Engineers from Daniel Kodischek’s lab in the School of Engineering and Applied Science are highlighted for designing an acrobatic, crawling robot.
Penn Daily News Service | May 23, 2013
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Kevin Werbach of the Wharton School comments on the Kinect system.
David Gaieski of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for leading a study on sepsis deaths.
Loretta Jemmott of the School of Nursing is cited for helping foster a conversation about developing a partnership between Penn Nursing and Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls.
Peter Conn of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education discusses Pearl Buck and is cited for writing Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
When Brittney Griner, Baylor University’s star basketball player and one of the most celebrated athletes in the history of the sport, came out publicly as gay last month, she was rather nonchalant about it. She didn’t write a Sports Illustrated cover story – à la professional basketball player Jason Collins, a few weeks later – she just sort of mentioned it in media interviews. Griner is “someone who’s always been open,” she said, with family, friends and teammates.
Rising tuition, declining government subsidies, stagnant endowments, and increased competition are challenging higher education like never before. College and university leaders are struggling to understand where these changes will lead and how they can make higher education more affordable, more accessible, and of greater quality for an increasingly diverse and aspiring student. Based on our interaction with university leaders and policy makers, we believe that the timeline for transformational change has shortened to five years. During this time, higher education will have moved from a provider-driven model to a consumer-driven one and, in so doing, upend a system that had endured for centuries.
Students at Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California announced on Wednesday that they had filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education over the institutions' alleged mishandling of sexual-misconduct cases. The students made the announcement at a news conference in New York with Gloria Allred, a Los Angeles lawyer who is advising the Southern California students. Also present were students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Occidental College, where similar complaints have recently been filed. (Ms. Allred is also helping the Occidental students in their complaint.)
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