A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review
A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.
Fall foliage puts Penn’s Tree Campus accolades on display
The fall colors on display this season highlight Penn’s lush campus, despite being an urban University. In fact, Penn’s tree stewardship has won honors eleven years in a row.
Political polarization distilled using data science
Penn juniors Emma Arsekin and Janelle Schneider broke down partisanship politics by analyzing metadata as PURM research assistants for political science Professor Daniel Hopkins.
African Americans have been blocked from voting, but the Black vote is not a ‘bloc’
Black History Month’s theme for 2020 is African Americans and the Vote. Three Penn scholars define what the “Black vote” means when viewed through history, and what it doesn’t mean when viewed as an indivisible bloc.
After political debates, FactCheck.org tells the true story
During each presidential debate, the team at FactCheck.org watches and listens closely to verify statements made by candidates, and draws precise lines between fact, misleading information, and sometimes pure fiction, for voters to have access to the truth.