School of Arts & Sciences

Pope Francis’ Trip to West Bank May Send Signal to Israeli Leaders

May 25, 2014

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his comments on Pope Francis’ trip to the West Bank before visiting Israel.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)

Gains and Losses in Phila. Region’s Population

May 23, 2014

Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts and Sciences shares his comments on the population growth in the Philadelphia region.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Women in Politics: College Edition – University of Pennsylvania

May 22, 2014

Undergraduate Joyce Kim of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured as a student leader in politics.

Article Source: MSNBC

Two African-American Scholars Join Ranks of Deans

May 22, 2014

John Jackson of the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences is mentioned for being named dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Article Source: Diverse Education

Not Too Late for a Lawsuit Against Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’

May 21, 2014

Peter Decherney of the School of Arts and Sciences writes about a Supreme Court decision on a copyright infringement suit against MGM.

Article Source: Forbes

Audio: Penn ‘Writers House’ Building Recording Studio for Treasure Trove of Spoken Poetry

May 19, 2014

Kelly Writers’ Houses’ Al Filreis says, “Audio distraction – it’s surprising how much of a difference in the listening experience there is.”

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 21, 2014

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the Organization of American Historians

May 13, 2014

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for receiving the 2014 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 15, 2014

Penn Vet Study Reveals Salmonella’s Hideout Strategy

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A study led by researchers in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine reveals how some Salmonella bacteria hide from the immune system, allowing them to persist and cause systemic infection.

The body’s innate immune system is a first line of defense, intent on sensing invading pathogens and wiping them out before they can cause harm. It should not be surprising then that bacteria have evolved many ways to specifically evade and overcome this sentry system in order to spread infection.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183May 15, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Human Learning Altered by Electrical Stimulation of Dopamine Neurons

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A new study may hold potential for rehabilitation after injury or for treating addictive behaviors.

Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania.