Print This Issue

December AT PENN
October AT PENN Extras!  Audio Video Extras December Extras! | Deadlines

November 23, 2010 Volume 57, No. 13
Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University.
For building locations, call (215) 898-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or see www.facilities.upenn.edu/ or the University’s website, www.upenn.edu. Listing of a phone number normally means tickets, reservations or registration required.
Academic Calendar Children's Activities Conferences Exhibits Films Fitness/ Learning Meetings Music On Stage Readings/
Special Events Sports Talks Holiday Hours Volunteer Opportunities



Fall Term Classes End.


Reading Days. Through December 14.


Final Examinations. Through December 22.


Fall Semester Ends.


Morris Arboretum
RSVP: (215) 247-5777 ext. 125 or 156.
Info.: www.morrisarboretum.org.


Kids’ Holiday Centerpiece; make a holiday decoration to keep or give as a gift; ages 5-12; $33, $30/members; 1:30-3 p.m.

Penn Museum
Info.: www.penn.museum.


Oh Maya!; activities inspired by the ancient Maya of Guatemala; 1-4 p.m.

Peanut Butter & Jams
Family-friendly 11:30 a.m. Saturday concert series at World Cafe Live. Info.: www.worldcafelive.com.


The Cat’s Pajamas; kid-rock with a musical comedy twist; $10/adults, $7/children.


Milkshake; rock music duo; $12/adults, $10/children.

conferences Index 


Making Smaller Better: Using Proven Practices to Inform Urban Right-Sizing in Pennsylvania; Do the seeds of city renewal necessarily lie with growth and expansion–or can smaller be better?; Toni Griffin, Harvard University; 6 p.m.; rm. B1, Meyerson Hall. Also December 3 (Design).

exhibits Index 

Admission Donations and Hours


Amistad Gallery, W.E.B Du Bois College House; free, noon-9 p.m.; PennCard required.


Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.


Burrison Gallery, University Club at Penn: free; Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-1 p.m.


Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery, Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, 3600 Market St.: free; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Info.: www.kleinartgallery.org.


Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): free; Wed. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thu.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.icaphila.org.


International House: Hours vary; info.: www.ihousephilly.org.


Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, Fischer Fine Arts Library, lower level: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Meyerson Hall Gallery, Meyerson Hall: free; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Morris Arboretum: $14; $12/seniors, $7/kids 3-17, students; free/members and kids under 3; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.


Penn Museum: $10/adults; $7 seniors (65+); $6/children (6-17) and full-time students with ID; free/members & PennCard holders; Tues./Thur.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.penn.museum.


The Rotunda: free; (215) 573-3234.


Slought Foundation: free; Thur.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.; www.slought.org.


Van Pelt-Dietrich Library: free/ID required; info.: http://events.library.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi.



MFA Sculpture Seminar Exhibition; Meyerson Gallery (Lower), Meyerson Hall. Through December 8.


Senior Thesis Preview; Charles Addams Gallery. Through December 9.



Riddle of the Sphinx: Recital in Four Dominions; video, sculpture, drawings, artifacts and ceremony examine the life of abolitionist John Brown; Amistad Gallery, W.E.B. Du Bois College House; info. & RSVP: tadkins@design.upenn.edu. Through December 2 (Du Bois).


It Is the Mercy; Joseph Lozano makes painting installations that create a world of abstract objects based on narratives of water and the human relationship to it; ICA. Through December 3. October AT PENN Extras!


Valence; InLiquid Art and Design Video Installation by Stephen Scott Smith that explores movement and deconstruction of image into geometry through stop-motion, morph and animation; ICA. Through December 3.October AT PENN Extras!


Erin Shirreff: Still, Flat, and Far; video, sculpture and works on paper conjuring familiar objects, sites and recollections; ICA. Through December 5. October AT PENN Extras!


Mineral Spirits: Anne Chu and Matthew Monahan; explores the artists’ distinctive take on the figure through sculpture and drawings; ICA. Through December 5.October AT PENN Extras!


Six Plus Six; video installation based on the myth of Persephone; International House. Through December 24.


Holiday Garden Railway Display; grand opening November 26, 1-3 p.m.; Morris Arboretum. Through January 2, 2011. October AT PENN Extras!


Machinato Causa; result of an artist-in-residency project with Marisha Simons, Peter Hanley and Laureen Griffen; Esther Klein Gallery. Through January 2, 2011 (Breadboard).


The Wolf Man Paints!; drawings and paintings by Sigmund Freud’s famous patient Sergius Pankejeff; Slought Foundation. Through January 22, 2011.


Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands; explores the excavation of Nippur by the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s; Penn Museum. Through February 6, 2011.October AT PENN Extras!


Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern; examines the work of the founder of the American Studio Furniture Movement; Kamin Gallery, first floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, and Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives. Through February 13, 2011 (Design; Library).


Set Pieces; a restaging of art works from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including treasures from the Museum’s storage; ICA. Through February 13, 2011.October AT PENN Extras!


Righteous Dopefiend; photographs and other media examine the experiences of homeless drug users; Penn Museum; Through May 2011.October AT PENN Extras!


Water as Creator and Destroyer Special Display; ancient Mesopotamian artifacts including a famous Sumerian “flood tablet”; Penn Museum. Through May 2011.


Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania; historic and contemporary photographs, archaeological objects, traditional arts and family heirlooms; Penn Museum. Through July 2011.


Color, Form and Texture of Trees; photography by Jim Smith highlighting the beauty and diversity of trees; Upper Gallery, Morris Arboretum. Ongoing.


The Midwestern Experience: Ormandy in Minneapolis; recalls the famed conductor’s tenure with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Ongoing.

Whenever Wednesday at ICA
Lectures, films, book signings and other events. 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Conversation with Erin Shirreff.


Travelogue–Singapore; exploration of Singapore’s art with Weng Choy Lee.

Ongoing at the Penn Museum
Amarna: Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans; Canaan & Ancient Israel; Living in Balance: The Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; Mesoamerica; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets & Science;  Buddhism: History & Diversity of a Great Tradition; Africa.

P.M. @ Penn Museum
Wednesday evening programs. Gallery tours at 5:30 p.m., followed by programs at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Life and Culture of the Romans and Etruscans.


Travel Through  Ancient Egypt.


Live Music with Ayca Yesim; Tour: Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands.


Drop-in Yoga Class; Tour: Classical World of Romans, Etruscans and Greeks.

Penn Museum Tours
Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Warden Garden Entrance. Tour availabilty and topics subject to change. Info.: www.penn.museum.


Daily Life in Ancient Egypt.


Peace Around the World.


Etruscan/Roman: Ancient Coins and Gems.


Archaeology: Tools of the Trade.


Highlights of the Collection.


Egypt of the Pharaohs.

films Index 


 The Old Man and the Sea; 7 p.m.; M20 Seminar rm., Harrison College House (Cinema Studies; YoW).


Toy Story 3; 7 p.m.; Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison College House (Cinema Studies).

Center for East Asian Studies
Screenings at 6:30 p.m. in rm. 402, Cohen Hall. Info.: www.ceas.sas.upenn.edu.


Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).


The Host (2006).

International House
Free or discounted admission for I-House members; $8, $6 students/seniors. Info.: www.ihousephilly.org.


del Extasis al Arrebato: Documents/Itineraries; 7 p.m.


Appropriations/ Great Super 8; 7 p.m.


Animated Experiments: Rhythm, Light and Color; 7 p.m.


Painting/Movement; 9 p.m.


Investigation/Metacinema; 5 p.m.


Enraptured; 7 p.m.


Archive Fever: Red Channels – Film with Live Score; 7 p.m.


Le Amiche (The Girlfriends); 7 p.m.

fitness / learning Index 


Cardio Fitness; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tue. & Thu.; St. Agatha-St. James Parish Hall; first class free, $8/per class, $5/students; Carolyn Hamilton: (267) 251-3842.


New Parents @ Penn; every other Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; info.: (215) 898-8611 (PWC).


The Working Parents Association; Wednesdays; noon; Penn Women’s Center; info.: zoeb@sas.upenn.edu (PWC).


Penn Knitters; Thursdays; noon; Fireside Lounge (2nd fl.), The ARCH; info.: wiedmann@upenn.edu.


S.A.F.E. Self Defense Workshop; women’s safety educational awareness and crime prevention; 6 p.m.; Benjamin Lounge, Sansom Place West; info.: susand@publicsafety.upenn.edu (Public Safety; TCPW).


Student Affairs Professional Development Meeting; 11:30 a.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.

Christian Association
Info.: www.upennca.org.


Bible Study: Race & Justice; 6 p.m.


Africa Dinner; 6 p.m.


TAB Bible Study; sponsored by people of Tabernacle United Church; 5:30 p.m.; Also December 15, 22, & 29.


Peacemaking Through the Arts; students work with elementary school kids on performing and visual arts; 3 p.m.


Slanguage; 2:30 p.m.


Networking/Staff Lunch; noon.

Liberal and Professional Studies
Info.: www.pennlps.org.


Walk-In Wednesday Academic Program Information Sessions; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m.; Suite 100, 3440 Market Street. Also December 8 & 15.


Master of Liberal Arts: Penn Employee Information Session; noon; Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall; RSVP: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/event.


MES Lecture Series: Fracking in the Upper Delaware Watershed: How Safe is Our Drinking Water?; Yvette Bordeaux; registration: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/node/1789.

Department of Recreation: PennFit
Pottruck Health & Fitness Center. www.upenn.edu/recreation/programs/pennfit.html.


Medicine Ball Workout; 5:30 p.m.


Free Body Composition Measurements; 8 a.m. Also noon & 5 p.m.


Bonus Seminar: Intro to Spinning; 1:15 p.m.


Bonus Seminar: Muscles of the Month; 5:30 p.m.


Stress Relief Week; all group exercise classes free; through December 17th.

HR: Learning and Education
Open to Penn faculty and staff. Info.: www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog.


Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library; noon.


FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities; 9 a.m.; $75.


Information Session on Staff Mentoring Program; noon.


Career Focus Brown Bag: All About Networking; noon.


Brown Bag Matinee: Time Management: A Productivity Plan; noon.

HR: Quality of Worklife
Open to Penn faculty and staff. Info.: www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog.


Diabetes Management; noon.


Tips for Working with Team Members for Better Results; noon.


PMS and PMDD: What You Need to Know; noon.

Morris Arboretum
Info. & RSVP: (215) 247-5777.


Wellness Walks; guided walks of two miles around the Arboretum; 10:30 a.m., free with regular admission. Also December 18.


Floral Imagery in Copper Foil; 1 p.m.; $38, $32/members.


Holiday Wreath Making; 10:30 a.m.; $55, $46/members. Also 1:30 p.m.; December 6, 10:30 a.m.


A Museum Without Walls: Public Art in Philadelphia; 2 p.m.; $20, $18/members.


Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights; 10:30 a.m.; $60, $50/members; Also 6:30 p.m.


Holiday Kissing Ball; 1 p.m.; $53, $44/members; Also 6:30 p.m.


Holiday Centerpiece Class; 10:30 a.m.; $60, $50/members. Also December 20, 10:30 a.m.


Kids’ Holiday Centerpiece; 1:30 pm; $33, $30/members.

ISC Technology Training Services
ISC Labs, 3650 Chestnut St., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. RSVP: www.upenn.edu/computing/isc/training.


Word 2007 Advanced; $190.


Access 2007 Advanced; $448. Also December 15.

Weigle Info Commons Workshops
Class of 1968 Seminar Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Info & RSVP: http://wic.library.upenn.edu/wicshops.


Blackboard: Walk-in Support; 11 a.m. Also December 15, 9:30 a.m.


Zotero; 11 a.m.


RefWorks; noon.


From Assignments to References: Posters with Powerpoint; 4 p.m.


Technically Speaking Series: iPad; 11 a.m.


From Assignments to References: The Editing and Revising Process; 4 p.m.


Blackboard: Grade Center; 11 a.m.

Meetings Index 


PPSA; noon; rm. 302, Van-Pelt Dietrich Library; RSVP: ppsa@exchange.upenn.edu.


University Council; 4 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; RSVP: ucouncil@pobox.upenn.edu

music Index 


Penn Improvisational Jazz Workshop; open jazz jam for musicians of all abilities; Sundays, 4-6 p.m.; rm. 413, Fisher Bennett Hall; Info.: pijw@law.upenn.edu.


Penn Singers Present: Parade; 8 p.m.; Iron Gate Theatre; $12/door, $9/Locust Walk. Also December 4, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. (PAC).


PennYo (Chinese a cappella) presents: Yoception; 5:45 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; $9/door, $7/Locust Walk. Also December 4, 8:45 p.m. (PAC).


Off the Beat; co-ed a cappella; 8 p.m.; Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum; $10, $7/groups of 8 or more. Also December 4 (PAC).


Full Measure Presents: Kaleidoscope; Christian a cappella; 7 p.m.; Dunlop Auditorium, Stemmler Hall; $8/door, $7/Locust Walk (PAC).


Penn Sargam Presents: A Journey Through South Asia; classical South Asian music;5 p.m.;Class of ‘49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; $5 (PAC).


Mario Pavone’s Double Tenor; 8 p.m.; International House; $12 (Ars Nova).


Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up; 8 p.m.;The Rotunda; free (Ars Nova).

Music Department
Info.: www.sas.upenn.edu/music.
$5, free with Penn ID.


Jazz Combos I; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.


Jazz Combos II; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.


Penn Wind Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.


Ancient Voices; 3 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.


Penn Chamber I; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.


Penn Chamber II; 7 p.m.; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.


Penn Chamber III; 7 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.


University Choral Society with members of the Penn Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium.


Penn Composer’s Guild; 3 p.m.; Rose Recital Hall, Fisher-Bennett Hall.


Penn Chamber Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall;

Annenberg Center
Tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org or (215) 898-3900.


A Creole Christmas: Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 8 p.m.; $20-50; Zellerbach Theatre. October AT PENN Extras!


Irish Christmas Celebration; Slide, traditional Irish band; 8 p.m.; $20-50; Zellerbach Theatre. October AT PENN Extras!

World Cafe Live
Performances daily. See www.worldcafelive.com for a complete listing.
WXPN Free at Noon Concert Series; Fridays at noon; RSVP: http://xpn.org/concerts-events/free-at-noon.



Simply Chaos Presents: Come At Me, Bro!; sketch comedy; 8 p.m.; Iron Gate Theatre; $8/door, $7/Locust Walk (PAC).


Sparks Dance Company Presents: One Spark, Two Sparks, Red Sparks, Blue Sparks; 9 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre; $10/door, $8/Locust Walk. Also December 4, 6:30 p.m. (PAC).


Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol; 7:30 p.m.; St. Mary’s Church; benefits thechurch; donation: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12; Info.: (215) 386-3916.

Annenberg Center
Tickets: www.annenbergcenter.org


Remember Me; rock opera collaboration with Parson’s Dance & East Village Opera Company; 7:30 p.m.; $28-48; Zellerbach Theatre. Also December 3, 8 p.m.; December 4, 2 & 8 p.m.


Mummenschanz; Swiss performance group; 7:30 p.m.; $28-48; Zellerbach Theatre. Also December 17, 8 p.m.; December 18, 2 & 8 p.m. October AT PENN Extras!

Readings/signings Index 

Kelly Writers House
Events in the Arts Cafe.
 Info.: www.writing.upenn.edu/wh.


The Cloud Over the Floating World: Tokyo’s Modern Ukiyo in the Age of the Internet; talk by Ned Eisenberg; 6 p.m.


RealArts@Penn; noon.


We All Feel Like It; reading by various Writers House affiliated poets; 6 p.m.


Poetry in 1960; symposium; 6:30 p.m.


Reading by Greg Djanikian’s Poetry Class; 5:30 p.m.


Reading by Lynn Levin’s Poetry Class; 6 p.m.


Reading by Jamie-Lee Josselyn’s Memoir Writing Class; 6 p.m.

Penn Bookstore
Info.: www.upenn.edu/bookstore.


Book Club Meeting: White Teeth by Zadie Smith; noon. 


Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease out of Getting Old  and Made Millions; Arlene Weintraub; 6 p.m.


Puppies: A Complete Guide to Raising a Happy Puppy in a Positive Environment; Joan Capuzzi; 5 p.m.


The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism; Dan Berger; 6 p.m.


What’s an American Doing Here? Reflections on Travel in the Third World; Stan Diamond; 6 p.m.


Higher Education and the American Dream: Success and its Discontents; Marvin Lazerson; 4 p.m.

special events Index 


Red and White Ball; hosted by students in Penn Nursing’s Minorities in Nursing Organization; proceeds will support The Field Center; 7:30 p.m.-midnight; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall; info.: jtown@nursing.upenn.edu(MNO).


Discount Days at the Penn Museum; PennCard holders recieve 15% off all purchases; Penn Museum. Through December 5.


Holiday Tea Party; 3-4:30 p.m.; Pepper Mill Cafe, Penn Museum; $17.95.


Peace around the World: Passport to Culture; 1-4 p.m.; Penn Museum.


 PennRec Faculty/Staff Only Open House at Fox Fitness Center; 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Gate 2 North, Franklin Field.


Annual Holiday Sale; 20% off merchandise storewide; through December 10 (Penn Bookstore).


Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner; 6 p.m.; Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall (Makuu).


Christian Association Christmas Party; 5:30 p.m. (CA).


Holiday Skate; free with donation to Toys for Tots; 5:45 p.m.; Class of 1923 Arena. Also December 19, 1:30 p.m.

Sports Index 

Tickets & venues: www.pennathletics.com


Gymnastics; intrasquad; 6 p.m.


(W) Basketball vs. St. Joseph’s; 7 p.m.


(M) Basketball vs. Villanova; 7 p.m.


(M) Squash vs. Navy; 6 p.m.


(W) Swimming vs. Columbia; 4 p.m.


(W) Basketball vs. Maine; 7 p.m.

Talks Index 


Creating a Sustainable Water Future; Jeffery Fulgham, GE Power & Water; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Building (Environmental Studies).


Being Proactive During a Difficult Economy: Using Your Break to Find a Job or Internship in Design and Planning; noon; room TBA, Meyerson Hall (Career Services).


OLDER the BETTER: Origin and Function of Core Components of Reproductive Machinery; Eugene Xu, Northwestern University; noon; 132 Hill Pavillion (CRRWH, Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research).


Christian Slavery: The Moravian Mission to Jamaica, 1754-1770; Katherine Gerbner, Harvard; 12:30 p.m.; rm. 105, McNeil Center (McNeil Center for Early American Studies).


Technology Evolution to Sustainability Meets Future Energy Needs; Rajeev Gautam, UOP; 3 p.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall (CBE). 


Innate Resistance, Inflammation, and Cancer; Giorgio Trinchieri, Laboratory of Experimental Immunology Center for Cancer Research; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Wistar).


Title TBA; Anthony Braga, Rutgers University; 4 p.m.; Jerry Lee Center of Criminology (Criminology).


Flexibility, Materials, and Biological Function; Michael Thorpe, Arizona State University; 4 p.m.; A8, DRL (Physics).


The Motility Mechanism of Dynein; Samara Reck-Peterson, Harvard University; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires; Timothy Wu; noon; Room TBA, Annenberg School (Cinema Studies).


Multi-View Regression; Lyle Ungar, Computer and Information Science; 3 p.m.; Wu & Chen Auditorium (CIS).


Chaos and Organization in Healthcare; Thomas Lee, Harvard; 9 a.m.; rm. 1206, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall; RSVP: maddene@wharton.upenn.edu(LDI, SOM).


IRCS/ Computational Neuroscience Speaker Series; Yael Niv, Princeton University; noon; rm. 470, 3401 Walnut (IRCS).


Consumer Credit and Consumers Without Credit in Colonial North America; Robert DuPlessis, Swarthmore College; 2 p.m.; rm. 1040, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (History).


“Let Them See How Curiously They’re Made”: Defining Femininity and Masculine Authority in the Aristotle Texts; Marcia Nichols, University of Minnesota-Rochester; 3 p.m.; Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center (MCEAS).


Soil Ecosystem Responses to Experimental Warning in Northen Mongolia; Anarma Sharkhuu, Earth and Environmental Science; 3 p.m.; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth And Environmental Science).


Agitplakat: Socialist Laughter in the Political Posters of the Thaw (1956-1966); Masha Kowell; 3:30 p.m.; Rich Seminar Room, 113 Jaffe (Art History).


Epigenetic Mechanisms: Transcription Factor Binding to Mitotic Chromosomes; Ken Zaret, biochemistry and biophysics; 4 p.m.; Johnson Foundation Library, rm. 248, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Decision Process Colloquium; noon; rm. 255, Jon M. Huntsman Hall (Psychology).


Title TBA; Raleigh Martin, Earth and Environmental Science; noon; rm. 358, Hayden Hall (Earth and Environmental Science).


Who are in the Top Five of World Economies Today? The Penn World Table Perspective; Alan Heston and Robert Summers, economics; noon; Lenape Room, Inn at Penn (PASEF). 


Til Disinterest Do Us Part: American Trial Marriage and the Laws of the Home, 1906-1930; William Kuby, history; 4:30 p.m.; History Lounge, College Hall 209 (History).


Turning Over a New Leaf: Vegetative Phase Change in Plants; Scott Poethig, biology; noon; Carolyn Hoff Lynch Auditorium, Chemistry Building (Environmental Studies).


The Role of the Sperm Epigenome in Paternal Disease Transmission; Sarah Kimmins, McGill University; noon; 253 BRB II/III (CRRWH).


Innovative Orbital Design; Ed Belbruno, Princeton; 2 p.m.; A6, DRL (Astrophysics and Cosmology).


Chromatin Insulators and Nuclear Organization; Wictor Corces, Emory University; 4 p.m.; Joseph N. Grossman, MD Auditorium (Wistar Institute).


Title TBA; Thomas Sanderson, Center for Strategic International Studies; 4 p.m.; Jerry Lee Center of Criminology, 3809 Walnut (Criminology).


Music, Mastery, and Memory; Tod Machover, MIT; 5 p.m.; Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum: RSVP: www.phf.upenn.edu (PHF).


Advances in Modeling of Structural Materials for Nuclear Fusion Reactors; Duc Nguyen-Mann, UKAEA Euratom Fusion Association; 10:30 a.m.; LRSM Auditorium (Materials Science and Engineering).


Ubiquitin Links to the AAA+ ATPase Cdc48/p97 to Cell Cycle Regulation and Membrane Traffic; Hemmo Meyer, Universität Duisburg-Essen; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry & Biophysics).


Cultural Neuroscience: Where Does Human Diversity Come From?; Joan Chiao, Northwestern University; 4 p.m.; Silverman Hall, rm. 245A (Neuroscience and Society; Law).


IRCS/ Computational Neuroscience Speaker Series; Michael Frank, Brown University; noon; rm. 470, 3401 Walnut (IRCS).


Challenges of Communicating with the Public About Health Reform; Susan Dentzer; noon; Class of 1949 Auditorium, Houston Hall; registration: maddene@wharton.upenn.edu (LDI).


Transatlantic Revision and American Literary History; Joseph Rezek, MCEAS; 3 p.m.; Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center (MCEAS).


Targeted Therapy for Melanoma; Lynn Schuchter, biochemistry and biophysics; 4 p.m.; Johnson Foundation Library, rm. 248, Anatomy-Chemistry Building (Biochemistry and Biophysics).


Title TBA; Barry Zirkin, John Hopkins; noon; 132 Hill Pavillion (CRRWH; Center for Animal Transgenesis & Germ Cell Research).


NOS as a Potential Therapeutic Target in Pancreatic Cancer; Christopher Counter, Duke University; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium,Wistar Institute (Wistar).


Epilepsy, Multi-scale Brain Recording, and Flexible Silicon Nanoribbons; Bryan Litt, neurology; 11:45 a.m.; Donner Auditorium, HUP (LRSM).

Penn VIPS Holiday Gift/Toy Drive: November 30––December 16

Please join us in the Annual Penn Volunteers In Public Service Holiday Drive. As you buy toys and presents for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to deserving members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will support the efforts of organizations including the Annual Holiday Party sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, People's Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter's Mission, Bridges to the Community, Intercultural Family Services and many more.

All items for the holiday drive must be new, not used and unwrapped. Below are convenient locations for you to drop off your donations:





President’s Office

100 College Hall

Brenda Gonzalez


Provost Office

353B 3401 Walnut

Susan Curran


Museum Reception Desk

Near Kress Gallery

Bonnie Crossfield


Af-Am Resource Center

3537 Locust Walk

Rob Carter


Human Resources

538A 3401 Walnut Street

Monee Pressley



120 Claudia Cohen Hall

Stephanie Jones


Van Pelt Library

Human Resources Office

Zakiya Blake


Netter Center

133 S. 36th Street - Rm. 507

Isabel Mapp



265C 3401 Walnut St

Doris Pate



1000 SH-DH

Jennifer O’Keefe


School of Nursing

Claire Fagin Hall Room 458

Donna Milici



619 Williams Hall

Amy Forsyth



203A Sansom West

Kathie Ritchie


University Club

3611 Walnut/Inn at Penn

Natalka Swavely


SAS Facilities

3600 Market St Suite 501

Juliana Walker


Law School

Silverman, Room 145

L’Tanya Nelson


Compliance & Privacy

3819 Chestnut Street

Holly Miller


School of Medicine

233 Blockley

Sharon Connelly



4508 Chestnut Street

Cherry Sturdivant


Stouffer Commons

3702 Spruce - Lobby

Glenn Stieffenhofer/Troy Majnerick


Regulatory Affairs

3624 Market Street - 301S

Adina Lieberman


Research Services

P-221 Franklin Bldg.

Lauren Oshana


Student Health

3535 Market/Suite 100

Constance Murphy



220 South 40th St. - 230

Mary Jo Daley



Penn VIPS—Adopt A Family for the Holidays Program

During the holidays in December, departments from across the University “adopt” a deserving family. The adoption is usually done in lieu of departmental gift exchanges. The assigned family is treated to presents and sometimes holiday dinner. Families participate in the program on a one-time basis.

                  Families are assigned to departments based on request. Departments choose the size of the family they would like to adopt. Departments can also request the ages of the children they are interested in adopting. Departments may request a “wish list” from the family or they may choose their own gifts for the family members. Departments choose the number and types of gifts they will provide. Departments are provided with size of the family, names, ages and sizes of each family member. Departments are encouraged to deliver gifts to the families, but they may also request to have gifts delivered.

                  Contact Isabel Mapp at (215) 898-2020 or send an e-mail to sammapp@pobox.upenn.edu for additional information and/or to volunteer for this program.

—Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Holiday Hours for University Services Index 

Accounts Payable Closed December 24, 27, & 31. Open December 28-30 8 a.m.-noon.

Arthur Ross Gallery Closed November 25 & 26; December 26-January 3. Re-opens January 4

Christian Association Closed December 23- January 3.

Department of Housing & Conference Services Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 9 a.m.

                  Residence Halls All residences, EXCEPT Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses, and Sansom Place East and West, are closed starting December 23 at noon. Residents in closed College Houses must vacate their rooms by noon on December 23 and may return to their rooms on Saturday, January 8 beginning at 9 a.m.

Penn Dining/Bon Appétit All residential halls will close on December 22, 3 p.m.; re-open January 11 at 5 p.m. Houston Market closes December 22, 3 p.m., re-opens January 11; regular hours resume January 12. See www.upenn.edu/dining.

Hilton Inn at Penn Closes December 19 at 3 p.m.; re-opens January 2 at 3 p.m. 

Morris Arboretum Closed December 24, 25, January 1.

Office of Software Licensing Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 9 a.m.

Parking Office Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 8:30 a.m. Contact the Operations office at (215) 898-6933 should you require operational assistance to access your permit facility. Visit www.upenn.edu/parkingfor visitor parking hours.

Penn Bookstore Open December 24-8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed December 25; open December 26 regular hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., December 27-31, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed January 1; regular operating hours resume on January 2.

Penn Children’s Center Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 7 a.m. Aftercare will not be provided on Thursday, December 23.

Penn Computer Connection Closed December 24-26; open December 27-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed December 31-January 2; open January 3-7, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; closed January 8-9; regular hours resume on January 10.

Penn Home Ownership Services Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 9 a.m.

Penn Ice Rink Closed December 24-26; open December 27-30, check public skating hours at www.upenn.edu/icerink; closed December 31 and January 1; open January 2 for public skating 1:30-3 p.m.; regular hours resume on January 3.

Penn Mail Services December 23, one pickup cycle, mail received after noon will be delivered to USPS on December 27. Closed December 24; special delivery schedule December 27, 28, 29 & 30: Mail will not be delivered, unless you have made special arrangements with Penn Mail; closed December 31; regular schedule resumes on January 3.
USPS Express Service: Open Wednesday, December 22 until 1 p.m. Closed December 23-31; re-opens on January 3. Any permit mailings from external vendors needing a Penn Mail signature during the Winter Break must have paper work completed and signed by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22.

Penn Museum Closed November 24, 2 p.m. Re-opens November 26. Closed December 24, 25 & 31; January 1.

Penn Transit Services Closes December 24 at 3 a.m.; regular hours resume on January 3. All Transit Stops will be closed during this period. Limited transportation service is available December 25 to January 2, 6 p.m.-7 a.m., excluding December 31; call 215-898-RIDE (7433). Visit www.upenn.edu/transportation.

PennCard Center Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 9 a.m.

Publication Services Closed December 24; re-opens January 3 at 9 a.m.

Purchasing and Travel Services Closes December 24; open December 28-30, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed December 31; resumes regular hours on January 3 at 9 a.m.

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel Open and operating on a regular schedule 24 hours per day.

University Club at Penn Closed December 20-31. Regular hours and services will resume on January 3.

Van Pelt-Deitrich Library Closed December 24-26 & 31and January 1-2.