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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604January 5, 2010

Penn Study Shows Antidepressants Work Best for Severe Depression, Provide Little to No Benefit Otherwise

PHILADELPHIA –- A study of 30 years of antidepressant-drug treatment data published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo may be minimal or nonexistent in patients with mild or moderate symptoms. University of Pennsylvania researchers say, however, the benefit of medications is substantial for patients with very severe depression.

When a Coach May Help

January 4, 2010
Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences says coaching utilizes many of the tenets of his positive-psychology teachings.
Article Source: Boston Globe

Study: Sea-Level Rise Quickening Along East Coast

December 29, 2009
Benjamin Horton of the School of Arts and Sciences and his sea-level research are featured, and he is pictured with SAS postdoctoral students Andrew Kemp and Simon Engelhart.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

A Risk in Treatments Based on Race

December 28, 2009
Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses her genetics research in Africa.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Like Du Bois, UPenn Scholar Has Focused on Interdisciplinary Work

December 22, 2009
Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses his work and role at Penn.
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604December 21, 2009

Genetic Study Led by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Clarifies African and African-American Ancestry

PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today.

No Attack on Iran

December 18, 2009
Ian Lustick of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses U.S.-Iran sanctions.
Article Source: Seattle Times

A Career Spent Finding Value

December 16, 2009
President Amy Gutmann is quoted in an obituary for Penn Charter Trustee Christopher Browne.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Manage Your Career

December 16, 2009
Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer Furlong of Career Services author an op-ed on CV’s and resumes and are cited for their book, “The Academic Job Search Handbook."
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422December 14, 2009

Penn Grad Sarah-Jane Littleford Named Rhodes Scholar


PHILADELPHIA –- Sarah-Jane Littleford, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University in England.

Littleford, who is from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars selected from that country. She learned of the honor today after an interview with the selection committee.

“I am delighted and humbled to have been selected as one of two Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholars for this year!” she said in an email this morning.