Campus & Community

GovLabPHL embeds academic research into city government

As a part of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative, Penn faculty members connect with the City of Philadelphia to use innovative research data to inform more effective programs and policies.

Jill DiSanto

A prayer, a promise, and a commitment to unity

A vigil and memorial to the Tree of Life Synagogue victims brought the Penn community together not just to mourn, but to pledge a commitment to each other during challenging times.

Penn Today Staff

Staging the plague

Eighty-one students training in a diversity of health professions worked with regional and federal agencies to confront an imagined outbreak scenario centered around bubonic plague in Philadelphia.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Libraries and venerable Philadelphia Athenaeum form bookish alliance

The Libraries have entered a partnership with the Athenaeum, Philadelphia’s last remaining subscription library. “Our new library partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia makes easily accessible the Athenaeum’s unmatched collection of historic architectural publications and other documentation for the study of this rich legacy,” said David Brownlee, a School of Arts and Sciences professor and an Athenaeum board member. Jon Shaw and Constantia Constantinou were also quoted.

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Forbes

Love and college admission

In an article comparing college acceptances to valentines, Dean Eric J. Furda of Admissions said “the concept of the ‘ideal partner’ may not have a place in the college search process, lest we set ourselves up for disappointment and denial.” However, he said, “in the end, I do believe the vast majority of students find their true love; it just may come from previously unexpected places and takes an open-minded person.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Running club chases down theft suspect in University City

The Annenberg (Lunchtime) Running Club was lauded for its role in capturing a man accused of theft during one of their triweekly outings. “Running is typically a useless sport where you turn fat cells into heat, but occasionally it can be useful, and here was one of those opportunities,” said founding member Kyle Cassidy.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn president Amy Gutmann helped prepare report on restoring faith in the media

President Amy Gutmann contributed to the Knight Foundation’s report on the state of diversity, transparency, and public faith in the media. “We call on and depend upon media for speaking across multiple perspectives,” Gutmann said. “You can only do that if you have a newsroom where there is that kind of diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Hive mind: What’s in these Ed Bacon photos?

Hannah Bennett of the Libraries spoke about an unlabeled trove of photographs donated to Penn by urban planner Ed Bacon before his death in 2005. The photos are now being posted to Flickr to solicit public help identifying the locations depicted. “You don’t have to be a Bacon scholar – or a Bacon enthusiast – to enjoy these pictures,” said Bennett.

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