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Megan Becker Wins Accessibility Leadership Award
Expedition Winter 2018 | Wed, 01/02/2019
Megan Becker, of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, received the Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Award for 2018.  The award recognizes outstanding arts administrators and cultural arts organizations whose leadership and work furthers the field of accessibility. The awards increase awareness and focus on the importance of accessibility in artistic venues, cultural institutions, and natural history settings.
Sara Bachman Named Dean of Penn School of Social Policy & Practice
Penn Today | Thu, 08/30/2018
Sara “Sally” Bachman has been named dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett.
OMNIA PODCAST: THE RISE OF WOMEN IN POLITICS IN 2018
Omnia - SAS | Mon, 08/27/2018
In this episode of the OMNIA podcast, we explore a potential watershed moment in American politics: the unprecedented number of women running for office in 2018. Dawn Teele, Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor of Political Science, researches women and politics, voting rights reform, and candidate recruitment. Right now, she’s studying Emerge, the largest Democratic campaign training program in the United States. The program recruits, trains, and connects Democratic women who want to run for office.We speak with Teele about the historical underrepresentation of women in politics and discuss some of the cultural narratives and structural factors—from fundraising trends to division of household labor—that potentially impact the success of female candidates in U.S. elections.
OMNIA Q&A: BLACK AMERICAN AND AFRO-BRAZILIAN INCARCERATION RATES
Omnia - SAS | Mon, 08/27/2018
2018 College grad Nia Kaudo, a double major in Africana studies and political science with a minor in history, undertook summer research as part of Penn’s Jumpstart for Juniors program. Kaudo combined her academic interests to study the history and present-day status of incarceration in the U.S. and Brazil. Her project is titled Perpetually Bound: The Impact of 20th Century Policies on Black American and Afro-Brazilian Incarceration Rates.Here, we talk to Kaudo about Jumpstart for Juniors, her research, and her hopes for the future of mass incarceration policies.
TURNING UP THE HEAT ON CRIME
Omnia - SAS | Mon, 08/27/2018
John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology, says lessons about environmental stressors and crime can be extended to the relationship between heat and crime.
Barbara Hewitt Named Executive Director of Career Services
Almanac | Tue, 07/17/2018
Barbara Hewitt has been named Executive Director of Career Services. Dr. Hewitt, currently Senior Associate Director, will assume her new position in August after the retirement of longtime Career Services Director Patricia Rose.
Joseph S. Francisco: President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
Almanac | Tue, 07/17/2018
Joseph S. Francisco joined Penn as the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, with a secondary appointment in the department of chemistry. Having served as the Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes Chair in Chemistry and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Dr. Francisco is an internationally recognized scholar of atmospheric chemistry and chemical kinetics. His work extends across chemical, earth and environmental sciences.
Statement on Penn’s Connections to Slavery
Almanac | Tue, 07/17/2018
Important research undertaken by undergraduate students in the Penn Slavery Project independent study supervised by Penn Professor Kathleen M. Brown, the David Boies Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, has given us a clearer understanding of the depth and breadth of Penn’s connections to slavery. This was a profoundly painful and odious part of our nation’s history. No segment of American society or institution founded during the 18th century, including the University of Pennsylvania, escaped its scourge. Far from it.  [More...]
Joseph S. Francisco Appointed as President’s Distinguished Professor
Almanac | Tue, 07/17/2018
Joseph S. Francisco joined Penn as the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, with a secondary appointment in the department of chemistry. 
Grant Awards for Projects: Making a Difference in Diverse Communities
Almanac | Tue, 07/17/2018
Penn Arts and Sciences has announced the 2018 funded projects for the “Making a Difference in Diverse Communities” initiative, which encourages faculty to explore innovative ways of applying their expertise. Through a combination of coursework, research and service, the projects address issues of diversity and inequality at the local, national and international level.