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Penn & Pencil Club

The Penn & Pencil Club, a creative writing workshop for staff of the University of Pennsylvania and Health System, welcomes interested authors and poets to attend its spring meetings on February 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1 at the Kelly Writers House at 5:15 p.m. RSVP to Jennifer Baldino at jbaldino@pobox.upenn.edu.

ISC Networking Service & Rate Changes for FY 2001

On July 1, 2000, several networking service and rate changes will go into effect. Most of these changes are the result of recommendations made by the Network Planning Task Force (www.upenn.edu/computing/group/nptf/), the cross-campus team that meets to discuss and resolve issues surrounding the planning and funding of PennNet.

The following are the major service and rate changes Information Systems and Computing (ISC) is making for FY 2001. Additional rate changes are shown in the summary table comparing this year's and last year's rates.

  • It is recommended that ISC discontinue no-charge modem pool access and begin charging for the main PPP pool by July 1, 2000. The rate is expected to be approximately $150/year.
  • 10Base2 monthly connection rates will increase from $19.30 (after being decoupled from the Central Service Fee) to $25.60. Any users who still have 10Base2 connections are encouraged to switch to 10Base-T connections through ISC's conversion program.
  • 100Base-T connections (the leading standard for 100 Mbps) are now available to any building wired for Fast Ethernet. To determine whether your building is wired for Fast Ethernet, please see www.upenn.edu/computing/pennnet/building_list_table.html.

 FY2001 Rate and Service Changes

Central Service Fee FY 2000 FY 2001
10Base2/10Base-T $10.70/month $9.40/month
100Base-T $22.75/month $22.75/month
(Port Rental/Connection Maintenance)
10Base2 $19.30/month $25.60/month
10Base-T $5.75/month $5.85/month
100Base-T $17.25/month $17.25/month
Pobox Accounts
$75/year $50/year
Dolphin Accounts
$17/year $20/year
Large Electronic Mailings $.05/e-mail address $.05/e-mail address
Large e-mail List Management $50/list $50/list

Premium Web Services

See www.net.isc.upenn.edu/nes/rates/www-service-levels.html for rate details.


A complete list of ISC Networking's Labor rates (including premium web services) can be found at www.isc-net.upenn.edu.

If you have any questions or need assistance with determining the services you need, please call ISC Networking at (215) 898-2883.

 Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program 2000 Competition Call for Proposals

Penn's Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease seeks pilot project applications to its Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program. Proposals should be related to the focus of the Center, which encompasses molecular studies on the biology or disease of the alimentary tract, pancreas, and liver. Relevant investigations include those in developmental biology, nutrition, regulation of gene expression, growth, differentiation and carcinogenesis, the biology of stem cells, molecular genetics, gene therapy, and immunology, including growth factors and cytokines. Grants range from $10,000 to $15,000 for a twelve-month period, and are eligible for one competitive renewal. Faculty members with U.S. citizenship or permanent visas who meet the requirements below are invited to apply.

  1. New investigators who have never held extramural support (R29, RO1, PO1).
  2. Investigators who wish to apply their expertise in other areas of biomedical research to a problem in digestive and liver disease.
  3. Investigators in digestive and liver disease who wish to study an area that represents a significant departure from currently funded work.

Completed proposals are due Tuesday, February 8, 2000.

For applications and additional information, please contact: Lisa Kaiser, Business Administrator, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease, phone: (215) 573-4264, fax: (215) 573-2024, E-mail: kaiserl@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 16, January 11, 2000

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