Hey Day: A Uniquely Penn Tradition

Following a tradition that reaches back to 1916, Penn juniors celebrated Hey Day 2012 on April 25, by donning red shirts, strutting along Locust Walk carrying canes, and biting into straw hats.

A celebration unique to Penn, Hey Day marks the “moving up” of juniors to the senior class. This year’s event began with a class picnic, followed by the traditional procession to College Hall.

A Day in the Life of Penn, Spring 2012

Crew teams at dawn. A midday rush to food trucks along Spruce Street. An evening performance in an on-campus theater.

These are just a handful of the moments, big and small, captured in the first-ever University-wide photo project, “A Day in the Life of Penn.”

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 18, 2012

Penn to Offer Online Classes via Coursera

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania will join Princeton University, the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University in partnering with Coursera, an online education platform, to make Web-based courses available free and to improve teaching on campuses. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 17, 2012

Five Penn Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA — Five professors from the University of Pennsylvania are among the 220 elected to the 2012 class of members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. The current membership includes some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 10, 2012

Penn and Haverford Sign Agreement to Fast-track Undergrads Into Penn Engineering Master’s Programs

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College are launching a new program that will allow undergraduates at Haverford to gain early admission into a master’s degree program offered by Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  The arrangement effectively allows Haverford students to obtain their bachelor’s degree in four years and then, through Penn, obtain their master’s degree with just one additional year of study.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 3, 2012

Penn Joins MIT-led Project on ‘Printable Robots’

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University are taking part in an ambitious new project, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to reinvent how robots are designed and produced.

Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 3, 2012

Penn to Lead $10 Million Project on Computer-assisted Programming

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania will lead a $10 Million National Science Foundation project to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive. Dubbed ExCAPE  for Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering, the project is a highly collaborative effort that will involve multiple research institutions, partners in industry and educational outreach to the next generation of computer scientists. 

Replicating the Sense of Touch

Haptics is a field of engineering that is focused on replicating the sense of touch. Simulating the feeling of a surface could make for more immersive entertainment, more edifying educational tools, or more realistic training devices.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2012

Benjamin Garcia Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Benjamin Garcia has been named the first Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective June 1.  The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.  

Penn’s Flying Robots Generate Their Own Unique Sound

March 1, 2012

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is highlighted for presenting flying robots at the annual TED2012 conference.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer