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Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘Jewel’

In 1899, amateur botanist John Morris and his sister Lydia built a “jewel” on the property of their summer estate, Compton.

This fernery, a glassed home for ferns, rimmed by a foundation of stone, perfectly tapped into the Victorian era fascination with the plants. Fascination, however, may be an understatement.

Audio: Philadelphia Capitalizes on Energy Boom

March 12, 2014

Mark Alan Hughes of the School of Design is interviewed about the need to examine the risks of the energy boom.

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 27, 2014

Penn Advances Plans for Innovation and Research Park With South Bank Master Plan

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The University of Pennsylvania has released its plans for developing a research park on the 23-acre former DuPont property, located along the Schuylkill River in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia. The master plan for Penn’s South Bank envisions a new University asset devoted to advancing research and innovation, and the commercialization of research into new products, services and entrepreneurial ventures.

The University of Pennsylvania has released its plans for developing a research park on the 23-acre former DuPont property, located along the Schuylkill River in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 24, 2014

After a Decade, Penn Institute of Urban Research Celebrates Partnerships and Progress

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After a decade of work, Penn IUR looks at its evolution, its many partnerships and its accomplishment, and looks forward to what is next for the urban-focused research entity.

With the number of city dwellers expected to double in the next 30 years, bringing the tally to 7 billion city inhabitants worldwide, urbanization poses a wide range of critical issues, including housing, education, food security, energy, crime, economic development, income equality and public health.

Translating Philly-ese

February 19, 2014

William Labov and Josef Fruehwald of the School of Arts and Sciences are cited for their linguistic study of the Philadelphia dialect.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Mormon Church to Expand Development in Philadelphia

February 18, 2014

Eugenie Birch of the School of Design comments on the expansion of the Mormon Church in Philadelphia.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422 February 19, 2014

Penn IUR Hosts Dialogue: Building Scholarship Critical to Building a Sustainable Urban Future

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A discussion hosted by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and HUD-sponsored dialogue in advance of the U.S. delegation to the World Urban Forum 7, will cover the role research plays in understanding the present challenges of urban development.
 
WHAT: “Research to Practice: Building Scholarship Critical to Building a Sustainable Urban Future,” a discussion hosted by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and HUD-sponsored dialogue in advance of the U.S.

Pa. Ranks 4th in Black Homicide Victims, Latest Stats Show

January 26, 2014

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy and Practice says, “Educational apartheid and institutional racism are the recipes for self-destruction.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 27, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Announces 2014 Thouron Award Winners

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Four University of Pennsylvania students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.

Four University of Pennsylvania students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.  The scholarship recipients are:

For Fourth Year, Penn and Drexel Host Philly Materials Day

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day offers people of all ages the chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities. The event is free and open to the public.