Today, Dr. Eugénie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR), signed a partnership agreement with UN-HABITAT, the UN agency that focuses on urban affairs. The agreement certified the role that the University of Pennsylvania and Penn IUR will play in the World Urban Campaign, which aims to unite the public and private sectors together with civil society, to elevate sustainable urbanization to the top of the agenda for governments around the world.
Sarah Paoletti of the Law School comments on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s upcoming review of U.S. policy.
PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Fund will accept applications beginning Oct. 1 for a third round of grants to support green innovative ideas from students, faculty or staff designed to help Penn meet its sustainability goals.
Dean Thomas Robertson of the Wharton School comments on efforts to create a strong international education alliance with universities overseas.
China and Taiwan have solid and growing economic links, according to marketing professor Z. John Zhang, but the future of any political integration “is anyone’s guess.” (Knowledge@Wharton)
PHILADELPHIA –- Mo Salman, professor of animal population health at Colorado State University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award, given annually by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice of the profession and influenced the lives of others.
Rudolfo Altamirano of International Students and Scholar Services leads a course designed to introduce international students to American culture.
Moonstruck Primates: Owl Monkeys Need Moonlight as Much as a Biological Clock for Nocturnal Activity
PHILADELPHIA –- An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center discusses President Obama’s speech on the official end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq.