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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460September 30, 2011

Penn: U.S. Obesity Epidemic Contributes to Its Poor International Ranking in Life Expectancy

 

PHILADELPHIA -- The United States has the highest prevalence of obesity, measured by body mass index, and one of the lowest life expectancies among high-income countries.  A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania directly links America’s high obesity rate to the country’s lower longevity ranking compared to other high-income countries. 
           

Two Minutes With … UPenn Professor Eric Schneider

September 29, 2011

Eric Schneider of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed.

Article Source: Philadelphia City Paper
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Media Contact:Loraine F. Terrell | lfterrel@sas.upenn.edu | September 29, 2011

Gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos to Create New Undergraduate Program in Energy Research

PHILADELPHIA –University of Pennsylvania trustee emeritus P. Roy Vagelos, C’50, Hon’99 and his wife, Diana, parents ’90, have made a gift of $13.6 million to Penn to establish the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), an innovative, dual-degree undergraduate program to be offered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 29, 2011

Penn Researcher Helps Identify 'Superfast' Muscles Responsible for Bat Echolocation

PHILADELPHIA – As nocturnal animals, bats rely echolocation to navigate and hunt prey. By bouncing sound waves off objects, including the bugs that are their main diet, bats can produce an accurate representation of their environment in total darkness. Now, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Pennsylvania have shown that this amazing ability is enabled by a physical trait never before seen in mammals: so-called “superfast” muscles. 

What to Wear to a SlutWalk

September 28, 2011

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences explains the anti-rape march and street protest that has gained popularity.

Article Source: Nation

Hiker’s Family Hid Israeli Link During Captivity

September 27, 2011

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “There was a kind of objective alliance between people in this country who didn’t talk about it publicly … and the Iranians also downplayed it.”

Article Source: Associated Press
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 28, 2011

Penn Anthropologist Wins Presidential Early Career Award

PHILADELPHIA — Claudia Valeggia, an associate professor of anthropology in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as one of this year’s winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Are Violent ‘Flash Mobs’ Really a Trend?

September 26, 2011

Philippe Bourgois of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine and Eric Schneider of SAS share their knowledge about flash mobs.

Article Source: Atlantic
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 26, 2011

Penn Researchers Show New Neural Mechanism Responsible for Recognizing Scenes

PHILADELPHIA — One of the aims of cognitive neuroscience is to understand how the brain works on two distinct levels: the psychological experience of mental tasks and the underlying neurobiology that enables them. Tools like functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, have allowed cognitive neuroscientists to connect those two levels for a variety of everyday experiences, such as solving a math problem or remembering a word.

Spat a Battle of Parties

September 26, 2011

Rogers Smith of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the Republican proposals for Electoral College voting in Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

Article Source: Omaha World-Herald