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  • How diet may alter risk of periodontal disease

    In a new study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Penn Dental Medicine researcher find that overall some categories of foods—nuts, red meat, and trans-fatty acids—may be associated with periodontal disease. In specific, nuts may be protective, while red meat and trans-fatty acids might increase your risk for periodontal disease.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Effective state and local leadership in the age of COVID-19

    “State and Local Leadership Challenges in the Age of COVID-19” was a livestream event on state and municipal fiscal and operational responses to COVID-19. During the 90-minute webinar, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy and an expert panel focused on the most effective strategies for dealing with the pandemic, the lessons of past crises, and how COVID-19 is reshaping crisis leadership for the future.


  • Update on The Philadelphia Area Environmental Justice Curriculum Hub

    The Environmental Justice Hub will launch in May 2021, with the goal to gather and organize curricular resources for environmental justice education at the secondary school and in higher education. Currently, collaborators are gathering for Working Wednesdays sessions to brainstorm project development.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

  • The facts on the increase in illegal immigration looks at the immigration statistics and facts behind the recent increase in illegal immigration at the southern border, and notably an increase in children traveling alone.

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • Junior Hakiem Ellison receives Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

    Hakiem Ellison, a political science major minoring in urban education, has received a 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Recognition Award for his community service in West Philadelphia, where he grew up.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Martha J. Farah recognized by the Society of Experimental Psychologists

    The Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences in the Department of Psychology was awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal for her foundational cognitive neuroscientific work on face and object recognition, visual attention, mental imagery, and semantic memory and recent work investigating the influence of early life experience on neurocognitive development.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • The Quattrone Center launches website to help prosecutors set up conviction review units

    The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice has launched a new website,, to help prosecutors in conviction review units, as well as innocence organization lawyers, navigate the issues involved in investigating and resolving wrongful convictions. The site provides materials and templates, a wide variety of information regarding best practices, and guidance for working with victims and surviving victims’ families.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Law

  • ASPEN fellowship for Penn Nursing professor

    Sharon Y. Irving, associate professor of pediatric nursing and vice-chair of Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). ASPEN Fellows are outstanding leaders in nutrition support, consistently contributing in education, practice, research and service to the field. A Fellow of ASPEN designation is the highest honor available to members.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Allyson Mackey receives NSF Award to study early science learning

    The assistant Professor of Psychology, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her work combining approaches in neuroscience, psychology, and education to predict and improve science learning in early elementary school students.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language cinema

    Penn Libraries’ collections of Hindi films feature a range of popular and historically significant cinema that chronicles the growth of film culture in India, particularly the output of Bombay. It includes physical media, most of which are DVDs, as well as a growing collection of streaming video that includes films assigned in or used in courses at Penn.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Libraries