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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

Video: Dr. Anthea Butler on Church Abuse Case

January 25, 2012

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the possible effects of a sexual-abuse case on the Catholic Church, especially in Philadelphia.

Article Source: WTXF-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460
Media Contact:Amber van Niekerk | amber@grimmandgrove.com | 215-520-5035 January 24, 2012

Fels Institute at Penn Kicks Off 75th Anniversary by Examining Transportation and Fiscal Crisis

PHILADELPHIA -- In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania will present the first event in its Practically Speaking series, on Feb. 2 at the National Constitution Center, “Transportation in a Time of Political Gridlock.”

Survival’s Ick Factor

January 23, 2012

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited as a pioneer of modern disgust research.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 23, 2012

Penn-based Report Reflects Rise of Think Tanks in Underrepresented Regions of the World

PHILADELPHIA –- Launched in 2006, the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Go-To Think Tank Rankings” annual report has become an authoritative source for the top public policy research institutes in the world.  James McGann, assistant director of Penn’s International Relations Program, directs the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at Penn.  The report is available at www.gotothinktank.com or www.sas.upenn.edu/irp/.

Brookings Tops Study of Most Influential Think Tanks

January 18, 2012

James McGann of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted as the lead author of the Global Go-To Think Tanks Rankings report.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 20, 2012

Penn Researchers Help Solve Questions About Ethiopians’ High-Altitude Adaptations

PHILADELPHIA --  Over many generations, people living in the high-altitude regions of the Andes or on the Tibetan Plateau have adapted to life in low-oxygen conditions. Living with such a distinct and powerful selective pressure has made these populations a textbook example of evolution in action, but exactly how their genes convey a survival advantage remains an open question.