Penn Current | Top Stories http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/rss en-us Penn Current: News, Ideas, and Conversations from the University of Pennsylvania http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/images/penn_logo.gif http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/ 140 46 Q&A with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/qa-gwendolyn-dubois-shaw The “Gwendolyn” in Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is a salute from her parents to Gwendolyn Brooks, the celebrated poet who in 1950 became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She was given the name DuBois in honor of W.E.B. Du Bois, the esteemed scholar, civil rights activist, and co-founder of the NAACP. Greg Johnson 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/qa-gwendolyn-dubois-shaw Farm and Resource Center connects community with land, food, and one another http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/farm-and-resource-center-connects-community-land-food-and-one-another On a particularly rain-soaked spring afternoon at the Community Farm and Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden, located in Southwest Philadelphia, curly kale seedlings are going into the ground. Heather A. Davis 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/farm-and-resource-center-connects-community-land-food-and-one-another Hyperbaric therapy treats patients with pure oxygen http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/hyperbaric-therapy-treats-patients-pure-oxygen Oxygen makes up about 21 percent of the air we breathe, with each breath bringing luxuriant, life-sustaining nutrients to the lungs, blood, brain, and body. Greg Johnson 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/hyperbaric-therapy-treats-patients-pure-oxygen Staff Q&A with Michelle Majeski http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/staff-qa-michelle-majeski Residents and guests entering Rodin College House are greeted with pleasant professionalism and enthusiastic support exuded by Residential Services Manager Michelle Majeski, who leads the Rodin Information Center. Greg Johnson 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/staff-qa-michelle-majeski Penn researchers help map universe’s dark matter http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/latest-news/penn-researchers-help-map-universe%E2%80%99s-dark-matter Members of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) have released the first in a series of maps that show the concentration of dark matter in the cosmos. Analysis of the distribution of the dark matter in the maps will improve the understanding of how and where galaxies form, as well as help scientists to probe the nature of dark energy, the mysterious force believed to be causing the accelerating expansion of the universe. Evan Lerner 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/latest-news/penn-researchers-help-map-universe%E2%80%99s-dark-matter Student Spotlight with Jason Fernandes http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/student-spotlight-jason-fernandes SOCIAL LIFE: Jason Fernandes, the 2014-15 president of the executive board of the Social Planning & Events Committee (SPEC), knows a thing or two about hosting a good event. Heather A. Davis 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/interviews/student-spotlight-jason-fernandes Netter Center expands pipeline program to serve each high school year http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/netter-center-expands-pipeline-program-serve-each-high-school-year [Editor’s note: This story is part of a series celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along at‪ #‎PennOneHealth.] Katherine Unger Baillie 2015-04-09T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/netter-center-expands-pipeline-program-serve-each-high-school-year Documentary film showcases women of ENIAC http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/documentary-film-showcases-women-eniac When Penn unveiled the world’s first general-purpose electronic computer—the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC)—in 1946, there was no mention of the women who worked on programming the computer. Jeanne Leong 2015-04-09T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/documentary-film-showcases-women-eniac Penn scholars awarded humanities grants http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/penn-scholars-awarded-humanities-grants Grant Frame, an associate professor of Assyriology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations in the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for his Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project. Jacquie Posey 2015-04-02T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/penn-scholars-awarded-humanities-grants Spring classes are in full bloom at Morris Arboretum http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/spring-classes-are-full-bloom-morris-arboretum Spring is the season of renewal, and the Morris Arboretum’s slate of spring classes may help someone spark an interest in a new hobby or express his or her creativity. Jeanne Leong 2015-04-02T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/spring-classes-are-full-bloom-morris-arboretum Study documents workplace bias against obese people http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/research/study-documents-workplace-bias-against-obese-people For a host of health reasons, such as a decreased risk for heart disease, stroke, and cancer, it is vital for people who are obese to lose weight. A new study from the Wharton School finds that there are professional and career reasons for losing weight, as well. Greg Johnson 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/research/study-documents-workplace-bias-against-obese-people The story of Penn—through the lens of the city http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/story-penn%E2%80%94through-lens-city The histories of Penn and West Philadelphia are closely intertwined. Just as it could be said that Penn has directly informed the development of West Philadelphia, it’s also true that West Philadelphia has largely shaped the evolution of Penn. Tim Hyland 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/features/story-penn%E2%80%94through-lens-city Penn Dental prof uses nanoparticles to fight tooth decay http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/latest-news/penn-dental-prof-uses-nanoparticles-fight-tooth-decay Nanotechnology may sound futuristic, but it has already found its way into household products, from cosmetics to cleaning solutions. And with a little help from a School of Dental Medicine scientist, consumers may one day even find nanoparticles in a tube of toothpaste. Katherine Unger Baillie 2015-04-16T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-16/latest-news/penn-dental-prof-uses-nanoparticles-fight-tooth-decay An overthinking brain can complicate simple tasks http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/overthinking-brain-can-complicate-simple-tasks Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this variation. Evan Lerner 2015-04-09T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/overthinking-brain-can-complicate-simple-tasks Penn's 'Campaign for Community' invites constructive conversations about difficult issues http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/penns-campaign-community-invites-constructive-conversations-about-difficult-i The Penn community is large and diverse, demographically, socially, and academically. This diversity is a great strength, creating the vibrant environment so essential to a great University. Yet recent national events that have divided communities call for our undivided attention and underscore the importance of Penn’s longstanding campus commitment to be a model of constructive conversations about difficult issues. Penn Current Staff 2015-04-09T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/penns-campaign-community-invites-constructive-conversations-about-difficult-i Sixers to host Penn night for students, alumni, and employees http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/sixers-host-penn-night-students-alumni-and-employees Red and Blue will be in the house when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the visiting Miami Heat in the last home game of the season on Wednesday, April 15, at 8 p.m. Jacquie Posey 2015-04-09T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-09/latest-news/sixers-host-penn-night-students-alumni-and-employees Penn engineers invent two-dimensional liquid http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/penn-engineers-invent-two-dimensional-liquid Where water and oil meet, a two-dimensional world exists. This interface presents a potentially useful set of properties for chemists and engineers, but getting anything more complex than a soap molecule to stay there and behave predictably remains a challenge.    Evan Lerner 2015-04-02T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/penn-engineers-invent-two-dimensional-liquid Veterinary research lays groundwork to save children’s lives http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/veterinary-research-lays-groundwork-save-children%E2%80%99s-lives Scientific research can be a competitive enterprise, with researchers vying to win grants and keeping their findings secret, lest their articles get “scooped.” But this antagonistic approach is not the norm for a small cadre of scientists, including a key group at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, who are focused on a rare disease called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC). Katherine Unger Baillie 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/veterinary-research-lays-groundwork-save-children%E2%80%99s-lives Shifting society’s notions of a veterinarian’s role http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/shifting-society%E2%80%99s-notions-veterinarian%E2%80%99s-role Study after study shows that eating fish has a plethora of beneficial health effects, but many fish populations are in danger of dwindling to nothing, and fresh fish can be difficult to find in certain areas, particularly in inner cities. Katherine Unger Baillie 2015-04-02T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-04-02/latest-news/shifting-society%E2%80%99s-notions-veterinarian%E2%80%99s-role Student engineers make strong showing at Cornell Cup http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/student-engineers-make-strong-showing-cornell-cup Each of the six departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science features a senior design class, where students team up to put their skills to the test, picking a real-world problem and solving it with a new piece of technology. Evan Lerner 2015-03-26T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/student-engineers-make-strong-showing-cornell-cup Student Spotlight with Michael R. McDonald http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/student-spotlight-michael-r-mcdonald MASON–DIXON LINE: Waynesboro, Pa., native Michael R. McDonald is a third-year student at Penn Law School, and the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Greg Johnson 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/student-spotlight-michael-r-mcdonald Staff Q&A with Rashmi Kumar http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/staff-qa-rashmi-kumar Learning through memorizing is how some students succeed or excel in high school, but at Penn, rote learning doesn’t usually cut it. By and large, the transition from high school to Penn requires a deeper level of academic rigor for which students are not always prepared. Greg Johnson 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/staff-qa-rashmi-kumar 30 minutes outdoors for 30 straight days http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/30-minutes-outdoors-30-straight-days The Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans, despite the country’s beautiful spacious skies, purple mountain majesties, and amber waves of grain, spend 90 percent of their time indoors.  Greg Johnson 2015-03-26T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/30-minutes-outdoors-30-straight-days Shelter dogs get second chance at Penn Vet http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/shelter-dogs-get-second-chance-penn-vet Animal shelters are often pressed for resources as they work to find homes for as many pets as possible. That means when a shelter animal has a medical problem that requires specialty care, the facility might not have the time, money, or staff to address that need—putting the animal’s life in danger. Katherine Unger Baillie 2015-03-26T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/shelter-dogs-get-second-chance-penn-vet Staff assemblies give Penn employees a voice in University affairs http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/staff-assemblies-give-penn-employees-voice-university-affairs CITY OF PENN: Penn, as of December 2014, has a total regular work force of more than 34,000 employees—split almost equally between the University and the Health System—making Penn the largest private employer in Philadelphia and one of its largest taxpayers. Greg Johnson 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/staff-assemblies-give-penn-employees-voice-university-affairs Q&A with Randall Mason http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/qa-randall-mason PennPraxis has been instrumental in some of the biggest discussions about public space in Philadelphia in the last 14 years. Heather A. Davis 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/qa-randall-mason President Gutmann announces winners of Penn’s 2015 President’s Engagement Prize http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/president-gutmann-announces-winners-penn%E2%80%99s-2015-president%E2%80%99s-engagement-prize Penn President Amy Gutmann announced on Wednesday, March 25, the selection of five undergraduates at the University as recipients of the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize. Penn Current Staff 2015-03-26T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-26/latest-news/president-gutmann-announces-winners-penn%E2%80%99s-2015-president%E2%80%99s-engagement-prize A center for innovation at Penn http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/center-innovation-penn First there were working dogs and flying robots. Now, Penn hopes to draw a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to a 23-acre parcel of land along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River. Heather A. Davis 2015-03-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/features/center-innovation-penn HR online portal welcomes new employees to Penn http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-02-19/latest-news/hr-online-portal-welcomes-new-employees-penn Almost every other Monday, the Division of Human Resources (HR) formally welcomes the newest members of the University community at the HR New Staff Orientation Program, a three-hour, in-person introduction to Penn that is open to all benefits-eligible employees. Greg Johnson 2015-02-19T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-02-19/latest-news/hr-online-portal-welcomes-new-employees-penn FRES leads Penn’s battle versus the snow http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-05/latest-news/fres-leads-penn%E2%80%99s-battle-versus-snow Mother Nature has dropped mountains of snow on Penn’s campus over the last two winters, in all its frosty shapes and forms. Heavy, mushy, slush has fallen, along with light, fluffy flakes, freezing rain, flash snowstorms, thundersnow—the University has seen it all. The Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) is responsible for clearing snow from Penn sidewalks, bridges, and walkways, and ensuring that the campus is accessible and safe. Greg Johnson 2015-03-05T00:00:00 http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-05/latest-news/fres-leads-penn%E2%80%99s-battle-versus-snow