The last GET-UP general meeting of the Spring semester was held on May 9, 2017. The meeting outlined GET-UP’s intention to hold a mail-in ballot to student addresses (using the most recent mailing address on Penn InTouch) and the proposed bargaining unit consisting of School of Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Graduate Studies, School of Design, Graduate School of Education, Nursing, and Social Policy and Practice, as well as a referendum on and ultimate approval of amendments to the GET-UP Constitution .
The NSF-funded Center for Engineering Mechanobiology is a new science and technology center (STC) at Penn launched this past fall. STCs are integrative partnership programs between multiple labs and across multiple campuses that enable innovative research at the interface of biological and physical sciences. I met with Dr. Rebecca Wells, an associate professor of Medicine and education director for the Penn STC, to talk about the wealth of opportunities for cross-disciplinary research this new centerthat the Center for Engineering Mechanobiology brings to Penn.
What is the purpose for the Center of Engineering Mechanobiology?
Since March of this year graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania have come to hear the truth about the state of their work and support. Two truths, really. The first - graduate students can have everything they need. The second - nothing they need is theirs to have. This Dickensian dichotomy becomes apparent as discussion swirls around the question, should “[I] hereby join Graduate Employees Together at the University of Pennsylvania (GET-UP) and authorize GET-UP to represent me for the purposes of collective bargaining with the University of Pennsylvania?” (1)
The ambitious renewal of the Penn graduate student collective bargaining movement of...