Thousands of students and other protesters filled the streets of Center City to advocate for policy changes to help resist the present and future effects of climate change on Friday. The march in Philadelphia was a part of the second "Global Climate Strike," a series of simultaneous protests across the world. Although Philadelphia public school students were told that they would be marked absent if they attended the strike, they came out in large numbers to demonstrate, holding up a variety of signs and chanting throughout the event.
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Shortly after former Vice President Joe Biden inadvertently confirmed he would be coming to Penn to work on foreign policy, Biden took part in a panel in the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum at Irvine Auditorium on Feb. 28, 2017. The discussion was focused on the fight to cure cancer, which Penn President Amy Gutmann called a “formidable foe.” Biden and Gutmann were joined by Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society Otis Brawley, Director of Clinical Research for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Nancy Davidson, Perelman School of Medicine Professor Carl June, who is the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy, and Penn Medicine patient and pancreatic cancer survivor Kim Vernick.