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Renovation slated to begin on historic Richards Labs

Renovation slated to begin on historic Richards Labs

In between the Quad’s Gothic revival dormitories and the lush oasis of the BioPond is the Richards Medical Research Laboratory, a structure credited with changing the course of modern architecture. Designed by acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, the building put Kahn on the map. Phase I of a 15-year renovation project is slated to begin in June.

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120th running of Penn Relays open April 24

120th running of Penn Relays open April 24

The 120th running of the Penn Relays takes its mark on Thursday, April 24, and lasts through Saturday, April 26, at Franklin Field. This year’s races will draw more than 18,000 competitors—high school, college, and professional athletes from more than 60 countries—to participate in 425 events.

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Growing plants to save lives

Growing plants to save lives

Penn Dental professor Henry Daniell works out of a greenhouse at Penn’s South Bank campus. His life’s work centers on a unique means of delivering drugs and vaccinations to the human body. Instead of relying upon sterile injections to ferry the therapeutic protein of interest to the intended tissue, Daniell has used a humbler vehicle: lettuce leaves.

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Bringing Louis Kahn’s houses to light at the Kroiz Gallery

Bringing Louis Kahn’s houses to light at the Kroiz Gallery

The exhibit “Brought to Light: The Houses of Louis Kahn,” currently on view at Penn’s Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, is the first to showcase the houses designed by the world-renowned architect. Permanently housed at Penn—where Kahn received his architectural degree and later taught architecture—the complete Kahn archives were the catalyst for the University’s larger collection, one of the largest architectural archives in the world.

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Staff Q&A with Katie Huber

Staff Q&A with Katie Huber

Katie Huber, assistant director of group exercise & instructional classes in the Department of Recreation, chats about exercise classes that help the Penn community stay fit. Huber oversees more than 50 group exercise and instructional classes offered by Penn Rec at the Pottruck Center and the Fox Fitness Center.

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Student Spotlight with Amy Wu

Student Spotlight with Amy Wu

Amy Wu, a senior dual-degree student in Wharton and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, chats about her work as co-director of the Penn Art Club, a visual arts club at the University, and how the Club has helped her stay connected to her creative side during a busy undergraduate career.

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Objective lens

Objective lens

Jen Drieves, a master’s student at Penn, inspects a pottery sample in her “Topics in Archaeological Science” course at the Penn Museum while her instructor, archaeologist Marie-Claude Boileau, observes.

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Penn Libraries looking for volunteer librarians at Lea School

Penn Libraries looking for volunteer librarians at Lea School

Ancil George, community outreach librarian at Penn Libraries, is looking for Penn students, faculty, and staff to serve as volunteer aides and librarians at Henry C. Lea Elementary School at 47th and Locust streets in West Philadelphia. Due to budget cuts, library access at the K-8 school is currently limitied to kindergarten through second graders only two days a week.

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Owl monkey fathers are faithful and doting dads

Owl monkey fathers are faithful and doting dads

Penn anthropologist Eduardo Fernandez-Duque has been studying owl monkeys in Argentina for nearly 20 years. From observing their interactions day in and day out, he knew that males and females formed strong bonds. But a new study by Fernandez-Duque and collaborators shows that owl monkey couples are perhaps even more faithful than the researchers previously believed, and are also caring dads.

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Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘jewel’

Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘jewel’

Dorrance H. Hamilton Fernery at the Morris Arboretum is the only restored freestanding fernery in North America. Built in 1899 by Arboretum founders John Morris and his sister Lydia, the fernery—a glassed home for ferns, rimmed by a foundation of stone—perfectly tapped into the Victorian era fascination with the plants.

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People of Penn

People of Penn

“People of Penn” is a Current multimedia project highlighting only a modicum of the diverse members of the University faculty and staff community in his or her space on campus. Each acts as one of the tens of thousands of beats to Penn’s ever-pumping heart and centuries-old soul. They are, in part, police officers, doctors, curators, biologists, clinicians, and fabricators.

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Beatlemania comes to Penn

Beatlemania comes to Penn

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ history-making appearance on the "The Ed Sullivan Show," Penn Libraries is launching the exhibit, “Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image,” which will trace the representation of the iconic group through approximately 100 pieces from various formats, including mass-market paperbacks, periodicals, ephemera, and deluxe, signed editions. The exhibit opens Feb. 24.

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