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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 7, 2012

Penn Biologist Daniel Janzen Honored With BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology is the recipient of the 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category. Janzen was singled out for his contributions to the conservation and scientific understanding of tropical ecosystems.

Saul Alinsky: The Activist Who Terrifies the Right

February 7, 2012

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences contributes his thoughts on why conservatives try to link President Obama with Saul Alinsky.

Article Source: Salon.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 6, 2012

Penn Researchers Uncover a Mechanism to Explain Dune Field Patterns

PHILADELPHIA — In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes like those in Nebraska’s Sand Hills may reach a “tipping point” under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert.

Study Links Polls to Slump in Real Estate Business

February 6, 2012

Devesh Kapur of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for co-authoring a study on election funding and cement consumption in India.

Article Source: Times of India

For Philly Dropouts, the Math Is Simple, but Brutal: No Diploma, Zero Jobs

February 6, 2012

Philippe Bourgois of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 6, 2012

RecycleMania 2012 Begins at Penn

PHILADELPHIA –- As part of its Year of Games, the University of Pennsylvania is among the 600-plus colleges and universities across the United States and Canada competing during the next eight weeks in RecycleMania 2012. This competition is designed to see which schools will minimize their waste stream most significantly and achieve the greatest recycling rate.

Audio: A Memoir Should Be More Than a History Lesson

February 1, 2012

Lorene Cary of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the function and importance of memoirs.

Romney as Centrist Could Pose Strong Challenge to Obama

February 1, 2012

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his views on the 2012 presidential campaign.

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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.