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May|June 2015
Volume 113, No. 5


The Waymaker

Andy Strauss has spent 25 years preserving land and creating trails to restore natural beauty to blighted landscapes. Now he has a vision for the hardscrabble coal country of northeastern Pennsylvania. By Trey Popp

Unconditional Pavlov

Daniel Todes spent 25 years researching and writing his epochal biography of Ivan Pavlov. The result is a science historian’s answer to Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Dr. Zhivago. By Samuel Hughes

Living Up to the Lipstick

In the two decades since her breast-cancer diagnosis, Geralyn Lucas C’89 has become an icon and inspiration to fellow survivors for her flamboyant and gleefully defiant response to her disease. It all started with her choice of lipstick to wear for her mastectomy. By Alyson Krueger

From Skimmer to Fling

Looking back at the (r)evolution of spring festivals at Penn. By Violet Baron

Strange But True

How Mike Finkel’s life became a movie. By Caren Lissner


From the Editor

From College Hall



First Person: Essays

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGRAD Facetime for mourning

ALUMNI VOICES Denying hurt doesn’t make it disappear

ELSEWHERE Ships beyond counting

EXPERT OPINION Seeing past the ‘iPatient’


Gazetteer: News & Sports

Mental-health task force report released

Trauma Center moves into $144 million Pavilion for Advanced Care

SCAN certificate program serves non-specialists in neuroscience

Penn Wharton China Center now open in Beijing

Penn-based Puentes de Salud treats uninsured immigrants

Architects selected for Pennovation Center at former South Bank site

Tuition and fees up 3.9 percent; financial aid up 5.1 percent

Vijay Kumar picked as next dean of EAS

Inaugural President’s Engagement Prize-winners announced

Theodore Ruger named new Law dean

Men’s basketball: Allen out, Donahue in




ART How an expert glassblower learned his art at Penn

BOOKS Terrible suffering, strikingly dissimilar. A Tale of Two Plantations


ART Departing MFA program coordinator Jane Irish on her art and life



Alumni: Profiles

Charles Soule C’96 killed Wolverine, brought Swamp Thing to Van Pelt

Douglas Hyland C’70 put New Britain on the American art map

Nick Benz EAS’96 is CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Barbara P. Barnett GEd’71 documents Holocaust-survivors’ stories


: Events

: Notes

: Obituaries








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