Engage Locally Nationally and Globally

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

Penn Research Helps Show That Attention, Imagination Equally Important for Creativity

The role that attention plays in generating new and useful ideas is controversial among neuroscientists. Some neuroimaging studies have shown that creativity involves more cognitive control, or focused attention. Other studies have shown it involves less.

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Media Contact:Sara Stewart | sabrady@upenn.edu | 215-898-2083July 16, 2015

Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at Penn's Arthur Ross Gallery

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"Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans, Surgeon Dentist to Napolean III" runs from July 18 through Nov. 8, 2015.

Courtly Treasures: The Collection of Thomas W. Evans at
University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery

July 18 – November 8, 2015

 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 25, 2015

Penn GSE Student Spends Summer Working in Vientiane, Laos

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As a student in Penn GSE's International Educational Development Program, Mary Encabo is spending her summer interning overseas. And, she's blogging about it.

Ever since she was a 6-year-old living in the Philippines, University of Pennsylvania student Mary Encabo knew that she wanted to be a teacher. 

While she had a strong sense that she had to teach the world something, she didn’t know exactly what that something was at the time. 

Penn Receives African American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Corporate Advocate Award

June 24, 2015

Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli accepted the 2015 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award on behalf of the University from the African American Chamber of Commerce.

Article Source: University City Review
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 25, 2015

Penn Open Learning Fosters Academic Engagement Across Continents

After meeting online as students in University of Pennsylvania music professor Carol Muller’s open learning course, a professor at a small college in Central Appalachia and a teacher at a university in Ecuador began a dynamic collaboration.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 25, 2015

First Place Finish for Penn’s Electric Race Car

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REV1 took first place among electrics overall, winning seven of the eight categories. These included overall design, cornering, endurance and time-trials on a full racetrack.

Penn Electric Racing has taken home top honors at an international competition.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 22, 2015

Penn’s Pipeline for Promise Program Hosts Closing Ceremonies

WHO & WHAT:         

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice will host the closing ceremonies for students completing its Pipeline for Promise program, which offers underserved students from local community colleges a free course during the summer months.  

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Charleston Church Shooting

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has an on-campus satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability and an on-campus ISDN line.

Dr. Charles Howard University Chaplain

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Howard is a recognized preacher, teacher and speaker on issues related to race and faith.


Quote:

"Naming what happened in South Carolina as terror is so important. In part, this combats a racist inconsistency in how violent acts are described and processed. Too often, Muslim violence is connected to words like ‘terrorist.’ Black violence brings forth words like ‘thugs.’ White violence is often explained by phrases like ‘mentally ill’ but rarely ‘terror.’”

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Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Anthea Butler Associate Professor of Religion and Africana Studies

School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Butler’s research interests include Pentecostalism, evangelicalism, African-American religion, gender and sexuality. Her first book, Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World, is the first full-length academic book focused on The Women’s Department of the Church of God in Christ.


Quote:

"I hope the media coverage won’t fall back on the typical narrative ascribed to white male shooters: a lone, disturbed or mentally ill young man failed by society. This is not an act of just ‘one hateful person.’ It is a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continues to pervade our society 50 years after the Birmingham church bombing galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. It should be covered as such."

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 19, 2015

Penn Grad’s Thesis Work With German Youth Leads to Anti-hate Campaign

Doing doctoral research in a ninth grade music classroom in Hamburg, Germany, set Emily Joy Rothchild on a path to work with students on a recently released CD and music video that tackles the tough topics of terrorism, Islamophobia and hate.