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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 26, 2011

Penn Research Demonstrates Motivation Plays a Critical Role in Determining IQ Test Scores

PHILADELPHIA — New psychology research at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a correlation between a test-taker’s motivation and performance on an IQ test and, more important, between that performance and a person’s future success.  

Angela Lee Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, led the research, which involved two related studies.

Do IQ Tests Measure More Than Intelligence?

April 25, 2011

Angela Lee Duckworth of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for a study on the role motivation plays in IQ test results.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report

Critics Question Effectiveness of U.S. Civil Rights Commission

April 25, 2011

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Article Source: Black Voice News
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 25, 2011

Penn Professor Kaja Silverman Receives Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award

PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania professor Kaja Silverman has received the Andrew W. Mellon, Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to humanistic scholarship.  Silverman, who is the Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith L. Sachs W’67 Professor of Art History, will receive a $1.5 million dollar award to be used over approximately six years in support of her scholarly pursuits as a visual theorist.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 22, 2011

Penn Anthropologists Delve Into Genetic History of Kazakhstan and the Mongolian Expansion

PHILADELPHIA — Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have painted the clearest picture yet of the history of the Kazakhs of the Altai Mountain Range, providing insights into the heritage of a wide swath of people in Central and East Asia.

Using genetic techniques, Theodore Schurr and doctoral student Matthew Dulik, both of the Penn Department of Anthropology, worked with Ludmila Osipova from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk.

Teachers: Blames Only Where Blame Is Due

April 19, 2011

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and School of Arts and Sciences comments on school work conditions.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 19, 2011

Five University of Pennsylvania Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA –- Five University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They are among 212 new Fellows and 16 Foreign Honorary Members recognized as some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business,
public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

The new AAAS Fellows at Penn are:

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 18, 2011

Online Poetry Magazine Jacket Has New Home at Penn, Revamped as Jacket2

PHILADELPHIA – One of the world’s earliest online poetry and poetics magazines, Jacket, which ceased publication last year, now has a new home at the University of Pennsylvania and a new name, Jacket2. 

When Jacket was first published in 1997, the Guardian hailed “Jacket” as “the prince of online poetry magazines.”

Audio: The Changing Face of Race in Philadelphia

April 14, 2011

Thomas Sugrue and Camille Charles of the School of Arts and Sciences discuss and analyze the 2010 census.

The Mystery of Duffy’s Cut

April 14, 2011

Janet Monge of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Museum comments on a bone excavation.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal