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Penn Dental Medicine Team Shows Why Wound Healing Is Impaired in Diabetics

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have identified a critical molecule that helps explain why diabetics suffer from slow wound healing and pinpoints a target for therapies that could help boost healing.

A Message to the Penn Community

January 26, 2015

In the past year, we led a comprehensive review of the University’s protocols for responding to complaints of sexual violence. Finding the best policies and procedures for complaints of sexual violence is a matter of the upmost importance for every university in the country.

Penn’s Joshua Plotkin to Receive 2015 Akira Okubo Prize for Mathematical Biology

January 26, 2015

Joshua Plotkin of the University of Pennsylvania has been named winner of the 2015 Akira Okubo Prize, awarded jointly by the International Society for Mathematical Biology and the

Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

January 26, 2015

The Jewish Book Council has named University of Pennsylvania professor Kathryn Hellerstein recipient of the 2014 Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies for her A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014).

Penn in the News

Such a Stoic

Emily Wilson of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for her book The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca.


February 2, 2015 | The New Yorker
The Obama Man Turning Around Chicago’s South Side Isn’t Rahm Emanuel

Penn’s commitment to local engagement and trailblazing role in procurement is cited.


January 26, 2015 | NextCity.org
Why Do Nasty Online Comments Get Us Riled Up? It’s Literally in Our DNA.

Doctoral student Johannes Eichstaedt of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “We now think of chronic stress as a chronic upregulation of the sympathetic nervous system.”


January 25, 2015 | Washington Post
Preservation and Contemporary Design for 36th and Walnut

The design for the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics is highlighted.


January 21, 2015 | HiddenCityPhila.org
Should Teens Get to Say ‘No’ to Life-saving Medical Treatment?

Andrew Siegel and Dominic Sisti of the Perelman School of Medicine write about giving teenagers the power to decide on life-saving treatment for themselves.


January 23, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

MULTIMEDIA

  • More Than Just a Game

    More Than Just a Game

    A group of students at Penn Alexander School are hacking parents’ classic warning that video games turn brains to mush. In a course developed by Yasmin Kafai, a professor of teaching, learning, and leadership at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), a group of 12 sixth to eighth graders are working not only to understand how video games work, but to actually create the games themselves.

  • Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Composer Has a Lifelong Fascination with Sounds

    Erica Ball was just 3 years old when she begged her parents to let her play the piano. She doesn’t remember exactly what sparked her interest, but Ball says her fluency grew quickly as she progressed from playing on a tiny keyboard to a baby grand by middle school.

  • PIK Prof Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    PIK Professor Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    Drawing from the seemingly disparate fields of economics, electrical engineering, and computer science, Rakesh Vohra’s work requires the support of an institution resolutely committed to interdisciplinary research—a level of commitment he says few institutions beyond Penn have.

  • Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Last March, an interdisciplinary team of Penn undergraduate students beat out 11,000 applicants worldwide to be named one of six regional winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million challenge inviting university students to create a start-up addressing global issues.

  • Artist Uses Everyday Objects to Tell a Poignant Story

    Artist Uses Everyday Objects to Tell a Poignant Story

    Photographer and multimedia artist Brent Wahl sometimes finds inspiration for his work just by walking around the city. Often comprised of “collected” and staged objects, his work includes items that he’s found in various sites that are potentially loaded with meaning—from empty lots and construction sites to the side of the road.

  • Penn Center for Innovation Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

    Penn Center for Innovation Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

    On Nov. 17, University President Amy Gutmann helped celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership, and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how, and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.

  • ADL Honors Penn President Amy Gutmann

    ADL Honors Penn President Amy Gutmann

    At an evening gala on Nov. 12, the Anti-Defamation League honored Penn President Amy Gutmann and the University of Pennsylvania with the Americanism Award for the 2014 partnership between ADL and the University.

  • Penn’s Climate Action Plan: Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    Penn’s Climate Action Plan: Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated wide-ranging accomplishments in integrating sustainability into coursework as well as campus planning, design and operations.

  • Dorothy Roberts: Bringing Different Perspectives into Class

    Dorothy Roberts: Bringing Different Perspectives into Class

    When Dorothy Roberts was 3 months old, she moved with her parents from Chicago to Liberia, where her mother, Iris, had worked as a young woman after leaving Jamaica.

  • Penn President Gutmann Helps Honor Malala Yousafzai at Liberty Medal Ceremony

    Penn President Gutmann Helps Honor Malala Yousafzai at Liberty Medal Ceremony

    Speaking to a gathering of 1,400 guests at the Liberty Medal ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Penn President Amy Gutmann praised 17-year-old Medal recipient Malala Yousafzai, “for her powerful force for good on our planet."

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