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  • Law faculty caution against drawing ‘broad societal implications’ from Rittenhouse acquittal

    Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, the Earle Hepburn Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, says “it is difficult not to draw broad societal implications from this verdict. But I think we should be careful here. Wisconsin law had very narrow self-defense inquiries, and the question of whether the jurors appropriately made those calls is a distinct question from what the law should be. This is all the more difficult because the state had to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, and that standard is a high one.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Every Ocean Hughes named 2021–2022 Sachs Visiting Professor at the Weitzman School

    Hughes is based in Stockholm, where she was professor of art at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft, and Design from 2013-202. 1In many of her works, she mines the history of 20th-century avant-garde activities that took place in both institutional and public spaces. In particular, she is drawn to the ephemeral history of queer activists and artists. Another ongoing concern is the recognition of the complexities of identity, which often manifests in works that explore the intersection of physical movement and political action.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Quattrone Center releases analysis of police response at George Floyd protests

    The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice completed a Sentinel Event Review conducted by community stakeholders and representatives of the Madison Police Department (MPD) reviewing MPD’s responses to protests in the summer of 2020, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, with 69 recommendations designed to improve MPD’s response to future protests and provide support for the First Amendment freedoms of the community in atmospheres of physical and emotional safety.

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  • Driverless deliveries: How close are we?

    Wharton’s John Paul MacDuffie speaks about Walmart’s operating driverless delivery trucks. The director of Wharton’s Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation says Walmart deserves credit for the pilot program; automated trucks have been around for a few years, but they haven’t been operating in real-world conditions. 

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Exploring psychological resiliency of older adults with diabetes

    Studies suggest that exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with a variety of different mental health consequences. Until now, few investigations have identified and separated the mental health consequences of exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic from preexisting factors in this age group. A new study shows more than half of the participants remained free of clinically significant levels of adverse mental health conditions during the pandemic.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • With Green New Deal Superstudio, designers bridge climate change and social justice

    Between August of 2020 and July of 2021, more than 180 design studios at 93 universities in 39 states and 10 countries responded to the Superstudio call to submit projects that could help decarbonize the U.S. economy while investing in jobs and social justic, along with dozens of professional firms and individual designers and scholars.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Mind DivE In makes graduate school in the sciences more accessible to minority students

    Mind DivE In (Diversity and Equity Initiative in the Mind Sciences) drew undergraduate students from institutions across the country for a weekend of in-person workshops and mentoring from faculty including Angela Duckworth.


  • Rebecca Kamen exhibits work at UNESCO’s ‘Creative Resilience’ exhibition in Paris

    The visiting scholar and Penn Artist in Residence was selected to exhibit her work at the “Creative Resilience: Art by Women in Science” exhibition sponsored by UNESCO at their headquarters in Paris.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Solid-tumor cancer patients ineligible for clinical trials receive immunotherapy at greater rates despite lack of benefits

    Cancer patients who are ineligible for clinical trials receive immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) at greater rates than patients who are trial eligible despite no survival benefit, according to a new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, which suggests that the positive results for phase 3 clinical trial participants receiving ICI treatment may not translate to patients who are ineligible for trials due to factors such as organ dysfunction.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Law School supports nine First Generation Professionals Fellows across all class years

    For the first time since the Law School’s Center on Professionalism initiated its First Generation Professionals Fellowship (FGP), each of the three JD classes in the Law School includes a cohort of FGP Fellows. Though the initial intention was to support six Fellows, the FGP Fellowship currently supports nine outstanding First Generation JD students.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law