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.
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Barbara Savage of the School of Arts and Sciences receives the 2012 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
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.
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”
Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted.
Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed about the political climate in Syria.
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.