Penn Current Express

News, ideas and conversations from the University of Pennsylvania

August 30, 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 Sept. 13. 

Evening Care

Beginning Oct. 1., the University is piloting an Evening Child Care Program that will provide two evenings of childcare services at the Penn Children's Center during the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. Care will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Read more...  


The University is adding another scenic green space to its West Philadelphia campus with the construction of the new Spruce Street Plaza at the intersection of 33rd, 34th, and Spruce streets, between the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Museum. Read more...     

Catch up with 

Andy Porter

Andy Porter, dean of the Graduate School of Education, discusses the new Common Core Standards that set benchmarks for English and math education with "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane." Read more... 


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Coursera Music
Embracing world music in a global 'classroom'
Over the summer, more than 35,000 people registered for the "Listening to World Music" class, taught online through Coursera by Carol Muller, a professor of music at Penn. Students in the free, seven-week class were allowed to audit the course, or enroll to earn a certificate signed by the instructor. Read more... 
Egypt Fossil

Benjamin Horton, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, used fossil evidence from plants and microscopic charcoal to document an ancient "mega-drought" that occurred in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago. The drought likely contributed to the fall of Egypt's Old Kingdom. Read more... 

Working Dog Center

Penn Vet Working Dog Center opens new home   The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is celebrating the grand opening of its new home at the South Bank site, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. The Penn community is invited to attend. The Center specializes in the study and training of working dogs. 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.