Penn Schools and Departments
in the '97 U.S. News Rankings of Graduate Schools

Three of Penn's schools--Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School--are third in the nation among their peers in this year's U.S. News study of America's Best Graduate Schools--and one of them is separated by only .1 from the Number One position.

In what the study calls "average reputation scores," Penn Nursing stands at 3.7, but the only score higher is 3.8--where U.C. San Francisco and the University of Washington are tied.

In Veterinary Medicine, the top three are UC Davis (4.7), Cornell (4.6) and Penn (4.1).

For business schools, the presentation shifts to an "overall score" in which the highest school is given a rank of 100. The Wharton School's 99.1 is edged by Harvard (99.5), and Stanford holds the 100 spot.

Wharton's Executive Education Program is tied for second in its category, "top non-degree M.B.A. Programs." Returning to the "average reputation scores" framework, U.S. News shows Wharton's program and Northwestern's Kellogg School at 4.6, and Harvard at 4.7 has a lead of .1

The Medical School is Number 7, and three more schools are in the top 20 in the country--Law is at 11th--a rank unchanged by U.S. News's later discovery of an error in methodology--to be corrected in the upcoming issue. Both Education and Social Work are at 18th in their fields.

PennMed, on a scale similar to the one used for B-schools, is at 94.2, with Yale just above it (94.4). Above Yale in ascending order are Washington University (in Missouri) at 94.7, U.C. San Francisco at 94.8, Duke 95.2, Johns Hopkins 99.7, and Harvard in the 100 position.

In SAS, GSFA and SEAS, some individual disciplines also placed in the top ten to twenty-five in the country. The name and score in parenthesis is the "high," and the full lists can be seen on-line at

Ranked departments in SAS include:

Economics, 8th at 4.4 (Harvard 4.9)
English, 9th at 4.5 (Berkeley 4.9)
Psychology, 9th at 4.2 (Stanford 4.8)
History, 14th at 4.2 (Princeton 4.9)
Sociology, 15th at 3.7 (Chicago 4.8)
Physics, 17th at 3.9 (CalTech 4.9)
Mathematics, 19th at 3.9 (Harvard 4.9)
Biological Sciences, 20th at 3.9 (Harvard 4.8)
Chemistry, 20th at 3.8 (Berkeley 5)

GSFA's high scorer is Architecture, 9th at 3.8 (Harvard 4.6), and SEAS's Computer Sciences is 22nd at 3.6 (Carnegie Mellon 4.9).

A Writing Prize for Police and Planners

Today at the Royal York Hotel (UK), the Literati Club of England's MCB University Press will present a 1997 Award for Excellence to Thomas M. Seamon, Jack Greene and Paul Levy for their paper, "Merging Public and Private Security for Collective Benefit," published in the American Journal of Police, Vol. 14, Issue 2 (1995). Mr. Seamon is Penn's Director of Public Safety and Dr. Levy is the Philadelphia planner who also teaches in the urban studies program here. Mr.Green is director of Temple's Center for Public Policy.

Honor for
Dr. Joullié

The Chemistry department, Trustees Council of Penn Women, and several chemical companies, will honor chemistry professor, Dr. Madeleine Joullié's forty years of teaching and research, March 17, at a symposium and dinner; information and reservations: 898-9722.

Honor for Dr. Estes

In recognition of his research, and of his international role as educator and consultant, Dr. Richard Estes, professor of social work, received the Council on Social Work Education's 1997 Award for Distinguished Recent Contribution to Social Work Education. His work on social welfare issues focuses on how countries change to support their populations, and particularly how governments meet basic needs, including how they produce and supply food.

Penn's Bob Lundgren and Custer's Last Stand

A month ago Bob Lundgren was one of hundreds waiting to hear who won the national competition to design a monument for the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana. Now the jury has forwarded its top three to the Secretary of the Interior and Bob Lundgren is among them: third in a field of over 550, he has been awarded a $5000 prize. His entry becomes the property of the U.S. National Park Service and can be incorporated into the final design. "The idea to build a memorial was enacted by Congress after many years of talks with the three Indian tribes who asked to be recognized as the winners of the battle," said Mr. Lundgren. The theme of the competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service and the Southwest Memorial Parks Association, was "Peace Through Unity."Mr. Lundgren worked from a concept of "story stones" shaping a kind of council ring "because we obtain knowledge through stories, and can build unity from knowledge."

At right: One of the boards Bob Lundgren submitted in the Little Big Horn competition shows his three stone plinths representing the three tribes, rising 40 feet from a ring of "story stones" carved with images representing the stories , beliefs and customs of the tribes, to be built of native stone from the site. The jury praised the arches, which never meet: "The forms try to reach farther--to the sky."

At right: Mr. Lundgren at the shop where his most recent campus sculpture was being fabricated for the Law School. A landscape project planner in Facilities Planning, he has been on staff at Penn since 1982, the year after he took his master's degree at GSFA. Mr. Lundgren also designed the Compass that is set into the paving of Locust Walk at 37th Walk.


Volume 43 Number 25
March 11, 1997

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