School of Arts & Sciences

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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.

Hearing Helps Us See What We Can’t See

July 12, 2010

Gary Lupyan of the School of Arts and Sciences and his team of researchers are cited for their study of the connection between visual and auditory learning.

Article Source: Futurity

Israel Admite "Errores Profesionales" en Ataque a la Flotilla Que Iba a Gaza

July 13, 2010

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on the Gaza flotilla incident.

Article Source: El Mercurio (Chile)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604July 12, 2010

Making the Invisible Visible: Verbal Cues Enhance Visual Detection, Says Penn Researcher

PHILADELPHIA –- Cognitive psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have shown that an image displayed too quickly to be seen by an observer can be detected if the participant first hears the name of the object.

The Jury's In-Staffing Laws Work

July 1, 2010

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences says improved nurse staffing saves lives.

Article Source: American Journal of Nursing

Public Transport Is Good for Your Health and Your Wallet, According to Scientists

June 29, 2010

John MacDonald of the School of Arts and Sciences says public transportation encourages exercise.

Article Source: Telegraph (U.K.)

Fruit Fly Genes Yielding Clues to Lou Gehrig's Disease

June 28, 2010

Gillian Ritson, a graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences, uses mutant fruit flies to study possible Alzheimer's treatments.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460June 24, 2010

Marcella Durand Named 2010-2011 Fellow at Penn’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

PHILADELPHIA -– Marcella Durand has been named the 2010-2011 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Independence Day and the Founding Fathers

Dr. Richard Beeman
Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania

Credentials and topics:
    Dr. Beeman has been awarded the 2010 George Washington Book Prize for his “Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution” overturns longstanding mythical perceptions of our Founding Fathers as "demi-gods."