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  • Mary Frances Berry, winner of the 2021 Lewis Award for History and Social Justice

    Established in 2021 by the American Historical Association, the prize is offered annually to recognize a historian for leadership and sustained engagement at the intersection of historical work, public culture, and social justice. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History Emerita. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Perry World House receives $500,000 grant to connect academic and policy communities

    The grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will support Perry World House’s efforts to connect Penn’s research and expertise with the global policy community as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    FULL STORY AT Perry World House

  • Marc Miskin receives 2021 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for research on microrobots

    The assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering will use the funds for research on microscopic robots to emulate fundamental biology, provide new ways of thinking about life and shape the microworld with precision and control.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Penn researchers to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods

    A grant of nearly $10M will fund research to investigate the impact of neighborhood place-based and financial well-being interventions, targeting the root causes of structural racism that contribute to poor health in Black communities.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Heavy users of conservative media more willing to take Ivermectin for COVID-19

    Four in 10 Americans, and 7 in 10 heavy users of conservative media, say they would take ivermectin if they had been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, according to a new survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Dani Bassett elected an American Physical Society Fellow

    The J. Peter Skirkanich Professor in the departments of Bioengineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been elected a 2021 Fellow of the American Physical Society, for significant contributions to the network modeling of the human brain, including dynamical changes caused by evolution, learning, aging, and disease.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Bioengineering Blog

  • Why the U.S. housing boom isn’t a bubble

    Wharton real estate and finance professor Benjamin Keys says it’s not likely that the current real estate market bubble will burst in the way it did in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Although the frenzied buying and inflated prices are reminiscent of the run-up to the recession, Keys says there are several factors that make the current market different.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Penn Anti-Cancer Engineering Center will delve into the disease’s physical fundamentals

    The Penn Anti-Cancer Engineering Center will study fundamental forces and associated challenges that determine how cancer grows and spreads, looking for mechanisms that could lead to new treatments or preventative therapies.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Weitzman students earn ASLA Awards for designs in China, Canada, and Ecuador

    Three teams from the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Architecture have been recognized by The American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) with 2021 student honor awards. Their design proposals address water scarcity at a major port city in China, the relationship between rural locales and bird habitat in Canada, and social inequity in the capital of Ecuador.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Penn Medicine researchers awarded $14 million to launch Suicide Prevention Implementation Research Center

    Led by Maria A. Oquendo and Gregory K. Brown, the INSPIRE center brings together psychiatry, implementation science, health economics, machine learning, and other interdisciplinary research experts to apply innovative approaches to suicide prevention.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News