Engaging Globally

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386April 17, 2014

Penn IUR Co-Director Eugenie Birch Elected Chair of the World Urban Campaign

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Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn IIUR, has been elected chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners acting to promote sustainable urbanization.

Eugenie Birch, co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, Penn IUR, at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign, a global coalition of public, private and civil society partners acting to promote sustainable ur

Who's Really Using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?

March 25, 2014

Gayle Christensen and Brandon Alcorn of Global Initiatives are interviewed about Penn's survey on MOOCs.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 13, 2014

Penn Team Links Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk to Spread of Cattle Raising

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A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers — constituting the largest examination ever of lactase persistence in geographically diverse populations of Africans — investigated the genetic origins of this lactose tolerance and offers support to the idea that the ability to digest milk was a powerful selective force in a variety of African populations which raised cattle and consumed the animals’ fresh milk.

Babies are born with the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, but most humans lose this ability after infancy because of declining levels of the lactose-digesting enzyme lactase.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 14, 2014

Penn IUR Hosts Discussion on the Future of Urbanization: What Can We Learn from Asian Cities?

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Today, almost 80% of all city dwellers live in Asian cities. In The Future of Urbanization: What Can We Learn from Asian Cities? a panel will examine the challenges and opportunities of urban life in Asia and suggest lessons for cities around the globe.

Today, almost 80% of all city dwellers live in Asian cities. In "The Future of Urbanization: What Can We Learn from Asian Cities?" a panel will examine the challenges and opportunities of urban life in Asia and suggest lessons for cities around the globe. 

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 18, 2014

John Legend to Speak at Penn’s 258th Commencement

John Legend, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning soul artist, philanthropist and Penn alumnus will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement on Monday, May 19, Leslie Laird Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary announced.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 27, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine’s Tina Chou Learns There’s More to Dentistry Than Teeth

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With a craving to “see dentistry beyond the domestic boundaries,” Tina Chou, a second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, seized the opportunity to advance dentistry in The Gambia in a unique internship opportunity this past summer.

By Marjorie Ferrone

With a craving to “see dentistry beyond the domestic boundaries,” Tina Chou, a second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, seized the opportunity to advance dentistry in The Gambia in a unique internship opportunity this past summer.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 9, 2014

Penn Research Helps Lay Out Theory for Metamaterial That Acts as an Analog Computer

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A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy, shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” as a light wave goes through them.

The field of metamaterials has produced structures with unprecedented abilities, including flat lenses, invisibility cloaks and even optical “metatronic” devices that can manipulate light in the way electronic circuitry manipulates the flow of electrons. 

Penn President Gutmann Joins AAU in Supporting Academic Freedom and Opposing Boycott of Israel

The Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities, of which President Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania is the vice chair, strongly opposes a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Any such boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic freedom.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 23, 2013

An Icy Journey Gave Penn’s Leah Davidson a Worldly Perspective

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Leah Davidson, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a career in business. But she wants to do so in an environmentally conscientious manner. So when, as a high school senior, she learned of an opportunity to visit one of the most untouched habitats on Earth, she jumped at the chance.

Leah Davidson, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a career in business. But she wants to do so in an environmentally conscientious manner. So when, as a high school senior, she learned of an opportunity to visit one of the most untouched habitats on Earth, she jumped at the chance.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 16, 2013

Penn’s Strong Global Community Attracts Growing Number of International Students

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The University of Pennsylvania is among the top destinations for international students, hosting 5,751 students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.

During the past five years, the number of international students at the University of Pennsylvania has seen record growth at the undergraduate and the graduate level.

Penn is among the top destinations for international students from around the world seeking to study in the United States. Currently, the University hosts 5,751 international students from 137 different countries, including China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Taiwan and Singapore.