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  • Krystal Strong urges U.S. House subcommittee to support leadership initiatives for African youth

    Penn GSE’s Krystal Strong, an expert in youth leadership in African countries, told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, that this “youth bulge” of Africans under the age of 30 represents a huge opportunity for African societies and the U.S., but only if a path to leadership can be opened for them.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • David Amponsah named Presidential Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

    The assistant professor of Africana Studies is a scholar of religion and society in Africa and its diaspora. The Presidential Professorships are five-year term chairs, awarded to outstanding scholars, whose appointments to the standing faculty are approved by the Provost and who demonstrably contribute excellence and diversity to Penn’s inclusive community.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts and Sciences

  • New Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies

    This month, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice announced the launch of a new training institute, the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies, designed for scholars from underrepresented backgrounds as well as for scholars doing critical research on communities of color. 

    FULL STORY AT School of Social Policy & Practice

  • PPEH announces 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Amy Balkin

    Balkin’s solo and collaborative work explores and re-imagines humans’ relationships to the natural world and how planetary resources have been used and valued. She will be in residence in Philadelphia for two short-term stays in the spring and fall of 2020. The two residency periods coincide with major public events organized by PPEH which Balkin will also participate in and will include at least one public workshop for the Penn community.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts and Sciences

  • You were just told you have ‘elevated’ amyloid. How do you respond?

    Newly published research in PLOS ONE from the Penn Program on Precision Medicine for the Brain reveals what research participants thought, felt, and did after learning they have “elevated” amyloid, a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Memory Center

  • Helping diabetic women have healthy babies

    The Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Diabetes & Endocrinology practices as a team help pregnant women gain better control of their diabetes while reducing the risk of complications to both mother and baby.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • CRISPR “minigene” approach stops genetic liver disease in mice

    A new CRISPR gene-editing technique prevented a genetic liver disease known to be driven by hundreds of different mutations and improved clinical symptoms in mice, suggesting potential treatment for patients with a rare metabolic urea-cycle disorder caused by a deficiency of a specific enzyme, as well as other hereditary diseases triggered by different mutations on the same gene.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Lyle Ungar named AAAS Leshner Public Engagement Fellow

     Lyle Ungar, professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, is among this class of twelve Leshner Fellows selected by The American Association for the Advancement of Science, all researchers in the area of artificial intelligence. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering

  • What leaders should understand about diversity in the workplace

    Making the workplace more diverse has many measurable benefits, but it’s essential for leadership to understand how to build more diverse teams. 

    FULL STORY AT Wharton

  • New Roybal Center studying palliative care in dementia

    The new center—the Roybal Center for Palliative Care in Dementia—is led by Scott Halpern, who is also the director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Memory Center