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Penn PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts to Receive APA’s 2015 Fuller Award

The American Psychiatric Association has named University of Pennsylvania professor Dorothy Roberts recipient of the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievements. The award honors “a Black citizen who has pioneered in an area which has significantly benefitted the quality of life for Black people.”

Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

January 16, 2015

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

Brookings Tops List of Penn’s 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Rankings

January 22, 2015

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania today released its 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks. Simultaneous launch events were held by 77 organizations in 59 cities in 49 countries worldwide. The report will be translated into more than 20 languages. The Brookings Institution topped the list, as it did last year.

Field Center at Penn Addresses America’s ‘Throwaway Children’ Through History

January 23, 2015

The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research will host “The U.S. Response to Throwaway Children: From Orphan Trains to the Current Migrant Crisis,” which will include Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection, Monday, Feb. 9.

Penn in the News

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
Audio: New Blood Test Could Indicate Long-term Severity of Concussions

Douglas Smith and Robert Siman of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss how a new blood test could indicate severity of concussions.


January 22, 2015 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
‘Big Data’ Coming Soon to Cancer Care in Philly

Bill Hanson of the University of Pennsylvania Health System is quoted about big-data initiatives in medicine.


January 22, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer
Why Obama Ignored Housing in State of the Union

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School comments on President Obama’s omission of housing in the State of the Union address.


January 21, 2015 | “MarketWatch”
Video: Health Care…Biggest Revolution in 100 Years: Pro

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School discusses the changes in the health care industry.


January 21, 2015 | CNBC: “On The Money”

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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