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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 7, 2014

Book by Penn Sociologist Jerry A. Jacobs Explores Higher Ed Interdisciplinarity

University of Pennsylvania sociology professor Jerry A. Jacobs offers a different perspective on disciplines in higher education in his new book entitled In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 3, 2014

Penn Ski & Snowboard Team to Close Strong Season at National Championships

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Four members of Penn’s Ski & Snowboard Team are traveling to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association’s National Championship March 9-15.

The Sochi Olympic Winter Games may be over, but the competition is just starting to heat up for a distinct group of student athletes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Four members of Penn’s Ski & Snowboard Team are packing up their gear and heading north.

How ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Just Might Save Black Boys

February 28, 2014

Angela Duckworth of the School of the Arts and Sciences is cited for her research on student “grit.”

Article Source: “The Root”
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 27, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities: Penn Student Capitalizes on Semester in Washington

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Through the Penn in Washington Semester program, sophomore Ben Stollman is spending the spring in Washington, D.C., learning from nationally recognized experts and serving as an intern for a senator.

This spring, while his peers at the University of Pennsylvania are back on campus in Philadelphia, sophomore Ben Stollman is spending the semester in Washington, D.C.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 27, 2014

Muscle-controlling Neurons Know When They Mess Up, According to Penn Research

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A team of researchers from Penn and Princeton has begun to unravel the decades-spanning paradox concerning how the brain's motor-control feedback system works.

Whether it is playing a piano sonata or acing a tennis serve, the brain needs to orchestrate precise, coordinated control over the body’s many muscles. Moreover, there needs to be some kind of feedback from the senses should any of those movements go wrong.

A Call to Embrace Silos

February 26, 2014

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his new book, In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

A Clear-eyed Look at What Detroit Needs to Survive

February 23, 2014

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his interview with the Detroit Free Press and his book The Origins of the Urban Crisis.

Article Source: Forbes

How Colleges Are Finding Tomorrow’s Prodigies

February 23, 2014

Undergraduate Taha Tariq of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for being inspired by Kelly Writers’ House’s Al Filreis and his online poetry class to apply to Penn.

Article Source: Christian Science Monitor

A Gömböctől a marsi kavicsig

February 23, 2014

Research on river rocks by Douglas Jerolmack of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured.

Article Source: Népszabadság (Hungary)

Sugrue: Trickle-down Urbanism Won’t Work in Detroit

February 23, 2014

Thomas Sugrue of the School of Arts and Sciences is interviewed about “trickle-down urbanism” in Detroit.

Article Source: Detroit Free Press