Michael Brown and William Shore Are Honored with SAS Distinguished Alumni Awards
Brown, the Paul J. Thomas Professor of Medicine and Genetics and director of the Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, received the Nobel Prize in 1985 with Dr. Joseph L. Goldstein for medical discoveries that revolutionized the treatment of diseases caused by high cholesterol levels. Dean Preston remarked that "Michael Brown's research has life-saving implications for millions of people worldwide. SAS is proud to honor the intellect and spirit that has made Dr. Brown a world leader in biomedicine."
Shore is founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, an antihunger organization. Dean Preston noted that "Bill Shore's commitment to fighting hunger has raised more than $45 million for over 1,000 antihunger groups worldwide. SAS is proud to recognize such innovative humanitarian work." Shore was profiled in the winter 1998 issue of PENN Arts & Sciences.
Nominations for the 1999 SAS Distinguished Alumni Award are already being sought. Please send names of nominees, along with a brief account of their accomplishments in the liberal arts, to: Distinguished Alumni Award, 3440 Market Street, Suite 300, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA 19104-3325.
Alumna Michele Hooper Meets with Students
The SAS Alumni Lecture Series and the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business sponsored a visit to campus by Michele Hooper, CW'73, president of the International Business Group of Caremark International, Inc. Hooper met with students to review career options and discuss the economic realities of diversity in an international environment.
Future Alumni Discover Dinosaurs
Over 190 alumni and their children enjoyed the College Alumni Society's Family Day at Dinofest in early April. Penn Paleontologist Neil Shubin, associate professor of biology, gave an entertaining talk for kids on hunting dinosaur fossils. After the lecture and brunch, alumni families made their way to the Academy of Natural Sciences' Dinofest, an outstanding exhibition of robot dinosaurs, fossils, minerals, and paleontological art that was held in the Philadelphia Civic Center.
The Kelly Writers House gave new meaning to free verse during April with a month-long experiment in public poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Magnetic Poetry®, the magnetized word phenomenon that has swept across America's refrigerators, teamed up with Laubach Literacy, the world's largest literacy organization, to erect on College Green an 8 x 20 foot metallic wall spattered with thousands of little magnetized word tiles. The Writers House encouraged students, faculty, and other passersby to exercise their creativity with poetic word play.
Daniel Goldberg and Lisa Jellinek, both seniors in the College, received an honorable mention in USA Today's All USA College Competition.