Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

November 17, 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 Dec. 1. 


Patrons returning an overdue book to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center this month can get a break on their late fees while also helping Philabundance provide food for the less fortunate in the Philadelphia region. Read more...      

Air Structure

At Penn Park, the Dunning-Cohen Champions' Field was recently topped with a 70,000-pound canvas seasonal air structure that will enable students, faculty and staff to use the indoor green space during the upcoming cold weather months. Read more...     

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Claudia Valeggia, an associate professor of anthropology in the School of Arts and Sciences, discusses her work in Argentina and how she transitioned from studying monkeys as an undergrad to the field of anthropology. Read more... 


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Doctor Narrative
Penn Medicine docs say the play's the thing
Perelman School of Medicine doctors Zachary Meisel and Jason Karlawish argue that scientists should be telling narratives to explain their findings rather than simply relating data.




Community Math

Janine Remillard and Caroline Ebby of the Graduate School of Education have developed the Community-Based Mathematics Project of Philadelphia to help disadvantaged youth better understand math. Read more...  




Low birth weight linked to heightened autism risk

A study from the Penn School of Nursing has found that low birth weight babies--infants born weighing between one and five pounds--face an increased risk for autism. Read more...    



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