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“I was pretty honored when the Secret Service teased me about being an intern,” remembers John Miller, a Master of Environmental Studies (MES ’17—expected) student and current fellow for NJ Senator Bob Menendez, assisting on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Prior to working in Washington, D.C, John spent 23 years in the private sector as an engineer focused on water resources.

“The municipality of Toms River, New Jersey has received more federal flood insurance claims paid dollars than 38 entire states, including California,” shares John Miller, a Master of Environmental Studies (MES ’17—expected) student and current fellow in New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez’s Office. “When Hurricane Sandy came along, it dramatically changed my career as an engineer.

“The environment is the gateway to full civic participation,” shares Katera Moore (Master of Environmental Studies ’06), “Studying at Penn allowed me to merge my passion for cities, the environment and people.”

The University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the online education platform Coursera launched a specialization certificate program, Foundations of Positive Psychology. The five-course series provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application.

If you’re considering a graduate program after completing a bachelor’s degree, or looking to bolster your credentials, the University of Pennsylvania’s new Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences opens you up to a world of professional possibility.

When Shanita Weatherbe (MSOD ‘17-expected) and Tiffany R. Jackson (MSOD ‘17-expected) aren’t working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, they’re both completing their Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) degrees. They also happen to be cousins.

“The word ‘community’ is at the core of our organization,” shares Diana Zarowin, a Pre-Health Core student and founding member of Penn’s American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Pre-Med chapter. “Having a community of people who are likeminded—and with a sense of intent and strength, want to forward the position of women in the health sector—is a strong attraction of the club.”

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) and Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) programs in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies recently relaunched wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water. The journal was updated with a new website, a new student editorial board and a new focus.


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