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Media Contact:Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721
Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-8989-6460November 16, 2015

Penn Lightbulb Café Presents ‘A Medieval Buddhist Treatise on Love and Sex’

WHO:             Daud Ali

                      Associate Professor

                      Department of South Asia Studies

More Time on Transparency

November 16, 2015

Nancy Hirschmann of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the importance of transparency in academic research.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Three Ways You Sabotage Your Retirement Without Realizing It

November 16, 2015

Coren Apicella and Sudeep Bhatia of the School of Arts & Sciences are quoted about humans sticking with their default bias.

Article Source: MarketWatch

After a Mass Extinction, Only the Small Survive

November 12, 2015

Lauren Sallan of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for her research and paper, “Body-size reduction in vertebrates following the end-Devonian mass extinction.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194November 12, 2015

Ancient Mass Extinction Led to Dominance of Tiny Fish, Penn Paleontologist Shows

According to new research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauren Sallan, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth’s vertebrate community. Beforehand, large creatures were the norm, but, for at least 40 million years following the die-off, the oceans were dominated by markedly smaller fish.

When times are good, it pays to be the big fish in the sea; in the aftermath of disaster, however, smaller is better.

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Media Contact:Eric Baratta | | November 11, 2015

Penn Theatre Arts Program Presents Fall Production: Irwin Shaw’s ‘Bury The Dead’


Penn Theatre Arts Program


Bury the Dead,” a war play by Irwin Shaw


Nov. 18-21, 2015   

All performances begin at 7pm


Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Additional information

The Theatre Arts Program’s fall production, Bury the Dead,” written by Irwin Shaw in 1936, is set  “in the second year of the war that is to begin tomorrow night.” The scene is an unnamed battlefield somewhere in the world that also serves as the gravesite for six dead American soldiers.  About to be interred, the young soldiers stand up in their shared grave and plead not to be buried.  This crisis is the focus of Shaw’s harrowing and deeply moving and provocative play, directed by Theatre Arts faculty member James F. Schlatter.

Wormholes May Limit Landslides

November 9, 2015

Doctoral candidate Emma Harrison and undergraduate student Aria Kovalovich of the School of Arts & Sciences are featured for researching endogeic worms.

Article Source: Earth Magazine
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604November 9, 2015

Penn Team Shares in 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The Prize was presented by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, which includes physicists from the University of Pennsylvania, shared the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820November 9, 2015

Undergraduate Research Experiences at Penn Change Lives, Minds

When she arrived on campus more than three years ago, Angela Perfetti had no interest in research. Since then, she's changed her tune.

When University of Pennsylvania senior Angela Perfetti arrived on campus more than three years ago, she says she had no interest in research and thought it had no connection to the “real world.” Since then, she’s changed her tune. 

How Positivity Makes You Healthy and Successful

November 8, 2015

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited for researching how pessimism is not good for health.

Article Source: Huffington Post