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  • Electronic health records usability issues linked to nurse burnout and patient outcomes

    A new study from Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research has investigated associations between EHR usability and nurse job outcomes (burnout, job dissatisfaction, and intention to leave) and surgical patient outcomes (inpatient mortality and 30-day readmission). The study found that employing EHR systems with suboptimal usability was associated with higher odds of adverse nurse job outcomes and surgical patient mortality and readmission.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Three Penn Dental students accept national leadership roles in ASDA

    This year, Penn Dental Medicine represents three of the four students appointed to serve on National American Student Dental Association. Second-year student Ryan Kaminsky was elected District 3 Trustee on the Board of Trustees. Julie Berenblum was appointed Council on Membership Associate, and first-year student Hilary Wong was appointed Council on Communications Associate.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Featured Books: National Poetry Month

    This year marks the 25th annual National Poetry Month, a celebration of poets and poetry organized by the Academy of American Poets. Like last year, this year’s National Poetry Month celebrations are taking part online, while the Penn Libraries shares its selections of books and audiovisual resources.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • 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

  • Energy equity leader to receive top prize in energy policy

    The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy’s annual Carnot Prize goes to Sheila Oparaocha, an international coordinator and program manager at ENERGIA, an international network focused on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and sustainable energy access.

    FULL STORY AT Kleinman Center

  • 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

  • Is there social good in green investing?

    Does investing in stocks that meet environmental social, and governance (ESG) criteria  have a positive impact on society? And how does green investing affect stock prices? Those are the questions associate finance professor Luke Taylor and his co authors ask in their paper “Sustainable Investing in Equilibrium,” which aims to provide theoretical guidance on the approximately $30 trillion ESG market.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton Magazine

  • 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

  • Distributing naloxone by mail in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic

    APenn study finds that mailing free naloxone and other harm reduction supplies discreetly and confidentially to people’s homes is an effective yet largely underutilized strategy for increasing access to life-saving harm reduction supplies, one that policymakers should explicitly support given the urgent need.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute