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Academics

There’s always something new going on at Penn’s four undergraduate schools and 12 graduate schools. Look here for information on upcoming academic initiatives, new classes and research conducted by professors and students.

05/07/13 11:35pm
Engineering freshman Kate Miller was awarded the AspireIT award by the National Center for Women and Information Technology for her idea of an only girls engineering, math and science program. Miller will teach the camp this summer.
04/22/13 12:04am

Van Pelt's Special Collections Center opens

As you exit the elevators on the newly renovated sixth floor of Van Pelt Library, Benjamin Franklin’s writing desk and several of his prized possessions — including his cufflinks and a silver spoon — are displayed in a glass case on your right.
04/21/13 11:30pm
Engineering seniors Cynthia Mai, Eric Berdinis and Jeff Kiske have designed a video billboard which tailors the advertisements it displays to the people walking by based on their age, gender, glasses and facial hair.
04/18/13 10:13pm

Wharton researcher argues women can be ethical and successful

When discussing her recent work on how ethical compromises affect women’s decisions to pursue business, Kennedy, a post-doctoral fellow at Wharton, hesitated to stray from the facts — only saying what is concrete and scientifically proven.
04/17/13 8:50pm

New online grading software provokes excitement, skepticism

The landscape of online learning is changing fast, and its latest innovation might be both its most promising and riskiest yet.
04/17/13 3:30pm

Dean of Wharton School will not seek reappointment in 2014

This afternoon, Dean of the Wharton School Thomas Robertson announced in an email that he will not seek reappointment as Dean at the end of his term on June 30, 2014.
04/14/13 9:48pm

Competing at Wharton to make a social impact

On April 12, the Wharton Social Impact and Private Equity and Venture Capitalist clubs announced the team 1DocWay as the winner of the first annual Social Venture Business Plan Competition, which asks students to create a business idea that addresses a global social issue.
04/14/13 8:31pm
Three computer science seniors in Engineering have created an app that translates pictures into a musical tune.
04/11/13 10:16pm
For both its clients and the law students who work there, Penn Law School’s Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies is more than just a building on Sansom Street — it’s Penn Law’s very own “law firm.”
04/11/13 7:25pm

Double majoring might not double opportunity

Don’t bank on double majoring to guarantee a job after graduation.
04/10/13 12:08am

College junior awarded Harry S. Truman Scholarship

April 5 was the best birthday ever for College junior Christi Economy — and not because she officially turned 21.
04/09/13 12:18am

Computer Science department addresses overcrowding

In 2007, about 50 students enrolled in professor Stephanie Weirich’s Computer Science 120 course, a beginning course intended for students with a background in the discipline. This semester, the class was nearly three times as large, enrolling 170 students.
04/08/13 10:20pm

Despite potential problem with user settings, Wharton continues to use cloud-based backup

Although the Amazon backup system Wharton uses could have leakages related to user-indicated settings, the school claims its precautions will prevent any issues.
04/07/13 11:39pm
On Friday and Saturday, Penn hosted hundreds of university professors and administrators from around the world to discuss the future of massive open online courses.
04/07/13 11:04pm

Daphne Koller, Coursera's co-founder, talks MOOCs

Koller, one of the two co-founders of Coursera, took some time at this weekend’s inaugural Coursera Partners’ Conference to sit down and speak with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
04/05/13 12:02am

Graduate School of Education dean to retire in 2014

Graduate School of Education Dean Andy Porter will retire at the end of his current contract in June 2014, the University announced Thursday.
04/04/13 11:05pm
A full-time poet and part-time lecturer at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Kenneth Goldsmith is also a self-professed “institutional critic.” So when he was named the first “poet laureate” of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in January, Goldsmith was naturally “suspicious.”
04/01/13 9:31pm

Nursing School center attracts student volunteers

Living Independently for Elders, a one-of-a-kind program of the School of Nursing, has recently added new zip codes in Delaware County in addition to those it already serves in West and Southwest Philadelphia.
04/01/13 9:27pm

Wharton branches out to boost graduate school diversity

Only three percent of business school professors in the United States are minorities.
04/01/13 9:18pm

Breaking down the numbers behind Penn’s most popular classes

Some classes never get old. While many students spend hours thinking through their individualized schedules every semester during advanced registration, certain classes have been identified within particular schools and departments as more sought after than others.