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  • Ritesh Agarwal elected Fellow of the Optical Society

    The Optical Society cited Agarwal for “pioneering contributions to advancing complex light-matter interactions in low-dimensional semiconductors, phase-change and topological materials for applications in integrated photonics.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • The mission of Emile Bruneau of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab

    Made by the Annenberg School for Communication, “Emile” is a film that charts a year in the life of Emile Bruneau, neuroscientist and founder of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at Penn, as he embraces a brain cancer diagnosis with surprising positivity and works to accelerate the timeline of his scientific mission: to use the tools of neuroscience and psychology to bring peace to groups of people who are in conflict

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg School for Communication

  • Undergrads discuss Asian identity and biases

    Led by Wharton Asia Exchange with support from Wharton Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Group, Wharton China Association, and Wharton Korean Undergraduate Business Society, student organizations teamed up with the Wharton Undergraduate Division to organize, “Being Asian in the U.S.”, a forum for students to share their experiences and offer support for their peers.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton

  • Penn Medicine researchers use artificial intelligence to ‘redefine’ Alzheimer’s disease

    With a $17.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine will collaborate with 11 research centers to determine more precise diagnostic biomarkers and drug targets for the disease.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • $4.5 million NIH grant awarded to Penn to build a molecular model of the female reproductive system

    Junhyong Kim, Chair and Patricia M. Williams Professor of Biology, and Kate O'Neill, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine, have been awarded a Human BioMolecular Atlas Program grant to lead a multidisciplinary team in documenting the molecular characteristics of individual cells in the female reproductive system. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Health Communication & Equity Lab creates better public health messaging for LGBTQ+ populations

    Andy Tan’s newly-formed Health Communication & Equity Lab seeks to advance communication science to achieve health equity, focusing on examining inequalities in marketing, media, and message effects across diverse populations and designing culturally responsive communication interventions to advance the health and well-being of health disparity populations.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg School for Communication

  • Outside their bubbles

    The Undergraduate Data Science Hangout connects students and faculty across seemingly disparate disciplines.


  • Forcing a choice increased statin prescribing for heart disease patients

    Adding an “active choice” nudge to the electronic health record increased statin prescribing for patients with heart disease, but not for those “at-risk.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Eleni Katifori awarded the 2021 APS Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research

    This prestigious award was given “for the seminal use of physical principles in understanding living transport networks.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Paul Farber and Ken Lum receive $4M grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop art and justice initiatives across the nation

    The grant, “Beyond the Pedestal: Tracing and Transforming America’s Monuments,” will support the production of a definitive audit of the nation’s monuments, the opening of ten Monument Lab field research offices through $1 million of subgrants in 2021; and allow for Monument Lab to hire its first full-time staff and develop significant art and justice initiatives.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design