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Our 15 favorite stories from 2022

From interdisciplinary research and life-changing discoveries to a new University president and everything in between, this year at Penn has been one for the books.

Penn Today Staff

Projects for Progress, two years in

An Oct. 17 event celebrated six teams of Penn students, faculty, and staff working to promote equity and inclusion in Philadelphia by addressing health care, education, and systemic racism as part of the Projects for Progress.

Kristina García

Engaging teens in the art of design

Through the PennPraxis program Design to Thrive, high schoolers are paired with Penn graduate students to learn the design process, from planning to welding and all parts in between.

Michael Grant

Penn GSE makes math meaningful for West Philly kids

The Responsive Math Teaching project, currently funded by the National Science, has kids in West Philly schools engaging in the work, rather than passively completing it, through summer “math festivals.”

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In the News

Philadelphia Tribune

Event recognizes legacy of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham

A West Philadelphia mural has been dedicated to the late Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, formerly of Penn Carey Law, with a quote from Osagie Imasogie.


Metro (Philadelphia)

Education power players—Lauren Overton, Principal, Penn Alexander School

In a video interview, Lauren Overton, principal of the Penn Alexander School and a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education, discusses how she and her staff at PAS have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Philadelphia Citizen

The West Philly housing crisis that was utterly avoidable

An in-depth examination looks at the solution that might have put a stop to the UC Townhomes housing crisis, with a glimpse at what President Liz Magill and her office are doing to help.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn to build new Stuart Weitzman performing arts center in the heart of campus

Christopher Gruits of Penn Live Arts says that the new Stuart Weitzman Theatre will give artists more flexibility and completely transform the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.


Philadelphia Business Journal

University City is running out of real estate for life sciences development. The answer? Densification

At a Philadelphia Business Journal event, Senior Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli discussed the lack of available land in Philadelphia for life sciences development and the need for densification.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

After 50 Brutalist years, the Annenberg Center plans to stretch out, open up

Penn Live Arts plans to transform Annenberg Plaza into a new performance space, the Stuart Weitzman Theater, expanding the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in 51 years.