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Public health initiatives in urban environments may be the key to a greener future

“With the way the world’s developing, we’re expecting to have 50% of people living in cities by 2050. It’s a staggering percentage, and I think for sustainability to succeed, we have to focus on urban areas,” says Laura Barron (Master of Environmental Studies/Master of Public Health, ‘17—expected).

James O. Paweleski, the Director of Education and a Senior Scholar of the Penn Positive Psychology Center as well as the Program Director for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology, has recently published a series of papers on what “positive” really means to his field in The Journal of Positive Psychology. As he notes, “Positive psychology has been going like gangbusters for nearly 20 years and yet no one has asked the question in a robust way, ‘What do we mean by ‘positive’?’ so it’s something we stumble over.”

As part of a service learning project, four scholars from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program—Joanna Paglia, Joshua Steinfeldt, Dr. Daphne Scott and Donna Payne— recently implemented a resilience-based training at The ROCK Center for Youth Development in Midland, Michigan. The program, “Ask, Develop, Build. The Art of Conversation to Foster Strengths and Resilience,” aimed to teach leaders at The ROCK how to develop a growth-focused mindset, leverage strengths of character and increase resiliency with their students.

Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate alumnus Eric Hewett ('97) and his business partner Jason Pedicone were recently awarded the highest honor by the Society for Classical Studies, the President’s Award, for co-founding The Paidea Institute.

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Ashley Nettuno has always been a team player. This was first evident on the soccer fields of central New Jersey, where she grew up. She was a standout high school player, recognized for her ability to “see” the whole field, anticipate strategic opportunities and quickly move to set up her teammates to score.

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