News Releases



Penn Chemists Develop Motion Capture-like Technology for Tracking Protein Shape
February 12, 2018
In many modern animated movies, the trick to achieving realistic movements for individual characters and objects lies in motion-capture technology. This process often involves someone wearing a tracking suit covered in small, colored balls while a camera captures the position of those colored balls, which is then used to represent how the person is moving.
At Penn, Robust Undergraduate Seminar Takes Students to India
February 12, 2018
Nearly 8,000 miles from the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia, eightstudents immersed themselves in “The Performing Arts of Modern South India” through a year-long course that included a 12-day visit to India and continues through the spring. During the fall semester on campus, the students reviewed the development of the performing arts in pre- and post-colonial South India, such as Bharatanāṭyam dance and Karṇāṭak music. In addition, they wrestled with questions surrounding citizenship, caste politics, law, marginalization and disenfranchisement.
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Host Official Opening of the Penn Biden Center in Washington
February 8, 2018
On Thursday, Feb. 8, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Joseph R. Biden Jr., 47th Vice President of the United States and Penn’s Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor, hosted the official opening of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.
Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel Named $1M 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate
February 7, 2018
Globally renowned bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, the University of Pennsylvania’s Vice Provost of Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, has been named a 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate. Emanuel will receive the award at the Dan David Prize Award Ceremony May 6, at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Perry World House 2018 Distinguished Visitor Irina Bokova Kicks Off Semester With Week of Events
February 7, 2018
By John Gans Jr. In January, Irina Bokova, the former director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, was at the University of Pennsylvania for a series of events hosted by Perry World House, the Law School and Graduate School of Education. Bokova, who is a Perry World House Distinguished Visitor, met with students, faculty, and members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities and presented compelling arguments for the ability of international institutions and culture to bring a rapidly changing world together.
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. 
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.
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 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.