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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 31, 2012

Penn Collaborative Study Shows How ‘Shadow Education’ Affects Academic Success of East Asian Americans

PHILADELPHIA – A new study co-authored by University of Pennsylvania sociologist Hyunjoon Park chalks up East Asian American students’ high SAT scores in part to their high level of participation in “shadow education” activities outside formal schools.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 31, 2012

Penn Professor Timothy Corrigan’s ‘The Essay Film’ Wins 2012 SCMS Kovács Book Award

PHILADELPHIA – The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker, by Timothy Corrigan, University of Pennsylvania English and cinema studies professor, has won the Society for Cinema and Media 2012 Kovács Book Award.  The award will be presented at the SCMS 2012 Conference in Boston on March 23.

Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-century Germany

January 30, 2012

Jonathan Steinberg of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on his new biography, Bismarck: A Life.

Article Source: New York Times

Reclaimed Wastewater for Drinking: Safe but Still a Tough Sell

January 31, 2012

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the idea of drinking reclaimed wastewater.

Article Source: National Geographic

Penn Will Bestow Long-overdue Honors on W.E.B. Du Bois

January 31, 2012

Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his enthusiasm for the upcoming appointment of W.E.B. Du Bois as an honorary emeritus professor.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 31, 2012

Penn Receives NSF Grant to Research Geological Record of Chilean Earthquakes

PHILADELPHIA — Geological evidence of earthquakes and tsunamis aids in anticipating the timing and magnitude of future events. This natural warning system now influences building codes and planning in the United States, Canada and Japan, particularly where the geological record demonstrates prehistoric earthquakes larger than those known from written and instrumental records.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 30, 2012

Penn Mathematicians Win 2012 Chauvenet Prize

PHILADELPHIA — A team of mathematicians from the University of Pennsylvania has been named winners of the 2012 Chauvenet Prize, given by the Mathematical Association of America to the author or authors of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic.  The prize was awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meeting.

Catholic School Closings Need More Than a Miracle

January 30, 2012

Joseph Tierney of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his views on several Catholic school closings in Philadelphia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Research Finds Genetic Link Between Native Americans, Russian Region

January 30, 2012

Theodore Schurr of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research that helps clarify the genetic link between Native Americans and Asians.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658January 26, 2012

Penn Launches Center for the Study of Contemporary China

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Rebecca Bushnell are pleased to announce the launch of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China.  Housed in the School of Arts and Sciences and serving the entire University, the new Center is designed to advance Penn’s leadership in programs, research, and scholarship