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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 21, 2011

Penn Scientists Pioneer New Method for Watching Proteins Fold

PHILADELPHIA — A protein’s function depends on both the chains of molecules it is made of and the way those chains are folded. And while figuring out the former is relatively easy, the latter represents a huge challenge with serious implications because many diseases are the result of misfolded proteins. Now, a team of chemists at the University of Pennsylvania has devised a way to watch proteins fold in “real-time,” which could lead to a better understanding of protein folding and misfolding in general.

For the US, It Seems, Syria Will Never Be a Humanitarian Crisis

December 21, 2011

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the crisis in Syria.

Article Source: New York Post

Study: Middle-Class Students Are Better at Asking for Help Than Low-Income Students

December 16, 2011

Doctoral candidate Jessica McCrory Calarco of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her research about middle-class students who ask for more help from teachers than their working-class classmates.

The Best Nonfiction of 2011

December 17, 2011

Daniel Richter and Paul Hendrickson of the School of Arts and Sciences are highlighted for authoring books on the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 list for 2011.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Hope, Wariness Greet News of Kim Death

December 18, 2011

Frank Chance of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Planet of the Apes: Why We Hate Broccoli

December 19, 2011

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences and Michael Campbell of the Perelman School are featured for their research on the bitterness gene.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Teachers Balk as St. Paul District’s ‘Managed Instruction’

December 15, 2011

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on “managed instruction” in classrooms.

Article Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

Penn Helps Find Hints of Elusive Higgs Particle

December 13, 2011

Brig Williams, Joseph Kroll and Elliot Lipeles of the School of Arts and Sciences are featured for finding hints of the Higgs particle.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Surprise is Actually a Bridge Between Belief & Emotions’

December 13, 2011

Barbara Mellers of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on what it means to be surprised.

Article Source: Times of India

Study: Middle-Class Students are Better at Asking for Academic Help

December 7, 2011

Doctoral candidate Jessica McCrory Calarco of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for her research about middle-class students who ask for more help from teachers than their working-class classmates.

Article Source: Education Week