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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins

PHILADELPHIA — Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales — using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks — is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 202-415-9881May 27, 2011

Penn Announces Partnership With Chinese Academy of Sciences for Center of Excellence in Brain Mapping

BEIJING, CHINA –- In a ceremony today, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) announced a collaboration agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to develop a joint Center of Excellence in Brain Mapping for the purpose of collaborative research and education in neuroimaging.

Researchers Locate the Part of the Brain in Sleep Deprivation

May 25, 2011

Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed for his research on sleep deprivation.

Article Source: Smart Planet

Newt Gingrich Responds: ‘I would not be at all surprised to see a renaissance in Detroit’

May 25, 2011

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his stance on post-war Detroit and how Gingrich failed to tell the full story of the city’s decline.

Article Source: MLive.com

Detroit Bashing: GOP Politicians, Pundits Hop on Bandwagon

May 23, 2011

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the harsh criticism of Detroit’s municipal issues.

Article Source: Detroit Free Press
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 23, 2011

Penn Research Overturns Theory on How Children Learn Their First Words

PHILADELPHIA — New research by a team of University of Pennsylvania psychologists is helping to overturn the dominant theory of how children learn their first words, suggesting that it occurs more in moments of insight than gradually through repeated exposure.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 202-415-9881May 23, 2011

University of Pennsylvania Announces $7.5 Million Korean Studies Gift

SEOUL, KOREA –- The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) announced today two gifts totaling $7.5 million that will greatly enhance its Korean Studies Program, one of the oldest of its kind in North America.

Alumnus James Joo-Jin Kim (W'59, G'61, GR'63) has given $6 million to strengthen the Korean Studies program, to be renamed the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Laura Cavender | cavender@upenn.edu | 202-415-9881May 23, 2011

University of Pennsylvania Announces MOU With Seoul National University

SEOUL, KOREA –- In a ceremony today at Seoul National University (SNU), the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and SNU announced an agreement recognizing shared academic interests between the two universities. The memorandum of understanding builds on school and program partnerships already in place, and will allow the universities to explore further collaborative research projects and other academic activities.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 19, 2011

Penn Researchers Monitoring Mississippi Delta Flood From Space

PHILADELPHIA — As floodwaters roll downstream, earth scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are keeping a watchful eye on the Mississippi Delta using satellite images and measurements of the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

Federico Falcini, a researcher in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, is studying how the plume of water and sediment from the Mississippi River mixes with Gulf waters, using satellite data.

US Must Rally Global Coalition Against Assad’s Syria

May 19, 2011

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on U.S. involvement in Syria.

Article Source: Deutche Welle