School of Arts & Sciences

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Another Drop for Sociology

August 2, 2010

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences co-authors a job-market report for the American Sociological Association.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Clinton Comments, Korea Drills Roil US-China Ties

July 28, 2010

Arthur Waldron of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on territorial disputes in China.

Article Source: Associated Press

Who Lives in This Room?

July 19, 2010

Joan DeJean of the School of Arts and Sciences authors a piece on the meaning and function of the living room.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604 July 23, 2010

First Step Towards Electronic DNA Sequencing: Translocation Through Graphene Nanopores

PHILADELPHIA –- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new, carbon-based nanoscale platform to electrically detect single DNA molecules.

Using electric fields, the tiny DNA strands are pushed through nanoscale-sized, atomically thin pores in a graphene nanopore platform that ultimately may be important for fast electronic sequencing of the four chemical bases of DNA based on their unique electrical signature.

Kidney Disease Is Parasite-Slaying Protein's Downside

July 16, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses “Jekyll-and-Hyde genetic variations."

Article Source: Science
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 21, 2010

Collaboration Leads to Simpler Method for Building Varieties of Nanocrystal Superlattices

PHILADELPHIA –- Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices, or BNSLs, by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface.

Aged 9,000 Years, Ancient Beer Finally Hits Stores

July 20, 2010

Patrick McGovern of Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences uses historical evidence to resurrect ancient brews.

Secrets of Its Past May Help Pay for Historic Delaware County Building's Future

July 17, 2010

David Barnes of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the investigation of paranormal activity at the historic Lazaretto quarantine station.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Pam Kosty | 215-898-4045 | pkosty@upenn.eduJuly 16, 2010

East Coast Exclusive from China: "Secrets of the Silk Road"

With graceful eyelashes, long flaxen hair and serene expression, the "Beauty of Xiaohe" seems to have just softly fallen to sleep-yet she last closed her eyes nearly 4,000 years ago.  She was found, and excavated, in 2003, one of hundreds of spectacularly preserved mummies buried in the harsh desert sands of the vast Tarim Basin, in the Far Western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.