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    • Oct 17 4:35PM
    • Enriching Internship Could Lead to a Career for Penn Student
    • Jane Wu is getting an early start at the University of Pennsylvania on a possible future career in research to help save the environment and preserve human health.

      An earth science major with a concentration in environmental science, Wu, from Oxford, Miss., spent three months as part of an independent research project intern at the University of Copenhagen’s Department for Plant and Environmental Chemistry to assess the risk of a naturally occurring plant carcinogen, ptaquiloside, or PTA, on Denmark’s drinking water supply.

      From May to August Wu, a junior, worked with a team of researchers studying whether the content of metals such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and nickel in the water would have any effect on the rate of PTA degradation.

      “Denmark draws its water directly from the ground, with very little or no chemical treatments before people use it,” says Wu. “With good reason many people ... Read More

    • Oct 10 10:17AM
    • Penn Undergrad Maps an Italian Dialect to Help Preserve Its Heritage
    • blurb: 
      Sophomore Benjamin Finkel from Jenkintown, Pa., spent the summer mapping the dialect of a region in central Italy, examining the effect of its history and geography.

      By Christina Cook

      Speaking an idiom markedly different from your home country’s standard language comes with challenges, but for speakers of many dialects these challenges are accompanied by a strong sense of cultural identity. However, just the opposite is true for speakers of a little-known dialect in the Ciociaria region of Italy, and this summer, University of Pennsylvania undergraduate ... Read More

    • Oct 3 1:04PM
    • Penn Vet Students Travel the World to Treat Wildlife
    • blurb: 
      It’s not unusual for students at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine to travel to far-flung locales caring for exotic animals. From Africa to Haitian goat farms and the southwest Alaskan coast, such excursions provide experiences that supplement a busy academic year of classes, research and clinic.

      By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

      Every morning this past July, Max Emanuel, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, would get up and drive to work. But Emanuel’s was no run-of-the-mill morning commute.

      From his house in Hoedspruit, a ... Read More