July 14, 1998
Volume 45
Number 1

SEAS Interim Dean: Dr. Eduardo Glandt

Dr. Eduardo Glandt, chemical engineering's Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Professorship, has been named Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

He takes office on August 15 to succeed Dr. Gregory Farrington, now president-elect of Lehigh University.

Dr. Glandt was described as "an accomplished scholar, outstanding teacher and superb citizen" by Dr. Michael Wachter, who as Interim Provost announced the appointment. "We are delighted that he has agreed to lead the school during this time of transition." Dr. Wachter also thanked SEAS Faculty Council, who solicited nominations and asked for an interim dean with "a solid understanding of the University, a real sense of the directions in which engineering is moving, the ability to keep SEAS on its present course." The SEAS faculty also wanted a colleague who will "work hard to attract the next dean," Dr. Wachter added. "We believe Eduardo is such a person. We are confident he will do an excellent job as Interim Dean and look forward to working with him in the coming year."

Dr. Glandt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires and taught there while conducting research at Argentina's National Institute of Industrial Technology. He came to Penn for his advanced degrees and joined the faculty upon taking his Ph.D. in 1977. Winning the S. Reid Warren award in 1977 for his teaching, the American Chemical Society's Victor K. LaMer Award in 1979, and the Lindback Award in 1980, he was promoted to tenure in 1981 and became full professor in 1985. He held the Carl V.S. Patterson chair from 1990 until 1995, when he was named the Heuer Professor.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Glandt is internationally known for his work in applying advances in molecular science to chemical engineering. He particularly studies liquids, interfacial phenomena and heterogeneous materials.

In addition to chairing his department in 1991-94, Dr. Glandt has served on the SEAS Faculty Council and on the this year's Academic Planning and Budget Committee, last year's Council Library Committee, and many others including the current Provost's Search Committee and the Committee on Distributed Learning which reported in Almanac April 21, 1998.

At Sansom Common, The Bookstore Opens

A new chapter in Penn Bookstore opens tomorrow, July 15, as the Bookstore opens for business in Sansom Common-- a "soft" opening, with a grand-opening gala to follow on September 10, said Marie Witt, Interim Vice President for Business Services.

Penn built and owns the facility, which combines the "best elements of a full-service academic bookstore with the amenities of a Barnes & Noble superstore," she added.

Computer Connection is also located in Sansom Common, with entrances from the both the Bookstore and Sansom Street. Not a part of the Barnes & Noble agreement, Computer Connection remains a Penn department and will carry hardware as well as an expanded selection of peripherals, accessories, and software. The 1999 "Back-to-School" Sale promises to be one of the biggest and best ever, according to the Computer Connection's general manager Christopher Bradie.

Departmental computer orders and delivery services will continue to be managed by the Computer Connection with computer repair services by The Computer Fixer through an agreement with the Computer Connection.

A storefront at 36th Street and the Sheraton Hotel will open this week for these services.

Bookstore hours: July 15-August 15: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Beginning August 16: 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday.

Computer Connection hours: July 15-August 15: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday (no Sunday hours). Beginning August 16: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Among the store's 130,000 titles are approximately 90,000 academic books, making it one of the most comprehensive academic bookstores in the country, Ms. Witt said. It also features an expanded Faculty Authors section and extensive World News section. Throughout the store are murals, kiosks, and other University memorabilia depicting the rich history and favorite images of Penn. Selected pieces from the University's sculpture galleries (formerly housed in Gimbel Gym) will also be on display.

Construction of the Inn at Penn and of the new roadway from Chestnut to Sansom called Steve Murray's Way continue in the coming year, toward completion by the end of 1999.

School Collaboration

At a press conference June 18, President Judith Rodin announced a series of initiatives with the University City public schools including an agreement with the School District and the teachers' union to create a "demonstration school" for students from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade on land owned by Penn, the former Philadelphia Episcopal Divinity School at 42nd and Spruce Streets.

Also announced in a Memorandum of Understanding (see summary) were plans to:

  • assist the School District in relocating the Carver School, a magnet high school for science and engineering, to a Market Street site now owned by the Science Center;
  • take leadership responsibility, as part of the school district's "Children Achieving" initiative, for two Cluster Resource Boards that serve West Philadelphia--each including a comprehensive high school and its feeder elementary and middle schools. Dean Susan H. Fuhrman of GSE is to serve as chair of the cluster board for West Philadelphia and Dr. Ira Harkavy of the Center for Community Partnerships will chair the University City cluster board.
  • continue current initiatives in tutoring and partnering with existing schools in the area.

Over the years Penn has heard numerous ideas and strategies for improvement of education in the area, a spokesperson said, including suggestions for a private school or charter school, but Penn elected the public school improvement route. Among recent reports cited as urging school improvement were the 1963 PFSNI report "Priorities for Neighborhood Revitalization," (on the web via www.upenn.edu/almanac) and the Spruce Hill Community Plan issued by the organization in 1995.

But at a community meeting called by Penn on July 1, numerous questions were raised, particularly about the future of the child care units and New School now on the Divinity School site, and the potential effect of the demonstration school on other schools in the area including Lea School and Powel School.

Vice President Steve Schutt said the first announcement sets a "broad framework" and that a structure for involving the community will be established within a few weeks. (The structure will be posted to Almanac Between Issues on receipt. See also the Speaking Out exchange and the e-mail address for sending input on the school collaboration, and click here for a site map.--Ed.)

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 1, July 14, 1998