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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 August 26, 2015

Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386August 17, 2015

Paper Finds University R&D to Affect Neighborhood Spatial Development

A new white paper just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) finds that university-based research and development (R&D) affects the spatial development of universities, as well as their surrounding urban areas.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 11, 2015

Penn/Arizona Team to Study Little-understood lncRNA Molecules

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With an award of more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program, the University of Pennsylvania’s Brian Gregory will join two scientists from the University of Arizona to study the true nature of a class of mysterious RNA molecules known as lncRNA.

There is a theory that RNA, instead of DNA, is the original building block of all life. Yet many RNA molecules remain mysterious, their true nature and function little understood.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 7, 2015

Penn Student Travels to Israel for Eye-opening Lessons in Civil Society

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Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, Brittany Keesling from the Fels Institute of Government, along with four students from the School of Social Policy & Practice, learned about the possibilities for peace.

Amidst the religious, political and social unrest in Israel, one student from the University of Pennsylvania got a look at a diverse group of learners who explored the possibilities for a peaceful coexistence.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 30, 2015

Penn Education Prof Promotes Ideas on International Development

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Daniel Wagner from Penn's Graduate School of Education has crisscrossed the globe, exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability.

Daniel Wagner has crisscrossed the globe, exchanging ideas on educational development and sustainability.

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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:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 8, 2015

Penn VIPS Scholarships Honor Local High School Students for Community Service

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Penn will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service. These scholarships will cover expenses that are not typically covered in financial-aid packages.

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The University of Pennsylvania will provide non-tuition scholarships to five students from five local high schools in recognition of their history of community service.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 20, 2015

Penn’s LPS Program Allows Non-traditional Student to Pursue His Dreams

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For research lab manager Tony Wu of Abramson, full-time work did not impede his pursuit of a master’s degree. This fall, the LPS alum will begin a Ph.D. in Amsterdam.

It’s a long road from the University of Pennsylvania to Amsterdam, but cancer research knows no bounds. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 18, 2015

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Appoints Henriques as Senior Fellow

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Richard Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Richard “Dick” Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | Penn IUR | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-880-2372April 23, 2015

Penn IUR’s Eugenie Birch Elected President of the U.N.’s General Assembly of Partners

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, has been elected as the first president of the new General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a special initiative of the United Nation’s World Urban Campaign. Birch was elected at the GAP’s inaugural meeting, held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid-April.