School of Arts & Sciences

At U.S. Colleges, Chinese-Financed Centers Prompt Worries About Academic Freedom

October 17, 2010

Other U.S. colleges have resisted entering into such relationships. Among them, the University of Pennsylvania chose not to apply for a Confucius Institute, partly because it was uncomfortable with the Chinese government's involvement, says G. Cameron Hurst III, a former director of the university's Center for East Asian Studies.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 18, 2010

Penn Graduate Student Identifies New Species of Plant-Eating Dinosaur: Kukufeldia Tigatensis

PHILADELPHIA –- A fossil found more than 150 years ago has now been identified as the remains of a new species of dinosaur, the herbivore Kukufeldia tigatensis.  The study was led by University of Pennsylvania graduate student Andrew McDonald and paleontologists from the Natural History Museum, London.        

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460October 15, 2010

Rebecca Bushnell’s Term as Dean of Arts and Sciences at University of Pennsylvania Is Extended

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced today that Rebecca Bushnell has agreed to extend her term as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn until June 30, 2013.

Meatless Eating Is Hot on Philadelphia College Campuses

October 14, 2010

Victor Galli and Leah Abrams, students in the School of Arts Sciences, and Ian Penkala, a student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, discuss Penn’s vegetarian dining options.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Uncovering Edgar Allan Poe - the Science Buff

October 14, 2010

John Tresch of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Edgar Allan Poe’s scientific contributions.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 October 14, 2010

Penn Bioengineers Awarded DoD Grant to Study the Neuronal Effects of Blasts, Tackles and Collisions

PHILADELPHIA –- A collaboration of biologists and bioengineers, including researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $6.25 million, 5-year grant from the Department of Defense to study the effects of blast waves on the neural circuitry of the brain.

Defining Expertise Down

October 7, 2010

Eric Trager, a student in the School of Arts and Sciences, authors an opinion on the notion of political expertise.

Article Source: New York Post
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Penn Creative Writing Lecturer Max Apple Wins Pew Fellowship

PHILADELPHIA –- Writer Max Apple, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and longtime member of Penn’s Kelly Writers House community, has won a 2010 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

He is among 12 Philadelphia-area artists awarded the $60,000 fellowships.

Apple has published three collections of stories, “The Oranging of America,” “Free Agents” and “The Jew of Home Depot”; two novels, “Zip “and “Propheteers”; and two books of non-fiction, “Roommates” and “I Love Gootie.” 

Mario Vargas Llosa, Visiting Professor at Princeton, Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 8, 2010

James English of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Mario Vargas Llosa‘s Nobel Prize in literature.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

O'Donnell's Thinking: Not Very Evolved?

October 4, 2010

Michael Weisberg of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the philosophy of evolution.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer