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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658February 17, 2011

Eduardo Glandt’s Term as Penn Engineering Dean Is Extended

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price today announced that Eduardo Glandt has agreed to extend his term as dean of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science until June 30, 2015. 

Glandt is the Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  He became dean in 1999 and had been scheduled to step down on June 30, 2012. 

Audio: The ENIAC Anniversary

February 14, 2011

Joseph Bordogna and Mitch Marcus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science pay tribute to the first computer.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Two ‘Jeopardy!’ Aces to Square Off Against Computer

February 14, 2011

Mitch Marcus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on a computer system that will compete against two “Jeopardy” champs.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Students and Technology in the Classroom

February 6, 2011

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her perspective on the role of technology in the classroom.

Rediscovering WWII’s Female ‘Computers’

February 8, 2011

Women who worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1940s on the first computer are featured.

Article Source: CNN

Sander Olson Interviews Robotics Daniel Lee

February 3, 2011

Daniel Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured for leading Penn’s General Robotics Sensing and Perception lab.

Article Source: Next Big Future

‘Facebook of Science’ Seeks to Reshape Peer Review

January 30, 2011

Vitek Tracz is a risk-taker. He put his money into open-access publishing when free Internet journals seemed like a long shot. "Everybody promised me that open access would not succeed," recalls the scientific publisher. "They said I would go bankrupt. I thought there was a very high chance of that, myself. But it now turns out to be significantly profitable." Two years ago he sold his BioMed Central publications—there are now about 200 of them—to Berlin-based Springer for an undisclosed sum, thought to be in the region of $50-million.

Does Everyone Need a College Degree? Maybe not, says Harvard Study

February 2, 2011

In discussions about “college and career readiness” – one of the education catchphrases these days – the focus is usually on college. But increasingly, some educators are calling for more attention to the career part of the equation – and questioning whether a traditional four-year college degree is necessarily the best path for everyone.

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State of the Union: Education


Dr. Andy Porter

Dean, Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania



  • Expert in education policies, such as No Child Left Behind, as well as standardized testing and the achievement gap.
  • Offers a balanced “recipe” for fixing No Child Left Behind, and highlights the policy’s pros and cons.
  • Can discuss how Congress needs to recalibrate NCLB to make it a more effective tool in education reform.