University Communications Staff

Heather A. Davis

Manager, Internal Communications


ACCESS TO ART: About a year ago, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) joined a handful of other city cultural institutions in the STAMP Program, an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
China is playing an increasingly important global role economically, socially, and culturally, and has become a significant focal point for researchers and students at Penn. But the only way to deeply know and understand the country—and be able to bring that knowledge back to classrooms on campus—is to have people on the ground in China, says Wharton Professor of Marketing Z. John Zhang.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.