Doctoral Research Takes Penn Student to Mountains of Japan for Ascetic Retreats

No one can blame Frank Clements if he spends some time catching up on his favorite pastimes watching TV shows on Netflix, reading and running, now that he’s back home from an ascetic research trip to the mountains of Japan. The University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student’s dissertation centers on the Shugendô mountain religious tradition based at Mt. Haguro in Northeastern Japan, close to the area that was devastated by the 2011 triple disaster.

Penn Center for Innovation’s Mobile App Challenge Is Back for a Second Year

Last fall, the Penn Center for Innovation launched the AppItUP Challenge, a contest that gathered mobile app ideas from across the University of Pennsylvania community and helped bring the best ones to life.

Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Campus & Community


  • The World-Changing Work of PIK Professors

    The World-Changing Work of PIK Professors

    President Amy Gutmann’s 2005 announcement of the Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) initiative has made Penn a particularly enticing home for professors whose world-renowned work bridges multiple academic disciplines.

  • Network Visualization Program fuses Science and Art

    Network Visualization Program Fuses Science and Art

    Science and art are often perceived to be at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. But Danielle Bassett, a researcher at Penn, believes the two disciplines can inform each other in tangible ways.

  • Advice for the Class of 2018

    Advice for the Class of 2018

    Two campus residents have some advice for incoming freshman. Pace yourself—Rome wasn’t built in a day. Maintain reasonable expectations. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of living on campus.

  • Class of 2018 Convocation

    Class of 2018 Convocation

    The Class of 2018 and transfer students received a rousing Penn welcome on the day before the start of classes.Led by the Penn Band, more than 2,400 students streamed onto College Green on Aug. 26 for Convocation. The Glee Club and a capella group Off The Beat entertained under multi-colored lights hung outside of College Hall.

  • Move-in Day for Class of 2018

    Move-in Day for Class of 2018

    On Thursday, Aug. 21, and Friday, Aug. 22, more than 2,400 freshmen and their families arrived at Penn, unloading cars and pushing wheeled cardboard boxes filled with bedding, clothes, and other necessities to their new campus homes.

  • Penn Employee Transforms Health Due to ‘Be in the Know’

    Penn Employee Transforms Health Due to ‘Be in the Know’

    The Division of Human Resource’s (HR) “Be in the Know” campaign is a program designed to give Penn faculty and staff better insight into their health status—as well as a $100 incentive, less applicable payroll taxes.

  • A Promise and an Opportunity

    A Promise and an Opportunity

    Theodore Brandon, a student in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, has long enjoyed helping others, assisting the elderly and volunteering at church.

  • The Transformative Power of the Arts

    The Transformative Power of the Arts

    JaLinda Dunovant believes that the world would be a better place if more people could experience the transformative power of the arts. This is because Dunovant’s involvement in arts and culture activities has had a profound impact on her own life.

  • Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    On July 2, 2014, Penn’s School of Nursing conducted its second annual summer mass casualty emergency simulation exercise in Fagin Hall in the Helene Fuld Pavilion.

  • Penn: A Year in Pictures 2013-14

    This year, Penn’s impact was felt in ways big and small, from West Philadelphia to across the globe, from Convocation to Commencement.

Penn in the news

More Colleges Digitalizing Traditional Bookstore September 12, 2014 | Philadelphia Tribune

Vice President Marie Witt of Business Services talks about redesigning the Penn Bookstore to adapt to changing consumer behavior.

City School Crisis Dire for Us All September 11, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

John Landis of the School of Design shares his thoughts on policies that discourage families with school age children.

Colleges Are Inventing New Ways to Attract Recent Graduates to Donate September 8, 2014 | Chronicle of Philanthropy

Colin Hennessy of the Penn Fund says, “If we can do things to develop that relationship with our youngest alumni, we are going to see great returns in that long game.”

Ebola Prompts Precautions at Philly Universities September 5, 2014 | Philadelphia Tribune

Penn’s student health clinicians are included amongst area universities taking precautionary steps aligned with the guidelines set by the government’s health watchdog.

New Penn Grads Can Receive Up to $150K for Special Engagement Projects August 28, 2014 | Philadelphia Business Journal

President Amy Gutmann says, “These prizes invite students to think creatively, on a large scale, about the meaning of engagement.”

From the Penn Current