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  • Growing agricultural biotech startup, 2019 President’s Innovation Prize winners Strella Biotechnology expands to lab space at the new Pennovation Lab

    The Pennovation Lab’s newest tenant, Strella Biotechnology, is expanding its agricultural innovation within the Pennovation Works ecosystem. The Lab is designed for companies that have secured early-stage funding and have outgrown their incubator space. With this new lease, nearly one third of the building is already under agreement. The agricultural biotech startup, founded by Penn graduates, looks to solve the global problem of food waste through data-driven technology designed to ensure fruit quality throughout every segment of the supply chain by predicting the shelf life of food.

    FULL STORY AT Pennovation Works

  • Brenda Casper elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America

    The professor of biology and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, which recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • How diet may alter risk of periodontal disease

    In a new study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Penn Dental Medicine researcher find that overall some categories of foods—nuts, red meat, and trans-fatty acids—may be associated with periodontal disease. In specific, nuts may be protective, while red meat and trans-fatty acids might increase your risk for periodontal disease.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Effective state and local leadership in the age of COVID-19

    “State and Local Leadership Challenges in the Age of COVID-19” was a livestream event on state and municipal fiscal and operational responses to COVID-19. During the 90-minute webinar, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy and an expert panel focused on the most effective strategies for dealing with the pandemic, the lessons of past crises, and how COVID-19 is reshaping crisis leadership for the future.


  • Delta Dental Foundation funds professional development series on serving persons with disabilities

    With the goal of helping to improve access to dental care for individuals with disabilities, Penn Dental Medicine will be establishing a new continuing education series through the support of the Delta Dental Foundation. The gift will fund an online professional development program designed to help oral health professionals better understand and care for the disabilities community.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Update on The Philadelphia Area Environmental Justice Curriculum Hub

    The Environmental Justice Hub will launch in May 2021, with the goal to gather and organize curricular resources for environmental justice education at the secondary school and in higher education. Currently, collaborators are gathering for Working Wednesdays sessions to brainstorm project development.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

  • The facts on the increase in illegal immigration looks at the immigration statistics and facts behind the recent increase in illegal immigration at the southern border, and notably an increase in children traveling alone.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Junior Hakiem Ellison receives Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

    Hakiem Ellison, a political science major minoring in urban education, has received a 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Recognition Award for his community service in West Philadelphia, where he grew up.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Martha J. Farah recognized by the Society of Experimental Psychologists

    The Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology was awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal for her foundational cognitive neuroscientific work on face and object recognition, visual attention, mental imagery, and semantic memory and recent work investigating the influence of early life experience on neurocognitive development.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • The Quattrone Center launches website to help prosecutors set up conviction review units

    The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice has launched a new website,, to help prosecutors in conviction review units, as well as innocence organization lawyers, navigate the issues involved in investigating and resolving wrongful convictions. The site provides materials and templates, a wide variety of information regarding best practices, and guidance for working with victims and surviving victims’ families.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law