PHILADELPHIA–- Today’s “in your face” televised political debates evoke emotional reactions in viewers and cause them to think that opposing views are less legitimate, according to a University of Pennsylvania researcher.
“Effects of ‘In-Your-Face’ Television Discourse on Perceptions of Legitimate Opposition,” published in the November issue of the American Political Science Review, was written by Diana C. Mutz, a professor of political science and communications at Penn.
PHILADELPHIA -- Alumni Robert A. Fox and Penny Grossman Fox have made a gift of $10 million to endow and expand the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The program, established in 1999 through an initial gift from the Foxes, combines coursework, events and service experiences to inspire and equip undergraduates to assume leadership roles in their future endeavors.
This most recent gift brings the Foxes’ total support of the program to more than $23 million.
PHILADELPHIA -- The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has launched a new project called RealArts@Penn, created in part to integrate art-world practice into the intellectual life of the university.
RealArts will sponsor six paid internships in the summer of 2008 at MTV Networks, Rolling Stone magazine, Brooklyn Films, Shore Fire Media, Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) and Women Make Movies.
PHILADELPHIA -– A study led by a University of Pennsylvania biologist in the tick-infested woods of the Hudson Valley is challenging the widely held belief that mice are the main animal reservoir for Lyme disease in the U.S.
The paper, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, demonstrates that chipmunks and two shrew species, not just mice, are the four species that account for major outbreaks.