News Releases



Better Knowledge of Evolution Leads to Greater Acceptance of the Concept
February 7, 2018
Prevailing theories about evolution state that belief in the concept is tied only to a person’s politics or religion. But according to new research from Michael Weisberg and Deena Weisberg of the School of Arts and Sciences, whether Americans accept or reject the subject also depends on how well they understand it. 
John Jackson Named Dean of Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication
February 6, 2018
John L. Jackson Jr. has been named dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett. The selection follows an international search.
Penn Researchers Prove That Precisely Timed Brain Stimulation Improves Memory
February 6, 2018
The Restoring Active Memory program, led by Michael Kahana of the School of Arts and Sciences, is one step closer to its goal of creating a fully implantable neural monitoring and stimulation system. The team, which includes researcher Youssef Ezzyat, has shown that precisely timed electrical stimulation to the left side of the brain can reliably and significantly enhance learning and memory performance by as much as 15 percent.
Penn Alumna, Award-winning Journalist Andrea Mitchell to Speak at Penn’s 262nd Commencement
February 6, 2018
Chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC Andrea Mitchell will deliver the address at the 2018 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 14. The announcement was made today by Vice President and University Secretary Leslie Laird Kruhly.
Penn Vet Study Uncovers Therapeutic Targets for Aggressive Triple-negative Breast Cancers
February 2, 2018
As part of a breast-cancer diagnosis, doctors analyze the tumor to determine which therapies might best attack the malignancy. But for patients whose cancer is triple-negative — that is, lacking receptors for estrogen, progesterone and Her2 — the options for treatment dwindle. Triple-negative cancers, or TNBC, also tend to be more aggressive than other cancer subtypes.
A Message to the Penn Community from David L. Cohen, Chair, Penn Board of Trustees and Amy Gutmann, President
February 1, 2018
A Message to the Penn CommunityfromDavid L. Cohen, Chair, Penn Board of Trustees​​​​​​​Amy Gutmann, President Late last week, multiple credible reports emerged in the national press detailing pervasive and decades-long acts of sexual harassment and intimidation by Steve Wynn, former Penn Trustee and College alumnus. The nature, severity, and extent of these allegations, and the patterns of abusive behavior they describe, involve acts and conduct that are inimical to the core values of our University.
Democracy and the Russia Investigation Tops Discussion With Congressman Adam Schiff at Perry World House
February 1, 2018
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House on Thursday about threats to democracy. The California congressman discussed the investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and a controversial Republican memo alleging government surveillance abuses.
Dating Partners More Violent and Account for More Domestic Violence Than Spouses
January 30, 2018
More than 80 percent of intimate partner violence reported to Philadelphia police involves current and former boyfriends and girlfriends, according to research from Susan B. Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice. That’s much higher than married partners: Current and ex-spouses account for less than 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
Penn Engineering Research Gives Optical Switches the ‘Contrast’ of Electronic Transistors
January 26, 2018
Current computer systems represent bits of information — the 1’s and 0’s of binary code — with electricity. Circuit elements, such as transistors, operate on these electric signals, producing outputs that are dependent on their inputs.
Penn Students Explore City in Creative ‘Writing Philadelphia’ Course
January 26, 2018
Literally taking to the streets of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania students found inspiration in parks, museums, subways and street corners for their “Writing Philadelphia” class assignments.