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University of Pennsylvania
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  • Seeking data-driven, systemic solutions to errors afflicting the U.S. criminal justice system, the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at Penn Law Penn Law has become a national leader in reform efforts.

    Alumnus John Legend, who sits on the Center’s advisory board, is a champion of the cause. “I love that this important and game-changing work is happening at Penn, a place very dear to my heart,” says Legend.

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  • Hannah Erdogan, C'22, always thought she would major in biology on the pre-med track. But after working with refugees in high school and with Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment (PURE) last year, she decided to major in psychology and minor in Middle Eastern studies, with the goal of becoming a bilingual or multilingual physician.

    Tags: University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment -PURE, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

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  • Angelica Padilla, a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from San Antonio, always knew that she liked engineering.

    After stints in the lab of Paulo Arratia, the chemical and biomolecular engineering major continues to have a strong desire to solve problems and conduct research. “It’s nice being able to use your mind and figure out creative solutions,” Padilla says.

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  • Move-In 2019 will reach a peak Wednesday when 2,400 first-year students move into campus housing.

    As students and families plan their arrival at Penn, a new central resource designed by the Division of Public Safety will help to inform everyone’s commute.

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  • Five years ago, when David Fajgenbaum got a diagnosis of Castleman’s disease, he tried an experimental treatment based on his research in hopes of saving his own life.

    Today, Fajgenbaum is in remission and is director of the Center for Study & Treatment of Castleman’s & Inflammatory Lymphadenopathies in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Getting the kids back to school? Linda Leibowitz of Penn Graduate School of Education recommends including kids in back to school shopping decisions, asking open-ended questions about their experiences and concerns, and connecting with educators and staff at the school ahead of time.

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  • Sylvia Kimwei, Nu'20, reflects on the highlights of her summer internship in India. In addition to the food, public transit, and sightseeing, Kimwei enjoyed connecting with her host family: “It feels like my family back home—a space that I can talk out my frustration and my joy."

    Tags: Penn Nursing, Center for the Advanced Study of India

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  • In the latest episode of Penn Today’s “Office Hours” podcast series, Doug Jerolmack of Penn Arts & Sciences explains why pebbles found alongside rivers are round, his current research on sand movement, and what it’s like to be the twin of another academic who studies the environment.

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  • Now in their third month, clashes between protesters in Hong Kong and the government have become increasingly violent.

    In a Q&A, lawyer and political scientist Jacques deLisle of Penn Law and Penn Arts & Sciences explains what spurred the latest conflict and whether China might intervene with force to end the unrest.

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  • Andrew Douglas (left), a junior on the men’s squash team, propelled Team USA to its first-ever team gold medal in men’s squash at the 2019 Pan American Games, in Lima, Peru.

    From New York City, Douglas is a two-time First-Team All-American and a two-time First-Team All-Ivy.

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  • Although a concussion may not harm athletic performance in the short term, “it may increase the risk for future concussive events, and close monitoring of these players is still essential,” says Samir Mehta a researcher behind a new study athletics concussions at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • In an op-ed in The New York Times, President Amy Gutmann and PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno write that, by “revising and reinforcing the A.C.A., we can benefit all Americans without threatening any with the loss of hard-fought, lifesaving health coverage.

    Surely our fellow Americans with life-threatening diseases of all sorts are also worth saving.” Gutmann and Moreno recently wrote a book on the history of bioethics.

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  • During three days in August of 1969, the Woodstock music festival drew more than a half-million people to a dairy farm in upstate New York. At the time, Anthony DeCurtis (center) of Penn Arts & Sciences was 18, growing up in New York City, and already obsessed with the music and musicians that would form the foundation of his writing and teaching.

    In a Q&A, he reflects on the event that helped define his generation.

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  • Societies that favor generalists, who have a wide range of skills, are less well-connected than societies that favor specialists, who are highly skilled at a smaller number of traits, according to a new study from biologists at Penn Arts & Sciences.

    The findings have implications for improving information flow and problem solving in settings ranging from business to academia.

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  • Penn President @Amy Gutmann and Penn Bioethics Professor Jonathan Moreno were in the The New York Times today discussing the patchwork of coverage in the U.S. health care system.

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  • As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies program, students and faculty conduct fundamental research on materials that are needed after a natural disaster strikes. Students can also conduct summer research in Grenoble, France.

    “It’s definitely broadened my horizons and encourages me that being in this Ph.D. program is the right move,” says graduate student Ben Paren of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, pictured with French student Laura Issartel, whom he mentored this summer.

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  • Imagine if a coach could know when a certain player might peak or if a truck driver could know when he’d hit an unsafe point of mental fatigue. A portable EEG created by PIK Professor Michael Platt and Perelman School of Medicine postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan can provide those insights by monitoring brain function.

    This new technology, which led to the formation of Cogwear, LLC, has potential applications from health care to sports performance.

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University of Pennsylvania
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  • Michaela McMahon C'22 of the women's lacrosse team earned a gold medal as part of Team USA at the quadrennial U19 World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario.

    The U.S. defeated Canada 13-3 in the final to bring home the gold. McMahon, from Bardonia, New York, had two assists and one shot on goal in the title game.

    Tags: Penn Athletics

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  • Using a collaborative approach and their expertise in fundamental chemical research, new Chemistry Department faculty member Thomas Mallouk and his group address challenges faced by engineers and materials scientists, like renewable energy and sustainability.

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University of Pennsylvania
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  • Marshall Meyer and Efraim Berkovich of The Wharton School discuss the escalating trade war with China and argue that U.S. households should brace for higher prices. “The consequence is the entire economic system becomes less efficient; that is the long-term cost to all of us,” says Meyer.

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  • As temperatures rise, so do many health risks. Researchers led by Sean Hennessy of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are looking into the effects high temperatures, in conjunction with socioeconomic position, can have on people who take certain common drugs, such as potassium supplements.

    "As temperatures rise, it will be especially important to protect the people who are most vulnerable: not only the poor but also older adults and those with chronic illnesses," says Hennessy.

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  • Penn Arts & Sciences’ MindCORE is bringing together thinkers from across disciplines and across the University and Health System to explore an emerging frontier of knowledge. “Research centers like MindCORE are crucial for addressing complex topics that require expertise across disciplines,” says Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts & Sciences. “Facilitating collaboration and scholarly exchange across the University is one of Penn’s distinguishing strengths, and our close proximity allows us to do it in a way that’s truly peerless.”

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  • The Penn community reflects on the life and legacy of the internationally esteemed author and teacher Toni Morrison, who was awarded an honorary degree in 1988.

    "Toni was among the most magnificent, courageous writers and extraordinary women of our time," says President Amy Gutmann, "and certainly one of the greatest people I have ever known."

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  • New research from the lab of Chinedum Osuji in the School of Engineering and Applied Science describes a new way to create nanoscale water filters that are flexible and robust and even have antimicrobial properties.

    The study’s co-first author Yizhou Zhang says the method is exciting because “the structure can be leveraged in applications beyond nanofiltration” such as fuel cells and batteries.

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