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Google Tricycle Snaps Views From Philly Campus

June 19, 2009
Coming soon to a campus near you , the Google tricycle. A pedicab-like vehicle mounted with an 8-foot-high camera has been rolling around the pedestrian walkways of the University of Pennsylvania to collect panoramic images of the campus for Google Maps' Street View feature, which gives users detailed, street-level views of map locations over the Internet.
Article Source: The Associated Press
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658June 9, 2009

Karen Glanz Is Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA -- Karen Glanz, a globally influential public-health scholar, has been named the ninth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The appointment was announced today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Interim Provost Vincent Price.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 2, 2009

PennMOVES Sale to Benefit United Way Charities

WHAT:

The University of Pennsylvania’s second annual PennMOVES – (Move-Out Volunteers Engaging in Service)

This will be a sale of the items left behind by students during move out — clothes, furniture, kitchen gear, non-perishable food items —that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. These items have been collected and arranged by category and are available for purchase.

WHEN:

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 27, 2009

Penn Alexander School Sixth-Grader Vying for Title at National Spelling Bee in Washington

PHILADELPHIA — Sowsan Salaam, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from the University of Pennsylvania-assisted partnership school, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Elementary in West Philadelphia, is in Washington, D.C., today, competing against nearly 300 of the best spellers across the country at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.

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Media Contact:Joseph J. Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798May 21, 2009

Annenberg FactCheck.org Wins Webby "Personal Voice" Award

PHILADELPHIA – FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a “Personal Voice” award for the best Web site in the “politics” category. This is the third year in a row that FactCheck.org has been honored in the Webby awards competition.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 15, 2009

University of Pennsylvania to Be Honored With Urban League of Philadelphia's Inaugural Vision Award

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania will be honored June 6 by the Urban League of Philadelphia for its commitment to workforce diversity and business-inclusion programs.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 13, 2009

Professor of Ethics and Preaching to Deliver Penn's Baccalaureate Address Sunday

PHILADELPHIA –- Kirk Byron Jones, professor of ethics and preaching at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass., will speak at the University of Pennsylvania’s 2009 Baccalaureate ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.

Two ceremonies will be held, one at 1:30 p.m. for graduates whose last names begin with A through K and another at 3 p.m. for the L-Z graduates.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 12, 2009

Google CEO, Nobel Laureate, R&B Singer, Attorney General Headline Penn's Commencement Speaker List

 

(Note for news media: Reporters and photographers covering the Commencement ceremony on May 18 at Franklin Field should pick up media badges at the Athletic Ticket Office at the stadium’s main entrance.)

PHILADELPHIA –- Eric Schmidt, Google chairman and chief executive officer, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania’s University-wide ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m., Monday, May 18.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 6, 2009

Designer of Penn's Weave Bridge Will Be on Hand for Ribbon-cutting, Dedication Thursday, May 7

WHAT:

A dedication/ribbon-cutting for the Weave Bridge that provides pedestrian access over the Amtrak rail lines from the main portion of the University of Pennsylvania campus to the athletic fields and ROTC center at the Hollenback Center.

The Weave Bridge is the first structure in the Penn Connects campus development plan to be finished.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 21, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Recognized by EPA as Top Green Power Purchaser in the Nation

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s leading purchaser of green power among institutions of higher learning.

Penn led by purchasing nearly 193 million kilowatt-hours of green power, which represents 46 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. The University buys renewable energy certificates from Community Energy, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ purchased-electricity use.