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  • Meme misconstrues efficacy of face masks in spread of COVID-19 reports that a meme suggesting that face masks are useless against COVID-19 has been circulating online. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face covering in public since the virus is transmitted mostly through droplets produced when people cough, sneeze and talk.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Virtual case managers add detective presence that helps keep older adults out of hospital

    For the last year, Julie Hontz, a virtual case manager for Penn Medicine at Home’s SOAR program, has been helping elderly patients go home from the hospital earlier by assessing patients’ needs and support in the home. Hontz’s role is to make calls with the patients and caretakers detect any issues before they become impediments to healing at home.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Weitzman kicks off summer program with The Fresh Air Fund to prepare underserved youth for careers in design

    PennPraxis Design Fellows will lead an interactive virtual course for 150 Fresh Air Fund youth ages 14-17 in July and August 2020. The course, Fresh Air Everywhere: Virtual Design Studio, will be one offering to youth in the Fresh Air program in lieu of the traditional summer camp experience this summer.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn launches region’s first center for translational neuromodulation

    The Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation (brainSTIM) Center brings together a team of leading neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and engineers at Penn using neuromodulation techniques to research, repair, and enhance human brain function.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Rakesh Vohra wins SIGecom Test of Time Award

    The George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, has won for his paper, “Calibrated Learning and Correlated Equilibrium.” The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes research published between ten and twenty-five years ago that has stood the test of time in its field.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering

  • What happens after COVID-19? Penn Medicine’s new post-COVID recovery clinic offers support

    Shortly after the pandemic reached Philadelphia, Benjamin Abramoff and Franklin Caldera began seeing patients who had recovered from COVID-19 in their acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. Recognizing the demand for a more coordinated, comprehensive approach for these patients, Abramoff and Caldera collaborated with colleagues to spearhead the launch of Penn’s Post-COVID Recovery Clinic.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn Law’s David Abrams will apply a large data collection to study crime during the pandemic

    A large collection of data from nearly 25 cities on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on crime in the United States presents an opportunity to “test basic theories of crime.” In general, Abrams found crime has fallen considerably during the pandemic.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Faculty perspectives: June Medical Services LLC. v. Russo

    Penn Law’s Dorothy Roberts’ pens a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, which strikes down an oppressive Louisiana anti-abortion rights law, calling it “a major victory for reproductive justice in America.” 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Dean Vijay Kumar announces Penn Engineering’s first associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Camillo Jose Taylor, Raymond S. Markowitz President’s Distinguished Professor, is appointed to the inaugural position at Penn Engineering, to serve as an advisor and advocate, elevating the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering

  • Shu Yang wins Manufacturing PA Innovation grant for developing snail-inspired adhesive

    Yang was awarded approximately $70,000 to fund an application of her “snail glue” research. This research centers on creating durable  gel-based adhesive that can be applied to open wounds, then harden into a protective film.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering