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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 28, 2014

Prof Betsy Rymes Juggles Mentoring, Writing and Pancakes at Penn

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GSE's Betsy Rymes is a great neighbor. Living side-by-side with 482 undergraduate students at Riepe College House, she helps with research papers, mentoring programs for local students and even makes pancakes on Sunday mornings.

Betsy Rymes is a great neighbor.

An associate professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, she’s also a residential faculty fellow in Riepe College House.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 27, 2014

Penn Announces Launch of President’s Engagement Prizes

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President’s Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 22, 2014

New Students Volunteer in West Philadelphia as Part of Penn Community Teamworks

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Incoming graduate students from the School of Social Policy & Practice spent the day volunteering and making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

Sixteen incoming graduate students and one alumna of the University of Pennsylvania spent the day making a house a home in West Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 22, 2014

Senior Leads Penn Women’s Ice Hockey Club Into the 2014-15 Season

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She's only been on the ice for three years, but senior Alyssa Johncola from Northeast Philadelphia is leading the pack as the president of the women's ice hockey club at Penn.

Alyssa Johncola is an unstoppable force at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’s the president, right winger and former substitute goalie of the women’s ice hockey team, a club made up of both graduate and undergraduate students at Penn.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 20, 2014

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

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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.

Jason Parad is changing lives, and he’s doing it with condoms.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460August 20, 2014

Penn Prof Al Filreis to Host N.Y. Public Library Inaugural ‘ModPo’ MOOC Meet-up

In the New York City area, online students in a University of Pennsylvania massive open online course on modern poetry are getting the chance to meet offline.

The venue is the New York Public Library where learners in Penn English professor Al Filreis’Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” MOOC can gather for weekly in-person discussions.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 19, 2014

Penn Sophomore Seeks to Improve Pneumonia Vaccines

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University Scholar sophomore Ivan Ye from Iowa City, Iowa, has spent the summer conducting research focused on identifying a vaccine for pneumonia in the lab of Hao Shen, associate professor of microbiology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 14, 2014

Student Campaign at Penn Spotlights Cultural Resource Centers on Campus

Through a student-led video and poster campaign, University of Pennsylvania students are getting the word out about six cultural resource centers available to help classmates achieve success inside and outside the classroom. 

The Real Value of Online Education

August 13, 2014

Brandon Alcorn, Gayle Christensen and Ezekiel Emanuel of Global Initiatives co-author this article on MOOCs.

Article Source: The Atlantic
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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386August 20, 2014

Penn IUR Publishes New Report on Universities as Anchor Institutions

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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.

Penn IUR has just released a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions. The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts explores the motivations and strategies behind six universities investing in revitalization and innovation beyond their c