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Penn Museum exhibit features rare treasures from time of King Midas

Penn Museum exhibit features rare treasures from time of King Midas

Opening on Saturday, Feb. 13, the Penn Museum exhibition “The Golden Age of King Midas,” traces a civilization in the ancient Near East over a nearly 500-year period. Developed by the Museum in partnership with the Republic of Turkey, the exhibit includes more than 120 objects on special loan from Turkish museums.

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Animal Planet to go behind the scenes at Penn Vet

Animal Planet to go behind the scenes at Penn Vet

The production company High Noon is set to begin filming a docu-series shadowing a group of fourth-year students at Penn Vet’s hospitals. The series, set to air on Animal Planet later this year, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous training Penn Vet students receive.

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Penn alumna and employee fights valiantly against rare form of disease

Penn alumna and employee fights valiantly against rare form of disease

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff manages her own nonprofit, Emily’s Entourage, and works with Penn Medicine’s Social Media and Health Innovation Lab while battling an aggressive, rare form of cystic fibrosis. She founded the nonprofit in 2011 with a goal of finding a cure for the cystic fibrosis population with rare mutations. There are more than 1,800 known mutations of the disease.

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Penn Engineering students contribute design to futuristic Hyperloop transport

Penn Engineering students contribute design to futuristic Hyperloop transport

A team of students from Penn Engineering recently traveled to Texas A&M University recently to pitch their plans for the Hyperloop, a science-fiction inflected transportation concept that is the brainchild of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, a Penn alumnus. The Hyperloop would shuttle passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles at supersonic speeds, making the trip in about half an hour.

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Penn revises short-term disability policy, making it even more ‘family friendly’

Penn revises short-term disability policy, making it even more ‘family friendly’

When a Penn employee needs a medical procedure or goes on maternity leave, he or she will likely make use of the University’s short-term disability policy. The University has recently revised its short-term disability policy to make it even more “family friendly.” Under the new policy, eligible Penn employees will no longer have to accrue or save up time to use in the case of a period of short-term disability.

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Student Spotlight with Alexa Hoover

Student Spotlight with Alexa Hoover

Alexa Hoover, a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences and Penn field hockey star, was named this year first-team All-Ivy, first-team Eastern College Athletic Conference, first-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region, and second-team NFHCA All-America—Penn’s first All-America since 2003.

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Staff Q&A with Ancil George

Staff Q&A with Ancil George

Ancil George, the inaugural community outreach librarian at Penn Libraries, discusses nearly half a century at Penn, the joy of working with Penn and Lea students, the importance of libraries, and the censoring of books. George has worked at Penn for 46 years.

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U.S.-Cuba relations expand, broadening work and experiences of Penn community

U.S.-Cuba relations expand, broadening work and experiences of Penn community

The normalizing of U.S.-Cuba relations has enabled the Penn students, faculty, and staff to more easily travel to the island nation for research and culture. Last May, ICA Director Amy Sadeo led a group of Penn alumni to Cuba during the Havana Biennial Art Exhibition. In September, Debra Schilling Wolfe, executive director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research, traveled to the country to study how it cares for its children.

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1970-71 men’s basketball team to enter Big 5 Hall of Fame

1970-71 men’s basketball team to enter Big 5 Hall of Fame

To commemorate its 60th anniversary, the Philadelphia Big 5 is for the first time inducting noteworthy teams into the Big 5 Hall of Fame, one from each member school. The Penn team picked for induction is the 1970-71 basketball team. Coached by Dick Harter, the team went undefeated during the regular season, with non-conference wins over the likes of Syracuse, Rutgers, Utah, and Ohio State.

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Q&A with Scott Barry Kaufman

Q&A with Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director of the Positive Psychology Center’s Science of Imagination Project, discusses his passion for psychology and teaching, his daily duty of reaching out to geniuses, how creativity is a “messy business,” and much, much more.

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Wrestle-vania

Wrestle-vania

Senior Lorenzo Thomas wrestles Nathaniel Brown from Lehigh University at the Palestra.
Thomas entered the season ranked No. 10 after two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

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Penn announces launch of President’s Innovation Prize

Penn announces launch of President’s Innovation Prize

Penn President Amy Gutmann announced on Wednesday, Oct. 28, the launch of the President’s Innovation Prize, a competitively awarded annual prize aimed at building on the University’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship while underscoring the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind.

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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 his or her space on campus. 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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