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  • Karen Winey earns pair of scholarly awards for her work on polymer science

    In recognition of this work, the TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has received the 2020 Herman F. Mark Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, and the 2020 Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Science & Engineering from The American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering

  • Palliative nursing’s role during COVID-19 and beyond

    As a rapid influx of patients overwhelmed health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, palliative nurses played dual roles supporting patients, patient families, and colleagues. Two researchers at Penn Nursing are among those detailing the important role palliative care has in responding during the COVID-19 pandemic and in future public health crises.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Penn to co-lead $6.5 million transatlantic grant to investigate the role of the immune system in heart disease

    The international team of researchers will focus on inflammation and the role different cells in the immune system play in cardiovascular health.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Meme misconstrues efficacy of face masks in spread of COVID-19

    FactCheck.org reports that a meme suggesting that face masks are useless against COVID-19 has been circulating online. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face covering in public since the virus is transmitted mostly through droplets produced when people cough, sneeze and talk.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Pandemic inspires framework for enhanced care in nursing homes

    In an article published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy, two researchers from Penn Nursing offer a framework, designed with the input of nursing home leaders, to facilitate internal and external decision-making and collective action to address these threats.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Syntegration: A new approach to planning the future of women’s health

    Over two days,  27 participants—representing a wide variety of stakeholders in Women’s Health at HUP—narrowed a long list into a set of strategies and actions to reimagine women’s health care and the kinds of technologies necessary to bring new innovations to patient care.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Virtual case managers add detective presence that helps keep older adults out of hospital

    For the last year, Julie Hontz, a virtual case manager for Penn Medicine at Home’s SOAR program, has been helping elderly patients go home from the hospital earlier by assessing patients’ needs and support in the home. Hontz’s role is to make calls with the patients and caretakers detect any issues before they become impediments to healing at home.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn launches region’s first center for translational neuromodulation

    The Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation (brainSTIM) Center brings together a team of leading neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and engineers at Penn using neuromodulation techniques to research, repair, and enhance human brain function.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Rakesh Vohra wins SIGecom Test of Time Award

    The George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, has won for his paper, “Calibrated Learning and Correlated Equilibrium.” The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes research published between ten and twenty-five years ago that has stood the test of time in its field.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering

  • Weitzman kicks off summer program with The Fresh Air Fund to prepare underserved youth for careers in design

    PennPraxis Design Fellows will lead an interactive virtual course for 150 Fresh Air Fund youth ages 14-17 in July and August 2020. The course, Fresh Air Everywhere: Virtual Design Studio, will be one offering to youth in the Fresh Air program in lieu of the traditional summer camp experience this summer.

    FULL STORY AT Weitzman School of Design