November 3, 2009 |
When the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania hired Russell L. Ackoff in 1964, it didn't get one man. It got an eight-person team. Director of the Operations Research Group at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland at the time, he brought along seven of his colleagues to form the statistics and operations research department at Wharton. The hiring paid off. In 1971, in London, he received the silver medal of the British Operational Research Society. Dr. Ackoff, 90, former chairman of Wharton's department of statistics and operations research, died Thursday at Paoli Hospital.
October 19, 2009 |
At the dawn of the 20th century, the nation's forests were in trouble. The country was headed for a timber famine. The great woodlands of the East had been cut, and those in the West were in the path of the loggers. Public land was being sold for pennies or given away outright. To Gifford Pinchot, a young forester from Pennsylvania, it was "a gigantic and lamentable massacre. " He thought the nation's resources should belong to - and benefit - all, not just a wealthy and powerful few. He decided to do something about it. In 1905, largely due to his efforts, the U.S. Forest Service was created, and he became its first chief.
June 2, 2009 |
In the end, 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski said, his choice of Eddie Jordan as the team's new coach boiled down to philosophy. Jordan, 54, was introduced yesterday in the Hall of Fame Room at the Wachovia Center, making official a three-year, $8.1 million deal. Jordan, who is back in the business after a 1-10 start this season that resulted in his firing by the Washington Wizards, is a leading proponent of the pass-and-cut game that is the Princeton offense. Stefanski and Jordan had worked together with the New Jersey Nets at the beginning of this decade.
April 12, 2009 |
At the University of Notre Dame, Gus Cifelli played for three of the four teams that went undefeated from 1946 through 1949. He helped lead the Detroit Lions to the 1952 NFL title before playing for the 1954 Eagles. And he turned his philosophy major at Notre Dame into a career as a lawyer and judge in Michigan. But Philadelphians might best know him as a member of the La Salle College High School Alumni Hall of Fame. On March 26, August B. Cifelli, 84, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
December 30, 2008 |
At precisely 10 p.m. Saturday at the American Philosophical Association's sprawling conference in the Philadelphia Marriott - the annual mass gathering of those who practice the world's oldest non-conclusive profession - a philosophical point was made. Evondra Acevedo, the academic group's employment coordinator, had announced that the "Candidates' Room," where graduate students and others apply for teaching jobs, was closed for the night. She'd been going since 3 p.m. A sign announced that the room would close at 10 p.m. She asked the 11 candidates still seeking service to come back in the morning.
October 20, 2008 |
The Rev. John M. Quinn, 85,a philosophy professor at Villanova University for more than 20 years, died of heart failure Oct. 3 at St. Thomas Monastery in Villanova. Father Quinn taught in several Catholic high schools, at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, and at Biscayne College in Florida. He taught at Villanova for three years in the 1960s and returned to the school in 1973. He taught Villanova undergraduates as well as Augustinian seminary students and was associate director of the Augustinian Historical Institute.
June 26, 2008 |
The big idea: To calmly espouse the Vanguard Group Inc.'s dull-as-dishwater, invest-for-the-long-haul strategy, even when the market was tanking. "It's boring," Sauter acknowledges, and a little scary to follow. "We just keep saying, you know, 'Stay the course.' " During the last year of market turmoil, the company has been saying it in reassuring briefs on its investor Web site - "right on the home page," Sauter said. "If we've had a tough week, typically we try to get something out by the end of the week.
January 25, 2008 |
Finally - a decent Protestant Reformation comedy! Here is a nothing-special Martin Luther, teaching and preaching at Wittenberg University (fall semester, 1517), never late for his Bible study group, and furious at the idea that the church is selling Catholics indulgences to absolve them of sins. Here is his iniquitous faculty colleague, Dr. Faustus, spouting philosophy to tender young students and leading them to question The Truth. And here is tender young Hamlet, a promising but impressionable foreign student (Denmark)
January 11, 2008 |
After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Jonelle Raffino found herself suddenly out of work. So did her husband, mother and father, who, like Raffino, had been consultants in the telecommunications industry. When the stock market plunged, their jobs simply disappeared. Desperate for a way to turn around their bad luck, Raffino and her mother, Jonette Beck, saw a possible solution. "We turned to an old family friend," Raffino says. "Knitting. " Yarn can be created from soy fiber, a byproduct of tofu manufacturing, the pair learned.
December 9, 2007 |
They stumble onto this dusty downtown block like accidental pilgrims on a Center City stroll. They are sidewalk daydreamers. Philosophers. Artists. Ravaged souls. They stay for a moment or something slightly more. And they stare in prayerful silence at a three-ton steel ball. It hypnotizes as it lifts, drops, sways and crashes into eight stories of city concrete like a thunderous wave in an ocean storm. There is magic in the shadow of the wrecking ball at 13th and Race Streets.