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  • 2021 CAREER Award recipient: Shirin Saeedi Bidokhti

    The assistant professor in electrical and systems engineering will use the grant to conduct research on both online social networks and COVID-19 contact tracing networks.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Penn Arts & Sciences announces Making a Difference in Global Communities and Klein Family Social Justice Grants

    Making a Difference in Global Communities supports multidisciplinary projects led by Arts & Sciences faculty working with students to address global societal challenges, including inequities in race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic mobility, education, health care, and political representation, as well as climate change, poverty, and immigration. The Klein Grants are a new program committed to the achievement of social justice through research, teaching, and community engagement.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Protecting your mental health at work

    Wharton’s Stephanie Creary spoke with organizational behavior researcher Tiffany Johnson and psychologist Hammad S. N’cho about workplace well-being, citing a need for a bespoke strategy for people of color, who have been more adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened tensions around racial and social justice.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Featured Books: Discovering Philadelphia

    To help get in the back-to-school spirit, this month’s Featured Books are all about Philadelphia.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • Federal response to pandemic challenges for state and local governments

    In a series of online Special Briefings convened by Penn IUR together with the Volcker Alliance, federal, state, and local budget experts assessed the opportunities and challenges posed by three legislative initiatives that propose a multi-trillion dollar infusion of funding to state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • CRISPR screening tool identifies new drug target for leukemia

    A CRISPR screening tool identified a new therapeutic target to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that has the potential to leave patients with fewer side effects than current approaches, according to a new study from Penn Medicine published in Molecular Cell.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Prioritizing vulnerable communities in COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters

    As the nation continues to grapple with outbreaks of COVID-19, the Biden Administration released a statement that concludes a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection. Penn LDI’s Nadiyah Browning and Janet Weiner examine how these boosters and attendant resources be allocated so that communities that are most vulnerable and disadvantaged are prioritized.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Diversity in the Stacks: Literary reflections on the Iran-Iraq War

    Arts and cultural institutions in both countries were deployed to support wartime efforts between 1980 to 1988, often evoking religious imagery and symbols to glorify the war and martyrdom. In contrast to such glorifications of war, a number of works have honed in on the grimmer realities of war that contest these state narratives. It is important to look beyond the two states of Iran and Iraq and consider how marginalized groups experienced the war, particularly the Kurds.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries

  • Paris Perdikaris receives new Scialog Award for collaborative work in bioimaging

    The Scialog: Advanced Bioimaging initiative has selected the assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics to be part of its first cohort of researchers. A combination of science and dialog, the Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s Scialog program is a series of collaboration-generating conferences and grants, focused on a range of pressing scientific issues.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Climate change is posing an existential threat to more than just the planet

    Wharton’s Olivia S. Mitchell talks about the federal government’s call to reexamine its pension investments in light of climate change.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton