To the amazing Class of 2018: You look fabulous!
To our Trustees, our faculty, and the parents of our graduates: You look so proud! As well you should be.
Parents! You also look…. relieved!
You’ve earned that, too.
Congratulations to you all!
Everyone: Look around. From a distance, this appears to be a sea of black robed sameness.
But let’s take this opportunity to conduct an experiment. I ask all of our graduates at this time to please stand up.
Let’s see just how much sameness lurks underneath, below the surface. And don’t worry — this exercise will not include disrobing!
Graduates: today, on the surface, you all look a lot alike. But differences are hidden underneath. So, everyone with bare knees — all of you wearing shorts or skirts beneath your robes — please be seated.
To graduates with covered knees: If you are wearing a wristwatch, remain standing. …
Address by Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
Delivered at the Third Annual 1vyG: The Inter-Ivy, First-Generation Students’ Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 2018.
Published in Vital Speeches in April 2018.
Thank you, Wendell [Pritchett].
Please join me in thanking Candy Alfaro, Anea Moore, and the organizing team!
Welcome to Penn, welcome to Philadelphia! I am so very pleased that 1vyG 2018 is meeting here at Penn.
Just two days ago, Joe Biden and Jeb Bush were here on stage as part of a forum discussing immigration reform. Also on the panel was a recent Penn graduate whose name is Dau Jok. …
By Penn President Amy Gutmann
Years from now, when I look back on the most memorable and meaningful moments of my time as Penn’s president, one day certainly will stand out: The 30th of August, 2017. The weather was mild for late summer as our amazing students hurried to their second day of classes. Few were thinking that Penn was about to make history.
Then the news broke, expected but enormously exciting: The US Food and Drug Administration had just approved the first-ever gene therapy treatment for cancer. For the first time outside of clinical trials, young patients suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia could access lifesaving immunotherapy that transforms their own T cells into cancer-killers. After more than 20 years of hard work, perseverance, and pioneering research, our own Dr. …
Remarks from President Amy Gutmann
University of Pennsylvania Fall Convocation
August 28, 2017
Members of the Class of 2021: Welcome to Penn!
Transfer Students: Great call!
You come from all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. From across Pennsylvania and here in Philadelphia. From New York to California. And from Maine to Florida and to Texas, where everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey is in our thoughts and prayers.
You come from 69 other countries around the world. From Canada and Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, Egypt and Poland, China, India, and the United Kingdom.
Dean Furda told me we had also expected two students from Westeros, but they had to cancel at the last minute. Something about problems in the North. …
In the media hullabaloo following Amazon’s announcement this month that it was buying Whole Foods Market, largely overlooked was the same-day news that Walmart was acquiring menswear e-tailer Bonobos. While Amazon did make a bigger splash with its $13.7 billion foray into organic groceries, Walmart beefed up an e-commerce stable that already includes the acquisitions of digital natives Jet.com, Shoebuy, ModCloth and Moosejaw.
By Katherine Unger Baillie
Groups in which everyone has equal influence made better predictions than groups in which a single individual was deemed an opinion leader.
Anyone following forecasting polls leading up to the 2016 election likely believed Hillary Clinton would become the 45th president of the United States. Although this opinion was the consensus among most political-opinion leaders and media, something clearly went wrong with these prediction tools.
Though it may never be known for certain the reasons for the discrepancy between public perception and the electoral reality, new findings from the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola may offer a clue: the wisdom of a crowd is in the network. …
By Ali Sundermier
In online retail markets, a seller’s rating plays a significant role in his or her business, indicating to buyers whether or not the seller is an honest merchant.
“There’s a long-running interest in economics in understanding how reputation works to enforce behavior and cooperation,” says Nick Janetos, a recent graduate of the Department of Economics in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. “When you go on Amazon and you buy from a third-party seller, there’s this rating that you can look at that tells you something about the quality of that seller. …
More major mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments. Already, funds invested in it are well into the tens of trillions and some foundations are committing to invest their endowments in it.
Perhaps even more telling than these indicators suggesting that impact investing is heading toward the mainstream: More students are enrolled in the impact investing class of Christopher Geczy, an adjunct professor of finance at Wharton, than in his traditional investment management class. …
by Katherine Unger Baillie
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center recently celebrated three of its canine graduates, who are joining up with police departments in the region to contribute their highly tuned skills in scent detection.
Last week, a small group of Penn graduates, surrounded by loved ones, was feted for their rigorous training and bright future in a ceremony punctuated by enthusiastic barks.
On May 18, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC) celebrated three of its canine graduates: Jerry, Fearghas, and Kilo. …
“One for the World” members pledge to fight global poverty by supporting the most effective charities.
Charitable giving isn’t easy. There are more than a million nonprofits in the United States alone, and it’s difficult for philanthropists to assess which ones are most deserving of donations. While Wharton students and alumni spend countless hours optimizing their investment strategies, they often make decisions about charitable donations with less-perfect information. With so many worthy causes, how can we optimize and simplify the process of giving?
Kate Epstein WG14 and Josh McCann WG14 co-founded One for the World to combat global poverty by identifying the world’s most effective charities and making it simple to donate to them. One for the World analyzes charities with the same rigor one might apply to financial investments, using data from randomized controlled trials and third-party charity evaluators to estimate the expected return for each donation. Whether it’s $6.40 to distribute an insecticide-treated bed net or $1 to deworm a young child, One for the World is taking the guesswork out of giving. …