Penn Retail Survey

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE SHOP PENN RETAIL DISTRICT! Share your ideas on the types of services, eateries, and shopping available in the retail district around Penn.

Take our retail survey and be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card:

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services is working with MSC Retail and a team of outside consultants to create a new retail master plan, which will outline a vision for retail across campus. The consultants are analyzing demand for various types of retail within the Penn community. The survey is being issued to gather input from students, faculty, staff, and neighbors of the university about their shopping/dining habits and preferences. The results of this survey will inform the recommendations in the upcoming retail master plan, the goal of which is to improve the retail experience for the broader community.
We appreciate your participation in this survey, which should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. To show our gratitude, we will enter all eligible respondents who complete the survey into a drawing to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards. At the end of the survey, you will be asked to provide your email address, which will be used to contact you if you win the drawing.

We look forward to hearing your feedback, and thank you in advance for your time.

3rd Annual Penn Relays Campus Cup Series

The 3rd Annual Penn Relays Campus Cup, presented by Club Colors, will take place on historic Franklin Field on April 20th, 2023, with a handful of optional tournaments and individual events planned throughout the winter and spring for teams to earn additional points. This series, created in 2019 to celebrate the 125th running of the Penn Relays, was designed to inspire some friendly competition among school and center faculty and staff while building excitement about the annual Penn Relays Carnival.

Teams do not need to be complete to register – captains can recruit members and will be responsible for their team roster. If you have questions, email Erica Hildenbrand, Director of Campus Outreach! (

Penn Sustainability Commuter Survey – We need your input!

Penn Faculty and Staff are invited to share your thoughts and opinions on commuting to Penn! Take this survey to help inform future University programs and policies for biking, driving, long distance travel and public transit. I encourage you to participate; it should take just 10 minutes.

This survey is being conducted by PennPraxis on behalf of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) Transportation Subcommittee, with the support from Facilities and Real Estate Services, Business Services and Human Resources. The information in this study will be used only for research purposes and in ways that will not reveal who you are.

Penn Commuter Survey:

New Collection of Award-Winning Children’s Books Centers Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

University of Pennsylvania parents and educators can now browse and borrow more than 1,500 award-winning and notable books for children and young adults, all highlighting diverse characters and experiences, as part of a new initiative at the Penn Libraries.

The new and growing collection features English-language books, with selections suitable for the youngest readers up to 12th graders, that have won or been nominated for awards related to diversity. The collection also includes books from the Penn Graduate School of Education’s annual Best Books for Young Readers lists.

Find more information on the Penn Libraries website [] or stop by the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center to browse in person.

Workday Learning Launched March 6

The University launched Workday Learning on March 6. It replaces Knowledge Link, the University’s former job-related learning management system (LMS).

Workday Learning connects University faculty, staff, postdocs, and student workers with their required job training and other learning opportunities directly from Workday.

Congratulations to the Women of Color At Penn 2023 Awardees

Congratulations to the 2023 WOCAP Awardees!

Annually, awards are given in up to six categories: Helen O. Dickens, Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy, faculty/staff, graduate and/or professional student, undergraduate student, and community member. Award criteria and details can be found at the Women of Color Awards website:

Undergraduate: Mya Gordon, C’24
Graduate: Kyabeth Torres, PhD Candidate
Faculty/Staff: Sharon Irving, Nursing
Community: Shelah Harper
Helen O. Dickens: Dr. Diane Waff, GSE
Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy: Dr. Valerie Dorsey Allen, SP2

Free online course: Benjamin Franklin and His World

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FREE online course
Benjamin Franklin and His World
Explore the life of one of the United States’s most important historical figures.

Course topics:
* Franklin’s early life growing up in the American colonies, rising from having little formal education to a man who could retire in his 40s.
* Career as a polymath who did everything from printing and writing to science and inventing to politics and diplomacy.
* Role in the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
* Moral issues that complicate Franklin’s legacy.

Taught by Professor Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania and includes interviews with preeminent scholars:
– Emma Hart, PhD, Professor of History and Co-Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, UPenn
– Patrick Spero, PhD, Director of the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum in Philadelphia
– Daniel Yoshor, MD, Chair of Neurosurgery, UPenn
– Emma Lapsansky-Werner, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Haverford College

Access the course at or use the QR code in the image above.

Take a class in Bioethics!

For those who want to use their tuition benefit in a (bio)ethical way, please consider taking a course in bioethics! Spring course listings are below:

BIOE 6020 – 4010/4020 – Foundations of Bioethics
Instructor: Autumn Fiester
Time: Tuesdays OR Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 252, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd In this course, students examine the two moral frameworks – deontology and consequentialism – that individuals use to make decisions about right and wrong both in their personal life and in their professional life. These two moral frameworks provide the foundation for bioethical analysis. Understanding these two moral frameworks not only enables one to understand one’s own moral perspective, but also provides the tools to be able to understand ethical arguments made by others. The theory of deontology and consequentialism are supplemented by applications of these frameworks in the bioethical literature. Additionally, students are introduced to the three theoretical contributions to moral analysis created internally in the field of bioethics: casuistry; narrative theory, and principlism.

BIOE 5540 – Bioethics and the Law
Instructor: Holly Fernandez Lynch
Time: Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Apr 26, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
This course will present a broad survey of topics at the intersection of law and bioethics. Much of bioethics deals with topics of public policy, and law is the tool of policy. Areas to be covered will range from an overview of American law making to enforcement mechanisms, topics including FDA regulations, state interventions into beginning and end of life issues, privacy, malpractice, healthcare reform, and international issues, including those related to innovation and access to medicines.

BIOE 5600 – Pediatric Ethics
Instructor: Steven Joffe and Jennifer Walter
Time: Mondays, Jan 11 – Apr 24, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
In this course, we will explore the history, conceptual frameworks, and landmark debates of bioethics related to children. We will examine common ethical challenges (e.g., transplantation, critical illness, end of life) when the patient is a child. We will also examine issues unique to children, such as newborn screening, consent vs. assent, the rights and responsibilities of parents, and the role of the courts and the state. We will draw upon theories from moral philosophy, clinical cases, and seminal legal decisions to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of pediatric ethics.

BIOE 5900 – Ethics in Mental Healthcare
Instructor: Dominic Sisti
Time: Tuesdays, Jan 17 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Mental healthcare—which includes, but is not limited to, psychiatry, psychology, and clinical social work—is an especially ethically fraught subdiscipline of the larger medical enterprise. Issues range from garden-variety problems related to informed consent, patient capacity, and clinical professionalism to novel issues related to involuntary treatment, research on mentally ill persons, racism in psychiatry, and nosological categories. This course will present a survey of these ethical issues by first introducing foundational concepts from ethical theory and the philosophy of psychiatry. Students will be expected to become conversant in several bioethical approaches and methods and be able to use them to critically examine both historical and contemporary questions in mental healthcare and research.

BIOE 5530 – Medicine on the Fringes: the Ethics of Alternative, Experimental, and Do-It-Yourself Treatments
Instructor: Anna Wexler
Time: Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 20, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Much bioethics literature focuses on issues in mainstream, established medicine — but what are the ethics of therapies, treatments and techniques utilized outside of common practice? This course begins with a historical exploration of “quack medicine” and medical professionalization. We then explore ethical and regulatory issues regarding complementary and alternative medicine, as well as the ethics of providing experimental, off-label, and placebo treatments. Finally, we will examine how individuals are accessing therapeutic techniques outside of the physician’s office, via do-it-yourself medical movements, direct-to-consumer health technologies, and medical tourism.

Instructors: Edward Bergman and Autumn Fiester
Time: Friday, January 13 – Monday, January 16, 9am – 5pm
Location: Blockley Hall, 14th Floor, 423 Guardian Dr. Given the emotionally charged nature of bedside conflicts, interactions among the stakeholders in ethical and clinical disputes can sometimes turn hostile or acrimonious, making it impossible to have constructive dialogue. Conventional clinical and ethics training often fails to teach providers how to de-escalate conflicts that have become heated and intense. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the skills of clinical conflict management. Students will
-Learn how to navigate and improve challenging clinical relationships (patient-provider, family-provider, inter-staff conflicts)
-Learn the techniques of facilitation among a diverse set of stakeholders
-Learn to effectively manage clinical disputes among and between caregivers, patients and surrogates through mediation
-Discover to how to define problems and assess underlying interests to generate mutually acceptable options
-Role-play in variety of clinical situations as both disputants and mediators
-Practice mediation with professional actors
-Use video-tapes of simulations to improve mediation techniques and strengthen interpersonal skills
-Receive constructive feedback in a supportive environment

PennTransit Mobile

PennTransit Mobile has replaced the PennRides on Request app, and offers several enhancements to riders’ current experience, including improved arrival estimates, the ability to see fixed-route and on-demand options in one screen, integration of bike sharing and walking options, and commonly requested points of interest.

PennTransit Mobile is currently available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

To learn more about PennTransit Mobile, please visit the Transportation and Parking website