University Communications Staff

Heather A. Davis

Manager, Internal Communications

215-898-1426

hdavis2@upenn.edu

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.
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.
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).
The Whitney Biennial, one of the most highly regarded art shows in the world, has featured an array of work from some of the country’s most provocative, influential, or little-known artists, including feminist sculptor Kiki Smith (2002), performance and installation artist Terence Koh (2004), and painter Robert Bechtle (2008).
Each year, the University spends an astonishing $100 million on information technology, or IT supplies. Separately, Penn spends about $20 million annually on office supplies and support. That’s a lot of computers, pens, paper, and software.
When it comes to solving the global problem of the shrinking supply of fossil fuels, there is no silver bullet solution.