University Communications Staff

Maria Zankey

Staff Writer

215-898-1423

zankey@upenn.edu

Sue Sproat and Chris Hyson come from different professional backgrounds: Sproat is a human resources and benefits veteran, and Hyson, a wellness programming specialist.
Sue Sproat and Chris Hyson come from different professional backgrounds: Sproat is a human resources and benefits veteran, and Hyson, a wellness programming specialist.
While many people are packing their bags and heading out of town to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, they’re also leaving their homes and personal belongings behind unattended—creating prime opportunities for potential thieves. To help ease travelers’ nerves and ward off criminal activity at empty homes, the Division of Public Safety is offering special property checks for Penn faculty, staff, and students over the Winter Break.
Charles Kane’s world is filtered through a geometric lens. He calculates and stores information in a mental grid, sorting each bit away in pictures that blend together as beautifully as they do harmoniously.
The first clinical observation of AIDS occurred in 1981, a time when very little about the disease was understood by medical professionals, and public misconceptions were rampant. After more than three decades of research, medical advances, and general public awareness, understanding of the disease has drastically changed since the early days of HIV/AIDS.
As temperatures get colder and bellies get a little grumblier, a new Penn food truck is crafting hot and fresh meals-to-go that aim to satisfy even the most persistent cravings. The new, aptly named #PennCraves Food Truck is now serving up seasonal, artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, and more at Pennovation Works (formerly known as the South Bank) at 3401 Grays Ferry Ave.
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.
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.
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.