrumental in developing the
Hand Transplant Program at Penn. In this leadership role, along with Dr. Abraham Shaked, he
became one of the first surgeons in the United
States to perform a successful bilateral hand
transplant. In preparation for such an endeavor
and medical accomplishment, he first needed to
develop the Penn Human Tissue Laboratory, a
state-of-the-art-facility where medical students,
residents and attending physicians could perform advanced surgical training on fresh tissue.
This facility was instrumental in training the
surgical team and facilitating the coordination
required for this first bilateral hand transplant.
Dr. Levin is not only a highly accomplished orthopaedic surgeon, he is also a nationally recognized plastic surgeon and a role model for future
master clinicians.
Eliot N. Nierman, associate professor of
clinical medicine, is the winner of this year’s
Sylvan Eisman Outstanding Primary Care
Physician Award. This
award recognizes a
Health System primary care physician who
goes beyond the norm
and exemplifies the
Health System’s excellent care. Dr. Nierman’s colleagues often refer to him as an
“old fashioned internist,” a doctor who is
responsible for all asEliot Nierman
pects of a patient’s
care and well-being
who often addresses a large number of problems during a single visit. Dr. Nierman sets the
standard for availability and communication
with his patients; he has the highest use of the
myPennMedicine tool of anyone in the Health
System, using it to communicate regularly with
his patients. He also sets an example for students, residents and colleagues as an outspoken
proponent of evidence based medicine. Known
for being up on the current literature, he is always implementing the most up-to-date information and protocols, thus ensuring that his patients always receive the best possible care. He
is a caring, hard-working and dedicated physician who is always striving to improve patient
Lynn N. Schuchter,
C. Willard Robinson
Professor of Hematology-Oncology, professor of medicine and
division chief of hematology-oncology,
is the winner of this
year’s Louis Duhring
Clinical Specialist Award.
This award goes to
a teaching and practicing physician in a
Lynn Schuchter
clinical or ancillary
department who combined biomedical research with clinical insight
and knowledge to provide leading-edge service
and creative care to patients and colleagues. Dr.
Schuchter is a national and international authority and advocate in the treatment of melanoma.
While her academic career in clinical translational research is well documented, as are her
string of major administrative accomplishments
within the Division and Abramson Cancer Center, she clearly identifies her most important
work as being a physician caring for patients
with cancer. Dr. Schuchter’s unwavering attention to patients and their families is well known,
and she is able to achieve a balance as a clinician, providing state-of-the-art treatment, an
empathetic listener and someone who is always
there for her patients and their families. Despite
the severity of melanoma, she has brought hope
and optimism to the lives of many; she serves
as an enduring example of an outstanding clinical specialist.
J. Richard Landis, professor and director of
biostatistics in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology and in the Center
for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is the recipient of
this year’s Arthur Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.
This award recognizes a faculty member
who has fostered the
professional development of others by proRichard Landis
viding inspiring and
effective counsel and
opportunities for achievement. Dr. Landis’s colleagues cited his unwavering commitment and
ability to serve as an outstanding mentor to students and faculty colleagues, junior and senior,
alike. He has also been effective in identifying opportunities for faculty to take on leadership roles in major research projects, advancing their own careers and professional development. Citing his extraordinary generosity and
skill as a mentor, it is no coincidence that Dr.
Landis recently won two other prestigious leadership awards. He was the first man to win the
2010 Penn FOCUS Award for the Advancement
of Women in Medicine, and he was also granted the 2011 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in
Statistical Science from Harvard University.
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CCTV Locations
The Division of Public Safety is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the campus community by integrating the best practices of public and private policing with state-of-the-art technology. A critical component of a comprehensive security plan using state-of-the-art technology is Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).
As prescribed by the University Policy “Closed Circuit Television Monitoring and Recording of Public Areas for Safety and Security Purposes,” (Almanac April 13, 1999), the locations of all outside CCTV cameras monitored by Public
Safety are to be published semi-annually in Almanac. The locations and descriptions of these cameras can also be found at
the Division of Public Safety website,
The following existing cameras meet those criteria:
University of Pennsylvania Cameras
1. 4040 Chestnut St. (front)
2. 4040 Sansom St. (rear)
3. 41st & Chestnut Sts.
4. 40th & Locust Walk
5. 40th & Spruce Sts.
6. 41st & Spruce Sts.
7. 39th & Spruce Sts.
8. 39th & Walnut Sts.
9. 38th & Walnut Sts.
10. 38th & Spruce Sts.
11. Fels Center for Government
12. 36th & Walnut Sts.
13. 37th & Spruce Sts.
14. 36th & Spruce Sts.
15. 33rd St. & Smith Walk
16. 34th & Walnut Sts.
17. 100 Block of S. 37th St.
18. Steve Murray Way & Sansom Sts.
19. 37th & Walnut Sts.
20. SEAS Courtyard
21. Steve Murray Way & Chestnut St.
22. 40th & Walnut Sts.
23. 33rd & Chestnut Sts.
24. 36th & Sansom Sts. (Franklin Bldg.)
25. Bennett Hall (Overseeing Levine
26. 1920 Commons (Spruce 38 rooftop)
27. 33rd & Walnut Sts.
28. 42nd & Locust Sts.
29. 36th St. & Locust Walk
30. 38th St. & Hamilton Walk
31. 31st & Chestnut Sts. (Left Bank)
32. 31st & Walnut Sts. (Left Bank)
33. 43rd & Locust Sts.
34. Schattner, Coffee Shop area
35. Rave Cinema
36. 4119 Walnut St.
37. Franklin Field
38. 40th & Market Sts.
39. Levy Dental (loading dock)
40. Left Bank (loading dock)
41. 34th & Chestnut Sts.
42. 39th St. & Locust Walk
43. 38th St. & Locust Walk
44. 37th St. & Locust Walk
45. 38th & Sansom Sts.
46. Penn Tower Hotel (rooftop)
47. Jon M. Huntsman Hall (NE corner)
48. 34th & Spruce Sts.
49. WXPN/World Cafe, 31st & Walnut
50. WXPN/World Cafe, SW side
(lower level)
51. Translational Research Labs,
31st St.
52. Translational Research Labs, 31st
St. (upper level)
53. Translational Research Labs, 30th
St. (lower level South)
54. Translational Research Labs, 30th
St. (lower level North)
55. Levy Tennis Pavilion
56. Mod 7 (West)
57. Mod 7 (North)
58. Mod 7 (Southeast)
59. Hollenback (lower level rear parking)
60. Hollenback (rooftop)
61. 40th & Pine Sts.
62. 41st & Pine Sts.
63. 42nd & Pine Sts.
64. 38th & Chestnut Sts.
65. 38th & Market Sts.
66. 34th & Market Sts.
67. 36th & Market Sts.
68. 39th St. & Baltimore Ave.
(Vet School-Hill Pavilion)
69. Stellar Chance, roof (rear)
70. Stellar Chance, roof (front)
71. Stellar Chance, loading dock
72. Blockley Hall, Roof
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73. BRB II, loading dock (exterior)
74. Osler Circle Courtyard
75. BRB II roof (rear)
76. BRB II roof (front)
77. CRB roof
78. CRB Bridge (main entrance hall)
79. CRB Stemmler Hall (main entrance)
80. Museum, loading dock (exterior)
81. Museum, 33rd Street (exterior)
82. Museum, Kress Entrance
83. Museum, Kress Entrance (interior)
84. Museum, upper loading dock
85. Warden Garden (Museum main
86. Stoner Courtyard (Museum lower
87. 40th St. & Baltimore Ave.
88. 41st St. & Baltimore Ave.
89. 42nd St. & Baltimore Ave.
90. 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave.
91. College Green
92. Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (Joe’s
93. Tandem Accelerator
94. 40th & Chestnut Sts.
95. 40th & Ludlow Sts.
96. 39th & Ludlow Sts.
97. 36th & Chestnut Sts.
98. Weave Bridge Hollenback
99. Weave Bridge Bower
100. 46th & Chestnut Sts.
101. Irving & Preston Sts.
102. Van Pelt, Button
103. Van Pelt, Ben Statue
104. Ringe Squash Parking
105. Caster, rear entrance
106. Caster, bike rack 1
107. Caster, bike rack 2
108. GSE on Plaza 62
109. GSE Plaza 1
110. Palestra 1
111. Palestra 2
112. College Hall (exterior basement)
113. Harnwell 1
114. Harrison 1
115. Harrison 2
116. Psychology 1
117. Psychology 2
118. Psychology 3
119. Psychology 4
120. Steinberg Conference Center
121. Shattner, bike rack
122. Chemistry, bike rack 1
123. Chemistry, bike rack 2
124. Chemistry, bike rack 3
125. Chemistry, bike rack 4
126. Williams, bike rack 1
127. Williams, bike rack 2
128. Williams, bike rack 3
129. Houston/Wynn Commons
130. Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (trolley)
131. Levy Tennis Transit Stop
132. Paley Bridge
133. Weave Bridge East
134. SLC roof rear
135. CRB Stemmler Bridge (interior)
136. Steller Chance (main entrance)
137. Richards (rear door)
138. John Morgan, Hamilton Walk
139. Weiss Info Commons 1 (rear door)
140. Weiss Info Commons 2 (front door)
141. English House (Law School bike
142. Van Pelt Manor (bike rack)
143. Class of 1925 (bike rack)
144. VHUP camera (bike rack)
145. Pottruck, bike rack 1
146. Pottruck, bike rack 2
147. Lower College Green
148. Law School, Sansom St.
149. Singh Center for
Nanotechnology, Courtyard
150. River Field
151. Blockley, bike rack 1
152. Blockley, bike rack 2
153. Blockley, bike rack 3
154. Blockley, bike rack 4
155. Blockley, bike rack 5
156. Blockley, bike rack 6
157. Blockley, bike rack 7
158. Blockley, bike rack 8
159. Hilton 1
160. Hilton 2
161. Hayden Hall East door
162. Hayden Hall West door
163. Shoemaker Green
164. Shoemaker Green
165. Shoemaker Green 1
166. Shoemaker Green 2
167. Shoemaker Green 3
168. Shoemaker Green 4
169. Shoemaker Green 5
170. Shoemaker Green 6
171. Garage 40 (rooftop)
172. Spruce Street Plaza
173. South Bank
174. Nano East loading dock
175. Nano nitrogen loading dock
176. Nano West loading dock
177. Nano roof Terrace South
178. Nano roof Terrace North
179. 37th & Locust Streets
180. Rodin, bike rack
181. Jerome Fisher Main Entrance
182. Public Safety Annex 2
183. Public Safety Annex 3
184. Public Safety Annex 4
185. Public Safety Annex 5
186. College Green
187. Van Pelt Library Mark Café 1
188. Van Pelt Library Mark Café 2
189. Meyerson, bike rack 1
190. Meyerson, bike rack 2
191. WEMBA loading dock
192. VHUP Secure Dog Walk
193. VHUP Dog Walk
194. Generational Bridge 1
195. Generational Bridge 2
196. South Bank Gate
Penn Park
1. Penn Park Drive (entrance)
2. Parking Lot (SW Corner)
3. North bike rack (Field 2)
4. Parking Lot NE (Corner)
5. Lower 30th & Walnut Sts.
6. Walnut St. Bridge Upper
7. Walnut St. Bridge Pedestrian
8. Penn Park Field 1 (bike rack)
9. Penn Park Field 2
10. Penn Park Field 2 (bike rack)
11. Paley Bridge Entrance (walkway)
12. Penn Park (walkway to Paley
13. Softball Stadium (bike rack 1)
14. Softball Stadium (Women’s
15. Softball Stadium (Men’s Restroom)
16. Softball Stadium (bike rack 2)
17. Weave Bridge (Penn Park ramp)
18. Tennis Center (Field 4 Walkway)
19. Field 4 (South Street Bridge)
20. Ropes Course
21. NE corner (Field 2)
22. SW corner (Field 2)
23. Penn Park (North)
24. Penn Park Lower 30th & Walnut Sts.
25. Penn Park (Field 1)
26. Penn Park (Plaza)
27. Tennis Center (Field 4)
28. Ropes Course/Maintenance Bldgs.
29. Penn Park (Utility Shed)
30. Penn Park NE Corner
31. Penn Park Paley Bridge
Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania Cameras
HUP Public Cameras
1. 34th St. Pedestrian Bridge
2. Spruce St. White Building courtyard
3. Spruce St. between 34th and 35th
Sts. (facing west)
4. Spruce St. between 34th and 35th
Sts. (facing east)
5. Spruce St. west fire tower door
6. Spruce St. Maloney entrance &
morgue driveway
7. Rhoads Basement (dock ramp)
8. Rhoads 1st floor (patio)
9. Rhoads 1st floor (Hamilton Walk)
10. Rhoads/Stemmler bike rack
11. Hospital side of Penn Tower
12. Penn Tower/HUP Bridge/Civic
13. Emergency Department Driveway 1
14. Emergency Department Driveway 2
15. Emergency Department Driveway 3
16. Emergency Department Driveway 4
17. Ravdin Driveway (Civic Center
18. White Bldg. entrance (Spruce St.)
19. Dulles Bldg., bike racks (Spruce St.)
20. Gates Bldg., fire exit door (Spruce St.)
21. Maloney Bldg., Entrance (36th
and Spruce Sts)
22. Rhodes loading dock ramp (36th
and Spruce Sts.)
23. Morgue-Maloney ground (36th St.)
24. Miller Plaza (adjacent to Stemmler)
25. Health Science Drive–Perelman
Parking garage entrance
26. Rhodes loading dock 1
27. Rhodes loading dock 2
Penn Tower
1. Penn Tower (front)
2. Penn Tower (lower near Motor
3. Lobby Driveway (adjacent to
Convention Ave.)
4. Lobby employee entrance (adjacent
to Convention Ave.)
5. Entrance of garage (outside)
6. Entrance of garage (inside)
7. Oxygen tank on Convention Ave.
8. Lot 7 Entrance
9. Driveway (facing east)
10. Driveway (facing west)
11. Penn Tower dock
12. Penn Tower North ground
entrance door
13. Walkway between Penn Tower
and Museum
Perelman and Smilow
1. Civic Center Blvd. at East Service Dr.
2. Perelman front door
3. Surface parking lot rear of Perelman
4. Perelman loading dock
5. East Service Drive at Health
Science Drive
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
1. Powelton (dock)
2. Wright-Saunders (roof)
3. PHI (front entrance)
4. PHI (rear entrance)
5. Helipad
6. Powelton Lot
7. 3910 Lot
8. Powelton Street
9. Science Eye Institute (North door)
10. Mutch roof
11. Garage Mach (front)
12. Garage Mach (side)
13. CUPP Lobby (entrance)
14. 3910 Bldg. (entrance)
15. 3910 loading dock 5
Penn Bookstore’s Benefits for Faculty & Staff
Get a 10% discount everyday; all Penn faculty and staff receive a 10% discount when they show
their PennCards at the time of the purchase at the Penn Bookstore. This discount is ongoing throughout
the year but with a small number of category limitations (such as textbooks, Nook and certain special
orders). The Bookstore will continue other forms of appreciation throughout the year including its
popular Sale-A-Bration, but this discount cannot be used with other coupons or discounts.
Support for Penn Faculty Authors: To celebrate and promote Penn Faculty authors, the Penn Bookstore invites all faculty members to take advantage of the events area to hold a book signing. Through the
store’s “Guest Author Series,” faculty authors will be highly publicized on campus and in the community.
The Bookstore’s Penn Author’s section already contains a vast selection of faculty works, but faculty
are encouraged to reach out to the Bookstore to discuss ways in which their work can be showcased.
• For questions about stocking or displaying a book, please contact
Christine Hibbard, book buyer at (215) 898-4343 or [email protected]
• To develop custom events, lectures and discussions, please contact
Lew Claps at [email protected]
• For additional questions and support, contact Lew Claps, director at (215) 898-4880
or [email protected]
Financing Your Home: Today
Penn Home Ownership Services
(PHOS) is hosting “Finance Your Home”
today, November 18 from noon-1 p.m. at
the Division of Public Safety’s Seminar
Room at 4040 Chestnut Street. Attendees
considering the purchase of a new home
will learn about many financial options,
including 203K financing and the difference between FHA, VA and conventional
mortgages. Questions from the audiences
are welcome and representatives from the
PHOS staff and Santander, one of PHOS’s
preferred lending partners, will be on
hand to respond. Advance registration is
required; go to
or call (215) 898-7422. Attendees must
present a valid Penn ID for admittance.
Penn Safety Fair Raffle Winners
The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) and the Division of Public Safety
(DPS) hosted the 5th Annual Penn Safety Fair in the
Hill Pavilion of the School of Veterinary Medicine
on October 30. Along with DPS and EHRS, a variety
of vendors and several Penn offices that report to the
Vice Provost for Research shared valuable information and asked the
research community to
“Dare to be AWARE”
of safety. Thanks to all
who contributed to the
Safety Fair’s success
and congratulations to
the following winners
of this year’s raffle:
Hand Tie-dyed Lab Coats:
Tianying Jiang, Cancer Center
Ben Rhoades, Gastroenterology
Mark Tigue, ULAR
Shuwen Xu, Harrison Department of Surgical
Other Winners:
Rob Anderson, ULAR—$25 Gift Card
Jian Cui, Cardiovascular Medicine—$25 Gift
Tina Stanton, Pathobiology—$25 Gift Card
Emma LeBlanc, Veterinary Medicine—Cleaner
Science Soaps
Amanda O’Hara, IACUC—Cleaner Science
Winners can pick up their prizes at EHRS, 3160
Chestnut Street, Suite 400. Please contact EHRS at
(215) 898-4453 for directions or questions.
2015 Summer Camps at Penn
A listing of numerous summer camps and
programs taking place on Penn’s campus will
be published in a late January 2015 issue of
Almanac. Those who are planning on holding camps at Penn are encouraged to notify
Almanac to be included.
Women of Color Award Nominations
The Penn community is invited to nominate
students, staff, faculty and community members
for the Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards.
html to submit applications to [email protected] by December 5, 2014.
For questions about the nomination application/process or more information about Women
of Color at Penn events, call (215) 898-0104.
Awards will be presented at the Women of
Color Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 20,
2015 at the Sheraton Philadelphia University
City Hotel.
Volunteer Opportunities
Dear Penn Community,
Thank you so very much for your
continued generosity. As a result, the Penn
community has a huge impact during the
holiday season on our surrounding community. We look forward to working with
you again this year as we strive to make a
difference in the lives of our many deserving neighbors. I look forward to working
with you as we strive to be good neighbors.
Thank you for all you do.
—Isabel Sampson-Mapp,
Associate Director, Netter Center for
Community Partnerships
Coat Drive: December 1-17: Does
your gently used winter coat still have
some serviceable miles on it? Warm coats
in good condition, for both children and
adults, are needed by a number of charitable organizations in the Philadelphia
area. Penn Volunteers in Public Service
in the Netter Center for Community
Partnerships office is organizing a Winter
Coat Drive. If you have a coat (or coats) to
contribute to our drive, you are welcome
to donate them at the Netter Center, 111
South 38th St., second floor.
We do not have the facilities or funds
to clean donated items. Freshly laundered
(or recently cleaned) items are especially
appreciated. Bring in your gently used
coats to be donated to area shelters. Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or
send an email: [email protected]
for additional information and/or to
make a donation.
Another tip in a series provided by the
Offices of Information Systems & Computing
and Audit, Compliance & Privacy.
Protecting Your Finances
During This Year’s
Holiday Shopping Season
Growth of online purchases continues
to outpace growth of sales at traditional
“brick and mortar” outlets. The number
of US buyers shopping online is expected
to grow from over 157 million in 2013 to
180 million in 2017. Regardless of how
you choose to shop this holiday season,
being vigilant and following a few simple
precautions can help protect your finances:
• When shopping online, check for
https:// or a locked padlock in your web
browser to give you the assurance that
you’re using a “secure server” site.
• Use trusted computers and networks
(e.g., ones you own and maintain) for
online shopping.
• When shopping in person, watch to
see if credit cards are taken away from the
counter and/or out of your sight when your
purchases are being authorized. If you
can’t see your card or the clerk, you don’t
know if your card information is being
written down surreptitiously.
• Use credit cards instead of debit
cards. The maximum liability for unauthorized charges on a credit card is $50.
The liability for unauthorized use of a
debit card can drain your bank account
immediately, which can lead to bounced
checks or missed payments. In addition,
liability for unauthorized debit card purchases can be much higher than the $50
maximum on credit cards, depending upon
when you report the loss.
• Use credit cards instead of writing
checks. Checks can easily be altered to
change the payee and amount. If you do
find yourself writing checks, use a pen
with pigment-based rather than waterbased ink and either write the payee name
yourself or ask that the store stamp be
applied in your presence.
A final caution in these times of heightened credit awareness: under Federal law,
you are entitled to one free credit report
from each of the three major credit reporting agencies per year. For the report to be
truly free, without qualification, you must
which is the official provider of free credit
reports authorized by the Federal Trade
For additional tips, see the One Step
Ahead link on the Information Security website:
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ALMANAC November 18, 2014
November AT PENN
22Full Measure; gospel singing focusing on
misconceptions of God; 7 p.m.; St. Mary’s Church,
3916 Locust Walk; tickets: $8/Locust Walk, $10/at
door (Full Measure).
18 A Happy Guy in Distressed...From Pre-Med to
JD to Distressed Investing; Steven Shapiro, GoldenTree Asset Management; 4:30 p.m.; rm. 240A,
Silverman Hall (Institute for Law & Economics).
19 La Scomparsa: The Disappearance of Italy;
Blaise Tobia, Drexel; 5:30 p.m.; rm. 543, Williams
Hall (Italian Studies).
20 The Décor of an Opera Built Yesterday: SaintPetersburg’s River Panorama; Basile Baudez,
University of Paris-Sorbonne; 6:15 p.m.; rm. B3,
Meyerson Hall; register:
24 Oral Vaccination for AIDS Prevention in Rhesus Macaques; Anna Aldovini, Harvard; 3 p.m.;
Class of ’62 Room, John Morgan Bldg. (Penn Center for AIDS Research).
AT PENN Deadlines
The November AT PENN calendar is online at The deadline for the January AT PENN calendar is Tuesday, December 2.
Info. is on the sponsoring department’s website;
sponsors are in parentheses. For locations, call (215)
898-5000 or see
Campaign for Community: Panel Discussion on Race Relations and Law Enforcement
On Wednesday, November 19, there will be a panel discussion on Race Relations and Law
Enforcement; it will be held in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. with light
fare and camaraderie and the program at 8 p.m. The participants include Reverend William Gipson,
associate vice provost for equity and access, VPUL, who will give the introduction, and moderator
Dr. Herman Beavers, graduate and undergraduate chair, department of Africana studies. Panelists are
Maureen S. Rush, vice president for public safety, superintendent of Penn Police; Reverend Charles
L. Howard, University chaplain; Miriam Archibong, L’16, secretary, Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly; and Denzel Cummings, C’15, Planning and Facilitating co-chair, UMOJA.
Thanksgiving Break Special Checks: November 26-30
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Thanksgiving Break 2014 (5 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, 2014, through 7 p.m. Sunday,
November 30, 2014) is approaching quickly. Traditionally, this is a time of lower occupancy
and greater opportunity for crime. Therefore, we need to be more safety and security conscious.
In order to reduce the opportunity for crime (criminal mischief, burglaries, etc.), the Division
of Public Safety is again offering to conduct Special Checks of Residential Properties during
the timeframe from 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 to 7 p.m. Sunday, November 30. Students,
faculty and staff who live within the following geographical boundaries—Schuylkill River to
43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street—may list their residence with the Penn Police
Department for Special Checks during the period it will be vacant.
Penn Police officers will periodically check the exterior of the property for signs of criminal
activity or security breaches. If any are discovered, the officers will take appropriate action
with subsequent notification to the listed occupant. If you would like to list your residence
for Special Checks during Thanksgiving Break, you may do so via the web or in person. Visit to register for your Special
Property Check. Additionally, to register in person, pick up an application at the Penn Police
Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street. You need to complete and return the application prior to
vacating the premise.
Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving break.
—Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department
Community Crime Report
About the Crime Report: Below are all Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Society from the
campus report for November 3-9, 2014. Also reported were 17 Crimes Against Property (13 thefts, 1 auto
theft, 1 fraud, 1 narcotics and 1 other offense). Full reports are available at: Prior weeks’ reports are also online. —Eds.
This summary is prepared by the Division of Public Safety and includes all criminal incidents reported
and made known to the University Police Department between the dates of November 3-9, 2014. The University Police actively patrol from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue and from the Schuylkill River to 43rd
Street in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police. In this effort to provide you with a thorough and accurate report on public safety concerns, we hope that your increased awareness will lessen the opportunity
for crime. For any concerns or suggestions regarding this report, please call the Division of Public Safety at
(215) 898-4482.
11:30 a.m. 3700 Spruce St
Complainant struck by unknown male
11/05/14 10:00 p.m. 3400 Spruce St
Complainant threatened by male
11:24 a.m. 1 S 33rd St
Confidential sex offense
8:02 a.m. 3609 Chestnut St
Staff members threatened by known male
1:48 a.m. 4002 Market St
Complainant struck in face
18th District Report
Below are the Crimes Against Persons from the 18th District: 7 incidents with 3 arrests (4 assaults and 3
aggravated assaults) were reported between November 3-9, 2014 by the 18th District covering the Schuylkill
River to 49th Street & Market Street to Woodland Avenue.
8:00 p.m.
8:02 p.m.
8:02 p.m.
11:37 a.m.
7:52 p.m.
2:54 p.m.
2:52 a.m.
49th St & Baltimore Ave
3420 Walnut St
3420 Walnut St
37th & Spruce Sts
49th & Locust Sts
506 S 42nd St
4002 Market St
ALMANAC November 18, 2014
Aggravated Assault
Aggravated Assault/Arrest
Aggravated Assault/Arrest
Penn’s Way 2015 Raffle
Week 6 Winners
Penn Ice Rink; Morris Arboretum; Bon
Appétit @ Penn Dining: Fun Pack: Admission
to Arboretum, Ice Rink, Meal @ Retail Dining—
Andrea Nurse, Wharton
Penn Business Services: Penn-Branded
Apparel—Natalie Negro, HUP Corporate
D’Angelo’s: Gift Certificate—Brynden
Williams, Pennsylvania Hospital
Penn Business Services: Palestra Wood Bottle
Opener—Leanne Wilkofsky, HUP
The Sixers: Signed photo, cap and shirt—
Ryan Rutkowski, HUP
The Sixers: Signed photo, cap and shirt—
Linda Whistleman, FRES
* Prizes valued at over $100 will be subject to
local, state & federal incomes taxes.
See for more information about the Penn’s Way campaign.
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The University City District recently released its annual report of the State of University City.
Below are excerpts of the report. Visit to view the PDF of the report
or for hard copies of the State of University City 2014-2015 report, visit the UCD office at
3940 Chestnut Street or email [email protected]
The State of University City 2014-2015
Matt Bergheiser, Executive Director, University City District
Sharing three data points to tell the story of a place doesn’t seem to do
justice to a neighborhood of international cuisine, eclectic retail, cultural vibrancy and intellectual energy. But numbers present powerful narratives, never more so than three leading indicators of the untiring growth
and vitality of University City.
The first number is easy—number one. There are 27 regional real estate submarkets and University City has the highest office occupancy rate
of all of them, an astounding 96%. From venture-backed startups to clinical practices to international headquarters, University City real estate is
brimming with the underpinnings of a diverse, dynamic economy—local
in footprint, global in reach and impact.
The second number, 82, is extraordinary. Through this past summer,
82% of all office construction in the entire region was happening, amazingly, within University City—on just 0.02% of the region’s office market land mass. The concentration of neighborhood building activity was
evident in a year filled with construction cranes in the University City sky
and excitement on the ground for a place that has grown exponentially as
a regional economic powerhouse.
The final number is 9.99 million. Over five years, 9.99 million square
feet of real estate projects have been developed in our neighborhood.
That’s a $4.5 billion investment, and when you consider our 73,000 jobs
and $1 billion of R&D spending, it’s clear that the intensity and acceleration of economic activity here is virtually unrivaled across the country.
With offices and retail spaces filling promptly with sought-after tenants; civic infrastructure that attracts masses to walkable streets, public
spaces, bike paths and transit; and a developing eastern edge that stitches
together Philadelphia’s central business core like never before, University City is a neighborhood where quality of life, quality of talent and quality of place unite to create a virtuous cycle of growth, innovation, opportunity and possibility.
Real Estate Development and Planning
University City continues to experience unprecedented growth and development. To go along with the yearly increase in major new residential development, 2014 saw significant new office projects, including the
construction of 3737 Market by the University City Science Center and
groundbreaking on the FMC Tower by Brandywine Realty Trust.
Although rapid transformation and continual growth have characterized University City’s real estate sector for the past several years, it’s clear
that there is still plenty of room to grow.
Thirty-two new development projects were recently advanced or completed, representing 6.9 million square feet of new office, research, residential, academic and medical facilities in addition to nearly 2.2 acres of
public space. What follows is a summary of the projects continuing to
transform University City’s skyline.
Economic Vitality
Business in University City continued its yearly growth, with an influx
of independent and established stores and restaurants finding record success in the area. 2014 saw another increase in retail occupancy rates and
pedestrian counts, and the trend is projected to continue as new commercial and residential buildings near completion and break ground at a dizzying pace. University City’s cultural scene remains robust as well, as the arts
are thriving in the neighborhood. UCD aided the exposure and reach of local businesses with signature events such as University City Dining Days,
the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll and the 40th Street Summer Series.
Businesses see University City as a prime destination for storefronts
because of the mix of customers in the college students, large employers,
commuters and full-time residents who occupy the area. Businesses that
have found success in other parts of the city, such as Federal Donuts, Joe
Coffee, Shake Shack and Hip City Veg are selecting University City as a
logical location for expansion. New ventures such as The Farmacy, Carina Tea & Waffles and Wishbone have chosen University City as the best
location to start their businesses. Owners of businesses like coZara and
The Fat Ham have expanded their operations and opened different concepts in University City. Nationally recognized chefs like Jose Garces and
Bobby Flay have found success here and are now joined by restaurateur
Rick Bayless, who chose the University City neighborhood when expanding his restaurant empire. Local community leaders are working hard to
meet retail demands, too. When a survey of residents living in Spruce Hill
reported that members of the community were in need of a garden center, Greensgrow Farms opened its Greensgrow West outpost. When residents cited a need for art supplies, Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing opened shortly thereafter. Business in University City is booming and
there is more expansion and opportunity on the way.
Center of Innovation
University City is the area’s leader in science and medical resources.
Discoveries coming from the region bring billions of dollars to the economy. From small companies working out of shared spaces to major leaders in scientific breakthroughs, University City is setting the pace for innovation.
The Brookings Institution, the nonprofit public policy organization
based in Washington, DC, pointed to University City in a report on the rise
of innovation districts. Brookings defines innovation districts as “Geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. They
are also physically compact, transit-accessible and technically-wired and
offer mixed-use housing, office and retail.” According to the report, “The
rise of innovation districts aligns with the disruptive dynamics of our era
and represents a clear path forward for cities and metropolitan areas... The
result: a step toward building a stronger, more sustainable and more inclusive economy in the early decades of this young century.” The rest of the
country is taking notice of how University City is setting the standard as
the center of innovation in the region, both now and into the future.
Public Space
Philadelphia has seen a renaissance in urban design and placemaking,
and University City is at the forefront of this movement. Partnerships between public, private, nonprofit and community organizations have allowed for unique presentations at our public spaces. There are a few examples of UCD projects that have brought people together through inspired urban design and community events.
University City remains a desirable destination for students, families and
young professionals. Employment rates are strong, the population grows
each year and the neighborhood is one of the most diverse in the city.
About University City District
University City District (UCD) was founded in 1997 by a partnership
of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents
to improve economic vitality and quality of life. Our primary mission
is community revitalization. We work within a place-based, data-driven
framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers and promote job growth and innovation.
ALMANAC November 18, 2014