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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | | 215-898-3617March 18, 2010
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604January 21, 2010

Language Structure Is Partly Determined by Social Structure, Says Penn Psychology Study

PHILADELPHIA –- Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world.

The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658January 19, 2010

Penn Receives $20 Million for University Professorships; Weiss Gift Will Create Four PIK Positions

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has received a $20 million gift designated for faculty support from George A. Weiss, a Penn alum and trustee and chair of the Making History campaign, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422January 12, 2010

Actress Anna Deavere Smith to Explore Human Spirit, Resiliency in ‘Let Me Down Easy’ Presentation Jan. 26


Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, teacher and playwright, will discuss and perform selected scenes from her latest highly acclaimed piece, “Let Me Down Easy.”

Smith has had roles in the films “Philadelphia,” “An American President,” “The Human Stain” and “Rent,” and in television she has worked on “The Practice,” “The West Wing” and, currently, “Nurse Jackie.”

From Ur's Royal Tombs

December 28, 2009
Penn Museum’s exhibit "Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery" is cited for its robust historic content.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Prison Population Up, Despite Drop in 20 States

December 8, 2009
Ram Cnaan of the School of Social Policy and Practice discusses prison populations.
Article Source: Associated Press

It's Orrin's Show: Jazz Man Evans Assembles Musicians from Philly & NYC for His Captain Black Big Band

December 7, 2009
Wade Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his local saxophone performances.
Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Early-Decision Applications Surge at D.C. Area Colleges

December 4, 2009
Dean Eric Furda of Admissions comments on early-decision applications.
Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460December 1, 2009

University of Pennsylvania Senior Joshua Bennett Wins United Kingdom’s Marshall Scholarship

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania senior Joshua Bennett of Yonkers, New York has won a prestigious United Kingdom Government Marshall Scholarship for graduate studies in the U.K. He is among 35 winners of the prestigious scholarship.

Why the Holiday Suicide Myth Persists

November 30, 2009
Daniel Romer of the Annenberg School for Communication is cited for research on holidays and suicides.
Article Source: USA Today