Penn in the News

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label
National Geographic | April 1, 2018
Paul Wolff Mitchell of the School of Arts and Sciences, PIK Professor Sarah Tishkoff and Yana Kamberov of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed race and genetics. Skulls from the Samuel Morton collection in the Penn Museum are also featured.
Why Historically Black Colleges Are Enjoying a Renaissance
National Geographic | April 1, 2018
Marybeth Gasman provided data on family income for an article which explores the origins and successes of today’s HBCUs.
The Hottest Philly Neighborhood No One Is Talking About
WHYY | March 16, 2018
North Philadelphia’s “linguistically diverse” Olney neighborhood has surged in population in the last 15 years. Domenic Vitiello of the School of Design discussed the neighborhood’s revitalization, which has managed to avoid the “out-migration” afflicting other, more gentrified neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
The FDA Wants to Take Nicotine Out of Tobacco. How Do You Do That?
Live Science | March 15, 2018
Andrew Strasser of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses genetically engineering tobacco to produce low-nicotine cigarettes. The new cigarettes differ from so-called “light” cigarettes, which can be smoked more vigorously to increase nicotine intake. In his 2016 study, Strasser and colleagues found that the low-nicotine versions “were associated with reduced smoking,” offering hope to both smokers and researchers. 
Astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA Did Not 'Change in Space' the Way You Think
Gizmodo | March 15, 2018
The Perelman School of Medicine’s Mathias Basner joined the chorus of sleep experts dismissing initial reports that 7 percent of astronaut and identical twin Scott Kelly’s DNA “changed” while in space.
For Penn, March Madness Memories Will Outlast Regrets
Philadelphia Inquirer | March 15, 2018
Despite the loss to Kansas, the Quakers delivered a season of 24 wins and brought a strong defense to the March Madness game. “We played as hard as we could play,” said senior Darnell Foreman, who had led the team to victory at the Palestra on the 11th, qualifying them for the tournament.
Doctors Hunt for Hidden Cancers With Glowing Dyes
Associated Press | March 14, 2018
Sunil Singhal of the Perelman School of Medicine pioneered the use of “TumorGlow,” which administers a dye called ICG in large doses prior to surgery. The dye collects in and illuminates cancer cells, allowing surgeons to identify once-invisible tumors. The dye is now being tested for use in ovarian and lung cancers and may one day be used to detect breast cancer. Is Not for Sale
The Verge | March 13, 2018
After purchasing the domain name in 1993, Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science has had to repeatedly fend off attempts by cryptocurrency enthusiasts to purchase the website for upwards of seven figures. Blaze has refused to sell, warning against the use of cryptocurrency as “investment vehicles.”
Low-Income, First-Generation Students Have — Finally — Established a Beachhead at Ivy League Schools. Now the Real Work Starts.
Washington Post | March 13, 2018
At the annual 1vyG conference, Amy Gutmann spoke to the experiences of first-generation low-income students, citing the increase from 1 in 20 to 1 in 8 Penn students since 2004.
In Tumultuous Times, Penn to Debate Race, Firearms, Immigration at Public 'Teach-In'
Philadelphia Inquirer | March 13, 2018
A five-day series of panels, lectures, screenings, and more will take place at Penn for the first time since 1969, with hopes of engaging the public on current issues.