Student Spotlight with Heston Berkman
STARTING UP: Heston Berkman, who recently graduated from Penn as part of the Class of 2015, is a managing partner at Dorm Room Fund (DRF). Launched in September 2012, DRF is a student-run venture capital group that invests in student-led startups.
To understand gun violence, examine gun-injury rates
Gun violence in PG-13 movies has substantially increased in the past 30 years. The rise in gun use in movies is especially strong since 2000, and this parallels a rise in gun injuries seen in emergency departments in the United States. There has also been a rise in mass shootings over the past 10 years.
Penn urban studies class takes new look at century-old Italian Market
In a new urban studies class in the School of Arts & Sciences, professor Kushanava Choudhury and his undergraduate students use the classroom as a lab for doing original social science research. The class of six asked: How are immigrants playing a role in the city’s revitalization?
Penn students, alum make finals of Milken-Penn GSE Business Plan Competition
Penn seniors Valentina Raman and Jake Lerner have a big idea to improve literacy in Philadelphia’s middle schools. Now, they just need some funding, connections, and momentum to get their plan off the ground.
Penn works to reduce bird strikes on campus
For the past couple of years, every time Master of Environmental Studies (MES) student Joe Durrance would see a dead bird on campus, he’d take a picture of it, note the date and location, and try to identify the species. He logged the death of the birds—caused from their collisions with glass windows—but knew he needed to do more.
Celebrating Inaugural President’s Engagement Prize Recipients
Penn President Amy Gutmann said she vividly remembers the afternoon she called the five recipients of the new