News Releases



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. 
University Launches Comprehensive Penn Wellness Portal
January 23, 2018
A Message to the Penn Community​​​​​​​FromAmy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, Provost We wrote to you last month, in the wake of the Campus Conversation, about our plans to further advance the critical importance of wellness at Penn. At that time, in addition to initiatives at CAPS, we promised to launch a comprehensive website to bring together resources, events, and programs that support wellness across the University.
University Forms Working Group to Examine the Role of Slavery in Penn’s Early Years
January 23, 2018
A Message to the Penn Community​​​​​​​On the Role of Slavery in Penn’s Early YearsFromAmy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, Provost
Penn Engineers Make First Full Network Model of the Musculoskeletal System
January 18, 2018
Network science examines how the actions of a system’s individual parts affect the behavior of the system as a whole. Some commonly studied networks include computer chip components and social media users, but University of Pennsylvania engineers are now applying network science to a much older system: the human body.
Hundreds Volunteer to Honor MLK as Part of Penn Day of Service
January 16, 2018
Honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Pennsylvania kicked off its 23rd Annual Commemorative Symposium on Social Change with a Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 15.
Improvements in Mortality Rates Are Slowed by Rise in Obesity in the United States
January 15, 2018
With countless medical advances and efforts to curb smoking, one might expect that life expectancy in the United States would improve. Yet according to recent studies, there’s been a reduction in the rate of improvement in American mortality during the past three decades. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a rise in obesity is to blame.