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Stains Alive

For Libraries fellow Erin Connelly, stains are some of the most exciting discoveries in her study of medieval manuscripts. She is part of a national team of researchers who are analyzing stains in medieval texts using modern multispectral imaging. An exhibition at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library displays their discoveries.

Louisa Shepard , Louisa Shepard

Ice cream conundrum

The refreshing delight of ice cream on a hot summer day has its dangers: tooth sensitivity and the familiar feeling of “brain freeze.” Scientists break down the causes of the discomfort we are so willing to endure.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

Academic ‘boot camp’

A group of 13 active-duty service members and veterans took part in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which introduces enlisted personnel toward an undergraduate program at a top-tier institution with a weeklong academic program.

Jill DiSanto

A ‘smart-connected cup’ to fight Zika

By combining a a Thermos, a microfluidics chip and a smartphone, researchers have found a way to bring Zika testing to sites where clinical laboratories aren’t present but diagnostics are needed.

Penn Today Staff

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Times Higher Education U.K.

India’s slimmer excellence initiative an ‘intelligent’ approach

The Graduate School of Education’s Alan Ruby said that the Indian government’s decision to designate select just six universities as “Institutes of Eminence” was a sensible choice, which would allow them to concentrate available resources.



Audio: Your dog can get a Lyme disease vaccine. Why can’t you?

On NPR’s “Stateside,” Robert Aronowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed the history of Lyme disease and why getting a vaccine is no longer an option for prevention.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Audio: What makes an activist?

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed her new book, History Teaches Us to Resist, and the history of progressive resistance movements in the U.S.


WBUR Radio (Boston)

Can gentrification be a good thing?

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School and the Penn Institute for Urban Research joined other experts for a conversation about gentrification.


The Washington Post

A hospital’s human touch: Why taking care in discharging a patient matters

The School of Nursing’s Karen Hirschman discussed the challenges families face after loved ones leave the hospital.


CBS Philadelphia

Big concerns ‘lanternfly’ could damage some Pennsylvania exports

Anthony Aiello of the Morris Arboretum discussed measures for limiting the spread of the lanternfly, an invasive species new to Pennsylvania that feeds on grapes and orchards.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Michael Thase co-authored a study that found that patients experiencing depression were 30 percent more likely to respond well to treatments selected with guidance from genetic testing. “Having knowledge in improving the care of your patient is a good thing,” said Thase.



Why are we so mesmerized by stories like the cave rescue in Thailand?

Deborah Small of the Wharton School discussed the public’s fascination with dramatic news stories with the possibility of a narrative conclusion. Small said that chronic social issues like poverty or malnutrition were less likely to captivate the public’s attention. (Audio)


Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers owner Josh Harris gives $1 million gift to Penn wrestling

Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina said that the gift was a game-changer both financially and symbolically. “In addition to the strategic elements to support the program, it’s also an inspiration to our student-athletes; it’s an inspiration to our staff, to our alumni and recruits,” said Reina.


The New York Times

New York has world-class hospitals. Why is it so bad for people in need of transplants?

David Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine estimated that New York-area hospitals could be transplanting organs from 100-200 more people per year than they are currently, each of which could benefit as many as eight recipients.