On Thursday, April 19, more than 650 alumni, parents, and friends attended the New York kickoff celebration for The Power of Penn: Advancing Knowledge for Good Campaign at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.
Following an introduction by Campaign Chair Robert M. Levy, WG’74, Penn President Amy Gutmann laid out the priorities of the Campaign and the ways in which we will Grow Inclusion, Spark Innovation, and Accelerate Impact on campus and around the world.
The program included the inaugural Knowledge for Good panel discussion, featuring Daniel Q. Gillion, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Presidential Associate Professor of Political Science; Konrad Kording, Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor of Neuroscience and Bioengineering; and Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law, Political Science and Business Ethics.
Holding appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Kording’s work analyzes big data sets in neuroscience and other biomedical areas to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Daniel Gillion’s research focuses on inequality, racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public policy, and the American presidency. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Gillion is Faculty Director of Rodin College House, where he lives with his family.
One of the world’s top experts in international affairs, Beth Simmons holds appointments in the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Law, with a secondary appointment at Wharton.
The program was followed by a lively reception providing an opportunity for Penn friends and family to network and connect.