Nov|Dec 2015
Volume 114, No. 2


Pulling Weeds

David Casarett used to just say No when his hospice and palliative-care patients asked about using medical marijuana as a treatment or to relieve their symptoms. After researching and writing his new book, Stoned, his answer is “a lot more nuanced.” By Kathryn Levy Feldman

Passion Projects

Paul Downs EAS’85 and Jacob Lief C’99 have each had just one job since graduating from Penn—and they’ve both written thoughtful, candid books about it. In “Confessions of a Small Businessman” and “Philanthropist of the Few,” they describe the false starts, wrong turns, instructive failures, hard-won successes, and profound satisfaction they’ve experienced pursuing their respective dreams.

The Roundabout Way

Todd Haimes C’78 has the career he dreamed about and sits at the top of his field. When can he stop worrying? By Molly Petrilla

The Gift

When a Penn-CHOP team performed the world’s first double hand transplant on a child last summer, the landmark operation generated headlines around the world and young Zion Harvey became a YouTube star. But there’s a lot more to the story. By Dave Zeitlin

Building Blocks

A talk with the authors of Becoming Penn, which traces the University’s development over the tumultuous half-century from the Cold War to the Millennium. By John Prendergast


From the Editor


First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD “Sweden was my place.”

ALUMNI VOICES Much in a name

ELSEWHERE Building bridges in Tunisia

EXPERT OPINION Culture at work


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Campus sexual-misconduct survey “confirms our deepest concerns”

At Penn Vet, pet care goes way beyond cats and dogs

Convocation advice: “Embrace confusion”

The golden age of letterhead at the Penn Museum

Heard on Campus: Panel weighs in on Iran “After the Deal”

At China Center dedication, Ben on the Bench, Silfen Forum, and more

A big book on the Penn Museum’s “Colossal Sphinx”

Men’s basketball Coach Steve Donahue; Franklin Field renovations




BOOKS Novel take on Hunter S. Thompson. Gonzo Girl

INTERVIEW Thomas Hong, Penn Symphony Orchestra’s new director

ART “Reconstituted memories” in paintings by Becky Suss at ICA




Alumni: Profiles

Albert Slap C’71 and Robert Hubbell W’70 predict flood risk

Penn entrepreneurs promote new technologies for better health

Brief fame, tragic fate: Penn baseball legend Grover Powell W’66

Rachel Rothman EAS’08 is the Good Housekeeping Institute’s top tester

Sandra Vlock GAr’85’s fire pits and fire screens are functional, fine art

: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries