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Penn Dental Family Practice opens at 3737 Market St.

Penn Medicine University City

Penn Medicine

Penn Dental Medicine is expanding its dental care services in the community with the opening of a new office location for its Penn Dental Family Practice.

The new space, which opened Monday, June 29, is on the 10th floor of Penn Medicine University City, an advanced treatment and outpatient facility at 3737 Market St. The 13-story tower, a facility of the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, includes 200,000 square feet of exam rooms, outpatient operating rooms, an outpatient radiology center, the Penn Musculoskeletal Center, and now, dental care as well.

“We are pleased to add to the patient care services within Penn Medicine University City,” says Peter Kauderwood, executive director of administration for Penn Dental Family Practice. “Oral health is such a vital part of overall health, and as part of this facility, we can provide seamless, integrated care for patients.”

The Penn Dental Family Practice office offers comprehensive dental care services. Along with general restorative care, there are specialists in endodontics, pediatrics, periodontics, orthodontics, and oral surgery. The office also includes an implant center. The state-of-the-art facility features 25 patient care rooms.

This location is one of three multidisciplinary dental offices within the Penn Dental Family Practice and is the new home for the Practice’s University City office, previously located at 3401 Market St.

“With the expanded space of this new office, we will be able serve a greater number of patients and provide an even greater level of specialty care at this one location,” says Kauderwood.

The other Penn Dental Family Practice office locations include Locust Walk, within Penn Dental Medicine at 240 S. 40th St., and Bryn Mawr at 711 Lancaster Ave. All three Practice offices accept a variety of insurance plans and are the providers for the Penn Dental Insurance Plans offered to University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff, and students and University of Pennsylvania Health System employees.

Harkavy, Netter Center honored

Netter Center

Scott Spitzer

In May, the Philadelphia City Council recognized Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and founding director of Penn’s Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships. A resolution introduced by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell honored Harkavy’s lifetime of accomplishments and the Netter Center’s dedication to community service, as well as their significant contributions to West Philadelphia.

Since 1992, Harkavy has led the Netter Center with a focus on academically based community service courses and university-assisted community school partnerships. T he Netter Center also has established partnerships with local schools, including Henry C. Lea, Samuel B. Huey, and Benjamin B. Comegys elementary schools, and Sayre and West Philadelphia high schools. In addition, the Netter Center works to integrate University-wide resources for mutually beneficial partnerships between Penn and the community.

Corporate advocate

The University was recently honored as the Corporate Advocate of the Year by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. This year’s conference theme, “Building Businesses. Creating Legacies,” highlighted programs that helped businesses grow, hire, and contribute to the region’s economic development. Other award recipients includedAnsel Fields, Professional of the Year; Phylicia Henry, StartUp of the Year; and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, which received the Vanguard Award.

Punked out

On Sunday, June 21, families can travel back in time to the Victorian age while experiencing a fantastic future at the 2015 STEAMpunk Expo, held at the Morris Arboretum. Activities include “Power It Up!,” in which participants can explore the power of the past through science, technology, engineering, art, and math; “The Museum of  Interesting Things,” an interactive demonstration of antiques and inventions; a talk about pteridomania, the Victorian craze for ferns; a steampunk fashion show; and a talk about Rube Goldberg inventions from historian Mark Donnelly.

All events take place at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., and run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35 without dinner, and $60 to $70 with dinner. For more information, go to

Cornell Cup winners

Four student teams from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science took home top prizes at the Cornell Cup, a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology.

MEAM teams BionUX, DORA, and Mechanek secured three of the Cup’s seven first-place awards, which include $2,500 cash prizes, iPads, and an invitation to exhibit their technology at Intel’s booth at the 2015 San Mateo or New York City Maker Faire. Mechanek also won the Media Award, a $1,000 cash prize that goes to the team with the most professional website. Another MEAM team, BAM!3D, received one of seven second-place prizes, which include a smaller cash award and Kindle Fires.

Mechanek aims to improve a critical piece of car-racing gear: the HANS device—a harness that restrains a driver’s head and neck, preventing whiplash injuries and skull fractures. Team BionUX is working on a haptic feedback system for prosthetics, and Team DORA’s project involves building a new kind of “telepresence” robot. BAM!3D is developing a 3-D printer suspended from a balloon.

For a complete list of winners, go to

City honors Penn as safety partner

Hero of Philadelphia

Peter Tobia

In April, at the Division of Public Safety’s (DPS) spring Commendation Ceremony, Mayor Michael Nutter presented Penn with the city’s inaugural Hero of Philadelphia Award. Penn’s Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli and Maureen S. Rush, the vice president for public safety and superintendent of the Penn Police, accepted the award on behalf of Penn President Amy Gutmann and the University.

Nutter noted Penn’s dedication as a valued partner in the area of public and fire safety, saying that city officials are grateful for Penn’s “incredible leadership and valued service making not only the University at Pennsylvania safer, but also the City of Philadelphia.”

Nutter remarked about the University’s service to the community in support of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments as well as the Philadelphia Police Foundation and the Police Athletic League and Penn’s value to the region in providing economic opportunity and services, including programming and support of the Penn Alexander School. He also noted the assistance provided by Penn and DPS in hosting the funeral service in March for fallen Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III.

Dog owners needed

Does owning a dog improve one’s quality of life? Experts in Penn Vet’s Cardiology Service, in partnership with HUP researchers, are now validating a survey designed to answer this question. Up to 300 dog owners are needed to respond to the Dog Owner Quality of Life Survey, which concentrates on 10 different aspects of everyday life that are important to dogs and their owners, and how they might positively or negatively affect quality of life. Responses will enable researchers to fine-tune the survey before making it more widely available.

While previous studies have shown that a variety of physical health benefits are associated with dog ownership, relatively few have examined the effect of dog ownership on overall quality of life or tried to balance the potentially positive aspects of ownership with more negative aspects, such as increased responsibility or damage to property or belongings.

Dog owners interested in taking the survey can access it at: Participants will be asked to provide general information, including a birth year, zip code, and home environment. No specific identifying information, such as a name or address, will be collected. The survey takes less than 10 minutes. There is no compensation for participation.

New track

Penn Athletics is closing the Franklin Field track for the entire summer. The area will be in use for Commencement ceremonies until May 20; following that, Penn will be pulling up the old track and putting in a new one. The Franklin Field Track and Plaza project will begin on Thursday, May 21, and is not expected to be completed until early September.

Locker renewal

Current locker holders at the Department of Recreation are able to renew their locker for the 2015-16 membership year. Any member who fails to renew his or her locker by the designated deadline of July 24 will forfeit use of the locker on Aug. 20. Applications must be completed in person at the Membership Services Office at the Pottruck Center, 37th and Walnut streets.

Current members who would like to purchase a locker in the locker room for the 2015-16 membership year are eligible to enter the Locker Lottery.

For more information, go to

The University’s got talent

The Burrison Gallery at the University Club will hold its fifth annual University Club Members Exhibit from June 19 through Aug. 14. The show highlights the creativity of University Club members and provides them with a venue to share their work with the Penn community. The Gallery, located in the University Club at Penn on the 2nd floor of The Inn at Penn, 3611 Walnut St., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All questions and requests can be directed to

The Railway returns

The Morris Arboretum celebrates the grand reopening of the Garden Railway on Saturday, May 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Garden Railway features a quarter-mile of track with bustling model trains, and buildings that are made of natural materials including bark, leaves, hollow logs, dried flowers, and stones.

This year’s theme, “Art & Architecture,” will feature miniatures of iconic Philadelphia sculptures, famous lighthouses, buildings from the last World’s Fair in 1964, and more. Audiences can marvel at miniatures of Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker,” Claes Oldenburg’s “Clothes Pin,” and Thomas Jefferson’s “Monticello,” and delight in the whimsical architecture of roadside attractions such as “Randy’s Donuts” and the “Giant Teapot.”

For more information on the Garden Railway, including special theme weeks throughout the summer, go to

Fun for the little ones

Children's Festival

Nathea Lee

The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival returns to the Annenberg Center for the 2015 season, held May 7-9. The Festival attracts more than 10,000 children and families annually, and this year’s lineup includes performances that run the gamut from dance and live music to acrobatic tricks and dramatic theater.

On the 2015 schedule will be Pilobolus Dance Theater, a renowned dance troupe that uses gymnastics, technology, and playful props in their work; the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, which will present the play “Lifeboat”; Daniel Bernard Roumain, who will perform the show, “Orchestra of Life,” a tribute to Bob Marley; Playing By Air, which is a mix of music, juggling, and circus; Circo Comedia, which includes acrobatic tricks, students, and magic; and a screening of the movie “Watermelon Magic.” Tickets to the Festival include admission to the FUN ZONE, which features interactive performances and activities on the Annenberg Center’s outdoor plaza.

For a list of performance times and tickets, visit the Annenberg Center’s website.

Lunchtime treats

University City’s 30th Street Station isn’t just a place to hop off or on a train at the beginning or end of a workday. On the plaza outside the station, The Porch, it’s also a place to take in some midday live music, chow down on offerings from food trucks, and bask in the spring sunshine.

On Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., food trucks parked at The Porch include Say Cheese and Braz-BQ (Mondays); Farm Truck and Sum Pig (Tuesdays); Taco Mondo and Whirly Pig (Wednesdays); SpOt Burger, Mac Mart (on April 23) and Phoebe’s BBQ (Thursdays); and Pitruco Pizza and Mucho Bueno (Fridays).

Accordion player Dan Nosheny entertains lunchtime visitors on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., while acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Falcone performs on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. On Friday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m., DJ Shawn Ryan will spin funk, soul, and reggae, and on April 24, the South Pacific Island Dancers provide Luau and Polynesian entertainment, also from noon to 1 p.m.

To keep informed about all events at The Porch, go to

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment, the annual opportunity to make changes to health care benefits, runs from Monday, April 20, through Friday, May 1. There will be changes to the prescription carrier, the Health Care Flexible Spending Account, and several health and dental plans. Changes made during Open Enrollment will take effect on July 1.

An Open Enrollment Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at New Bolton Center, Alumni Hall, and an Open Enrollment and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Houston Hall in the Hall of Flags. There will also be several presentations, where attendees can get more information and ask questions. Sessions take place on Monday, April 20, Friday, April 24, and Thursday, April 30, at noon at Claudia Cohen Hall, Terrace Room; on Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. in Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge; and Tuesday, April 28, at noon at Perelman School of Medicine, BRB.

For more information, go to the Penn Human Resources website and click on the “Faculty/Staff/Retirees” portal at the top of the page.

Pennvention winners

Five seniors from the School of Engineering and Applied Science are this year’s winners of the Pennvention Competition, a technology innovation contest open to all  students at the University. The winning team, comprised of Adrian Lievano, Matthew Lisle, Aadithya Prakash, Freddy Hernandez, and Steven Xing, won for BionUX, or Bionic Upper Extremity, which is a low-cost prosthesis for above-the-arm amputees.

Lievano and Lisle were also recently awarded President's Engagement Prizes for a homegrown organic purification project.

Teams competing in Pennvention develop a new product and work with established mentors to vie for more than $20,000 in cash prizes.

To read more about all of the finalists, visit

Lipman Prize

Earlier this month, the Wharton School announced the winner of the fourth annual Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize: Riders for Health, an international social enterprise
that enables public health care services to reach rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa in predictable, reliable, and cost-effective ways. Chosen from more than 75 organizations worldwide that devote themselves to social impact and building sustainable solutions for social and economic challenges, Riders for Health will receive $125,000 and official recognition at an award ceremony on April 30.

For more information, visit

Fast, Faster, Fastest


Kyle Toomey

From April 23 through 25, athletes and fans of track and field will descend on Franklin Field for the Penn Relay Carnival. This event—the oldest and largest track and field competition in the country—features athletes from high schools, colleges, and track clubs, as well as Olympians.

Events begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 23 and at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 24. Tickets for those days are $18 for general admission and $24 for reserved seats. On Saturday, April 25, events begin at 9 a.m. and tickets run $30 to $60.

For more information and tickets, visit the Penn Relays website.

Two new deans

Two schools at Penn will be getting new deans: Theodore Ruger has been named the dean of Penn Law School and Vijay Kumar has been named the dean of the School of  Engineering and Applied Science. Both positions are effective July 1.

Ruger has served as a member of the Penn Law faculty for more than a decade and as the school’s deputy dean since 2013. At Penn, Ruger has taught a wide range of classes in constitutional law, health law and regulation, legislation, and food and drug law and policy.

He has also served in a variety of critical roles in the school, including three terms as a member of the faculty appointments committee, one as chair and another as co-chair. Ruger was a co-author of the Law School’s diversity action plan and is currently serving as the Law School’s diversity action officer. He also served as an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Ruger succeeds Michael A. Fitts, who served with distinction for 14 years before assuming the presidency of Tulane University in 2014.

Kumar joined the Penn Engineering faculty in 1987 and currently serves as UPS Foundation Professor with appointments in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering. As deputy dean for education in 2008-12, he was instrumental in the creation of several  innovative master’s degree programs.

Earlier, he served from 2005-08 as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, from 2000-04 as deputy dean for research, and from 1998-2004 as director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception, or GRASP, Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception lab. Kumar is recognized around the world for his groundbreaking work on the development of autonomous robots and on biologically inspired algorithms for collective behavior. Kumar succeeds Eduardo Glandt, who had a distinguished 17-year term as dean.

Gutmann honored with ACE award

Penn President Amy Gutmann has received the 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.

The award is named in honor of Reginald Wilson, senior scholar emeritus at ACE and founding director of the Council’s Office of Minority Concerns.

“It is a privilege to present the 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award to Amy Gutmann, whose vision and leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and elsewhere has shown her dedication to increasing access to higher education to all students,” says ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “She has worked tirelessly to assist students in pursuing their dream of a college degree.”

Go outside

According to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. This spring, the Penn Green Campus Partnership hopes to inspire people to spend more time outdoors. The 30x30 Challenge is an event running from April 1 to 30 in which participants are asked to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day for 30 consecutive days. The Challenge is open to all Penn faculty and staff; the last day to sign up is March 25.

“Aside from the benefits of being outdoors, the hope is to ground folks and put us back in touch with why we’re engaged in climate change and energy conservation activities in the first place,” says Dan Garofalo, Penn’s director of environmental sustainability.

To sign up, fill out the form at Optional group activities will be scheduled throughout the month and a closing picnic will celebrate the completion of the Challenge. Additional suggestions will be emailed weekly, and daily tips and other information will be posted in the Facebook group:

Email with any questions.

Power is 259th Commencement speaker

Samantha Power

Samantha Power, the United States permanent representative to the United Nations, a member of President Obama’s cabinet, and a Pulitzer-prize winning author, will deliver the address at Penn’s 2015 Commencement on Monday, May 18. As U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Power works to advance U.S. interests and address pressing challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Prior to her current role, Power served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights on the national security staff at the White House.

“We are honored that Ambassador Samantha Power will speak at Penn’s 259th Commencement,” Penn President Amy Gutmann says. “As a national and global leader, inspiring scholar and teacher, and courageous champion of human rights, Ambassador Power has had far-ranging impact here at home and abroad.”

At the Commencement ceremony, Power will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. 2015 Penn honorary degree recipients sharing the stage with Power are Arthur K. Asbury, the Van Meter Professor of Neurology Emeritus at the Perelman School of Medicine who is renowned for his clinical studies of peripheral neuropathies; Lee C. Bollinger, one of the country’s foremost First Amendment and legal scholars and Columbia University’s nineteenth president; Joan Myers Brown, the founder and executive artistic director of the widely acclaimed Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO); Rita Moreno, an award-winning performing artist and star of film, stage, and television; Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut and the eleventh director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston; and Cass R. Sunstein, an author and American legal scholar in the fields of constitutional, administrative, and environmental law, as well as law and behavioral economics.

Penn tops green list

Penn tops the list of the 30 U.S. colleges and universities that use the most green power, according to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. The rankings, which are updated quarterly, include campuses with their own on-site, direct renewable energy and/or those whose electricity is supplied by green-powered partners. According to the rankings, Penn’s annual green power usage, which comes from wind, is 200,183,000 kilowatt-hours. Green power represents 51 percent of the University’s total electricity use.

Combined, the top 30 campuses use more than 1.9 billion kWh of renewable energy. This is equal to avoiding carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity used annually by more than 182,000 average single-family homes.

Nearly half—14 of the 30 top campuses—derive their entire electrical consumption from green power. To achieve this usage, 29 campuses use wind, 14 use solar, four use biomass, and one uses water (hydro) power. The campuses are varied in terms of regional location, size, and Carnegie classification.

The full list is available at the EPA Green Power Partnership at, a voluntary program intended to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy.

PWCC opening

Next month, Penn celebrates the launch of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC), which will serve as a bridge between Penn and China. The Center launch on March 9 and 10 will include a roundtable with Chinese universities to discuss issues facing higher education, panels led by Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett on China’s role in the global economy, prominent scholars’ panels on political, social, and legal dynamics facing China and the world, and sessions with Penn Deans talking about the future of their fields. For more information, visit the PWCC website.

Clean-up day

The 8th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to do their part to keep Philadelphia clean and litter-free. For more info, go to www.philadelphiastreets. com/philly-spring-cleanup.

Philly honors Penn

Philly Penn

Scott Spitzer

The City Council of Philadelphia recently honored Penn, among other area colleges, universities, and academic institutions, for participating in higher education partnerships with the city’s financially strapped school district.

Introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and sponsored by every Council member, the resolution noted that the school district has been “severely inhibited by budget cuts, layoffs, and school closings in recent years,” and recognized Penn as one of the institutions helping public school students further their  academic careers by pursuing higher education.

The University was praised for its support of Penn Alexander School and Lea School through afterschool programs, behavioral and social supports, and professional development offered by the Graduate School of Education. Penn was also acknowledged for its support for workforce development offered by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and for providing college preparatory services to high school students.

“[City Council] honors and recognizes the dedicated efforts of institutions of higher education working to improve the quality of education through the School District of Philadelphia and by increasing overall academic opportunities for the greater community by making higher education more accessible for all Philadelphians,” the resolution read.

Schwartz named LDI, PPI fellow

Former U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has been named both a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and a Visiting Fellow at the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI).

Schwartz recently completed her fifth term representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, and will bring her experience in government service and policymaking to bear in interactions with LDI Senior Fellows, Fellows, and students across campus, as well as through PPI’s Washington, D.C. office.

“We are honored to have Congresswoman Schwartz as part of our LDI community,” says LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky. “She has been one of the most effective legislators in the health care arena over the past decade. Her experience and her boundless energy will enrich the policy impact of the research of our senior fellows who bring data-tested, policy-focused research to the transformation of the nation’s health system.”

New PennPraxis leader

Randall Mason, an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign and chair of the school’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, was recently appointed the new executive director of PennPraxis, the applied research arm of the School of Design.

Before joining the PennDesign faculty in 2004, Mason worked as Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, researching economic and social issues relating to heritage conservation. His professional experience includes several years of consulting practice, as well as co-founding the nonprofit research group Minerva Partners. He served on the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia from 2006-2013 and is currently on the board of Eastern State Penitentiary.

“Randy’s skills in building alliances with government and nonprofits, and serving as a leader in efforts to transform cities in transition demonstrate his great ability to engage stakeholders in meaningful conversations about the future face of cities around the globe,” says PennDesign Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor.

West Philly jobs and training

In February, the University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) will launch the next session of its nationally recognized “Connect to Success” training program. In partnership with one of the largest parking management companies in North America, this three-week training program is tailored to motivated West Philadelphians who want
to build their career.

As a valet attendant, trainees will provide professional customer service when parking and retrieving cars throughout institutions within West Philadelphia. While training with WPSI for this opportunity, performance-based stipends are awarded for successful classroom performance.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and valid and clean driver’s license for more than three years, be currently unemployed, reside in the 19104, 19131, 19139, 19143, or 19151 zip codes, and be able to commit to at least 30 hours of weekly training for three weeks.

Applications are being accepted through Monday, Jan. 26. To submit an application, visit

Penn Wharton China Center announces grand opening

Penn Wharton China Center

The Penn community is invited to celebrate the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing—the next natural step in the University’s longstanding engagement with China and East Asia.

The grand opening of the PWCC will occur over a period of six months, with events taking place from March 2015 through September 2015. Events will include the March Launch, a series of academic symposia at PWCC featuring Penn faculty experts and partners; “The First 100 Days,” a showcase of the depth and breadth of Penn’s  programming in China; and a Center Dedication and Gala Celebration on Sept. 10, hosted by President Amy Gutmann to highlight Penn’s engagement in China as a defining element of the Penn Compact 2020.

Located in the Central Business District of Beijing (pictured), the Center will serve as a bridge between Penn and China, facilitating bilateral collaboration and advancing the University’s commitment to inclusion, innovation, and impact at the local, national, and global levels.

Penn senior awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Rutendo Chigora, a Penn senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of Zimbabwe’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship, which will fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. At Oxford, Chigora will pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

“Rutendo is a great representative of the outstanding and dynamic students at Penn,” says Andrew Binns, vice provost for education in Penn’s Office of the Provost. “We are very proud of her success, and we are grateful to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and to all the faculty and staff who supported her work.”

Chigora has conducted research on microfinance in Ghana, post-apartheid economic identities in South Africa, and the impact of social and economic remittances on African development. Chigora founded ZW Connect, a business incubator that creates economic opportunities for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe. ZW Connect was a social venture challenge winner at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiatives University Conference. She will graduate in May 2015.

Penn ranked No. 1 for safety and security

Penn was recently ranked No. 1 in safety and security in the higher education sector, according to Security Magazine’s Security 500 list. This is the eighth consecutive year that Penn has taken the magazine’s top honors in its respective market.

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey tracked 18 vertical markets, collecting unique data where appropriate, and applied the data to key metrics, which include the dedication of resources each organization makes to their safety and security programs. The survey received its information from data supplied directly by national universities and colleges, as well as data obtained through public resources and records.

“We are so grateful to be recognized for the eighth year in a row by Security Magazine as the No. 1 public safety organization in the country within the university market,” says Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety. “This accomplishment would not be possible without the continual support of our President Amy Gutmann, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, Provost Vince Price, and the exceptional dedication of the people of the Division of Public Safety.”

University introduces new express shipping process

Penn recently introduced eShip@Penn, a new and enhanced express shipping process, to be deployed in the coming months.

While the primary goal of the new system is to minimize the University’s risk associated with moving hazardous or other regulated materials and to ensure compliance with safety and other mandates, the online system also offers benefits to all University shippers. These include allowing users to choose from a variety of carriers to determine which one best meets their specific needs; shop and compare costs to ensure that schools and centers receive the best price available; track shipments from an integrated at-a-glance dashboard, regardless of the carrier used to ship the package; and pre-print shipping labels.

For those individuals who do need to ship hazardous materials, the system verifies that shippers have the proper training and helps ensure that shipments are prepared in accordance with the most current dangerous goods regulations from the International Air Transport Association and the United States Department of Transportation. The system also provides guidance to those who need to ship internationally.

For more information, email

Tech trade

Trade-In Tech

Curious about what to do with your old laptop, smartphone, display, tablet, or MP3 player? You may be able to trade it in through a new technology trade-in program, launched by Computer Connection. Participants can check out the trade-in value of old technology at and then fill out an online form before bringing devices into Computer Connection, located on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Faculty, staff, and students will receive a gift card loaded with the trade-in value of the technology, which can be used toward the purchase of anything in the store.