University Communications Staff

Maria Zankey

Staff Writer

215-898-1423

zankey@upenn.edu

Five years on the heels of the University’s wildly successful Climate Action Plan, Penn recently announced its intention to embark on an even more ambitious venture: Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.
What exactly does the term “public health” encompass? Sara Solomon, deputy director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives, has perfected her spiel. “It can be confusing, and it’s something I have to explain to my mom often,” Solomon says with a laugh.
November is American Diabetes Month—a time to raise awareness about the chronic disease, which is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, affecting one in 12 Americans. For Bretagne—the first diabetes alert dog to come from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC)—her new career has instilled constant vigilance of the potential pitfalls of the disease.
Throughout the month of November, Penn is encouraging faculty, staff, and students not just to recycle their coffee cups, but switch to reusable mugs as part of a campus-wide waste minimization awareness campaign.
On Friday, Oct. 31, Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to honor the University’s culture of innovation at “Celebrating Innovation at Penn,” a University-wide gathering at the future home of the Pennovation Center from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the South Bank, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave. Penn has several transportation options in place for individuals on campus to join in the celebration.
As University Chaplain, the Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard is often recognized for his presence at formal Penn events such as Convocation, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
Members of the Penn community will soon be able to quite literally enjoy the fruits of their labor. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Facilities & Real Estate Services (FRES) will bring together University students, staff, faculty, and friends to plant a campus orchard on the southernmost edge of Penn Park.
Some might consider Elsa Amaral’s role as a physical therapist at Penn to be an accidental career. In 2001, while living in Hoboken, N.J., and working for Macy’s in Manhattan, she injured herself during a skiing trip and wound up in physical therapy.
REINVISIONING STEM: Penn is one of more than 30 colleges and universities tasked with rethinking the way science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses are taught in the classroom, especially at the introductory collegiate level, by replacing lectures with active student engagement in discovery and problem so
Intellectual light bulbs are known to illuminate across academic disciplines at Penn, igniting new approaches to innovation and technology transfer while powering valuable real-world applications. On Friday, Oct. 31, Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to honor the University’s culture of innovation at “Celebrating Innovation at Penn,” a University-wide gathering at the future home of the Pennovation Center from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the South Bank, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave.