Penn’s Climate Action Plan inspires the designation of 2010-11 as the Year of Water. The first activity is the Penn Reading Project, The Big Necessity by alum Rose George. (Penn Current)
Jonathan Moreno of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences authors an op-ed on the moral dilemmas surrounding a new Alzheimer’s-diagnosis procedure.
Charles Bernstein of English publishes All the Whiskey in Heaven, a collection of poems. The New York Times has called him “accessible, enormously witty, often joyful....” (SAS Frontiers)
Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Professor Appointed Editor of Nonprofit Sector Academic Journal
PHILADELPHIA — Femida Handy, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the peer-reviewed academic journal of non-profit and philanthropic studies, by the Association for Research on NonProfit Organizations and Voluntary Action, ARNOVA.
Biologist Daniel Janzen has spent 32 years studying how tropical caterpillars developed eye- and face-like color patterns in order to survive among predatory birds. (Penn Current)
Launched by the Provost’s Office in 2009, the Penn Fellows initiative was created for mid-career faculty, like Wharton’s Eric Bradlow (above), who show leadership promise. (Pennsylvania Gazette)
PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education-International is partnering with Beijing University and East China Normal University to create the U.S.-China Future Leaders Program to develop close relationships among young leaders and improve mutual understanding and respect.
Twenty students from universities in the U.S. and China are participating in this two-month program. For one month the students will live in China and for one month they will live in the U.S.
PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania Trustee Robert M. Levy and Diane v.S. Levy have made a $5 million gift designated for faculty support. The gift will be used to endow a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professorship, which will be named the Diane v.S. and Robert M. Levy University Professorship.
The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann.
PHILADELPHIA -– The mechanism by which a herpes virus invades cells has remained a mystery to scientists, but now research from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania reveals the unusual structure of a key member of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells.
The new map details an essential piece of the herpes virus “cell-entry machinery,” providing scientists with a new target for antiviral drugs.