Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Penn and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania have been given a joint donation to research treatments for Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare neurogenic disease that afflicts 1 in 50,000 people.
A study in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine has exciting news: Penn researchers may be close to finding a ‘functional cure’ for HIV.
What’s even cooler is how the doctors at Penn did this: They edited a gene — “snipped” it out, per the Inquirer‘s Marie McCullough — to make patients partially resistant to HIV.
The University of Pennsylvania recently digitized a fascinating 16th-century treatise showing illustrations of cats and doves with what looks like rocket packs strapped to their backs. Penn historian and digital humanities expert Mitch Fraas set out to unravel the mystery of the high-tech, full-color illustrations. Here’s what he knows so far:
Dear Penn Kids:
Please, please, please, for the love of God: Would you stop being such schmucks?
Let me back up. Not all of you are schmucks. Many of you are good and earnest and smart, hard-working young people. But some of you have made a big mistake, and you need to understand that what you’ve done is a bit more than commit a PR gaffe. You’ve acted like real schmucks. You’ve made your fellow students look a bit schmucky by association. And you’ve hurt a few feelings along the way.
So I want you to understand why it’s important that you, of all people, need to not be such schmucks.
Just a week after Chi Omega shut down its Penn State chapter in the wake of a party that relied on Mexican stereotypes for entertainment, the national sorority’s Penn outpost finds itself on defense in a similar incident. The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Chi Omega and fraternity Beta Theta Pi held a “gangsta”-themed mixer on Penn campus over the weekend, stirring backlash from other student groups: A petition is seeking a university investigation of the matter.
The University of Pennsylvania’s 2014 commencement speaker is…both more and less exciting than last year’s honoree, VP Joe Biden. More, because Grammy Award-winner John Legend is not an old white guy. But less because a., he’s not as prone to saying inappropriate stuff and b., he already spoke at Penn commencement! Five years ago!
Counselors temporarily hired in the wake of a Penn student’s suicide last month are being hired on a permanent basis in the wake of a second confirmed suicide, which occurred this week. Four students have died so far this semester. The counselors will serve at Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services.
Three new permanent clinical staff members will be hired at CAPS, effective immediately. The scheduling of current staff will also be altered to accommodate student needs. CAPS will extend its hours into the evening and will also offer weekend appointments.
“I don’t want to waste time in reaching out to students who are so saddened by this,” (Penn President Amy) Gutmann said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “It’s really right now that we have great need and I want that need to be addressed to the best of our ability.”
This statement — which is the second this week — comes as a response to the four student deaths that have occurred over the past several weeks and the issue of mental health.
“These deaths are not connected, but raised the issue and put students under significant stress that needs to be addressed immediately,” Gutmann said.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports: “Michael A. Fitts, who has served as dean ofUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School for the past 14 years, has been named president of Tulane University, effective July 1. In a Tuesday evening press release, Penn Law did not mention anything about a successor. But a spokeswoman said Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price will appoint an interim dean and form a search committee to start the process of looking for the law school’s next dean.”
Meet Counterparts, the co-ed a capella group that just qualified for the regional semifinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA). If Counterparts beats out nine other semifinalists, they will represent the Mid-Atlantic region in the finals, held in New York on April 26th. This is the same group that John Legend performed with when he was at Penn.