Building environmental sustainability from the inside out

“Many people view sustainability as an outdoor job, such as conservation occupations. And those jobs are so important, but there's a lot to be said about having sustainability professionals within the architecture world,” says Marina Battle Rullo (Master of Environmental Studies ’23), a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

Martin Seligman offers catastrophizers ways to build resilience with a more optimistic mindset

In this Time Magazine article, Dr. Martin Seligman of the Penn LPS Master of Applied Positive Psychology program talks about catastrophizing­­—when one’s reaction to a negative event is the assumption that things will only get worse. His research demonstrates that this type of thinking impedes happiness and “is a major risk factor for post­traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

A Master of Environmental Studies alumna powers up her career in sustainable energy

“Climate change is solvable,” says Samanvitha Danda (Master of Environmental Studies ’20). “Some people think it’s a lost cause and don’t want to do anything about it, hence we’re not making a lot of progress. But the minute people understand that every action counts, and there is so much we can do to solve this problem, we get more buy-in from different stakeholders and we can make a change.”

Ana Margarita Olivos

Ana Margarita Olivos came to Penn’s Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics program from a small town called Calamas in the northern part of Chile. She ran her own organizational development firm that offered programs to individuals as well as public and private companies. As she explains it, “I helped my clients define and develop their professional interests” and Ana also explored how she could develop her own professional interests.

Cecil Johnson

Philadelphia native Cecil Johnson has always explored educational and developmental opportunities not only for himself but for the communities where he lives and works. When Cecil was in pharmaceutical sales management, he began to think about the future and where he wanted his career to head. He considered shifting to more of the talent management side but wondered, “How do I get there from here and what would it look like?

Aaron Brodsky

Upon graduating college with a degree in chemistry, Aaron Brodsky conducted viral blood testing for the American Red Cross and then took a job creating generic pharmaceuticals. He now manufactures viral vectors for use in gene therapy—while also completing Penn’s Master of Chemical Sciences (MCS) program part time. Aaron chose the MCS program because he wanted to develop a broad knowledge base that would serve him well in his research career and position him for opportunities in industry later in life.

Joseph Glaser-Reich

Not everyone gets the job of their dreams, but Joseph Glaser-Reich started planning and preparing in college for his career as a rescue swimmer. “It's one of those jobs where you don't really have to wake up in the morning and wonder whether what you're doing is making a difference or not,” he laughs. Survival technicians like Joe are trained to maintain and repair survival equipment, administer emergency medical assistance, and work with a tightly coordinated team of aviation specialists to carry out maritime rescues via helicopter.

Noof Mohammed Al Jenibi

“We have a huge responsibility,” says Noof Mohammed Al Jenibi (Master of Applied Positive Psychology ’18). “Now that we’ve had a chance to be a part of the positive psychology community at Penn, we have to give back by helping others and being generous with our knowledge.” During her time in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, Noof studied evidence-based research and practical applications with world-class theorists and practitioners. “Imagine reading your favorite books, then having the chance to meet the authors and listen to their perspective.

Trisha Bhagde

In Penn’s Master of Chemical Sciences program, Trisha Bhagde’s physical chemistry research is concerned not only with atoms but with the atmosphere. “I have always wanted to understand the different reactions that lead to the atmospheric events that we see around us,” she says. “Global warming is a major issue now, and at this point, the environment is one of the most relevant things to study in order to understand where we’re going wrong and how we can fix it.”

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