Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

April 5, 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 April 12. 

Swans Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum's online "Name our new Swans" contest invites the public to help name two new mute swans, one-year-old sisters, donated to the garden this spring. The contest runs through Sunday, April 8. The winner will receive a one-year membership to the  Arboretum. Read more...      


Parking Services is rolling out new programs for faculty and staff. An occasional parking program launches on April 9, allowing employees to park in the Penn Park lot for free twice a year. In May, floors in all Penn garages will sport new names based on University icons and traditions. Read more...   

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Green Student

Patrice Green (not pictured), site director of Sayre Community School, discusses how being a former teacher informs her work, Penn's commitment to Sayre High School, and the Community School's long-term goals. Read more... 


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Penn Rec/HR forum answers fitness questions
On Thursday, April 19, the "Q&A With a Fitness Professional" workshop, presented by Penn Rec and the Division of Human Resources, will address many concerns people may have about exercise programs and the basics of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Read more...
Computer Code

Using a five-year, $10 million award from the National Science Foundation, a team of Penn engineers will aim to simplify computer programming. The University is also a partner in another $10 million NSF-funded project to develop a new way to design and build robots. Read more...


Penn expands employee dental coverage    
Faculty and staff enrolled in the Penn Faculty Practice dental plan are receiving more benefits in 2012-2013 at the same rate as last year. Expanded coverage includes cosmetic dentistry such as bleaching, dental implants, and orthodontia for adults. Read more...

Find more interviews, features, and news in the print edition of the Penn Current on April 12 in racks on campus. Keep up with University happenings at Penn News.