Philly daily roundup: Penn Medicine AI dean; Wistar Institute wins grant; Community college-Google partnership

Plus, the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority posted guidelines for the Digital Connectivity Technology Program.


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Penn Medicine’s first vice dean of AI

The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine selected Marylyn D. Ritchie as its first vice dean of artificial intelligence and computing.

This month’s Power Moves also highlights Benefits Data Trust’s involvement in Google’s accelerator for generative AI. The nonprofit is working on an AI tool that will help people access public benefits. Plus, the Economy League announced Kenyatta James as its new deputy executive director and Melina Harris at the new PAGE director.

➡️ Read more about this month’s Power Moves here.

Entrepreneurs should focus on their values

Chinese professor Wang Huning wrote that Americans rely too much on technology and use it as an escape from responsibility. One of the defining features of the US value system is independent, challenging and professionally verified information — that is trusted by a wide range of Americans.

Bare-knuckled entrepreneurship and science-backed technology are other key parts of the American value system, writes CEO Chris Wink.

➡️ Read more about how Wang Huning’s thoughts connect to

News Incubator: What else to know today

• The Wistar Institute won a second grant from the National Science Foundation to support its Biomedical Technician Training Program. The funding will expand the program to community colleges in New Jersey and Delaware.  [GlobeNewswire/]

• Community College of Philadelphia is partnering with Google to offer Google Career Certificates and Google’s AI Essentials course to local students. [NBC10]

• Comcast Business increased internet speeds and announced multi-gigabit symmetrical business internet speeds. [Comcast]

• The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority posted guidelines for the Digital Connectivity Technology Program. This grant program is specifically for projects that increase access to devices. [DCED/]

• The National Telecommunications and Information Administration approved the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal Volume II. Pennsylvania will received $1.16 billion in BEAD funding. [Inbox/]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Philly JS Club is hosting a rooftop social hour May 16 at 6 p.m. [Register Here]

• Coffee and Code at Philly is hosting its weekly get together on May 18 at 1 p.m. [More Details]

• Iffy Books is having a “Host a Website at Home” workshop on May 18 at 1 p.m. [Register Here]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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