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  • 2022 Senior Design project competition winners announced

    Each year, Penn Engineering’s seniors present their Senior Design projects, a yearlong effort that challenges them to test and develop solutions to real-world problems, to their individual departments. Each winning team received a $2,000 prize.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • When they can’t buy flavored tobacco, kids are less likely to smoke or vape

    In an effort to prevent young people from using tobacco, some cities and states have enacted bans on the sale of flavored products, including menthol. A 2021 JAMA Pediatrics research letter analyzing youth smoking rates following the ban on sales of flavored tobacco products in San Francisco, California, surprisingly concluded that the ban was associated with increased smoking among high school students.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • How will Twitter change?

    Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will undoubtedly reshape the company. But Wharton experts say Musk’s desire to unlock the platform’s free speech potential may not be a winning business strategy.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge at Wharton

  • Why U.S. emergency preparedness is unlikely to improve after pandemic

    Former CDC Director Julie Gerberding was a keynote speaker along with LDI Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel, at the annual health policy retreat of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The two experts discussed how the CDC’s reputation and credibility have been severely impacted by internal missteps and the intense politicization of the scientific institution’s COVID-19 response.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Additional remote support helps patients undergoing intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder

    For Americans undergoing treatment for alcohol use disorder, sustained recovery often relies on post-treatment continuing care. Advances in technology have made remote options to continuing care more feasible. A new study evaluates the effect of continuing care delivered via telephone support, a smartphone program, and a combination of both.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry welcomes inaugural class to training program

    The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) has selected its inaugural class of fellows for its new postdoctoral training program. The CiPD was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research last summer to establish the program, recently naming this first cohort of fellows that includes Justin Burrell, Marshall Padilla, Zhi Ren, and Dennis Sourvanos.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • 2022 graduate leadership awards

    Each year, the University honors student leaders who are graduating with two awards: President & Provost’s Honor for Developing New Initiatives in Graduate & Professional Student Life and the Dr. Andy Binns Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate and Professional Student Life.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate Center at Penn

  • Beth Wenger wins the the American Jewish Historical Society 2022 Lee Max Friedman Medal

    The Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of History ranks among the leading historians of American Jews in the U.S. and Israel, and is one of the most distinguished scholars of her generation. The Friedman Award biennially recognizes a scholar of American Jewish studies for excellence in research and teaching and service to the field.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Diversity in the Stacks: Folk and tribal arts in South Asia

    Penn Libraries have aimed to acquire more materials related to South Asian folk and tribal traditions, with particular interest in arts and performance. Additional funding last year allowed for a directed purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • Announcing the Katz Center 2022–23 fellows

    The cohort for the 2022–23 academic year will engage the theme of Jews and Modern Legal Culture, hailing from Israel, France, Germany, Canada, and the United States, and representing a range of methodological, disciplinary, and historical specializations.

    FULL STORY AT Herbert D. Katz Center