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Penn Netter Center’s STEM Programs Promote Inclusion and Better Science

Amir Jones, a 10th grade student at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School, has always had an interest in science, but partnership activities coordinated by Moelis Access Science, a program operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helped his interests reach a whole new level.

Swimming Algae Offer Penn Researchers Insights Into Living Fluid Dynamics

March 26, 2015

Very little is known about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Penn researchers have shown how a model organism's swimming strokes change along with a fluid's elasticity.

Penn Students Express Themselves Through Spoken Word

March 31, 2015

When members of the spoken word troupe The Excelano Project perform, their fans in the University of Pennsylvania community are spellbound by what they have to say. 

Penn Open Learning to Offer Updated Vaccine Course

March 31, 2015

Beginning April 13, Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology and of pediatrics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, will present a new version of the free online vaccine course offered by the University of Pennsylvania through Penn’s Open Learning Initiative.

Penn in the News

Why America’s Historically Black Colleges Are Struggling

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her thoughts on how recessions impact the financial standing of historically black colleges and universities.


March 30, 2015 | Slate.com
Poverty Shrinks Brains From Birth

Martha Farah of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research that reveals how the stress of growing up poor can affect a child’s brain development.


March 30, 2015 | Nature.com
House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits

Tom Baker of the Law School is quoted about a provision of a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide doctors with new protections against medical malpractice lawsuits.


March 30, 2015 | New York Times
Revolving Door of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about teacher retention and the costs associated with having a high teacher turnover.


March 30, 2015 | National Public Radio
College Basketball Tournaments Offer Lessons From the School of Hardwood

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences is mentioned for her research on “grit.”


March 30, 2015 | Washington Post

MULTIMEDIA

  • ACE to Honor University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann with 2015 Reginald

    ACE Honors President’s Commitment to Diversity

    The American Council on Education (ACE) honored Penn President Amy Gutmann with the 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.

  • Penn and the Wharton School Launch Penn Wharton China Cent

    University Launches Penn Wharton China Center

    The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing, China on March 10, 2015.

  • Penn President and Penn Libraries host Lea School Students

    Penn President and Penn Libraries Host Lea School Students

    A special visit from West Philadelphia elementary school students to Penn Libraries’ Emancipation Proclamation exhibit complements what the students are learning in their classes about the document.

  •  Rutendo Chigora: Rhodes Scholar & Activist

    Rutendo Chigora: Rhodes Scholar & Activist

    From Harare, Zimbabwe, Rutendo Chigora is a senior double majoring in international relations and political science, and minoring in English. In December, she was awarded one of the two Rhodes Scholarships available to students from Zimbabwe. She will study at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

  • PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

  • Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Penn students in the course, Living World in Archaeological Science, offered in the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), have learned about scientific analysis of skeletal rem

  • Mentors On and Off the Field

    Mentors On and Off the Field

    On a cold night in late January, more than 100 people took to Franklin Field to celebrate the public launch of the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) initiative, an after-school mentoring program.

  • Penn's Electric Racecar Revs Up Philly Auto Show

    Penn’s Electric Racecar Revs Up Philly Auto Show

    Electric cars may be the future of driving, but first, the vehicles need to spark excitement among the general public. That’s why Penn students have been working hard for the past two years to build one of the world’s first electric racecars.

  • More Than Just a Game

    More Than Just a Game

    A group of students at Penn Alexander School are hacking parents’ classic warning that video games turn brains to mush. In a course developed by Yasmin Kafai, a professor of teaching, learning, and leadership at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), a group of 12 sixth to eighth graders are working not only to understand how video games work, but to actually create the games themselves.

  • Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Erica Ball was just 3 years old when she begged her parents to let her play the piano. She doesn’t remember exactly what sparked her interest, but Ball says her fluency grew quickly as she progressed from playing on a tiny keyboard to a baby grand by middle school.

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