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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 17, 2010

Scientists Decode Genomes of Five Africans, Including Archbishop Tutu

February 17, 2010
Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses gene mapping in Africa.
Article Source: New York Times

African Genomes Sequenced

February 17, 2010
Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses scientists’ genetic sequencing of populations in Africa.
Article Source: The Scientist

Scientists Rule: King Tut Felled by Malaria and Broken Leg

February 16, 2010
David Silverman of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum discusses new findings related to King Tut’s cause of death, and the Museum is cited for its exhibit on the ruler.
Article Source: USA Today

Audio: The Presidential Commission on Birth, Death and the Meaning of Life

February 16, 2010
President Amy Gutmann’s works are profiled as her selection by President Obama to chair a federal bioethics panel is discussed.
Article Source: Reason Magazine
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 15, 2010

Building Fit Minds Under Stress: Penn Neuroscientists Examine the Protective Effects of Mindfulness Training

PHILADELPHIA –- A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and attentive of the present moment without emotional reactivity or volatility.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 12, 2010

Two University of Pennsylvania Seniors and a Penn Alumna Win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

PHILADELPHIA –- A pair of University of Pennsylvania seniors and a Penn alumna are among 29 Gates Cambridge Scholarship winners from the United States. They will begin their graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England in October. They bring the number of Penn winners to 20.

The scholarship winners selected are:

Defying Gravity: Elite Applications Skyrocket as Public Bodies Crash

February 11, 2010
President Amy Gutmann says the recession has bolstered applications to elite universities like Penn that provide generous financial aid.

10 Women

February 11, 2010
President Amy Gutmann is lauded for spearheading University initiatives.
Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Pixable Launches Photo Mosaics Tool

February 11, 2010
Penn students help test new photo-mosaics software.
Article Source: New York Times