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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 23, 2015

Penn PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts to Receive APA’s 2015 Fuller Award

The American Psychiatric Association has named University of Pennsylvania professor Dorothy Roberts recipient of the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievements.

The award honors “a Black citizen who has pioneered in an area which has significantly benefitted the quality of life for Black people.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820January 23, 2015

Open Learning Initiative Reaches Penn Alumni Online and Around the Globe

Last semester, Penn offered a modified, alumni-exclusive version of “History of the Slave South,” an online course taught by history professor Stephanie McCurry from the School of Arts & Sciences.

For the first time last fall, the University of Pennsylvania invited Quakers from around the globe to participate in an alumni-exclusive version of a massive open online course.

National Jewish Book Awards Cite Philly Authors

January 19, 2015

Kathryn Hellerstein of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured for winning the Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s S

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Tweets Can Better Predict Heart Disease Rates Than Income, Smoking and Diabetes, Study Finds

January 21, 2015

Graduate student Johannes Eichstaedt of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured for researching how emotional language used on Twitter in specific locations predicts heart diseas

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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721 January 22, 2015

Penn Lightbulb Café Presents ‘Talk Like a Philadelphian’

Philadelphians have a unique way of speaking that extends far beyond “youse,” “jawn” and “wit wiz or witout?” Drawing on 40 years of intensive research conducted at Penn on the Philadelphia accent, Professor Tamminga will play recordings of speech of typical Philadelphians, identifying the words and sounds that make “Philly speak” unique.


Meredith Tamminga

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics

Penn Arts & Sciences

University of Pennsylvania


Penn Lightbulb Café, ‘Talk Like a Philadelphian’


Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6-7 p.m.  


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St.,

The talk is part of the Penn Lightbulb Café, a free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes arts, humanities and social-sciences scholarship out of the classroom for a night on the town. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Menu items will be available for purchase.

Penn to Move Ahead on $77.6M Development

January 20, 2015

Penn is highlighted for plans to build the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460January 21, 2015

Penn’s Lorene Cary Announces Safe Kids Stories Initiative

Lorene Cary, a senior lecturer in the English Department in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, is leading a new initiative called Safe Kids Stories, a website and social movement designed to promote Philadelphia programs that create safe havens for children and youth.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151January 21, 2015

Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

Word Choice on Twitter Measures a Community’s Vital Signs

January 20, 2015

Johannes Eichstaedt of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about researching how emotional

Women Deterred From Many Fields by Stereotypes of ‘Brilliance’

January 15, 2015

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts & Sciences says, “Women tend to think they have to be the next Einstein before t

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