July 20, 2015 |
A GROUP OF University of Pennsylvania graduate students got a case study on challenges facing urban school districts right in their own back yard yesterday - at the Philadelphia School District. The students, who are taking a course on schools as organizations at Penn's Graduate School of Education, visited the district's headquarters to probe officials on various topics, including school design and the use of data. Grace Cannon, head of the Office of New School Models, discussed the district's three new high schools, opened last year, which use a project-based, competency-driven method.
July 9, 2015 |
Bill Cosby offered to pay college tuition for two women who alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted them, according to court filings unsealed this week. The scholarships were not intended to buy his accusers' silence, Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition. But both offers were made immediately after the women confronted him about the alleged sexual encounters. His admission regarding the tuition payments could further complicate one of the 77-year-old actor-comedian's most visible philanthropic legacies - the millions of dollars he and his wife, Camille, have given to universities and individuals seeking college degrees.
September 30, 2012
At 27, Martha Carey Thomas applied to be president of a newly formed women's college in Bryn Mawr. She didn't get the job, but was hired as dean and an English professor in 1884. After 10 years at Bryn Mawr College, she was elected its president in 1894. Thomas (she preferred to go by M. Carey or Carey) was born in 1857 in Baltimore. She grew up with a strong determination to attain a higher education, despite her father's wishes otherwise. She was educated at Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.
October 27, 2012
Jacques Barzun, a Columbia University historian and administrator whose sheer breadth of scholarship - culminating in a survey of 500 years of Western civilization - brought him renown as one of the foremost intellectuals of the 20th century, died Oct. 25 in San Antonio, where he had lived in recent years. He was 104. His son-in-law Gavin Parfit confirmed his death, the Associated Press reported. Barzun was 92 when he published what is widely regarded as his masterwork, From Dawn to Decadence, 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present . Journalist David Gates spoke for a majority of critics when he wrote in Newsweek magazine that the book, which appeared in 2000, "will go down in history as one of the great one-man shows of Western letters.
May 25, 2011
Chemist Corwin Hansch, 92, who pioneered the field of relating a molecule's chemical structure to its biological activity, an approach widely used in developing new drugs and other commercial chemicals, died in Claremont, Calif., on May 8. He had suffered from a prolonged bout with pneumonia. Dr. Hansch was known as the "father of computer-assisted molecule design" for his development of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships, known colloquially as QSARs, a series of equations that allow chemists to modify drugs and other molecules in a predictable manner to achieve desired characteristics.
April 27, 2012 |
The vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania resigned Thursday, one day after he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his false claim to have a doctoral degree. Penn announced the resignation of Doug E. Lynch, who has been a top official in the education program since 2004, after The Inquirer raised questions about his academic background Wednesday. Lynch said on his resumé that he received the degree from Columbia University.
September 16, 2012 |
For local artist James Burns, creating a mural depicting the emotions surrounding suicide hits close to home. "Suicide is not just about ending one person's suffering," Burns said. "What people don't realize is that it starts a whole chain reaction of sorrow for those who are left behind. " Burns, 37, is head artist on the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's latest project, "Finding the Light Within," at 119 S. 31st St. The painter was denied the opportunity to know his grandfather because of his untimely death, and while working on the two-year project, he lost friends from graduate school and high school months apart.
February 7, 2013 |
With Temple fresh off a 4-7 record and facing the uncertainty of the Big East Conference's future, fans wondered whether the Owls, under new football coach Matt Rhule, could bounce back in 2013. After Wednesday's national signing day, it seems as if Temple could be a team on the rise and return to the level of the teams that went to bowl games in 2009 and 2011. Temple signed 23 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, and seven were midyear enrollees. "This is really a critical class for us," Rhule said Wednesday.
January 25, 2001 |
The previously unbeaten Avon Grove boys' swim team rebounded from its loss to Coatesville in a three-team meet Friday by beating Unionville, 100-70, in their big Southern Chester County League showdown Tuesday. In the three-way meet, which also involved Unionville, Avon Grove lost to the Red Raiders, 58-43, despite wins by Kevin Ko in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Unionville bowed to Coatesville, 69-32, despite wins by Eddie Chan in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
May 1, 2013 |
Edward Gosfield Jr., 94, of Center City, a longtime cardiologist at Graduate Hospital, died Thursday, April 25, of complications following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. So respected was Dr. Gosfield in the practice of cardiology and internal medicine that he was designated attending physician to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the United States in 1976. He was a dapper dresser, almost never appearing in public without a signature bow tie. His sons, grandsons, and many medical residents all learned how to tie one by watching him. Dr. Gosfield matriculated in 1947 at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, completing his training as a resident at Graduate Hospital in 1950.