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Wharton professors say online learning adapts to student needs

In a recent study, two Wharton professors said that online learning and "Supertext" — the technology embedded in massive open online courses provides perks to the learning process but doubt it will displace the traditional classroom system. 

July 23, 2014

Nurses file complaint against Penn Wissahickon Hospice

In what may become a class action suit, registered nurses in Penn Medicine's Hospice division 

July 16, 2014

Penn professor argues against accreditation of Christian colleges

Peter Conn's article in The Chronicle of Higher Education challenges the separation of church and state in regards to accreditation of Christian colleges.

July 16, 2014

Penn to lead project to restore memory loss

Teams at Penn and the University of California, Los Angeles will receive a total of $37.5 million to create memory-restoring neuroprosthetic devices.

July 8, 2014

Former Pottruck Director of Recreation allegedly stole from gym

Amy Wagner was arrested on May 7, 2014 by a member of the Philadelphia Police Department, according to the Penn Division of Public Safety.

July 2, 2014

Rodin illuminates gender payment gap among Penn faculty

On Monday at the White House Summit on Working Families, former University President and current President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin shed light on the payment gap between male and female faculty members after she was asked if women always know and communicate their value.

“When I was offered the Presidency of Penn...I think the board believed that I would and should feel extremely grateful,” Rodin said. “They offered me a salary and I went home overnight and started to get really angry.”

June 25, 2014

Philadelphia lands spot on short list to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Selection criteria include whether the city has facilities capable of staging the event and if there are enough hotels to accommodate the delegates and media. The final decision will be announced later in 2014 or in early 2015.

June 18, 2014

Marijuana might mess with sleep (or not)

The study showed that any history of marijuana use is linked to impaired sleep quality. While the study only demonstrates correlation, not causation, results suggest that those who began using marijuana in adolescence have a much higher risk of sleep impediments as adults than those who did not — although its senior study author said that other factors may play a role.

June 11, 2014

Former Penn cancer researcher indicted for stealing federal funds

The Department of Justice charged Johnson with eleven total counts of theft and fraud, alleging that he “embezzled, stole and obtained by fraud” property from the United States Department of Defense.

May 31, 2014

"Brilliant" Law School alum confirmed as Pennsylvania District Judge

The West Philadelphia native and 1979 Law School graduate waited over eight months for his nomination to be confirmed by the Senate.

May 27, 2014

Pennsylvania primary election knocks Penn affiliates out of race

Four affiliates of the University lost their respective elections for nominations. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf will face off against incumbent Tom Corbett in November.

May 21, 2014

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