News Archives

William Fontaine - Penn’s First African-American Professor
Penn Current | Thu, 01/24/2013
William Fontaine, a philosophy scholar and an authority on black culture and improving race relations, was the University’s first African-American professor.
Q&A with Salamishah Tillet
Penn Current | Thu, 01/24/2013
Salamishah Tillet, assistant professor of English and Africana studies and Penn alumna, is interviewed by Penn Current staff about choosing Penn and the focus of her work.
Penn Professor Mary Frances Berry a Long-time Civil Rights Advocate and Voice for the Powerless
Penn News | Sat, 01/19/2013
Mary Frances Berry has dedicated her life to championing the rights of people “nobody else would listen to.”
Annenberg, SAS Professor Examines Effects of Digital Media on Social Movements in China
Penn News | Fri, 01/18/2013
Goubin Yang, who holds appointments in the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Penn’s Sociology Department, eagerly looks forward to focusing his work on the intersection of new media, social activism and governments’ reaction, such as in China.
Penn Researcher Explores the World of the Sex Trade
Penn News | Thu, 01/17/2013
Toorjo Ghose is an assistant professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice who has developed a strong reputation on campus and abroad for his commitment to human rights. His research focuses on the underworld of the sex trade -- not just in Philadelphia but also in New York City and in India.
La’Toya Latney Cares for the Feathered, the Scaly, the Slimy and the Furry at Penn Vet
Penn News | Wed, 01/02/2013
The inspirational path of a girl becoming a Penn Veterinarian.
Penn Researcher Marybeth Gasman Receives Grant to Study Success at Minority-serving Institutions
Penn News | Fri, 11/02/2012
Penn Graduate School of Education Professor Marybeth Gasman and her collaborator Clifton Conrad were awarded a $275,000 grant by USA Funds to research student success at AAPI-serving institutions. In this first-of-its-kind study, the researchers will study retention, learning and degree attainment at three AAPI institutions during the next two years.  They will examine the environments at these colleges and universities, student success initiatives and institutional data, as well as peer relationships and faculty-student relationships.
Professor Chyke Doubeni Strives to Eliminate Inequities in Cancer Screening and Survival
Penn News | Wed, 10/31/2012
Chyke Doubeni's groundbreaking research and clinical work aims to erase the inequities that frequently arise in health care and health outcomes among different racial and socioeconomic groups.  His work posits that gaps in colorectal cancer prevention, detection, and treatment are not due to differences in genetics, but rather they are purely a result of social, environmental and behavioral factors.
Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
Penn GSE | Mon, 10/01/2012
The Graduate School of Education has launched the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education which is led by Associate Professor of Education Shaun Harper.  The Center brings together researchers whose work will inform education policy and practice.
Chyke Doubeni Appointed Presidential Term Professor
Penn News | Mon, 10/01/2012
Chyke Doubeni is Penn's second Presidential Term Associate Professor.   Dr. Doubeni, an expert on colorectal cancer and racial disparities in health care, is Presidential Term Associate Professor-Clinician Educator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the Perelman School of Medicine.