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  • In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination. But in a recent collaboration with the School of Veterinary Medicine, the printers have been put to work making models based...
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  • The American Red Cross is debuting a new first aid app on Jan. 16. But unlike the organization’s previous apps, which have helped users navigate first aid and disaster preparedness, this one has a very particular audience in mind: pet owners.   The Pet First Aid app was developed by the Red...
  • Penn shares a decades-long history with the Henry C. Lea Elementary School, dating back to the 1960s. The relationship was created simultaneously with West Philadelphia High School, and marked the University’s first formal connection to the School District of Philadelphia. Located at 4700 Locust St...
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  • The announcement of a new math course generally doesn’t elicit the kind of response that accompanies a movie premiere, but in a way, that’s what happened when Robert Ghrist debuted “Calculus: Single Variable” in January. About 50,000 students, from 62 countries, showed up for class. Fortunately...
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  • Adrian Raine is putting together a puzzle. One of the puzzle’s key pieces is central to the nature versus nurture debate about the human experience: What makes people do bad things? Are violent criminals born, or are they made? As a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor, Raine examines these...
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  • Earlier this year, Penn Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB) traveled to Cameroon to improve an aged, inefficient water distribution system. During the 14-day project, 10 Penn undergrads were joined by two alumni who served as project mentors, as well as two Wilkes University students. PennEWB is a...
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  • As a continuation of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Netter Center hosted a Partnership Festival at Sayre High School. This celebration of University-Assisted Community School partnerships engaged West Philadelphia children, youth, and families, as...
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  • Effective Feb. 25, Thomas H. Murphy will become Penn’s new vice president for information technology and University chief information officer. Murphy is currently chief information officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he is responsible for all information technology supporting the company’s...
  • Understanding why some individual cells respond differently to stimuli such as drugs and disease proteins may provide insights into aging and disease. James Eberwine, PhD, Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Junhyong Kim, PhD, PhD, Edmund J. and...
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  • Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people...
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  • Around 1979, when Ira Harkavy was finishing his Ph.D. at Penn, his mentor in the history department, Lee Benson, delivered an address that called for practitioners in communities to work together with academics. It was a simple but powerful idea that took root in Harkavy’s imagination. He began to...
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  • Created in honor of emeritus trustee Alvin Shoemaker, Penn’s newest landscape project has spread a 2.75 acre welcome mat of green at the door of the Palestra and Franklin Field. Featuring a central lawn surrounded by walkways, a rain garden, and outdoor seating, Shoemaker Green is located along...
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  • Representatives from the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation and the University gathered Oct. 2 to celebrate a partnership that provides Penn with new resources to recruit KIPP students, underwrite their financial aid, and offer them targeted support once they get to campus.The effort is...
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  • Molly McGlone, assistant dean for advising at Penn, teaches courses in music and urban studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, including a residential program in Fisher Hassenfeld College House called “Music and Social Change.” McGlone is also a member of the West Philly Coalition for...
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  • Chevon Boone’s story is the sort of against-all-odds tale they make TV movies about.   She grew up in the tiny rural town of Garysburg, North Carolina, about a six-hour drive from Penn and the Ivy League. Yet for Boone and other underserved kids in Garysburg, that stretch of highway may as...
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  •   In 1863, the Harrison Brothers chemical company purchased land at the corner of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue. By the early 1900s, the plant was mixing paints and producing sulfuric acid, and employed hundreds of people in South Philadelphia. In 1917 DuPont purchased these labs, hoping...
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  • A cross-disciplinary research team at Penn has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells, which comprise a key part of the immune system, track down parasites using a movement strategy similar to those used by predators such as sharks, monkeys, and blue-fin tuna to hunt prey. The research,...
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  • “Are you interviewing me?” Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel bellows in his broad Chicago accent from the doorway of his office in College Hall. The commanding cadence of his voice, the way he whisks by, indicates that he’s a man on the move, with scarce seconds to spare. Emanuel joined the Penn community in...
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  • Penny Metchev has told the story many times before and on the surface it is primarily about her father. But as the Wharton and College senior prepares to enter her final semester as a Penn World Scholar, Metchev says she has come to realize that she will be the one to write the final chapter. Born...
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  • At the weekly Drew Cooking Club, students from the Charles R. Drew Elementary School in West Philadelphia team up with Penn undergraduates studying nutritional anthropology and students in the Graduate School of Education to learn about smart food choices. At Drew, the Cooking Club participants...
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  • In Claudia Valeggia's opinion, President Barack Obama is a pretty cool guy. At a White House event last month, Valeggia said the president made sure to emphasize how he and the first lady support their daughters' inclination for science. This resonated with Valeggia, who has a strong scientific...
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  • Penn President Amy Gutmann visited the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York City on Nov. 10 to speak to junior and senior students about their college aspirations. Roosevelt is a high-performing public school where 40 percent of students are first-generation Americans, and 40 percent will be...
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  • The University of Pennsylvania has been named one of the most affordable private universities in the United States. The ranking was issued by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and lists “the private universities and liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding quality with affordability.” Penn was...
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  • In 1966, 60 percent of all incoming college freshmen stated that it was “important” to keep up-to-date on current events. By the end of the 1990s, that number had dropped to about 25 percent. “That is not great news for a democracy,” says Matt Hartley, an associate professor and chair of higher...
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  • Neither gray skies nor a blustery cold front could cloud the sunny smiles or curb the enthusiasm of those who came out to enjoy the opening of Penn Park. In fact, a rainbow crowned the closing of the event. Perhaps the brightest smile of all belonged to Penn President Amy Gutmann as she thanked...
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  • This fall, Penn launched a new undergraduate program in Integrated Studies. The program is designed around the idea that no single discipline or perspective can be applied to complex problems; instead, students tackle problems using multiple disciplines and approaches. Designed for freshmen who...
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  • With the School Reform Commission’s approval, the partnership agreement that supports the successful and innovative pre-K-8 Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School in West Philadelphia has been extended for an additional 10 years, through June 30, 2021. Under...
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  • Penn President Amy Gutmann traveled to East Asia the week of May 23, 2011, formalizing two academic partnerships, hosting alumni gatherings in Korea and Taiwan, and announcing alumni gifts to Penn’s Korean Studies Program. Gutmann was joined by faculty and leadership from the Perelman School of...
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  • Penn Park construction workers are taking advantage of this week’s perfect springtime weather to keep the 24-acre project on track for a fall opening. The park, which lies on the east side of campus between Walnut and South streets, is the centerpiece of the University’s Penn Connects development...
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  • Penn President Amy Gutmann delivered the keynote address at the National Constitution Center’s conference "Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America" in March 2011. Read the Keynote Address at the National Constitution Center.View the program schedule.
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