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  • Penn Law professor argues for centering Indian law in US constitutional framework

    In an article for the Harvard Review, Penn Law Professor Maggie Blackhawk (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), argues for a paradigm shift in American constitutional law that would place Native Americans, federal Indian law, and American colonialism at the center of how lawyers and the public understand our constitutional framework.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • #WomenofPenn: Seeds of inspiration rooted in childhood

    Carmen Guerra, an associate professor of medicine and associate director of Diversity and Community Engagement at the Abramson Cancer Center, and Alina Mateo, an assistant professor of endocrine and oncologic surgery, share a deep-seated passion for helping underserved communities to access life-saving preventive screenings, and opening doors for future generations of health care professionals.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Empowering Native voices

    Last month, the Penn community welcomed a group of research partners from Native American and First Nations tribal communities for two days of meetings, workshops, and a lecture presented by the Penn Language Center’s Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities, or EPIC. 


  • Do most Americans believe in human-caused climate change? It depends on how you ask.

    In a new study, researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that “seemingly trivial decisions made when constructing questions can, in some cases, significantly alter the proportion of the American public who appear to believe in human-caused climate change.”

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • New “Philadelphia Cultural Pass” program unites major employers and cultural institutions

    Penn Medicine and Drexel University will join to launch the Philadelphia Cultural Pass pilot grant program, an effort to support vital arts and cultural institutions in the city, offers opportunities for staff to visit internationally renowned arts institutions, concerts, exhibits. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • 2019 Making a Difference in Diverse Communities grants announced

    Penn Arts & Sciences has announced the 2019 funded projects for Making a Difference in Diverse Communities, an initiative that encourages faculty to explore innovative ways of applying their expertise. Through a combination of coursework, research, and service, the projects address issues of diversity and inequality at the local, national, and international level.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts and Sciences

  • Meeting the oral health needs of an aging population

    In a new commentary, Tim Wang, Mark Wolff, and Neeraj Panchal bring attention to the oral health needs of a growing geriatric population in the U.S., and suggest practical ways to prepare providers to meet the challenge of treating this unique group.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Call for nominations: The Green Purchasing Award

    Call for nominations are now open for Penn’s Green Purchasing Awards through June 28. Now in its fifth year, the award recognizes the leading actions of any individual and/or team that advances the development of sustainable purchasing practices at Penn. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Purchasing Services

  • Health system leaders value nurse innovation skills, just not at the leadership level

    Clinical and business leaders value the innovation and clinical acumen skills nurses bring to their organizations at most levels, but not the highest. By 2025, though, both sides of the industry signal that they’re taking steps to fully unleash nurse innovators at the leadership level. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Rachel Werner appointed Executive Director of Penn LDI

    Werner is a global expert on health care policies and their impact on the quality and equity of health care, she holds both an MD from the Perelman School of Medicine, where she also did her residency in Internal Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Wharton School. 

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute