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Jul | Aug 2020
Volume 118, No. 6


Penn and the Pandemic

How the University and alumni have responded to the current crisis.
By Gazette Staff and Contributors

Seeds of Insight

Rob Rosenheck C’89, CEO of Lord Jones—purveyor of CBD-infused candies, creams, and other products—is high on the cannabis industry’s potential to promote a revolution in economics, health and wellness, culture, and consciousness.
By Susan Karlin

Power of the Pup

Therapy dogs are reducing stress and bringing joy to patients and staff across the Penn healthcare community.
By Kathryn Levy Feldman

Virtual Alumni Weekend

Celebrating from a distance—until we can meet again.

Courage Through History

From storms to serial killers to shipwrecks, bestselling author Erik Larson C’76 has made his name writing about frightening moments in history. When a new one came in the form of a global pandemic, readers found unlikely comfort in his latest book—a story of leadership, perseverance, and hope in the bleakest of times 80 years ago.
By Dave Zeitlin


From the Editor | Facing hard times, present and past.

Letters | Economic arguments, DP memories, Ernie Beck’s message.


Notes from the Undergrad | “It is the 42nd day of quarantine.”

Alumni Voices | New doctor, new disease, new parent.

Elsewhere | A reluctant—and roundabout—return from Antarctica.

Expert Opinion | “Recreational” DNA tests can have profound impacts.


Commencement | A virtual sendoff to the Class of 2020.

Campus | Penn Family Center marks 10 years serving student parents.

Racial Equality | Initiatives to “propel progress” on inclusion and equity announced.

Instruction | Losses and gains from remote learning.

Planning | Possible scenarios for the Fall semester.

Admissions | Dean Eric Furda C’87 on the incoming “COVID class.”

Sustainability | Penn signs solar power purchase agreement.

Honors | Presidential Prizes for Engagement and Innovation announced.

Sports | Women’s basketball’s rising star Kayla Padilla.

Tributes | Light show salute; health workers show solidarity with protests.



Digital Design | Penncraft project recreates campus online.

Fiction | Absorbing and episodic tale of an imperfect heroine. Artifact: A Novel.

Fiction | An imaginative—and macabre—medical story. Night Theater.

Briefly Noted

Music | Composer James Primosch G’80 gets vocal.


Aldo Melpignano WG’05 wants to reinvent tourism for Italy.

Samantha Vinograd C’05 analyzes national security issues on CNN.

Taylor Jenkins W’07 is the second-youngest coach in the NBA.




Old Penn | Alumni Day, 1920.

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