Penn Current Express
News, Ideas and Conversations from the University of Pennsylvania July 1, 2010
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Presidential Bioethics Commission will delve into synthetic biology issues
Dr. Gutmann
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann, will hold its first public meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 8 and 9. Established through Executive Order by President Barack Obama, the Commission is comprised of accomplished professionals in medicine, law, philosophy, science, ethics, public policy, theology and security.

HaitiTo help the country rebuild its academic infrastructure after January's devastating earthquake, a team from Penn's Graduate School of Education will travel to Haiti on July 15. The team will explore the possibility of establishing a long-term, sustainable, educational and community leadership redevelopment project.

Architecture Archives
At the University's Architectural Archives, located in the Kroiz Exhibition Gallery on the lower level of Fisher Fine Arts Library, is a treasure trove of research materials open to faculty, students and scholars. The Archives feature the work of 400 designers from the 18th century to the present.

Power Down Challenge saves enough energy to power 10,000 homes
Power Down
During Penn's Power Down Challenge on June 17, staff members helped to reduce the University's electricity usage by nearly 13 megawatt hours, enough energy to power 10,000 homes for one hour. Offices and departments across campus came up with entertaining ways to save power.

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Eric Furda

Eric J. Furda, dean of admissions, discusses the record-breaking increase in applications to Penn, increasing access and sculpting a new freshman class. This interview was originally published on Feb. 18.
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