Taking play seriously at the Penn Libraries

The Penn Libraries’ Education Commons and Vitale Digital Media Lab facilitate and support play through planned activities and in response to student requests, with an ultimate goal to benefit student wellness.

From Penn Libraries

Fostering a therapy dog means welcoming strangers and petting

Foster families and therapy dogs in training learn their roles together. Studies show pet therapy in hospitals significantly decreases pain, calms breathing, and boosts mood and perceived energy levels in patients.

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In the News

The New York Times

The foods that keep you hydrated

Dan Negoianu of the Perelman School of Medicine says there’s really no data behind the eight-glasses-of-water-a-day advice.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Penn researchers find mental health benefits in visiting museums, including reduced anxiety

Katherine Cotter and James Pawelski of the School of Arts & Sciences are quoted on their work showing that visiting a museum can have measurable mental health benefits.


The Washington Post

No, you don’t need a detox juice cleanse. Here’s why

Nitin Ahuja of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on detox diets. “In general, the idea that you would need to actively remove by-products of digested food in a normal gastrointestinal system is false,” he said.


USA Today

5 things you and your college-bound daughter need to know about campus sexual assault

Susan Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice wrote an opinion piece about how parents can talk to their daughters about avoiding and/or surviving campus sexual assault. “If this conversation makes you uncomfortable now, imagine what it would be like to talk to her after a sexual assault,” she wrote.


The Washington Post

Be well: Leading with purpose with Neil Blumenthal, Ursula Burns & Erika James

Wharton School Dean Erika James spoke on a panel about wellness in the workplace and corporate responsibility.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Testing, testing, and more testing on college campuses this spring as coronavirus concerns remain

Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé said Penn has budgeted $20 million for COVID-related safety measures, including testing. The University plans to conduct 40,000 saliva-based tests per week.