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  • Discovery could lead to more effective PARP inhibitor drugs against cancer

    Penn researchers find that an enzyme that reduces the effects of PARP inhibition could be targeted to achieve more potent killing of cancer cells and overcome tumors’ resistance to this class of drugs.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. joins 1965 ‘Rule of Law’ panel at Penn

    On May 1, 1965 a special seminar was held at the Penn Museum as part of the University’s observance of Law Day. Titled “Rule of Law,” the program invited 400 guests to engage with the panel that included the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Raymond Pace Alexander, civil rights leader, lawyer, politician, and the first African American judge appointed to the Pennsylvania Courts of Common Pleas.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • What to look for in a tutor

    For parents who have the economic means to hire a tutor, this old school educational arrangement may seem like a pandemic-ready panacea. Who wouldn’t want a freshly minted college grad handling that essay on the Gettysburg Address? What could go wrong? Plenty, says Anne Pomerantz, professor of practice at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. 

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • Virgil Percec elected to Academia Europaea

    Virgil Percec, the P. Roy Vagelos Professor of Chemistry, has been elected to the Academia Europaea, which was established in 1988 and is the Pan-European Academy of Sciences Humanities and Letters.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Cardiac rehabilitation is underused across the country. One simple change could fix that

    New research from Penn Medicine finds that making doctors opt out from prescribing cardiac rehabilitation instead of opting in increased referrals by roughly 70%.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Bringing gynecologic cancer care closer to patients

    For patients with gynecologic cancers, treatment by a specialist—a gynecologic oncologist—is crucial for improving chances of survival. However, in 2015, as many as 10% of women in the U.S. lived in a county that was more than 50 miles from the closest gynecologic oncologist.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask sensitive questions

    The fear of asking sensitive questions is overblown, according to new research that shows that most people don’t really mind answering sensitive questions, and asking them doesn’t leave a bad impression. The paper, “The (Better Than Expected) Consequences of Asking Sensitive Questions,” is co-written by Maurice Schweitzer, a Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions.  

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • School of Social Policy & Practice launches SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program

    SP2 has established the first ever SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program, geared towards funding and fostering an eminent education for graduate students, preferably those graduating from historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.

    FULL STORY AT School of Social Policy & Practice

  • Penn, Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins to develop new Turing Tests, investigate how AI can become more like biological intelligence

    AI researchers at Penn, Carnegie Mellon and Johns Hopkins aim to better understand biological intelligence in order to make artificially intelligent systems better able to learn and adapt.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • How diverse boards can help close the wealth gap

    Wharton’s Stephanie Creary talks with John W. Rogers Jr., founder of Ariel Investments, about why board diversity matters and the wealth gap between whites and Blacks in America, which is widening despite decades of progress. 

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton