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  • 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

  • Penn Dental Medicine student research in spotlight on international stage

    Over 30 student researchers were included in the scientific program with their faculty mentors, showcasing a diversity of projects across disciplines.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • Developing endotracheal tubes that release antimicrobial peptides

    Endotracheal tubes ensure a hospital patient’s airway is clear when they can’t breathe on their own. However, keeping a foreign object inserted runs the risks of infection, inflammation, and a condition in which scar tissue narrows the airway. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are one way to mitigate these risks, but can harm beneficial bacteria and contribute to antibiotic resistance.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Penn study finds new possible cell target to treat clear cell renal cell carcinoma

    The scientists found the health of these specific cancer cells and tumors are dependent upon cholesterol and this receptor, while also showing that medication that specifically targets the receptor could make it impossible for the cancer cells to survive and spread.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Penn Dental Medicine faculty, fellow earn top research awards

    Penn Dental Medicine faculty member Yuan Liu and postdoctoral fellow Zhi Ren have been recognized for their excellence in research, recently receiving top awards from the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

    FULL STORY AT Penn Dental Medicine

  • How vaccine mandates are helping companies

    With the delta variant driving up COVID-19 cases across the country, more companies are mandating vaccinations for employees to ward off the economic losses that come from having an unhealthy workforce. The decision by companies to require vaccines or masks doesn’t surprise Wharton management professor Iwan Barankay.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • Annenberg and SP2 launch new digital media executive education program

    It’s designed for media industry professionals, activists, community organizers, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs looking to build mission-aligned digital media strategies.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg School for Communication

  • No dead ends: New material makes for a promising fuel cell electrolyte

    A fuel cell’s electrolyte determines how quickly the cell’s fuel is converted into energy, but is also responsible for insulating the electrodes from one another. Materials that can achieve rapid proton conductivity while blocking electrons in the harsh environment of fuel cells typically contain fluorine, which increases their cost and environmental impact. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has designed a new electrolyte material that solves some of these problems.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Former Olympian Chinedum Osuji begins his term as department chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    The Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering also conducts research on soft materials and complex fluids, publishing work on topic areas such as material blends and membrane filtration. He’s also an Olympic athlete, having competed in taekwondo at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine establishes Roberts Family Professorship and Fellowship for vaccine research and development

    The endowed chair and fellowship funds were created through a gift from the Aileen and Brian Roberts Foundation, underscoring the Roberts family’s strong support of Penn Medicine and their passion for cutting-edge healthcare.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News