Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

August 9, 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 Aug. 30. 


The night before the Olympic torch was lit in London, the annual Robolympics opened at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students from around the world designed robots that competed in three events: archery, the Curvy Dash, and the long jump. Read more...  


After a summer-long renovation project, the Class of 1920 Commons, at 3800 Locust Walk, will offer new, delicious dining possibilities, including more fresh, locally produced food. The revamped middle level will house the Gourmet Grocer, a convenience store. Read more...     

Catch up with 

Charles O'Brien

Charles O'Brien, a world renowned addiction specialist and a professor of psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, discusses internet and gaming addiction with John D. Sutter of CNN Tech. Read more... 


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Football tickets
Free football tickets to Penn home games
The 15-time Ivy League Champion Penn Quakers kick off the 136th football season next month, and all PennCard holders, including faculty, staff, hospital workers, and Allied Barton security guards, can attend home games for free, and can bring up to three guests at no additional charge. Read more... 
Ralph Brinster

The Penn Symposium, to be held Aug. 24-25 at Hill Pavilion, will honor the work of Ralph Brinster, the Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at Penn Vet. At Penn for 50 years, Brinster was the first veterinarian to receive the National Medal of Science. Read more... 

Health Advocate

Health Advocate helps cut through red tape   

Health Advocate is a free and confidential, easy-to-use resource to help Penn employees and their families resolve healthcare-related issues, such as finding a specialist, obtaining approval for covered services, and clarifying Medicare coverage for elderly parents. Read more... 

Find more interviews, features, and news in the print edition of the Penn Current on Sept. 13 in racks on campus. Keep up with University happenings at Penn News.