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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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Staff Q&A with Erin Cross

Staff Q&A with Erin Cross

Erin Cross, senior associate director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center, discusses her multi-faceted role at the Center, the shifts in the LGBT community she’s noticed over the years, and why the people of Penn make her job so rewarding.

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Coding at PAS

Coding at PAS

In a course developed by GSE Professor Yasmin Kafai, a group of 12 sixth to eighth graders at Penn Alexander School are working not only to understand how video games work, but to actually create the games themselves. The project is part of an overarching series Kafai is developing on moving game design beyond the screen.

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Penn seeks Philly Science Festival submissions

Penn seeks Philly Science Festival submissions

Penn is looking for submissions for hands-on, engaging children's projects for the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival, which runs from April 24-May 2. Students, faculty, and staff can host an event or activity at the spring extravaganza, which is organized by The Franklin Institute.

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Student Spotlight with Sydney Stipanovich

Student Spotlight with Sydney Stipanovich

Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich, a center on the Penn women’s basketball team, chat about her short but record-breaking career, winning the Big 5 Championship, transitioning from high school to college ball, and the tight bond among her teammates.

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New Penn MOOC provides intro to American law

New Penn MOOC provides intro to American law

Penn Law Professor Edward Rock, director of Open Course Initiatives at Penn, discusses the University’s new massive open online course, “An Introduction to American Law.” The free, six-week course runs on Coursera from Feb. 15 to March 27. Prior knowledge of the law is not required to sign up for the course.

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Penn's 20th annual MLK Symposium begins Jan. 15

Penn's 20th annual MLK Symposium begins Jan. 15

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Penn’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Symposium for Social Change, the University's annual celebration honoring King's life and keeping his dream alive. The 2015 MLK Symposium opens on Thursday, Jan. 15, and runs through Friday, Jan. 30.

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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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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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