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President Gutmann Announces 2015 President’s Engagement Prize Winners at Penn

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

Bioethics Commission Chaired by Penn’s Gutmann Focuses on Critical Neuroscience Issues

March 26, 2015

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

Penn Senior Investigates the State of Airport Security

March 25, 2015

As part of his honors thesis project, University of Pennsylvania senior Hillel Neumark has been investigating the history of airport security and reflecting on what can be done in the future to ensure that security measures are effective and trustworthy.

Swimming Algae Offer Penn Researchers Insights Into Living Fluid Dynamics

March 26, 2015

Very little is known about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Penn researchers have shown how a model organism's swimming strokes change along with a fluid's elasticity.

Penn in the News

We Need to Unlock the Brain’s Secrets – Ethically

President Amy Gutmann, Presidential Bioethics Commission chair, writes about three key areas of ethical concern in neuroscience research and application.

March 26, 2015 | Scientific American
Should We Give Fetuses Painkillers Before We Abort Them?

Elaina Lin of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her perspective on fetal surgery and fetal pain research.

March 26, 2015 | Washington Post
Five Penn Students Win $150,000 Each for Community Service Projects

Five seniors, Jodi FeinbergMatthew LisleShadrack FrimpongAdrian Lievano, and Katlyn Grasso, are highlighted as the inaugural winners of the President’s Engagement Prize.

March 26, 2015 | CBS News (Philadelphia)
Gene Counselors Expect Resurgence of ‘Jolie Effect’

Katherine Nathanson of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about BRCA testing.

March 26, 2015 |
Students Find Howard University’s Tuition Freeze ‘Reassuring’

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on tuition freezing and what that means for students attending historically black colleges and universities.

March 2, 2015 | NBC News


  • ACE to Honor University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann with 2015 Reginald

    ACE Honors President’s Commitment to Diversity

    The American Council on Education (ACE) honored Penn President Amy Gutmann with the 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.

  • Penn and the Wharton School Launch Penn Wharton China Cent

    University Launches Penn Wharton China Center

    The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing, China on March 10, 2015.

  • Penn President and Penn Libraries host Lea School Students

    Penn President and Penn Libraries Host Lea School Students

    A special visit from West Philadelphia elementary school students to Penn Libraries’ Emancipation Proclamation exhibit complements what the students are learning in their classes about the document.

  •  Rutendo Chigora: Rhodes Scholar & Activist

    Rutendo Chigora: Rhodes Scholar & Activist

    From Harare, Zimbabwe, Rutendo Chigora is a senior double majoring in international relations and political science, and minoring in English. In December, she was awarded one of the two Rhodes Scholarships available to students from Zimbabwe. She will study at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.

  • PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

  • Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Penn students in the course, Living World in Archaeological Science, offered in the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), have learned about scientific analysis of skeletal rem

  • Mentors On and Off the Field

    Mentors On and Off the Field

    On a cold night in late January, more than 100 people took to Franklin Field to celebrate the public launch of the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) initiative, an after-school mentoring program.

  • Penn's Electric Racecar Revs Up Philly Auto Show

    Penn’s Electric Racecar Revs Up Philly Auto Show

    Electric cars may be the future of driving, but first, the vehicles need to spark excitement among the general public. That’s why Penn students have been working hard for the past two years to build one of the world’s first electric racecars.

  • 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.