Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

May 17, 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 May 24. 

Baby Swap

At Penn's Super Swap, gently used baby clothes, toys, and gear, as well as maternity clothing that is no longer of use, can be exchanged for similar items. The Super Swap will be held on Friday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Read more...  


Douglas Jerolmack, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environment Science, and colleagues have uncovered the protective power of the Mississippi River, which spared the Louisiana coast from being completely ravaged by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more...     

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Marcia Martínez-Helfman, associate ombudsman in the Office of the Ombudsman, discusses coming back to Penn, her philosophy of dispute resolution, the skills required to do her job, and the importance of communication. Read more... 


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Summer Care
HR helps with summer emergency childcare 
Children of Penn employees often spend their summer at camps or other supervised activities. But if an emergency childcare issue arises, Penn's partnership with Parents in a Pinch provides access to temporary in-home care services, any time of day, seven days a week. Read more... 
Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister's multi-media exhibit "The Happy Show" offers visitors the experience of walking into his mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 12. Read more... 


Swine welfare closely studied at Penn Vet 

Human beings have been influencing the evolution of the pig for more than 10,000 years. But at New Bolton Center's Swine Teaching and Research Center, progress in pig-farming means figuring out how best to return to older practices while still moving forward. Read more... 

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