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  • Landscape architecture faculty awarded for Galápagos Islands Project

    PEG office of landscape + architecture, the firm of Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys, associate professor and senior lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, received an honorable mention in the 2021 World Landscape Architecture Awards for their project, Fantasy Island: The Galápagos Archipelago.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design

  • The inaugural SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program cohort

    The Program offers full-tuition scholarships and specialized, rigorous academic programming for incoming students, with a preference for those graduating from historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. The first cohort of three SP2 Social Justice Scholars are Gianni Morsell, Paloma Brand, and Skye Horbrook.

    FULL STORY AT School of Social Policy & Practice

  • Can COVID’s health reform lessons really be applied in a fee-for-service system?

    The issue of which health care structures and practices might change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was the central theme of a panel of experts that was part of the two-day University of Pennsylvania 2021 Alumni Weekend.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • So far, vaccines remain effective against variants

    According to SciCheck, scientists are monitoring COVID-19 vaccines’ effectiveness against the virus carefully, with updated or new vaccines a possibility in the future, if need be. Social media claims blaming vaccination for an impending variant “disaster” are hypothetical predictions that ignore life-saving benefits of the vaccines.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Penn Libraries announces summer services

    This summer, the Libraries will continue to provide virtual support and access to physical and digital collections. Subject specialists are available to work with the Penn community through chat, email, phone, and web conferencing, and expanded services will offer more options for in-person browsing, research, and individual study.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • 28 community programs receive grants through Penn Medicine CAREs program

    The Penn Medicine CAREs Grant program supports faculty, students, and staff who volunteer in community-based programs outside of their jobs. This quarter, Penn Medicine CAREs awarded grants to 28 projects, many of which aim to fill vast needs in the community created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while others seek to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Joseph Francisco elected to the American Philosophical Society

    Joseph Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS). Election to APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Troutman Pepper partner to address dearth of immigration lawyers

    For the past three years, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students at the Toll Public Interest Center have have partnered with Troutman Pepper’s Pepper Center for Public Service to perform pro bono immigration work and address the scarcity of immigration lawyers currently in practice across the U.S. The pro bono immigration work encompasses all facets of the immigration process, from court proceedings to dealings with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and various social service agencies.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • Cholesterol-lowering statins prescribed less later in day

    Furthering efforts to understand why potentially life-saving statins are so under-prescribed among American patients with heart disease, a new study shows that clinicians are more likely to sign a script for them earlier in the day. Researchers in Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit found that patients with the very first appointments of the day were most likely to have statins prescribed, and the odds progressively fell through the morning and remained low throughout the afternoon. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Pathway behind muscle breakdowns in Duchenne muscular dystrophy discovered

    An overactive genetic pathway in muscle stem cells was found to shorten the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, resulting in DNA damage that impedes the normal healing response, according to a new study by researchers in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. The researchers believe this finding unveils the body’s origin point for the chronic muscle injuries associated with diseases like Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News