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U.S. News Ranking: Penn's No. 7...

Penn was ranked seventh among universities in the country in the recent U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of universities. Up from 13th place last year, Penn tied with Dartmouth for seventh place, while Harvard and Princeton tied for first place as best national universities. Yale slipped from first to third, tied with Duke.

A change in the magazine's method of scoring created more ties, thus 13 schools made the list of Top 10 national liberal arts schools in this survey, published September 1, 1997.


...and PennMed Makes the Honor Roll

In another U.S. News tabulation (July 28, 1997), the eighth annual survey of "America's Best Hospitals" listed PennMed for the first time, at 14th place on a roster headed by Johns Hopkins. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, home of Penn's pediatrics department, was ranked second in the nation (Boston's hospital has consistently ranked first).

When it came to ranking 17 specialties (specific diseases or specializations, Penn made the "honor roll" in thirteen-in treatment for AIDS and cancer, and in the practices in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pulmonary disease, urology, and rheumatology.


Memorial Service: Dr. Reece

The Department of History will hold a memorial service Friday, October 17, for Dr. Jack E. Reece, who died at the age of 56 on August 31 (Almanac September 9).

The service will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor chapel of the Tabernacle United Church, on 37th Street between Sansom and Chestnut Streets. All members of the University are welcome.

In his honor the Department is also establishing the Jack E. Reece Memorial Fund to benefit graduate students in history. Contributions should be made out to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and sent to the attention of Hannah R. Poole, Business Administrator, History Department, 352B, 3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6228.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, September 30, 1997, Volume 44, Number 6