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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 17, 2014

Computer Users Circumvent Password Security With Workarounds, Penn Led Study Shows

When workers and organizations circumvent computer passwords and security rules, they unwittingly open the door to hackers, according to a study co-authored by Ross Koppel, an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 16, 2014

Penn Junior Ariel Koren Wins Truman Scholarship

Ariel Koren, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees to prepare for careers in government or public service.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 16, 2014

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

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Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.

City Real Estate Continues to Have ‘Fits and Starts’

April 15, 2014

Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his analysis of home sales in Philadelphia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 14, 2014

Students at Penn Mentor Local Children Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Penn students have been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years. This year, 280 matches have been made between undergraduates at Penn and youngsters from seven local schools, including the Henry C. Lea Elementary School. In all, there have been approximately 1,900 matches made at Penn.

Shaiyam Flavaney credits much of his success as a student at the University of Pennsylvania to the guidance he received from his mentors, growing up in Jackson, N.J.

College Students Flocked to STEM Fields During Great Recession

April 14, 2014

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for collaborating on research that shows increasing number of college students pursued degrees in science and technology during the Great Recession.

Immunity to Lyme Disease Bacteria Is Strain-specific

April 14, 2014

Dustin Brisson of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his research on strain-specific immunity for Lyme disease.

Check Up: New Study Recalculates Weight’s Effect on Mortality Risk

April 13, 2014

Doctoral student Andrew Stokes of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Illness simultaneously reduces BMI and increases risk for mortality.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151April 14, 2014

Expanding Minds, Improving Language Skills ‘at Home’ at Penn

The classroom is not the only place at the University of Pennsylvania where a student can learn a language.

Gregory College House’s residential modern languages program offers five “language houses” where students can enjoy new cultural experiences and improve their language proficiency.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 14, 2014

Penn’s Al Filreis Inducted Into Minerva Academy, Honored as an ‘Educational Innovator’

Al Filreis, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been inducted as one of 14 founding members into the Minerva Academy, an honorary institution dedicated to promoting and rewarding extraordinary advancements and innovation in higher education around the world.