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  • New Fels Distinguished Fellow with a focus on racial equity and social justice

    Matthew Stitt, a 2012 graduate of the Fels Institute of Government, is joining Fels as a Distinguished Fellow. Stitt will help Fels students engage in critical policy issues and create a more diverse and equitable public sector. He will lead a speaker series on racial equity and social justice, support internships and student mentorship, and connect students and alumni. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • The war on drugs as structural racism

    A Penn LDI seminar looks at the contrast between the “War on Drugs,” which devastated Black and Latino communities through mass incarceration, and today’s public health approach to opioids in white communities.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Promoting self-care among African immigrants with chronic diseases

    In the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Penn Nursing’s  Onome Henry Osokpo reports on the results of a systematic review, finding that an interplay of cultural and structural factors influences the self-care practices of African immigrants with chronic diseases. While cultural identity is a powerful influence, African immigrants also report systemic barriers to adopting self-care recommendations.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Songs of Dissent: Poetry and Antiracist Solidarity

    In this Lightbulb Café, Josephine Nock-Hee Park, Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, and Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies, discuss teaching poetry and finding antiracist solidarity in poetic movements of the past and present.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • The winners of the 2021 Senior Design Competition

    Penn Engineering’s Senior Design Competition, sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society, involves pitching projects to a panel of judges who evaluate their potential in the market. This year, eighteen teams total, three from each department, virtually presented to the panel of judges, who awarded $2,000 prizes in four categories. Team OtoAI, Team mRNA Vaccines, Team PVRE, and Team Phaox took home the four prizes in the 2021 Senior Design Competition.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Penn’s Department of Cell and Developmental Biology—Insights on scientific excellence from a female powerhouse

    This spring, the National Academy of Sciences, a 158-year-old nonprofit organization that promotes scientific excellence and advises the United States government and public on the latest scientific developments, elected two scientists to its membership from the department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine. M. Celeste Simon, the Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh Professor and the scientific director of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, and Marisa S.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • 2021 CAREER Award recipient: Alex Hughes

    The assistant professor in bioengineering and in cell and developmental biology, is among the Penn Engineering faculty members who have received the CAREER Award this year. Hughes plans to use the funds to develop a human kidney model to better understand how the development of cells and tissues influences congenital diseases of the kidney and urinary tract.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • PJ Brennan named to Delaware County Board of Health

    The chief medical officer and SVP of Penn Medicine, has been chosen as one of the five members on the newly created Delaware County Board of Health.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Back to health care’s other big challenges: Return of the Innovation Accelerator

    The Accelerator is an annual fixture of the Center for Health Care Innovation, but there was no class in 2020. Most of the Center’s staff had been dispatched on various projects to battle COVID-19. So the fact that a 2021 class is being selected is a welcoming sign of the approach of normalcy.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Featured Books: Pride Month

    To help celebrate Pride Month, staff, students, and faculty of Penn’s LGBT Center have put together a selection of books and films that explore the LGBTQ experience through fiction and nonfiction, both joyful and tragic, written for children, adults, and everyone in between.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries