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  • Penn recognized as top performer in 2020 Sustainable Campus Index

    Penn ranks 7th overall in the area of Diversity and Affordability and 5th overall in the area of Transportation. Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Sustainability

  • Scope of practice restrictions and vulnerable populations

    Organized by LDI and the Penn School of Nursing, the “Expanding Scope of Practice After Covid-19” conference brought together 15 top experts in every aspect of restrictive state scope of practice laws for advance practice registered nurses and other health professionals.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices From The Inside

    The first installment of six prison newspapers is now available for reading by Penn students, faculty, and staff on the JSTOR platform. Presenting newspapers written and published by incarcerated people from within federal and state prisons nationwide, American Prison Newspapers, 1800-2020: Voices From The Inside aims to offer a quarter-million page-images with searchable fulltext from more than 300 prison newspaper titles when completed.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • $40 million Department of Energy grant funds collaborative research on solar technology

    The Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels has been awarded a Department of Energy grant focused on the production of fuels from sunlight. The $40 million grant, over five years, will accelerate fundamental research on solar technology in order to meet the increasing needs for clean and renewable energy sources.


  • Penn Vet’s Dean W. Richardson awarded prestigious ACVS Honor for Career Achievement

    The chief of large animal surgery at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center has been recognized by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for having made significant contributions to the development of surgical techniques and methodology, and disseminating knowledge to colleagues, residents, and students.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Vet

  • Two Penn research teams win NSF awards to pursue ‘the future of manufacturing’

    The Weitzman School of Design’s Masoud Akbarzadeh has used geometry-based structural optimization techniques to create human-scale structures out of concrete. He and his colleagues in Penn Engineering will mimic evolution’s approach toward minimizing the use of material while maximizing its performance as part of their NSF “Future Manufacturing” project.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Allison Hoffman publishes Oxford Handbook chapter on inequitable access to health care in the U.S.

    In “The American Pathology of Inequitable Access to Medical Care,” University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Professor of Law Allison K. Hoffman maps out the complex picture of access to medical care in the U.S. and shows how “variable access illustrates, among other things, an American ambivalence about health solidarity.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Penn Medicine and Comcast/Independence Health’s Quil come together to provide patients with a ‘digital front door’

    The internationally recognized leaders in health care and connectivity will partner with Quil platform to customize and enhance care and patient education through video and digital communication.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Inaugural Penn Vet New Bolton Center, MARS Equestrian™ research program to accelerate transformative advancements in equine musculoskeletal health

    Together with MARS Equestrian™, the School of Veterinary Medicine has launched a research program dedicated to advancing critical frontiers in equine health. At its core, the MARS Equestrian™ Early Career Investigator program is providing aspiring veterinary researchers with a multidimensional mentorship experience guided by a team of leading Penn Vet researchers and animal health experts from MARS Equestrian™ and the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Vet

  • Just hours of training triples doctor confidence in use of handheld ultrasound devices

    Recent advances in ultrasound technology has allowed for the development of ultra-portable handheld devices that are especially promising for uses such as monitoring heart failure and pneumonia in geriatric populations that have difficulties with mobility or remain entirely housebound.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News