REPORT: Penn Still Produces the Most Billionaires

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When Forbes released its 2016 Top Colleges list this month, it also released findings that show that more billionaires received their undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania than any other institution in the country.

As part of its annual ranking of the nation’s top 660 colleges, Forbes looked at how many billionaires each school produced and found that Penn educated 5 percent, or 21 of the 406 people on last year’s Forbes 400 list, which ranks the world’s richest people. Read more »

Jose Andres Comes To Philly

Beefsteak by Jose Andres is now open on Penn's campus | Photos by Chelsea Portner

Beefsteak by Jose Andres is now open on Penn’s campus.

Chef Jose Andres is kind of a big deal.

Actually, Jose Andres is kind of a huge deal. The Spanish-born chef behind such concepts as minibar and Jaleo in D.C., China Poblano in Vegas and Tres in L.A., he trained with Ferran Adria at El Bulli, has won just about every award there is to win, and is (more or less) the guy who formalized the small plates concept in the United States. He is one of the best-known chefs in the world, a serious rock star, and guess where he was yesterday?

In a basement at the University of Pennsylvania, talking about vegetables.

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Of Course There’s a Philadelphia Accent in American Sign Language

A sample of the program Fisher and Tamminga will use to annotate their interviews. Credit: University of Pennsylvania

A sample of the program Fisher and Tamminga will use to annotate their interviews. Credit: University of Pennsylvania

When local writer JoAnna Loviglio described the Philadelphia accent for the Washington Post a couple years ago, she summed it up this way:

With apologies to comedian Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a Philadelphian if: you say beggle (bagel), wooder (water), tal (towel), beyoodeeful (beautiful), dennis (dentist) or Fit Shtreet (Fifth Street). Also, the name of your home town might sound like Philuffya, and you might call your football team the Iggles, you might pronounce “ferry” and “furry” the same way, and your rendering of “radiator” might rhyme with “gladiator.”

Native Philadelphians could surely add hundreds of examples to that list; personally, I was always dismayed by the way my relatives pronounced “egg” to rhyme with “plague.” And there are still words, like “hanger,” that trip me up on a regular basis because I can’t get the Philly out of them — those hoagie mouth remnants can be stubborn.

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ThinkFest Recap: Dr. Jean Bennett on Curing Blindness

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

Dr. Jean Bennett at ThinkFest.

ThinkFest is streaming live all day. Watch ThinkFest here.

Philadelphia is leading the way in developing gene therapies that could pull off medical miracles like reversing blindness, a Penn medical researcher said Friday at Thinkfest.

“This is really, really an exciting time,” said Dr. Jean Bennett of University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She’d helped lead a team that’s in the midst of FDA trials to bring a blindness therapy to market.

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Chelsea Clinton’s Coming to Philly Next Week

Former (and future?) First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will visit the Palestra at UPenn next week as part of the Food Trust‘s youth leadership summit for middle-schoolers, HYPE (Healthy You. Positive Energy.)

According to a release from the Food Trust, Clinton is stopping by on a tour to promote her new book It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going. The book offers an easy-to-swallow look at some of the planet’s biggest challenges and offers inspirational stories of young people who are working to make the world a better place to live.

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TONIGHT: Dr. Rachel Levine to Speak at Day of Silence Event at Penn

Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine

Tomorrow, April 17th, is National Day of Silence. The movement, founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1996, is the largest student-led effort of its kind. It happens on the third day of every April, when students take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.

So I guess that makes today National Day of Silence Eve—which deserves recognition of its own, don’t ya think? UPenn is marking the occasion with their second-annual, two-part Day of Service / Night of Raucous event. It all starts this evening at 5 pm, when Dr. Rachel Levine, who was recently named by Governor Tom Wolf as his physician general, will give a keynote address in Houston Hall’s Class of ‘49 Auditorium at 3417 Spruce Street. Dinner will be provided.

Later on, the party moves to Stir Lounge for the second part of the affair, Night of Raucous, which will be just as it sounds: a night to get the drinking, dancing and merry-making out of our systems before we shut our traps for a full day tomorrow. Wristbands and drink tickets will be given away at the Day of Silence event at Penn.

Find more details about the event here.

Who Knew? Shoe Guru Stuart Weitzman Went To Penn

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First Penn, then shoes, then Gisele wearing your shoes. | Image via Stuart Weitzman.

Yesterday, the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn’s student newspaper, ran a piece about Stuart Weitzman, the shoe guru who turned a family shoe company into a $300 million business. The story mentioned things many fashion-savvy people know—Beyoncé wears his shoes on stage, Kate Middleton wears his wedges every other day. But there was one fact that stood out: Stuart Weitzman went to Penn?!

How did we not know this?

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