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Researchers investigate why doctors come to work sick

Researchers investigate why doctors come to work sick

Julie Szymczak, a postdoctoral researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Julia Sammons, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, collaborated on a study to determine why doctors come to work when they are sick. Their findings suggest that a sense of professionalism—not wanting to burden colleagues or let patients down—was often at the heart of the decision.

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Improving the quality and relevance of presidential debates

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. The goal is to improve the quality and relevance of the debates, and try to get more people to pay more attention to debates and watch more debates.

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Student Spotlight with Farzana Shah

Student Spotlight with Farzana Shah

Farzana Shah, a master’s student in the School of Nursing, was recently awarded a Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent international journalism. In August, she will travel to Tehran, Iran, as part of a Novick Cardiac Alliance team.

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Penn Vet’s Best Friends Bash brings awareness to craniofacial differences

Penn Vet’s Best Friends Bash brings awareness to craniofacial differences

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s forthcoming Best Friends Bash, a partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), joins patients from CHOP with craniofacial differences and dogs with similar conditions. The event provides support for patients and creates awareness about craniofacial differences.

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Penn takes checkered flag at international racecar competition

Penn takes checkered flag at international racecar competition

Penn Electric Racing took home the checkered flag at the Formula SAE competition in mid-June, a contest that brought in more than 100 teams this year, hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, and Japan. Penn’s REV1 car took first place among electrics overall, winning seven of the eight categories.

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Staff Q&A with Anne Tiballi

Staff Q&A with Anne Tiballi

Anne Tiballi, the Andrew W. Mellon curricular facilitator in the Academic Engagement Department at the Penn Museum, talks about her experiences in anthropology and archaeology, and how she’s working to encourage a stronger relationship between the Museum and the Penn community at large.

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Penn roboticists test their mettle at DARPA challenge

Penn roboticists test their mettle at DARPA challenge

Last weekend, Penn engineers were among the 23 teams that brought the world’s most advanced humanoid robots to Pasadena, Calif., for the ultimate test: the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. Penn faculty and students played a role on two teams that competed in the DRC Finals: Team THOR and Team TROOPER.

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Penn updates and expands paid sick leave policy

Penn updates and expands paid sick leave policy

On May 13, the City of Philadelphia’s Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Law went into effect, requiring employers in the city to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours an employee works. Penn has long provided time-off benefits that far exceed the provisions of the city’s new law, and the University has enhanced its sick leave policies even further to assist employees.

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Penn telescope hunts for planets orbiting small, dim stars

Penn telescope hunts for planets orbiting small, dim stars

Penn astronomers are celebrating the dedication of a new planet-hunting telescope known as Minerva-Red. Installed at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona, Minerva-Red is part of the Minerva project, an array of low-cost telescopes that are designed to discover planets orbiting stars other than the sun.

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Franklin Field track closed for the summer

Franklin Field track closed for the summer

Franklin Field, Penn’s home for various collegiate athletic contests, the Penn Relays, and the University-wide Commencement ceremony, is closed for renovations through mid-September. A brand-new track for runners, joggers, and walkers is being installed, and the plaza area at the west end is being revamped.

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Penn grad student identifies new dinosaur, a relative of Velociraptor

Penn grad student identifies new dinosaur, a relative of Velociraptor

Steven Jasinski, a doctoral student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, has identified a new species of dinosaur, a relative of the Velociraptor, which he has named Saurornitholestes sullivani. Although the Velociraptor had feathers and was the size of a chicken, its relative may have been a formidable predator.

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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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