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Penn Student Jesús Pérez’s Challenging Feat Inspires Himself and Others

After training for months and then running the equivalent of nearly six marathons in six consecutive days in the Atacama Desert in Chile, University of Pennsylvania student Jesús Pérez now feels empowered to tackle any challenge he encounters.

Penn Launches First Open Learning Initiative Language MOOC With ‘Auf Deutsch’

This fall, a new University of Pennsylvania open learning course will teach elementary German online. The free course will offer students a way to learn the language while widening their circle of German speaking friends and followers via social media. “Auf Deutsch: Communicating in German Across Cultures,” a six-week, non-credit course will launch Oct. 6.


Garden Club Lets Nature Bloom in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

Thanks to its Garden Club, the courtyard at Kings Court English College House is replete with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and other plantings, fishponds and plenty of shady benches and tables where students can study and relax.

Penn’s Dennis Culhane to Address White House Conference on Use of Integrated Data

Dennis Culhane, a researcher at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will talk about how integrated administrative data might serve as a new way to build credible evidence that shows “what works” in funding social programs.

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  • The Transformative Power of the Arts

    The Transformative Power of the Arts

    JaLinda Dunovant believes that the world would be a better place if more people could experience the transformative power of the arts. This is because Dunovant’s involvement in arts and culture activities has had a profound impact on her own life.

  • Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    Critical Care Lessons Outside of the Classroom

    On July 2, 2014, Penn’s School of Nursing conducted its second annual summer mass casualty emergency simulation exercise in Fagin Hall in the Helene Fuld Pavilion.

  • Penn: A Year in Pictures 2013-14

    This year, Penn’s impact was felt in ways big and small, from West Philadelphia to across the globe, from Convocation to Commencement.

  • Penn’s 258th Commencement

    Penn’s 258th Commencement

    The journey leading to Commencement can be a challenging one—and on Monday, May 19, the University community gathered to celebrate students’ significant academic achievement. More than 5,000 graduates received their degrees at Penn’s 258th Commencement, held on a sunny, picture-perfect spring day.

  • Hey Day: A Uniquely Penn Tradition

    Hey Day: A Uniquely Penn Tradition

    Following a tradition that reaches back to 1916, Penn juniors celebrated Hey Day 2014 on May 1, by donning red shirts, strutting along Locust Walk carrying mahogany walking canes, and biting into flat-brimmed hats.

  • 2014 Marks 120th Penn Relays

    2014 Marks 120th Penn Relays

    On April 24 through 26, as the Penn Relays celebrated its 120th year, more than 18,000 athletes from more than 60 countries took to Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus to compete in 425 events.

  • Penn and ADL Partner for Holocaust Education

    Penn and ADL Partner for Holocaust Education

    Penn and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Philadelphia presented a half-day workshop to introduce teachers and future teachers to “Echoes and Reflections,” a multimedia Holocaust education curriculum designed by the ADL and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Penn in the news

Alum’s $10M Will Create Center for Energy Policy at Penn July 17, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

President Amy Gutmann and Mark Alan Hughes of the School of Design are quoted about the new Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, made possible by a gift from alum Scott Kleinman.

The Startup of Something Big July 11, 2014 | Philadelphia Business Journal

The Penn Center for Innovation and the South Bank campus are featured.

Homeownership in Philadelphia Tumbles, Report Says July 10, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the decline in homeownership in Philadelphia.

Why This Penn Undergrad Is Spending His Summer Building a Web Startup July 8, 2014 | Technical.ly Philly

Undergraduate Brenton Turner is featured collaborating to develop a writing platform called Escalate.us.

Welcome to Chump City June 26, 2014 | Philadelphia Daily News

Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on a SEPTA case.

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