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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 13, 2014

Ph.D. Student at Penn Is ‘Top Cop’ at SEPTA

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Wearing a police uniform, Thomas J. Nestel, III cuts a commanding presence when he walks across campus at the University of Pennsylvania. But he’s not on patrol; he’s a student and a teacher. Nestel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in criminology at Penn — he holds multiple graduate degrees — and is teaching a spring semester undergraduate course in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Wearing a police uniform, Thomas J. Nestel III cuts a commanding presence when he walks across campus at the University of Pennsylvania. But he’s not on patrol; he’s a student and a teacher.

Bridging the Compassion Gap

January 7, 2014

Philip Tetlock of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for co-authoring a paper about providing public assistance.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2014

The ‘Personalized Advantage Index,’ a Decision-Making Tool, Developed at Penn

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One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a decision-making model that compares and weights multiple variables.

One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results.

Flower-like Liquid Crystal Lens Grows Like a Pearl

January 6, 2014

Randall Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about researching liquid crystal lenses.

Article Source: New Scientist
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2014

Penn Biologists Establish New Method for Studying RNA’s Regulatory ‘Footprint’

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Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues have teamed up to offer a new method to efficiently obtain an entire “footprint” of interactions between RNA and the proteins that bind to RNA molecules.

Increasingly, biologists have come to realize that RNA is not merely a transitional state between DNA and proteins but plays a major role in determining whether and how genes are turned into a protein product. Gaining a deeper understanding of RNA regulation can help scientists shed light on diseases that arise when this function goes awry.

Audio: Are We Genetically Inclined to Be Materialistic?

December 26, 2013

Coren Apicella of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her study of the “endowment effect.”

Audio: Are We Genetically Inclined to Be Materialistic?

December 26, 2013

Coren Apicella of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her study of the “endowment effect.”

Scientists Grow Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ to Use as Lenses

December 24, 2013

Randall Kamien of the School of Arts and Sciences and Shu Yang and Kathleen Stebe of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for growing liquid crystal “flowers” that can be used as lenses.

Article Source: Gizmag.com

How America Abandoned Its “Undeserving” Poor

December 21, 2013

An excerpt of a book by Michael Katz of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the decreased efforts to fight poverty during the Reagan presidency.

Article Source: Salon
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 6, 2014

Penn Women’s Rugby Levels the Playing Field

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For the nearly 30 undergraduate student-athletes who are members of the Penn Women’s Rugby Club, there's no room for "sugar, spice and everything nice."

So much for sugar and spice. For the nearly 30 undergraduate student-athletes who are members of the Women’s Rugby Club at the University of Pennsylvania, playing nice is not part of the approach.

Rugby, a blend of football, soccer and wrestling, requires bold athleticism and a military-like strategy. In this tough-as-nails sport, there’s no room for niceties.

“Rugby is the toughest sport out there; no doubt about it,” says Lucy Dawson, the co-president of the club and a junior majoring in cognitive neuroscience in the College.