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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 22, 2014

Penn's Courtney Bliler Awarded 2014 Cultural Vistas Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania student Courtney Bliler, a rising junior from Horseheads, N.Y., is among 10 students from universities across the United States selected to receive 2014 Cultural Vistas Fellowships to intern abroad in Asia, Europe and South America this summer.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 2, 2014

Penn’s Mary Frances Berry Receives 2014 Organization of American Historians Award

For a lifetime effort to bring her training as a historian to public service, Mary Frances Berry, professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2014 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460May 2, 2014

Penn Alum George Karandinos Awarded Soros Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania alumnus George Karandinos has been awarded a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. He is among 30 students from across the United States chosen in the annual competition that attracted more than 1,200 applicants this year.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 2, 2014

Students at Penn Take the Sound of Music to Lea Elementary

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As a part of Molly McGlone's "Music in Urban Spaces" course, three times a week, Penn Arts & Sciences students travel to the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia to serve as in-classroom music mentors.

The University of Pennsylvania’s connection to the Henry C. Lea Elementary School is bringing music to the students’ ears there, morning, noon and night.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 30, 2014

Fels Institute at Penn Hosts ‘Obamacare: What’s True? What’s False? What’s Next?’ Conference

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Since August 2013, the Fels Institute of Government at Penn and the Rockefeller Institute of the University at Albany-SUNY have co-sponsored a national network of researchers in 35 states studying the implementation and evolution of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, widely known as Obamacare. Preliminary research findings will be released May 1.

WHO:             Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820June 4, 2014

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher of Penn Receives 2014 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award

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Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, from the International Educational Development Program at the Graduate School of Education has earned the Comparative and International Education Society’s 2014 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award for "Refugees, Immigrants and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion." Created in 2010, the Jackie Kirk award is an annual honor that recognizes a book that mirrors its namesake’s primary concerns of gender and education and education in areas of conflict.

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, associate director of the International Educational Development Program at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, has earned the Comparative and International Education

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 29, 2014

‘Couldn’t Be Chased From Studying Russia,’ Penn Professor Labors On

A research trip to Russia 12 years ago has left University of Pennsylvania political science professor Rudra Sil with an appreciation of why some people fear that extreme far-right groups will gain more influence in the new Ukraine.

On June 9, 2002, Sil was attacked on the streets of Moscow.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 28, 2014

Merging Engineering and Imagination, Four Penn Juniors Turn Dreams Into Reality

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John Nappo, Sade Oba, Emre Tanirgan and Gabrielle Patterson competed in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 23rd Imaginations competition, in which student teams devised city-scale interactive experiences.

By Marjorie Ferrone

It can take what John Nappo calls “blood, sweat and tears” to materialize a dream, but this is the price he and fellow University of Pennsylvania students Sade Oba, Emre Tanirgan and Gabrielle Patterson say they willingly paid in return for a finalist position in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 23rd Imaginations competition.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 25, 2014

Penn Student Elected to Society of Women Engineers’ Board of Directors

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Nicole Woon, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to the board of directors of the Society of Women Engineers, an international professional, educational and service society that aims to support women’s entry and advancement through engineering careers, an area where they have been historically underrepresented.

Nicole Woon, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to the board of directors of the Society of Women Engineers.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 25, 2014

Scientists at Penn Characterize ‘Hot Spots and Hot Moments’ in America’s Tropics

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A team of researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania have spent the last five years studying Puerto Rico’s waterways, air and terrain.

The Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico are prone to extremes. Nearly all the rain for the year pours down in two drenching months. Lush, rolling forests give way to rocky, barren peaks. Even the soil is extreme, storing carbon differently than many other soil types, in highly localized iron minerals.