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Staff Q&A with Ana-Rita Mayol

Staff Q&A with Ana-Rita Mayol

Ana-Rita Mayol, associate director of the new Master of Chemical Sciences program in the College of Liberal & Professional Studies, talks about getting the program up and running, her experience directing a science education program in her native Puerto Rico, and her time working at a cheese institute in Sicily.

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HR online portal welcomes new employees to Penn

HR online portal welcomes new employees to Penn

The Division of Human Resources recently launched the New Faculty and Staff Member Portal, an online, one-stop website containing forms, information, and resources that new faculty and staff will find useful during their first weeks on the job.

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Field of beams

Field of beams

Construction workers make progress on the New College House at Hill Field, Penn’s first residential building specifically designed as a college house. The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

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Q&A with Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Q&A with Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Ezekiel Dixon-Román, an assistant professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice, discusses what he found appealing about a historically black university, his time spent in Cuba, U.S.-Cuba relations, forthcoming changes to the SAT, and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson.

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Nursing prof’s project fights HIV and mental illness

Nursing prof’s project fights HIV and mental illness

Funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Project GOLD: We are Kings and Queens” is a two-day intervention program devised by Penn Nursing’s Bridgette M. Brawner that gives HIV/STI prevention and safe sex training to 14-to 17-year-old black youth who are seeking outpatient mental health treatment.

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Student Spotlight with Rutendo Chigora

Student Spotlight with Rutendo Chigora

Rutendo Chigora, a senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, discusses her recent selection as a non-U.S. Rhodes Scholar. Chigora, 22, is a senior double majoring in international relations and political science, and minoring in English. The Rhodes Scholarship is awarded annually to 83 individuals from 14 countries.

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A Visit to Ryan Hospital

A Visit to Ryan Hospital

Last semester, a team from University Communications visited Ryan Hospital, shadowing veterinary surgeons, oncologists, dentists, technicians, residents, students, and nurses, as well as clients and their beloved pets. What follows is a glance into a typical day at one of the country’s busiest veterinary hospitals.

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Latest Working Dog Center grads embark on new careers

Latest Working Dog Center grads embark on new careers

A new crop of graduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Working Dog Center is entering the workforce, benefiting society with their special skills and, especially, their highly tuned noses. Alums are staying and joining the SEPTA Police’s K9 Unit, and traveling afar to join the New Mexico Task Force.

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Penn exhibit revisits White Tower fast-food chain

Penn exhibit revisits White Tower fast-food chain

An exhibit in Penn’s Architectural Archives showcases the architectural styles of the pioneering White Tower restaurant chain and its role in shaping fast-food culture in America. Founded in 1926, the company operated 350 restaurants at its peak before shutting down in the 1980s.

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Penn Libraries exhibit highlights Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Penn Libraries exhibit highlights Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Penn Libraries is showcasing some rare items concerning the Emancipation Proclamation in its new exhibit, “The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair.” A specially printed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, autographed by President Lincoln, is a part of Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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11th PennApps hackathon sees highest attendance ever

11th PennApps hackathon sees highest attendance ever

PennApps, the bi-annual, 36-hour code-fest held in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s quad, marked its 11th edition recently, bringing together more than 1,300 student hackers from across the world. This winter’s event saw the highest attendance in the hackathon’s history. PennApps is the nation’s premier student-run hackathon. The grand prize went to a team from Spain.

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Wharton program helps close America’s vast racial wealth gap

Wharton program helps close America’s vast racial wealth gap

Keith Weigelt, the Marks-Darivoff Family Professor at Wharton, leads the school’s “Building Bridges to Wealth” program, which aims to reduce the racial wealth gap by teaching financial literacy. The 2010 Census reported that the median net worth of African-American families was $4,955, 22 times less than the median net worth of white American families, which was $110,729.

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