School of Arts & Sciences

Audio: Civil Rights Activist: Battle Flag Debate Distracts From Real Race Issues

July 9, 2015

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the Confederate flag removal from the South Carolina State House grounds and what is next in terms of addressing race relations.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 13, 2015

Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.

Study: Repaired Vacant Houses Coincide With a Drop in Crime

July 9, 2015

John McDonald of the School of Arts & Sciences is cited as a coauthor on a study about how repairing vacant houses can have an impact on reducing crime. Charles Branas of the Perelman School of Medicine also shares his research on reducing crime and helping improve health in urban areas.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Case Is Part of An Age-old Battle in U.S.

July 9, 2015

Sarah Gordon of the Law School and the School of Arts & Sciences talks about the origin of the political import of displays like the Ten Commandments monument.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Video: Seeking Happiness at Work? Try These Simple Practices to Turn It Around

July 7, 2015

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on how the heart can benefit from happiness.

Article Source: Today.com

As Blacklegged Ticks Migrate, Lyme Disease Follows

July 6, 2015

Camilo Khatchikian of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on researching the migration of ticks and the disease that has followed this journey.

Article Source: UPI.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 6, 2015

Penn Researchers Answer Question about Nematode Behavior: Nature, Nurture, or Physics?

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Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

By Sarah Welsh

Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 6, 2015

Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study, biologists from the University of Pennsylvania found that blacklegged ticks moved into new areas of the Northeast from established populations, mainly through short-distance, local moves. The results shed light on patterns of disease spread and could have implications for strategies to control ticks in order to reduce disease.

Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. Scientists attribute the spread to the fact that populations of blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease, now flourish in areas once thought to be devoid of ticks.

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

July 4, 2015

Sarah A. Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the current popularity of gluten-free diets.

Article Source: New York Times

Local Reaction Mixed to an Embassy in Cuba

July 2, 2015

Roman de la Campa of the School of Arts & Sciences provides his thoughts on the plan to open a U.S. embassy in Cuba.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer