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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Pew Report: Immigrant Numbers Have Leveled Off

December 1, 2014

Domenic Vitiello of the School of Design comments on immigration in relation to the revitalization of Philadelphia and

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Artist Uses Everyday Objects to Tell a Poignant Story

Photographer and multimedia artist Brent Wahl sometimes finds inspiration for his work just by walking around the city.

Often comprised of “collected” and staged objects, his work includes items that he’s found in various sites that are potentially loaded with meaning—from empty lots and construction sites to the side of the road.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 28, 2014

Penn’s ELISS Fellows to Host Two Discussions on Public Health

Penn graduate students, all Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Emerging Leaders in Science and Society program, will host two free discussions on public health: “Designing Public Spaces for Public Health” and “Labeling in Philly’s Healthy Corner Stores: Where Do We Go From Here?”

WHO: Ben Chrisinger, city and regional planning, School of Design
Johannes Eichstaedt, psychology, School of Arts & Sciences
Ruth Masterson Creber, nursing science, School of Nursing

City School Crisis Dire for Us All

September 11, 2014

John Landis of the School of Design shares his thoughts on policies that discourage families with school age children.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2014

Tenth PennApps Hackathon Ready to Award $30,000 in Prizes to World’s Top Coders

In a hackathon, teams of coders compete against each other and the clock, working night and day to produce the best possible software and hardware applications under a tight deadline.


1,200 Top Collegiate Hackers

Massimo Banzi
Co-Founder, Arduino

David Pakman
Partner, Venrock


The 10th edition of 48-hour PennApps Hackathon, the largest and most prestigious student-run hackathon in the world, with more than $30,000 in prizes for best software and hardware applications

Public expo of projects created during the weekend

Awards ceremony


Hacking begins: Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Expo: Sunday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Awards ceremony: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.


University of Pennsylvania

Engineering Quad
220 S. 33rd St.


Education Commons
233 S. 33rd St.

The Palestra
235 S. 33rd St.

Award Ceremony:
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St. 

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 3, 2014

Learning Lessons by Integrating Sustainability in the Classroom at Penn

As an environmental studies major at the University of Pennsylvania, Kinsey Miller already knew about many sustainability issues. 

But, after spending the summer as a researcher in the Penn Green Campus Partnership’s Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program, her interests have expanded further.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 19, 2014

Penn President Amy Gutmann to Welcome Incoming Freshmen

WHO:            Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and incoming freshmen

WHAT:          Move-in for Penn's Class of 2018

WHEN:          Aug. 22, 2014, 11am

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386August 14, 2014

Penn IUR Publishes Two New Reports on Rapid Urbanization

Penn IUR has recently published two reports about rapid urbanization. Both reports--Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World, and Place Matters-- grew out of Penn IUR conferences supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Penn IUR has recently published two reports about rapid urbanization.

xLAB: Designing New Entertainment Experiences

August 10, 2014

Orkan Telhan, Sarah Rottenberg and Carla Diana of the School of Design and Rahul Mangharam of

Article Source: Philadelphia Weekly