President Gutmann Announces 2015 President’s Engagement Prize Winners at Penn

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

Penn Senior and SOCEANA Founder Finds Open Doors

University of Pennsylvania senior Tess Michaels, of Dallas, is the founder of SOCEANA, an enterprise that helps volunteers earn and donate Philas, a new form of social currency, towards causes they care about. Using social media and gamification, the motivational tool is designed to help companies and nonprofits build a community of volunteers and philanthropists.

Penn and ExxonMobil Researchers Address Long-standing Mysteries Behind Anti-wear Motor Oil Additive

Motor oil contains chemical additives that extend how long engines can run without failure, but, despite decades of ubiquity, how such additives actually work to prevent this damage have remained a mystery.

University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School Launch Penn Wharton China Center

The University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (“Wharton”) today announced the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (“PWCC”) in Beijing, China. The Center is an important expansion of Penn’s engagement with China, which began in 1896 when the first Chinese student enrolled at Penn. It will operate through the University’s China based affiliate, Penn Wharton Consulting (Beijing) Co, LTD.

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Penn in the news

Why America’s Historically Black Colleges Are Struggling March 30, 2015 | Slate.com

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her thoughts on how recessions impact the financial standing of historically black colleges and universities.

House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits March 30, 2015 | New York Times

Tom Baker of the Law School is quoted about a provision of a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide doctors with new protections against medical malpractice lawsuits.

Revolving Door of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year March 30, 2015 | National Public Radio

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about teacher retention and the costs associated with having a high teacher turnover.

The Puerto Rican Problem March 30, 2015 | New Yorker

Mauro Guillén of the Wharton School is quoted about Puerto Rico once being known as an “attractive locale … for American companies to operate in.”

Audio: The Secret Recipe to Making Online Content Go Viral March 25, 2015 | “The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti,” CBC Radio

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School joins a discussion on what it means to go viral.

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