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  • National Academy abortion study verifies safety, highlights regulatory hazards

    Lee Fleisher, who chairs the Perelman School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, served on the committee that researched abortion care, and found it to be a safe and routine medical procedure. It's state regulations that can cause health hazards. 

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Role playing national security law simulation

    The Penn Law National Security Club participated in an annual simulation in Washington, D.C., that draws students and scholars from around the country. The five-member team was assigned a key role in the exercise, mentored by James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Brands taking a stand on the NRA

    Barbara Kahn and Americus Reed, hosts of “Marketing Matters” on Wharton Business Radio, discuss the recent move by numerous companies to take a public stance against the NRA in light of recent shootings in America.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton

  • Penn Nursing is the best in the world—again

    Penn Nursing is again the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in 48 different subject areas (as of 2018) based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and research impact. This is the third consecutive year that Penn Nursing has taken the top spot.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Graduate School of Education Teach-in events

    On March 22 at 11:30 a.m., Graduate School of Education professors Harris Sokoloff and Jonathan Zimmerman will host the forum “Left, Right, and Center: Can We Talk About Sexual Harassment?” as part of the Penn Teach-in. At 4 p.m., Philadelphia Writing Project will screen the documentary “American Creed,” followed by a about civic engagement and participation.

    FULL STORY AT Graduate School of Education

  • This week, Penn is challenged to think and go green

    From March 19 through 23, Penn Sustainability is hosting the Power Down Challenge 2018, a movement to reduce energy consumption. The week features numerous events, including a tour of MOD 6, one of the University’s chilled water plants, a sculpture tour, and on Wednesday, March 21, a campus-wide energy reduction challenge.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Sustainability

  • Laurie Allen, data rescuer

    Laurie Allen of the Libraries was featured in the Library Journal for her advocacy with the Data Refuge project to download environmental data from government websites. Many terabytes of data were collected, but she said the greater impact was “helping many people think differently about the ways we value and care for information for the long term.”

    FULL STORY AT Penn Library Journal

  • Rethinking how the media cover science

    Science has come under heat, with the media magnifying incidents of retracted studies and fraud. But self-correction is a part of the scientific method, and unsupported generalizations of a “systemic crisis” can be used to discredit fields such as genetic engineering, vaccination, and climate change according to Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Fruitfly brains working like clockwork

    The blood brain barrier prevents important medications from reaching the brain. However, the barrier may be more permeable depending on the time of day. A study led by Amita Sehgal of the Perelman School of Medicine found better outcomes among fruit flies administered anti-seizure drugs at night, with implications for human brain illness medications.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Change in plans

    Before Penn Vet, Sridhar Veluvolu wanted to be a general practitioner. But after working with Nicola Mason, whose studies on canine immunotherapies have earned international attention, Veluvolu developed a love for research. He now hopes to return to Penn Vet for a residency in oncology.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Vet