Campus & Community

Penn Grad Student Wins Miss Pennsylvania Title

PHILADELPHIA - Rachel Brooks, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government is the new Miss Pennsylvania and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant.The 24-year-old from Broomall, Pa., competed as Miss River City.

Jacquie Posey

Thomas S. Robertson Is Named Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School

PHILADELPHIA -- Thomas S.  Robertson, executive faculty director of the Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University and former dean of Emory's Goizueta Business School, has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.  The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was announced by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ron Daniels.

Ron Ozio

Penn Receives Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Fund Fellowships to Rebuild New Orleans

PHILADELPHIA - The Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at University of Pennsylvania's School of Design has received a $2.2 million grant to fund fellowships to advance the redevelopment process in New Orleans.  Penn fellows will work as project managers and collaborate with the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans and local officials.  

Michael Cowan, Valerie Piper

Penn Departments Test Use of Alternative Fuel in Vehicles

PHILADELPHIA --  The University of Pennsylvania will test a newly developed biodiesel fuel made from waste grease from commercial kitchens.  The fuel, produced by Philadelphia Fry-o-Diesel, LLC, a biodiesel production company, is cleaner burning than petroleum diesel.   

Jenny Shearer

Penn Professors Elected to American Philosophical Society

PHILADELPHIA -- Three professors in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.  Election to the APS recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in all fields.

Jacquie Posey

In the News

Times of India

Jon Bon Jovi receives honorary degree from University of Pennsylvania

At Monday’s Commencement ceremony, President Amy Gutmann lauded Jon Bon Jovi for his musical achievements and community restaurants. “The pay-it forward model (of the Soul Kitchen) serves in-need and paying customers with dignity and encourages their active participation through volunteer services,” she said. The musician and humanitarian was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree.


CBS Philadelphia

Camden teen beats odds to attend UPenn on scholarship

Christon Young, a charter school student from Camden, New Jersey, will be attending Penn this fall on a full scholarship. Young plans to become an anesthesiologist.


The Wall Street Journal

Even Harvard is now teaching personal finance

Wharton alumnus and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland was mentioned for his Urban Financial Literacy class, taught alongside Brian Peterson of the School of Arts and Sciences.


CBS Philadelphia

Penn Medicine’s Tara Miller Melanoma Cancer Center opens in memory of young woman who lost her battle

A new melanoma research center, named for the late Tara Miller, was dedicated this week at the Abramson Cancer Center. Lynn Schuchter of the Perelman School of Medicine said Miller was “a remarkable woman, incredibly courageous, such a love for life.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn women make history with first distance medley relay win at Penn Relays

Women’s distance medley relay team members Nia Akins, Uchechi Nwogwugwu, Melissa Tanaka, and Maddie Villalba won Thursday’s race at the Penn Relays. Coach Steve Dolan said the four are “some of the best runners in Penn history assembled at one time.”