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A more perfect criminal justice system

A more perfect criminal justice system

In order to build a more perfect criminal justice system, Penn Law School opened the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice in August of 2013. John F. Hollway, an associate dean at Penn Law and executive director of the Quattrone Center, says its overall goal is to reduce errors in the administration of criminal justice.

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Looking for sewage on the waterfront

Looking for sewage on the waterfront

In a new project, David Hewitt, a lecturer in PennDesign and the School of Arts & Sciences, is collecting data from all around the city to find out how long bacteria from the combined sewers persist on land after overflow events. In the longer term, he hopes to help land managers keep park visitors safe from potentially disease-causing pathogens carried in sewage.

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Student Spotlight with Erica Ball

Student Spotlight with Erica Ball

Erica Ball, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in composition in the Department of Music in the School of Arts & Sciences, discusses her love of music, the everyday inspirations that inform her work, scoring compositions by hand, and her post-Penn plans.

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HUP dept. delivers precious bundles of joy

HUP dept. delivers precious bundles of joy

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania delivers more than 4,100 babies each year, slightly less than its older sibling, Pennsylvania Hospital. Obstetricians and perinatologists at HUP are in charge of deliveries, and provide expecting mothers with state-of-the-art prenatal care, expertise during labor and delivery, and comprehensive post-delivery care for moms, newborns, dads, and families.

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Staff Q&A with Sue Sproat and Chris Hyson

Staff Q&A with Sue Sproat and Chris Hyson

Sue Sproat, executive director of benefits in the Division of Human Resources, and Chris Hyson, senior health and wellness specialist at HR, talk about what drives the “Be in the Know” campaign, the challenges of communicating health messaging to faculty and staff, and the importance of staying healthy in the workplace.

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Stitch in time

Stitch in time

Samantha Wittchen, left, a harp instructor in the Department of Music, teaches a sewing workshop in the Department of Making + Doing at the Science Center.

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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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Penn Engineering plan filters wastewater produced by fracking

Penn Engineering plan filters wastewater produced by fracking

Contaminated wastewater produced during fracking is a major environmental concern. Natural gas companies typically pump wastewater back into the ground, but a team of Penn engineers is proposing an alternate solution: nanostructured membranes that filter a broad range of contaminants from wastewater.

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Penn Vet looking for volunteers to babysit newborn horses

Penn Vet looking for volunteers to babysit newborn horses

The New Bolton Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is seeking a dedicated crew of volunteers to help veterinarians and technicians deliver and care for foals from February to June. Volunteers assist with tasks such as holding foals upright, milking mares, monitoring equipment, changing bedding, and cleaning equipment. Foal sitters are not required to have any previous experience with horses.

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Penn Museum program takes Philly students back in time for hands-on tour of ancient world

Penn Museum program takes Philly students back in time for hands-on tour of ancient world

Seventh-grade students across the School District of Philadelphia can travel back in time and explore Ancient Egypt through the Penn Museum’s new “Unpacking the Past” program. The three-year, $2.2 million project, open to all seventh-graders in the school district and at Mastery and KIPP charter schools, includes classroom visits and Museum tours for students, and professional development and workshops for teachers.

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People of Penn

People of Penn

“People of Penn” is a Current multimedia project highlighting only a modicum of the diverse members of the University faculty and staff community in their campus workspace. Each acts as one of the tens of thousands of beats to Penn’s ever-pumping heart and centuries-old soul.

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Four-part multimedia series explores robotics at Penn

Four-part multimedia series explores robotics at Penn

The four-part “Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania” multimedia series explores robotics at Penn in four ways: through the technology, history, education, and real-world applications. Read Parts 1 and 2 on technology and history, and Parts 3 and 4 on education and real-world applications.

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