Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

March 15, 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 22. 

President Gutmann

The Penn community is invited to attend the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum on Monday, March 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium, where President Amy Gutmann will host an esteemed panel of political experts to discuss the question: "Is America Broken?" Read more...      


Cynthia Otto, director of Penn Vet's Working Dog Center, was recently honored with an American flag and a certificate from the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps recognizing her dedication "to medicine, research and promotion of the health of working dogs." Read more...     

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Nader Engheta, the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, discusses the nascent field of metamaterials, the even newer field of metatronics, and cloaking devices. Read more... 


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PennCycle makes renting bikes on campus easier
PennCycle, a student-led bicycle-rental program, will officially launch on Friday, March 16, at an event from noon to 4 p.m. in the Bistro Room in Houston Hall. The kickoff will include PennCycle registration, free test rides, a student DJ, and free food. Read more... 
Duffy's Cut

Janet Monge, curator of physical anthropology at the Penn Museum, has helped solve the mystery of what happened to 57 Irish workers who died at Duffy's Cut in Malvern in 1832. Through her research on the remains, Monge believes the workers were executed. Read more... 


Penn botanist taps the history of Philly's trees  

David Hewitt, a botanist and lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been leading a tree coring expedition of some of the most significant tree specimens at The Woodlands, a 54-acre historic site and cemetery in University City. Read more... 

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