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Recent News

  • Kristin Kelly (Urbs '16) studies in China

    Kristin Kelly (Urbs '16) is currently in the Yenching Academy of Peking University, earning a Master's in China Studies. Kristin really likes it, and encourages you to take a look at the program:

    http://yenchingacademy.org/#

    If you would like to ask Kristin about her experience, let us know and we'd be happy to share her email with you: urbs@sas.upenn.edu.

  • Professor Robert Fairbanks on Radio Times

    Click here to listen to the June 8th edition of Radio Times, where Urban Studies Professor Robert Fairbanks talks about the phenomenon of recovery homes in Philadelphia.

  • Melanie Young's (URBS '15) student selected to compete in national math championship

    Melanie Young (URBS '15) is a teacher at Southwark Middle School in Philadelphia, and introduced the students to the NBA-sponsored board game, Math Hoops, as part of her after school math club. Math Hoops combines basketball and math, encouraging 3rd through 8th graders to learn basic math while scoring “baskets” on a model basketball court.

    Melanie’s student, Aye Aye, who moved to South Philadelphia from Thailand, is one of 16 students selected from over 20,000 applicants to complete in California at the National Championship for Math Hoops.

  • Researchers and Residents Explore ways Eastwick Floods and Ideas for Mitigation

    Urban Studies Lecturer Michael Nairn, along with other researchers, are working to find solutions to mitigate flooding in Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood. The neighborhood is located in a part of Southwest Philadelphia with the lowest elevation in the city, and is almost completely surrounded by water. Projections of a rising sea-level are expected to increase the amount of flooding Eastwick experiences.

  • Alexa Salas (URBS '17) Recipient of 2017 President's Engagement Prize

    Alexa Salas, along with Camilo Toro C'17, and Yaneli Arizmendi Nu'17 will create Lanzando Líderes (Launching Leaders), a community-based after-school program for Latino high school students in South Philadelphia. Alexa, Camilo, and Yaneli will work with Latino immigrant families and members of the community to develop an experiential, bilingual, culturally inclusive curriculum to serve as the touchstone for the program.