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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 5, 2011

Penn Geneticists Help Show Bitter Taste Perception Is Not Just About Flavors

PHILADELPHIA — Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli’s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution.

Video: Salamishah Tillet

December 3, 2011

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed for her feminist activist work.

Article Source: TEDxWomen

Penn Scholar of Black Politics and Religion Wins Grawemeyer Award

December 1, 2011

Barbara Savage of the School of Arts and Sciences receives the 2012 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 2, 2011

Penn Professor Barbara Savage’s 'Your Spirits Walk Beside Us' Wins 2012 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Barbara Savage of the University of Pennsylvania has won the Grawemeyer Award for the ideas set forth in her book Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion, published in 2008 by Harvard University Press. The annual award carries a $100,000 prize.

‘Generation Do’

November 15, 2011

Freshman Matthew Kalmans of the School of Arts and Sciences writes a letter to the editor in response to an article about “Generation Sell.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 30, 2011

Dec. 7 Penn Lightbulb Café to Focus on Religion in the 2012 Presidential Election

WHO:             Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania

WHAT:           Penn Lightbulb Café lecture, “Faith Matters: Religion and Rhetoric in the 2012 Presidential Election”

Video: Inside the Nursing Crisis

November 20, 2011

The School of Nursing’s Julie Fairman and Linda Aiken, who is also of the School of Arts and Sciences, discuss nursing-crisis issues in hospitals.

Article Source: WCNY Documentaries

Obama Swing-State Visits Surpass Presidential Record

November 28, 2011

Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Ian S. Lustick to Gulan: I imagine the end of the Syrian Regime ….

November 23, 2011

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed about the political climate in Syria.

Article Source: Gulan Media (Iraq)

University of Pennsylvania Study Links Vacant-Lot Campus Reduced Gun Crime

November 25, 2011

Charles Branas of the Perelman School of Medicine and John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences comment on a vacant-lot cleanup study.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer