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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 4, 2015

For Penn’s Timothy Linksvayer, Ants Are a Model of Complex Societies

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Timothy Linksvayer is expanding his research into how genetics and behavior allow complex societies, like those of his lab’s pharaoh ants, to survive and thrive. What he finds may shed light on the mechanisms that other organisms, humans included, have evolved to live in large, orderly social groups.

In small plastic tubs lining the shelves of a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, a million organisms live in complex societies.

Waiting for the Bomb to Drop

August 3, 2015

 

Paul Saint-Amour of the School of Arts & Sciences pens an op-ed related to his new book, Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form.

Article Source: New York Times

Defending Their Homes

August 3, 2015

 

Marie Gottschalk of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 3, 2015

Studying Abroad Enriches Miranda Lupion’s Penn Experience

Miranda Lupion’s interest in Russian language, history and culture began at a young age and has deepened during her time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her elementary school offered basic Russian language instruction teaching the alphabet and singing songs, and she began listening to stories in Russian in the fourth grade.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 3, 2015

Rising Junior From Penn Returns to Summer Camp, This Time as a Leader

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As a child, Suzy Bernstein, an English major at Penn's School of Arts and Sciences, spent her summers at Camp Modin in Belgrade, Maine. This year, she's serving as one of its top counselors.

As a child, Suzy Bernstein spent her summers at Camp Modin in Belgrade, Maine. This summer, the rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania is using her experience as a former camper and the many skills that she’s learned at Penn to further strengthen her leadership abilities. 

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460July 31, 2015

Penn Ph.D. Student Starts Teaching Program for French Speakers at Lea School

Fiona Moreno is not from France. But the French-speaking, Ph.D. student from Switzerland, says she was and still is startled by how confidently people deem her to be French, solely based on hearing her accent. The realization that many people aren’t aware of the diversity of the Francophone world prompted her to found the Francophone Community Partnership.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460July 31, 2015

Freshman Seminar Explores Penn’s Contributions to Middle Eastern Studies

For students in a University of Pennsylvania freshman seminar on the evolution of Penn’s engagement in the study of the Middle East, research involved historic objects and materials close at hand. That's because Penn has a long historical connection to the region.

How Bioethics Has Pushed America Left

July 29, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences blogs about the impact of bioethics on America.

Article Source: Huffington Post

We May Have Been Wrong About How African Pygmies Grow

July 28, 2015

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about there being very few studies of Baka, African Pygmies.

Article Source: National Geographic

A Professor Just Gave Us a Brutally Honest Assessment of Killer Robots

July 28, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on autonomous weapons.

Article Source: Attn.com