June 25, 2012 |
Phoebe Starfield Leboy, 75, of Narberth, a groundbreaking academic activist who retired in 2005 as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, died of Lou Gehrig's disease on Saturday, June 16, at her home. She was chair of Penn's Faculty Senate in 1981-82 and chair of the biochemistry department at the dental school from 1992 to 1995. In retirement, she was the national president in 2008-09 of the Association for Women in Science. Three of her Penn faculty colleagues, Sherri Adams, Susan Margulies, and Susan Volk issued an appreciation upon her death, which recalled her arrival on the faculty in 1967.
January 21, 2011 |
Thomas R. Kadesch, 58, of Bala Cynwyd, interim chair of the department of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine since 2006, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, after pancreatic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. A Penn spokeswoman stated that "Dr. Kadesch's research concentrated on ways in which cells control the expression of their genes. " In recent years, she stated, "his lab focused on a particular molecular process called the Notch signaling pathway that is critical to cell differentiation.
October 4, 2010 |
Robert J. Rutman, 91, formerly of West Mount Airy, a professor of biochemistry and a social activist who lost his job during the McCarthy era, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 20, at Ahwatukee Care Center in Phoenix. Dr. Rutman and three other professors were fired from Jefferson Medical College for alleged communist affiliations in 1953, a month after he had been called before a House Un-American Activities subcommittee in Philadelphia. He invoked the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution when asked if he ever had been a member of the Communist Party.
November 18, 2009 |
Jane Mills Glick, 65, of Swarthmore, a biochemist, died Sunday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of head trauma from a fall in her home. From 2002 until she retired in May 2008, Dr. Glick was faculty administrator of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CAMB) graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Previously, she was director of education in the gene-therapy program at Penn for eight years, and also associate professor in cell and molecular biology.
June 14, 2006 |
Adelaide M. Delluva, 88, a biochemistry professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and former associate dean of student affairs, died of heart failure May 31 at home in Center City. She collapsed while preparing for her daily trip to the campus where she had worked for 60 years. Born in Bethlehem, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 and a master's in 1940, both in biology, from Bucknell University. After earning her doctorate in 1946 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she was hired as an instructor of biochemistry.
October 18, 2005 |
Intelligent design is a scientific alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution and is not the same as Bible-based creationism, one of intelligent design's leading proponents testified yesterday in federal court. Michael Behe, a biochemistry professor at Lehigh University, said intelligent design - the idea that life is so complex there must be a supreme being - is science because it can be explained through "physical, observable and empirical facts of nature. " Behe was the first witness called by the Dover school board, which was sued by 11 parents after it required high school biology teachers to read a statement to students saying Darwin's theory has unexplained "gaps," and asking students to "keep an open mind" when considering the possibility of intelligent design.
February 21, 2001 |
James J. Ferguson Jr., 75, professor emeritus of medicine and biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and a former associate dean of its medical school, died Saturday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md., of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease. Before moving to Chevy Chase in 1986, Dr. Ferguson had been a resident of Bryn Mawr. Dr. Ferguson was a man blessed with the kind of intellect and ambition that seemingly allowed him to master whatever his eyes beheld.
February 12, 2001 |
Sidney Weinhouse, 91, a pioneering biochemist and cancer researcher who spent most of his career at Temple University, died Friday at his home in Philadelphia. The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he was born in Chicago and received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago. He entered the developing field of biochemistry before World War II and initially worked on deciphering the chemical composition of cholesterol and other fatty materials that block arteries and cause heart disease.
December 6, 1995 |
Time. It is a commodity that Temple's Marco Van Velsen values more than most student-athletes. Because when school is in session, he doesn't have much of a life, social or otherwise. "Sometimes, you have periods where it really gets hectic," said the 6-10 senior center. "You'll never see me sitting in my room doing nothing. " Van Velsen, who came to North Broad Street from Holland via Cherry Hill East High, is majoring in biochemistry. He has a 3.3 grade-point average, and will graduate next December.
May 11, 1995 |
Commencements at area colleges feature a political reporter, radio veteran and biochemist. William H. Siemering, a founding member of National Public Radio and developer of the program, "All Things Considered," will deliver the keynote address at the Beaver College commencement May 19 and receive an honorary degree. Nearly 500 bachelor's and master's degrees will be conferred at the ceremonies on the soccer and lacrosse field at the Glenside campus. President Bette E. Landman will preside.