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A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review


A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.

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Blocking viruses’ exit strategy


Tests of a new antiviral that aims to prevent the deadly Marburg virus from spreading in the body show promise, according to a study led by School of Veterinary Medicine researchers.

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When the message matters, use science to craft it


An interdisciplinary initiative called the Message Effects Lab aims to understand, tap into, and develop communication around what motivates specific behaviors for specific populations. Its first projects center around COVID-19 testing and vaccines.

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Science, politics, and vaccine acceptance


As the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across the country, new research out of the Department of Philosophy shows that knowledge about the nature of science can combat political biases.

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Home health care improves COVID-19 outcomes


Survivors of COVID-19 often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay, and until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home after hospitalization and their recovery needs.

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Uniting against an invisible foe


All across the University, researchers have launched new areas of study, reaching across disciplinary boundaries to make stunning progress in combating COVID-19.

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Five things to know about the promising COVID-19 vaccine news


Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine, whose work is a key factor helping to enable two vaccines in late stages of testing, sheds light on the biology behind them and on his predictions about next steps in vaccine development and approval.

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The unpredictable course of COVID-19


Austin Kilaru, an LDI associate fellow and emergency physician, studied COVID-19 patients who return to the hospital after an initial evaluation in the emergency department, to understand how often people need hospitalization after initially appearing well.

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Adolescents, psychiatric hospitalization, and COVID-19


As widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues, researchers say the focus must shift to the broader effects on health and wellbeing, including on the mental health of children and adolescents. A recent Penn LDI study reports on the impact of the pandemic on youth at a local behavioral health hospital.

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The unique pandemic challenges faced by immunocompromised individuals


A photo-elicitation study funded by a Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) COVID-19 Rapid-Response grant has found that immunocompromised patients face unique challenges as a result of both their heightened risk of infection and adherence to government pandemic guidelines.

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COVID-101: Medical students get a crash course in coronavirus


When physicians-in-training at the Perelman School of Medicine were sent home for remote work and virtual learning due to the pandemic, 80 fourth-year students immersed themselves in a crash course on COVID-19 virology, epidemiology, therapies, vaccines, and related topics.

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Interning virtually


The Translational Research Internship Program, offered by the Perelman School of Medicine’s Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Education Programs, provides mentorship for undergraduates as they complete a translational research project.

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Partisanship and the pandemic


Partisanship, not health concerns, is the main driver of whether Americans are social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study.

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Bats and COVID


A new study from Penn Vet's New Bolton Center tests the guano of North American bats currently in Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitation centers for the presence of COVID-19.

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Navigating cytokine storms


Pairing their expertise, Nilam Mangalmurti of the Perelman School of Medicine and Christopher Hunter of the School of Veterinary Medicine have been working to understand the protective and harmful aspects of the immune response, including in COVID-19.

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The business of sports without fans


Wharton professor Adi Wyner led a live, online panel discussion on the future of sports in a post-pandemic world, and how leagues are pivoting their plans and business models to move forward without fans in attendance.

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How clinical research coordinators run COVID trials


At Penn Medicine, there are approximately 1,000 clinical research staff, including clinical trial regulatory staff, clinical research assistant and nurses, and project managers and directors working with lead research physicians on COVID trials.

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LGBTQ data added to the state’s COVID-19 testing


Experts weigh in on the state’s decision to add LGBTQ data collection to COVID-19 testing. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 13 that the state will include LGBTQ-specific information as part of its COVID-19 data collection.

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‘At the whim of the world’


As research on campus slowly restarts, those whose work requires field surveys, large-scale collaborations, or travel face additional challenges in bringing their research back online.

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Building capacity to combat COVID-19 in Africa


Wharton School students, along with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, are issuing a call for proposals for a new initiative designed to aid in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Penn labs get creative to stay productive, connected


In the face of a pandemic that has shuttered most physical laboratories across campus, researchers have shifted gears, maintaining work and social ties through grant- and manuscript-writing, virtual journal clubs, online coffee breaks, and more.

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Is the U.S. winning the war against COVID-19?


Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, gave a sobering update on how the United States is doing in the fight against COVID-19, saying the country needs to be prepared to battle the new coronavirus for about 18 months.

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DIY origami face masks for COVID-19


The professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering is leading an effort to design an effective face mask that can be made at home.

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How can hospitals address scarce resources during COVID-19?


Most hospitals have general contingency plans for resource allocation in times of medical scarcity, but not detailed guidelines for the process of actually making those allocation decisions. School of Arts and Sciences political scientist and LDI Senior Fellow Julia Lynch has created those guidelines.

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Racing to deliver a vaccine to the masses


While the world works to flatten the curve, scientists at Penn and Wistar hope to deliver the COVID-19 pandemic’s silver bullet: a vaccine that effectively protects people from infection.

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Journalists brave danger to report on coronavirus


Barbie Zelizer, director of the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication, says there are four types of dangers journalists are facing while reporting on COVID-19.


Pavilion powers ahead to combat COVID-19


Construction crews are on the job around the clock at the new hospital on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to expedite the completion of 120 patient rooms 15 months ahead of the facility’s planned opening.

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Impact of COVID-19 on homelessness


A new report coauthored by researchers at SP2 finds that COVID-19 could hospitalize some 21,295 people who don’t have housing, or about 4.3% of the nationwide homeless population.