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Penn Junior Ariel Koren Wins Truman Scholarship

Ariel Koren, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees to prepare for careers in government or public service.

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

April 16, 2014

Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Penn IUR Co-Director Eugenie Birch Elected Chair of the World Urban Campaign

April 17, 2014

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn IIUR, has been elected chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners acting to promote sustainable urbanization.

Film Diplomacy Topic of Dick Wolf Cinema Studies Conference at Penn

April 17, 2014

Scholars, filmmakers and government officials gathering for The Second Annual Dick Wolf Conference “Film Diplomacy in the Digital Age” will explore the role of film, video and digital media as tools of social change and control in global politics on April 18.

Penn in the News

DNA Study Shows Why Neanderthals, Modern Humans Are So Different

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about a study on what fundamentally distinguishes present-day humans from Neanderthals.

April 18, 2014 | Reuters
Audio: Researchers Replace Guidelines With Fables, to Test Doctors’ Memories

Zachary Meisel of the Perelman School of Medicine and Austin Kilaru, a recent graduate of the school, are highlighted for researching “narrative medicine.”

April 17, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
Audio: Parenting Styles and Children’s Lives

Annette Lareau of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses how children of different socioeconomic backgrounds are influenced by their parents’ styles.

April 17, 2014 | “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
New Report Arms Minority Serving Institutions With Relevancy-focused Data

Marybeth Gasman and doctoral student Thai-Huy Nguyen of the Graduate School of Education author a post about a report on the potential effects of grant-funded interventions on various outcomes at minority serving institutions.

April 16, 2014 | Huffington Post
Audio: Museum of Antiquity Emphasizes Current History of Native Americans [photos]

Lucy Fowler Williams of the Museum and Tina Fragoso of Admissions are interviewed about the show “Native American Voices: The People, Here and Now.”

April 16, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)


  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • The ICA Turns 50

    The ICA Turns 50

    Throughout the past half-century, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania has earned its international reputation as an adventurer in contemporary art by highlighting unconventional artists and their unique works.

  • World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    World Watches Colt Birth on New Bolton Center Foal Cam

    With the world watching, mare My Special Girl gave birth to a colt at 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. The grey foal weighed 104 pounds and measured 39.5 inches from crown to tail.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S

  • Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘Jewel’

    Inside the Morris Arboretum’s ‘Jewel’

    In 1899, amateur botanist John Morris and his sister Lydia built a “jewel” on the property of their summer estate, Compton. This fernery, a glassed home for ferns, rimmed by a foundation of stone, perfectly tapped into the Victorian era fascination with the plants. Fascination, however, may be an understatement.

  • ARCH Opening

    Penn Celebrates ‘Reinvigorated’ ARCH, A New Hub For Student Life

    On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Penn community gathered to celebrate the re-opening of the ARCH, Penn’s Arts, Research, and Culture House.The open house marked the completion of a $24.5 million renovation transforming the historic late-Gothic Revival building at 3600 Locust Walk into what President Amy Gutmann called a “welcoming and central hub for all students to meet and share ideas” and a “beacon of undergraduate cultural and research life.”

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Improving Lives, Bettering the World

    Penn is an academic powerhouse, with vast potential to create knowledge, connect it across all divides, and use it for the progress of humankind.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • The Power of World-Changing Ideas

    The Power of World-Changing Ideas

    Penn's faculty—both rising stars and superstars—drive the creation of cutting-edge knowledge and shape the education of future leaders. In this video, you'll learn about the work of two exceptional faculty members: