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University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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  • With the President’s Engagement Prize, seniors José Maciel and Antonio Renteria hope to bring information about subjects like nutrition and sleep to the mushroom farmworkers of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

    The project reinforces preventive screenings already offered by a local clinic and primary care providers like the pair’s mentor, Adriana Perez of Penn Nursing.

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  • The Philadelphia Science Festival, an April 26-May 4 celebration of STEM, is an opportunity for Penn researchers to see how scientifically engaged the Greater Philadelphia community is, says Jane Horwitz of Penn Arts & Sciences.

    “It’s really reassuring for those who are launching into their careers to see how interested and excited the public really can be about their work,” she says.

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  • The 125th running of the Penn Relays takes its mark at Franklin Field today.

    Dave Johnson, director of the Penn Relays, discusses planning for the meet, its international appeal, what makes the Relays unique, and some of his most memorable moments.

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  • Franklin Field, home to Penn Athletics and Penn Relays, is celebrating its quasquicentennial.

    The stadium, located on the eastern edge of campus, opened on April 20, 1895, with the first running of the Penn Relay Carnival. It is the oldest college stadium in the country.

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  • Patricia Corby, Penn Dental Medicine new associate dean for translational research, has a passion for helping researchers move their scientific discoveries to clinical application, where they can improve patient care.

    In addition to carrying out her own clinical trial, related to oral health during cancer treatment, she’ll be overseeing an expansion of clinical research at the School.

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  • Students in a history of art course had the chance to closely examine a rare 200-year-old painted Chinese scroll last week at the Penn Museum.

    It was one of many rare objects displayed for the class taught by Nancy Steinhardt and her teaching assistant Chuanxin Weng in Penn Arts & Sciences.

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  • Using varying combinations of banana and pine scents, PIK Professor Jay Gottfried discovered that three key brain regions help humans navigate from one odor to the next.

    The work points to the existence of a grid-like hexagonal architecture in the olfactory regions of the brain, similar to mapping configurations previously found to support spatial navigation in animals.

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  • After 19 years of service, Vice President and University Secretary Leslie Laird Kruhly will retire at the end of June. In a Q&A with Penn Today, Kruhly reflects on her tenure, her plans for retirement, and the Penn values that she’ll take with her.

    “My observation is that everyone working at Penn is really dedicated to doing good. That’s a value I’ve had all of my life and will stay with me,” she says.

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  • Junior pitcher Jennifer Brann of Penn Softball pitched a perfect game on Sunday against Brown at Penn Park. Occurring on Senior Day, it was only the second perfect game in Penn softball history.

    Brann struck out 10 batters in the Red & Blue’s 5-0 shutout win. The Quakers improved to 21-14 (12-6 Ivy) with the victory.

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  • Students in Guy Grossman’s Penn Global Seminar traveled to Uganda in March for a first-hand look at how mobile phones and other technological advances can benefit Africans as well as how even well-planned projects sometimes don’t work.

    The experience, says senior Gretchen Bednarz, “entirely changed” how she thinks about the relationship between technology and development.

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  • Generating knowledge in service to society is a big part of what drives researchers at Penn. To celebrate Earth Day, Penn Today takes a look at a some of the many ongoing efforts on campus that seek to leave the planet in better shape than it is now.

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  • Three seniors with roots in West Africa will spend next year in Liberia building a basketball and literacy program for girls, thanks to a President’s Engagement Prize, founded by President Amy Gutmann. Oladunni Alomaja, Princess Aghayere, and Summer Kollie say they’re excited to inspire girls.

    “We have always had that passion, that drive to want to work with youth in West Africa,” Kollie says.

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  • On Knowledge@Wharton Network Olivia S. Mitchell discusses the Treasury Department’s decision to allow private companies to pay retirees lump-sum pension payments. The move may benefit companies, but Mitchell believes the federal government should assess the long-term implications.

    “If we look at the retirement picture, we have to understand the incentives we are putting in people’s way—or the disincentives to save,” she explains.

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University of Pennsylvania
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  • On Knowledge@Wharton Network Peter Cappelli joins a discussion on how companies are increasing efforts to employ people with autism.

    Employers “may think there are a lot of accommodations required, but typically, the accommodations are pretty trivial,” says Cappelli.

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University of Pennsylvania
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  • Michael C. Reichert of Penn Graduate School of Education’s Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives writes in The Washington Post about the power of listening and communication when it comes to raising boys.

    “Listening enables boys to communicate their emotions,” Reichert says. “When parents listen to their children, tense or difficult feelings are released, and closeness, warmth, and understanding of a caring other are absorbed.”

    Read more here: https://wapo.st/2IlczVr

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  • On Knowledge@Wharton Network, Christopher Ittner discusses how companies can use cost-management technologies to drive innovation.

    “In finance theory, it is cheaper to generate your own cash than to go out and borrow it. So what lots of companies are doing is using cost management—getting rid of inefficiencies—and using that extra money for growth. This is a very different way of thinking,” says Ittner.

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  • A new course taught by James Pawelski of Penn Arts & Sciences not only gives students an intellectual understanding of what it means to be happy and how to pursue it but also aims to foster long-term change.

    “I’m hoping students will realize that the pursuit of happiness is their responsibility, their inalienable right,” Pawelski says.

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  • The first architectural renderings for Tangen Hall were released today.

    Thanks to a $25 million gift from Wharton School alumnus Nicolai Tangen and his wife, Katja, the new building at 40th and Sansom streets will be Penn’s first dedicated space for cross-campus student entrepreneurship and innovation activity. President Amy Gutmann called it “a real game changer for Penn.”

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  • This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.

    Randall Mason of PennDesign has been working in that country for the past three years to conserve memorials dedicated to remembering the 800,000 people who died and to support Rwandans in their quest to do the same.

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  • Mathias Basner of Penn Medicine led one of 10 groups that participated in the NASA Twins Study.

    Work by this team showed that after astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space, his performance on a cognitive test battery declined when he returned to Earth, and it stayed that way for six months.

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  • At this year’s Perry World House Global Shifts Colloquium, experts discussed the challenges facing local, state, national, and global policy makers as they grapple with global climate change.

    Several touched on the idea that today’s children will pay the price for the failure to act quickly to combat increasing air and ocean temperatures, rising seas, and other symptoms.

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  • President’s Innovation Prize (PIP) winners and seniors Katherine Sizov & Malika Shukurova are looking to expand their startup Strella Biotechnology to make a big impact in the $4 billion produce industry and to minimize food waste.

    Their project mentor, Jeffrey Babin of Penn Engineering, says the two are “really good at embracing unfamiliar environments and uncomfortable situations and coming out on top.” President Amy Gutmann started the PIP program in 2016.

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  • We’ve known for decades that astronauts get sick more easily in space.

    Later this month, models of human lung tissue and bone marrow developed by researchers at Penn Engineering & Penn Medicine will go to the International Space Station to help researchers understand why.

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  • The intricacies of the Green New Deal can be confusing.

    Mark Alan Hughes of The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and PennDesign discusses what the non-binding resolution says, what it doesn’t say, and how close we are to adopting it.

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  • Last week, the first-ever image of a black hole’s event horizon was released to the public.

    Penn Today provides a by-the-numbers summary of what it took to collect an image of the previously unseeable & what to expect from astronomy research in the future.

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