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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 16, 2013

Penn’s Strong Global Community Attracts Growing Number of International Students

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The University of Pennsylvania is among the top destinations for international students, hosting 5,751 students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.

During the past five years, the number of international students at the University of Pennsylvania has seen record growth at the undergraduate and the graduate level.

Penn is among the top destinations for international students from around the world seeking to study in the United States. Currently, the University hosts 5,751 international students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.  

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 7, 2014

Penn’s 2014 Kelly Writers House Fellows Announced

The University of Pennsylvania will host three celebrated writers as Kelly Writers House Fellows during the 2014 spring semester.

Journalist and essayist Buzz Bissenger will visit Penn Feb. 17-18, followed by fiction writer T.C. Boyle March 31-April 1 and poet Rae Armantrout April 28-29.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 13, 2013

Penn Presents ‘Real Talk’ Student Monologues on August Wilson and Beyond

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“Real Talk,” which is free and open to the public, is the outgrowth of the fall freshman seminar course "August Wilson and Beyond," a class that combined ethnography and oral history research. Herman Beavers, professor of English at Penn, co-taught the course with Penn alum Suzana Berger, a theater director.

WHO:             University of Pennsylvania students in Herman Beavers’ “August Wilson and Beyond” course

The Royal Navy Failure Was One of Imagination, So Cutting the Size of the U.S. Military Might Not Force Innovation

December 13, 2013

Michael Horowitz of the School of Arts and Sciences writes as a guest columnist about military innovation.

Article Source: Foreign Policy

Penn Researcher Traces Urban Squirrel History to Philadelphia

December 12, 2013

Etienne Benson of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his research paper titled “The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States.”

Article Source: Philly.com

A Case for the Oxford Comma in One Screenshot

December 10, 2013

A photo tweeted by Mark Liberman of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted.

Article Source: Slate.com

Meet the Millennial Behind Philly’s LGBT Equality Bill

December 10, 2013

Fels Institute of Government student Chris Goy is featured for his work with Councilman Kenney and the LGBT Equality Bill.

Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 12, 2013

Penn Researcher Traces the History of the American Urban Squirrel

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Until recently, Etienne Benson, an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and Sociology of Science, has trained his academic eye on the history of conservation of large, charismatic wildlife, such as tigers, grizzly bears and orcas. With his latest publication, however, he consciously chose to investigate a creature that may be considered less exotic, and is certainly smaller: the squirrel.

Until recently, Etienne Benson, an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and Sociology of Science, has trained his academic eye on the history of conservation of large, charismatic wildlife, such as tigers, grizzly bears and orca

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 11, 2013

One Protein, Two Personalities: Penn Team Identifies New Mechanism of Cancer Spread

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A new finding by University of Pennsylvania scientists has identified key steps that trigger the disintegration of cellular regulation that leads to cancer. Their discovery—that a protein called Exo70 has a split personality, with one form keeping cells under tight control and another contributing to the ability of tumors to invade distant parts of the body—points to new possibilities for diagnosing cancer metastasis.

Cancer involves a breakdown of normal cell behavior. Cell reproduction and movement go haywire, causing tumors to grow and spread through the body.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 10, 2013

Penn Center for Advanced Study of India Announces New Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a new fellowship that will enable recent Penn graduates to conduct independent research for nine months or more in India.