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  • Julian Abele’s living descendants honor his legacy

    In March, a group of Abele’s living descendants joined a virtual panel celebrating the life of their long-overlooked forebear, the first Black student to graduate from Penn’s architecture program. The panel was kicked off by David Brownlee, who presented an overview of Abele’s architectural career, in which he contributed to the designs of the Free Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s campus.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • Modified nanoparticles can stop osteoarthritis development

    After a team of researchers showed that a certain enzyme’s presence in cartilage increased significantly in people with osteoarthritis, they targeted it with specially-loaded nanoparticles that stopped the disease’s progression in its tracks. The enzyme is largely overlooked when it comes to osteoarthritis, but the research shows it could be key to new, effective treatment for the disease. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Energy equity leader to receive top prize in energy policy

    The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy’s annual Carnot Prize goes to Sheila Oparaocha, an international coordinator and program manager at ENERGIA, an international network focused on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and sustainable energy access.

    FULL STORY AT Kleinman Center

  • 2021 CAREER Award recipient: Sebastian Angel

    Raj and Neera Singh Term Assistant Professor Sebastian Angel is the latest in a line of educators to be granted funding through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. Angel and his team received roughly $125k received to date to continue research on their project “Tools for building online services that hide metadata“.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Is there social good in green investing?

    Does investing in stocks that meet environmental social, and governance (ESG) criteria  have a positive impact on society? And how does green investing affect stock prices? Those are the questions associate finance professor Luke Taylor and his co authors ask in their paper “Sustainable Investing in Equilibrium,” which aims to provide theoretical guidance on the approximately $30 trillion ESG market.

    FULL STORY AT Wharton Magazine

  • Examining the legal implications of COVID-19 on the Latinx community

    The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Latinx Law Students Association held its 24th annual conference, “Fighting an Uphill Battle: Examining the Legal Implications of COVID-19 on the Latinx Community,” on April 3. The two panels featured advocates from law, government, and medicine, with the goal of highlighting the disparate impact COVID-19 has on Latinx communities.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Distributing naloxone by mail in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic

    APenn study finds that mailing free naloxone and other harm reduction supplies discreetly and confidentially to people’s homes is an effective yet largely underutilized strategy for increasing access to life-saving harm reduction supplies, one that policymakers should explicitly support given the urgent need.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • New biosealant can stabilize cartilage, promote healing after injury

    In a new study, Penn Medicine researchers show that a new hyaluronic acid hydrogel system can reinforce and seal areas of injured cartilage.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • The anniversary of COVID-19 and the growing importance of allyship

    In fall 2020, Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership Rangita de Silva de Alwis’ “Women, Law, and Leadership” course at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School interviewed over 65 male law students and 40 legal and business leaders to ask about gender bias and allyship in the workplace. Over 89% of interviewees talked about how implicit, systemic, and structural biases exist, and most of these interviewees also discussed potential ideas for how to counter these kinds of subtle bias in the workplace.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Tackling hospital-related blood flow problems—with a few (rapid) squeezes

    A clinical trial is underway to test a Penn-developed compression tool called an “Oscipulse” to promote blood flow in order to prevent deep-vein thrombosis.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News