Penn Current | Top Stories en-us Penn Current: News, Ideas, and Conversations from the University of Pennsylvania 140 46 People of Penn 2014-07-17T00:00:00 Eagles return to Franklin Field for open practice The Philadelphia Eagles called Penn’s Franklin Field home for 13 seasons from 1958-70, after moving from the former Connie Mack Stadium at 24th and Lehigh. Their first win at Franklin Field was a 27-24 defeat of the New York Giants on Oct. 5, 1958. In the second quarter, Hall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin connected with Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald for a 91-yard score. Greg Johnson 2014-07-17T00:00:00 Penn research reveals drug-tainted milk finds its way to consumers For dairy farmers in Peru, who may own only three or four cows, each pint of milk their animals produce represents precious income. When one of those cows is given antibiotics to treat an infection and its milk must be discarded for several days until the drug clears its system, the farmers can find themselves in a financial bind. Katherine Unger Baillie 2014-06-26T00:00:00 Penn family welcomes Ffoster, a WDC foster dog With three children under 7, Utsav Schurmans and Andi Johnson already have a busy, full home. Katherine Unger Baillie 2014-06-26T00:00:00 Introducing the Penn Center for Innovation Scientific research is one of the main drivers of technological innovation. Whether it is a drug for treating cancer or a new material for building solar panels, every new invention owes its existence to fundamental discoveries about the workings of the world. The boundaries of this sphere of knowledge are principally pushed in the labs and workshops of research universities like Penn.    Evan Lerner 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Staff Q&A with Hikaru Kozuma Hikaru Kozuma says that many people who end up working in student affairs in higher education do so by accident. But Kozuma’s path down that road was purely intentional. Heather A. Davis 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Penn science and art at the edge of space The beauty of the universe is perhaps nowhere quite as readily apparent as in the rarefied air of Chile’s Atacama Desert. More than three miles above sea level, it’s closer to the edge of space than almost anywhere else on the planet. The thin, clear, bone-dry air, devoid of light pollution, makes it an ideal spot for observatories, and now, another way of reflecting on the beauty of the cosmos. Evan Lerner 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Student Spotlight with Debora Lui DIY 2.0: Do-it-yourself culture has evolved to include a lot more than the needlework and canned vegetables of yore. From personal 3D printers to build-your-own robot kits, the DIY landscape is quickly changing, and Debora Lui, a joint Ph.D. Maria Zankey 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Penn Law faculty and alumni assist in overturning Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban When U.S. District Judge John E. Jones’s May 20 ruling overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it legal for members of the LGBT community to marry in the Commonwealth, some of the loudest cheers came from Penn Law School. Jeanne Leong 2014-05-29T00:00:00 PennPraxis proposes user-friendly upgrades to Fairmount Park Fairmount Park’s appeal to walkers, runners, bicyclists, nature lovers, and the like can sometimes be curbed by the difficulty in accessing some sections of the grounds, which together, form one of the largest urban green spaces in the country. Jeanne Leong 2014-05-15T00:00:00 Coming soon: Contactless PennCards As the upcoming fall semester approaches, the University will begin rolling out PennCards with an updated design—the first new look for the PennCard since 2003. The redesign, however, is more than just aesthetic. The new PennCards will feature “contactless” technology—an embedded chip and antenna that will allow users to tap or hold their card within inches of card readers to gain access to University buildings and amenities. Maria Zankey 2014-07-17T00:00:00 xLAB designs next-generation immersive experiences With processing power and internet connectivity increasing, people don’t just learn how to use the latest in technology—that technology actually learns right back. Your phone knows where you are, so it provides movie times and restaurant recommendations for places in walking distance. Your thermostat knows what time you get home and what temperature you’d like your house to be when you get there. Your TV has your favorite shows recorded because it knows what you like. And all of these devices can now talk to one another to learn even more about their users. Evan Lerner 2014-07-17T00:00:00 Plant-based Penn research improves hemophilia treatment Hemophilia is a rare but potentially dangerous disease. People with the condition produce very low levels of clotting factor, the proteins in blood that stop bleeding and help begin the healing process. Katherine Unger Baillie 2014-07-17T00:00:00 Students tackle Type 2 diabetes in Ghana Last week, four students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and three from the Integrated Product Design Program (IPD) returned from Ghana prepared to design a point-of-care device that will address the growing problem of Type 2 diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Christina Cook 2014-06-26T00:00:00 Penn awards college scholarships to West Philly youth In 1987, the Philadelphia Daily News published an article about Eric Franklin, an ambitious young man who, in spite of being homeless for most of his life, was preparing to attend college. Maria Zankey 2014-06-26T00:00:00 Penn Rec softball league swings for the fences For members of Penn Rec’s softball league, when the workday ends, the fun begins at Penn Park. Comprised of nearly 400 staff and faculty, along with a few students, the teams participate in friendly but competitive games from May to July. Jeanne Leong 2014-06-26T00:00:00 Too much noise is bad for your health It’s noisy out there—with alarms rousing and TVs blaring, cars honking and SEPTA trains roaring, dogs barking and jackhammers destroying, motorcycles gunning and airplanes soaring, sirens sounding and strangers shouting, it can all be astounding. Give your ears a break. Too much noise is bad for your health. The ears do not sleep. Like watchmen (or watchwomen), they are on high alert, 24/7, eavesdropping on surroundings, searching for any sound signaling danger. One of their tormentors is noise, which can panic the body like stress. Greg Johnson 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Bringing women back to computer science In Susan Davidson’s opinion, computer science is an ideal field for anyone to shape a career. Maria Zankey 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Science and Lightbulb cafés: Summer edition Most students and faculty have left Penn for the summer, but those still on campus can enjoy stimulating conversations from University professors at the summer edition of the Penn Science Café and Penn Lightbulb Café. The Science Café focuses on hard scientific research, while the Lightbulb Café illuminates the “soft sciences.” Jacquie Posey 2014-06-05T00:00:00 Preventing gum disease before it starts When the population of bacteria in our mouths gets out of whack, inflammation and bone loss can ensue—a disease of the gums called periodontitis. Nearly half of American adults have this condition, which, when severe, can lead to systemic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Katherine Unger Baillie 2014-05-29T00:00:00 Staff Q&A with Silvana Burgese In their November letter to the Models of Excellence Committee nominating their manager, Silvana Burgese, for the Model Supervisor Award, members of the Faculty Support S Greg Johnson 2014-05-08T00:00:00 Bringing Louis Kahn’s houses to light at the Kroiz Gallery The exhibit currently on view at Penn’s Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, “Brought to Light: The Houses of Louis Kahn,” is the first to showcase the houses designed by the world-renowned architect. Christina Cook 2014-04-10T00:00:00 Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘jewel’ In 1899, amateur botanist John Morris and his sister Lydia built a “jewel” on the property of their summer estate, Compton. This fernery, a glassed home for ferns, rimmed by a foundation of stone, perfectly tapped into the Victorian era fascination with the plants. Fascination, however, may be an understatement. Some say the Victorians were downright obsessed. The term pteridomania describes this fixation on ferns: Forms of the plant appeared on textiles, pottery, furniture, and even gravestones. Heather A. Davis 2014-03-13T00:00:00 Renovation slated to begin on historic Richards Labs Planted firmly between the Quad’s Gothic revival dormitories and the lush oasis of the BioPond is the Richards Medical Research Laboratory, or Richards Labs, a structure credited with changing the course of modern architecture. Christina Cook 2014-04-24T00:00:00 Owl monkey fathers are faithful and doting dads Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology in Penn Arts & Sciences, 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. Katherine Unger Baillie 2014-03-20T00:00:00 Staff Q&A with Katie Huber Once upon a time, Katie Huber was skeptical of group exercise classes. Before signing up for a BODYPUMP class in her early 20s, she says she wasn’t quite convinced that the classes would give her the strenuous, endorphin-filled workout she favored. Greg Johnson 2014-04-10T00:00:00 Student Spotlight with Amy Wu MATH + SCIENCE = ART: Amy Wu, a senior dual-degree student in Wharton and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, knows that her course of study might make her sound like the polar opposite of someone who is passionate about art. Heather A. Davis 2014-04-10T00:00:00 Q&A with Mark Devlin The night sky is beset with innumerable stars, equally dazzling and dim, intermittent asteroids, comets, and meteors, planets gaseous and telluric, and our inconstant moon that changes monthly in her circled orb. An array of these distant objects can be viewed with the naked eye, their supernatural beauty often evoking sublimed awe. Greg Johnson 2014-03-13T00:00:00 Restoration breathes new life into ARCH building The nearly two-year restoration of the Arts, Research, and Culture House (ARCH) has concluded, breathing new life into the historic, late-Gothic Revival structure in the heart of Penn’s campus at 36th Street and Locust Walk. Greg Johnson 2014-02-13T00:00:00 120th running of Penn Relays open April 24 Each year, high school, college, and professional athletes from around the country and across the globe flock to Franklin Field to take part in the Penn Relay Carnival, the longest continuously held collegiate track meet in the United States. Maria Zankey 2014-04-17T00:00:00