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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 7, 2011

Middle-Class Elementary School Students Ask for Help More Often Than Their Working-Class Peers, Penn Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA -- Middle-class children ask their teachers for help more often and more assertively than working-class children and, in doing so, receive more support and assistance from teachers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 6, 2011

Five Penn Researchers Named American Physical Society Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — The American Physical Society has elected five University of Pennsylvania faculty members to its 2011 APS Fellowship class. They are Mark Devlin, Alan “Charlie” Johnson, Joshua Klein, Feng Gai and Howard Hu.

Devlin, Johnson and Klein are members of the School of Arts and Science’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Inside Ideas: Why We Give

December 5, 2011

Deborah Small of the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on what motivates people to donate.

Article Source: Boston Globe
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 5, 2011

Penn Geneticists Help Show Bitter Taste Perception Is Not Just About Flavors

PHILADELPHIA — Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli’s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution.

Video: Salamishah Tillet

December 3, 2011

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed for her feminist activist work.

Article Source: TEDxWomen

Penn Scholar of Black Politics and Religion Wins Grawemeyer Award

December 1, 2011

Barbara Savage of the School of Arts and Sciences receives the 2012 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 2, 2011

Penn Professor Barbara Savage’s 'Your Spirits Walk Beside Us' Wins 2012 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Barbara Savage of the University of Pennsylvania has won the Grawemeyer Award for the ideas set forth in her book Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion, published in 2008 by Harvard University Press. The annual award carries a $100,000 prize.

‘Generation Do’

November 15, 2011

Freshman Matthew Kalmans of the School of Arts and Sciences writes a letter to the editor in response to an article about “Generation Sell.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 30, 2011

Dec. 7 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election

WHO:             Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

WHAT:           Penn Lightbulb Café lecture, “Faith Matters: Religion and Rhetoric in the 2012 Presidential Election”

Video: Inside the Nursing Crisis

November 20, 2011

The School of Nursing’s Julie Fairman and Linda Aiken, who is also of the School of Arts and Sciences, discuss nursing-crisis issues in hospitals.

Article Source: WCNY Documentaries