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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Connect Baboon Personalities to Social Success and Health Benefits

PHILADELPHIA — Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people, some baboons’ personalities are better suited to making and keeping friends than others.

Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India Marks 20 Years

September 27, 2012

Francine Frankel, Devesh Kapur and Juliana Di Giustini of the School of Arts and Sciences are quoted in a feature about CASI.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 26, 2012

Penn Researcher Part of $1.5 Million Grant to Reduce Gene Sequencing Costs

PHILADELPHIA — A collaboration between researchers at Columbia University and Marija Drndić of the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant for a project aimed at reducing the cost of genome sequencing. The grant was made by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Planet of the Apes: A Newer, Branched Picture of Human Roots in Africa

September 24, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine and Joseph Lachance of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for their research of human genetics.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 19, 2012

Animated Film Screenings Highlight Penn Conference

From Paleolithic cave paintings to the latest wave of 3D motion pictures, animation has captured our imagination by bringing objects to virtual life for thousands of years.

On Sept. 21-22, scholars and animation producers will meet at the University of Pennsylvania for a collaborative conference, “Enchanted Drawing II: Animation Across the Disciplines.”

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 17, 2012

As World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Records First Images, Penn Team Gears Up to Study Dark Energy

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On Sept. 17, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time.

Alleged Filmmaker Says He Has No Regrets About Movie That Sparked Mideast Violence

September 14, 2012

Marwan Kraidy of the Annenberg School for Communication comments on YouTube being “a great opportunity for artists [that] also gives a platform to idiots and bigots.”

Article Source: Forbes
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Anti-American Unrest continues to Boil in the Middle East

Experts:

On Arab Media:

             Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

 On images of death and dying in the media:

            Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.