People make Penn go ’round. Toddlers, teenagers, and young adults. Twenty-somethings, 30-somethings, and 40- and 50-plus. Sexagenarians, septuagenarians, octogenarians, and maybe even more. The “Greatest” Generation, the Silent Generation, and those that came before. Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and Millennials. Students, faculty, and staff.
People who think, study, create, build, support, give, advise, care, protect, serve, and people who make other people.
Like the Earth without the sun, Penn without people would be a lifeless, dark, and derelict place.
“People of Penn” is a Current multimedia project highlighting only a modicum of the diverse members of University faculty and staff in his or her work space. Each acts as one of the tens of thousands of beats to Penn’s everpumping heart and centuries-old soul. They are, in part, police officers, doctors, curators, biologists, clinicians, and fabricators. Check out the entire feature at the "People of Penn" webpage.
Each is unique in his or her own right, and together they make us whole. Me, we.
Each month, almost 3,000 people are released from the Philadelphia Prison System. Many are completely unprepared for the freezing weather conditions they face.
The School of Social Policy & Practice’s (SP2) Goldring Reentry Initiative is organizing a University-wide coat and winter clothing drive. Donations will be made to the Philadelphia Prison System and distributed directly to people as they are released.
Donation bins are located in the lobby and student lounge of the Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk, and the lobby of SP2’s Research Building, 3815 Walnut St. Gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves for men and women are appreciated.
To donate or for more information, email email@example.com.
The coat and clothing drive runs through Friday, Feb. 28.
“Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now,” a new exhibition that challenges visitors to leave behind preconceptions about Native Americans and discover a living tapestry of nations with distinct stories, identities, and contemporary leaders, opens at the Penn Museum on Saturday, March 1.
The interactive exhibit features a wide range of contemporary Native American voices, including artists, activists, journalists, scholars, and community leaders from around North America. They converse in video and audio, sharing stories, poetry, and short essays on issues that matter to them today: identity, political sovereignty, religious freedom and sacred places, language, celebrations, art, and cultural continuity.
The exhibition opens with a public celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Native American music and dance, presentations by Native American community leaders, arts, crafts, workshops, and children’s activities—all free with Museum admission donation.
For more information, call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.
For the fourth year in a row, Penn’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is teaming up with that department at Drexel to host Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 1. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market streets, and offers people of all ages the chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities.
Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day is a way to explore some of the items of which the world is made and to learn about how materials impact people every day.
The day will include faculty and student-led hands-on demonstrations, including the creation of a large-scale version of a carbon nanotube, as well as talks about materials that are inspired by nature and the role of superconductors in making train travel faster. This year’s event is part of NO VA Education’s “Making Stuff” Outreach Campaign. A second season of “Making Stuff” premiered on PBS in October 2013, and in 2014, a community of 75 organizations across the country will host events around the episode themes of “Wilder,” “Colder,” “Faster,” and “Safer.”
For more information on the event, visit www.phillymaterials.org.
This month, the Penn community will come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration includes multiple events, including lectures, performances, and exhibits through Friday, Jan. 31. On Jan. 20, the University is closed, but numerous events in King’s honor are scheduled, including a Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which time volunteers can participate in children’s banner painting, a literacy program, and community beautification.
On Jan. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., the African American Resource Center presents the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Signature Program featuring a lecture from Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and legal scholar Dorothy Roberts. The event takes place on the second floor of Hillel at Steinhardt Hall, 215 South 39th St.
In addition, the 13th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice takes place on Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, and President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill. This talk is co-sponsored by Penn’s Office of the President, Center for Africana Studies, and Annenberg School for Communication, and takes place in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.
For information on all events, go to www.upenn.edu/aarc/mlk/calendar_mlk.htm.
The Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) program was established in 2012 to help Penn faculty introduce environmental sustainability into existing and new courses. Faculty participants explore sustainability concepts at a one-day workshop in the late spring, and then are partnered with an undergraduate student research assistant to work over the summer to integrate sustainability into course syllabi, lectures, assignments, reading material, and tests.
The research assistants work 40 hours a week for eight weeks starting in June and are paid with funds made available by the Academics Subcommittee of Penn’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.
The deadline for faculty applications for the Summer 2014 ISAC program is Feb. 3, 2014. Application materials can be found online: www.upenn.edu/sustainability/programs/integrating-sustainability-across-curriculum. Questions may be directed to Sarah Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Penn community is invited to submit work to the Digital Art Contest, held by the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS). Contestants are asked to create a digital image with a neuroscience theme for potential display
in and around the Neuroscience Offices on the second floor of the Clinical Research Building, 415 Curie Blvd. Top consideration will be given to images related to neuroscience, neuroscience research, or the history of neuroscience research at Penn. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 7.
The contest will feature three $1,000 first place winners, four $500 second place winners, five $100 third place winners, and $50 honorable mention winners.
For more information, visit the MINS site at www.med.upenn.edu/ins/.
To enter, go to http://somapps.med.upenn.edu/apps/form/INS/view.php?id=330.
Through a partnership with Amtrak, the SHARE Food Program, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, several merchants of Amtrak’s 30th Street Station food court, including Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Au Bon Pain, are now making regular donations to local food cupboards. This food will go toward feeding families in University City instead of ending up in landfills and trash compactors. These merchants join a larger effort to reduce food waste through the University City District’s University City Food Recycling Project.
Through the program, surplus food is redirected toward neighborhood food cupboards, pantries, and soup kitchens, or to local composting facilities, producing organic compost that helps to grow nutritious food in University City.
President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced that Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky will retire on June 30. Bilsky has made an indelible impact on the University across six decades, since his student days as a captain of a historic men’s basketball team through his nearly 20 years of distinguished leadership of Penn Athletics.
“For decades now, Steve Bilsky has lived and loved Penn Athletics, and the University has been incomparably the better for it,” Gutmann says. “The continuing success of so many of our teams and our student-athlete alumni speaks volumes to what Steve has achieved in his years at Penn. He has been one of the most distinguished and admired leaders of his profession and a wonderful ambassador for our institution.”
Penn will soon announce the formation of a consultative committee to advise on the selection of Bilsky’s successor.
Following a successful pilot season in the fall of 2012, the “Insights into Ancient Egypt” Touch Tours program at the Penn Museum, designed with and for Museum visitors who are blind or have low vision, is expanding after extensive input and feedback from members of the community.
The second season of the “Insights into Ancient Egypt” Touch Tour offers longer visits and a host of innovative changes. The program expands from one to two hours, as guests are invited to discover ancient Egyptian culture through a new classroom learning experience, with tactile diagrams, through connections with both long-time Museum docents and new assistant docents with visual impairment, and through new opportunities for artistic expression. The central gallery experience —exploring through touch several ancient Egyptian artifacts on display—continues with new pieces and specially made replicas.
Five faculty members from Penn have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are
among 388 members of AAAS awarded the distinction this year for “their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”
The faculty, which include Frederic D. Bushman, professor of microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine; Andrew Dancis, associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; Robert W. Doms, pathologist-in-chief and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; J. Kevin Foskett, chair of the Department of Physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine; and Philip A. Rea, professor of biology in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun Distinguished Director of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, will be honored on Feb. 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The University City District (UCD), working in conjunction with Andropogon Associates landscape architects, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and a committee of neighborhood stakeholders, is working to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal. UCD has devised a plan to turn the concrete space into a vibrant, green, pedestrian-friendly plaza with a café. The two-phase plan calls for an increase in green space on the site, which is located on 40th Street between Baltimore and Woodland avenues. UCD has committed $650,000 for the first phase of the project, which could begin this year.
For more information, visit UCD’s website.
The Association of American Universities (AAU) has elected Penn President Amy Gutmann as its vice chair for the 2013-2014 term. AAU is a nonprofit association of 60 U.S. and two Canadian leading public and private research universities. Founded in 1900, AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive universities, including funding
for research, education and research policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.
“I am honored to be selected Vice Chair of the AAU. By the discoveries they make, the new knowledge they generate, and the students they educate, America’s leading research and teaching universities are vital to our nation’s future,” President Gutmann says. “There is no more exciting place to be than on the cusp of discovery and the AAU has a proud history of supporting and advancing vitally important work that benefits all Americans.”
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers will be Chair of AAU for the 2013-2014 term.
Acclaimed Chicago chef Rick Bayless is bringing his food and global sensibility to Penn with a Tortas Frontera restaurant location on the first floor of the newly renovated ARCH Building in the center of Penn’s campus. The café, which plans to feature quick service Mexican fare, will be the chef’s first establishment on a college campus. The café will open at the start
of next semester.
Beyond the sustainable practices in the kitchen, Tortas Frontera will also add a greater variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings to the existing campus dining scene. The menu will include Mexican delicacies such as fresh guacamole, molletes (open-faced quick sandwiches), caldos (soups), and cazuelas (hearty Mexican casseroles), salads, special seasonal dishes, and
gluten-free options. There will also be a variety of grab-and-go options available.
For more information, go to www.upenn.edu/dining.
During the month of November, Penn Library patrons can help feed the community while paying off their library fines: The Penn Libraries are sponsoring a food drive and fine amnesty program to benefit Philabundance. For each food item donated, $1 will be credited toward a patron’s account, up to a maximum of $20. Credit cannot be applied to lost book replacement fees.
Food donations will be collected at the Van Pelt Circulation Desk. Items should be non-perishable and packaged in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles. They cannot accept items in glass containers or past their expiration date. High-priority items include canned/shelf-stable tuna, macaroni and cheese, creamy peanut butter, and breakfast or hot cereal.
All members of the Penn community—faculty, staff, and students—are welcome to participate in “A Day in the Life of Penn,” a campus-wide photo project documenting one day in the life of the University: Tuesday, Oct. 29. This year, everyone is encouraged to take photos of campus landmarks, classrooms, offices, sporting events—and everything in between. All photos must be taken during the 24-hour period of Oct. 29; images must be submitted by noon on Nov. 1.
Faculty, staff, and students who have innovative ideas about sustainability are encouraged to apply for support from the Green Fund. An initiative of Penn’s Green Campus Partnership and funded by the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Green Fund is designed to seed innovative ideas from Penn students, faculty, and staff with one-time grants of as much as $50,000. The next round of applications is due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Proposals will be selected by mid-November.
Projects must support goals and objectives outlined in Penn’s Climate Action Plan, a long-range strategy launched in 2009 to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and enhance its overall sustainability.
Visit the Green Campus Partnership website at www.upenn.edu/sustainability for guidelines and to download the application. Descriptions of past winners are also available on the website.
Penn parents and alumni who seek a freewheeling discussion about books and writing can join a Kelly Writers House online book group. The Writers House has hosted these groups every year since 1999, which are led by a member of Penn’s faculty or someone from the Writers House community. The book groups use listservs to facilitate a discussion over email. Discussion leaders pose questions to begin the conversation, and participants reply by email.
Book groups this year will discuss the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks,” and short stories by John Cheever and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among other topics.
Penn and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have received a $5.65 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for a joint center to conduct transportation technology research and development. The two-year grant will allow the Penn-CMU partnership, Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation, to continue to develop and implement new technologies, including advancing transportation safety, improving the quality and efficiency of roadways, and saving travel time.
Researchers will also find ways to improve safety, upgrade infrastructure, and ensure that the best new technologies come from American companies. This consortium contributes to the development of “real world” education and workforce training programs at both universities that prepares students and workers for tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure and policy challenges.
As of this month, faculty, staff, and students will have even more tasty food options near campus, from vegetarian sandwiches to high-quality coffee. HipCityVeg, which features scrumptious vegetarian sandwiches, salads, and smoothies, opened an eatery at 216 S. 40th St. For those in need of a caffeinated pick-me-up, HubBub Coffee, featuring beans from Portland, Ore.-based roasters Stumptown, will soon open up shop at 3736 Spruce St.
And coming soon—Federal Donuts will open its third location at 3428 Sansom St. This Philly-based eatery features a selection of seasoned or glazed fried chicken and donuts.
Unleash your creativity in the Morris Arboretum’s 6th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year, in addition to “Fall Favorites” scarecrows, participants can create a scarecrow for the theme: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”
The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 19. Entries are $30 each. Applications are available at www.morrisarboretum.org. Entrants will receive an email confirming their entry.
Contestants can pick up their scarecrow frame, hay, burlap, and twine at a truck parked at the Arboretum’s entrance kiosk on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22. Contestants must bring a printout of their email confirmation.
Scarecrows can be dropped off at the Arboretum on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
All scarecrows will be on display on the Scarecrow Walk at the Arboretum from Saturday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 20. The scarecrows will be exhibited outdoors, so design materials must be as weatherproof as possible. In addition, scarecrows must be family-friendly or they will not be accepted for display.
First prize is $100 cash; second prize is a $25 gift certificate for The Shop at Morris Arboretum; third prize is a $30 gift certificate toward one Continuing Education class at the Arboretum. Prizes will be awarded in each category.
Space is limited to 30 scarecrows. Contestants will be accepted on a first-in basis, by application. All scarecrows will be returned to their creators on Oct. 20 and 21.
For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Powered by Neulion, the Penn Sports Network is a part of the Ivy League’s completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a league-wide network schedule, and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls, and social media integration.
These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile, and tablet devices without the use of an app.
Packages for the Penn Sports Network are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month, and $9.95 for a single day. The packages include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home football games and select away football games, men and women’s basketball, and men and women’s ice hockey.
In addition, selected live events from soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and sprint football are also slated to be featured on the channel this fall.
Penn Law School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) are launching an innovative joint-degree program, which aims to graduate lawyers and engineers able to address issues at the intersection of law and technology.
The first cohort of students is expected to enroll in the fall of 2014. The program will lead to both a JD and a master’s degree in engineering.
Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts says a cross-disciplinary approach is critical to preparing law graduates to tackle a burgeoning set of complex issues involving technology and the law.
“In patents, copyright, media and internet regulation, privacy and national security, and many other areas, today’s problems are almost always more than just legal problems, and require substantive understanding of how the technology works,” he says.
SEAS Dean Eduardo Glandt says engineers have become increasingly aware of the need to better understand the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern the development, implementation, use, and monetization of technology.
The Green Campus Partnership’s Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps Program is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program year. Penn’s Eco-Rep program is open to employees who want to reduce the University’s environmental footprint and enhance the workplace by educating and engaging others in more sustainable actions.
Staff and faculty Eco-Reps get the tools to spread awareness of important sustainability issues and conservation strategies throughout their respective offices and departments through tips, projects, events, and creative informational campaigns.
The deadline is Friday, Sept. 13.
With the recent signing of an agricultural conservation easement, the School of Veterinary Medicine has ensured that 145 acres of its New Bolton Center campus in Chester County will be protected from development, and will continue the area’s agricultural tradition.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for Penn Vet to continue the positive relationship we have with the Chester County community,” says Corinne Sweeney, associate dean for the New Bolton Center. “The easement will help sustain the area’s long and proud agricultural heritage. We’re so pleased to be a part of it.”
The parcel of land placed under the easement—comprising nearly a quarter of the New Bolton Center’s 687-acre campus—is currently used as cropland and pastureland. The easement ensures that these traditional uses will continue, while restricting non-agricultural development.
Penn Vet will maintain ownership of the land, while The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County will hold the easement and act as a guardian of its provisions.