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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 18, 2010

Penn Faculty Senate Announces Leadership for 2010-11

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert C. Hornik will serve as chair of the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate in 2010-11, succeeding Harvey Rubin.

Camille Charles has been named chair-elect.

A Little Neanderthal May Lurk in All of Us

May 17, 2010

Paul Schmidt of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses research suggesting human-Neanderthal cross-species mating.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Patterns: Lighter Load for Nurses May Aid Patients

May 10, 2010

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences says lighter patient loads would improve nursing care.

Article Source: New York Times

Close Encounters of the Prehistoric Kind

May 13, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses research findings on the Neandertal genome.

Article Source: Science

Should Districts Look Beyond Seniority When Laying Off Teachers?

May 12, 2010

Richard Ingersoll of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses teacher lay-off policies.

Article Source: Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 May 12, 2010

Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation

PHILADELPHIA –- Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century despite its widespread use in modeling the behavior of gases.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 11, 2010

Centers Host Language Programs for High Schoolers, Teachers

PHILADELPHIA -- The South Asia Center and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will host summer language programs to teach Hindi, Urdu and Chinese to students entering grades 9-12.  The programs, to be taught by Penn faculty, are funded by Startalk, the national effort to enhance Americans’ learning and teaching of less commonly taught languages in high schools.

Audio: Meditation and the Military

May 10, 2010

Amishi Jha of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses meditation’s value to soldiers.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Americans Are Seeing Fewer and Fewer Foreign Films

May 9, 2010

Bob Vitalis of the School of Arts and Sciences says foreign films can offer unique perspectives to American students.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Remembering a Chesco School Segregation Fight

May 8, 2010

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses historic civil rights fights and is cited for his book “Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer