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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460January 28, 2010

In Penn Global Index of Think Tanks, Brookings Institution Best in the World

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania “Global Go To Think Tank Rankings” places the Brookings Institution first among more than 6,300 think tanks evaluated worldwide. The annual report places Chatham House first in a separate category for the best think tanks in the world outside the U.S.

Drexel to Create 250 Scholarships for Low-income City Graduates

January 27, 2010
Penn is cited for its long-time Mayor’s Scholarships program.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Davie 18-year-old on Jeopardy's College Championships

January 26, 2010
Robbi Berg, a student in the School of Arts and Sciences, competes in the Jeopardy College Championships.

Colleges Here and Abroad Take Part in ''Recyclemania''

January 25, 2010
Vice President Anne Papageorge of Facilities and Real Estate Services discusses Penn’s Recyclemania program.
Article Source: KYW Radio (Philadelphia)

University of Pennsylvania Says Applications Up 17%

January 25, 2010
Penn receives a record number of applicants for the Class of 2014.

Babelicious!

January 25, 2010
Gary Lupyan of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his book “Public Library of Science” as he discusses language migration.
Article Source: Economist

Haiti: Making Donations Count

January 21, 2010
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is cited for its donor-advisory services.

Higher Ed Moves to Front of the Class in PA

January 21, 2010
Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli discusses Penn’s urban initiatives, and the University is credited with having “helped transform parts of their urban campus into vibrant retail centers.”
Article Source: Keystone Edge

El Rollo del ‘Árbol de la Sabiduría’

January 21, 2010
Miler Lagos discusses the opportunity to display his work at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
Article Source: Al Día (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 21, 2010

Language Structure Is Partly Determined by Social Structure, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world.

The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.