July|August 2015

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July|August 2015
Volume 113, No. 6


The Link
As the nation’s first medical school celebrates its 250th anniversary, a look back at how generations of students, faculty, and alumni have served their country, delivered the finest patient care, and advanced medical research and education here in Philadelphia and around the world. By Dave Zeitlin

Bankoff’s Time
Is Vox Media CEO James Bankoff WG’96 a Henry Luce for the Digital Age? By Alyson Krueger

“One of Those Prodigious Victorian Polymaths”
Horace Howard Furness was a hopeful ghost-hunter, a Penn leader with a gift for stimulating donors’ “pocketbook nerve”—and the founder of modern Shakespeare scholarship. By Dennis Drabelle

Alumni Weekend 2015
Our annual photo essay. By Addison Geary

Pure to Applied
Unconventional mathematician Robert Ghrist rejects his field’s “hippie aesthetic” in favor of suits and ties, loves medieval literature, reversed the usual way of teaching calculus in his popular MOOC, and is using one of mathematics’ most abstract disciplines—algebraic topology—to solve real-world problems in robotics and sensor networks. By Kevin Hartnett


From the Editor



First Person: Essays


ALUMNI VOICES A walker in the city

ELSEWHERE “First came the earthquake”

EXPERT OPINION Today’s playgrounds are no fun


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Powers to Class of 2015: “[T]o save the world, start by acting ‘as if’”


Student speaker at Wharton Commencement is fighting for his life

PREP aims to help ex-inmates become entrepreneurs

ICA gets $10 million gift for curatorial program

Risk factor: health-related websites track and share search data

In Young Quakers program, Penn athletes mentor middle-schoolers

Heard on Campus: “Are we living inside a pre-traumatic syndrome?”

Penn Ivy champions in golf




THEATER Hal Prince C’48 Hon’71 gets Penn Alumni Creative Spirit Award

BOOKS A poet’s memoir of life after death. The Light of the World

FILM Penn Masala gets a Hollywood moment in Pitch Perfect 2




Alumni: Profiles

Peter O’Malley W’60 built a bridge to Japan with baseball

Andrew Weinreich C’90’s latest startup is a boot camp for entrepreneurs

Chhavi Ghuliani G’09 WG’09 helps women workers with HERfinance


: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries









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