On Thursday, 15 November, over 200 alumni and friends attended the London Campaign Kickoff Celebration for The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good at Plaisterers’ Hall.
Trustee Simon Palley, WG’83, PAR’12, PAR’19, introduced a short video about The Power of Penn Campaign, which illuminated the many ways this historic Campaign will Grow Inclusion, Spark Innovation, and Accelerate Impact both on campus and around the world.
The program included a continuation of the Knowledge for Good panel series, featuring faculty members Anjan Chatterjee, Kathleen Morrison, and Henry Daniell.
As a practicing physician and chair of neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Anjan Chatterjee specializes in cognitive disorders. He is also the founding director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, which seeks to understand the biological basis of aesthetic experience, and the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. Chatterjee’s lab explores beauty, spatial cognition, language, cognition, and the brain. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology’s Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology and the American Psychological Association’s Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts. LEARN MORE
Inspired by issues of healthcare inequity and global human rights, Henry Daniell has developed and advanced a novel approach to orally delivering affordable biopharmaceuticals, eliminating expensive injections and refrigeration. He has developed drugs to treat dental caries, diabetes, hemophilia, pulmonary hypertension, diabetic retinopathy, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as oral vaccines for cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, polio, and plague. Daniell is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the 14th American member of Italy’s 240-year-old National Academy of Science. He has been honored for his groundbreaking work by organizations including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the recipient of the Bayer Healthcare Global Award. LEARN MORE
Kathleen Morrison, chair of Penn’s Anthropology Department, integrates approaches from archaeology, history and environmental science to study the historical ecology of Southern Asia, especially changes in agriculture, land use and the environment. Her work examines the long-term relationship between biodiversity and the history of human activities. Morrison is also co-director of LandCover6K, an international big-data initiative to improve modern climate models by reconstructing global land cover and land use patterns of the past 10,000 years. Her expertise on farming, food, and power relations in South India from the Neolithic to the Early Modern period informs her role as Chief Curator of the Penn Museum’s Asian Section. LEARN MORE
The program was followed by a lively reception providing an opportunity for guests to connect and share in the excitement of the Campaign.
Read more about this event on Penn Today: The Power of Penn in London