Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

March 8, 2012

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 March 15. 


Women of Color at Penn is more than a campus support and advocacy group. It's a sisterhood of black, Asian, and Latina women at the University and Health System. This sisterhood will celebrate the 25th Annual Women of Color at Penn Day on Friday, March 16. Read more...      


Vegetables do a body good. But consuming certain foods could also help ward off cancer. To help people stay informed about what specific foods should be part of a healthy diet, the Perelman School of Medicine has placed information about smart eating on its website. Read more...     

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Pain Nursing

Salimah Meghani, an assistant professor in the Penn School of Nursing, discusses her study that found that low-income and minority patients are less likely to receive guideline-recommended pain treatment in virtually all healthcare settings in the United States. Read more... 


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All can star at slam dunk/3-point contest
Basketball highflyers and sharpshooters can show off their skills at Penn Rec's Second Annual Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout on Thursday, March 22, at the Pottruck Center. The contest, scheduled for 8:30 p.m., is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Read more... 

During open enrollment in April, Penn employees will have the option to choose a medical insurance plan that includes coverage for sexual reassignment surgery. The surgery is considered medically necessary for  individuals with gender identity disorder. Read more... 


Researchers work to fill "dark silicon" valley  

A Penn Engineering research team has devised a solution to the problem of "dark silicon" -- the increasingly larger portions of mobile chips that must remain dormant to prevent overheating. The researchers call their solution "computational sprinting." Read more... 

Find more interviews, features and news in the print edition of the Penn Current on March 15 in racks on campus. Keep up with University happenings at Penn News.