Free Lyft May Not Help Poor People Keep Doctor Appointments

Krisda Chaiyachati of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about leading a study that found that giving low-income people free use of ride-sharing services for medical appointments does not affect the no-show rate when compared to patients who have their own means of transportation.

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Biden on Trump Aide Rob Porter: ‘It’s Long Past Due That He Left’

Joseph Biden of the Penn Biden Center comments on topics in the news. (Video)

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HBCUs: Born in the North but Most Needed in the South

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on the first historically black colleges and universities, located in the North.

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Ask the Experts

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School answers questions about credit-card rewards.

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Audio: Korean Peninsula Primer / Dow Jones update

Frank Plantan Jr. of the School of Arts and Sciences talks about the history of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

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Penn Senior Kevin Chen Awarded Churchill Scholarship

Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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​​​​​​​University of Pennsylvania senior Kevin Chen of Fremont, Calif., has been selected for a Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation, which will allow him to study abroad for a year at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Awarded annually to American students with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher, the scholarship funds a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Cambridge’s Churchill College.

Chen will graduate from Penn in May with a bachelor’s degree in physics, biophysics and biochemistry along with a master’s in physics from the School of Arts and Sciences. He will pursue an MPhil in chemistry in David Klenerman’s laboratory at Cambridge.​​​​​​​

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A Vagelos Scholar and Goldwater Scholar, Chen has been working in Yale E. Goldman's lab in the Department of Physiology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine since 2015. He developed optical devices for sensing single molecules in biochemical reactions and used the technique to study the mechanisms of drugs that treat genetic disease.

A resident advisor in New College House, Chen organizes student events and actively embraces Penn’s commitment to community engagement.

Through Moelis Access Science, a program based at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, he teaches physics through experiments at West Philadelphia High School. As part of a College House Research Fellowship, Chen launched a partnership with West Catholic High School to develop weekly physics experiments. He also coordinates services for the United Community Clinic, a free, student-run medical clinic in West Philadelphia.

In addition, Chen is a member of Penn Lions, a Chinese lion dance troupe.

He was awarded the scholarship with the assistance of Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

The scholarship was established the request of Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of United States-United Kingdom scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic. This year, 15 students were awarded Churchill Scholarships.

More information about the Churchill Scholarship is available at

Penn President Amy Gutmann and Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Host Official Opening of the Penn Biden Center in Washington

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Carlyn Reichel | | 202-804-5656
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Penn Biden Center in Washington Ribbon Cutting

Penn Biden Center in Washington Ribbon Cutting

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.

The official opening marks almost a year since the University announced the Biden appointment and the formation of the new Penn Biden Center focused on diplomacy and global engagement. Located at 101 Constitution Ave., N.W., the Penn Biden Center engages foreign policy leaders and members of the Penn community on issues critical to ensuring that the world continues to benefit from principled American leadership throughout the 21st century.

The event featured a ribbon-cutting and an hour-long conversation between Biden and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, who is also a Penn alumna and a trustee emerita of the University.

“Today we inaugurate the Penn Biden Center to support an interconnected world that is open and secure, dynamic and free,” said Gutmann, introducing the program. “Today we launch the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Around the globe there is a dire need for innovative well-informed leadership, global leadership, leadership that is outreaching.

“Around the globe the pressures are also enormous to turn inward. This is a global phenomenon But we must, and we will, reach out. An important way of doing this is through what we call educational diplomacy. Educational diplomacy is the most lasting and powerful tool for building understanding and cooperation around the world. I see that day in and day out on Penn’s campus.

“Our students and our faculty,” said Gutmann, are “hungry for the kind of understanding and the kind of educational diplomacy and the kind of political diplomacy that this Center represents.”

Democracy and diplomacy were addressed in the dialogue between Biden and Mitchell, which covered a wide range of topics, including current issues in foreign policy as well as long-term trends affecting global affairs and the future of American leadership.

“We lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” said Biden. “America is an idea, and the reason why the rest of the world rallies to the United States, why we’ve been able to lead the world so consistently, is because of our ideas and our ideals, and to the extent that we’re consistent or close to consistent with what we say we believe, the more we have support. Our allies are willing to stand with us the more certain they are about who we are, and they can count on us. I think that’s the single most consequential element of what we here at the Penn Biden Center are fighting to sustain and retain.”

At the ribbon-cutting, Biden said, “It is just a great, great honor to be associated with what I think is one of the finest universities in the world.” He continued, “This is the most satisfying thing that I could do. The purpose of this [Center] is to be a gathering place where ideas are exchanged.”

Following the program, David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, addressing the more than 100 guests, said, “All of us at Penn are immensely proud and privileged to have Vice President Biden leading the work of the Center and to have his name associated with Penn's name.

“I want to give a special shout out to our students and faculty participating in the Penn in Washington program who are here with us today. This is an educational facility, and we should always remember what we are trying to accomplish.”

The Feb. 8 dialogue with Gutmann, Biden and Mitchell can be viewed in its entirety here.

Official photography from the event is available for media use upon request.

Perry World House 2018 Distinguished Visitor Irina Bokova Kicks Off Semester With Week of Events

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Bill Burke-White (right), inaugural director of Perry World House, discusses the importance of international institutions with PWH Distinguished Visitor, the former director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, Irina Bokova (center) and former assistant secretary of state for International Organization Affairs Bathsheba “Sheba” Nell Crocker (left).

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.

On Jan. 30, Bokova spoke of her leadership at UNESCO and in the international community more broadly. She then joined a panel conversation with Perry World House Director Bill Burke-White, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Bathsheba “Sheba” Nell Crocker, and Johns Hopkins University Professor Ruth Wedgwood, for a discussion of role of international institutions as well as reforms needed at a dynamic moment in the world.

On Jan. 31, Bokova joined a spirited panel, moderated by Perry World House’s deputy director LaShawn Jefferson, with leaders of the Philadelphia and Penn communities. Bokova, Zabeth Teelucksingh, the executive director for the non-profit Global Philadelphia Association, and Brian Daniels, the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, discussed the power of culture and heritage to bring the world together.

Throughout the week, Bokova spoke and met with hundreds of members of the Penn community, in public events, private conversations, and through the Perry World House Global Cable podcast, which will be broadcast soon. She is just the latest visitor to Perry World House, joining previous guests, including the European Union’s former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Lady Catherine Ashton, President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón. 


Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel Named $1M 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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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.

The Dan David Prize recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research and achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world.

The international Prize annually awards three prizes of (US) $1 million each in three time dimensions: Past, Present and Future. Emanuel will receive the 2018 Dan David Prize for the Present Time Dimension in the field of bioethics. This is the first time in its 17-year history, the Prize has been awarded for bioethics. The Present prize “recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today.” Emanuel will share the bioethics prize with Baroness Mary Warnock, United Kingdom, and Prof. Jonathan Glover, Kings College London, United Kingdom in the Past and Future Time Dimension. 

The Dan David Prize laureates donate 10 percent of their prize money to postgraduate students in their respective fields, thereby contributing to the community and fostering a new generation of scholars. It is also unique in its outreach efforts in the wider community.

Emanuel contributions to bioethics are wide ranging covering topics as diverse as end-of-life care, the ethics of research with human participants, the allocation of scarce resources, the physician-patient relationship, as well as health policy. Unique among bioethicists, he has been both an empirical and conceptual researcher and has worked to implement his ideas in public policies. 

Emanuel is a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) University Professor, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy with appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School.

The Dan David Prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.

NBC's Andrea Mitchell to Speak at Penn's Commencement

Penn alumna and award-winning journalist Andrea Mitchell is highlighted as the speaker for the University’s 262nd Commencement.

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