Penn Student Assists in Developing an Economic Growth Plan in Guatemala

In a very poor but picturesque region of Guatemala, Seth Amos spent the summer working to help a town to develop an economic growth strategy.  

Penn Sophomore Speaks at U.N. Human Rights Session in Geneva

In testimony before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Benjamin Fogel spoke out against the repression of political freedom, false imprisonment and the absence of an independent judiciary in Belarus. But Fogel isn’t a world leader or foreign-policy expert.

Taking ‘The Condom Pledge’: Penn Student’s Project Leads to Global Changes

A graduate student at the Perelman School of Medicine created The Condom Pledge, a social media and lifestyle campaign that calls for young people around the world to promise to use condoms and share their oaths to do so.

Penn IUR Publishes New Report on Universities as Anchor Institutions

Penn IUR has released The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts. a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions.

Education, Business & Policy


  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Thinking Beyond Recycling

    An awareness campaign is highlighting the University’s efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, as well as encouraging students, faculty, and staff to think beyond recycling.

  • Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Penn’s Research Enterprise

    Vice Provost for Research Dawn A. Bonnell is responsible for facilitating Penn’s sprawling research enterprise, which consists of 12 schools, more than 165 multidisciplinary centers and institutes, and a fully incorporated health system.

  • Cultivating Knowledge

    Cultivating Knowledge

    A stone’s throw from bustling 38th Street, just off Hamilton Walk, lies a carefully curated green oasis, and nearby, a soaring glass-walled structure where plants from the exotic to the mundane are cared for and studied.

  • Expert Advice, Unbiased and Nonpartisan

    Expert Advice, Unbiased and Nonpartisan

    Lawmakers faced with decisions about the economic recovery, funding for schools, rising health care costs, and the housing market could benefit from a little bit of unbiased expert advice.

  • A Look Inside Penn’s Outdoor Spaces

    In Philadelphia—a city famed for its perpendicular streets and silver skyline—a step onto Penn’s campus can take visitors into a verdant, yet wildly urban setting.

  • Words of Wisdom

    Words of Wisdom

    The newest members of the Penn community have arrived on campus—and sophomores, juniors, and seniors have some sage advice for the freshmen: Find your passion and leave room to explore.

  • Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    Video Game Helps Identify Brain Cell

    A research team led by Penn psychology professor Michael Kahana used a video game to help identify a new brain cell involved in navigation. Participants in the study rode a virtual bike to find hidden objects while implanted electrodes monitored their brain activity.

  • Move-In Day for Class of 2017

    Move-In Day for Class of 2017

    On Aug. 22, under threat of rain, more than 2,400 freshmen and their families began arriving on campus, unloading cars, pushing their wheeled cardboard boxes filled with bedding, clothes and other necessities.

Penn in the news

Ferguson’s College Refuge August 21, 2014 | Inside Higher Ed

Charles H.F. Davis III and Shaun Harper of the Graduate School of Education are cited for studying the graduation rates and existing disparities in Ferguson, Mo.

What’s Behind the Challenge August 21, 2014 | Philly.com

Roy Rosin, David Asch and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine contribute their thoughts about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Wharton’s Jonah Berger is cited for his book Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

What Frames Michael Brown’s Image? August 20, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication comments on the power of news images.

ACT Scores Virtually Unchanged, but Participation Hits New High August 20, 2014 | Education Week

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education talks about the popularity of the ACT.

Video: Bull Market Still Intact August 19, 2014 | CNBC

Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School discusses the stock market.

From the Penn Current