No Ifs, Ands or Butts

A new anti-smoking medication is being tested at Penn's Treatment Research Center. Based on laboratory experiments with animals, findings suggest that the medication under scrutiny may reduce the urge to smoke, as well as the reinforcing pleasure-effect associated with using nicotine. The purpose of the study is to determine whether the medication can help motivate individuals to stop smoking.

The Treatment Research Center is looking for volunteers for the study. Participants must be 18 years old or older, and want to quit smoking. they will receive individual counseling sessions.

The study is being funded by the Sanofi-Synthelabo corporation. Additional information is available at: (215) 243-9959.

Less Tar and Nicotine

The Penn Treatment Research Center is also conducting a study on a new alternative to smoking-cessation methods that are now available. Unlike nicotine replacements or other medications, the study will use Accu Drop, a food additive applied directly to the filter of a cigarette that decreases exposure to tar and nicotine.

The system is designed to wean smokers from cigarettes, as they gradually increase their Accu Drop dosage from one drop to three, therefore reducing the amount of tar and nicotine they receive in preparation for a quit date. Accu Drop may offer an alternative to smokers who are not good candidates for other treatments for health reasons, or for those who do not want a medication-based approach.

The Treatment Center is looking for volunteer smokers who would like to quit, and who are 21 years old or older. As part of the study, participants will receive six counseling sessions and three follow-up visits. For additional information call: (215) 222-3200 ext. 157.

Philadelphia Cuisine

Penn Humanities Forum invites the University community to join food historian Elizabeth Rozin and Frog/Commissary Catering owner Steve Poses, for Philadelphia Cuisine. This show-and-tell presentation will take place on December 6, from 5-8 p.m. at 3619 Locust Walk.

The cost for both the lecture and dinner is $35/person, $27.50/Penn students. Book early, seating limited. No refunds after November 30. Registration and prepayment are required by November 30. For more information, call the Penn Humanities Forum at (215) 898-8220 or visit www.humanities.sas.upenn.edu/.

Women of Color Shopping Trip

Penn's Women of Color is sponsoring a shopping trip to Lancaster's Tanger and Rockvale Outlets on December 2. Departure is from 34th and Chestnut St. at 9 a.m. and will leave Lancaster at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 per person due by November 27.

For more information contact Tiffany Anderson at (215) 898-3358 or e-mail her at andersot@pobox.upenn.edu

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In the November 14 issue, Trustee Jon Huntsman, Jr., was incorrectly listed as the new chair of Budget and Finance Committee; the new chair is actually L. John Clark.

In the same issue, the Format for University Council's Open Forum , contained a reference to the University Council's Bylaws. It gave the wrong date of publication; the Bylaws appeared in the September 19 issue of Almanac.

The list of Faculty Appointments and Promotions, based on the minutes of the Trustees meetings from June 15 to September 14, included two entries involving individuals who were offered an appointment but have not joined Penn's faculty (Dr. Michael Silverstein and Dr. Xin Zhou). Also, in the SAS section, Dr. was missing in front of Sean Keilen's name.

We regret the errors.


Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 13, November 21, 2000