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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 30, 2015

Penn Education Prof Promotes Ideas on International Development

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Daniel Wagner from Penn's Graduate School of Education has crisscrossed the globe, exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability.

Daniel Wagner has crisscrossed the globe, racking up frequent flyer miles exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability with an impact on universal education. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 28, 2015

Student Moves Swiftly Through Pipeline for Promise Program All the Way to Penn

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Through a Pipeline for Promise, Abdul-Hakim Muhammad As-Salafee has traveled a non-traditional path from working in the Philadelphia Prison System to Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Abdul-Hakim Muhammad As-Salafee has traveled a non-traditional path from working in the Philadelphia Prison System to the University of Pennsylvania

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 27, 2015

Three Penn Undergraduate Summer Associates Help to Affect Effective Philanthropy

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As summer associates with the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, Lisa Shmulyan, Bobby Lundquist and Amber Hu are using data, research and social media to help donors make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

This summer, three undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are studying the best ways to research and promote effective charitable giving. 

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151July 24, 2015

Recent Penn Alum Finds His Calling to Help Others

What began as preparations for a class service trip to China has turned into a possible career path for Nikhil Rajapuram, a May graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 22, 2015

School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn Explores Opportunities in Botswana

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Erica Zaveloff and Jerri Bourjolly from the School of Social Policy & Practice traveled to Botswana to explore potential areas of collaboration, based on the nation's most pressing social policy issues.

The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania may become another element in the Botswana-UPenn Partnership

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 20, 2015

Penn GSE Student Helps Guide Language-transition Curriculum in Tajikistan

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During her summer internship, Shruti Bhat, a student in the International Educational Development Program, is along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, establishing a new early childhood education curriculum.

Shruti Bhat, a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is spending the summer along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, helping to establish an educational curriculum for early childhood learners who need to make the transition from one language to another. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 17, 2015

Two Penn Undergraduates Study ‘Crimes That Changed Our World’

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Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Aaron Wolff from Great Neck, N.Y. and Taryn MacKinney of Fort Collins, Colo. are studying sensational crimes that have shaped the justice system.

This summer, two undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are examining crimes throughout history and how those events resulted in controversial legislative changes. 

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Iran Nuclear Deal

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Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet Professor of History


Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet is the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History and director of the Middle East Center at Penn. An expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and modern Iranian history, she has published extensively on the subject and made several media appearances to discuss contemporary issues concerning Iran and the Middle East.


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“The signing of the Iran nuclear deal will become one of the major diplomatic milestones of President Obama’s administration—and for good reason. The deal offers a positive way to engage Iran after 36 years of political rancor and virulent rhetoric by opening the conduits of rational communication between two key players in the Middle East. Having experienced the crippling effects of the international sanctions, Iran will not rush to break the conditions of this historic accord anytime soon. If anything, Iran will be more willing to work toward regional policies that will enable economic growth and political stability.”

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 13, 2015

Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 8, 2015

Penn GSE Student Makes a Difference in Nairobi

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Through her blog, "Jambo Kenya," Micaela Wensjoe, a student in the International Educational Development Program at Penn's Graduate School of Education, is sharing her experiences and impressions of Nairobi, where she's interning this summer.

When Micaela Wensjoe headed to Kenya for the summer, she was focused on what she had to learn as part of an internship. But now that she is there, she has also developed an interest in helping orphans. 

Wensjoe, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, is blogging about all of it.