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University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania (often referred to as Penn or UPenn) is an American private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities.

Like Benjamin Franklin, UPenn's founder, the University has a history of innovations. For example, the first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton, 1881) and the first student union (Houston Hall, 1896), were all born at UPenn. It is now particularly well known for its medical school, dental school, school of business, law school, communications school, nursing school, veterinary school, its social sciences and humanities programs, as well as its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. All of Penn's schools exhibit very high research activity. In fiscal year 2011, Penn topped the Ivy League in academic research spending with an $814 million budget, involving some 4,000 faculty, 1,100 postdoctoral fellows and 5,400 support staff/graduate assistants.

As one of the most active and prolific research institutions, Penn is associated with several important innovations and discoveries in many fields of science and the humanities. Penn's academic and research programs are led by a large and highly productive faculty.

Over its long history the university has also produced many distinguished alumni. These include 12 heads of state (including one U.S. President), 3 United States Supreme Court justices, and supreme court justices of other states, founders of technology companies, international law firms, and global financial institutions, university presidents and 18 living billionaires

Honors: Ivy League Member

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Paul Saint-Amour, professor of English in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize for 2016 for his most recent book, Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form  (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016
blurb:  Starting in February, a free, online course, "How To Apply to College" will pool the best resources together to share information about a highly complex process in an easily accessible place.

Starting in February, the Admissions Office at the University of Pennsylvania, in a partnership with Steppingstone Scholars Inc., is launching a free online learning initiative aimed at increasing access to college

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016

Although the protein tau, which is associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, has been heavily studied for decades, its role in maintaining cell function is poorly understood. 

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016

PHILADELPHIA – David L. Cohen, Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, today announced that the University has agreed to extend the contract of President Amy Gutmann for an additional three years to June 30, 2022.  The extension will make Gutmann the longest-serving President in Penn’s history.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016
Date:  November 28, 2016 http://www.gse.upenn.edu/news/shavon-savage-penn-gse-alum-finds-home-leading-west-phillys-lea-school Source:  Penn GSE

The wide range of skills ShaVon Savage (GSE ‘02) mastered during her previous professional lives have prepared her for her new post as the principal of the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia, a partnership school with Penn GSE.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2016

Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon in sheets just one atom in thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of its unique combination of strength, electrical conductivity and chemical stability.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2016
blurb:  Sometimes all it takes is a single interaction or a thoughtless comment from a coworker to make a new mother feel negatively about her experience with breastfeeding and pumping at work. That’s true even in a place that attempts to build a positive culture around these aspects of motherhood, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sometimes all it takes is a single interaction or a thoughtless comment from a coworker to make a new mother feel negatively about her experience with breastfeeding and pumping at work.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2016
blurb:  Ten professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among a class of 391 members honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Ten professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among a class of 391 members honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016

University of Pennsylvania senior Theodore Caputi has been selected to receive a George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate studies in Ireland.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016