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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.

10/28/09 3:19am

Professor makes clothes light up

The idea of stitching circuitry into clothing may seem like a concept gleaned from the pages of a science-fiction novel set centuries into the future.
10/28/09 2:33am
During a Career Services program Tuesday night, the international health expert described how his experience learning the Inuktitut dialect while doing research in the Arctic as a student of anthropology ultimately jump-started his career in global health.
10/28/09 2:25am
Last night, students interested in publishing, books and zombies witnessed the brains behind The New York Times bestseller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — Jason Rekulak.
10/27/09 4:33am

Med School's 'Pipeline' reaches out to Sayre High

Through the Education Pipeline, Faculty, residents and students in the Medical School, as well as Penn undergraduates, teach Sayre students topics relating to neuroscience, cardiology, infectious disease and endocrinology.
10/26/09 11:31pm

Enrollment for MBAs holds steady

While MBA enrollment at Wharton has increased in the recession, that rise has not been drastic. Other schools have seen increases.
10/26/09 1:41am

Engineering prof creates 'cloaking device'

Electrical and Systems Engineering and Bioengineering professor Nader Engheta has created a cloaking device that makes objects “less visible” to the human eye, he said.
10/26/09 12:24am

Hands-on projects are focus of Mechatronic Systems class

Students in professor Jonathan Fiene’s Design of Mechatronic Systems class do in a week what other engineers do in two months.
10/23/09 1:40am

Law students attend Supreme Court case

Last week, eight third-year Penn Law students attended a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on a case they had helped research in coursework for the school’s Supreme Court Clinic.
10/22/09 12:51am

Neuroscience prof sheds light on animal research

Despite the School of Veterinary Medicine’s prestigious status as a research institution, Penn Police is on the lookout at every event for animal rights activists protesting the unfair treatment of research subjects.
10/21/09 4:43am

Profs scoff at bill to drop political science funds

Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Ok.) proposed an amendment that would prohibit the NSF from “wasting federal research funding on political science projects.”
10/20/09 11:41pm

Wharton class involves real-world field projects

Some students don’t enter a classroom for class. Instead, they work with the United Nations or design buildings in Abu Dhabi.
10/16/09 3:54am
Every Monday, students operate the United Community Clinic out of the First African Presbyterian Church between 41st and Girard Streets.
10/15/09 1:32am

Statistician addresses racial profiling

In a politically charged discussion, Ridgeway, a senior statistician and the Director of the Safety and Justice research program at RAND, addressed this issue and others in a talk focused on racial profiling.
10/15/09 12:44am

Fels launches new dual-degree program

Beginning this semester, students interested in government administration and environmental studies will be able to integrate both disciplines by enrolling in a new dual degree program.
10/13/09 2:58am

Penn boasts more rigorous study-abroad programs

Higher education experts have called into question the academic value of study abroad. But according to Office of International Programs Executive Director Ann Waters, Penn is ahead of the curve in terms of ensuring the academic rigor of its programs.
10/11/09 9:33pm

Penn Med students prepared for business side of health care

Although nationally, many medical school graduates say they feel inadequately prepared for the business aspects of health care, this doesn’t seem to be the case at Penn.
10/09/09 6:45am

Penn researchers inform health care reform debate

While current health care reform efforts seem distant - with most discussions based in Washington, D.C. - Wharton, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing are playing a significant role.
10/09/09 2:17am

Abroad enrollment steady despite national decline

Penn students are continuing to go abroad in large numbers, despite trends to the contrary among many American universities. About 23 percent of Penn's junior class goes abroad.
10/07/09 12:40am

Alumnus wins Nobel in physics

George Smith, who graduated from the University in 1955, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics Tuesday. He received the award with two fellow researchers.
10/06/09 11:38pm

Pearson plans to release English proficiency exam to rival TOEFL

Since its inception in 1964, the Test of English as a Foreign Language has effectively dominated the English proficiency exam market. However, it may come to face steep competition.