$5 Million NSF Grant to Establish Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Hub at Penn’s Singh Center

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The National Science Foundation (NSF)awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology a five-year, $5 million grant to establish the Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Hub for Research, Education & Innovation.

As part of its National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program, the NSF will provide a total of $81 million to 16 “user facilities.” Such facilities allow access to nanotech fabrication and characterization equipment— as well as the relevant expertise—to partner institutions in government, academia, industry and the public at large.

“This grant will increase access to the Singh Center by external users,” said Mark Allen, director of the Singh Center and Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering in Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Science. “Our goal is to catalyze a nanotech hub, centered here in Philadelphia, by bringing together industry and academic external users and having them interact with Penn facilities and Penn researchers.”

In addition to hosting outside researchers who need the Singh Center’s equipment to image or manipulate atomic and molecular-scale samples, the Center will also host education programs to introduce high school students, college undergraduates and the Philadelphia area community to nanotechnology. The next generation of nanotechnologists will have the opportunity to participate in Nano Day and Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, view nanotechnology contributions to community outreach programs such as Philly Materials Day and the Philadelphia Science Festival and participate in workforce training activities for nanotechnology technicians carried out in partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia.

Penn’s nanotechnology hub will be part of a nationwide effort to increase access to such research facilities for the public good.  

“NSF’s long-standing investments in nanotechnology infrastructure have helped the research community to make great progress by making research facilities available,” said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF’s assistant director for engineering. “NNCI will serve as a nationwide backbone for nanoscale research, which will lead to continuing innovations and economic and societal benefits.”

$3 Million NSF Grant for Research Partnership: University of Puerto Rico and Penn

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The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support their Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM). The PREM award extends the decade-spanning relationship between UPR and Penn’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), in which faculty, staff and students share resources and collaborate on interdisciplinary research related to materials science.

The PREM program is funded by the NSF’s Division of Materials Research with the aim of building long-term partnerships between minority-serving educational institutions and NSF research centers such as the LRSM, which hosts a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. 

Penn and UPR were two of the original institutions involved in this type of NSF partnership, which began more than 15 years ago when the program was known as a Collaborative to Integrate Research and Education. The most recent PREM award is the third garnered by UPR and Penn’s LRSM. This award supports the work of students and faculty at three UPR campuses: Humacao, Cayey and Bayamon, of which Humacao is the lead institution.

“We see this as a critical pathway for increasing diversity in STEM fields, both at Penn and beyond,” said Arjun Yodh, director of Penn’s LRSM and co-director of the PREM. “Moreover, all participating institutions are doing excellent science, and a long paper trail of collaborative interdisciplinary materials publications has resulted from our partnership.”

UPR, Humacao, is an undergraduate institution, and many of the joint papers published have undergraduate co-authors.

“The impact of PREM goes well beyond the program participants and has transformed the research culture at our university and influenced the Puerto Rican community-at-large,” said PREM co-director Idalia Ramos, a professor in the department of physics and electronics at UPR, Humacao.

“I think the success of our long partnership can be attributed primarily to the interest and commitment of partners from both institutions, who are always excited about working together on solving research problems as well as mentoring and motivating students,” she said. “After 15 years, we have well-established collaborations, but at the same time we continue evolving and innovating with new participants and new research directions.”

Biannual visits of Penn faculty to Puerto Rico and parallel extended summer visits of UPR faculty and students to Penn have helped to create an evolving research community. Notably, the late Penn chemistry professor Alan MacDiarmid’s first stop after winning the Nobel Prize in 2000 was UPR (Almanac October 17, 2000). His lecture on conducting polymers was the seed for a highly productive research program based on electrospinning technology, which is still ongoing at UPR. Subsequently, UPR set up its own electrospinning equipment to produce conducting polymer nanofibers and, more recently, inorganic nanofibers of gallium nitride and tin oxide.

Research conducted through the collaboration will focus on two nanotechnology-related topics: multi-functional nanodevices from optoelectronic materials and nanoscale interactions of macromolecules at soft and hard interfaces. The former deals with materials that can emit, detect and manipulate light and thus are potentially useful for sensing or energy storage. The latter explores nanoscale interactions of large molecules with soft and hard interfaces and offers potential applications in bioseparation, bioremediation and electronics.

In addition to Dr. Yodh, 10 Penn professors were co-investigators on the proposal and will directly participate in the 2015–2020 PREM: Jay Kikkawa, A. T. Charlie Johnson and Eugene Mele from the School of Arts & Sciences’ department of physics & astronomy; Ivan Dmochowski, Feng Gai and Gary Molander from its department of chemistry; and Ritesh Agarwal, Daeyeon Lee and Jorge Santiago from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Christopher Murray, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor with appointments in chemistry in SAS and engineering in SEAS, is also part of the consortium. 

Mohammed Islam and Preston Moore, former Penn postdoctoral researchers who collaborated with UPR researchers in previous years, will also participate from their current positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. 

They will collaborate with Dr. Ramos and 11 other professors across three campuses at UPR: Vibha Bansal, Rocío Cardona, Ezio Fasoli, Pablo Negrón, Margarita Ortiz, Rolando Oyola, Victor Pantojas, Nicholas Pinto, José O. Sotero, Josee Vedrine and Natalya Zimbovskaya.

LRSM associate director Andrew McGhie and assistant education director Mark Licurse, along with Ramón Rivera, education coordinator at UPR, Humacao, and Gilda Jiménez, a chemistry teacher at Petra Mercado High School, Humacao, will organize education and outreach aspects of the partnership, which include an annual symposium in May and an annual research meeting in November, both at UPR, and regular video lectures, as well as opportunities for high school students to get involved in UPR-based research through a program known as Experimenta con PREM.

Adding diversity to the early stages of the STEM pipeline is part of the PREM mission. Undergraduate students at UPR have gone on to continue their studies at Penn, either as visiting students, doctoral candidates or through the recently instituted Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at Penn. Newly appointed professor Rocío Cardona, UPR, Bayamon, was awarded the first of these postdoctoral fellowships.

Two Endowed Professors Named in Penn Arts and Sciences

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Dean Steven Fluharty is pleased to name two faculty members to endowed chairs in the School of Arts & Sciences.


Joseph Farrell, professor of classical studies, has been named the M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Professor in the Humanities. Dr. Farrell is an internationally recognized Latinist whose research spans genres and historical epochs. A scholar of Latin literature and poetry as well as the culture of the Republican and Augustan periods, Dr. Farrell has published a number of ground-breaking studies that encompass both traditional and innovative topics and approaches. He has masterfully translated important and highly challenging texts and has edited and co-edited influential compilations, namely on Augustan poetry and the works of Vergil. He is currently working on a monograph, entitled Juno’s Aeneid, on metapoetics, narrativity and dissent in Vergil’s epic masterpiece.

Mark and Esther Watkins established this chair through a bequest in 1969. Their gift supports an accomplished teacher who shows potential as a leader in his or her field. The holder must demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and accomplishment spanning more than one discipline and, most importantly, have a lively awareness of the role and ramifications of the humanities as they touch upon cultural values, aesthetics and history.


Jeffrey Kallberg, associate dean for arts and letters and professor of music, has been named the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music. Dr. Kallberg is a scholar of music of the 19th and 20th centuries, specializing in editorial and critical theory and gender studies. He is a renowned expert on Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) and has published widely on both his music and its cultural contexts. His seminal monograph, Chopin at the Boundaries: Sex, History, and Musical Genre, has been cited by virtually all subsequent studies of Chopin and translated into Polish. His current projects include books on Chopin’s nocturnes and on Chopin’s things, and an investigation into the links between ideas of landscape and modernism, especially in Scandinavian music from the first half of the 20th  century. Dr. Kallberg’s critical edition of Luisa Miller for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi has been performed on stages across North America, Europe and Asia, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

This chair was established through a 1970 gift from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust to support a scholar and teacher of distinction whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching and interest in students will make a notable contribution to the undergraduate community. Established in 1966, the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust focuses on education at private institutions in the United States.

University Privacy Officer: Scott Schafer

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The Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy  announced the arrival of Scott Schafer as University Privacy Officer.

Mr. Schafer joins the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy having spent the last four years as Senior Counsel with the Vanguard Group where he led the Legal & Compliance Division’s Global Privacy & Data Protection team. In this capacity he had global responsibility for ensuring enterprise-wide compliance with U.S. and international privacy and data security laws. Mr. Schafer brings to Penn significant experience in working with key business partners and senior leadership to develop and implement business solutions that ensure privacy compliance while driving business results and encouraging innovation. Prior to Vanguard, he served in multiple roles of escalating responsibility in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, including chief of the Consumer Protection Division. During that time, Mr. Schafer was responsible for enforcing compliance with federal and state privacy and data security laws and regulations, led investigations into data security breaches, and oversaw the development of policies and best practices on privacy and data security.

Mr. Schafer holds a JD from Harvard Law School and is a certified information privacy professional. 

From the President and Provost: On the Findings of the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault

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The Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, a project of the Association of American Universities, was designed to provide comparable data on the frequency and characteristics of sexual assault, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct. The survey was administered by Westat, an independent national social science research firm, to Penn’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students. There were 27 participating institutions including Penn and six other Ivy League universities.

On the Findings of the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

Dear Members of the Penn Community,

On behalf of our leadership team, including all our deans, faculty and staff, we are writing to say that it is our highest priority and we will do everything in our power, individually and collectively, to make every student safe and secure from all forms of sexual harassment and assault on Penn’s campus.

We decided to undertake a campus climate survey, in coordination with our peers in the Association of American Universities, to learn more about the incidence of these serious problems and our students’ sense of their experience on our campus.

The survey results confirm our deepest concerns, and we write to you now to say that we are therefore redoubling our efforts. We must not, and we will not, rest until we effectively tackle this problem as a campus community. 

The results of the survey we commissioned are deeply troubling. A core principle of all great educational institutions, indeed of every decent society, is respect for all individuals. Every instance of sexual harassment and assault directly undermines this, and is simply unacceptable. We will do everything in our power to address this issue on our campus. This includes all-out efforts aimed at prevention and extends to ensuring fair means of responding to all instances of sexual assault and harassment.

The survey was extensive. We encourage everyone on campus—students, faculty and staff—to view the results in full at This site contains the Penn data as well as the aggregate data from all 27 universities. Let us single out here just one among many striking and useful findings: despite our determined efforts, a majority of students in the Penn survey report that they do not know where to find help here on campus if they or a friend are victims of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. All individuals in the Penn community—women and men, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual, undergraduates, graduate and professional students alike—must know where to turn for help if and when prevention fails. We clearly must do more, beginning immediately, to make all students aware that they have immediate recourse for help.

We want everyone on campus to know that students who have experienced or know someone who has experienced assault or abuse can turn to the Division of Public Safety Special Services Unit, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Service or the Penn’s Women’s Center. Links to these and other resources can be found at Anyone in doubt of where to turn should call the Penn Help Line, anytime, at (215) 898-HELP. We will continue to promote awareness of the Penn Help Line on PennCards and through other means. We will mobilize all necessary resources to better understand and address the problems, to serve all students in need and to ensure regular monitoring of our effectiveness going forward. To this end, we have charged the Vice Provosts for Education and for University Life to make this their highest priority, and to enlist everyone who can effectively aid and advise in this cause.

We also must make all students comfortable reporting incidents, and we must provide collective assurance that there will be zero tolerance for retaliation. Students, parents and everyone in our community need to know that all complaints will be effectively acted upon in full fairness to the complainant and the respondent. Every member of our community must know that we will always do whatever is needed to resolve every issue that arises in the most just and caring way possible, with the aid of our newly established Office of the Sexual Violence Investigator and other important support systems. As the President and Provost of this institution, and on behalf of our senior administrative staff, the deans and the faculty, we pledge to honor this commitment to our collective University community.

We have long held that any harassment or assault on our campuses is absolutely unacceptable. The climate survey we undertook confirms just how great a problem we confront. We will do everything in our power to counteract this climate, and we call upon all members of our community to do their parts as well. We will be arranging meetings across campus to discuss additional steps that we, and everyone who can address these important issues, are prepared to take. These meetings will entail outreach to Penn’s many student groups and leaders including those associated with College Houses, fraternities and sororities, cultural groups, athletic teams and student government, both undergraduates and graduate and professional students. We ask you to join us in an all-out and all-in effort to make everyone on Penn’s campus equally safe, secure and respected at all times.




—Amy Gutmann, President


—Vincent Price, Provost

Where to Find Help: University of Pennsylvania Campus Resources

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Here is a reference list from Penn’s Violence Prevention Office, of the key offices that may be useful for a student affected by sexual violence, dating violence or stalking. If in doubt about where to turn for help, call the Penn Help Line at (215) 898-HELP.

Special Services Unit in the Division of Public Safety (DPS) 

4040 Chestnut Street
24-Hour Helpline: (215) 898-6600

Special Services offers comprehensive victim support for any member of the University community who has been a victim of interpersonal violence. Special Services has advocates on call 24 hours a day that can provide options counseling, hospital and court accompaniment, and take formal police reports. Special Services is a confidential unit and can provide support for students who wish to remain anonymous. 

Penn Women’s Center (PWC)
3643 Locust Walk
Tel: (215) 898-6500, (215) 898-8611
Staff Hours:  9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Penn Women’s Center provides education, advocacy and co-facilitates support groups for survivors of sexual violence. Staff at the Penn Women’s Center can assist victims in navigating the different resources both at Penn and in the broader community. They are also available to provide support and guidance to friends and family of sexual assault victims. PWC supports all students regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
3624 Market St, 1st Floor, West

Tel: (215) 898-7021
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Emergency walk-in all day.
Night and Weekend Emergencies: (215) 349-5490 (ask for CAPS Clinician on Call)

CAPS offers a wide range of free and confidential services in a safe space to help students who have experienced violence of any kind and to help students who have been accused of committing violence. Initial consultation, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, structured workshops and medication reviews are available. CAPS also has the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team, a multidisciplinary team of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clinicians dedicated to providing confidential care, support and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual trauma during their academic career.

Student Health Service
3535 Market St, Suite 100
Tel: (215) 746-3535 (on call provider available 24/7)
Office Hours: Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.,

Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; modified hours are in effect during Fall, Winter and Spring Break, major holidays and Summer Sessions. 

The Student Health Service can provide evaluation and treatment to victims of sexual and dating violence regardless of whether they make a report or seek additional resources.  Both male and female providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary and arrange for referrals and follow-up. The Student Health Service does not perform forensic rape examinations. All services are confidential. Office visits are covered in full by the Clinical Fee and the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived.

Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer

3901 Walnut St, Suite 320

Tel: (215) 898-2887
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer is responsible for managing and investigating complaints against enrolled Penn students alleging violations of the University’s Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking policy. The Sexual Violence Investigative Officer works with the Penn community to implement the Amendment to the Student Disciplinary Charter, which applies to all twelve schools. Any member of the Penn community or the general public who believes a Penn student has violated the University Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking policy may bring a complaint to this office.

Office of Student Conduct
207 Duhring Wing, 236 South 34th Street
Tel: (215) 898-5651
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is responsible for acting on behalf of the University in matters of student discipline. OSC deals with alleged instances of academic dishonesty and other student misconduct, in order to determine how best to resolve these allegations consistent with the goals and mission of the University as an educational and intellectual community. OSC does not investigate complaints regarding violation of the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking policy (see above resource). Any member of the University community or the general public who believes that a Penn student has violated Penn’s rules may bring a complaint to OSC.

Student Intervention Services
3611 Locust Walk
Tel: (215) 898-6081
Office Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Student Intervention Services (SIS), which is centrally located in the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, coordinates the University’s response to reports of interpersonal violence against students. SIS provides support to student victims/survivors; coordinates with schools, housing administrators and other relevant offices at students’ request; and connects students to appropriate support services. SIS respects the sensitivity of violence cases and can discreetly advocate for students with schools and other offices in the University.

Office of the Chaplain
240 Houston Hall
Tel: (215) 898-8456

The Office of the Chaplain offers pastoral support, guidance or informal advising and counseling to all members of the Penn community. The staff is trained to support survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence or anyone struggling with related issues in a safe and confidential manner. They are also able to connect students to either campus resources or community religious support as needed.

Office of the Ombudsman
113 Duhring Wing, 236 South 34th Street
Tel: (215) 898-8261

The Ombudsman is available to listen and inquire into issues or complaints; to explore options for informal resolution of conflicts; to mediate specific disputes; to clarify and examine university policies and procedures; and to connect people with appropriate resources within the University.

Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs

3600 Chestnut Street, Sansom Place East, Suite 228
Tel: (215) 898-6993

Faculty, staff and students who believe that they, or someone they know, has been sexually harassed or discriminated against may file a complaint with the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs. OAA/EOP can assist with informal resolution or may pursue formal action. Formal action is initiated by filing a written complaint with OAA/EOP. They will investigate the complaint and will take appropriate action. OAA/EOP also provides training for Penn faculty and staff on sexual harassment and other issues related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center
Carriage House, 3907 Spruce Street
Tel: (215) 898-5044

The LGBT Center provides advocacy, education, outreach and support for and concerning Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.


Philadelphia Resources

There are a number of community-based agencies that are not affiliated with the University that can provide support, counseling and advocacy. Below is information about a few of these organizations that are often recommended to students. For other off-campus resources and online resources, see

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
One Penn Center, 1617 John F Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1100
24 Hour Hotline: (215) 985-3333

WOAR is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides a 24-hour hotline, free individual and group counseling to children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse/assault, counseling in Spanish and hospital and court accompaniment. WOAR provides services to all survivors regardless of gender or sexual orientation and offers a Queer Survivors Group.

Women Against Abuse (WAA)
100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341
Philadelphia, PA 19110
24-hour hotline: 1 (866) 723-3014

Office: (215) 386-1280

WAA is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in the Philadelphia community including emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy and education. WAA provides services to all survivors regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC)
300 E. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: (215) 800-1589
Emergencies: Call (215) 425-1625 to reach the

on-call sexual assault nurse examiner.

The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Treatment Center is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault and to assist them in the process of making a report to the Philadelphia Police Department. It is recommended that victims who wish to pursue legal action, or who may wish to take legal action in the future, receive a rape exam which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception. Individuals may contact PSARC directly by calling the 24-hour hotline, or they can reach out to the Penn DPS Special Services Department who will provide 24/7 transportation and accompaniment to the center.

Penn’s Way: A Workplace Charitable Campaign

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Dear Colleagues:

Penn’s Way, the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine’s workplace charitable giving campaign, continues to be recognized as one of the most successful and generous campaigns in the region. Unprecedented participation levels last year enabled us to exceed our $1.5 million goal for local charitable organizations. Through the combined strength of both the University and Penn Medicine faculty and staff, we are confident that this year’s campaign will reach our goal of $1.55 million to support the communities in which we live.

The 2016 Penn’s Way Campaign runs from October 5th through November 20th. Please join us in supporting our region by making your tax-deductible gift now. By using the environmentally friendly Penn’s Way website at to enter your pledge online, you will be supporting your chosen organizations in a secure, quick and convenient way. The website also offers valuable information on our three partner organizations, the Center for Responsible Funding, Penn Medicine and United Way. All three organizations, under the Penn’s Way umbrella, utilize their expertise to confront the ever-increasing challenges facing our community.

Through our Penn’s Way Campaign we can help build stronger neighborhoods, improve the quality of life and provide options for healthier living for all people in our region.

We hope to have your continued support for the Penn’s Way campaign this year.

Maureen S. Rush
Vice President for Public Safety
University of Pennsylvania
Penn’s Way 2016 Co-Chair    

Laura Perna
James S. Riepe Professor, GSE
Chair-elect, Faculty Senate
University of Pennsylvania
Penn’s Way 2016 Faculty Advisor    

Nominations for Community Involvement Recognition Awards: November 13

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To Members of the University and Surrounding Community:

In honor of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s recognition that local engagement is essential to the struggle for equality, the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Executive Planning Committee of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Community Involvement Recognition Awards. The awards honor members of the Philadelphia community whose active service to others best exemplifies the ideals Dr. King espoused.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Recognition Awards will be presented to five individuals in the following areas:

1. Staff and students of the Penn community involved in community service and/or working for social justice efforts.

2. Residents (youth and adult) of the broader community involved in community service and/or working for social justice efforts.

3. Staff, students or residents who demonstrate significant contributions in community service and/or working for social justice efforts through the advancement of education and educational opportunities in Philadelphia.

The awards will be presented on January 21, 2016, as part of Penn’s commemoration of the King holiday.

We seek your help in nominating individuals whose work most merits recognition. Please share this information with others in your families, communities, schools, departments and organizations so that we may identify those most deserving of this award. Nomination forms may be submitted through November 13. Electronic submissions are preferred but not required at: If you prefer sending by mail, please send to the African-American Resource Center, Attn: Robert Carter, 3537 Locust Walk, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6225.

Should you have any questions, contact the African-American Resource Center at (215) 898-0104 or

Thank you in advance for helping to pay special homage to those individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to enhance the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia community.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” —Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement

Recognition Awards Committee


Trustees: October 1, 2015

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Meetings of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will be held on Thursday, October 1.

9:35-11:05 a.m.
Budget & Finance Committee;
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Conference Center.

1:15-1:30 p.m.
Meeting of the Executive Committee;
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, Conference Center.

Please contact the Office of the University Secretary at (215) 898-7005 with your plans to attend.

Council: Agenda for University Council Meeting

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From the Office of the University Secretary

Agenda for University Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 4 p.m. Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

I. Announcement of Appointment of a Moderator (1 minute).

II. Announcement of Appointment of a Parliamentarian (1 minute).

III. Approval of the Minutes of April 22, 2015 (1 minute).

IV. Follow up comments on Status Reports (5 minutes).

V. Presentation and Scheduling of Focus Issues for University Council for the Academic Year (5 minutes).

VI. Presentation of Council Committee Charges (10 minutes).

VII. Announcement of Open Forum Sessions (5 minutes).

VIII. Discussion of the Programs Planned for the 2015-2016 Academic Theme Year: The Year of Discovery (15 minutes).

IX. New Business (2 minutes).

X. Adjournment.


Woven Words: Native Scholars Illuminating Wampum Histories and Traditions at Penn Symposium

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Richard W. Hill Sr., coordinator of the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Ohsweken, Ontario, with Penn graduate student Stephanie Mach, discussing Haudenosaunee wampum belts in July 2015, at the Recital of the Great Law at Akwesasne, in Hogansburg, New York. Wampum belts shown in the background were crafted by Ken Maracle.

“Wampum belts,” in the American imagination, are often regarded as objects of history and mystery. Many people think of wampum as “money,” a stereotype that harkens back to the early 1600s, when Dutch and English colonists used wampum beads as a convenient substitute for European currency. During the late 1800s, antiquarian collectors handled wampum belts as though they were artistic relics.

Yet wampum is so much more.

On Thursday, October 1, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Friday October 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Penn Museum visitors can learn more about wampum when prominent Indigenous scholars from the United States and Canada join with wampum scholars and musicians for a free two-day symposium, Woven Words: New Insights into Wampum and Native Studies. Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) and Algonkian scholars will share insights on historical and contemporary aspects of wampum construction, artistic expression and cultural exchange for sacred, diplomatic and decorative purposes.

Woven Words is hosted by the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) initiative at Penn, with support from the Penn Museum. Sponsors include the Penn Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Provost’s Office, the School of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Anthropology and Natives at Penn.

Two historic Wampum Belts housed at the Penn Museum. (Top) a Haudenosaunee path belt crafted circa 1790 to enable the Stockbridge Mohican to travel in Haudenosaunee territory. (Bottom) a 14 diamond alliance belt crafted circa 1760 to be circulated among Native nations.

Keynote Address and Program

Richard W. Hill, Sr. (Tuscarora), coordinator of Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations in Ohsweken, Ontario, will open with the keynote address, The Inherent Intelligence of Wampum.

Noting how “wampum captures the words, messages and meaning that the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) considered essential for future understandings, relationships and ways of being,” Mr. Hill explores the iconography of wampum belts and their metaphorical significance to his people. In his talk, he considers how wampum “works in passing on the voice of the ancestors, and also provides inspiration for the current (and future) generations of Haudenosaunee.”

Other speakers include wampum artisan Darren Bonaparte (Akwesasne Mohawk); Alan Corbiere (Anishinaabe), coordinator of the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program at M’Chigeeng First Nation; Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), director of Native American Studies at Cornell University; Christine Abrams (Seneca), chair of the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Repatriation; and Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), chair of the Five College Native American Studies Committee, Amherst College.

Gladys Tantaquidgeon, Mohegan ethnologist and the first Native American student in the Penn anthropology department, interviewing Wampanoag elders at Aquinnah, Massachusetts, circa 1928.

On the Wampum Trail

Margaret Bruchac (Abenaki), symposium organizer, is assistant professor of anthropology, coordinator of Native American and Indigenous studies and chair of the Faculty Working Group on NAIS, as well as leader of the Penn Wampum Trail research project, organized with funding from the Penn Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. She explains more about wampum:

“The term ‘wampum’ derives from the Algonkian ‘wampumpeage,’ meaning ‘white shells.’ These luminous beads, carved out of white whelk and purple quahog shells, form the foundation of a complex system of indigenous ritual and diplomacy. For generations, the Algonkian and Iroquoian nations of North America have employed indigenous technology to craft wampum beads and weave them with sinew, hemp and leather into belts and collars.

“From an indigenous context, each wampum belt represents a nuanced mix of material, artistic, symbolic and diplomatic meanings best known to the communities who created and exchanged these objects. During the 1700s, wampum belts were also embraced by European leaders as effective instruments for recording and reinforcing intercultural agreements and alliances. Wampum diplomacy is very much alive today in rituals of condolence, narratives of sovereignty, artistic expressions and other practices of survivance.”

An evocative Haudenosaunee “path” wampum belt—designed to mark a clear path among and between Native nations for the conduct of diplomacy—is currently on display in the Museum’s special exhibition, Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now.

Stephanie Mach and Lise Puyo, Penn graduate students in anthropology, examining the Kanehsatake “Two Dog Wampum” belt in May 2014, at the McCord Museum in Montreal, Quebec.

Benchmarks: Twenty-Five Year Club: New Members for 2015

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Since 1956, Penn has celebrated a rite of passage each year for faculty and staff of all ranks who meet only one common requisite: they have been members of the University community for 25 years. Another 231 new members crossed the 25-year mark in 2015 and will be welcomed at the University of Pennsylvania annual 25-Year Club celebration on October 1. New Bolton Center will have a separate celebration on October 29.

At the 25-Year Club Annual Lecture—preceding the October 1 celebration—Jeffrey Rosen, professor at George Washington University School of Law and president & CEO of the National Constitution Center, will give a talk on The Future of the Constitution. Dr. Rosen’s talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of Houston Hall in the Class of ’49 Auditorium and is open to the Penn community. His lecture is sponsored by the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).

Twenty-Five Year Club: New Members for 2015

Ms. Patricia Anderson, External Dining, Residential & Hospitality Services

Mr. David Anstine, Tech Services-Network Operations, ISC

Mr. Gilbert Aponte, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Luis Araujo, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Steven Arnold, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Marc Auriacombe, Addictions, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. John Baji, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

Dr. Ronald Barg, Medicine Affiliates Administration, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Rita Barnard, English, SAS

Mr. Robert Barron, Client Services-Technology Support Services, ISC

Ms. Patricia Baxter, Cardiovascular Institute, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Elizabeth Beck, University Libraries

Mr. George Belka, Cancer Biology, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Bernice Benoit, Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Berkowitz, CHOP-Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Joseph Bernstein, Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Jaclyn Biegel, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Ann Bies, Linguistic Data Consortium, SAS

Mr. John Blaine, Ryan Hospital, Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Alan Borislow, Orthodontics, Dental Medicine

Dr.. Maria Bourlatskaya, Slavic Languages & Literature, SAS

Ms. Donna Bristow, Trades, FRES

Ms. Nancy Broadwell, University Libraries

Mr. Albert Brown, Facilities Planning & Operations, SAS

Dr. Kathleen Brown, Family & Community Health, School of Nursing

Dr. Maja Bucan, Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Donna Burdumy, Annenberg School for Communication

Ms. Kimberley Byrd, Office of Information Services, School of Nursing

Dr. Charles Cantor, Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Joseph Cappella, Annenberg School for Communication

Ms. Kay Carr, Widener Hospital, Veterinary Medicine

Mr. Robert Chalfin, Management, Wharton

Dr. Linda Chance, East Asian Languages & Civilizations, SAS

Ms. Alice Chen, Chemistry, SAS

Mr. John Chybinski, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Michael Colucciello, Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Russell Composto, Materials Science & Engineering, SEAS

Ms. Linda Cook, Student Health Services

Mr. John Cooper, Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Maureen Cotterill, Graduate School of Education

Ms. Joanne Crossin, Institute for Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Dennis Culhane, School of Social Policy & Practice

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Dr. Paul De Weer, Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine

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Ms. Catherine DiBonaventura, Design Computing Center, School of Design

Mr. Kenneth Dickens, Housekeeping, FRES

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Ms. Denise Dixon, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Christopher Donovan, College Houses & Academic Services

Mr. Jeffrey Douthett, Client Services-Technology Support Services, ISC

Dr. Brian Drachman, Cardiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Dennis Durbin, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Christine Edelstein, Romance Languages, SAS

Dr. Irma Elo, Sociology, SAS

Dr. William Ewald, Law School

Mr. Thomas Ewing, Finance & Administration, SAS

Ms. Erin Fallon, Computing, SAS

Dr. John Farley, Marketing, Wharton

Dr. Norman Feinsmith, Cardiovascular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Marc Felice, Radiation Safety

Mr. Michael Felker, Computer & Information Science, SEAS

Dr. Maria Feltri, Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. James Ferguson, Clinical Studies-New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine

Mr. Michael Fisher, Facilities, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Felicia Floyd, External Affairs, Wharton

Dr. Godlove Fonjweng, Earth & Environmental Science, SAS

Ms. Jeanmarie Fox, Admissions & Financial Aid, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Barbara Fox, Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. David Fox, College Houses & Academic Services

Dr. Richard Freifelder, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Steven Gagne, Office of the President, President’s Center

Mr. Patrick Gallagher, Housekeeping, FRES

Ms. Marie Gallagher, Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

Ms. Kim Garrison, Research Services, Division of Finance

Ms. Evalyn Gelhaus, University Libraries

Dr. Thomas Gerrity, Management, Wharton

Ms. Roxanne Gilmer, Management, Wharton

Dr. Michael Golden, Surgery Administration, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Gorman, Surgery Administration, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Stephen Gross, Clinical Studies-Philadelphia, School of Veterinary Medicine

Ms. Bronwyn Gurley, Human Resources

Dr. Chang-Gyu Hahn, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Silvia Hanks, Student Financial Services, Division of Finance

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Mr. Thomas Harley, Trades, FRES

Ms. Patrice Harper, Gene Therapy Program, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Joseph Hines, Trades, FRES

Ms. Genevieve Hollis, Biobehavioral & Health Sciences, School of Nursing

Ms. Rashida Holmes, Penn Fund, Development & Alumni Relations

Dr. David Horowitz, General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Dianne Hotmer, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Suzanne Hyndman, Historic Preservation, School of Design

Ms. Darlene Jackson, History of Art, SAS

Dr. Christopher Jepson, Center for Clinical Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Paula Johnson, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Gary Kao, Radiation Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine

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Dr. Karen Lewis, Finance, Wharton

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Dr. Mary Lindee, History & Sociology of Science, SAS

Dr. Jon Lindstrom, Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Ignacio Lopez, Romance Languages, SAS

Dr. David Lynch, CHOP-Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. John MacDuffie, Management, Wharton

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Mr. Joseph Malloy, Penn Police, DPS

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Mr. Keith Martin, Penn Medicine Development, Development & Alumni Relations

Mr. Norberto Martinez, Trades, FRES

Dr. Frank Matero, Historic Preservation, School of Design

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Ms. Cecilia McDermott, Fiscal Operations, School of Dental Medicine

Ms. Elizabeth McGuire, Business Services

Dr. James McKay, Addictions, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Joanna McKnight, External Dining, Residential & Hospitality Services

Ms. Cecilia Mensah-Atoo, Management, Wharton

Dr. James Meyer, CHOP-Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Bonnie Miller, Ryan Hospital, Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. John Mooney, Oral Surgery & Pharmacology, Dental Medicine

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Dr. Allysia Murphy, Wharton Computing & Instructional Technology, Wharton

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Ms. Amy Myers, Wharton Executive MBA, Wharton

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Dr. Jody Piltz-Seymour, Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Pedro Ponte-Castaneda, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, SEAS

Dr. Sabrina Poole, Addictions, Perelman School of Medicine

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Ms. Janice Pringle, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Parvati Ramchandani, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Philip Rea, Biology, SAS

Ms. Delores Richmond, Information Management, Human Resources

Ms. Maria Roberts-Reyes, Tech Services-Computer Operations, ISC

Mr. Clifton Robinson, Tech Services-Network Operations, ISC

Mr. Raymond Rodman, Penn Police, DPS

Mr. Mario Rojas, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Daniel Romer, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Annenberg School for Communication

Ms. Susan Rostami, Surgery Administration, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. William Russell, Pulmonary Airways Biology Initiative, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Jacqueline Sadashige, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, SAS

Dr. Najeed Saleh, Preventive & Restorative Sciences, Dental Medicine

Dr. Jorge Salessi, History, SAS

Mr. Stephen Sammut, Health Care, Wharton

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Ms. Olga Santos-Arbelo, Housekeeping, FRES

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Mr. Raymond Scarbo, Trades, FRES

Dr. Dieter Schifferli, Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

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Dr. Mindy Schuster, Infectious Diseases, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Alan Schwartz, CHOP-Anesthesia, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Susan Schwartz, Student Affairs, Dental Medicine

Dr. Harish Sehdev, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Chandra Sehgal, Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Reinaldo Serrano, Trades, FRES

Mr. Paul Shaffer, Computing & Educational Technology Services, SEAS

Ms. Gaye Sheffler, Admissions & Financial Aid, Perelman School of Medicine

Mr. Donald Shepherd, Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Mr. Reed Shuldiner, Law School

Mr. James Sillhart, Environmental Health & Safety, Provost’s Center

Ms. Debra Smiley-Koita, Career Services, Student Services

Mr. Jason Smith, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Michael Speirs, Anatomy & Cell Biology, School of Dental Medicine

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Dr. Christal Springer, University Libraries

Dr. J. Michael Steele, Statistics, Wharton

Dr. David Steinman, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel Sterman, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Howard Stevenson, Graduate School of Education

Mr. Michael Sylvester, Penn Police, DPS

Mr. Bruce Szewczyk, Tech Services-Computer Operations, ISC

Dr. Nipul Tanna, Periodontics, Dental Medicine

Ms. Darlene Thompson, Project Management, FRES

Mr. Edward Thompson, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Kelly Timbers, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine

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Ms. Ruth Tumolo, Housekeeping, FRES

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Dr. Gary Vigilante, Cardiovascular Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Debra Voulalas, Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

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Ms. Nancy Wilson, Housekeeping, FRES

Dr. Jeffrey Winkler, Chemistry, SAS

Ms. Tammie Winter-Istvan, Housekeeping, FRES

Ms. Justine Wise, Housekeeping, FRES

Mr. George Wisor, University Laboratory Animal Resources, Provost’s Center

Dr. Bryan Wolf, CHOP-Pathology, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Zhaohui Yang, Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine

Ms. Clara Zulli, Ryan Hospital, Veterinary Medicine


Penn Nursing Study May Lead to More Effective Treatment of Chemotherapy Side Effects

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Annually, hundreds of thousands of patients battling cancer undergo chemotherapy, which often results in poorly-tolerated side effects such as nausea, vomiting and loss of the desire to eat.

Bart C. De Jonghe, assistant professor of nursing and senior author of a new study published on August 5 in the Journal of Neuroscience, has advanced our understanding of how chemotherapy causes side effects related to nausea, vomiting and anorexia using pre-clinical rodent models of chemotherapy-induced illness.

“This publication shows that blocking specific receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate within the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with feeding, sickness and emotion, results in a robust alleviation of sickness and anorexia produced by cisplatin chemotherapy treatment in the animals. This work has also helped us construct a clearer picture of how the anatomy of the brain is organized and connected to facilitate these observations. It is our hope that this knowledge can be used to inform future research with the goal of further limiting, or even altogether preventing, common chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients,” Dr. De Jonghe explains.

In his role as senior author and director of the project, Dr. De Jonghe coordinated with lead author Amber Alhadeff as part of an ongoing research collaboration between the De Jonghe laboratory and the laboratory of Harvey Grill in the department of psychology. This work also highlights Penn undergraduates as partners in Dr. De Jonghe’s transdisciplinary research, with laboratory members Ruby A. Holland (SAS ’16) and recent BSN graduate Alexandra Nelson (SON ’14) earning co-authorship on the paper as a result of their significant contributions.

Dr. De Jonghe is currently funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and by the American Cancer Society.

Which PSAs Make Parents More Likely to Cut Kids’ Soda Intake?

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Getting children to cut back on sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and energy drinks has been the goal of anti-obesity public service advertisements (PSAs) in cities across the United States. But to achieve that, the PSAs use very different strategies – some aim for humor, some use scare tactics and some appeal to parents’ nurturing instincts.

A new study takes an experimental approach to identify the effectiveness of specific persuasive techniques used in PSAs. Researchers found that the PSAs that were perceived as making a stronger argument for reducing sugary beverages and produced greater feelings of hope and empowerment made parents more likely to say they intended to cut back on their children’s intake of sugary drinks.

The study, “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage-Related Public Service Advertisements and Their Influence on Parents,” was conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and published online on July 21 in American Behavioral Scientist. The public service ads targeted sugary beverages including non-diet soda, sweetened tea and sports, energy and fruit drinks.

The study, involving a national sample of 807 parents with children ages 3 to 17, found that persuasive techniques that used fear or nurturance were more significantly related to an ad’s perceived argument strength. Those emotional appeals may be more promising strategies for health-related messages directed at parents, the researchers said.

“Study after study shows that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is associated with weight gain in children,” said Amy Jordan, lead author of the research and adjunct full professor at the Annenberg School for Communication. She is also a distinguished research fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) and president of the International Communication Association. “There are now a plethora of campaigns encouraging healthier beverage consumption, and research like this helps to identify which strategies have the greatest likelihood of resonating with parents.”

Amy Bleakley, a senior research scientist at APPC and a co-author of the study, said, “It’s important to have research-based, evidence-driven ads. You want to know before you create the ads which strategies are effective for your audience.”

This study followed one published earlier this year in which teens were shown the same PSAs. It found that PSAs based on fear—which warned about the health consequences of too much sugar, including obesity, diabetes and amputations —had the greatest effect on the teens’ intention to cut back on sugary drinks. It was published in the Journal of Health Communication.

In addition to Dr. Jordan and Dr. Bleakley, the study’s authors were Michael Hennessy (formerly of APPC); Karen Glanz (Penn’s School of Nursing) and Andrew A. Strasser (Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine), both also APPC distinguished research fellows; and Sarah Vaala (Vanderbilt University School of Nursing).

Simplified Recycling of Rare-earth Magnets

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Despite their ubiquity in consumer electronics, rare-earth metals are, as their name suggests, hard to come by. Mining and purifying them is an expensive, labor-intensive and ecologically devastating process.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now pioneered a process that could enable the efficient recycling of two of these metals, neodymium and dysprosium. These elements comprise the small, powerful magnets that are found in many high-tech electronic devices.

In contrast to the massive and energy-intensive industrial process currently used to separate rare earths, the Penn team’s method works nearly instantaneously at room temperature and uses standard laboratory equipment.

Sourcing neodymium and dysprosium from used electronics, rather than the ground, would increase their supply at a fraction of the financial, human and environmental cost.

The research was lead by Eric J. Schelter, assistant professor in the department of chemistry in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, and graduate student Justin Bogart. Connor A. Lippincott, an undergraduate student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, and Patrick J. Carroll, director of the University of Pennsylvania X-Ray Crystallography Facility, also contributed to the study.

The study was published in Angewandte Chemie, International Edition.

“Neodymium magnets can’t be beat in terms of their properties,” Dr. Schelter said. “They give you the strongest amount of magnetism for the smallest amount of stuff and can perform at a range of temperatures.” These thermal qualities are achieved by mixing neodymium with other elements, including the rare-earth metal dysprosium, in different ratios. Because those ratios differ based on the application the magnet is being used for, the two metals need to be separated and remixed before they can be reused.

“It’s, in principle, easier to get the neodymium and dysprosium out of technology than it is to go back and mine more of the minerals they are originally found in,” Dr. Schelter said. “Those minerals have five elements to separate, whereas the neodymium magnet in a wind turbine generator only has two.”

Currently, whether purifying the neodymium and dysprosium out of minerals or out of an old power tool motor, the same costly and energy-intensive process is used. The technique, known as liquid-liquid extraction, involves dissolving the composite material and chemically filtering the elements apart. The process is repeated thousands of times to get useful purities of the rare-earth metals, and so it must be conducted on an industrial scale.

Rather than this liquid-liquid method, Dr. Schelter’s team has devised a way to separate the two metals.

“When we started,” Mr. Bogart said, “our goal was to make rare earth separations simpler and more efficient and we have made strides towards just that. We have designed a way to separate the two metals by selectively dissolving the neodymium in a solution and leaving behind the dysprosium as a solid. This quick and easy method has allowed us to separate equal mixtures of the metals into samples that are 95 percent pure.”

Starting with the two elements as a mixed powder, a metal-binding molecule known as a ligand is applied. The type of ligand the research team designed has three branches, which converge on the metal atoms and hold them in the aperture between their tips. Because of neodymium’s slightly larger size, the tips don’t get as close together as they do around dysprosium atoms.

“The difference in size between the two ions is not that significant, which is why this separation problem is difficult,” Dr. Schelter said, “But it’s enough to cause that aperture to open up more for neodymium. And, because it is more open, one ligand-neodymium complex can combine with another, and that really changes its solubility.”

The combination of the two neodymium complexes, known as a dimer, encapsulates the neodymium ions, enabling them to dissolve in solvents like benzene or toluene. The dysprosium complexes do not dissolve, enabling the two metals to be easily separated. Once apart, an acid bath can strip the ligand off both metals, enabling it to be recycled as well.

“If you have the right ligand, you can do this separation in five minutes, whereas the liquid-liquid extraction method takes weeks,” Dr. Schelter said. “A potential magnet recycler probably doesn’t have the capital to invest in an entire liquid-liquid separations plant, so having a chemical technology that can instantaneously separate these elements enables smaller scale recyclers to get value out of their materials.”

Future work will involve improving the stability of the ligand so it is less likely to fall off before the metals are separated.

“These results are encouraging,” Mr. Bogart said. “We feel that through slight adjustments to the system, the purity level could be increased even further.”

Further modification of the ligand could enable other rare earths in technology products, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, to be recycled this way.

The research was supported by the Early Career Research Program of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Effects of Incarceration Spill Over into Health Care System, Penn Study Finds

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The consequences of incarceration on former inmates and their families are well known. But how does imprisonment affect the health care system as a whole? A new study, led by Jason Schnittker of the University of Pennsylvania and published in the September issue of The Milbank Quarterly, finds that states with the highest incarceration rates experience significant declines in overall access to and quality of care.

Through this research, Dr. Schnittker, a professor in the department of sociology in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, and colleagues from the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia address the ties between the prison system and other social systems—and bring to light the broader social costs of incarceration. It is what’s often called a spillover effect.

Spillover occurs when the behavior of one group in the community changes the situation of others. In the case of incarceration, the issue stems from relatively poor health among former inmates, higher levels of uninsurance and a greater risk of uncompensated care.

“There’s an emerging consensus that we incarcerate too many people and that incarceration has a huge negative impact on the lives of former inmates,” Dr. Schnittker said. “There were reasons to expect that incarceration could, through a series of steps, affect health care systems. Our job was to show how that could happen.”

To reach these conclusions, Dr. Schnittker and colleagues evaluated health care behavior at the individual level as a function of state-level incarceration rates, as well as a variety of control variables. They learned that in US states that incarcerate a greater number of people, populations experience less overall access to care and reduced access to specialists. They also feel less trust toward physicians and less satisfaction with their care.

Though former inmates and their families suffer the most, their situation also “affects the care of those removed from them,” the researchers noted, including the uninsured, those older than 50, non-Hispanic whites, women and those with incomes that far exceed the federal poverty level. Despite the widespread potential impact, these consequences often remain “hidden from mainstream society…but they are nonetheless quite powerful.”

The solution? “Addressing the health care needs of former inmates,” Dr. Schnittker said, adding that this could be an “important step toward preventing further damage to the health care system.” 

Study authors include the University of Minnesota’s Christopher Uggen and Suzy Maves McElrath, as well as Sarah K.S. Shannon from the University of Georgia. This research was funded in part by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award to Dr. Schnittker and Dr. Uggen.

Penn Scientists Identify Key Genetic Factor That Keeps Moles From Turning Into Melanoma

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Moles are benign tumors found on the skin of almost every adult. Scientists have known for years that a mutation in the BRAF gene makes them start growing, but until now haven’t understood why they stop. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a major genetic factor that keeps moles in their usual non-cancerous, no-growth state. The study was published online first this summer in the journal Cancer Discovery.

“The BRAF mutation that stimulates the initial growth of moles also stimulates the production of a tumor suppressor protein, p15, which ultimately acts as a powerful brake on further cell division,” said senior author Todd W. Ridky, an assistant professor of dermatology at Penn. “It’s this cell division that ultimately allows the transition from a normal mole into melanoma. When mole cells lose the p15 brake, cells can start dividing again and can progress into cancer.”

For their study, Dr. Ridky and his colleagues developed a new model of human melanoma, using tissue engineering to make skin grafts containing human mole cells in which p15 was removed. When combined with other mutations known to be important for the development of melanoma and transplanted into mice, the p15 depleted cells progressed into melanoma.

“The model tissues are medically relevant because they used the naturally occurring human mole cells in the three-dimensional environment of living skin, which allows detailed functional studies – the field hasn’t had an experimental system like this before,” said lead author Andrew McNeal, a research specialist in Dr. Ridky’s lab.



Discussion on Pope Francis’ Visit

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Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania, along with Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, will host a rapid response panel on the local and global significance of the visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Amado Recital Hall in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street. A reception will follow.

The panelists will be:

Melissa Rogers, a Penn Law graduate and special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Sister Mary Scullion, president and executive director of Project HOME, a nonprofit seeking to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty (Almanac May 27, 2008). In 2009, she was named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

John DiIulio, a Penn alumnus; Penn’s Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society and professor of political science; and director of Penn’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program and Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged at

Celebrating Autumn with Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival and Designer Scarecrows

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(Above) Solidago, commonly called goldenrods, in the aster family, at the Arboretum.

Each fall, scores of families across the Delaware Valley look forward to the Morris Arboretum’s Fall Festival, a weekend of autumn fun and activity held the first weekend in October. Celebrating its sixteenth year, the Morris Arboretum will host this year’s annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Arboretum’s glorious landscape provides the perfect backdrop for this lively event. Colorful trees burst forth with hues of orange and red as families gather to make scarecrows, paint a pumpkin or taste local apple varieties from Weavers Way Co-op. Fall Festival is a highlight of the Arboretum’s fall calendar with something for everyone. What makes the event so unique is that almost all the activities are geared toward both children and adults, allowing families and friends to spend a wonderful afternoon together. Some Fall Festival activities have an additional fee. Check the website for details:

Among the favorite activities is the scarecrow making. The Arboretum supplies all the materials, including the scarecrow frames, hay and a vast selection of clothing to craft a super scarecrow. This is serious business for many folks who are intent on having the “best-dressed” ’crow around. Visitors are encouraged to come early for scarecrow-making, as many visitors head right to that area to ensure their pick of the best outfit.

Children also enjoy choosing and creating a pumpkin “masterpiece.” Pumpkins can be purchased and painted in a variety of colors and decorated with yarn and buttons. To add to the festivities, Elmwood Park Zoo will be on-site both days from noon-3 p.m. presenting Seeking Shelter—Architecture by Animals. This program is made possible in part by Inspire Energy, who will be on site with information about wind driven energy and fun giveaways.

Weavers Way Co-op will join the Fall Festival fun once again, with a selection of organic, locally
grown produce and other Co-op products. Visitors delight in sampling the various apple varieties and choosing an assortment to take home.

A kid favorite, the ColonialLUG® (Legos User Group) will return this year on both Saturday and Sunday, noon-3 p.m., to facilitate the building of a large Lego® version of Robert Indiana’s big LOVE statue. Together with the direction of ColonialLUG ® members, children will assemble bricks to contribute a piece of the statue. Watch LOVE grow to “embrace” all the builders!  At the end of the day Saturday, the statue will be disassembled for a fresh start on Sunday. ColonialLUG ® also has a new program they will debut called “2x4 Challenge: what can you build with just 2x4 bricks?”

For the eighth year and more popular than ever—October also features the Morris Arboretum Scarecrow Walk. From Saturday, October 3 through Sunday, October 25, entries from the Scarecrow Design Contest will be on display along the Oak Alleé. Visitors may submit their vote for their favorite “Famous Art & Artists” scarecrow, this year’s theme, to determine the prize winners.

To experience fall color in the Philadelphia area, there is truly no better place to see beautiful autumn trees than at the Morris Arboretum. The Arboretum is home to some of the area’s oldest and largest trees, as well as many trees known for their particularly superb color—including red and sugar maples, scarlet oaks and black gums. For a bird’s eye view of the trees and the changing colors of the leaves, stroll out on the Out on a Limb canopy walk, the 450 foot long walkway that is 50 feet off the ground, and the star attraction of the Arboretum-wide Tree Adventure exhibit. For more information about this or any other Morris Arboretum event, please call (215) 247-5777 or visit the Morris Arboretum online at

Morris Arboretum’s Weekday Lecture Series, Connections Beyond Our Garden Talks

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Connections Beyond Our Garden Talks on People, Plants and Place Returning this October

Now in its sixth year, Morris Arboretum’s Connections Beyond Our Garden—Talks on People, Plants and Place was designed to present wide ranging topics intended to create a deeper and broader understanding of our natural world beyond gardens. This fall, selected speakers will take guests on a journey to the forests of Costa Rica; a culinary adventure with award-winning, local cookbook authors; and into the public realm, where one of the most renowned landscape architects is creating inspiring spaces that help engage people with the natural world.

Connections kicks off on Wednesday, October 7 at 2 p.m. with Daniel Janzen, DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Pennsylvania, as he presents Tropical Conservation via Biodiversity Development: a Real World Case from Costa Rica. Dr. Janzen divides his time between his professorship in conservation biology at Penn and field work in Costa Rica at Area de Conservacion, Guanacaste (, one of the oldest, largest and most successful habitat restoration projects in the world. Dr. Janzen and his wife, tropical ecologist Winnie Hallwachs, have spent decades constructing this World Heritage site. Their research has focused on this question: how can society utilize the biodiversity of tropical wildlands without destroying them? As quoted in New Yorker magazine’s April 2015 issue, Dr. Janzen stated, “It’s like terrorism. We have to succeed every day, the terrorists have to succeed only once.” This lecture will present answers, applications and insight—many of which were found through the research process itself.

For the next Connection, join Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, Canal House, on Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. for their talk, Getting and Giving—Tales of Cooking Seasonally and Eating Well for the Holidays. Ms. Hirsheimer was a founder and executive editor of Saveur magazine, where Ms. Hamilton was the test kitchen director and food editor. They now publish the award-winning series of seasonally inspired cookbooks, Canal House Cooking. Together in Frenchtown, New Jersey, they do all the writing, recipe development, photography, illustrations, design and production.

Ms. Hirsheimer and Ms. Hamilton will share stories from their travels all over the world and from their own beautiful corner of the Northeast where they use ingredients found in most markets, building relationships with the people who grow, craft, raise and sell the foods we eat.

The Connections Beyond Our Garden lecture series will conclude on Wednesday, December 2 at 2 p.m. with Laurie Olin, partner, OLIN, as he presents Beauty, Craft and Creating Public Spaces in a City.

Bryant Park in New York City, the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington DC, the American Academy in Rome, US Embassy in London and, in Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation, Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and Dilworth Park are just a few of the projects from the portfolio of the internationally known firm OLIN. Dedicated to affecting positive change through landscape architecture, urban design and planning, the firm is known for creating iconic and vibrant landscapes.

Mr. Olin, winner of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, a distinguished practice professor of architecture at Penn, author and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today, will speak about the sculpture gardens, parks and civic spaces the firm designed between 1975-2015, the challenges in designing these types of projects, and what makes for a successful public space.

The Connections Beyond Our Garden lectures are held at the Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center at 2 p.m. A reception will follow each talk. The cost for each lecture is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the garden. Advanced registration and payment are required. Call (215) 247-5777, ext. 125 or email

African Roots, American Voices at the Annenberg Center

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Annenberg Center Live embarks on a multi-year journey that celebrates the African diaspora’s unique contributions to American culture. Each year focuses on a different musical genre, exploring its roots and cultural impact. The 2015-2016 season is a musical expedition through American culture that will focus on jazz, a wholly original American art form. Jazz is unpredictable, it’s bold, it’s a conversation. As Louis Armstrong said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

Discover African Roots, American Voices through a diverse selection of performances. Dive deeper into the themes presented on stage through the INSIGHTS program. Showcasing the Annenberg Center’s unique relationship with the University of Pennsylvania, INSIGHTS events feature Penn faculty, Penn student performing arts groups, area experts and, of course, the artists themselves. Occurring pre- and post-show, INSIGHTS events explore and illuminate the work onstage and are always free for ticket holders; visit

Dr. Guy’s Musiqology’s original jazz compositions and arrangements speak about resistance, power and love in the current era of social protest and change. Penn music professor Guthrie Ramsey (above) and his ensemble perform works that incorporate spoken word, vocals and instruments, creating their own mix of genres and sounds.

October 1-3     Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version: Toshi Reagon

October 16     Everybody’s Protest Music: Dr. Guy’s Musiqology

October 17     Jon Batiste and Stay Human

October 22-24     Urban Bush Women

November 7     Motown Meets Jazz: Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

November 15     Dianne Reeves

December 12     Sweet Honey in the Rock

January 31     Mack Avenue Super Band

February 20     Daddy Mack Blues Band

March 3-5     Dance Theatre of Harlem

March 12     Celebrate the Great Women of Blues & Jazz

April 1-2     Meredith Rainey Dance

April 3     The Johnny Clegg Band

April 9     Dr. Lonnie Smith

April 23     Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

May 7     Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Annenberg Lecture: Covering the Wild Ride the Presidential Campaign

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The Annenberg School for Communication and the Annenberg Public Policy Center present the 2015 Annenberg Lecture, Chasing the Scooby Van and Tracking Trump to the Border: Covering the Wild Ride that is the 2016 Presidential Campaign, a talk by Penn alumna, Nancy Cordes, CBS News congressional correspondent and regular contributor to all CBS News programs and platforms.

Ms. Cordes was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hawaii. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She began her career as a reporter for KHNL-TV Honolulu (1995-1997). 

She received a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Ms. Cordes is CBS News’ congressional correspondent based in Washington, DC and contributes to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She has reported on stories such as the rise of the Tea Party and the battle over President Obama’s health care law. Ms. Cordes extensively covered the debt ceiling and fiscal cliff negotiations. She was part of CBS News’ coverage of the 2008 and 2010 congressional elections and traveled with the Obama campaign during the network’s coverage of Campaign 2012. 

Ms. Cordes joined CBS in 2007 as transportation and consumer safety correspondent, where she covered stories about the nation’s transportation infrastructure and important safety issues. 

The Annenberg Lecture honors the contributions of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg to the nation and to the world. The lecture will be held on October 6 at 6:15 p.m. in Room 109 at the Annenberg School for Communication. Advance registration required; to attend, contact Debra Williams at

Three PHOS Workshops in October

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Penn Home Ownership invites the Penn community to attend upcoming workshops.

Understanding Your Credit Report Workshop: October 6—Plan to attend the latest in a series of educational workshops from PHOS.  PHOS representatives will host an informative session about the importance of one’s credit score and its implication for obtaining a mortgage from a lender. Understanding Your Credit Report will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Steinberg Hall–Dietrich Hall in Room 209.

First Time Homebuyers 101: October 13—Attendees from the University and the Health System will learn about financing and other important factors as individuals consider purchasing their first home. Representatives from PHOS, as well as lending partner Guaranteed Rate, will be present to address audience questions. First Time Homebuyers will be held from noon-1 p.m. at Houston Hall in the Golkin Room. Advance registration required.

Understanding New Settlement Procedures: October 15—New national guidelines are now in effect to simplify many aspects of the settlement process undertaken by prospective home buyers. Representatives from PHOS and lending partner Trident Mortgage Company will provide a detailed break-down of what these changes mean for navigating the complex process of settlement. Understanding New Settlement Procedures will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Room 209 in Steinberg Hall–Dietrich Hall.

Lunch will be provided at each workshop.  Employees from Penn and UPHS are asked to register in advance for these informative sessions at

Second Annual Microbiome Symposium

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The second Annual Microbiome Symposium will be held on October 29. It is co-sponsored by the Penn-CHOP Microbiome Program & Penn Vet Center for Host-Microbial Interactions.

It will be preceded on October 28, from 6-7 p.m., with a special guest lecture, Opportunities for the Microbiome in Human Health, given by Jo Handelsman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It will be held in E.R. Marookian Auditorium, Lecture Room 130, Hill Pavilion.

On October 29, the Second Annual Microbiome Symposium will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. in BRB II/III Auditorium.

The deadline for registration is October 14. To register visit:

Please direct all inquiries to April Weakley at


Weekly Crime Reports

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The University of Pennsylvania Police Department Community Crime Report

Below are the Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Society and Crimes Against Property from the campus report for September 14-20, 2015View prior weeks' reports—Ed.

This summary is prepared by the Division of Public Safety and includes all criminal incidents reported and made known to the University Police Department between the dates of September 14-20, 2015. The University Police actively patrol from Market St to Baltimore and from the Schuylkill River to 43rd St in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police. In this effort to provide you with a thorough and accurate report on public safety concerns, we hope that your increased awareness will lessen the opportunity for crime. For any concerns or suggestions regarding this report, please call the Division of Public Safety at (215) 898-4482.

09/16/15          12:33 PM        3400 Spruce St            Theft                iPhone taken from desk

09/16/15          3:42 PM          3400 Spruce St            Theft                iPhone taken

09/16/15          4:15 PM          200 S 39th St               Other Offense Male wanted on warrant/Arrest

09/16/15          5:53 PM          3728 Chestnut St         Theft                iPhone taken

09/16/15          6:23 PM          4224 Osage Ave           Theft               Package taken from vestibule

09/16/15          7:05 PM          2930 Chestnut St         Theft               Unsecured cell phone taken

09/16/15          8:07 PM          200 S 39th St               Other Offense Children left unattended in vehicle

09/17/15          2:44 AM         4200 Sansom St           Other Offense Male wanted on warrant/Arrest

09/17/15          11:04 AM       51 N 39th St                  Theft               Phone taken by unknown person

09/17/15          12:38 PM        4000 Walnut St            Theft                Bike taken/Arrest

09/17/15          2:16 PM          3600 Chestnut St         Fraud              Unauthorized withdrawals made to account

09/17/15          4:45 PM          128 S 39th St               Theft               Unsecured backpack taken

09/17/15          5:20 PM          3400 Walnut St             Fraud             Unauthorized currency taken from account

09/17/15          6:45 PM          200 S 33rd St               Theft               Secured bike taken

09/17/15          11:35 PM        3420 Moravian St         Fraud             Services rendered without payment

09/18/15          9:15 AM         418 Guardian Dr            Theft              iPad Air taken

09/18/15          11:53 AM       418 Guardian Dr            Theft              Wooden dolly taken from vehicle

09/18/15          1:04 PM          4001 Walnut St            Theft               Merchandise taken without payment/Arrest

09/18/15          1:28 PM          416 S 41st St               Burglary          Male entered property/Arrest

09/18/15          5:08 PM          4035 Chestnut St         Burglary          Property taken from residence

09/19/15          1:06 AM         3934 Delancey St          Liquor Law     Male cited for underaged drinking

09/20/15          2:02 AM         4033 Pine St                  Theft               Cell phone taken

09/20/15          7:25 PM          200 S 40th St                Drunkenness  Intoxicated female/Arrest

18th District Report

Below are the Crimes Against Persons from the 18th District: 3 incidents with 1 arrests (2 assaults and 1 robbery) were reported between September 14-20, 2015 by the 18th District covering the Schuylkill River to 49th Street & Market Street to Woodland Avenue.

09/15/15    12:11 AM    1231 S 49th St      Assault/Arrest

09/17/15    12:32 AM    3400 Spruce St     Assault

09/17/15    2:12 PM      4300 Walnut St      Robbery