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  • Simmons co-authors article demonstrating how countries self-reporting treaty compliance can enhance women’s rights

    Penn Law professor Beth Simmons’ article, “The Dynamic Impact of Periodic Review on Women’s Rights,” appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems and challenges the conventional wisdom that the process of self-reporting on compliance with human rights treaties serves no useful purpose.

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  • Penn Vet and the Wharton School launching new veterinary entrepreneurship program

    The executive education program allows veterinarians to build entrepreneurial skills to have impact on public health, environmental sustainability, human and animal well-being.

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  • Penn Law expert on the past, present, and future of the U.S.-China relationship

    Penn Law’s Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies is an expert on Chinese law and politics, and China’s engagement with the international order. 

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  • Penn IUR and Penn Design launch lab on urban informality and sustainable development

    The project that consolidates and supports efforts that explore the way informality is shaping sustainable urban development. The Lab considers multiple interpretations of informality: a form of marginalization from formal society, a semi-integration into formal society, or a rational form of survival within state-sanctioned institutional arrangements.


  • Penn Law professor argues for centering Indian law in US constitutional framework

    In an article for the Harvard Review, Penn Law Professor Maggie Blackhawk (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), argues for a paradigm shift in American constitutional law that would place Native Americans, federal Indian law, and American colonialism at the center of how lawyers and the public understand our constitutional framework.

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  • Empowering Native voices

    Last month, the Penn community welcomed a group of research partners from Native American and First Nations tribal communities for two days of meetings, workshops, and a lecture presented by the Penn Language Center’s Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities, or EPIC. 


  • Do most Americans believe in human-caused climate change? It depends on how you ask.

    In a new study, researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that “seemingly trivial decisions made when constructing questions can, in some cases, significantly alter the proportion of the American public who appear to believe in human-caused climate change.”

    FULL STORY AT Annenberg Public Policy Center

  • #WomenofPenn: Seeds of inspiration rooted in childhood

    Carmen Guerra, an associate professor of medicine and associate director of Diversity and Community Engagement at the Abramson Cancer Center, and Alina Mateo, an assistant professor of endocrine and oncologic surgery, share a deep-seated passion for helping underserved communities to access life-saving preventive screenings, and opening doors for future generations of health care professionals.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • New “Philadelphia Cultural Pass” program unites major employers and cultural institutions

    Penn Medicine and Drexel University will join to launch the Philadelphia Cultural Pass pilot grant program, an effort to support vital arts and cultural institutions in the city, offers opportunities for staff to visit internationally renowned arts institutions, concerts, exhibits. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Meeting the oral health needs of an aging population

    In a new commentary, Tim Wang, Mark Wolff, and Neeraj Panchal bring attention to the oral health needs of a growing geriatric population in the U.S., and suggest practical ways to prepare providers to meet the challenge of treating this unique group.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute