Engaging Globally

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820
Media Contact:Kat Stein | katstein@gse.upenn.edu | 215-898-9642August 6, 2012

Penn GSE Internships Making Global Impact on Education Development


Studying abroad can take students to new places – both literally and figuratively. But, there are more benefits than just adding stamps to one’s passport.  As many students at Penn are discovering, international travel and helping others in the global community serve as building blocks to a solid future.

Genetic Data and Fossil Evidence Tell Differing Tales of Human Origins

July 26, 2012

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for her research on genomes and human origin.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 25, 2012

Many Protected Areas Face Threats in Sustaining Biodiversity, Penn’s Daniel Janzen and Colleagues Report

PHILADELPHIA — Establishing protection over a swath of land seems like a good way to conserve its species and its ecosystems. But in a new study, University of Pennsylvania biologist Daniel Janzen joins more than 200 colleagues to report that protected areas are still vulnerable to damaging encroachment, and many are suffering from biodiversity loss.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 23, 2012

Penn’s Benjamin Horton Working on State-by-state Sea-level Research

PHILADELPHIA — In June, the North Carolina legislature attempted to block a group of local scientists’ findings about how climate change could impact the state via sea-level rise. The new legislation would, for a time, prohibit the state’s coastal developers from using anything but linear estimates for rates of sea-level rise, where levels would go up by around 20 centimeters over the next century.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Nikki Sequeira | nikki@launchsquad.com | 15-625-8555July 17, 2012

Penn and Caltech Become Equity Investors in Coursera as 12 New Institutions Come Aboard

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania and the California Institute of Technology have extended a combined $3.7 million investment to Coursera, with further investment from New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Entrepreneur Spirit

Lisa Lovallo co-founded Wharton Venture Initiation Program's Hemishare that matches employers in Brazil with international job candidates. (Wharton Entrepreneurship Programs)

Advancing Radical Islamists Lay Waste to Religious Heritage

July 4, 2012

Jamal Elias of the School of Arts and Sciences comments on religious heritage.

Article Source: Reuters
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 3, 2012

Researchers From Penn, Michigan and Duke Study How Cooperation Can Trump Competition in Monkeys

PHILADELPHIA— Being the top dog — or, in this case, the top gelada monkey — is even better if the alpha male is willing to concede at times to subordinates, according to a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and Duke University.

Alpha male geladas who allowed subordinate competitors into their group had a longer tenure as leader, resulting in an average of three more offspring each during their lifetimes.

Europe’s Banking Chief Wields New Power in Crisis

July 2, 2012

Franklin Allen of the Wharton School comments on Mario Draghi of the European Central Bank and the euro debt crisis.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 2, 2012

Chasing Storms to Study the Carbon Cycle, Penn’s Hyejung Lee Pursues Research in Puerto Rico

Most visitors to the Caribbean hope that their stay won’t coincide with a major tropical storm.

Hyejung Lee hoped for exactly the opposite.