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Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

Exploring Family Roots Through Penn

August 31, 2015

Kristen Kelly exudes confidence as she quickly strides across the University of Pennsylvania campus. Through her academic pursuits and the relationships she’s developed at Penn, the native Philadelphian is comfortable with her multi-racial identity and with her place in the world.

Penn Men's Soccer Adds Tanner Falato to Program

August 31, 2015 |

The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team made an important addition to its roster on Monday, adding Tanner Falato to its lineup for 2015. Falato, a Berlin, N.J. product, comes to the Quakers from Berlin Community School where he is a stand-out rising second-grader who excels in computers, art, and reading in addition to being first-team All-Berlin Community School in gym and recess.

Penn English Professor Awarded Janus Pannonius Prize for Poetry

September 01, 2015

Charles Bernstein, a University of Pennsylvania English professor, is the recipient of the 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, along with Guiseppe Conte of Italy.

Penn in the News

Donald Trump Is Summer’s Biggest TV Hit, and Ratings Gold for Cable News


Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School for Communication shares her thoughts on Donald Trump using the Trump Tower interior as a branding tool for his presidential candidacy.

September 2, 2015 | Los Angeles Times
Penn Team Finds a Source for Chemo Nausea in the Brain


Bart De Jonghe of the School of Nursing is highlighted for researching the role the brain plays in nausea that follows chemotherapy treatment with cisplatin.

September 1, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Penn, Swarthmore to Drop Essay Portion of SAT and ACT


Dean Eric Furda of Admissions says, “Our internal analysis as well as a review of the research provided by the College Board showed that the essay component of the SAT was the least predictive element of the overall writing section of the SAT.”

September 1, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Big Leaps for Parental Leave, If Workers Actually Take It


Stewart Friedman of the Wharton School comments on major shifts in the workplace’s work/life balance due to new policies on parental leave.

September 1, 2015 | New York Times
Hungary’s Rightward Shift Fuels Harsh Refugee Policy


Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about the refugee crisis in Hungary.

September 1, 2015 | Al Jazeera America
Audio: Ending Veteran Homelessness


Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice joins a discussion about targeting veteran homelessness.

August 31, 2015 | “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
College Calculus


Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School is quoted about his book Will College Pay Off?

September 7, 2015 | New Yorker
Public Private, Health Benefits Face Strategic Pruning


Mark Pauly of the Wharton School comments on employee health benefits.

August 31, 2015 | Wall Street Journal


  • I-Corps Puts Penn Startups In Drive

    It’s a crash course in business skills, Peter Gebhard says, while summing up his experience so far with Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, an accelerator program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • Diving Deep for Alternative Energy

    The coral reefs under the tiny island nation of Palau are a laboratory unlike anywhere else on the planet, housing creatures with traits that rival the best of human ingenuity.

  • Penn’s THORwIn Takes Home Gold at RoboCup

    The University of Pennsylvania’s robotic soccer team continues its international reign, winning the Robot Soccer World Cup AdultSize Humanoid League for the second year in a row.

  • A Window Into the Workings of Complex Societies

    In small plastic tubs lining the shelves of a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, a million organisms live in complex societies.

  • A Bash Between Friends

    The Best Friends Bash brings together patients from CHOP with craniofacial differences and dogs from Penn Vet with similar conditions. Nurses, doctors, and family members are also invited to attend the celebratory event.

  • Summer at Penn

    The word-pairing “school and summer” may sound discordant to the ears of many students, but here at Penn, summer activity lends a special harmony to campus—be it birds splashing in a century-old fountain, faculty planning their fall courses, or students mentoring West Philadel

  • Improving the Quality and Relevance of Presidential Debates

    In a 48-page report released in advance of the 2016 election season, an Annenberg Public Policy Center working group has laid out a series of suggestions to improve presidential debates.

  • Penn: A Year in Review 2014-15

    Penn’s 2014-15 school year opened with its 105th Convocation and closed with its 259th Commencement: two long-held traditions that bookended a year full of extraordinary firsts.

  • Probing the Universe’s ‘Dark’ Secrets

    A team of physicists and astronomers from around the globe are on a five-year mission to answer fundamental questions about our universe: Why are galaxies clustered the way they are? Why are they moving apart faster and faster, instead of gravity slowing them down?

  • President's Engagement Prize-Winners Launch Social Impact Projects

    Though they graduated mere weeks ago, five members of Penn’s Class of 2015 have already begun projects destined to make a profound impact on individuals and communities around the world, with support from the President’s Engagement Prizes.