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Weekend Wrap-up: What happened this week?

September 25, 2009

This week brought an exciting mix of two high profile events. One, the Clinton Global Initiative held in New York, NY; and, two, the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh, PA. If you were not able to make it to these events, you could still find out the “buzz” by following the twitter hashtags assigned to the events: #cgi09 for the Clinton Global Initiative and #g20pittsburgh or #g20 for the G-20.

What is a hashtag, you ask? It’s a tool for people on twitter to connect in a continuous stream of posts in one location on a particular topic. For events and conferences, you may notice that a hashtag will be assigned in advance so that the people who are attending the event and are tweeting in real-time what is happening, and the people who wish to follow the event remotely, can do so by applying the hashtag on twitter. For example, Carol McLaughlin, our research director for global public health, recently attended the 1st Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. If you read the Media Advisory for the event, you will notice that in addition to having provided a link for the webcast of the event, they also provided the twitter hashtag of #CUGH09.

In local news, another event that is currently underway is the Verizon Wireless cell phone drive on Penn’s campus from now until Saturday, November 7, 2009. Members of the Penn community are encouraged to donate old cell phones to the Verizon Wireless store at 3631 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Verizon Wireless has pledged a monetary donation for each cell phone received to benefit victims of domestic violence. The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, a research center within the School of Social Policy & Practice, is a great resource that will benefit from this effort. For more information, please contact SP2 student, Matt Graber, at mdegraber@gmail.com.

Stay tuned next week for more updates from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy: www.impact.upenn.edu

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