News Briefs


Say Cheese

Amateur and expert photographers and videographers are invited to enter images in the first annual photo and video contest at the Morris Arboretum. Submit pictures, both moving and still, by noon on June 30 of some of the people, plants and places at the gardens. A $15 entry fee allows you to submit up to three photos and a video no more than 90 seconds long.

A juried panel will select the best photography in three categories (people, plants and places) and the most striking video in four categories (education and learning, art, science and humanities).

Winners will see their work in an exhibition at the Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center during the late summer or fall of 2010, as well as on the Morris Arboretum Flickr site. First-place winners will receive a one-year Arboretum membership and $100 in Arboretum Dollars, which can be used toward classes or spent at the shop; second- and third-place winners will each get a four-pack of guest passes and $50 in Arboretum Dollars.

For more information, including specific details and rules, visit the Arboretum website at and click on “Morris Arboretum Photo and Video Contest” or email

A minute of your time

Give a Penn professor a minute and they’ll give you some valuable insight into economics, politics, music and environmental science. The School of Arts and Sciences’ 60-Second Lecture Series features professors espousing on their subject of choice for about a minute. Jeffrey Kallberg, professor and chair of the Department of Music, kicked off the series on April 7, but you can still catch three other lectures before the month is out: Antonio Merlo, professor and chair of the economics department, will speak about “Economics” on April 14; Douglas Jerolmack, assistant professor of earth and environmental science, talks about “The life and death of the Mississippi Delta” on April 21; and Jeffrey Green, assistant professor of political science, discusses “Attention” on April 28.

Each lecture takes place at 11:55 a.m. at Stiteler Plaza on Locus Walk and is free and open to the public. To watch lectures from the archives (it won’t take but a minute), go to For rent Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the 2010 Annual Rental Housing Fair on April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wynn Commons, in front of Houston Hall. The rain location is the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall. Sponsored by the Office of Off- Campus Services, the fair is an opportunity for the Penn community to meet with area landlords and discuss housing options in the city. Vendors will also be on hand to provide information about essential services for Philly living.

For more information, contact the Office of Off-Campus Services at 215-898-8500 or email

Honoring Bernett Johnson, Jr.

On March 30, the Sayre Health Center at 5800 Walnut St. was renamed in honor of the late Bernett L. Johnson, Jr., a beloved physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the founding chair of the center’s board of directors. Before his death in 2009, Johnson was a professor of dermatology and pathology at Penn’s School of Medicine and former chief medical officer at HUP. He rallied the community, the School District of Philadelphia and Penn partners to make the center a reality. The Sayre Health Center opened in 2007, and today, has two full-time physicians on staff serving more than 300 patients every month with much-needed medical care, support and referral services. For more information, visit

Originally published on April 8, 2010