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  • Modified nanoparticles can stop osteoarthritis development

    After a team of researchers showed that a certain enzyme’s presence in cartilage increased significantly in people with osteoarthritis, they targeted it with specially-loaded nanoparticles that stopped the disease’s progression in its tracks. The enzyme is largely overlooked when it comes to osteoarthritis, but the research shows it could be key to new, effective treatment for the disease. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • 2021 CAREER Award recipient: Sebastian Angel

    Raj and Neera Singh Term Assistant Professor Sebastian Angel is the latest in a line of educators to be granted funding through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Angel and his team received roughly $125k received to date to continue research on their project “Tools for building online services that hide metadata“.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Julian Abele’s living descendants honor his legacy

    In March, a group of Abele’s living descendants joined a virtual panel celebrating the life of their long-overlooked forebear, the first Black student to graduate from Penn’s architecture program. The panel was kicked off by David Brownlee, who presented an overview of Abele’s architectural career, in which he contributed to the designs of the Free Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s campus.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • New biosealant can stabilize cartilage, promote healing after injury

    In a new study, Penn Medicine researchers show that a new hyaluronic acid hydrogel system can reinforce and seal areas of injured cartilage.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Examining the legal implications of COVID-19 on the Latinx community

    The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Latinx Law Students Association held its 24th annual conference, “Fighting an Uphill Battle: Examining the Legal Implications of COVID-19 on the Latinx Community,” on April 3. The two panels featured advocates from law, government, and medicine, with the goal of highlighting the disparate impact COVID-19 has on Latinx communities.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Tackling hospital-related blood flow problems—with a few (rapid) squeezes

    A clinical trial is underway to test a Penn-developed compression tool called an “Oscipulse” to promote blood flow in order to prevent deep-vein thrombosis.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • The anniversary of COVID-19 and the growing importance of allyship

    In fall 2020, Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership Rangita de Silva de Alwis’ “Women, Law, and Leadership” course at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School interviewed over 65 male law students and 40 legal and business leaders to ask about gender bias and allyship in the workplace. Over 89% of interviewees talked about how implicit, systemic, and structural biases exist, and most of these interviewees also discussed potential ideas for how to counter these kinds of subtle bias in the workplace.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • PennPraxis and Water Center at Penn to develop stormwater master plan for Pittsburgh

    PennPraxis, the consulting and community engagement arm of the Weitzman School of Design, and the The Water Center at Penn have been engaged by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to lead the development of a comprehensive stormwater master plan for Pittsburgh.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn Law’s Eric Feldman on the likelihood of employers requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

    The Heimbold Chair in International Law and Professor of Law Eric A. Feldman predicts that quite a few private companies are likely to require a COVID-19 vaccination, particularly those that involve some degree of contact between employees and the public, citing the 1905 case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts, which gives states the legal authority to mandate vaccines. However, he thinks a mandate is unlikely.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Penn Athletics earns perfect AEI score from Athlete Ally

    The organization Athlete Ally, a leading national nonprofit working at the intersection of sport and LGBTQI+ equality, recently unveiled its third Athletic Equality Index (AEI). Penn’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics earned a perfect 100 score on the newest iteration of the AEI, making Penn the only Ivy League institution or Philadelphia city school to boast such a score.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Athletics