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.
Stanton Wortham has been named faculty director of the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Sept. 1. He is the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Penn’s Graduate School of Education. The announcement was made by Provost Vincent Price and Beth Winkelstein, vice provost for education.
Miranda Lupion’s interest in Russian language, history and culture began at a young age and has deepened during her time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her elementary school offered basic Russian language instruction teaching the alphabet and singing songs, and she began listening to stories in Russian in the fourth grade.
Fiona Moreno is not from France. But the French-speaking, Ph.D. student from Switzerland, says she was and still is startled by how confidently people deem her to be French, solely based on hearing her accent. The realization that many people aren’t aware of the diversity of the Francophone world prompted her to found the Francophone Community Partnership.
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The Museum is highlighted for exhibiting ancient religious texts to mark the papal visit next month.
Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about using “well-being” as the top standard for valuing lives.
Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine and director Lynn Marsden-Atlass of the Arthur Ross Gallery comment on the exhibit “Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napoleon III.”
Anusha Kalbasi and Justin Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for research into the impact of radiation on prostate cancer patients.
Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the legacy of singer Nina Simone.