Research Triangle Park, the king of university-affiliated business development, is 11 square miles of North Carolina pine forest laced with blue-chip tenants that include IBM, Monsanto, Cisco Systems, and Dupont. Its companies have landed more than 3,200 patents and registered more than 1,900 trademarks, with popular discoveries that include artificial turf, the product bar code, and the cancer drug Taxol. Over 55 years, Research Triangle Park, referred to here as RTP, has become an undisputed economic success, spawning imitators and challengers all over the country. Yet from his gleaming glass-and-brick headquarters in the middle of it all, the park’s director, Robert T. Geolas, is troubled by an increasingly glaring absence: He can’t just walk outside to get a cup of coffee.
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The Museum is featured for a new partnership with Philadelphia schools.
A testimonial from a patient who received CART therapy from researchers of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured.
Mark Liberman of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses word aversion.
President Amy Gutmann participates in Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2014” list selection.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Thursday that it was taking legal action against two companies offering to help students take advantage of federal loan benefits that officials said amounted to a “scam.” The bureau said the companies engaged in predatory practices by overpromising the help they could provide borrowers and illegally charging borrowers upfront fees to help them apply for federal loan benefits that are free. The bureau sought a court order to shut down College Education Services, which ran CollegeDefaultedStudentLoan.com and HelpStudentLoanDefault.com. Officials accused the company; its owner, Marcia Elena Vargas; and an adviser and employee, Frank Liz, of charging illegal advance fees, falsely promising lower payments, and falsely promising that it could quickly stop court-ordered wage garnishment.
Steven Berkowitz of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about helping to develop a national policy curriculum funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dennis Deturck and Bruce Lenthall of the School of Arts & Sciences write about a new classroom experience called Structured Active In-class Learning, SAIL, and changing STEM education.
Philippe Bourgois of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine says, “When the legal, entry-level economy isn’t providing a wage that allows someone a convincing and realistic option to become an adult – to go out and get married and form a household – it demoralized them and shunts them into illegal economies.”
Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences questions whether it is possible to be sensitive to sexual assault victims while still being a discerning journalist.
Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about studying an association between earlier starting times for work or school and less sleeping time.
Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School says “Burberry’s a very good model for Ugg.”
Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about his study on dogs being used to justify abusive interrogations.
Undergraduate Daniel Fine of the Wharton School is interviewed for his entrepreneurial spirit while still pursuing a degree.
New research about breast cancer treatment from the Perelman School of Medicine’s Justin Bekelman and Ezekiel Emanuel, also of the Wharton School, is featured. Gary Freedman of the Perelman School of Medicine is also quoted.
Cassie Mogilner of the Wharton School discusses the connections between money, time and happiness.
University Chaplain Charles Howard authors an opinion piece on mortality, and the role of legacy in a scholarly community.
Kathleen Brown of the School of Nursing is featured as the co-founder of a program for female ex-offenders in Philadelphia.
Dominic A. Sisti of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his opinion on using hallucinogenic drugs to treat depression.
Perelman School of Medicine’s Mitesh Patel is quoted about a Penn study on doctor fatigue and patient care.