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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820July 17, 2015

Two Penn Undergraduates Study ‘Crimes That Changed Our World’

Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Aaron Wolff from Great Neck, N.Y. and Taryn MacKinney of Fort Collins, Colo. are studying sensational crimes that have shaped the justice system.

This summer, two undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are examining crimes throughout history and how those events resulted in controversial legislative changes. 

50 Groundbreaking Scientists Who Are Changing the Way We See the World

July 14, 2015

Scott Barry Kaufman of the School of Arts & Sciences is highlighted for his work on how human intelligence is measured.

Article Source: Business Insider
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Iran Nuclear Deal

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet Professor of History

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet is the Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History and director of the Middle East Center at Penn. An expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and modern Iranian history, she has published extensively on the subject and made several media appearances to discuss contemporary issues concerning Iran and the Middle East.


“The signing of the Iran nuclear deal will become one of the major diplomatic milestones of President Obama’s administration—and for good reason. The deal offers a positive way to engage Iran after 36 years of political rancor and virulent rhetoric by opening the conduits of rational communication between two key players in the Middle East. Having experienced the crippling effects of the international sanctions, Iran will not rush to break the conditions of this historic accord anytime soon. If anything, Iran will be more willing to work toward regional policies that will enable economic growth and political stability.”

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151July 14, 2015

Penn Rising Senior Mary Sun Takes On Life’s Challenges in Stride

Dealing with the difficulties of family illnesses and financial problems inspired Mary Sun to study medicine and business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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 | | 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.

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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.

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