Sept|Oct 2014
Volume 113, No. 1


Passing the Baton

As longtime Athletic Director Steve Bilsky W’71 departs Weightman Hall, how will his 20-year tenure be remembered? And where will his successor, M. Grace Calhoun, take Penn athletics? By Dave Zeitlin

Salamishah Tillet’s Journey

The Penn alumna and English professor—survivor of two rapes while an undergraduate—has become a lauded scholar and teacher and a leading activist in the effort to end violence against women and girls.
By Kathryn Levy Feldman

The Lightning Rod

Robert Lanza C’78 M’83 has racked up a slew of scientific accolades—and generated an equal amount of controversy—for his pioneering work on cloning and stem cells. And then there’s the private island stocked with dinosaur fossils, the Good Will Huntingcomparisons … and his “theory of everything.” By Molly Petrilla

The Moment and the Poem

There’s a rich music in the poetry of Gregory Djanikian C’71, along with hard-won wisdom, a generous spirit, and a “clarity that does not negate complication.” By Beth Kephart

Watching the Animals

Vikram Dewan WG’78 is leading the transformation of the venerable Philadelphia Zoo. By JoAnn Greco



From the Editor

From College Hall



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD Not quite nostalgia

ALUMNI VOICES Finding the story

ELSEWHERE An uninhabited island in the East River

EXPERT OPINION A diamond’s value


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Rich harvest at Bartram’s Garden

What you know about immigration is probably wrong

Work Zone (a look at some of what’s going up on campus)

Funny but true: study says Colbert explained Super PACs best

PennVet’s bloodmobile collects the red stuff for dogs, from dogs

New York Penn Club celebrates its 20th anniversary

Heard on Campus: ACA may fall short for kids with special healthcare needs

Tempered expectations on MOOCs

Lipman Family Prize goes to domestic-abuse prevention program in India

Football underdogs in Bagnoli’s final season


BOOKS Places and things left behind. The Picture that Remains

ART Deirdre Murphy GFA’00’s panoramic Sky Paintings

BOOKS Prusiner on his pursuit of the prion. Madness and Memory

POETRY Edward Hirsch Gr’79 on writing as a means of rescue




Alumni: Profiles

Tom Corcoran WG’75 sees both sides (of the Delaware waterfront) now

“Star Spangled” commemoration of the War of 1812, orchestrated by alumni

Elie Landau C’94 keeps busy on Broadway as an associate general manager

Alumni are creating a model of school reform in Rhode Island

: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries