News briefs

Public design
The award-winning international architecture firm Fumihiko Maki + Associates, responsible for The Sam Fox Arts Center at the Washington University in St. Louis and Tokyo University General Learning Center, among other projects, has been tapped to design the new Annenberg Public Policy Center building, which will be located on 36th Street between Locust Walk and Walnut Street. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May of 2006 and an opening is expected in the spring of 2008.
The building is made possible by a $30 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation and Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. The design features modern touches for which Maki is famous, including a glass façade and a multistory atrium that will distribute natural light throughout the building.

‘Snow’ worries
Register your child now for Snow Day Child Day Care—available for the kids of Penn faculty and staff when the University is open, but schools are closed. This day care is offered for children aged 12 weeks through 12 years between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Dec. 5 through March 31, 2006. Fees for day care depend on salary, the number and age of kids. Those making under $50,000 a year will pay $10 for school aged kids and $15 for preschoolers; those making above $50,000 pay $18 per school aged child and $25 per preschooler.

For an application to register, contact the Penn Children’s Center at 215-898-5268 or jcao2@pobox

Risk & responsibility
With Congressional Quarterly and The Communications Institute, Penn will sponsor a National Symposium on Risk and Disasters on Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C. at the Cannon House Office Building. Set to run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., this symposium will bring together scholars from around the nation to discuss issues of economic risk and social responsibility raised by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Members of the Penn community are encouraged to attend. To register, visit To find out more, contact Ray Simon at 898-1213.

Originally published on November 17, 2005