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  • Where are Black women in monumental art?

    Monuments and who and what they represent have been a subject of intense national discourse. Missing from that conversation is the presence—or lack thereof—of Black women in the making of monuments and as the subject of monuments, says Dixon Li, a doctoral candidate in English.


  • Parsing the history and health effects of structural racism

    The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' latest virtual seminar brought together five top experts on the history and continuing impact of structural racism in health care.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • ‘Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom’

    Two researchers with The Singh Center for Nanotechnology, one of 16 National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) member sites, have won the NNCI’s annual image contest. Each entry submitted is made using highly specialized microscopes available at NNCI sites, depicting complex structures that are no bigger than a red blood cell, as well as useful patterns with features only a few atoms across.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Increasing education on prone positioning could increase use among those caring for COVID-19 patients

    Penn researchers say prone positioning, a technique shown to improve outcomes in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, may not be used as frequently as needed, and more time spent explaining its value to clinical staff could help.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Deep Jariwala wins Frontiers of Materials Award

    The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society has named the assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering a winner of their Frontiers of Materials Award. Jariwala is an expert in nano- and atomic-scale devices that could have applications in information technology and renewable energy.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • 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

  • 2020 Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize

    Perry World House and Foreign Affairs Magazine have announced the winners of their Emerging Scholars Global Policy Prize, which promotes and publishes scholars dedicated to making new academic research on significant global issues accessible to policymakers. 

    FULL STORY AT Perry World House

  • 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