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  • 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

  • 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

  • Anthea Butler project receives a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation

    The Crossroads Project, co-directed by the associate professor of religion and Africana studies, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The Crossroads Project: Black Religious Histories, Communities, and Cultures is a new initiative based in the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Butler will co-lead the creation of a digital archive of materials related to Black religious life in the U.S.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • This year’s First Generation Professionals Fellows: Trevor Kirby and Virinchi Sindhwani

    The First Generation Professionals Fellowship is designed for students who are the first in their families to attend professional school.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • We’ll need more than vaccines to vanquish the virus: New COVID-19 testing technology

    Across Penn and in the Perelman School of Medicine, researchers are collaborating across schools and departments to develop novel ways to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Marc Henschel to lead a new Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at Penn Dental

    Henschel’s appointment as AEGD program director and associate professor of clinical community oral health is effective January 1.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine