PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Kane and Eugene Mele of the University of Pennsylvania are among five scientists awarded the 2010 Europhysics Prize of the European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division for the theoretical prediction and experimental observation of the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Penn World Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania has received a $1 million gift from Sir Evelyn and Lynn Forester de Rothschild to support a Penn World Scholar from a British Commonwealth country.
“This gift ensures that Penn continues to make a difference, by offering the very best education to all students with the potential to change the world,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “I am so grateful to Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild for their visionary philanthropy.”
PHILADELPHIA –- Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 299 new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members recognized as leaders in sciences, arts and humanities, business and public affairs.
PHILADELPHIA –- Vice President Joe Biden, father of a 2010 graduate, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice’s Commencement on Monday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.
Biden, a Pennsylvania native, was one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate and is widely recognized for his work on social-justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act.
PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has been acknowledged as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools, according to the Princeton Review, which partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to create “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
WHAT: A “Low Carbon Diet Day” in observance of Earth Day, during which the menu in the University of Pennsylvania dining halls will feature foods with a low carbon footprint
WHO: By serving foods that contribute less greenhouse-gas emission, Bon Appétit at Penn Dining will inform consumers about reducing their carbon impact. Diners can track their carbon use Bon Appetit's Low Carbon Diet calculator at: http://www.eatlowcarbon.org/
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 22
PHILADELPHIA –- Citing the University of Pennsylvania’s strong student demand and yield, good progress on its current Making History $3.5 billion fundraising campaign and robust research funding, Moody’s Investor Service has reaffirmed Penn’s Aa2 rating with a stable outlook.
“We're very pleased,” Stephen D. Golding, Penn's vice president for finance and treasurer, said. “In continuing this rating, Moody's also took note of our solid balance sheet and sustained operating performance. Given the financial challenges of the past two years, this is quite encouraging.”