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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2009

Penn, Georgia Collaboration Awarded $14.6 Million to Expand Pathogen Database, Expedite Worldwide Research

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia have been awarded a five-year, $14.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the US National Institutes of Health, to expand and extend work on the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genome Database Resource, http://EuPathDB.org. This revolutionary open database enables scientists to examine genes, genomes, isolates, and other attributes related to a variety of important human pathogens.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 7, 2009

Penn Awards Green Fund Grants to Diverse Set of Projects

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has approved the funding of 10 Green Fund projects from an inaugural round of grant proposals.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 2, 2009

Sea Level Is Rising Along U.S. Atlantic Coast, According to Data Analysis by Penn Environmental Scientists

PHILADELPHIA –- An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that sea-level rise along the Atlantic Coast of the United States was 2 millimeters faster in the 20th century than at any time in the past 4,000 years.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658November 25, 2009

Gutmann Named to Chair Obama’s Bioethics Commission

PHILADELPHIA –- Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected by President Obama to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. As head of the commission, Gutmann, president of Penn since 2004 and a prominent political scientist, will advise the President on a range of bioethical issues.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 18, 2009

Penn and Milken Family Foundation Launch Global Business Plan Competition to Improve Education


PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education has teamed up with the Milken Family Foundation to launch the Milken-Penn GSE Prize for Business Plans in Education, the first competition specifically aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship and addressing challenges in education, developing innovative solutions that boost student achievement and strengthening school effectiveness.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 9, 2009

Yaga Venugopal Reddy to Give Annual Lecture of University of Pennsylvania Center for the Advanced Study of India

WHO: Yaga Venugopal Reddy, emeritus professor at the University of Hyderabad and former governor of the Reserve Bank of India

WHAT: “Regulating the Financial Sector: Indian Experience” as the Annual Lecture, part of the Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series

WHERE: Duke of Windsor Suite, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., New York

WHEN: Nov. 12, 2009, 6-7:30pm

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151November 6, 2009
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 28, 2009

North Carolina Sea Levels Rising Three Times Faster Than in Previous 500 Years, Penn Study Says

 

PHILADELPHIA –- An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that sea-level rise, at least in North Carolina, is accelerating. Researchers found 20th-century sea-level rise to be three times higher than the rate of sea-level rise during the last 500 years. In addition, this jump appears to occur between 1879 and 1915, a time of industrial change that may provide a direct link to human-induced climate change.

The results appear in the current issue of the journal Geology.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151October 23, 2009
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 8, 2009

Penn Green Fund Seeks Grant Applications for Innovative Sustainability Projects

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania announced today the formation of a Green Fund, an internal grant-making entity to seed new project ideas from faculty, students and staff that support the goals and objectives of Penn's Climate Action Plan. The Plan is a long-range strategy to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and enhance its overall sustainability.