University Communications Staff

Heather A. Davis

Manager, Internal Communications


Even in the relative quiet of June, July, and early August, some parts of Penn’s campus were humming with activity. Construction crews remained hard at work during the summer months, tackling both long- and short-term facilities projects.
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.
WHAT: Policymakers and legislators in Washington, D.C., are able to call upon a resource when they have questions about complex issues at the intersection of business and economics.
According to Joan Hendricks, dean of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, people go into veterinary medicine because of a couple reasons. They love animals, probably first and foremost. They also have a fascination with science and desire to understand how things work—whether it’s canine vision, equine orthopedics, or cell and molecular biology.
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.
Nearly three decades ago, people were introduced to kid-friendly acts from around the world at the very first Philadelphia International Children’s Festival—all at a reasonable price for parents.
CENTER OF COLLABORATION: By the time students set foot on campus in the fall of 2016, Penn will have two reimagined entrances at opposite corners. To the northeast: The New College House on Hill Field.
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.
A LITTLE HISTORY: More than 60 years ago, Penn Professor of Anatomy Louis Flexner had a novel idea: Create a place where brain experts, no matter the discipline, could come together to discuss theories and work collaboratively. Founded as the Institute of Neurological Sciences, today, this groundbreaking interdisciplinary home is known as the Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS).
Following the mass shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., in July of 2012 and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December of that same year, the American Psychological Association (APA) enlisted a series of experts to examine ways to reduce gun violence.