Ensuring an effective rollout of virtual classes
On Monday, March 23, after an extended week of Spring Break, Penn will resume its thousands of classes remotely only, due to COVID-19. Faculty members and instructors, and the staff that supports them, have been preparing around the clock.
Guidelines for moving college courses online
In response to the coronavirus, college instructors are shifting their in-person courses online. Zachary Herrmann and Penn GSE’s Center for Professional Learning have some experience making this work.
Staying protected from COVID-19 phishing schemes
Nick Falcone, Penn’s information security officer, recommends taking extra steps to keep technology secure during such unprecedented times.
Wharton School launches a remote course on the impact and implications of COVID-19
Starting March 25, the new course will address in real time how global business and financial uncertainty can be managed in the wake of such dramatic events.
Nourishing the brain with conversations about food
A yearlong colloquium from Penn Anthropology offers a steady diet of research perspectives, delving into how this facet of culture affects modern health and practices, and broadens our historical outlook.
A look back into humanity’s collective history, through religious rituals and practices
In a Q&A, psychology doctoral student David Yaden describes his new book, which touches on traditions from Hinduism, Buddhism, and 11 other religions.
Battling longer, more intense fire seasons
In a Q&A, doctoral student Clare Super describes her research into wildland firefighting, the impact on firefighters, U.S. policy around wildfires, and parallels to what’s happening in Australia.
Evan and the chocolate factory
Engineering student Evan Weinstein fixated on the idea of liberating bespoke chocolates from the confines of both the bar and the mold. Rather than cast a chocolate shape, why not build it? Cocoa Press is his solution.
Understanding how information flows into and out of Gitmo
Annenberg doctoral student Muira McCammon studies the intersection of technology, law, and military policy. She’s on the quest to understand how people and data move through the Guantánamo Bay detention center.
Decolonizing the syllabus
Faculty and graduate students in the History and Sociology of Science Department are reconsidering the way they teach, moving towards a more collaborative, innovative approach that incorporates a wide base of global sources.
In the News
Does your agency reflect the diversity of the community it serves? Why not?
Raekwon Burton, a grad student in the School of Social Policy & Practice, wrote about the lack of diversity in the field of social work.
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Trump issued an executive order to prepare for an EMP attack. What is it, and should you worry?
School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. students Christopher Blair, Casey Mahoney, Shira Pindyck, and Joshua Schwartz co-wrote about the president’s plans to issue an executive order meant to protect the country from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. The authors say that such an attack is highly unlikely, due to the prospect of nuclear retaliation from the U.S. and assertions that the destructive capacity of EMPs has been overstated.
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Video: As He Graduates From Wharton, Former Ellicott City Resident Thinks of Mom and Reflects on Overcoming Tragedy
The Wharton School’s Kayvon Asemani overcame a life of challenges to become not just an MBA, but a beloved advocate, speaker, performer, and friend. Now that he’s graduated, Asemani will be joining the staff at Facebook’s California headquarters this June.
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Mapping Wheelchair Access in Philly and the Suburbs
Ph.D. candidate Mark Bookman of the School of Arts and Sciences has created an online map to crowdsource accessibility information about Penn’s campus and beyond. The intersectional tool highlights wheelchair accessibility, Braille signage, gender-neutral bathrooms, prayer spaces, lactation rooms, and more.
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