Health Sciences

Penn Vet Announces World Leadership and Student Inspiration Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has launched the first veterinary medicine awards of its kind designed to recognize innovation, creativity and leadership in the veterinary profession anywhere in the world.  

Gail Luciani, Jennifer Rench

U.S. Falls to 27th in Latest Report Card on World Social Progress; Chronic Poverty to Blame

PHILADELPHIA -- Cuts in social services and chronic poverty in U.S. cities and rural areas during the '90s have caused the U.S. to lag behind nearly all of Europe and several other countries in terms of overall social progress, according to the 2004 "Report Card on World Social Progress" by Richard Estes, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work professor.

Matt Gray

"At the Cutting Edge: The State of the Art Quilt " at the Arthur Ross Gallery

WHO: Philadelphia artists Cindy Friedman, Amy Orr, Leslie Pontz, Emily Richardson, Lonni Rossi and Deborah SchwartzmanWHAT: "At the Cutting Edge: The State of the Art Quilt" exhibitionWHERE: Arthur Ross Gallery, Furness Library Building, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S. 34th Street.WHEN: June 15 through July 28, 2002.

What’s the future of blood pressure monitoring?

Blood pressure monitoring is evolving for more convenience, comfort and accessibility, and may feature innovative methods, like customized “smart” sneakers, or by taking a two-minute video selfie.

Penn Today Staff

In the News


Why cash incentives and lotteries for COVID-19 vaccinations failed

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing said if policy makers had studied what does and doesn’t motivate people to get vaccinated, they would have probably rolled out COVID-19 vaccine mandates sooner.



COVID now a ‘major cause of death’ in kids but many parents remain hesitant on vaccine

Researchers co-led by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that full FDA approval will help convince parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. “As more evidence of children getting vaccinated appears, people will feel more comfortable,” Jamieson said.


The New York Times

Is ‘Havana syndrome’ an ‘act of war’ or ‘mass hysteria’?

Douglas H. Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine said his team found signs of brain damage without impact to the skull in diplomats diagnosed with “Havana syndrome.” Kenneth Foster of the School of Engineering and Applied Science expressed skepticism that the condition could have been caused by a microwave weapon: “You might as well say little green men from Mars were throwing darts of energy.”


Marketplace (NPR)

Do COVID-19 vaccine incentives work?

Kevin Volpp of the Perelman School of Medicine said he is interested to know how this year’s vaccine-incentive programs will impact COVID-19 booster rates now. “People might learn that if you wait you’ll get an incentive next time,” he said.


The Scientist

Early successes make CRISPR-based medicine a possibility

Kiran Musunuru of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the future of CRISPR-based treatments. “It's going to shift from a model where we're taking pills every day or injections every few weeks for long periods of time,” he said. “Gene editing therapies are going to transform that model into one where you have one-and-done therapies.”