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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009

The New York City Premiere of the Documentary BLAST!, featuring Penn's Balloon-Borne, High-Altitude Telescope


WHAT: The 2008 documentary film BLAST! follows a team of scientists, led by Mark Devlin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, in their attempts to figure out how galaxies form by launching a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon.

The film follows cosmologists from Sweden to Antarctica as they attempt — and fail and try again — to launch the high-altitude telescope above the earth’s atmosphere.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 3, 2009
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 28, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 13, 2009

Arjun G. Yodh Named Director of Penn's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter


PHILADELPHIA –- Arjun G. Yodh, a researcher studying condensed matter physics, medical and biophysics and optics has been named director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 11, 2009
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 1, 2009

Penn IUR Honors Leaders in Urban Affairs at the Fifth Annual Urban Leadership Forum

PHILADELPHIA – Three urban leaders have been honored by the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the 5th Annual Urban Leadership Forum, “Building Competitive and Sustainable Cities,” at the University of Pennsylvania.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening and Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution were singled out as exemplary leaders guiding cities toward a sustainable future.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 30, 2009
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 28, 2009

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's Party Switch

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.

Experts:

Dr. Rogers Smith a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism and researches American political thought.

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U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's Party Switch

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an ISDN line.

Experts:

Dr. Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is chair of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism and researches American political thought.