Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

September 15, 2011

Dear Penn Faculty and Staff,

The Penn Current Express is a newsletter bringing you timely news stories about the Penn community. The next Penn Current Express will be delivered to your inbox on Sept. 22.

Public Safety

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Division of Public Safety will conduct its annual test of the UPennAlert system, along with a campus-wide Shelter-in-Place Awareness Drill. DPS and the Philadelphia Fire Department will also host a Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness Day. Read more...      

Research Matter

Penn's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has been awarded a six-year, $21.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the center's work in cutting-edge materials. The new grant will support educational and experimental facilities. Read more...     

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Susan Sorenson, a professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice and director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center, talks about her work studying handgun violence, her work with the Philadelphia Police Department and her current research into gender discrepancy in injury. Read more... 


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Stitch in Time

Group activities on campus give faculty and staff a chance to relax, perfect their crafts, pursue hobbies and have fun with others who share their interests. Read more...  












60 Second

In the amount of time it takes to watch two television commercials or wait for the traffic light to turn green, you could hear an entertaining lecture from a School of Arts and Sciences professor. Read more...










Confederate Reckoning

History prof documents fall of Confederacy 

In her book "Confederate Reckoning," history professor Stephanie McCurry argues that it wasn't solely the Union Army that brought about the defeat of the Confederacy, but its own people, including enslaved African Americans. Read more...   









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