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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 May 26, 2010

Penn Researchers Add Genetic Data to Archaeology and Linguistics to Get Picture of African Population History

PHILADELPHIA –- Genetic researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have combined data from existing archaeological and linguistic studies of Africa with human genetic data to shed light on the demographic history of the continent from which all human activity emerged.

The study reveals not just a clearer picture of the continent’s history but also the importance of having independent lines of evidence in the interpretation of genetic and genomic data in the reconstruction of population histories.

Sports Genes

May 17, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for her genetics work in Africa.

Article Source: Sports Illustrated

Asian American Studies at a Crossroads

May 25, 2010

June Chu of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Pan-Asian American Community House says positive ethnic stereotypes can be ostracizing to those who do not fit the mold.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 26, 2010

“Grinding Mouth, Wrinkle Eye”: Penn Graduate Student Describes New Species of Plant-Eating Dinosaur

PHILADELPHIA –- A team of paleontologists, including a University of Pennsylvania doctoral candidate, has described a new species of dinosaur based upon an incomplete skeleton found in western New Mexico. The new species, Jeyawati rugoculus, comes from rocks that preserve a swampy forest ecosystem that thrived near the shore of a vast inland sea 91 million years ago.

Shot Heard Rand the World

May 19, 2010

David Thornburgh of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Fels Institute of Government discusses Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

Article Source: Politico
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 24, 2010

Penn Professor Richard Beeman’s “Plain Honest Men” Wins 2010 George Washington Book Prize

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania History Professor Richard Beeman has been awarded the 2010 George Washington Book Prize for “Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution.” 

The award, which honors the most important new book about America’s founding era, comes with a $50,000 prize, the nation’s largest literary award for early American history.  The book was a finalist from among 62 nominees.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 21, 2010

University of Pennsylvania and Hong Kong University Physicists Describe the Melting of Colloidal Crystal Films

PHILADELPHIA –- Physicists from the University of Pennsylvania and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have reported an elegant experimental study of the melting behaviors of thin crystalline films, uncovering a variety of interesting differences between thick films of greater than four layers and thinner or single-layer films.

Blacks, Latinos Worship in Changing Neighborhood

May 19, 2010

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses race relations in light of religion’s effect on neighborhood diversity.

Article Source: Associated Press

College Campuses Embrace Coed Dorm Rooms

May 18, 2010

Heather Love of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses gender-neutral student housing.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Sports Genes

May 17, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences is credited for genetic research conducted in Africa.