Perry World House Grand Opening
Richard Perry (at podium) during the ribbon cutting, describing the significance of the art collection in Perry World House, which officially opened last week. See below for a glimpse of the art. Photograph by Marguerite F. Miller.
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann welcomed donors, students, faculty, dignitaries and special guests for a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of Perry World House, the University’s new hub for global engagement designed by 1100 Architect who incorporated half of the original 19th century worker’s cottage—the part with the mansard roof—into the 21st century limestone-clad structure which is meant to encourage interaction. Located at 38th and Locust, Perry World House was established through a gift from Richard C. Perry, a Penn alumnus and a member of Penn’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Lisa.
Standing in front of the 17,400-square-foot Perry World House flanked by Penn students carrying flags representing the more than 125 home countries of Penn’s current student body, President Gutmann said, “Penn is a great American university with a truly global perspective. It is a thrilling day, and it is wonderful to have great global thinkers right here. Speaking from the heart, most of all I want to thank our amazing trustee, alumnus and great friend Richard Perry and also great friend Lisa Perry for making this possible.”
Perry World House is a global research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant approaches to the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges (Almanac March 29, 2016). With its modern, minimalist style, the new Perry World House boasts a physical openness that mirrors its agenda: to be a place for candid discussion. Penn Law Professor William Burke-White, the inaugural director of the research center, said “it’s meant to be a space where visitors from around the globe should feel free to speak openly with one another.”
MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant: Mary Reid Kelley
Mary Reid Kelley, a senior critic in Penn’s master of fine arts program in the School of Design, has been selected as a 2016 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. Mac-Arthur Foundation.
Ms. Kelley uses a mixture of painting, poetry and performance to depict historical moments through characters that embody ideas from various time periods. From a soldier in World War I to a French prostitute in Paris during the revolution, her works explore dilemmas within mortality, sex and estrangement.
“Mary Reid Kelley is creating a legacy for future artists and establishing a new standard to which artists of tomorrow can aspire,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “We are proud to have her serve as a senior critic at PennDesign, where she is making extraordinary contributions to the development of our students.”
Born in South Carolina, Ms. Kelley studied art and women’s studies at St. Olaf College and received her MFA in painting from Yale University.
She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and London.
Along with her partner, artist Patrick Kelley, her videos have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Boston, Rose Art Museum, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany and the Pilar Corrias Gallery in London among others. The works are in public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Together, the Kelleys have discussed their work and their process at many universities including Penn, St. Olaf College, NYU, Columbia, the Norfolk School of Art, Yale and Brandeis.
The Fellowship is awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits.
Fellows receive $625,000 stipends that are bestowed with no conditions. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields and considered by an anonymous selection committee, recipients learn of their selection only when they receive a call from the MacArthur Foundation just before the public announcement.
Prior Penn recipients of the MacArthur Fellowships in the past three decades include: Danielle S. Bassett (Almanac September 23, 2014); Angela Duckworth (Almanac October 1, 2013); Sarah H. Kagan (Almanac October 7, 2003); Susan Stewart (Almanac July 15, 1997) and Stuart A. Kauffman (Almanac July 14, 1987).
Penn’s $2.5 Million NIH Grant for New Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-Based Center
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Sarah E. Millar, the Albert M. Kligman Professor and Vice-Chair for Basic Research in the department of dermatology, and George Cotsarelis, the Milton Bixler Hartzell Professor and Chair of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a $2.5 million, five-year grant to establish the Penn Skin Biology and Diseases Resource-based Center (SBDRC).
Dr. Millar will be director and Dr. Cotsarelis will be co-director of the new Center, which will be one of three nationally.
The funding will support new research infrastructure, technological innovations, shared research core facilities and other services for investigators carrying out research on skin biology and diseases. In addition, the SBDRC will fund pilot and feasibility studies and will initiate Saturday academy and summer internship programs for local high school students interested in researching skin health and disease.
Members of the SBDRC include researchers interested in mechanisms underlying skin and hair development; regenerative processes, stem cells and wound healing; skin bioengineering; the composition and functions of the microbiome in normal and diseased skin; skin aging and precancerous lesions; atopic dermatitis; autoimmune diseases; and inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis. The SBDRC encompasses basic research on human and animal models, cells and tissues; translational and clinical studies; analysis of health disparities in skin disease treatment and outcomes; and the epidemiology of skin diseases.
“Penn Medicine has an outstanding group of researchers interested in skin biology and diseases who will benefit from this grant,” Dr. Millar said. “Our team will be able to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration with the aim of preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin-based diseases and conditions. By providing core services and pilot and feasibility grant funding, we also expect to attract new investigators to this field.”
An overall goal of the grant is to enhance basic, clinical and translational skin-based research. “In addition to generating gains for patients, this new Center will strengthen our community of skin researchers,” Dr. Cotsarelis said. “We will aim to increase the number of women and minority faculty members, expand mentoring and enhance research opportunities for junior faculty members. We are excited to launch our community outreach program whose goal is to spark the interest of Philadelphia public school students in skin-oriented research.”
Under the federal funding guidelines, recipients must establish one or more resource cores, which comprise facilities and resources shared by various investigators, enabling them to conduct their independently funded research projects more efficiently and effectively. The new Penn Center will have three research cores:
• Skin Histology and Characterization Core to provide state-of-the-art microscopic services for examining skin tissue to better understand disease
• Skin Procurement and Engineering Core to provide fresh skin and primary skin cells from normal and diseased humans and mice for analysis
• Study Design and Data Analysis Core to provide statistical and bioinformatics services to ensure successful design and implementation of skin-based research projects
Additionally, an Administrative Core will oversee and coordinate activities within the SBDRC.
Additional information and membership application forms are available at https://dermatology.upenn.edu/sbdrc/ or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultative Review Committee on the Reappointment of J. Larry Jameson as Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine
President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price have announced the formation of a Consultative Review Committee to advise them on the reappointment of J. Larry Jameson as Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. Dean Jameson’s initial term as Dean will end on June 30, 2018. University policy requires that a Consultative Review Committee be established to advise the President and the Provost whenever the reappointment of a Dean is contemplated. In addition, each member of the standing faculty of the Dean’s School is given the opportunity to give confidential advice and views directly to the President and the Provost.
The members of the Consultative Review Committee are:
- Steven J. Fluharty, Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, SAS
- Lewis Chodosh, Professor and Chair of Cancer Biology, PSOM; Associate Director for Basic Research, Abramson Cancer Center; Director, Cancer Genetics, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
- Horace DeLisser, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, PSOM
- Carmen Guerra, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PSOM
- Caryn Lerman, John H. Glick, MD Professor in Cancer Research, PSOM; Senior Deputy Director, Abramson Cancer Center
- Daniel Polsky, Professor of Medicine, PSOM; Robert D. Eilers Professor of Health Care Management, Wharton; Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute
- Rebecca Simmons, Hallam Hurt Professor in Neonatology, PSOM
- Bryan Wolf, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, PSOM; Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Stephen Goldstein, PhD student, PSOM
- Leah Seifu, MD student, PSOM
- Alumni Representative
- Rosemary Mazanet, GR’81, M’86
- Joann Mitchell, Vice President for Institutional Affairs
Staff to the Committee
- Adam P. Michaels, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President
- Seth Zweifler, Office of the President
The Review Committee welcomes and encourages input from all members of the Penn community. Communications may be directed to any member of the Committee but are most conveniently forwarded to Adam Michaels (email@example.com), who is supporting the review process. Comments should be submitted no later than October 31, 2016.