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Nina Simone’s Time Is Now, Again

June 19, 2015

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the legacy of singer Nina Simone.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151June 23, 2015

Serendipitous Path Opens Doors to an Education at Penn

Jason Morgan held a variety of jobs through his 30s, but it was a job lay-off during the economic downturn that led him to the University of Pennsylvania

In 2009, Morgan lost his job as a wedding photographer but soon found a job as a clerk at a restaurant on the Penn campus.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 19, 2015

Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.

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Media Contact:Megan Schmidgal | megands@design.upenn.edu | 215-898-2539June 16, 2015

PennDesign's Barnett Argues for Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs in New Book

As the global population grows and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our planet.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 15, 2015

Sindhuri Nandhakumar Awarded Penn’s Sobti Family Fellowship

The Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Penn alumna Sindhuri Nandhakumar is the recipient of the 2015-16 Sobti Family Fellowship.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 12, 2015

Penn’s Liliane Weissberg Named 2015-16 USC Shoah Foundation Teaching Fellow

Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German comparative literature in the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the USC Shoah Foundation 2015-16 Rutman Teaching Fellowship.

The award is offered annually by the Spielberg Foundation to a Penn faculty member to teach about the Holocaust.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 15, 2015

Penn Joins edX Partnership, Expands Free Online Classes

The University of Pennsylvania today announced a partnership with leading nonprofit online learning platform edX, expanding the University’s open learning course offerings to reach millions of additional learners worldwide.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 3, 2015

Penn Historian Discusses the Threat Birds Posed to the Power Grid in 1920s California

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In a new paper in the journal Environmental Humanities, the University of Pennsylvania’s Etienne Benson examines the suspected cause of the problems to the power grid in Southern California in the 1920s: voluminous streams of bird excrement.

In 1913 in Southern California, two 241-mile-long electric lines began carrying power from hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Nevada to customers in Los Angeles—a massive feat of infrastructure. In 1923, power company Southern California Edison upgraded the line to carry 220,000 volts, among the highest voltage lines in the world at the time.

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Media Contact:Rebecca Rebalsky | rebecca4@sas.upenn.edu | 215-898-4192
Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 2, 2015

Mellon Foundation Awards $2 Million to Support Digital Humanities at Penn

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $2 million grant to support University initiatives in the digital humanities in both Penn Arts and Sciences and Penn Libraries.

In Syria, Islamic State Group Apparently Spares Palmyra’s Stunning Ruins – For Now

May 28, 2015

Katharyn Hanson of the Museum is quoted about a bill presented to the United States House of Representatives that would

Article Source: Science