Freshman Seminar Explores Penn’s Contributions to Middle Eastern Studies

For students in a University of Pennsylvania freshman seminar on the evolution of Penn’s engagement in the study of the Middle East, research involved historic objects and materials close at hand.

Penn Ph.D. Student Starts Teaching Program for French Speakers at Lea School

Fiona Moreno is not from France. But the French-speaking, Ph.D. student from Switzerland, says she was and still is startled by how confidently people deem her to be French, solely based on hearing her accent. The realization that many people aren’t aware of the diversity of the Francophone world prompted her to found the Francophone Community Partnership.

Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.

Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

"Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napolean III" runs from July 18 through Nov. 8, 2015.

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Penn in the news

Study Questions Radiation Use for ‘Low-Risk’ Prostate Cancers July 17, 2015 | HealthDay News

Anusha Kalbasi and Justin Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for research into the impact of radiation on prostate cancer patients.

Nina Simone’s Time Is Now, Again June 19, 2015 | New York Times

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the legacy of singer Nina Simone.

In Syria, Islamic State Group Apparently Spares Palmyra’s Stunning Ruins – For Now May 28, 2015 | Science

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum is quoted about a bill presented to the United States House of Representatives that would ban importing Syrian antiquities to the U.S.

Technology Helps Unlock Secrets of Mummies May 26, 2015 | CBS News

Janet Monge of the Museum says, “Ancient mummies are an especially rich source of information about past human biological conditions as they originated worldwide and from different cultures and time periods.”

Video: ISIS Sells Relics on Black Market to Fund Attacks May 21, 2015 | CNN

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center talks about ISIS’ threat to the ancient city of Palmyra and ways to protect its ruins.

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