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Penn’s commitment to inclusion is especially evident at the Center for Africana StudiesSummer Institute. For 33 years, the week-long program in July has given incoming freshmen a taste of the college experience before their first semester begins.

“There’s a lot of work in a short time period,” says Camille Charles, the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences at Penn Arts & Sciences. “But we’re also mindful of creating a classroom environment that’s inviting. We want students to leave with the confidence that they can handle anything Penn throws at them.”

A Penn education doesn’t end at graduation. A Penn education cultivates curiosity about the world, an inquisitive outlook, and a love of learning—no matter how long it’s been since you’ve set foot in a classroom. And if you can’t come back to campus to find out about all the latest advances in knowledge being created at the University, don’t worry—Penn will come to you.

In 2019 and 2020, the Penn to You program will bring events featuring star faculty to cities around the country and the world for discussions on some of the most pressing issues on our time. There, in addition to hearing about the latest research and scholarship from innovative academics, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded Penn alumni and friends from the region.

When errors or weaknesses appear at any level of the American criminal justice system, they are often not easily corrected, or even identified. Such shortcomings can compromise the livelihood of those involved for years, or even decades, to come.

At Penn Law’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, legal experts led by executive director John Hollway are using data-driven approaches to identify those systematic failures—and in doing so, advance equity in the criminal justice system.

Brain research has advanced tremendously in recent years, but deciphering the complex relationship between brain activity and human behavior remains a compelling scientific challenge. Penn, with its history of excellence in cognitive science and neuroscience, is taking on that challenge with MindCORE.

This new research center is the University’s hub dedicated to the integrative study of the mind, focusing on the manifestation of the brain’s functions: our thoughts, emotions, memories, and imagination. Its work has broad societal impact, from uncovering better methods of learning and teaching, to influencing public policy and helping people make healthier choices.

When Barbara Dallap Schaer, V’94, Medical Director of New Bolton Center, first learned of a novel imaging system in development that paired advanced computed tomography (CT) imaging with cutting-edge robotic technology, she saw potential for a major shift in how we look inside a living body. Not only for animals, but for people as well.

“I could easily see how this could solve two or three problems we regularly encounter in imaging horses,” she recalls. And after becoming more familiar with the system, she and her colleagues at New Bolton Center, Penn’s large animal hospital in Kennett Square, began to consider a host of other possibilities.

“Right out of the gate, we could imagine translational opportunities [including some for people] that really excited us,” says Dallap Schaer. And she knew that Penn, with its commitment to innovation and cross-school collaboration, would be the perfect place to cultivate this exciting advance.

Soon after, New Bolton Center became the first veterinary teaching hospital to install a robotics-controlled imaging system for use with standing horses. In 2016, it began testing and developing the promising but then-unproven technology.Today, that technology has become the centerpiece of New Bolton Center’s planned Advanced Imaging and Translational Center—a key priority of The Power of Penn Vet Campaign. Its development has resulted in a pioneering system that produces high-quality, efficient imaging of horses. And it has catalyzed a growing array of applications that could hold great promise for human health.