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Dr. Allyson Mackey studies individual differences in brain plasticity and development with an eye towards personalizing the type and timing of educational interventions. She joined the Department of Psychology faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Dr. Mackey completed her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Birds tell us a lot about the environment of which we are also a part,” shares the Director of the Bird Conservation Program at Willistown Conservation Trust and Master of Environmental Studies (MES) lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa Kiziuk (MES ’04). “Half of all migratory birds have declined in the last 50 years, which is an alarming number.

“I was a unique case because I joined Penn’s Master of Medical Physics (MMP) program when I already had a master’s in physics,” shares Malorie Stowe (MMP ’14), “I didn’t have to retake foundational courses, so it opened my schedule. Knowing I wanted to be a clinical physicist, I spent that extra time in a clinical practicum through Penn’s partnership with Einstein Medical Center.

After five years of working in marketing consulting and social media strategy, Christine Odenath found her calling in educational psychology through her clients. “I was at a startup doing data analytics for Disney and Nickelodeon. I was fascinated with the idea of creating educationally-based social media content that could impart wisdom to the millions of young eyes these brands reach. That inspired me to take the next step and start looking into master’s programs.”

“I get to do work that makes the world a better place just by working at TerraCycle,” shares Maame Mensah (Master of Environmental Studies ’11), the US Account Director of Brand Partnerships at TerraCycle. Maame’s organization is the world leader in the collection and recycling of waste that is generally considered non-recyclable.

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Penn’s Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences program—which equips students to understand how individuals and groups make decisions, and how to affect those decisions—welcomed its first class of students to campus this August.

During a summer internship, Master of Liberal Arts graduate Jonathan Singleton (‘17) helped photograph and research Japanese artifacts given to the Penn Museum by the Tokyo National Museum after the 1893 World’s Fair. A new archaeology class taught by Dr. Yoko Nishimura of the School of Arts & Sciences is built around studying 187 of the ceramic pots, stone tools and weapons.

“I got my dream job because of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program,” beams Lauren McGrath (MES ’16), a freshwater ecologist at the Willistown Conservation Trust in Newtown Square, PA. “I thought it would happen in 20 years, and it happened right after I got my degree, because of the connections I made at Penn.”

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The faculty and staff of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies invite you to join us for the fall 2017 lineup of events, which includes on-campus and virtual information sessions, tours and open houses.

Learn about all our undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate offerings during these engaging events. Meet program directors, current students, alumni and recruitment staff to discuss the program that interests you and get started on the application process.


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