August 23, 2016 |
Latest in an occasional series about recruiters When the big gong sounds at Klein Hersh, it means an oncologist or tumor immunologist or gene-therapy researcher will soon have a new job. And, likely as not, it will be a job in some other city. "Talent is being incubated here, and then it's leaving," said Jason Hersh, a managing partner at the Horsham recruiting firm started by family friends. They were the ones who instituted the morale-boosting sounding of a big Chinese gong when a recruiter found the right person to fill a company's hiring needs.
July 1, 2016 |
In 1992, John A. DiFiori, a retired South Philadelphia High School biology teacher, rode his bicycle from Manhattan Beach, Calif., to Revere, Mass., as part of an annual seven-week group event, Pedal for Power Across America. The former League of American Wheelmen ran the tour as a fund-raising event, with Mr. DiFiori cycling for an environmental program at his former school. He had retired in 1991, the year he turned 59, but long-distance cycling had been in his bones for years.
May 25, 2016 |
A Cabrini College professor died when he was hit by a car as he tried to cross Lancaster Avenue in Wayne during a downpour Saturday, police said. David Dunbar, 51, of Exeter Township, Berks County, was hit after leaving the Anthony Wayne movie theater near Lancaster and Wayne Avenues about 9 p.m., authorities said. Dunbar did not attempt to cross at the corner crosswalk, Radnor Township Police Lt. Chris Flanagan said. The driver, who remained at the scene, did not see Dunbar in time to stop, Flanagan said.
April 28, 2016 |
The most gut-clenching, psyche-rattling moment of Margee Kerr's 36 years on this planet came when she was 116 stories in the air above it, strapped into a harness so she could lean out from the top of Toronto's CN Tower. For Kerr, it was partly an academic experience. She studies fear for a living, and will speak about her work Wednesday night at the Franklin Institute, as part of Philadelphia's annual nine-day science festival. Thus far, attendees have been gazing at stars, digging up fossils, exploring colonial-era medicine, and solving murder mysteries.
February 24, 2016 |
Sister Maria del Carmen Kuhn, 95, a teacher and administrator, died of complications from a stroke Monday, Feb. 15, at McAuley Convent in Merion. A Sister of Mercy for 75 years, she taught biology and later was director of guidance at several high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Sister Maria formerly was known as Catherine Kuhn. She grew up in the close-knit neighborhood of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in South Philadelphia. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls in 1938 and worked as a secretary until joining the Sisters of Mercy in 1940.
October 5, 2015 |
Swarthmore College's new president has a plan for dealing with a student body known for its vocal activism: Listen carefully to the students. Craft a careful, well-researched response. Communicate with them. "It's critically important to maintain open dialogue with students," said Valerie Smith, 59, who on Saturday was inaugurated as the first African American president of Swarthmore, one of the most prestigious and selective colleges in the country. Smith, an English and African American studies scholar who formerly served as dean of the college at Princeton University, took over at the 1,500-student college in July, replacing Rebecca Chopp, who now heads the University of Denver.
September 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have recently begun a relationship with my biological father, "Frank," after not seeing him since I was 4. My mother and stepfather raised me and I am very close to them. But after talking to Frank and meeting him face to face, I have gotten close to him as well. His relationship with Mom ended badly. They were very young and he takes all the blame. Mom has always said that if I have a relationship with Frank, she wants no part of it. After I told her I have been talking to him for two years, she became upset and has been short with me and my wife ever since.
June 25, 2015 |
Michael I. Mote, 80, of Philadelphia, a retired biology professor at Temple University, died Monday, June 8, of pneumonia at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Mote had a lifelong passion for - and commitment to - scientific research and student learning. Born in San Francisco, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958; a master's degree from San Francisco State College in 1963; and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968.
June 20, 2015 |
Raushaun Williams started reading at age 3, and at 4 took an IQ test that identified him as gifted. But in the classroom, he was restless, and when he started kindergarten, he was regularly suspended. Several years and schools later, family and teachers point to the West Philadelphia teenager, now 16, as a role model for his upward academic trajectory. The Roman Catholic High School graduate is headed to Drexel University, where he intends to study biology this fall on a full scholarship.
June 19, 2015
"IMITATION OF LIFE" is one of my favorite movies. I always put aside whatever else I'm doing when it comes on TCM, and settle in for what I know will be a monumental crying session during the last scene. It's the one where a young black woman who's been "passing" as white shows up at her mother's funeral just as the hearse is pulling away from the church. She throws herself on the flower-covered casket and screams, "I'm so sorry, Mama!" Her wails are the sound that a wounded animal would make.